Sidmouth Town 1 – Axminster Town 1

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Tuesday 30th August 2016

Sidmouth freshened up the squad ahead of the local Derby against Axminster Town.  The Vikings played Dan Stapleton in goal, James Clampin at Centre back and drafted in Jamie Densham up front to ease their striking issues as they currently have four strikers on the injury list.

Both sides started at a good pace, with the play mainly condensed to the centre of the pitch, Danny Clay a big influencing factor for the lively visitors.  The Vikings midfield of Dan Jones, Ollie Binion, Matt Clenahan and Connor Swingler all putting in a tremendous shift to tame the Tigers.  The 1st half was very nip and tuck, with the Tigers playing too many long balls that played right into the hands of centre backs Jamie Newbery and new signing Clampin.  Both sides tried to get their passing games going but struggled to find the quality or the space to be effective.

Half-time 0-0

At the break Sidmouth introduced reserve team player fenrec Bodor.  Bodor’s pace gave Ax something different to think about and this allowed more space and time for Sidmouth’s Nathan Antat.  On the 55th minute the talented Antat hit a 20 yard strike that flew past keeper Wells-Burr in the Ax goal.  Wells-Burr will be disappointed to have been beaten by Antat’s effort, however the long range strike bounced wickedly in front of the former Chard Town keeper before hitting the net. 1-0.  Ax immediately went on the front  foot and on the 65th minute nearly found the equaliser through a Dave O’Connor free kick that smashed against the cross bar and to safety to the relief of a rooted Stapleton.  Axminster continued to push but found the Vikings defence in great form.  Just when Sidmouth thought they had done enough to take all three points Ax scored in the 88th minute from a corner that Ax’s best player on the night Oscar Lates headed past Stapleton 1-1.  A minute later Ax so nearly won the game when Dan Jones dithered on the ball this allowed the pacey Luke Finn to rob him of the ball, Finn crossed to Ben Turner who’s header clipped the cross bar and went out for a goal kick. 1-1.

From a neutrals point of view a draw would have been a fair result, however the Vikings will be bitterly disappointed in not taking all three points having defended so well and to only concede in the last knockings of the game.

Sidmouth From: Stapleton, Pointing, Newbery (C), Clampin, White, Jones, Clenahan, Binion, Swingler, Antat & Densham.  Used Subs: Wellman, Badcott & Bodor.  Unused: Clarke & Bowditch.

Star Man – James Clampin


Sidmouth Town 2 – Newton Abbot Spurs 2

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 27th August

Sidmouth were dealt a huge blow before the game with the late withdrawal of strikers Freddie King, Jamie Orchard & Shaun Densham who was injured in the warmup.

Sidmouth started on the front foot and were awarded a penalty inside the first two minutes of the game when a rash challenge by a spurs player on Tyler Dobinson left the referee with and easy decision to make.  With regular penalty take Densham not on the field up stepped Skipper Jamie Newbery, Newbery expertly slotted past the Spurs Keeper. 1-0.  By the 20th minute the away side had found their composure with central midfielder George Dandridge pulling all the strings and deserved their equaliser scored by skipper Mark Brooke, powerfully heading a crossed ball past the helpless Steve Jones.  1-1.  Ten minutes later Sidmouth were awarded a 2nd penalty after another needless challenge in the box, up stepped Newbery again, the teenager yet again showing a cool head and slotted with ease past the Spurs keeper 2-1.  On the 40th minute the visitors were awarded a spot kick, up stepped lethal marksman Adam Dyson, however to the relief of the Sidmouth faithful Dyson hit the post.   On the stroke of half time Dyson atoned for earlier miss by punishing a poor judgement call from keeper Jones, Jones rushed off his line and decided to push the ball away as opposed to catching it, the ball fell invitingly to Dyson who made no mistake with the finish.

Halftime 2-2

Sidmouth were marginally better after the break and had their fair share of possession as they dealt better with teenager Dandridge, Spurs had a couple of speculative efforts but nothing to give Jones in goal too much to worry about.  There was plenty of endeavour in the second half from both teams but the game lacked that extra bit of required quality for either side to go on and win the game. That additional quality nearly arrived on the 85th minute by Sidmouth’s Ollie Binion, Binion hit a rasping shot from 25yards out that smashed against the cross bar with the keeper beaten all ends up, had it gone in it would have been a little harsh on the visitors as a draw was the right result.

Sidmouth From: Jones, White, Newbery (C), D.Jones, Bowditch, Clarke, Wellman, Binion, Swingler, Dobinson & Antat.  Used Subs Badcott.  Unused: Stapelton & Densham.

