Appledore 4 – Sidmouth Town 2

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 16th January 2016

Sidmouth had to travel to the much fancied Appledore without top scorer Cameron Vere, who was nursing a rib injury from a midweek trampolining accident and a very late, withdrawal from midfielder Gary Dixon who cited family reasons.

Sidmouth started brightly with debutant Manuel José Sánchez Morales in midfield showing some exquisite touches.  In the 15th minute and against the run of play Appledore scored after what looked a certain foul on another debutant Jake Allen, Allen was tackled from behind as he was just about to shoot however the referee waved play on, Appledore’s Shipwick cleared the ball which turned into a defence splitting pass that eluded Sidmouth’s Griffiths & Newbery and allowed Tom Marsh with any easy opportunity. 0-1. Appledore turned on the style with Ross Middleton running the show for the home side.  On the 30th minute Sidmouth failed to clear a routine cross and another easy chance presented itself to Marsh who smashed past Sidmouth’s Bowring in goal.  On the 40th minute former Exeter City & Yeovil Town youth team player Jake Allen missed a glorious opportunity to pull one back for the Vikings, Allen found himself in acres of space at the back post but could not hit the target from Swinglers terrific cross. Half time 0-2.

Sidmouth knew that they had to get the next goal to make a contest of it, however it was the impressive home side that managed to score the all-important goal with Marsh helping himself to his hat trick.  Sidmouth were now looking ragged and Appledore smelt blood and scored a fourth goal on the 60th minute through Harry Stevens.  Sidmouth changed formation and introduced Craig Hodgson and the ‘rapid’ Ben Burrows and this had the desired effect.  On the 70th minute Allen scored a goal of the season contender, Allen controlled with his chest a Burrows crossed ball from 25 yards out wide on the right hand side, Allen then hit a full Volley that flew into the top left corner of the goal.

Sidmouth soon found a second with Burrows the provider again, the lively winger crossed into the box where Hodgson’s physical presence caused complete panic, a rash defensive clearance smashed off Hodgson and past the stranded home keeper.  With ten minutes left Appledore were all over the place and were reduced to ten men when Burrows was chopped down.  On the 85th minute the ball fell to Sidmouth’s Farrington on his trusted right foot from 18 yards out, but Sidmouth’s right back blazed over.

Final score 4-2

Bowring, Farrington, Newbery, Griffiths, White, Wellman, Davies (C), Sánchez Morales, Evans, Allen & Swingler.  Used Subs: Hodgson & Burrows.

Star Man  Ryan Davies

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Sidmouth Town Reserves 3 Budleigh Salterton Reserves 0

Fresha D&E League Div1 Saturday 16th January

On a heavy Manstone pitch the Vikings second string made hard work of beating their visitors. After a month of inactivity you would have expected a sluggish start but Town started brightly and a combination of poor finishing and a man of the match performance by the visiting keeper kept the game in the balance

Rikki Pitter, Jake Sellick, and Ferenc Bodor all squandered good chances to open the scoring in the first quarter Budleigh offered little at the opposite end and complacency together with frustration would be Towns greatest concern. As the first half was coming to the end Pitter finally opened the scoring with a deflected header after missing an open goal minutes earlier.

The second half was a nervy affair with Town showing signs of weakness at the back and naivety in a young midfield. Budleigh could and should of drawn level after an otherwise untroubled Dec Lines made a hash of a clearance giving an open goal to the visiting striker To his credit and relief of the club he managed to scramble back and scoop it away for a corner. Town needed to score again and it was Joe Miller who finally settled the nerves with a tap in showing great anticipation following a shot from Pitter, It was left to Bodor to complete the scoring with fifteen minutes to go

A satisfactory result given to amount of time off but complacency is a worry for the management A few experienced players were missing and it showed at times. Joe Miller will be a big miss for Town as his undoubted quality and understanding of position play is a joy to watch for a young lad, his groin finally giving way after months of problems.

Westexe away is the next game for the Vikings second string.

Budleigh Salterton 2 – Sidmouth Town 1

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 26th December

It was Sidmouth who made the brighter start and they should have gone ahead when Adam Kann’ah saw his shot from 4 yards out beat the goalkeeper but flew over the cross bar.  It took 20 minutes for Budleigh to get into the game, Carl Everest saw his well-struck 25-yard shot fly just wide of the mark. The Robins then conjured up two goals from set-pieces within eight late first-half minutes with Mark Lever netting both. The first arrived on the 30th minute when a Callum Shipton corner was headed home by an unmarked Lever and then, seven minutes later, another Shipton corner was only cleared to George Pannell who drove it across the box for Lever to net from close range to double his tally. A minute before the break Sidmouth’s Cameron Vere rifled the ball inches wide of the post.

The second half saw Sidmouth Town play with the benefit of the powerful wind and it was the visitors who bossed proceedings. However, despite seeing more of the ball and having the better chances, they could net just the one, another clinical finish from the impressive Cameron Vere. Five minutes after the goal Ferenc Bodor looked to be on his way to the home goal when he was seemingly fouled on the edge of the 18-yard box. Typical of Town’s fortunes this season, the match official did not agree with the vociferous appeals for a penalty from the away dugout and thereafter Town’s chances petered out. Late on a Jack Howarth strike shaved the Town bar, but a third for the home team would certainly have been harsh on the Vikings.

Post match Vikings boss Josh Stunell said: “It was another one of those games where I honestly feel that we did not get the rub of the green in terms of the decision making by the match official  ‘Fez’ was tackled from behind for a stonewall penalty, (which their offending centre back and management admitted after the game), for me it was an easy decision to give and with 20 minutes remaining was a massive turning point.  That seems to be the way it’s falling for us right now. It’s fair to say we were again the makers of our own downfall in as much as both the Budleigh goals were very, very preventable. We just shut down at two set pieces and basically gifted them a pair of goals, of which is very disappointing as we have been defending well recently.  Had we got to half-time at 0-0 I am certain we’d have come home with the points.”

Star man – Kieran White

Sidmouth From: Bowring, Farrington, Raistrick, Newbery, White, Dixon, Davies (C), Cooper, Kana’ah, Swingler & Vere.  Used Subs: Clenahan, Wellman & Bodor