Morrison Bell Cup Final Wednesday 25th May 2016
Sidmouth’s Cup Winning Side
The Vikings met fellow South West Peninsula League outfit Budleigh Salterton at Ottery St Marys Washbrook Meadow home and the anticipated a close encounter as in the league this season they had both beaten each other once in two very close games and finished level on the same amount of points this season. Both are young teams that are blessed with pace and youthful energy.
A large crowd saw the only goal of the night scored by Dan Evans in the first half. Both goalkeepers made fine saves and the contest was end-to-end throughout. Late on, Town’s Ben Farrington was sent off, but the Vikings held on to lift the cup.
Sidmouth Town boss Josh Stunell said: “It was not the classic that I had felt it could be, but for me the big difference on the night was in the belief stakes. On the night my lads showed that they believed both in themselves and, perhaps of greater importance, in the game plan which they executed to perfection.”
Star man: Matt Colson
Sidmouth From: Bowring, Farrington, Newbery (c), Colson, White, Wellman, Binion, Evans, Swingler, Vere & Orchard. Used subs: Green, Griffiths & Burrows.
Sidmouth Town Reserves now look to make it a cup double in the Grandisson Cup final next Tuesday (May 31) at Ottery St Mary (7pm) to round off a very good season for Sidmouth Town FC.
Jamie Newbery Sidmouth’s Captain With The Morrison Bell Cup
Grandisson Cup Semi-Final Monday 23rd May 2016
Town qualified for the Grandisson Cup Final with a lacklustre performance at Ottery St Mary. A strong reserve side struggled to get the basics right and in doing so made this a tough contest. Will Jenkins scored on half time after Town finally played some football a frustrating night was made worse when the Kents equalised on 86 mins, as extra time loomed Joe Miller swept home a loose ball with seconds remaining to send the Vikings through to next Tuesday’s Final
Morrison Bell Cup Semi Final Monday May 16th 2016
Sidmouth started at a fast pace and soon found themselves 2 goals up inside 15 minutes, with Ben Burrows scoring in the 3rd minute followed by Cameron Vere in the 15th minute, against an Upottery side that surprisingly lacked any belief and confidence in the early stages. In the 30th minute against the run of play Upottery scored from a corner after shambolic marking from the Vikings. The Vikings took their foot of the gas and this allowed the Otters to score a well-deserved second on the 40th minute.
After some choice words at halftime and the introduction of Robbie Fellingham Sidmouth got their high tempo game going again and this enabled Dan Evans to hit the back of the net after a slick passing move 3-2. For the next 20 minutes Upottery gave everything they had and by the 70th minute were flagging and this allowed Sidmouth to score two goals in quick succession, Swingler with a terrific volley set up by Dave Green and then a powerful header from Vere. The otters did manage to test Sidmouth goal keeper Alex Bowring on a couple of occasions with Jason Kennard and Steve Morris bringing the best out of the talented custodian.
Final score 5-2
A good cup tie that was pleasing to watch, Upottery did not disgrace themselves and provided Sidmouth with a few shaky moments with their pace and movement. However the superior fitness and additional quality eventually shone through from the young Vikings.
Sidmouth from: Bowring, Farrington, Newbery (c), Colson, White, Swingler, Binion, Wellman, Evans, Vere & Burrows. Used Subs: Green, Griffiths & Fellingham.
Star Man: Connor Swingler
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 7th May 2016
Sidmouth rounded off their league campaign in style, producing a terrific display against 5th placed Galmpton. Not only did the visitors turn up with the wrong kit they also turned up in aggressive mood trying to intimidate the young Vikings by constantly elbowing, kicking and punching off the ball. Their dirty tactics were of no surprise to the home management and the Greens equipped themselves very well on dealing with it.
Sidmouth started at an electric pace with the midfield of Tyler Wellman, Ollie Binion and Dan Evans pressing the visitors into making mistakes. The 1st chance of the game fell to Wellman on the 20th minute, Wellman was unmarked at the far post but his headed effort was expertly saved by Kenny Griffiths in the Galmpton goal. Sidmouth maintained the pressure but found Griffiths in good form, the former professional footballer marshalling his back line well and dealing extremely well with all crossed balls.
Sidmouth changed their formation at halftime in a bid to stretch the game even further the change worked and by the 60th minute Galmpton looked exhausted and struggled to keep up with the Vikings who had their usual five teenagers in the side who were turning the screw. And it was no surprise when Sidmouth scored in the 70th minute through Jamie Orchard, the 17yr old striker heading home Ben Farrington’s terrific free kick. Galmpton did have a couple of long range efforts that were comfortably dealt with by Alex Bowring in the Vikings goal.
Fulltime 1-0 and fully deserved.
