Budleigh Salterton 2 – Sidmouth Town 5

Carlsberg SWPL Division1 East Friday 15th April 2017

Having beaten the hosts 4-0 on Boxing Day, Sidmouth went into this game knowing that they could not be complacent as the Robins are fighting for their lives at the wrong end of the table and Sidmouth knew that at the very least Budleigh would battle.

Sidmouth made a good start, getting the ball down and playing a neat passing game that was backed up by a high tempo pressing game when not in possession.  That said Budleigh created the first chance of the game with an instinctive shot from Callum Shipton, the Budleigh skippers effort was deflected over the bar.  Sidmouth went on to retain the ball well and in was no surprise when they opened the scoring in the 10th minute, Cameron Vere and Connor Swingler played a neat one- two on the edge of the Robins penalty box Swingler finished off the move with a lovely left foot strike that left Alan Doble in the home goal helpless. 0-1.  On the 14th minute Ben Farrington delivered a teasing ball into the home penalty area which was met by the head of Jonny Holding, Holding scoring his 1st goal for the Vikings since his switch from Alphington in March. 0-2.

On the 37th minute Sidmouth seemed to take their foot off the gas and this gave Budleigh an added incentive and they deservedly halved the deficit, a left wing cross ended with Mark Lever heading the ball back across the box where it was met by Hugo Demetre to knock the ball past keeper Dec Lines.  Conceding the goal was the shake up that Sidmouth needed as two minutes later they had the ball in the net again.  Once again it was a Farrington cross that was met by the head of Glenn Gould, Gould also scoring his 1st of the season since joining the Vikings from Seaton Town in February. 1-3.  Right on halftime the talented Callum ‘Pele’ Shipton saw his 25 yard free-kick cannon back into play off the crossbar.

Halftime 1-3

It took Sidmouth a good ten minutes to get going, but when they did the next ten minutes was impressive with Farrington, Gould and Holding running the game which resulted in another goal, on the 20th minute a defence splitting through ball from Gould sent Cameron Vere clear, Vere neatly placed the ball past the exposed Doble. 1-4

Budleigh clearly needed to find something as they ran the risk of being on the wrong end of a walloping. They deserve some credit as their heads didn’t drop and on the 65th minute they were rewarded for their dogged determination, Rafael Catille-Jos found himself in the Vikings penalty box and squared the ball to Adam Wilkinson, Wilkinsons shot hit the post and rebounded to Karl Riddell who smashed the ball home. 2-4.  Budleigh finished the game strongly and in the 85th minute young Wilkinson hit a rasping effort from 30 yards that had Sidmouth glovesman Lines in all kinds of trouble and the teenage keeper was relieved to see Wilkinsons strike hit the crossbar.  With almost the final kick of the game Sidmouth Town completed the scoring when Vere broke the offside trap and then once again placing past the helpless Doble.

Final Score 2-5

Sidmouth From: Lines, Binion, Newbery, Pointing, Skelton, Farrington (c), Gould, Holding, Bodor, Vere and Swingler.  Used Subs: Small, Raistrick and Sam Jones.  Unused: Jarrett.

Star man – Glenn Gould.



Exmouth Town Res 2 Sidmouth Town Res 0

Macron D&E League Division1 Saturday 15th April 2017

 The Vikings second string lost against their local rivals in a tame affair at Southern Road.

On a bumpy ill prepared pitch neither sides play was helped by the standard of beachballs that the home side supplied. The visitors were certainly up for the challenge but didn’t fulfill the expectations of the management team, Exmouth took the lead midway through the first half when Dec Lines saved well but the ball rebounded off the crossbar to fall kindly for the winger to prod home, the Vikings didn’t get out of third gear as the hosts slightly edged the tedious proceedings. 

Halftime gladly came as a relief to the Vikings so adjustments could be made to the side 

Unfortunately these changes didn’t make much difference as the second half performance was largely a repeat of the first half, Exmouth had three one on ones with Lines with the keeper saving all three, while at the other end Alex Raistrick, Riki Pitter, Scott Hughes all had efforts saved by the fortuitous keeper, a defensive mistake led to Exmouth doubling their lead and they probably deserved to take all three points 

A good season can’t be let to slip away as players look forward to a break. 

The young squad will have learned a lot this year and hopefully will stick with the Club as they continue their development and gather more experience throughout the coming seasons. 

Witheridge away 29/4 is the Reserves final league game.

Sidmouth 3rds were to enjoy a very productive weekend in the April sun.

Sidmouth first travelled to Seaton in their penultimate league fixture. In perfect conditions two well matched teams played out a game that was competitive but played in a good spirit throughout. The opening goal always looked likely to be decisive and thankfully the goal went Sidmouth’s way. Jake Sellick playing in an unaccustomed left wing position beat his full back with some nice trickery before laying the ball inside to Joe Gosse who hit a screamer from outside the box into the top far corner.

Some heroics from the Seaton keeper prevented Sidmouth adding to their lead until the introduction of Luke Spiller who has only recently turned 16. First off Luke released Connor Murphy whose thundering run down the right was followed by a low cross which was met at the near post by Joe Gosse who poked the ball past the Seaton keeper. For those of a certain age it seemed very reminiscent of Gary Lineker playing for England against Poland in the 1986 World Cup!

Then with virtually the final move of the game a beautifully placed cross from Luke Spiller on the right hand side was met by a glancing header from Joe Gosse. For Joe Gosse that represented his 3rd hat trick in 2 games- not a bad goal scoring sequence!

The ultimate score line was harsh on Seaton who could easily have got something from the game with a little more composure in front of goal. And they will certainly fancy their chances for revenge in the reverse fixture at Sidmouth on 22 April.