Star Man : Jamie Newbery

Bickleigh 1 – Sidmouth Town 2nds 3

Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 27th August

Town kicked off the new season with three hard earned points in mid Devon

A scrappy start to the game was expected on an awfully unprepared pitch. The hosts were asking questions of the visitors defence and early pressure was rewarded when hesitation in the Vikings defence saw Bickleigh take the lead. Town seemed to settle down after this setback and gradually got their game going. Will Jenkins provided a superb ball to the ever willing Ferenc Bodor who in turn crossed for the oncoming Kyle Blair to ram home the equaliser. The Vikings grew in confidence and shortly after Matt Colson intercepted a Bickleigh attack the ball fell to Al Forsyth who in turn threaded a super ball to Blair who finished with great confidence 

Half time saw a change in the Vikings defence as the hosts tested the Back four. Bodor was always a threat and frankly some of the challenges he had to evade were a disgrace .Bickleigh kept plugging away and Jack Burgess was called on to make a decent save shortly before a near miss shaved the outside of the post. This let off was punished instantly when Scott “Sam” Hughes was put through and the defender pulled him back resulting in a red card and a penalty, Bodor scored from the spot to end the contest and further chances went begging as Forsyth,Bodor,Hughes,and Jake Sellick all had at least two chances each to add to the lead

Town can look at this as a good workout with a few players unavailable, hopefully competition for places can improve player’s performances.Tougher tests lay ahead not least next week when they play away to Bow FC who play a league higher.

Exeter University 2 – Sidmouth Town 1

SWPL Div1 East Monday 22nd August 2016

After such a promising pre-season and added quality to the playing staff, Sidmouth’s disappointing start to the season continued with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of an Exeter improving Exeter University side on Monday night.

Sidmouth started poorly and were getting over run by an energetic Uni side.  The Vikings did well to stand up to the wave after wave attack.  However on the 20th minute just as they thought they had weathered the storm they conceded through a lack of communication between keeper Steve Jones & Centre back Chris Clarke.  There indecision allowed the lively Luke Barner to nip between them and poke the ball into the net.  The Uni continued to control the game and went close on several occasions.  And it was no surprise when they found the 2nd on the 35th minute, Barner left completely unmarked at the far post slotted home with ease.  The Vikings were desperate to hear the half time whistle.

Half time 2-0

Sidmouth introduced Tyler Wellman at the break and the talented centre midfielder started to assert himself on proceedings and this allowed the Vikings to regain a foothold in the game.  On the 55th  minute Shaun Densham saw a shot whistle just wide with the keeper rooted to the spot.  By the 60th minute Sidmouth were on top and scored directly from a 40 yard free-kick that was delivered into the box by Neil Ponting, the ball evaded everyone and found the back of the net 2-1.  The Vikings continued to press with Ollie Binion forcing two terrific saves form the Uni gloveman.  The Uni deserve a lot of credit as the withstood a barrage of attacks, however by the 80th minute Sidmouth seemed to runout of ideas and were nearly made to pay on two occasions when they failed to track back defensively and only solid goal keeping from Jones and last ditch tackles from Jamie Newbery (who was only one of a handful of players to come out of the game with any real credit) kept the score down.  The Sidmouth Management are now left with some big decisions to make ahead of Saturdays home game against the much fancied Newton Abbot Spurs.

Final Score 2-1

Sidmouth From: Jones, Pointing, Newbery, Clarke, Bowditch, Jones, Antat, Davies, Orchard, Densham & Swingler.  Used Subs: Binion, Wellman & Dobinson.  Unused White & Clenahan.


Starman – Jamie Newbery

Sidmouth Town 0 – Alphington 1

SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 20th August 2016

Sidmouth should have been two up inside the 1st 15 minutes when Shaun Densham & Connor Swingler will feel they should have done better with two good opportunities.  The game was scrappy and lacked any real quality in the final 3rds and was crying out for someone to show a little bit of extra quality.  Both defences were resilient with Pete Eveleigh being solid for the visitors.  Sidmouth were the better team in the 1st half but needed to get their passing and high pressing game going, as all too often they were hitting long balls and not retaining the ball well enough and this played right into the hands of the visitors.

Half time 0-0

The 2nd half was a mirror image of the 1st, with very little quality.  Sidmouth still resorted to a long game to the frustration of the home management and this played into the Chronicles hands as this was bread and butter stuff for the solid Eveleigh.  In the last 20 minutes the game opened up with Alphington keeper Jack Mcandrews being forced into a terrific save from Densham.  Densham hit a shot on the turn inside the 18 yard box that looked like it was heading into the bottom left hand side of the goal, Mcandrews had other thoughts and at full stretch managed to get finger tips to the ball and tipped it around the post.

