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.
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