Honiton Town 1 – Sidmouth Town 0

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Tuesday 29th  August 2017

Honiton made the livelier start, but after the 1st ten minutes it was Sidmouth that started to stamp their authority.  On the 20th minute Jordan Bastin went close with a headed effort.  Sidmouth’s Ashley Small & Jonny Holding were causing the home defence some issues with their movement. Honiton always looked a threat on the counter attack, which needed Sidmouth’s Keeper Josh Mclean to be alert to sweep up any through balls.

Half time 0-0

The game came alive in the 2nd half with the home side picking up numerous bookings that kept the referee busy, one or two very borderline red card challanges went in from the battling Hippos.  On the 65th minute a touch of sheer class from Honiton’s Ben Ede put the home side ahead, Ede spotted keeper Mclean off his line and subsequently hit a 35yard shot that flew over Mclean and into the net. 1-0.  Ede wasn’t finished there and tried the same thing again 2 minutes later, fortunately for Sidmouth ede’s shot went wide.  This was a wakeup call for Sidmouth and they started to get their act together again dominating possession but lacking the end product.  Honiton still looking for the quick counter attack and twice found Mclean in great form saving two one-on-one situations.  At the other end Matt Long in the Honiton goal was in sparkling form commanding his area with aplomb.  The introduction of Sidmouth’s Connor Swingler on the 78th minute caused the Hippo’s numerous problems the fleet footed winger delivered several excellent crosses that rebounded off bodies in the home sides 18 yard box and narrowly bobbling wide.  On the 85th minute the Vikings should have scored, again great work by Swingler found Small with the goal at his mercy, uncharacteristically Small blazed over.Final Score 1-0

Sidmouth From: Mclean, Wellman, Booth, Duchenski, Antat, Davies, Tricker, Rowe, Holding, Small & Bastin.  Used Subs: Swingler & Densham.

Star Man: Tyler Wellman



  St Martins 2 – Sidmouth Town 1

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 26th August 2017

Sidmouth started well and should have taken the lead inside the 1st five minutes when a great left wing cross found Nathan Antat inside the six yard box, however Antat snatched at his shot and the ball bobbled into the arms of the home keeper.  Sidmouth had the best out of the early exchanges and dominated larges spells of the game but could not find the killer pass to unlock a well organised home defence.

Half time 0-0

St Martins started the second half on the front foot and it needed some composed defending to keep the lively saints at bay.  Cruelly on the 60th minute a deflected shot zipped past Josh Mclean in the Vikings goal.  Sidmouth went on the front foot and on the 75th minute a moment of individual brilliance from Ashley Small got the game back on level terms, Small spotted the home keeper off his line and lofted the ball over the rooted keeper from an audacious angle.  1-1.  On the 83rd minute Sidmouth’s current run of luck continued, Captain Dan Clay was punched off the ball, the referee who was a late replacement, subsequently gave a free kick against Clay for what he thought was play acting.  The subsequent free kick was lofted into the box and was met by Saint’s defender Ross Carstairs who headed past Mclean.

Final score 2-1

Sidmouth From:  Mclean, Clay, Newbery, Holding, Booth, D.Clay (C), Wellman, Rowe, Antat, Small & Swingler.  Used Subs: Binion, Densham & Allen

Star Man: Tyler Wellman

Sidmouth Town Res 2 – Alphington Res 3

Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 26th August 2017

 The Vikings kicked off the season on Saturday with a loss.

Wearing their new kit sponsored by Honiton Mot Centre it was a dismal effort from the home side, with Alphington allowed too much time and space especially in the midfield it was only a matter of time before they took the lead

Half an hour in and 1-0 down Town had threatened with new signing Aidy Parr prominent in attack and Ferenc Bodor causing problems for the Alphas defence, shortly before half time it was 2-0 to the visitors as a defensive mix up was punished. 

Looking for a response Town changed formation and improved slightly but it was evident that fatigue was hampering the side, a third goal from a free header put the game beyond the Vikings, Matt Salter slotted home a first for Town and Aidy Parr added a second shortly after hitting the post.

The final whistle ended the contest as the Vikings suddenly woke up in the last five minutes, embarrassing was the reaction from management duo Gary Bargery and Paddy Thomas, so disappointed that a talented group can appear disinterested in the first game of the season. 

Next week sees the Vikings play away to Premier favourites Elmore Town 2pm ko.

Sidmouth Town 1 – Bovey Tracey 2

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 19th August 2017

Bovey Tracey started brightly and put the Vikings backline under some heavy pressure throughout the early exchanges.  Sidmouth rode the early onslaught well defending resolutely.  However a lapse in concentration on the 20th minute enabled Joe Bushin to find Dan Taylor with too much space, Taylor headed past the unprotected Sidmouth Keeper Josh Mclean with ease.  Sidmouth had a couple of half chances and found the net on the 35th minute after Sam Johnson delivered a fabulous corner kick that teenage centre back Jamie Newbery headed home unmarked at the far post 1-1

Halftime 1-1

Sidmouth changed formation at half time and looked the better for it, with Jacob Rowe causing the visitors all kinds of problems with his direct running.  On the 56th minute a defence splitting pass found Bovey’s Gavin Coles who blasted past Mclean. 1-2.  Minutes later Sidmouth’s Rowe looked like he was bundled over inside the 18 yard box by two Bovey defenders, however to the dismay of the home support the official judged the double challenge to be legal.  Ten minutes later a fantastic cross by the lively Nathan Antat found Sidmouth striker Shaun Densham unmarked two yards out from goal left with a simple tap in, Densham somehow fluffed his lines and miscued his shot, to the complete relief and dismay of the away support.  Sidmouth continued to dominate putting the visitors under immense pressure.  Tyler Wellman having a shot cleared off the line and Densham putting a header wide when well placed.  With no injury time allowed the whistle blew on the ninety minute mark, leaving the Sidmouth faithful dumfounded on how the greens had not got at least a point from the game.

