Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Wednesday 22nd March 2017
The game was brought forward from this coming Saturday to allow the players to attend the funeral of their former club-mate Sam Marriott.
The Vikings welcomed Cameron Vere from a spell at Exmouth Town and he took his place in a new look front line alongside Ashley Small who has returned home after a lengthy spell of traveling.
Newton Abbot Spurs turned up the heat a little more at the top end of the table with a less than comfortable 2-0 victory against a youthful Sidmouth Town Side,
Both sides started the game well and had ample chances to have broken the deadlock in the first period. The Vikings always looked a danger when they were attacking with the raw pace from Cameron Vere, Ashley Small, and Will Richards but the Spurs back four stood firm. The first chance of the evening came in just the second minute and it fell the way of the home side, a deep Joe Andrews free kick was met by the head of Chris Metters but he failed to test Dec Lines in the away goal as the ball sailed wide. The Vikings thought they had broken the deadlock on the quarter of an hour mark but Cameron Vere was deemed offside and his cool finish was ruled out by referee Oliver Green, to the dismay of the Vikings management and forward line who were convinced that the former Exmouth town man had timed his run to perfection. Spurs came very close just two minutes after the wake-up call, Liam Jones slipping in full back Joe Andrews who beat the keeper with his effort but not Devon Under 18 captain Jamie Newbery who sensed the danger and did well to head away Andrews powerful effort from under his crossbar. Metters had another headed effort come and go before the visitors had two glorious chances from set pieces to take the lead. The first came from Tyler Wellmans inswinging corner, Newbery meeting the set piece six yards out to head over Matt Bojars goal. Just two minutes later it was Vere sending a free header over the bar when unmarked from a Ben Farrington corner. One of Spurs’ own youngsters, George Dandridge had the final chance of the half, slaloming his way through two challenges before screwing wide on his weaker left foot.
With the home side knowing anything less than a win would seriously hamper their title challenge, they came out after the break on the front foot and took the lead just three minutes into the half. Dandridge did well to cut in towards goal from the edge of the box to tee up Adam Dyson who struck the ball across his body and into the far top corner. It was the finish of a natural goalscorer and from this moment, Spurs didn’t look back. The lead was doubled as the game entered its last quarter and once again Dyson produced a top finish to seal the points for his side and a return to the top of the table. The goal followed a move down Spurs’ right-hand side which ended with Andrews cutting the ball onto his left foot and sending an inswinging ball towards Dyson who headed home at the near post from twelve yards out. Sidmouth almost hit back on seventy-three minutes, a long free kick into the box was spilled by Bojar with the ball eventually reaching Farrington but Metters was out quick to put in a fine block. Bojar redeemed himself four minutes later with a smart low save after substitute Nathan Antat had spun on a loose ball in the box. Jake Chisholm cut in from the right but saw an effort blocked by Lines as Spurs looked to add gloss to the scoreline with ten minutes to go. For the remaining minutes the Spurs back four stood firm to nip any danger.
Sidmouth From: Lines, Farrington (c), Pointing, Newbery, Skilton, Wellman, Gould, Holding, Richards, Vere & Small. Used Subs: Antat, Binion, and Swingler
Star man- Dec Lines