Sidmouth Town 4 – Budleigh Salterton 0

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Monday 26th December 2016

Reserve Team player Ferenc Bodor staked a claim for a 1st team shirt as he proved to be the individual star of the show scoring a hat-trick against a shell shocked Budleigh team.

Such was the Town dominance that goalkeeper Robbie Powell hardly had a save to make, though he was involved a lot with the ball at his feet as the Vikings played a slick passing game, building from the back, a tactic that the visiting side had no answer too.

The only surprise for a large Manstone Lane turnout was that it took almost 30 minutes before the first goal arrived with Bodor cutting in from the left wing before drilling the ball home.

The second arrived early in the second half with Bodor again the scorer and the fleet-footed wing man also played a big part in the eye-catching third goal. Budleigh had a corner that was cleared by the Town defence. The ball reached Bodor on the left wing and he raced away before crossing to the far post where it was met by Ollie Binion who had charged up field (from right back) in a slick counter attack having been defending the corner seconds before!

In the final minute Bodor completed his hat-trick.

A delighted Town boss Josh Stunell said: “That was as one-sided a game as I have seen this season.

“Before the game we reminded the lads that there was a good turnout and so this was a terrific opportunity to put on a show and they delivered in barrel loads!”

As for hat-trick man Bodor, Stunell said: “Fez is a regular in the club’s second team and we called him up a few times last season. To be honest, in most of those games he failed to deliver but that was certainly not the case in this game, he was terrific.  We felt that Budleigh could be got at down the left and so it was as they were simply unable to cope with his pace.”



Sidmouth Town 3rds 5 – Bickleigh 2nds 3

Macron D&E League Division 7 Saturday 17th December 2016

Sidmouth 3rds passed a searching test of their promotion credentials with possibly their most impressive performance of the season to date. Sidmouth had lost 6 of their young regulars whose success in the season to date had seen them earn well deserved promotion to Sidmouth’s 2nd team. That meant that Sidmouth’s 3rds had to field a greatly changed line up against a Bickleigh team fielding many players from their 1st 11 who usually play some 6 leagues higher than Sidmouth’s 3rds. 

The size of the challenge soon become evident with Bickleigh racing to a 2 goal lead. But despite the early deficit Sidmouth kept playing their neat passing football and were looking especially dangerous down each flank. 

Bickleigh were to concede a free kick towards the right touch line. In what was to be a game changing moment Connor Murphy whipped a beautifully placed free kick into the penalty box. Jonny Dunn then rose to head the ball powerfully past the Bickleigh keeper. 

Although trailing 2-1 at half time Sidmouth’s first half performance gave them every reason to be confident and in the second half Sidmouth were simply imperious. First of all Ben Squance scored his first goal for Sidmouth with a classy close range finish. Reuben Raffell then edged Sidmouth in front with a thunderous shot followed by a less than thunderous celebration! Jimmy Pearse added another before Jonny Dunn capped his man of the match performance by rounding the Bickleigh keeper and slotting into an empty goal. 

Although Bickleigh scored a late consolation nothing should detract from an impressively mature all round performance from Sidmouth which will give them particular satisfaction through the long mid- season break. 

Sidmouth Town 2 – Exwick Villa 2

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 17th December 2016

The Vikings started brightly against the leagues basement boys with new signing Glenn Gould displaying a wonderful array of passing.  It was the visitors that took the lead on the 20th minute against the run of play when Sidmouth’s Nathan Antat missed placed his pass, Villas Louis Jagger Cane took full advantage by neatly slotting passed Jack Burgess in the Vikings goal.  Sidmouth dusted themselves down and continued to try and play a passing game on the heavy Manstone pitch.  On the 35th minute they were rewarded for their patience when visiting custodian Zac Lee miss timed a routine clearance the ball fell invitingly to teenager Ollie Binion, Binion sided footed home into an empty net from 20 yards out.  Five minutes later the game’s biggest talking point took place, Exwicks Lee missed timed a challenge on the edge of his box and clearly handled the ball outside of his area, the referee looked to the away linesperson for clarification the expressionless linesperson was never going to confirm what had just happened, much to the relief of the away management but to the utter disbelief of the Sidmouth faithful.

