Exmouth Town 2nds 3 – Sidmouth Town 2nds 1

East Devon Senior Cup Quarter Final Wednesday 25th January 2017

The Vikings exited the East Devon Senior Cup at the quarter final stage for the second season running, meeting their Division One counterparts away in midweek saw an unusual looking visiting team.

Starting brightly the away side had the better of the opening exchanges without causing too many problems for the home custodian, on twenty minutes the hosts went ahead after a goal mouth scramble against the run of play with a stiff breeze in their faces the Vikings held firm going into the interval just the one goal behind. 

Immediately from the restart Exmouth couldn’t deal with a long ball and Will Jenkins unleashed a drive from twenty five yards that flew in, the next ten minutes saw the visitors pressure the home goal but the final pass wasn’t quite good enough to create an opportunity. 

Midway through the half a soft free kick was awarded and the resultant cross wasn’t cleared efficiently leaving a simple chance to nudge the hosts in front, five minutes later it was 3-1 after Anthony Griffiths was bundled over off the ball to leave the striker with a free run at goal.

With a sprinkling of senior players it was going to be a tough night for the young players, hopefully they will have learned a lot from this game and will be better players for it.


Sidmouth Town 3rds 5 – Cheriton Fitzpaine 1

Macron D&E League Division 7 Saturday 21st January 2017

In the corresponding fixture earlier in the season Sidmouth and Cheriton had seemed very well matched with nothing to choose between the 2 teams for the first 40 minutes. With that in mind the Sidmouth management had asked for an energetic and focussed start. Sidmouth were to deliver such a start in the most emphatic fashion.

With barely 20 seconds on the clock the ball came back to Sidmouth’s sweeper, Al Forsyth, who hit a long ball with the outside of his boot into the right hand channel. Richard Johnson collected the ball and fired it emphatically past the despairing Cheriton keeper to give Sidmouth the quickest of leads.

Having established an early platform it was important that Sidmouth retained that early lead. That they did so was down to a truly stunning save from Adam Bartlett in the Sidmouth goal. When the Cheriton right winger found himself free on the edge of the penalty box he struck a fierce drive that seemed certain to hit the far corner of the net. But at full stretch Adam was able to turn the ball past the post and to safety.

Shortly thereafter Reuben Raffell hit a long ball down the left touchline to Fez Bodor who outpaced the Cheriton full back before cutting inside. He then spun past the defender before coolly slotting the ball past the Cheriton keeper.

By this stage Sidmouth were truly rampant. They were dominating possession in midfield and fizzing the ball around at pace with some lovely one touch football. A scrappy goal from Reuben Raffell quickly followed. And a series of good chances were spurned before a well-judged cross from Connor Murphy was met by a powerful header from Jake Sellick who rose majestically above the Cheriton defence.

After one of the most impressive 45 minutes football this season there was not much to say at half time. The second half began in very similar vein with a couple of early chances going begging before Sidmouth were to extend their lead. Richard Johnson hit a long cross from the left hand side which was beautifully laid off by Ben Miller into the path of Reuben Raffell who swept a powerful volley into the left hand corner of the net.

Sidmouth were unable to add to their lead and Cheriton kept battling to the end. Cheriton were to grab a late consolation goal which did not seriously take the shine off a fine Sidmouth performance.

2 goals and an assist were not enough to give Reuben Raffell the man of the match award which went instead to Jake Sellick. Jake’s speed and endless energy in the middle of the park was the real foundation of this impressive victory.

Next week Sidmouth are off to Dawlish with their management hoping for more of the same.

Sidmouth Town 5 – Galmpton Utd 1

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 21st January 2016

The Sidmouth Town Management tasked their players to take the game to the Visitors, and boy did they deliver as within the 1st ten minutes the Vikings were 2 goals to the good.  The 1st two goals were scored by the inform Shaun Densham, Densham playing on the shoulder of the last man on two occasions capulised on some school boy defending.  Densham in electric form at the moment was a thorn in the visitor’s side all afternoon.  Sidmouth completely dominated the 1st half by pressing the visitors into making mistakes and it was no surprise when Sidmouth scored a 3rd on the 30th minute.  Will Jenkins slotted a through ball to the energetic Nathan Antat, Antat riffled home from an acute angle, taking the greens into a halftime lead and effectively ending the game.