On the 80th minute and with their only clear shot of the game Alphington scored,  Aaron Land provided a through ball to Josh Hole who riffled past Steve Jones in the Vikings goal.  In the final stages McAndrew’s was at it again producing two terrific late stops to keep out Jamie Newbery & Densham.

Final Score 0-1

Sidmouth From: Jones, Pointing, Newbery, Clarke, White, Jones, Dobinson, Antat, Swingler, King & Densham.  Used Subs: Binion, Wellman & Bowditch.  Unused Badcott & Harwood.

 Star man Jamie Newbery

Exwick Villa 1 – Sidmouth Town 2

SWPL Div 1 East Monday 15th August

Sidmouth went into this game expecting a fierce contest as they had recently signed three former Exwick Villa players, however the Vikings had agreed not to play two of them in this fixture. 

The Vikings started brightly, but seemed to be lacking their usual high energy levels and this gave the home-side some real belief as they produced several useful attacks and Sidmouth’s back line of Neil Pointing, Jamie Newbery, Matt Clenahnan & Kieran White had to be organised and focussed in order to prevent the lively Ex’s from taking the lead Steve Jones in goal was also forced into making two smart stops.  On the 30th minute Sidmouth breathed a sigh of relief as the ball bounced up and hit Tyler Dobinson on the arm, the home side screamed penalty, but the referee judged accidental handball!  For all the huffing and puffing there was very little difference in the two sides however, you felt if Sidmouth could get their passing game going then they would potentially have too much for Exwick in the second half.

Half Time 0-0

Sidmouth changed their shape after the break and this meant the introduction of Rian Antat and Billy Rouse, this change had the desired effect with Danny Pym, Rian Antat & Kieran White forcing some terrific saves from Zak Lee in the home goal.  On the 60th minute Sidmouth had the ball in the net after a slick passing move however Antat’s effort was ruled offside.  On the 73rd minute Exwick scored through a terrific strike from Levi Edwardson 1-0.  On the 75th minute Sidmouth had the ball in the net again a direct free kick went in from Pym, however Clenahan was harshly judged to have pushed keeper Lee. 

Sidmouth would have to show some additional quality if they were to get anything out of this game and they did.  On the 78th minute Connor Hannaford was introduced to the game and on his 1st touch Hannaford hit a left foot volley from 25 yards out that flew passed the helpless Lee. 1-1.  Sidmouth continued to push for a winner as Exwick were clearly exhausted.  The Vikings were rewarded for their bravery and found a winner on the 83rd minute through an unlikely source.  Left back Kieran White, who got himself forward expertly placed past Lee to send the visitors into mass celebration.

Star Man Kieran White

Sidmouth From: Jones, Pointing, Newbery (C), Clenahnan, White, Dobinson, N.Antat, Davies, Pym, Benyon & Binion.  Used Subs: R.Antat, Rouse, Hannaford.  Unused Sub: Laurence.

Sidmouth Town 1 – Teignmouth 3

SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 13th August

Sidmouth started well immediately putting the visitors on the back foot, however it was last year’s runners up Teignmouth that struck 1st a soft penalty was given away on the 15th minute after Chris Clarke dangled a leg that tripped the on rushing striker.  Lance Clarke made no mistake from the spot placing passed the diving Steve Jones in the Sidmouth goal.  0-1.  Sidmouth responded by controlling possession and passing the ball effectively and deserved their equaliser on the 25th minute Nathan Antat unleashed a furious shot from 25 yards out that flew passed former Sidmouth custodian Luke Ashford 1-1.  Teignmouth were never going to lie down and a speculative 25 yard effort from Clarke on the 30th minute somehow beat Jones in the Vikings goal 1-2.

Half time 1-2

Sidmouth tweaked their formation at halftime and this allowed the lively Nathan Antat more space to operate in.  The 1st of many talking points happened in the 55th minute. Antat jinxed his way into the oppositions penalty area and for many it looked like the former Exmouth Town man was ‘hacked’ down from behind, however what seemed to be a stone wall penalty was waived away by the match official.  On the 65th minute there was another highly contentious decision, Shaun Densham sprung the offside trap and with just Ashford to beat squared the ball to the on rushing Tyler Dobinson who placed into the net, however the flag went up and Dobinson was controversially deemed to have been in an offside position.  Sidmouth clearly not having the rub of the green were facing an uphill battle and were effectively finished off in the 80th minute when Ryan Bush finished placed passed Jones after a neat team move. 1-3.  On the 82nd minute Sidmouth’s Neil Pointing received his marching orders with a second yellow card after a dubious of the ball tussle with a Teignmouth player

 Final Score 1-3

 Star Man Jamie Newbery

Sidmouth From: S.Jones, Pointing, Newbery (c), Clarke, White, D.Jones, Dobinson, N.Antat, Pym, R.Antat & Densham.