Sidmouth From: Bowring, Farrington, Newbery (C), Colson, White, Evans, Wellman, Binion, Swingler, Vere & Orchard. Used Subs: Kana’ah, Green & Burrows
Starman – Tyler Wellman
Fresha D&E League Div 8 Saturday 7th May 2016
Sidmouth embarked on the long journey to Ashwater knowing that they had to win to stand any chance of seizing the last automatic promotion place from Exmouth who were due to kick off later the same afternoon. On a pitch that was most notable for stunning views of nearby Lands End Sidmouth elected to play the first half up the slope and into the wind. Sidmouth quickly rose to the challenge presented by the conditions and only some fine saves by the Ashwater keeper kept them in the game. But then Joe Gosse found himself clear on goal and his exquisite chip left the Ashwater keeper with no chance. Sidmouth were visibly lifted by their lead and further goals followed in quick succession. Richard Johnson held off two Ashwater defenders before laying the ball off to Connor Murphy whose fierce drive left the Ashwater keeper clasping at air.Tom Orchard then scored with a spectacular overhead kick before following up with a close range volley.
Sidmouth clearly felt that having reached half time with a 4 nil lead they could take their foot off the gas. Certainly the benefit of the slope ought to have led to an avalanche of further goals but Sidmouth were slow to add to their tally. Tom Orchard missed a glorious chance to score a maiden hat trick before James Hiscox smashed a long range effort past the despairing Ashwater keeper. Connor Murphy added his second of the afternoon after good work by Team Captain Carl Baldwin. Then Richard Johnson finished the scoring with a low shot that was well placed into the left hand corner. The emphatic victory was followed by raucous celebrations that lasted well after the long journey home.
Sadly Exmouth were to win their game leaving Sidmouth outside the automatic promotion places. Most of the Sidmouth team were completing their first season of adult football so 4th in the League (coupled with 2 semi-final appearances) is a really significant achievement which augurs well for the future success of the Sidmouth Town AFC as a whole.
Fresha D&E League Div 1 Thursday 5th May 2016
A strong Uni side strengthened their grip on the Division 1 title after beating a committed Viking performance Town got off to the worst possible start after conceding within a couple minutes of the match For the next ten minutes the Vikings side were chasing shadows as the students were far more alert and clearly had taken time to work on patterns of play With a few choice words exchanged between themselves the home side got back into the game and had opportunities to snatch an equaliser but could not find a breakthrough On the half hour mark the pivotal moment occurred when Riki Pitter was clearly fouled in the opposing area and play was waved on. Moments later a penalty was awarded for a clear foul on the Uni player !. And people wonder why referees get grief!
Half Time 0-2
The Vikings nearly got caught out after half time when the students broke away from the restart However, lately this Reserve side have found another level when required and they took the game to the visitors often causing panic in the away defence.Mike Stamp, Joe Miller and Pitter all had good openings that were not taken.Pitter finally reached the Uni back line with a simple tap in after confusion in the Uni penalty area Town gave everything they had but couldn’t grab a point in a final onslaught Exmouth Amateurs away on Saturday is the Reserves last league game.
Next Tuesday sees them in the Semi Final of the Grandisson Cup v Kentisbeare 7pm ko at Ottery St Mary
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Wednesday 4th May 2016
Sidmouth were keen to extend their unbeaten run to three games, but soon found themselves one goal down after failing to clear a corner in the 10th minute. 0-1. The young Vikings showed a lot of character and after changing formation in the 25th minute soon found themselves on level terms with 16 yr old Tyler Wellman finding himself unmarked in the box the youngster was left with a simple ‘tap in’ 1-1. By now Sidmouth were on the front foot and looking a good bet to go on and win the game. Half time 1-1
The 1st ten minutes of the re-start was a fairly even affair, then Sidmouth took over, having a twenty minute spell of complete domination led by the tireless midfield of Olly Binion, Ryan Davies & Wellman. It was teenager Binion that scored Sidmouth’s 2nd in the 60th minute, smashing home from a tight angle 18 yards out from goal. 2-1. The next Sidmouth goal on the 70th minute was another of genuine quality this time Connor Swingler hitting a first time effort into the top right hand corner of the goal. 3-1. For some reason Sidmouth then switched of and reduced the tempo of their high pressing game and this allowed Exwick to score two in quick succession on the 80th and 85th minute through Matt Byrne 3-3. The introduction of Dan Evans was a game changer the highly rated midfielder got the Vikings playing again Evans set up Ben Burrows, unfortunately Burrows missed two glorious chances, the fleet footed forward will not get two better opportunities to score. On the 89th minute Cameron Vere received the ball from Evans on the edge of the 18 yard box with his back to goal, the powerful forward rolled his marker and placed a shot into the bottom left hand side of the goal past a despairing Fred Kingdom in the Villa goal for a stunning winner……. Cue mass celebrations!!!
The win tonight sees Sidmouth eclipse last season’s points tally an indication that the young, talented and developing Vikings side are going in the right direction.
Final Score 4-3
Sidmouth From: Bowring, Farrington, Newbery (C), White, Fellingham, Wellman, Davies, Binion, Swingler, Vere & Orchard. Used Subs: Burrows & Evans. Unused: Jenkins
Star man: Olly Binion