SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 27th February 2016
Sidmouth went ‘toe to toe’ with the league leaders in a half that produced very little clear cut chances. St Martins as expected had the majority of possession, with the visitors looking to hit the home side on the break at pace. The young Vikings looked in control of the first 45 minutes with the defence of Griffiths, Newbery, Farrington & White all dealing with the attacking intentions of the powerful saints. Lines in goal was also equal to any speculative efforts.
Half time 0-0
The second half saw the Saints ‘ramp’ up the tempo and soon found themselves in the lead through an Ace High deflected shot 1-0. The Vikings showed a huge amount of belief and determination and stuck to their guns and it was well deserved when Cameron Vere scored his 15th league goal of the season on the 60th minute, a simple tap in for the clubs leading marksman. 1-1.
On the 70th minute Sidmouth were prevented from taking the lead by a wonder Save from the home custodian Dan Law, Law dived at full stretch to deny a terrific Jake Allen Header. In the 80th minute Law went onto to make another unbelievable save from Sidmouth’s Dave Green.
On the 85th minute disaster struck for Sidmouth, Griffiths was judged to have unfairly challenged St Martins Skipper Lee Parker inside the penalty area. Kevin Pike took the spot kick which cannoned of the post and to safety. The home side continued to press for a winner and after six consecutive corners all dealt with superbly by the resolute greens, Sidmouth were inches away from pinching all three points when the pacey Ben Burrows raced down the right wing, shooting from a tight angle Burrows saw his shot nick the far post and out for a goal kick.
Final Score 1-1
Starman Tyler wellman
Sidmouth From: Lines, Farrington, Griffiths, Newbery, White, Swingler, Wellman, Davies (C), Allen, Vere & Orchard. Used subs, Burrows, Green & Baker. Unused Sub: Hodgson
Fresha D &E League Div 1 Saturday 27th February 2016
Saturday saw a game at Manstone after countless weeks of inactivity a perfect playing surface should of produced a quality performance from the home side. Unfortunately too many lacked the basics of desire, determination and commitment and that gave Lympstone energy to make it a contest. Within five minutes Town were 1-0 down as players watched the opposition run through the static home team. The visiting keeper made a string of saves to frustrate Town as they sought an equaliser. On the half hour mark Riki Pitter expertly found the top corner with a left footed effort. Five minutes before half time Mike Stamp rose above everyone to head downwards and found the same corner of the net to make it 2-1. Lympstone obviously hadn’t read the script and drew level on the stroke of half time deservedly.
After a few home truths were given at the break and the senior players took control the second period produced a much improved display. Bodor was instrumental in the recovery scoring one and making chances for others. Joe Miller scored 2 finishing in style on both occasions. The scoring was completed with Mark Burdus adding the sixth goal to give the Vikings all three points Whilst happy to win it needs to be said that complacency is creeping in and the players have to stop thinking that they are guaranteed a starting place.
Changes will be made next week when the Reserves host Heavitree Reserves 3pm ko.
Fresha D&E League Div 1 Saturday 20th February 2016
Finally some football!
After weeks of inactivity the Vikings second team grabbed all three points in difficult conditions with the wind blowing from side to side and a pitch that hadn’t seen a roller in weeks playing football was never an option. Whoever played the conditions best would be the winner and sometimes the inexperienced younger members of the side need to understand that getting the basics right will usually see you win these games. A scrappy start from Town saw the Alphas test young Adam Bartlett in between the sticks. On the half hour mark Ferenc Bodor volleyed home from close range reacting first to a loose ball from a Dave Green corner. Half time was the first half highlight for most!
The second half saw the Vikings step up a gear and Riki Pitter went close within seconds of the restart Alphington rallied and an excellent right footed drive from 25 yards out gave Bartlett no chance The Vikings needed to up their game and with a couple of changes made to freshen things up they started to show what they are capable of, Joe Gosse, Joe Miller and Rich Johnson all contributed to the victory making an impact from the bench. It was Gosse who was sharp in robbing the full back and weighting a superb through ball to Pitter who calmly slotted home. Bodor was denied a second with a fine save from the host keeper as the Vikings went to finish things off. From a Bodor corner Pitter put the contest to bed heading home to seal the three points with minutes to go Jean Paul Staniforth was given a red card along with his opponent for handbags which was harsh
We were grateful to play after the atrocious weather lately. Both sides looked rusty and we certainly improved as the game went on next up for the Reserves are Lympstone at home 3pm ko