Sidmouth Town 2 – Budleigh Salterton 1

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Friday 25 March 2016

Sidmouth found themselves one nil up inside the 1st three minutes of the game after Connor Swingler delivered and inch perfect cross to Cameron Vere who was waiting at the far post unmarked.  To be fair to the Robins they dusted themselves down and started to control the game with Aaron Deny in the midfield pulling all the strings.  On the 35th minute Sidmouth should have doubled the lead when left winger Dave Green dragged a shot wide from 18 yards, the former Sidbury Utd player knew he should have doubled the lead.  Sidmouth were nearly made to pay for their wasteful finishing and only some very good goal keeping from Dec Lines enabled the Vikings to go in at the break with the lead.

Sidmouth introduced the talented Dan Evans straight after the break to try and gain some control in the midfield, Sidmouth also needed to raise their tempo as they seemed very flat and not demonstrating their recent high energy levels.  Sidmouth marginally improved after the break but an unforced and un-characteristic error from Anthony Griffiths gifted Budleigh the equaliser on the 55th minute Deny completely clear through on goal made no mistake with the finish 1-1.  For the next 10 minutes Budleigh through everything at Sidmouth but the young Greens clearly not at their best absorbed the pressure and were relieved when on the 65th minute Swinger’s shot was diverted into the net by Vere and for what would turn out to be the winner. 

Swingler went on to cause the young Robins all kinds of problems as their back line were clearly exhausted.  Sidmouth were able to comfortably see out the remainder of the game and were delighted with the points as even though they had not played well they grinded out a result against a good side

Star man – Dec Lines

Sidmouth From: Lines, Binion, Newbery, Griffiths, White, Green, Farrington, Davies (C), Swingler, Vere & Orchard: Used Subs: Evans, Cox & Bodor.  Unused: Burrows & Allen

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Sidmouth Town Res 2 Colyton 2

Fresha D&E League Div 1 Saturday 26th March 2016

 The Vikings second team disappointed on a wet and windy Saturday at Manstone. Lack of attitude, spirit and determination was to be their undoing in a game that they were lucky to take a point from Colyton started brightly  and Dec Lines denied them as early as the fifth minute with a fine save. In patches Town actually passed the ball and Ferenc Bodor was usually involved in anything positive. The final pass seemed to be difficult as the glory ball was too often used rather than the easier option Bodor was to open the scoring from the penalty spot on the half hour. Two minutes later it was all square as Colyton scored from a corner. The Vikings looked flakey and you wouldn’t of thought that they were a top four side on this showing. Bodor put the hosts in front shortly before half time as the referee put Town out of their misery by blowing for the break.

Literally two minutes into the second period Colyton drew level after Towns defence was caught napping. The rest of the game proved to be a contest in who could play worst and it was a one sided affair as the hosts won this hands down . Bodor twice, Joe Gosse twice and Alex Raistrick were denied a winner But most importantly Lines in goal and some unbelievable last ditch tackles by Jamie Newbury kept the score line as it was

Towns young lads need to look at themselves and decide if they want to be a part of the future and the senior players I’m hoping will bounce back as they possess the quality but without any heart it is pointless in putting on a Vikings shirt.

Next week the Res are away to Witheridge Res

Newton Abbot Spurs 0 – Sidmouth Town 2

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 19th March 2016

Sidmouth Town ended Newton Abbots excellent run of form that has seen them only suffer one defeat from their last seven games.  For the second week running the rejuvenated young Vikings set off at an electric pace, dominating possession throughout.  However the first real effort on goal was from the spurs when a ‘cheeky’ 15th minute curling effort that was heading for the top right hand corner of the goal was brilliantly tipped over to safety by goal keeper Dec Lines.  That was the home-sides only effort on goal as the visitors pushed the Spurs back inside their own half as they went looking for the opening goal.  Sidmouth were creating a lot of chances with Connor Swingler causing all kinds of problems for the exhausted blues.  However Sidmouth had to wait until the 40th minute to find the back of the net, Cameron Vere received a clever through ball from Dave Green, this allowed the clubs top marksman a free shot on goal.  Vere made no mistake with the finish, smashing the ball past Neil Comerford in the home goal.

