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.