Then on Sunday Sidmouth progressed to the next round of the Golesworthy Cup with a 2-1 victory at Manstone over Bravehearts from Cullompton. The victory was sweet revenge for Sidmouth who had been knocked out of the Geary Cup by the same opponents earlier in the season. In a scrappy and bad tempered game Sidmouth were good value for their win. Goals from Joe Miller and Ollie Turton plus a stunning save from Jack Burgess being the particular highlights.

This Friday Sidmouth 3rds will play in a tribute game to their late team mate, 19 year old Sam Marriott. Sam’s age group team will be re-forming to provide the opposition.

Sidmouth Town 0 – Liverton 0

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 8th April 2017

 The kick Off was delayed by an hour due to the referee getting stuck on the M5 after an overturned lorry had caused complete chaos around Exeter.

Sidmouth started brightly and soon had the ball in the net through Ashley Small but the lively front man was rightly ruled offside.  After a bright start the Vikings then went onto produce a lacklustre performance lacking any real quality.

Halftime 0-0

Sidmouth were given a halftime ‘rocket’ which made a marginal difference but they failed to master the basics and looked lethargic and struggled to carry out the simplest of instructions.  On the 70th minute Ferenc Bodor should have scored Bodor who is normally so clinical lashed his effort wide with just the keeper to beat.  Sidmouth bossed possession and on the 80th minute were nearly made to pay for not turning possession into goals, Dec Lines being forced into a terrific save having spent the majority of the game as a spectator.  The last chance of the game fell to substitute Ollie Binion, Binion was presented with a glorious chance six yards out from goal, Binion’s effort summed up the Vikings performance, ‘un convincing’.  His shot was more like a back pass and easily dealt with by the relieved Liverton keeper.

Full time 0-0

Sidmouth From: Lines, Farrington (c), Newbery, Booth, Wellman, Pointing, Gould, Holding, Bodor, Densham & Small.  Used Subs: Skilton, Swingler & Binion.  Unused Jarrett.

Star man: Ben Farrington

Otterton 2 Sidmouth Town Res 2 Sidmouth win 4-2 on penalties

Grandisson Cup Wednesday 5th April 2017
Town qualified for the Grandisson Cup Semi Final with a poor performance against their opponents.
On a breezy night on top of the hill it was Town who settled the quickest as they forced the home side back, Ferenc Bodor broke the deadlock after 15 minutes slotting home after good work from Tom Matthew, Otterton were causing the young Town back line, average age17 problems and shortly after a goalmouth scramble saw the hosts equalise.
Half time was gladly accepted by the crowd as the football on offer was way below standard. Thankfully the nearby Marine camp sent over a helicopter to give anyone watching something memorable to witness this evening.
The second half was similar to the first, Will Jenkins curled a free kick in from 25 yards out to edge the Vikings in front only for the inexperienced defence to play a game of “after you, no after you” allowing two Otterton players to attack Adam Bartlett’s goal and one of them hammered home to make it 2-2, Bodor had the chance to grab the winner but his effort hit the post.
Penalties were ordered to be taken in an attempt to get the tie finished as darkness fell around the pitch, Pitter, Coss, Bodor and Skilton all scored in the shoot out.

Sidmouth Town 3 – Crediton United 2

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 1st April 2017
You could have been excused for believing that it was Sidmouth who were the ones pushing for promotion rather than Crediton as they forged a well-deserved 3-1 lead by halftime.
It took the Vikings ten minutes to really get into the game and lucky for them goalkeeper Dec Lines was switched on right from the off, producing a terrific save as early as the 2nd minute. And that was the ‘rocket’ that sparked the greens into life. With Glenn Gould and Jonny Holding bossing the midfield and with the experienced Neil Pointing providing the cover so that the two talented midfielders could go and dictate the game.  On the 10th minute, a terrific through ball from Gould found Ashley Small, Small raced clear and slotted past a despairing Fred Tonkin in the Crediton goal 1-0.  As all too often this season Sidmouth have conceded all too quickly after scoring themselves and this game was no different.  Within five minutes of taking the lead Creditons, Richard Groom scored the equalizer after Sidmouth failed to clear the 2nd ball from a corner. 1-1.  This goal seemed to be the wakeup call the Vikings needed and they scored the 2nd on the 25th minute after Shaun Densham riffled the ball home from a goalmouth scramble 2-1.  Right on halftime Densham scored his 2nd goal of the game, expertly heading home a terrific right-wing cross.
Halftime 3-1
Sidmouth knew that this game was not over and they had to ensure the game was managed properly and to their absolute credit the Vikings ‘killed the game’ particular the 1st 20 minutes when they knew the Kirton would come at them strongly and they did, but quite clearly could not gamble as much as they wanted to as they knew they would be exposed to the counter attack from Small, Vere, and Densham.  On the 65th minute of the game Sidmouth’s Jamie Newbery made a fabulous heated goal line clearance, as has been seen so often from the Devon U18’s skipper Newbery never gives up until the ball is in the net and this was a huge moment in the game, a match-winning clearance.  On the 78th minute another set piece was delivered into the box and for the 2nd time in the game the Vikings failed to deal with the ‘pieces’ and this allowed Steve Goss to place past Lines.  By now Sidmouth had opted to defend the lead switching to 4-5-1 formation with wingers Ferenc Bodor and Ollie Binion providing the outlet for the quick counter, this switch proved fruitful as the visitors could not penetrate the resolute Vikings defence any further.
Final Score 3-2
Sidmouth From: Lines, Farrington (C), Newbery, Booth, Wellman, Pointing, Gould, Holding, Small, Densham & Vere.  Used Subs: Jenkins, Binion & Bodor.  Unused Jarrett & Skilton.
Star Man – Jamie Newbery