Sidmouth Town 4 – Seaton Town 1

Morrison Bell Cup – 26th February 2017

Seaton gave The Vikings an early fright taking a 10th minute lead through Seth Wakley, Wakley capitalising on some indecision in the Vikings back line. 0-1 By the midway stage Sidmouth found their rhythm, Will Jenkins played a terrific through ball to Dan Evans, Evans beat keeper Ben Abbott to the ball a found the net in the process 1-1.  The 2nd goal followed soon after as Ferenc Bodor raced clear and slotted past Abbott at his near post giving The Vikings a comfortable halftime lead. 2-1

Sidmouth stamped their authority on the game right from the off and got their just rewards when Jenkins found the net on the 60th minute, Seaton worked hard and had some bright moments particularly when Jacob Rowe received the ball.  But the superior fitness and knowhow from the Vikings was telling and on the 80th minute Jenkins scored his 2nd giving the Vikings a comfortable victory.

Final Score 4-1

Sidmouth From: Lines, Binion, Pointing (C), Burrows, Bowditch, Jarrett, Wellman, Jenkins, Evans, Antat & Evans.  Used Subs. Gibson, Sellick & Miller

Man Of the Match: Will Jenkins


St Martins 2 – Sidmouth Town 3

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 25th February 2017

Sidmouth started brightly against a lively St Martins side.  Sidmouth had the better of the earlier exchanges with Shaun Densham & Nathan Antat missing glorious chances.  In typical fashion Sidmouth were made to pay for their earlier misses as St Martins took the lead on the 25th minute when a Sam Rawlings pass allowed Sam Johnson a clear route on goal , Johnson placed past keeper Dec Lines with ease 1-0.  Sidmouth levelled things up on the 35th minute when Nathan Antat pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area 1-1.

Halftime 1-1

The second half saw St Martins shading the early exchanges and they deservedly took the lead on the 53rd minute Johnson turned on the edge of the box and fired past Lines 2-1.  Sidmouth re-grouped and found the equaliser on the 70th minute after a goal mouth scramble was unfortunately kicked past Lee Bailey by one of his own defenders 2-2.  Sidmouth continued to press, with Ben Burrows forcing a terrific save from Lee Bailey.  Neither side sat back with both teams looking for all three points and it was the Vikings that found the winner.  Antat picked the ball up 30 yards out from goal and went on a mazy run that saw the fleet footed forward tucking his shot passed the despairing Bailey in goal.

Fulltime 3-2 Sidmouth From: Lines, Binion, Pointing, Booth, Griffiths, Newbery, Gould, Wellman, Jenkins, Antat & Densham.  Used Subs: Burrows & Evans.

Man of the match:  Dexter Booth

Teignmouth 3 – Sidmouth Town 1

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 18th February 2017

Sidmouth took the lead inside the 1st fifteen minutes, when a Will Jenkins corner was headed home by the unmarked Tyler Wellman. 0-1.  Just before halftime the Home side pulled a goal back 1-1.

Teignmouth started the 2nd half well forcing Sidmouth goal keeper Dec Lines into making several smart stops.  On the 65th minute The Vikings Jamie Newbery rattled the cross bar with a thunderous strike, a minute later Teignmouth found the net again, after hitting Sidmouth on the break with real pace and power 2-1.  The contest was put to bed on the 80th minute when Teignmouth counter attacked the Vikings again with deadly precision. 3-1

 Sidmouth From: Lines, Newbery, Pointing (C), Booth, Griffiths, Farrington, Wellman, Gould, Burrows, Jenkins & Swingler  Used Subs: Armes & Akinade

 Full time 3-1

 Man Of Match: Glenn Gould

Alphington Res 1 – Sidmouth Town Res 1

Macron D&E League Division 1 Saturday 25th February 2017

The Vikings second string returned from Exeter with just a point after dominating their opponents, on a well prepared pitch the visitors were camped at in their hosts half as a heavy wind made conditions difficult, on several occasions the final pass let the Vikings down when well placed. The referee wasn’t helping the flow of the game and both sides became frustrated with his handling of the match, totally against the run of play Alphington were awarded a soft free kick and Town did not organise themselves allowing the Alphington winger time and space to drill in the opening goal. Undeterred the visitors kept on trying to break the stubborn resistance of a determined Alpha defence.

The second half saw a more positive approach from Sidmouth as the final pass was delivered and chances were made. Riki Pitter scored the equaliser with a terrific free kick which flew into the net giving the keeper no chance. Town piled the pressure on and two big shouts for penalties were waved away by the official. Tony Cox was given his customary red card which probably gave the hosts their get out of jail card.

All in all a very frustrating day. The Vikings play neat football at times but the young players need to learn that sometimes you have to dig in and battle to earn the right to play.

Next week sees the Reserves host Lyme Regis 3pm ko. 

Sidmouth Town 2nds 2 – Witheridge 2nds 4

Macron D&E League Division 1 Saturday 18th February 2017

 In a bizarre game at Manstone the better footballing side lost!

Errors cost goals and the depleted reserve side were not clinical enough, going ahead deservedly after two minutes through Riki Pitters superb strike the Vikings were well on top and for the next fifteen minutes is was delightful to watch as two touch football was being played unfortunately the difference in games can be minimal and the Vikings couldn’t match the visitors ruthlessness in opportunities that presented themselves.

The second half saw Town give it their all but it was the guests that pounced on two defensive mistakes to grab all three points. 

