Sidmouth Town 2 – Bovey Tracey 1

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 25th September 2016

Sidmouth began the game on the front foot with Nathan Antat and new signing Brendon Green giving the visitors plenty to think about.  Sidmouth were in complete control of the first half and it surely was only a matter of time before the Vikings would get on the score sheet, Antat, Jamie Orchard and Dan Evans kept the visting goal keeper busy, however on the 30th minute he could do nothing with a clinical finish from Dan Norman, Norman making the most of a terrific cross from Antat.  For the second time this season the supporters at Manstone saw some excellent sportsmanship as the referee was surprisingly unsure if Norman’s shot had crossed the line and he needed the visiting linesperson to guide him. 1-0 Sidmouth continued to push for a second goal but had to settle for just the one.

Halftime 1-0

Sidmouth continued on the front foot and Norman was soon on the score sheet again, tucking away a loose ball in the box with deadly accuracy. 2-0. Sidmouth eased off a little and this gave Bovey some encouragement.  On the 60th minute a hopeful ball into the box was met by Bovey’s Joe Bushin who won his header against Sidmouths James Clampin, Bushin’s powerful header flew past the on rushing Dan Stapleton, who got injured in the process. 2-1. Bovey continued to push for an equaliser as they had the Vikings rattled.  Sidmouth introduced Ben Burrows & Ollie Binion for some much needed energy.  On the 75th minute home keeper Stapleton had to come off due to his earlier knock.  Kieran White donned the gloves and proved to be an able replacement making several fine stops.  On the 85th minute Bovey thought that they had equalised, Bushin believed that he had beat the offside trap and riffled past White, however to his anger he was flagged for offside, a tight call but the right one as it looked like the vastly experienced striker mistimed his run. 

Fulltime 2-1  

 Sidmouth From: Stapleton, Jones, Newbery (C), Clampin, Wellman, Antat, Davies, Evans, Green, Orchard & Norman.  Used Subs: White, Burrows & Binion.

 Star man – Dan Norman

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Topsham Town 4 Sidmouth Town Res 5

East Devon Senior Cup Saturday 24th September 2016

Ferenc Bodor was on top form and put the visitors ahead after three minutes with a well-placed shot from twenty five yards out that stunned last year’s Premier Champions, two minutes later Bodor struck again from a similar distance as the home goalie was left watching the ball enter his net. Topsham tried to get going but a resolute defence was having none of it young Scott Hughes got in on the act scoring the third with his shin pad making more contact than his boot but he is looking a great prospect at the moment. The hosts were in disarray but a combination of poor play and opportunism let them back into the game within 5 minutes it was 3-2 as the normally steady Vikings rear guard panicked, Hughes steadied the nerves with a calm finish into the far corner to rightly put a distance between the two side’s headings into the interval.

HT 2-4

The visitors started brightly and were not sitting on their lead as Topsham went on the attack, Sidmouth looked dangerous on the break and the back four of Jake Sellick, Mike Pidgeon, Anthony Griffin and Matt Colson gave a solid foundation from which the Vikings gained confidence, Bodor then scored an outrageous goal from an acute angle to put the game beyond the hosts..  just!!. With ten minutes to go it was looking comfortable but two quick goals saw a nervy end that flattered the opposition, to be honest a great win on an awful pitch that didn’t help either side is the best summary.

When we got in front early on we stopped doing what had got us in front. Don’t be clever and play the conditions and you win the game, passing football was never going to happen on that pitch so we need to learn how to affect the game especially from midfield. 

Really pleased with the squad at the moment and hope they continue to improve. 

Pad, Gary and Brendon.

Halwill 2 – Sidmouth Town Reserves 4

Devon Senior Cup Saturday 17th September 2016

Sidmouth made the long journey to Halwill, the other side of Okehampton on a lovely September afternoon. 

Now regular readers of the Reserves match reports will expect a scathing attack on the referee…….All I will say is that todays official wasn’t the best and certainly wont be the worst referee we will get!!