Half time 0-1

Newton Abbot deserve a lot of credit as by half time they looked drained of energy and ‘there for taking’.  After a half time ‘rollicking’ they piled on the pressure.  Sidmouth showed some real quality in containing the Spurs, Jamie Newbery & Anthony Griffiths in central defence put on a masterclass in defending.  After dealing with heavy pressure for 15 minutes the youthfull Vikings side started to regain a foothold in the game with Ben Farrington putting a free-kick inches wide on the 68th minute.  The game was wrapped up on the 74th minute when Jamie Orchard scored his first goal for the club, the Devon U18 striker volleyed an effort from 25 yards out wide on the right hand side.  Orchards shot flew past Comerford into the top left hand corner of the goal. Orchards goal of the season contender understandably sparked off exuberant touchline celebrations from Sidmouth’s management who were delighted with the performance and result.

Fulltime 0-2

Star Man  Jamie Orchard

Sidmouth From: Lines, Binion, Newbery, Griffiths, White, Swingler, Green, Davies (C), Farrington, Vere & Orchard.  Used Subs: Evans, Burrows & Jenkins

Colyton 2 Sidmouth Town Res 4

Fresha D&E League Div 1 Saturday 19th March 2016

The Vikings second team took all three points in a lethargic display against an overly physical Colyton side. The game wasn’t helped by an overzealous referee, Joe Gosse prodded home from a corner after ten minutes only to see the hosts equalise five minutes later. Damian Armes deputising in goal after a last minute reshuffle was well beaten by a fantastic header. Town rallied and man of the match Al Forsyth scored with a cross come shot that deceived the home keeper. With heavy challenges flying in the youthful Vikings stepped up a gear and scored a beautiful goal ten minutes before the break. Riki Pitter sent Ferenc Bodor down the flank and his cross was neatly tucked away by the elegant Joe Miller.

The second half was pretty dour as the hosts lost the plot and went into overdrive in terms of trying to injure anything in green and white. Miller added a second with a lobbed effort to kill the game off. Colyton scored a second with a minute left on the clock that gave the impression that it was closer than it was. Jake Sellick, Ben Squance and Alex Raistrick were a tight unit at the back With Matt Ogley again impressive in midfield. Ollie Pinnock added bite when introduced shortly after the break and Darren Thomas had a cameo role with ten minutes remaining.

Next week sees Sidmouth host Colyton again in the reverse fixture at home 3pm KO

Sidmouth Town 3 – Brixham AFC 1

SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 12th March 2016

Sidmouth started the game at a furious pace, with wing back Olly Binion in a relentless mood, the 16 yr. old Viking was a real thorn in the side for Brixham as they were not sure how to adapt to the constant pressure from the energetic youngster.  Sidmouth had the lion’s share of possession but could not quite find the final ball for forwards Cameron Vere or Jamie Orchard to capitalize on.  The break thorough eventually came on the 35th minute when Connor Swingler answered the Managers call, which was to be a lot more self-fish in front of goal.  Orchard played a terrific through ball to Swingler and the former Exeter City youth team player pivoted to his right then tucked the ball past the rooted Blues keeper.