Half time 1-1

Sidmouth changed the formation at halftime and this enabled them to get the ball out of the middle of a boggy pitch, the switch seemed to be working well and they created numerous chances, with Shaun Densham, Antat and Binion all having good opportunities to score.  On the 65th minute Exwick were awarded a free kick 20 yards out Villa skipper Chris Clarke floated his shot past Burgess and into the top far corner of the goal.  Exwick thought they had scored the winner but the Vikings had other ideas and immediately went on the attack forcing Lee into making some tremendous saves.  James Clampin went onto hit the crossbar with a thunderous shot.  On the 75th minute Sidmouth found the equaliser, Ben Farringtons terrific free kick was powerfully headed home by centre back Clampin.  The remainder of the game was end to end as both teams seemed to neglect defence in search of the winner, Burgess was at his best on a couple of occasions matched at the other end by Lee.

Final Score 2-2

Sidmouth From: Burgess, Farrington, Clampin, Pointing, White, Wellman, Antat (C), Gould, Swingler, Densham & Binion.  Used Subs: Booth & Norman Unused England.

Star Man – Ollie Binion

Lyme Regis 3 – Sidmouth Town 2nds 4

Macron D&E League Saturday 17th December 2016

 The Vikings travelled to Dorset and were triumphant in an enthralling game

The Vikings began well and were looking comfortable when slack defensive play saw Lyme take the lead at this point ten minutes in. Lyme doubled their lead when a long ball over the top saw the striker punish the visitors , ten minutes later a second yellow card for the same Lyme player saw him sent off as the hosts lost their heads. Town kept theirs and continued to play football and not get involved in the dark arts of the game. Will Jenkins speculative effort somehow deceived the keeper and the Vikings were back in a game that was in the balance 

HT 2-1

Town picked up where they left off and for twenty minutes totally outplayed their opponents making their numerical advantage count. Keeping the ball and stretching the home side it was a joy to watch and it was only a matter of time before they got their reward. Ferenc Bodor was running at the defence and from his low cross Scott “George ” Hughes tapped home from close range to square the score line. Pushing forward and pressing the hosts it was a rampant side that now had confidence. Jenkins made it 3-2 with a fantastic free kick that flew in giving the keeper no chance. Lyme to their credit had to give it a go and came back at the visitors. The Vikings had a couple of chances to put the game beyond the home sides reach but squandered them and it was to prove costly as Lyme equalised with a deflected shot that squeezed in the far post. Town regrouped and showed a great collective spirit and it was Jenkins that secured all three points with his first senior hat trick nudging home after a keeper error. A tense last ten minutes saw Adam Bartlett make two great saves and Ollie Jarrett clear off the line as long throw ins on the tiny pitch gave Lyme their best option. 

Five under 17s were in the squad of 14 and were a credit to themselves and the club. In a physical match on a heavy pitch they didn’t hide and kept playing football. With the senior players taking responsibility and leading by example it was a great way to end the year and Town lie third in the table as we head into a three week break. 

Bickleigh home is the next game 7/1/17. 

In the meantime the first team play Budleigh Salterton on Boxing Day 11am ko and hopefully a well supported side will get three points.

…………………………………………Merry Christmas ……………………………………..

Stoke Gabriel 3 – Sidmouth Town 1

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 10th December 2016

Stoke found the net inside the 1st five minutes when Sidmouth’s experienced Centre Back Neil Pointing lost his footing, this allowed Stokes new signing and current Torquay Utd non contract player Sean Finch a clear run on goal.  Finch made no mistake with the finish, placing neatly past Jamie Harvey in the away goal.

The home-side failed to make the early impact count as the Vikings got into the game with the Midfield of Tyler Wellman, Nathan Antat and Riki Pitter dominating possession.  On the 20th minute Pitter scored a goal of the season contender, riffling home a right footed drive from 35 yards out which left Scott Corderoy beaten all ends up in the home goal, the Torquay Utd squad member could only watch as Pitter’s strike flew past him and  into the roof of the net.  Sidmouth almost grabbed a second straight away as Stokes Lewis Woodmore slipped but Shaun Densham failed to take advantage by narrowly firing over.

Sidmouth felt that the loss of Tyler Wellman just before the break was the turning point of the game as clearly the talented teenage midfielder had the beating of his opposite number. A rash challenge on Wellman just before the break meant that the teenager watched the rest of the game nursing a damaged ankle, much to the frustration of the Vikings management.

