Sidmouth Town 3 – Exmouth Amateurs 1

Fresha D&E League Div 1 Wednesday 27th April 2016

A strong Viking side climbed into second place against the league’s top placed side. In a keenly fought contest it was notable that their wasn’t a bad challenge in the whole game. Town’s energy levels were high and it was Matt Ogley leading the way. With good support from Will Jenkins and Joe Miller it was the youngsters who led the way. Not to be outdone Mike Stamp was causing a disturbance up front with Riki Pitter and Ferenc Bodor supporting from close behind. Joe Miller was on hand at the far post to tap in unchallenged on 20 minutes as the visitors struggled to get any chances. On the half hour Miller grabbed his second in identical fashion, making sure to be there to follow in any cross or shot. Amateurs looked shaken and knew they had a mountain to climb. With Jamie Newbury and Ben Clay providing a calmness at centre backs it fell to Matt Colson and Damien Armes to attack down the flanks, given the chance.

The second half proved to be entertaining with the visitors taking the initiative and Dec Lines was called into action in the opening exchanges. With Sidmouth looking dangerous on the break it was interesting to see how big the next goal would be. Bodor decided to show what he is about with an audacious piece of skill and a left foot drive into the bottom corner to make it 3-0 Ammies didn’t give in and kept knocking on the door but mostly it was slammed shut. Miller, Pitter and Jenkins should have added to the score line before a consolation goal was conceded with the ball spinning past a wrong footed Lines to leave the score line 3-1

 The Vikings next game is home to University next Thursday 6-30 KO

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Sidmouth Town 0 – Teignmouth 2

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 23rd April 2016

Sidmouth Town 1st team players were eager to put on a performance in a bid to halt a poor run of results.  Jamie Newbery was given the captains armband for the day as the management believed that the teenage centre back would thrive under the responsibility and boy did he. Newbery put in a terrific performance that saw him perform at even higher than his normal level, dominant and vocal throughout and showing natural leadership skills the talented Newbery was a class above on the day.

 Sidmouth started well with Matt Clenahan and Ryan Davies providing bags of energy in the midfield as they kept former ex-professional footballer Geoff Breslan at bay.  On the 15th minute Cameron Vere and the whole ground thought he had scored, after curling a terrific effort goal wards the shot took a deflection and looked over the line.  The back peddling Teigns keeper hooked the ball away to safety. In the 18th minute and against the run of play Teignmouth were awarded a soft free-kick 20 yards out after Ben Farrington was deemed to have challenged for the ball illegally, Breslan stepped up and showed some real class by whipping the ball into the stanchion  of the goal. 0-1.  Sidmouth were not to be out done and created numerous chances with Vere & Jamie Orchard testing the home keeper.  On the 35th the minute the visitors were awarded a penalty after Matt Colson left a lazy leg out and tripped the attacking forward.  Breslen scored his second of the game smashing the penalty past Alex Bowring 0-2

 Halftime 0-2

 Within 20 seconds of the re-start Sidmouth nearly scored, somehow a goal-mouth scramble was cleared off the line to safety (the sort of luck you get when you are at the top end of the table).  On the 70th minute Newbery should have scored, Tyler Wellman delivered a fabulous corner which Newbery who was unmarked at the far post mistimed his header and put it wide.  Teignmouth had a couple of speculative efforts that Bowring fielded well.  The final chance of the game fell to Swingler.  On the 85th minute when Sidmouth cleared a corner the ball broke to Swingler who went to pass to the unmarked Joe Gosse who was 18 yards out of goal, unfortunately Swingler fluffed his lines and the ball was cleared.inal Score 0-2

 Sidmouth From: Bowring, Farrington, Newbery, Colson, Wellman, Swingler, Binion, Clenahan, Davies, Vere & Orchard.  Used Subs J.Gosse & B.Gosse

 Starman – Jamie Newbery

Bickleigh 2 – Sidmouth Town Res 2

Fresha D&E League Div 1 East Saturday 23rd April

Town travelled to Bickleigh expecting a tough game against the second placed hosts. In fairness this was as one sided a match that the Reserves have played all season after recent disappointing performances the Vikings dominated from the start but couldn’t get the first goal. Joe Miller was on hand to head home only for the home linesman to flag for offside. This would be a common occurrence throughout the match. With their first effort on target Bickleigh grabbed the lead. However Town picked themselves up and still dominated the rest of the opening half. Miller and Riki Pitter both wasted good opportunities when well placed. The second period was much the same story with the linesman being Bickleigh’s best player. A defensive mix up saw Bickleigh grab a second and Town were in a state of disbelief Still with a couple of changes of formation and players brought into the game the Vikings scored when Pitter drove home a loose ball to give Town a fighting chance.

Ferenc Bodor then lobbed over with ten to go and there was only going to be one winner. Step forward Mr Linesman as any threat on the home goal was thwarted by his flag being raised!! The Vikings deserved all three points but you have to take your chances when you are on top Credit to all the players as they did themselves and the club proud.

Wednesday night Town host Exmouth Ammies 6-30 KO

Sidmouth Town 1 – Crediton United 3

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Thursday 21st April 2016

 Town suffered at the hands of their Mid Devon opponents with a lacklustre performance on Wednesday night.

