Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 14th January 2017
Sidmouth travelled to the much fancied Appledore with reserve team players Damien Armes, Dec Lines, Anthony Griffiths and Will Jenkins all deputising for the injured / unavailable Josh Mclean, Neil Pointing, Ben Burrows, Jamie Newbery, Riki Pitter, Kieran White, Ferenc Bodor & James Clampin.
The Vikings absorbed some early pressure, with centre backs Griffiths and Dexter Booth in commanding form. On the 15th minute, against the run of play Sidmouth with their 1st attack of the game found Nathan Antat unmarked inside the 18 yard box, Antat made no mistake with the finish, slotting calmly passed the home gloves man 0-1. Appledore immediately went on the attack but yet again found themselves exposed to the counter attack, Sidmouth’s Tyler Wellman put in a terrific left wing cross that was audaciously met by a superb overhead kick from antat 12 yards out, Antat’s effort looked to be sailing in but instinctively the rejuvenated Shaun Densham guided the ball back across the goal and into the net 0-2. After a succession of corners Appledore pulled a goal back on the 40th minute, when the ball fell invitingly to Sam Fishwick who hit a thunderous drive past the rooted Lines in the Vikings goal. 1-2.
Half time 1-2.
At halftime Sidmouth tweaked their formation in order to deal with the inevitable onslaught. On the 60th minute Appledore got back on level terms when Jamie Frickleton scored from another terrific Fishwick corner. 2-2. The Vikings deserve a lot of credit as they had to absorb some sustained and heavy pressure before finding their 3rd goal on the 70th minute when for the 2nd time of the game Antat was allowed too much space in the box again, Antat yet again slotted calmly passed the flat footed Appledore keeper 2-3. Appledore were not ready to give up and soon levelled proceedings with Fishwick half volleying home Tom Marsh’s 76th minute cross. The young Vikings dusted themselves down and scored a 4th goal which displayed the desire and commitment that typified the Vikings general play. On the 80th minute substitute Dan Norman picked up the ball on the right wing and crossed to the far post that was met by left back Tyler Wellman who had ran the length of the pith to get on the end of Norman’s cross and placing into the net with ease 3-4. By now Appledore had resorted to pumping the ball long into Sidmouth’s penalty box and they needed all eleven players to stand firm and absorb the pressure, but yet again Appledore had forgotten to close the back door and this allowed Antat too much space again for the 3rd time of the afternoon, Antat’s movement was rewarded as yet again he made no mistake with the finish and in the process securing his hat trick and a well-deserved three points for the jubilant Vikings, that set up a joyous bus journey back to the Sid Valley.
Final Score 3-5.
Sidmouth From: Lines, Binion, Griffiths, Booth, Wellman, Farrington, Jenkins, Gould, Antat, Swingler & Densham (C). Used Subs: Norman, Armes & Evans.
Star man – Nathan Antat.