The pitch was small but perfectly prepared and possibly the best around, Town started brightly and with five minutes gone Ferenc Bodor found the far corner with a rasping left foot shot Halwill were on the ropes but struck back with a spectacular thirty yard effort into the top corner Town regrouped and peppered the hosts goal with Scott Hughes and Kyle Blair both going close, Will Jenkins in for the unavailable Ben Farrington was inches away with a free kick as the Vikings dominated the game, Theo Burgess then found the top corner with a left footed volley from outside the box Hughes added a third shortly before half time with a clever header to give Town a 3-1 half time lead.

The second half was disappointing from the visitors as they allowed a spirited Halwill side to stay in the game, Midway through the second half Dec Lines deputising for the absent Jack Burgess gifted the hosts a second goal which made for a nervy last quarter Hughes gave the Vikings some breathing space with a close range finish to make it 4-2. There was still time for Halwill to be awarded a penalty and Lines managed to guess right and saved it to the relief of all.

Halwill made us work and being such a tight pitch probably worked in their favour possession was too easily lost and with an abundance of players available the management duo have a few tough decisions to make. The Vikings will play better when they are back to full strength and are pleased to progress in the Devon Senior Cup

Next week sees the East Devon Senior Cup tie away to last seasons Premier Champions Topsham Town kick off 2-30. The Reserves will need to be on top form if they want to reach the next round.

Sidmouth Town 3 – Appledore 3

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 10th September 2016

Sidmouth started the game on the front foot and were surprised that the normally attack minded visitors were in defensive mode and this invited the Vikings to attack them.  On the 20th minute a terrific pass from James Clampin found the feet of striker Jamie Orchard, the Devon Under18 hitman got himself between the ball and the on rushing goalkeeper the visiting custodian was deemed to have gone through the back of Orchard and a spot kick was awarded.  Up stepped skipper Jamie Newbery who placed an unstoppable shot into the top right hand corner of the goal, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way in the process.  Sidmouth continued to attack with wingers Cody Bowditch and Jack Harwood causing the visitors all kinds of problems.  On the 43rd minute Sidmouth scored a second when Bowditch powerfully headed home, in off the crossbar.  The visiting lines person showed a great bit of sportsmanship as he flagged for the goal as the referee was unsure if it had crossed the line.

Half time 2-0.

Appledore deserve a huge amount of credit as they switched their formation and game plan to an all-out attacking style and within three minutes of the restart found themselves on the score sheet when  Matt Cann volleyed a powerful effort from a tight angle past the helpless Dan Stapleton in the home goal 2-1.  Appledore continued to dominate and Sidmouth were hanging on and it was no surprise when they scored the equaliser on the 64th minute from Brian Levein. 2-2.  Appledore continued to dominate and went for a third which they found on the 75th minute when Levein took the ball off Clampin and riffled past Stapleton.  The home linesperson flagged for offside as Levein clearly came back from an offside position to unsettle Clampin, the abuse that the Vikings linesperson and referee received from the Appledore manager was shameful and he could well find himself in front of the Southwest Peninsula League to explain his actions, (the Chairman of the league was present).

Sidmouth showed some real resolve and belief as clearly the visitors thought that they had won the game and stepped off the gas and this gave Sidmouth some hope.  On the 85th minute the experienced Neil Pointing received his marching orders for a second bookable offence, this did not deter the greens and they scored the equaliser on the 88th minute through Ryan Davies, Davies was given too much freedom on the edge of the box and curled and absolute ‘worldie’ past the rooted Appledore goalkeeper.

Final score 2-2

Man of the match: Ryan Davies

Sidmouth From: Stapleton, Pointing, Newbery (C), Clampin, Wellman, Bowditch, Davies, Antat, Harwood, Binion & Orchard.  Used Subs: Clenahan, Badcott & White.  Unused: Lines

Cronies 1 – Sidmouth Town Reserves 1

Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 10th September 201

Towns second string took on champions elect Cronies at their new base Topsham F C on a decent pitch both teams attempted to play football. The hosts started brightly and Jack Burgess had plenty to keep him busy as Town battled to get a foot hold in the game a few last ditch tackles thwarted the Cronies attack on several occasions with Mike Pidgeon, Anthony Griffin,Matt Colson and Al Forsyth all on top form

0-0 was the outcome with 45 mins gone and half time gave the Viking’s a welcome breather and a chance to regroup. 