Bovey Tracey 3 – Sidmouth Town 4

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 28th January 2017

The Vikings played against nine men for 63 minutes after Bovey Tracey lost one player on the 22nd minute (Ben Head) to bad language directed at the match official and another (Callum Leech) for an off the ball incident on 24th minute on Sidmouth’s teenage full back Ollie Binion, that was in full view of the referee.

Despite being two men short, the home side found themselves 3-1 up with just five minutes of the match to play, and trooped off the pitch beaten 4-3!

Town fell behind in the early exchanges when Ben Farrington allowed Mark Perring a free header on goal  from a corner on the 12th minute, but within a minute Sidmouth were level when Tyler Wellman drilled the ball home from the edge of the area.  Sidmouth scored what they thought was a perfectly good goal on the 35th minute, but a late, late flag was raised by the home-linesperson.  The referee gave the home team the benefit of the doubt and went with the decision.

Halftime 1-1   

Sidmouth made some adjustments at halftime, introducing Dan Norman to play in a ‘free roll’ with Anthony Griffiths making way.  Town in complete domination forcing save after save from the Bovey gloves-man Adam Bryant who made several breath taking saves.  On the 60th minute Binion completely lost his barring’s and this allowed Gavin Collins to race clear then calmly slotting passed Dec Lines in the Vikings goal 2-1. 

Sidmouth dusted themselves down and continued to be thwarted by Bryant.  On the 75th minute a routine clearance from Bovey’s skipper Joe Bushin saw Dan Taylor chasing the long clearance the ball seemed to be a routine clearance for Lines in goal, however inexplictly the teenage keeper seemed to be day dreaming and  failed to move off his line and this allowed Taylor to place home with ease into the net.  Again Sidmouth created numerous goal scoring opportunities but yet again Bryant was equal to them and was clearly having the game of his life.

With five minutes of normal time to play Connor Swingler went on a mazy run and was felled in the box, up stepped Ben Farrington who scored the resultant penalty with ease. 3-2.  In the last minute of the game Dan Norman lost his marker and placed expertly passed Byant 3-3.  With virtually the last kick of the game a terrific right wing cross from Farrington was met at the far post by Shaun Densham who headed home with deadly accuracy 3-4.  Straight after the referee had blown for fulltime Bovey’s Taylor & Hatherly were shown red cards for foul and abusive language again directed at the match official.    

Town boss Josh Stunell said: “I have been in the game for some time, but I cannot ever recall a game quite as strange as this one. For much of the game we were poor and well below the levels we have shown in recent games – and indeed what I expect from this group of players, he continued: “It was very hard for me at the end because, when your team has just come from behind to win in such fashion you want to praise the players, but in all honesty this was a woeful. We lacked both intensity and work rate in a woeful all-round show and we can – and will – do better.” 

Stunell said: “With 15 minutes to go I was in despair. We must have had 30 attempts to the three they had managed. For me the clock was clearly ticking and I genuinely wondered where on earth we’d go from this one if we lost to a 9-man side.  “Then the footballing gods delivered, we got the spot kick and quickly levelled.  “At 3-3 there was no thought of shutting up shop and take the point. No, quite the opposite as we went straight back up their end to get a winner and duly got it!”

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

Star man – Ben Farrington

HT Dons 1 – Sidmouth Town 6

Macron D&E League Division 7 Saturday 28th January 2017

Sidmouth 3rds headed to Starcross with expectations of a dominant display after the previous Saturday’s strong showing. Sidmouth had won 5 of their last 6 games and HT Dons had only won once all season. But as the game commenced it was clear that HT Dons were fired up and were determined not to be cannon fodder. So for the first 30 minutes Sidmouth seemed very much on the back foot they looked lethargic and their lack of communication made them appear unusually vulnerable at the back.

HT Dons track record suggested that the first goal would be of key importance and thankfully it went Sidmouth’s way. Ollie Turton made a darting run at the HT Dons defence. Although Ollie rode a series of tackles his progress was blocked by the last defender. But as the ball span off the defender’s leg it fell to Richard Johnson who volleyed it spectacularly past the HT Dons keeper.

Quickly thereafter Johnson turned provider as he laid the ball into the path of the overlapping Joe Gosse who thundered his shot low across the HK Dons keeper and into the left hand corner of the net.

A 2 nil half time lead did not call for a Fergie style “hairdryer” but the Sidmouth management pressed Sidmouth to turn up the energy. Despite this Sidmouth again started the half slowly and had to weather early pressure from HT Dons. But then good play down the right hand side ended with a beautifully judged cross from Joe Gosse which was duly rewarded with a well-placed header from Ollie Turton.

Richard Johnson then added another before a brace of goals from Ben Miller completed Sidmouth’s scoring. The first was the pick of Ben’s goals with an inch perfect cross from Matty Skelding being met with an equally perfect glancing header which left the keeper with no chance.

Sidmouth then conceded a soft late penalty but the consolation goal was no less than HT Dons deserved for their effort on the day.

The game then ended on an unpleasant note with a series of particularly unsavoury fouls leading to a pair of red cards. To add a note of farce to proceedings the infamous HT Dons right back was heard to justify his horror tackle on the basis of the physical abuse he had suffered all game at the hands of the fearsome Ben Miller- all 9 stones of him-wringing wet! But since Ben now answers to the nickname of “bone cruncher” and escaped unscathed all’s well that ends well.

The man of the match award went to Connor Murphy who was at the heart of many of Sidmouth’s best moves on the day.

Next Saturday sees Sidmouth away to Exmouth in what is likely to be an even more challenging excursion.