Sidmouth Town Res 2 University Res 3

Macron D&E League Tuesday 28th March 2017

The Vikings entertained the students on Tuesday evening at Manstone. In a keenly contested contest it was the home side that made an early breakthrough with Scott Hughes scoring from close range after two minutes, however the students rallied and were level on fifteen minutes after sloppy defending. The next twenty minutes saw the students dominate as Town couldn’t keep possession and all too frequently they were getting caught on the counter attack twice the away side capitalised with this tactic as the Vikings lost a bit of belief. 

HT 1-3

The second forty five saw the Vikings take the game to University and basically camped in and around the students penalty area but couldn’t find a lifeline initially Riki Pitter scored with fifteen minutes remaining and the hosts layed siege to their opponents goal but in the ensuing darkness they fell a bit short.

FT 2-3

The lads did well with a spirited second half but we are all frustrated with the opening forty five, this season has been largely positive and we should remember that a large percentage of this seasons squad had never played Senior football before. 

A two week break sees no game before Town travel to Exmouth Town on Easter Saturday 3pm ko

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Newton Abbot Spurs 2-Sidmouth Town 0

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

Woodbury 1 – Sidmouth Town 3rds 11

Macron D&E League Division 7 Saturday 18th March 2017

Sidmouth 3rd’s travelled to Woodbury needing a confidence boosting result after a series of disappointments. There had been some doubt as to whether Woodbury’s pitch would be playable after the overnight rain but in the end the rain merely deprived the Woodbury ground staff of the chance to prepare a manicured surface. So Sidmouth were greeted by a pitch which was not really conducive to their normal passing game and with Sidmouth needing to adapt their style to a somewhat lumpy pitch.

Sidmouth opted to play down the slope in the first half but they started slowly and there was little to choose between the teams in the early exchanges, after Sidmouth adapted to the conditions things soon became much more comfortable, firstly a teasing ball from Joe Gosse on the right hand edge of the area crept into the top corner with only a little help from a Woodbury head, then a low free kick from Connor Murphy was whipped round the edge of the Woodbury wall and into the Woodbury goal despite the unorthodox efforts of the Woodbury keeper. After a Sidmouth corner Joe Gosse spun in the box to fire a third a glancing header from Jake Sellick soon followed. Joe Gosse then got a first half hat trick after reacting fastest in a goalmouth scramble, even defensive kingpin and captain Ben Squance was getting in on the act firing home after a Sidmouth corner

So by half time Sidmouth had gone from level pegging to a 6 goal lead in next to no time.

The half time talk focussed on the need to avoid complacency after Woodbury had staged a stirring comeback in the reverse fixture. But there was to be no such turnaround this time. A wonderful cross from Reuben Raffell gave Joe Gosse the easiest of chances. Joe’s brother than added an eighth after getting on the end of a floated cross from Connor Murphy. Ollie Turton then broke the Gosse monopoly with a fine finish before a couple more from Joe Gosse completed the scoring.

After extensive debate it was felt that hat tricks in each half from Joe Gosse probably justified the man of the match award. But a resounding victory overall leaves Sidmouth in good heart as they play the final games of the 2016/17 season. Credit should go to Woodbury who continued to battle and play in good spirit despite an ever more challenging score line.

Sidmouth Town 1 – Brixham 3

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 11th March 2017

Sidmouth started brightly with Connor Swingler causing the visitors backline all kinds of trouble, the 1st half was a pretty even affair but the Blues managed to find the 1st goal when Josh Lucas found the net from close range on the 30th minute.  The Vikings had an opportunity to soon draw level but with just the keeper to beat the experienced Shaun Densham placed his header straight at the relived visiting custodian.

Halftime 0-1

Sidmouth went straight for the jugular and were awarded a penalty on the 60th minute after good work from Glenn Gould.  The Vikings Ben Farrington scored from the spot with ease.  The turning point in the game came on the 70th minute, the lively Connor Swingler jinxed passed two players and smashed his shot against the crossbar.  From the next phase of play Brixham scored again after Sidmouth failed to clear a routine cross and this allowed Lucas to score his second.  By now the pitch was badly cut up and this did not suit Sidmouth at all with Midfielders Gould, Wellman and Farrington all losing the footing at vital times.  On the 85th minute Brixham sealed all three points when Kieran Parkin punished the home side after some naive defending and in the process taking the blues to the top of the table.  Sidmouth need to dust themselves down quickly as the face the University of Exeter next week, they quickly need to discover their high tempo pressing game.

