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.
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.