Final Score 1-2

Sidmouth From: Mclean, Wellman, B.Clay (c), Newbery, Booth, Binion, Jacob Rowe, Antat, Jake Rowe, Johnson & Densham.  Used Subs: Farrington, Duchenski & Swingler.

Starman Jamie Newbery

Match Sponsored by Evergreen Renewables


University of Exeter 4 – Sidmouth Town 3.

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 15th August 2017 

Sidmouth started fairly well but it was the home side that took the lead on the 7th minute when Andy Farley punished some woeful defending, the Vikings seemed a little jaded and were soon to concede again when Bratt riffled a 20 yard free kick past the despairing dive of former Devon U18 keeper Josh Mclean. 2-0.  Sidmouth got marginally better but more school boy defending was on display and in the 34th minute prolific striker Sedgwick calmly rounded Mclean 3-0. 

Sidmouth captain James Clampin received his marching orders on the 34th minute after an overzealous tackle on a one of the students.  This incident seemed to wake the travelling Vikings up as on the 39th minute they were awarded a free kick 30 yards out, the talented Jordan Bastin lofted a ball into the penalty area that deceived everyone and nestled into the top left hand corner of the goal.  3-1 Right on half time Bastin was at it again neatly finishing off a great team move 3-2.

Halftime 3-2

By the 65th minute with 10 men the Vikings looked the better side and it was only a matter of time before they equalised.  The match drew level on the 80th minute when teenager Jacob Rowe riffled home a free-kick 3-3.  Sidmouth pushed for the winner with Bastin, Antat and Small all coming close.  On the 85th minute Sidmouth were left heart broken, the Uni were awarded a dubious free kick 20 yards out from goal, the direct kick was un-characteristically fumbled by Mclean right into the path of the onrushing Bartley who made no mistake with the finish.  Mclean was injured in the phase of play, complaining of breathing difficulties the young custodian was checked over at Exeter A&E after the game, thankfully Mclean was given the all clear.

Final score 4-3  

Sidmouth From: Mclean, Farrington, Clampin (C), Newbery, Clay, Tricker, Davies, Rowe, Bastin, Small & Antat.  Used Subs: Johnson, Densham & Holding.

Star man – Ashley Small

Sidmouth Town 2 – Torridgeside 2

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 12th August 2017

Sidmouth started the season by proudly wearing their new strip which is sponsored by Prospect Plaice, Sidmouth.  The Vikings started brightly as quite clearly the travelling had taken its toll on last season’s surprise package. With 25 minutes played and against the run of play the visitors took the lead when James Clampin got caught in possession, he subsequently hauled his man down, leaving the excellent official no choice but to award a spot kick and a yellow card for Clampin.  Harry Stevens stepped up and placed calmly passed the Vikings keeper Josh Mclean 0-1.  Sidmouth instantly went on the attack, Nathan Antat, Jonny Holding and Jordan Bastin all going close.  Torridgeside offered very little in the way of attacking play and were relieved to hear the half-time whistle.

Halftime 1-1

Within two minutes of the restart Sidmouth were level, the impressive Tom Tricker received the ball twenty-five yards out from goal and unleashed a terrific left foot shot that flew past the visiting keeper 1-1.  On the 68th minute Sidmouth went ahead, Tricker played a superb pass through to Antat who timed his run superbly to beat the offside trap.  Antat rounded the keeper and slotted home.  Sidmouth needed a third goal as the visitors were not going to give up, unfortunately for the Vikings they couldn’t find goal number three and this gave the visitors all the incentive they needed.  They put Sidmouth under immense pressure and deservedly got their just rewards on the 80th minute.  Unfortunately for Tricker (who had earlier sustained a head injury) lost the flight of a long ball and this allowed Nathan Walter to finish off Harry Stevens cross 2-2.  Torridgeside went for broke in the last ten minutes and had opportunities to win the game but some woeful finishing and solid goalkeeping ensured the points were shared on an entertaining afternoon.

Final Score 2-2

Sidmouth From: Mclean, Booth, Clampin (C), B.Clay, Wellman, Tricker, Bastin, Jacob Rowe, Johnson, Holding & Antat.  Used Subs: Jake Rowe, Densham, Newbery.  Unused: Farrington & Binion.

Star Man – Tom Tricker

Match Sponsored By Prospect Plaice Sidmouth

Sidmouth Town 1st Team Squad 2017/18


Back Row Left to Right – Josh stunell, Shaun Densham, Jake Rowe, Jordan Bastin, Jamie Newbery, Tom Tricker, James Clampin, Ben Farrington, Jonny Holding, Tyler Wellman, John Clements.

Front Row Left to Right – Nathan Antat, Sam Johnson, Ben Clay, Josh Mclean, Jacob Rowe, Dexter Booth, Ollie Binion.