Danny Pym found the top corner after the referee gave what the away management team thought was a harsh free kick, with 20 minutes to go it was the Vikings who upped the ante and Scott Hughes, Riki Pitter and Ferenc Bodor all went close. Ben Farrington sent in a corner and Matt Colson’s shin pad made good contact and the Vikings drew level. In the dying minutes Cronies were to be denied at one end and Bodor narrowly missed the target after good work on the flank.

Speaking to a few local people they thought that the Vikings deserved a point against a well organised good side.

The management appreciate the effort the 14 put in and if Town had passed the ball efficiently and had better possession they could of bettered the result. 

A mention for Adrian,gripper,Horne who ran the line and was great vocally for the side.

Next up is a trip to Halwill in a Cup Tie on the 17th September 2:00pm KO.

Crediton 6 – Sidmouth Town 0

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Tuesday 6th September 2016

Sidmouth went into this game without key players James Clampin, Jamie Orchard & Connor Swingler, but felt they had enough to deal with the high flying Kirton.

Sidmouth started well but on the 15th minute found themselves a goal down from a speculative 40 yard effort that Keeper Dan Stapleton will feel he should have done better with.  The goal for some reason completely took the wind out of the Vikings sails as they capitulated and a number of unforced errors were punished giving the home-side a 4-0 half time lead.

Some stern words and change in formation saw Sidmouth improve after the break, the introduction of Billy Rouse and Tyler Wellman improved the visitors, but yet again a lack of focus and individual errors gifted Crediton two further goals, which enabled them to win the game with ease and sit proudly at the top of the table. 

The Vikings management were embarrassed by the team’s performance who’s Neil Pointing & Ollie Binion were the only two players to come out of the game with any credit and who are they only two players that are guaranteed starters for Saturdays game with the improving Appledore.

Sidmouth From: Stapleton, Pointing, Newbery (C), Clenahan, Webb, R.Antat, Jones, Davies, Binion, N.Antat & Norman.  Used Subs: Dobinson, Wellman & Rouse

Star man Ollie Binion.   

Sidmouth Town 2 – Totnes & Dartington 0

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 3rd September 2016

The Vikings welcomed back their inspirational midfielder Ryan Davies who’s appearances have been limited due to injury.

Both sides started well but both struggled to deal with the torrential rain that started right on kick Off.  As the rain eased the quality of football improved.  The Visitors were able to draft in the talented Charlie Johansen as Western League side Buckland Athletic were without a game Johansen was a constant threat, but was expertly dealt with by the vastly experienced Neil Pointing at right back who had to have his wits about him to minimise the teenagers trickery.  On the odd occasion that Johansen was able to get past Pointing, Goal Keeper Dan Stapleton was there to provide excellent cover.  Midway through the half Sidmouth started to control proceedings but failed to find the killer pass to the front men, on the 30th minute striker Jamie Orchard took matters into his own hands, Orchard received the ball 40 yards out from goal and powerfully ran at the back tracking T&D defenders, shooting from 20 yards out Orchards left foot shoot fizzed off the skiddy surface and into the net 1-0.

Halftime 1-0

The Vikings introduced recent signing Dan Norman at the break, Norman replaced the injured Nathan Antat.  Norman nearly made an immediate impact with his 1st touch.  Norman received the ball just on the edge of the 18 yard box and placed his shot narrowly wide.  As composed and assured the Vikings looked T&D were always a threat and they needed Stapleton to field a few smart efforts.  With 15 minutes remaining T&D put Sidmouth under some serious pressure, after being awarded 6 consecutive corners, all were really well dealt with by the organised Vikings.  With ten minutes remaining Norman put the game to bed, after beating the offside trap Norman raced clear and then calmly slotted past the on rushing keeper.

Full Time 2-0

Star Man – Jamie Orchard

Sidmouth From: Stapleton, Pointing, Newbery (C), Clampin, Wellman, Swingler, Jones, Davies, Bowditch, Antat & Orchard.  Used Subs: Binion, Norman & Clenahan.