Half time 3-0

As expected Galmpton threw everything but the kitchen sink at Sidmouth and they deserve a lot of credit for giving it a go.  The defence of Sidmouth had to be at their best with Neil Pointing, Ollie Binion, Dexter Booth and Anthony Griffiths all making timely interceptions and clearances.  Goal keeper Dec Lines was also forced into making several smart stops.  On the 65th minute A clumsy challenge from behind by Sidmouth’s Binion gave Galmpton the opportunity to pull one back from the spot, up stepped Managers Son Scott Bowker, but yet again found lines in defiant mood with the teenage keeper pulling off an excellent save, unfortunately for Lines no one in a green shirt reacted and this allowed Bowker to score from the re-bound, this was harsh on Lines who is growing in maturity and stature every week. 3-1. Sidmouth immediately went on the attack and should have scored when Connor Swingler was left one on one with Galmps keeper Kenny Griffiths, inexplicitly Swingler lashed his shot wide.  Galmpton went back on the front foot but yet again found the defensive line of the Vikings supported by Lines in defiant mood.  On the 75th minute Densham beat the offside trap for the third time of the afternoon and found the same result collecting his hat trick in the process.  4-1. On the 80th minute Sidmouth introduced Dan Norman, Norman with his 1st touch riffled past the experienced Griffiths and giving Sidmouth an impressive 5-1 victory, the Vikings didn’t have things all their own way as the score might suggest but the youthful energy, power and fitness was the major difference on the day.

Final Score 5-1

Star Man – Shaun Densham.

Sidmouth From: Lines, Binion, Pointing, Booth, Griffiths, Armes, Gould, Jenkins, Swingler, Densham (C) & Antat.  Used Subs: Rowe, Evans & Norman.  Unused: K Gould & Jarrett.

Appledore 3 – Sidmouth Town 5

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.

Axminster Town 3 – Sidmouth Town 1

 Carlsberg SWPL Division1 East Saturday 7th January 2017

Axminster got out of the traps quickly and took the lead in the 5th minute. A long ball up field caused some indecisiveness between experienced centre backs James Clampin & Neil Pointing this allowed Tony Pinder to nip in and pass to Aaron Daniels who  was left with an easy tap in past Sidmouth’s keeper Josh Mclean who was left badly exposed by his senior colleagues.

Just four minutes later Axminster doubled their lead when Johnny Hurford crossed for Liam Cleal to score from 6 yards.  The Vikings seemed at sixes and sevens as they were struggling to deal with the pace of the home-sides forward line.  Axminster dominated the half which saw them produce excellent quick passing football.  On the 15th minute Axminster’s Tony Pinder had a good chance to extend the Tigers lead but his shot was saved well by the on-rushing Mclean. Sidmouth almost committed suicide when the Vikings captain Clampin made a blind back pass straight to Hurford, much to his relief the shot was inches wide.  On the 28th minute Daniels raced clear but to the relief of the Vikings management the teenager dragged his shot wide.  Then just before half time Pinder turned Clampin on the half way line to race in-on goal but Devon U18 keeper Mclean was equal to his effort and saved at his near post. Clampin was seriously hurt in the challenge on Pinder and had to leave the field of play to be replaced by Jamie Newbery, who in turn was making his 1st appearance in five weeks having recovered from a serious hamstring injury.  A timely recovery for Devon U18s skipper Newbery as Clampin’s season sadly looks over.

Sidmouth were desperate to hear the halftime whistle as it was clear that they needed to change their game plan.  Thanks mainly to keeper Mclean the Vikings were still in the game but needed to regroup at the oranges.  Half time 2-0.

As expected the Vikings Management made a few tactical changes and they started the second period much better and this forced Axminster onto the back foot. Densham had his first effort on goal in the 51st minute when his header just flew over Scott Wells-burr’s crossbar. Midway through the half Sidmouth clawed a goal back when a Ben Farrington free kick just inside the Tigers half was launched deep into the penalty area for Densham to head back across the goal to leave Keeper Wells-Burr stranded.  It was no less than the Vikings deserved and by now the home-side looked out on their feet as the Vikings dominated proceedings.  Sidmouth continued to push for the equaliser with Bodor and Anat both having half chances.  Axminster shaded the final fifteen minutes of the game with Jonny Hurford having a great chance to put the game to bed, through on goal again but with the same outcome Mclean producing the barrier.  On the 81st minute Axminster put the game to bed, Daniels played a defence splitting pass for Liam Cleal to round the keeper and make no mistake with the finish. Cleal went onto narrowly miss out on his hat trick not before Sidmouth’s Right back Ben Farrington was sent off for his second yellow card of the afternoon.

