Macron D&E League Division 7 Saturday 26th November 2016
This was an opportunity for 4th placed Sidmouth to close in on the top 3 in the league and move themselves clear from the rest of the chasing pack. With five players called up to the second team the side took on a slightly unusual look with a call out to the talented Nick Gingell and sub Jon Miller who played his last competitive match before the majority of the team were born!
The team knew Polonia were going to be a tough challenge. The reverse fixture 6 weeks ago had been an ugly battle with cards regularly shown to the opponents, including a straight red for violent conduct. So the warning from the experienced players was to focus on the football and not be intimidated.
The first half was of average quality. Both sides created chances through physical play rather than through guile with the tireless Jimmy Pearse and Jake Sellick breaking up attacks from midfield. It was Sidmouth who were to take a goals advantage into half time through the endeavour of Joe Gosse, chasing down a lost cause and finishing precisely when the opportunity arose.
The team were in agreement at half time that they could offer more. The scruffy, competitive nature of the game continued until Rich Johnson cleverly lobbed the keeper from 40 yards to put Sidmouth two up. With a change to a more defensive formation, Sidmouth invited pressure and succumbed with ten minutes to go 2-1. But the team showed strong character and battled to see through the victory.
Credit to the Town defensive trio with Jack Gibson as calm and assured as ever, the returning Nick Gingell faultless and man of the match Ben Squance impeccable.
Saturday sees the 3rds taking on table topping Wellington away. Sidmouth have a score to settle having given away a 3.1 lead earlier in the season to allow Wellington a point.
SWPL Division1 East Saturday 26th November 2016
Sidmouth Town suffered a ‘shambolic’ defeat on a hugely disappointing day for the 1st team. Severely lacking the required intensity, drive & desire to win a game of football. Torridgeside were there for the taking as they had several key players unavailable, it certainly wasn’t what they did, it was what we didn’t do. You cannot afford to throw one goal away at any level let alone four!!.
With next weekend off the home Management will spend the next ten days re-evaluating the squad as clearly several players need to assess whether they are prepared to focus on the basics of competing for ninety minutes. Clearly moving forward the selection criteria needs to be based on giving everything to the club and their team mates for the duration of the game and those qualities may lie with one or two of our reserve team players.
On the day Connor Swingler was yet again terrific and did not stop running. Dan Evans got the Viking’s goal.
Sidmouth From: Harvey, Binion, Newbery (C), Pointing, White, Wellman, Jones, Swingler, Antat, Pitter & Densham. Used Subs: Booth, Evans & Burrows
Star man – Connor Swingler
Macron D&E League Division 1 Saturday 26th November 2016
Town suffered an embarrassing defeat on a hugely disappointing day for the Reserve side. Lacking fight, character, quality and a spirit that has been evident was a major reason for defeat. No excuses the best side won on the day and several players need to assess what they want to do on a Saturday afternoon. Goals from Ferenc Bodor and Joe Miller saved the side from further embarrassment. Not much more to be said really.
Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 19th November 2016
Alphington came flying out of the traps putting Sidmouth’s back four of Jamie Newbery, James Clampin, Neil Pointing & Kieran White under extreme pressure, however the greens who had the excellent Robbie Powell in goal, stood firm and looked really solid. Alphington’s Jonny Holding was the Alpha’s king pin testing Powell on several occasions. Sidmouth weathered the early onslaught and on the 35th minute had the chance of the game, Ollie Binion put in a terrific right wing cross which was met by the on rushing Connor Swingler, with the goal gapping Swingler fluffed his lines from ten yards out to the relief of the home management but to the utter disbelief from the Sidmouth bench. On the day the former Exeter City youth team player was exceptional and a goal would have been just rewards for the talented teenager’s exceptional performance.
The 2nd half was dominated by two excellent defences who were supported by exceptional goal-keeping, clearly it was going to take something special to beat either custodian. On the 70th minute Alphington’s Danny Burwood beat Powell in the away goal but unfortunately the veteran midfielders 25 yard shot cannoned off the post and out to safety. Alphington went onto have a purple patch for five minutes, again putting the Vikings under extreme pressure. Sidmouth held firm and so nearly scored the winner on the 88th minute with Nathan Antat riffling an effort goal wards from 25 yards out but only a last gasp fingertip save from the Chronicles keeper Jack McAndrew’s at full stretch preserved a well-deserved clean sheet.
Sidmouth From: Powell, Newbery (C), Pointing, Clampin, White, Binion, Jones, Wellman, Swingler, Pitter & Antat. Used Subs: Burrows & Evans. Unused: Dobinson.