Crediton started brightly and looked the fresher of the two teams,surprisingly so,as they had played a game 48 hours previously. Town were being counter attacked and were guilty of offering up possession far too easily. Ten minutes in and the Vikings were 1-0 down as Crediton were playing with plenty of confidence and Town were in need of inspiration.  Unfortunately it didn’t arrive and shortly after the visitors doubled the lead. Although it was early on in the game it was clear that something needed to be changed. After a double substitution Town finally started to play as they can and discovered the basics that could get them back in the game. The remainder of the half saw the hosts on top but nobody was able to breach the Kirton defence.

The second half saw the Vikings up their game and the improvement was evident as Cameron Vere was off target with a couple of long range efforts. Ben Farringdon whipped in a couple of corners that had the visitors in all sorts of problems but the ball didn’t fall kindly for the home side. Crediton were still a threat on the break so Town had to be patient. Jamie Orchard finally gave the home side a boost tapping home from close range on 65 minutes and possibly a comeback was on the cards. Again another poor piece of play was punished by the visitors to reclaim their two goal advantage. This was a sucker punch as the hosts were building momentum at the time. With ten minutes remaining Vere was adjudged to have been impeded in the penalty area and Ben Farrington had the chance to put the pressure back on the visitors.  Unfortunately his spot kick was saved with the keeper guessing right and with that went Towns chance of grabbing any points from the game.

Clyst Valley Res 0 – Sidmouth Town Res 1 AET

Grandisson Cup Quarter Final Wednesday 20th April 2016

Sidmouth qualified for the next round of the Grandisson Cup with a lacklustre display against a committed lower league Valley side. With numerous final passes going astray Town struggled to make the breakthrough early on and that led to frustration,  the Vikings started changing the aspects of their game that didn’t need changing Valley threatened on the odd breakaway but it was never going to be a classic encounter.

 The second half saw Valley have the clearer chances but Dec Lines in the visitors goal was equal to all that was offered. Extra time was needed and it was Jean Paul Staniforth who finally provided the opening goal that proved to be the winner

I’m sure the next month will provide sterner tests and the Vikings need a big improvement in this period.

Alphington 3 – Sidmouth Town 2

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 16th April 2016

Sidmouth travelled to The Chronicles in confident mood, but soon found themselves one goal down inside the 1st ten minutes, Peter Darke capatalizing on some indecision by Sidmouth’s Ben Farrington.  Sidmouth were soon back in the game.  On the 20th minute a terrific cross from Jamie Orchard found his strike partner Cameron Vere unmarked, the league’s third highest scorer was left with an easy header 1-1.  On the 30th minute Orchard sent Vere clear and with Just Mcandrews to beat in goal, Vere scored his second of the game riffling a low drive through the keepers legs 2-1.  Right on half time Ryan Moody unleashed an unstoppable 30 yard strike that smashed against the crossbar and into the hands of Sidmouth’s keeper Bowring.  Halftime 1-2

Alphington raised their game in the second half, putting the visitors defence under a lot of pressure, ariel balls were dealt with very well by centre backs Jamie Newbery & Matt Clenahan.  On the 65th minute Alphington found the equaliser, Moody’s Cross was met by the on rushing Jonny Holden who bundled the ball past Bowring 2-2.  From the re-start Sidmouth should have scored a third, Vere ran straight through the entire Alphington team and with just Mcandrews to beat Vere blasted his shot wide.  To Sidmouth’s complete dismay Alphinghton scored the winner on the 67th minute a mix up between Newbery & Clenahan gifted Moody the Winner.

Fulltime Score 3-2

Sidmouth From: Bowring, Binion, Clenahan, Newbery, Colson, Swingler, Green, Davies (C), Farrington, Vere & Orchard.  Used Subs: Wellman, Cox & Gosse

 Star man – Cameron Vere

Westexe 1 – Sidmouth Town Res 2

Fresha D&E League Div 1 Saturday 16th April 2016

Town climbed into second place with a gutsy performance against a much improved Westexe side. Town started well and should of opened the scoring early on. But some poor decision making and good goalkeeping kept it all square. As is often the case Westexe had one chance and took it after indecision in the Vikings defence was punished. Damien Armes then made a crucial save on the half hour mark that proved to be the turning point. Town had further chances to draw level but they were spurned and Town had a mountain to climb.

Apart from taking their chances there wasn’t much that needed to change and after the interval it was another dominant display but they remained frustrated with opportunities being wasted. It was left to Riki Pitter to claim the equaliser with a good run into the box he rounded the keeper and tapped into an empty net. The belief and confidence was visible and although the game was tight Westexe never really troubled Armes for the duration. Town grabbed the winner on 80 minutes after a pinpoint cross found Joe Miller at the far post and he nodded the ball past the despairing goalie to rightfully claim all three points.

A difficult place to go and enjoy your Saturday with a lot of nonsense from the home crowd and the Viking side did the club proud with a disciplined performance  A midweek Grandisson Cup tie on Wednesday away to Clyst Valley 6-30 ko is next for the Res Next league game is a massive game away to Bickleigh 3pm ko