Final Score 1-3

 

Star man – Connor Swingler

Colyton 1 – Sidmouth Town Res 3

Macron D&E League Division 1 Saturday 11th March 2017

Town travelled to Colyton on Saturday with a very strong Reserve side.

On a wet but certainly playable surface they struggled on the tiny pitch, players that are usually assured with their passing and ball control were often found wanting whilst struggling with the basics of the game. Colyton offered little going forward the referee was having an off day with decisions going mostly the way of the hosts, anyway Town made numerous opportunities with Callum Cross going close probing away on the left, the Colyton defence were being stretched and with the introduction of Ferenc Bodor things would only get worse for the hosts.

As is the norm with the youthful side sloppy defending saw Colyton take the lead with their first effort on Adam Bartlett’s goal. Shaken, the Vikings regained their composure and piled the pressure on with Will Jenkins prominent in most of the positive play finally Cross equalised shooting low into the far corner. 

Half time was shortly after and the players were reminded that the basics of football would see them conquer the opposition who had little to offer Jake Sellick pushed forward and was crudely taken down in the penalty area. This gave Riki Pitter the chance to score from the penalty spot and he sent the keeper the wrong way, a couple of scares at the back made by a lack of communication and understanding of the situation saw the hosts go close at the other end Bodor and Pitter could off scored three each as the Vikings went on the rampage as it was Pitter put the game beyond Colyton finishing off a neat move. 

Three points were the aim and the players deserve a huge amount of credit playing in a game that was difficult to watch and awkward to play in.

The Vikings climb into second place in the table so next week’s game away to Witheridge, favourites to finish second gives the game a massive opportunity for Town to put down a marker. 

Galmpton 1 – Sidmouth Town 0

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 4th March 2017

The young Vikings were desperate to get a result for their friend and club mate Sam Marriott who tragically passed away last weekend.   In tribute to the talented and much loved teenager there was a minutes silence with the Vikings donning t-shirts in memory of Sam. 

 Sidmouth started marginally better than the wary opposition that had been on the end of a 5-1 mauling against the young Vikings four weeks earlier.  Sidmouth’s Connor Swingler and fullback Charley Skilton caused the home side some early problems, but their end product couldn’t find the right players and this let Galmpton off the hook. Sidmouth shaded the 1st half but failed to deliver in the final 3rd.  On the half time whistle Stuart Bowker slapped Sidmouth’s Ollie Binion in the face right in front of the ref, the official had no option other than to show the talented but hot headed Galmpton player a straight red card.

Halftime 0-0

Sidmouth failed to take advantage of having a player more and desperately needed one of their match winners to step up and get a hold of the game as clearly the visitors were there for the taking.  The more stray passes that Sidmouth made the more Galmpton grew into the game.

On the 60th minute Sidmouth’s Glenn Gould should have scored, Gould well placed on the edge of the 18 yard box dragged his shot wide with just Kenny Griffiths in the home goal rooted.  Minutes later Griffiths made a save that not many keepers in this league would have been capable of making, Shaun Densham’s well placed header looked like It would nestle into the bottom right corner of the goal, however the vastly experienced Griffiths reacted late getting finger tips to Densham’s effort, tipping it away for a corner.

On the 80th minute a routine corner was delivered into the box, the ball was met by Galmptons Rob Farkins who with ease beat Sidmouth’s Neil Pointing to the header, giving the Sidmouth keeper no chance. 1-0.  On the 89th minute Griffiths was at it again, Ben Farrington hit a thunderous freekick from 25 yards out that looked like it had evaded everyone but instinctively Griffiths who was un sighted, raised his left arm of which the ball hit and deflected onto the crossbar and then bounced on the line only to be cleared to safety, with a number of Sidmouth players claiming it had crossed the line.  However in all fairness, goal line technology would have been required for the referee to award a goal!!!

Today football took a backseat and we were all reminded that the most important things in life are to do your best, be kind to each other and live life to the full as our friend Sam did. 

RIP Sam Marriott

Star man – Charley Skilton