Grandisson Cup Final Thursday 19th May 2017
Devon Senior Cup winners and Division One Champions Cronies came out on top in this Grandisson Cup Final at Ottery St Mary.
The Vikings started brightly but once again the final pass was to be their undoing against a very pacy Exeter outfit Town had plenty of work to do to keep a clean sheet, Ash Small was pulling the strings as the Vikings struggled to get any rhythm. Small had a long range effort tipped around the post and Ferenc Bodor unusually missed the target when well placed. Cronies themselves made chances but Adam Bartlett in the Town goal was equal to anything that the opposition did create.
Half Time 0-0
The second half was a tale of substitutions that affected the outcome of the match. Damien Armes was forced off with a neck injury before the second half commenced, Cronies themselves threw on a big target man that meant a more direct route that the Vikings struggled to contain, midway through the second half the Exeter side grabbed the all important first goal and a clearly deflated Viking side looked beaten. To their credit the Vikings kept going and Riki Pitter was unlucky not to level the tie. Shortly after a strong penalty appeal was dismissed as Pitter was caught late in the penalty area. Within minutes Cronies caught Town on the counter attack to double the lead and this was how the game ended.
Cronies deserved to win as yet again the Vikings Reserve side came Runners Up in this final for the second year running.
Morrison Bell Cup Semi Final 15th May 2017
Sidmouth started well and completely dominated the first 20 minutes as quite clearly the visitors seemed to suffer a little stage fright, which was made even worse when on the 25th minute a terrific Tyler Wellman corner was bundled into the net by Dexter Booth. 1-0. Inexplicably Sidmouth then took their foot off the gas and this gave the Otters the incentive to play and only a couple of terrific save from Sidmouth’s keeper Dec Lines ensured that the Vikings went in for the oranges in the lead.
Upottery with their new found believe gave it a right go in the 2nd half forcing Lines into action on numerous occasions as Sidmouth seemed to be very complacent and just going through the motions. On the 65th minute Cameron Vere raced clear of the Otters backline, Vere with the goal at his mercy somehow shot straight at the relieved keeper. By the 75th minute the game was end to end with the Otters perhaps shading the contest, but lacking the final finish to beat the impeccable Lines. On the 85th minute the vastly experienced Shaun Densham was hauled down for a Sidmouth penalty, Ben Farrington stepped up and made no mistake with the finish 2-0 and effectively ending the tie. Upottery had the last word, a speculative effort on the 90th minute from 25 yards trickled past Lines who unfortunately got his angles wrong which gave the Devon & Exeter Premier Division side a worthy consolation goal.
Final Score 2-1
Sidmouth From: Lines, Pointing, Newbery, Booth, Wellman, Farrington (C), Gould, Holding, Swingler, Vere & Antat. Used Subs: Densham, Binion & Small. Unused: Burrows & Skilton.
Star man – Dec Lines
Grandisson Cup Semi-Final Wednesday 10th May 2017
This Grandisson Cup Semi Final was a case of two different levels. Town started on top and immediately took the game to their neighbours. With Callum Cross, Ferenc Bodor and Ashley Small all creating problems for the Salts defence it was only a matter of time before the Vikings took the lead, the surprising thing was it took fifteen minutes before the breakthrough came and it was the lively Small that opened the scoring, more chances came and went as Town laid siege to the opposition defence Damien Armes scored a cracking second goal from outside the box that had a physiological effect on Budleigh, given that it was just before halftime, and it signalled the end of their hopes. Ferenc Bodor added the third from the penalty spot and Callum Cross then fired on the fourth from twenty five yards as Sidmouth played some neat football Joe Miller slotted home from the penalty spot and his younger brother wrapped up the scoring with a delightful finish after an exquisite Small through ball.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening for the team, management and supporters of STFC. Cronies are their opponents in the Final likely to be held on Thursday 18th May 7 pm KO.
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 29th April 2017
Sidmouth scored the opening goal against the run of play on the 10th minute when Ollie Binion beat his man wide right before expertly placing past the rooted keeper from a tight angle. Sidmouth then created their own down fall when a corner on the 25th minute flew straight into the goal through Rory Paine. Cameron Vere went close at the other before Sidmouth conceded another soft goal on the 44th minute when Barnstaple Town players Shaun Copp directed a corner wind assisted flew into the net 2-1.
Sidmouth with the wind behind them fully expected to come out with all guns blazing and put the home side under some serious pressure, but in reality the Vikings lacked the required determination and quality to worry the home side as they sensed Sidmouth were having an off day. Further goals from Copp, George Nancekivell & Marc Bettiss sent the Vikings packing with a long trip home to reflect on a dismal away performance.
Sidmouth From: Lines, Farrington (C), Newbery, Pointing, Skilton, Wellman, Gould, Holding, Binion, Vere & Antat. Used Subs: Harwood & Bowditch.
Star man – Glenn Gould.