Star man – Connor Swingler
Macron D&E League Division 7 Saturday 19th November 2016
On Saturday Sidmouth 3rds entertained Woodbury, a side just beneath them in the league. Untypically Sidmouth were quick out of blocks, the start of the most majestic half of football demonstrated by the predominantly young side. Playing with width and depth and benefiting from the resulting space and time, the home side tore apart their opposition scoring 5 without return by half time. The creative Connor Murphy, Rich Johnson and Ben Miller created chance after chance with Ollie Turton and Johnson himself scoring twice and Murphy scoring from a 40 yard set piece. The 3rds even had the luxury of a penalty miss after Miller was up-ended with the effervescent Jack Gibson becoming the fifth Sidmouth player in a row to miss from the spot.
Despite a unanimous warning from the older players at half time, complacency kicked into the second half, tempo, energy and intensity lost. Woodbury scored once, twice then thrice and flopped a good opportunity to make it 5.4 with 5 minutes to go. Thankfully the energetic Jimmy Pearse then calmed nerves and secured the victory with a cool finish before Joe Gosse scored the goal of the game with a ‘wow’ goal, drilling the ball into the net from an impossible angle.
Great credit to a Woodbury side whose spirit got themselves back into a fairly fought game but the exemplary first half was enough to earn Sidmouth all three points. Sidmouth up to fourth and able to widen the gap next week against fifth placed Polonia
Macron D&E League Division 1 Saturday 19th November 2016
The Vikings unbeaten league run came to an end against an experienced Exmouth outfit.Taking the game to the visitors Town were on top when Ferenc Bodor clipped in a cross and youngster Scott Hughes headed home. Exmouth replied with a good passing game on a difficult surface and managed to pressure the Vikings into mistakes. A number of needless free kicks were heaping more pressure on the defence and eventually an equaliser was the outcome. Two minutes before halftime Exmouth took the lead when another set piece wasn’t defended properly.
The second half saw the Vikings up the ante and chances went begging before a quick counter attack from the visitors extended their lead to 3-1 Damien Armes smashed a thirty yard effort into the top corner to give a glimmer of hope but another opportunity from Armes was missed as the game finished shortly after.
The players have been excellent and they will bounce back. Naivety is a problem but so many are young lads and experience comes with age. The club are giving youth a chance and the future is looking promising
Next week sees an away game versus Willand Rovers 2-15 KO
SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 12th November 2016
Sidmouth Town travelled to the Foxhayes ground with new recruit Riki Pitter, Pitter re-joining the club after a brief spell at Budleigh Salterton. Both teams needed to avoid defeat for different reasons, T&D needed the points to enable them to pull away from a potential relegation battle and Sidmouth needed the points to keep their seasons ambitions of breaking into the top six alive. Both teams were fairly cagey, creating very little in the way of clear cut chances in the opening 20 minutes. On the 25th minute a terrific right wing cross from Nathan Antat was met at the far post by the onrushing and unmarked Tyler Wellman, however the Devon U18 midfielder placed his headed effort over the bar. Wingers Connor Swingler & Antat were causing the home side some concerns, however it was T&D who had the best effort of the half. A direct free kick was awarded 20 yards out after an alleged foul by Sidmouth’s centre back James Clampin. The resultant free kick was hit with real pace but the rejuvenated Jamie Harvey in the Vikings goal dived to his left at full stretch, palming the ball out for a corner.
Sidmouth started the second half at a great pace causing T&D some anxious moments, on the 50th minute the ball fell to Shaun Denhsam 18 yards out, however the experienced forward snatched at his shot which sailed over the bar much to the relief of the home management. The deadlock was broken on the 65th minute after a free kick was awarded to Sidmouth wide right 25 yards out, up stepped the impressive Wellman who picked out an unmarked Pitter at the far post, Pitter was never going to miss this opportunity and headed home with ease 0-1. This sparked T&D into life and they threw caution to the wind, putting the visitors under extreme pressure for sustained periods. Sidmouth held firm after some terrific defending from Kieran White, Clampin, Neil Pointing and Ollie Binion that saw them marginally deserve to take all points back to the Sid Valley.
Final Score 0-1
Sidmouth From: Harvey, Binion, Newbery (C), Clampin, White, Swingler, Jones, Wellman, Antat, Pitter & Densham. Used Subs: Pointing, Burrows. Unused: Badcott & Dobinson
Star Man – Dan Jones