Final Score 3-1

Sidmouth From: Mclean, Binion, Pointing, Clampin (C), Wellman, Farrington, Gould, Antat, Bodor, Densham & Swingler, Used Subs: Pitter, Burrows & Newbery: Unused: Lines (GK)

Star Man – Josh Mclean

Sidmouth Town Res 3 – Bickleigh 1

Macron D&E League Division 1 Saturday 7th January 2017

The Vikings moved up to second in the table with a gutsy performance against a much improved Bickleigh outfit. On a heavy pitch that quickly became unplayable through the middle Town didn’t settle at all, With a very youthful side it was apparent early on that the Vikings were not comfortable as they were unable to play their normal passing game.

The visitors took the lead with a cross come shot that deceived Jack Burgess as it floated towards the far post, Will Jenkins tested the keeper with a rasping effort from way out and Kyle Blair should of made the keeper work from good approach play. Finally Ben Miller drew Town level prodding home at the far post to make it 1-1 at the interval. 

After regrouping at half time the Vikings improved slightly but the game was in the balance as neither side played well, Bickleigh hit the post midway through the half and the Vikings rarely troubled the away side. With a couple of enforced changes and a formation change Town looked more comfortable and it was Scott Hughes, suffering from illness, who came on and changed the game. The youngster has made a massive impact at his hometown club and he was pivotal in grabbing all three points. Being alert he was first to the ball and the goalie took his legs away from him resulting in a penalty, up stepped Will Jenkins to send the keeper the wrong way and edge Town in front.

With the experienced JP Staniforth making way for the equally experienced Nick Gingell the defence had an organiser for the youngsters to learn from. The hard working Kyle Blair secured the game with a fantastic shot from 25 yards that flew in. 

It’s never easy after having a break as it upsets the fitness and mentality of the players. We have a very talented group of young players at the club and they are learning every week that tricks and flicks don’t win games. Winning ugly is not pleasant to watch but they kept going and found a way through with team spirit and perseverance to win a tough game.

Lyme Regis home 2-15 KO is next weekend’s fixture. 

Sidmouth Town 0 – St Martins 0

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 31st December 2016

In this mid table clash both sides had chances but the deadlock just could not be broken, with both defences and goal keepers in defiant mood!

The best chance of the game fell to St Martins Kevin Pike.  On the 25th minute Pike was fouled inside the penalty area by Sidmouth’s Neil Pointing.  Pike took the spot kick but was trying to be far too clever by chipping his shot, to the joy of the home supporters Pike’s effort cleared the crossbar and out to safety.  On the 35th minute Saints Ryan Pym dragged his shot wide clipping the post on its way out.  For Sidmouth their best chances fell to Ferenc Bodor and Connor Swingler, both players lashing shots wide when a little composure was required.

Half-time 0-0

Both teams started well, with Sidmouth’s Glenn Gould creating the best opportunity of the 2nd half, Gould showing real quality by skipping past two players then threading a delightful through ball to Riki Pitter, Pitter hit his shot 1st time but marginally dragged it wide.  St Martins continued to attack but found debutant Viking goal keeper Josh Mclean in fine form, the Devon U18 custodians ball handling was exemplary throughout.

 By the 75th minute Sidmouth dominated the possession stats but could not find the end product on a very heavy pitch and nearly paid the price when St Martins Fred Kingdom lashed a rasping shot of the underside of Mclean’s crossbar, the ball fell to Aiden Moyle who tucked the ball home, Moyle not realising that Sidmouth had pushed up leaving the unfortunate Saints player in an offside position.

 On the day both sides had chances to score, but a draw was a fair result.

Sidmouth From: Mclean, Binion, Pointing, Clampin (C), Kana’ah, Armes, Gould, Wellman, Swingler, Pitter, Bodor.  Used Subs: Antat & Densham.  Unused Jenkins.

Star man – James Clampin