Half Time 1-0

The second half saw Brixham raise their game and they soon found themselves level through Graham Mercier on the 55th minute.  Halftime substitute Dan Evans &  Skipper Ryan Davies started to control the game for Sidmouth, former Falmouth Town player Evans was going through his full repertoire of passing and on the 65th minute delivered the ball that enabled Vere to keep up his goal a game ratio with a routine finish 2-1.  The Blues rarely troubled Harvey in goal as the defence of Farrington, Griffiths, Newbery & White were extremely well organised.  By now the visitors were looking exhausted and were struggling to deal with the sheer energy and work rate from the Vikings.  Vere and Ferenc Bodor went onto miss some good goal scoring opportunities, on another day Vere could have had a hatrick.  The 3rd and final goal came on the 80th minute, another terrific pass from Orchard set the fleet footed Ben Burrows free, Burrows rounded the keeper and slotted home.  On the 85th minute Brixham had the opportunity to score and give the Vikings some nervy final moments, but much to the relief of the home management Brixhams number 9 headed over the bar with just Harvey to beat.

Final Score 3-1

Sidmouth from: Harvey, White, Newbery, Griffiths, Farrington, Binion, Davies (C), Farrington, Bodor, Orchard & Vere.

Star man  Ryan Davies

Sidmouth Town 3rds 4 Elmore 2nds 00

Geary Cup Saturday 12th March 2016

Sidmouth 3rd team’s Geary Cup quarter final game against Elmore Reserves presented them with an early opportunity to get over the disappointment of their previous Saturday’s defeat in the semi- final of the Devon Intermediate Cup. Sidmouth went into the game following a run of defeats and with no specialist goalkeeper. But they have risen above such challenges in cup matches all season and the game against Elmore was to prove no exception.

Although Sidmouth were without a specialist goalkeeper they were able to field a very strong starting line-up. They welcomed back Sam Marriott. Charlie Nicolle returned from what he claimed to be his first suspension in 15 years. And the Sidmouth attack was led by the evergreen Simon Hudson. Elmore started the game the brighter and soon caused some nervous moments in the Sidmouth defence. But Sidmouth settled and Blake Blackwood was unlucky to have what looked like a clear goal ruled out for offside. Sidmouth were not to be thwarted. An uncharacteristic long ball beat the Elmore offside trap and Simon Hudson was on hand to lob the advancing keeper and give Sidmouth a deserved lead.

As the first half ended Sidmouth found themselves under further pressure. Only a series of scrambled clearances and a wonderful full stretch save from Josh Worthington (deputising in goal) kept the Sidmouth lead at half time.It always looked as if the next goal would be decisive. And so it proved to be. Thankfully the ball fell to Simon Hudson who was on hand to roll back the years and smash an unstoppable volley past the Elmore keeper.The loudest cheer of the afternoon was however to be reserved for young Maz Mahmoud. With virtually his first touch after coming on as a substitute he deceived the Elmore keeper with a rasping left footed drive.With fellow substitute Jonny Dunn also scoring late on Sidmouth’s manager could claim credit for a series of inspired substitutions as Sidmouth advanced into their second semi-final of what is proving to be a very successful season.

Heavitree 5 Sidmouth Town Res 0

East Devon Senior Cup Saturday 12th March 2016

Town’s second string were given a lesson on Saturday in the quarter final of the East Devon Senior Cup. An under strength youthful Viking side didn’t show enough character and were soundly beaten by an experienced Heavitree team, five minutes in and the hosts went 1-0 up after woeful defending soon to be followed by two more and a thrashing was looking likely . The referee seemed to be making his own rules up and the game was over as a contest before half time, his attitude certainly annoyed the Vikings management on several occasions with some seemingly bizarre decisions.

The second half saw a better showing from the away side but how much of that was down to Heavitree taking their foot off the pedal was debatable Divine inspiration was needed and Jesus Christ lead man Matt Colson had seen enough from running the line and entered the fray. He improved the talking, organisation and distribution within minutes and along with Mike Stamp never gave up and was a real handful for the hosts defence. Matt Ogley ran himself into the ground again showing great determination to others around him that need to look within. Damien Armes was another who played when he was clearly ill but got the basics right and had a desire not to give up The Reserves need to show some spirit and some fight in the closing stages of the season as the games will get tougher from now on.

Next up is Colyton away 3pm KO.