Halftime 1-1

Sidmouth started the half brightly, but yet again Finch dimmed the Vikings chances inside the 1st ten minutes of the re-start by scoring his second of the game, a clinical finish from a striker bang inform.

Stoke went on to control proceedings and on the 70th minute Tom Kelly made it three, smashing home a Dean Stevens free kick.  The last 15 minutes was a scrappy affair, with Sidmouth doing extremely well to withstand the home onslaught, Finch, Kelly and Stevens all going close.  At the other end Sidmouth’s Dan Norman, Connor Swingler and Densham had a couple of half chances.

Sidmouth put in a very good performance in the first half but were undone in the second by Stoke Gabriel’s additional quality.

Star Man – Riki Pitter

Sidmouth From: Harvey, Binion, Pointing, Booth, White, Wellman, Antat (C), Densham, Norman & Swingler.  Used Subs: Hughes, Ogley & Farrington

Sidmouth Town 3rds 6 – HT Dons 1

Macron D&E League Division 7 Saturday 10th December 2016

Sidmouth 3rds got back to winning ways after a disappointing defeat against top of the table Wellington the previous week. 

Sidmouth worked hard from the off and soon edged in front. A good run from Jake Sellick down the right wing gave him space to hit a low cross to Richard Johnson who slipped the ball under the HT Dons keeper. 

A Reuben Raffell header quickly followed to double the Sidmouth lead. 

Good attacking pressure on the HT Dons keeper led to him conceding a throw in on the right hand side. A Joe Gosse lay off gave Jake Sellick the chance to fire into the bottom left corner.

Jimmy Pearse then fired a wonderful through ball in to Richard Johnson who span past his defender to score from the edge of the box

A half time lead of 4 nil was nothing less than Sidmouth’s hard work deserved.

Sidmouth then began the second half by conceding a controversial penalty when JeanPaul Staniforth was harshly adjudged to have fouled an HT Dons player when everyone else could clearly see he had played the ball.

But it mattered not because finely placed shots from Jonny Dunn and Joe Gosse gave Sidmouth a final score that their determination and work rate thoroughly deserved.

Special mention must go to Jimmy Pearse who had a hand in several of the Sidmouth goals. But man of the match was Al Forsyth whose determination and communication set the tone for an impressive Sidmouth victory.

Next Saturday Sidmouth host Bickleigh at Sidford. With Bickleigh firsts having no game this will provide Sidmouth with a more demanding pre-Christmas test.

Sidmouth Town 2nds 6 – Colyton 2

Macron D&E League Division 1 Saturday 10th December 2016

The Vikings claimed all three points in an entertaining game at Manstone. 

Colyton went ahead with their first attack as a long ball caught Towns defence asleep, the visitors were sharper to the ball and yet again basics were to let the home side down ten minutes on the clock and it was 2-0 as a straight forward throw in routine mesmerised the Vikings. To their credit the hosts clawed their way back in the game enjoying large parts of possession chances were being made, Theo Burgess, Ollie Jarrett and Ollie Turton all went close before Turton tucked away his second chance Ferenc Bodor was unusually quiet but had the beating of his fullback. Will Jenkins levelled the scores with a free kick that zipped past the keeper off the wet surface

HT 2-2

The Vikings regrouped at the interval and began to show the quality and confidence that was prominent earlier in the season Bodor claimed the third to nudge Town ahead. Dominating the game Town went searching for the fourth but on a rare breakaway Jack Burgess conceded a penalty when he upended the Colyton striker However Burgess atoned for his error by diving the right way saving the penalty, five minutes later Burgess flung himself to his left and finger tipped the ball wide of the post immediately the Vikings made it 4-2 as Bodor grabbed his second, Jenkins now dominating proceedings followed suit with a stunning strike that flew into the net, Kyle Bassett rounded off the scoring flicking home at the near post.Tony Cox foolishly got a second yellow card two minutes from time to put a dampener on a good game. 

Delighted to get three points as Colyton were second in the table and have been on a good run in the league, Will Jenkins is a talented footballer but can improve by getting a physical edge to his game, Jack Gibson made his second team debut and did well as he was one of three sixteen year olds that started the game with Ben Miller coming on later in the game the youths are progressing well.

A final game of this season for Mike Pidgeon as he is leaving the UK, he will be sorely missed and the club say farewell and thank you and wish him all the best in the future. 

Next week sees the Vikings play away to Lyme Regis 2-15 KO.