Sidmouth Town 3 – University of Exeter 1

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 27th September 2017

Quite a night of “firsts” at Manstone Lane on Wednesday night with the Vikings switching on their brand new floodlights for the first time.  The Vikings then proceeded to score the first goal under them with Jordan Bastin netting after 6 minutes to claim that little piece of history. The ball deflected to Bastin who was 25 yards out from goal after the visiting keeper had saved Rob Knight’s original effort.  On the 18th minute the students hit back after terrific right wing play, the crossed ball found the Uni skipper unmarked who riffled past Robbie Powell in the Vikings goal. 1-1. In an end to end contest, it was Sidmouth who created the better chances with Knight & Tyler Wellman both going close. 

Halftime 1-1

The 1st ten minutes of the second period was all the visitors as they controlled possession but could not find a way past the organised Sidmouth backline.  By the 70th minute Sidmouth were the dominant side with Danny Clay pulling all of the strings from a central midfield birth and it was no surprise when Rob Knight put the home side into the lead on the 75th minute, the powerful striker rolled his marker then slotted with aplomb passed the Uni keeper 2-1 .  This looked to completely deflate the students and surprisingly they looked like they had run out of steam and this allowed Jordan Bastin to find time and space and the back of the net on the 85th minute.

Final score 3-1

Sidmouth From: Powell, Binion, Clampin (C), Ibbeson, Wellman, Duchenski, D.Clay, Bastin, Allen, Knight & Small.  Used Subs: Antat, Johnson & Rowe.  Unused: Mclean & Jenkins.

Star man – Jordan Bastin  



Torridgeside 5 – Sidmouth Town 0

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 23rd September 17

Sidmouth arrived in North Devon in good spirits having won the previous week against a much fancied Crediton Utd outfit.  Sidmouth weathered the early pressure well and by the 20th minute looked the better side, however on the 25th minute disaster struck, Marc Bettis hit a speculative win assisted effort from 40 yards that flew over the head of Viking keeper Josh Mclean who was standing on the edge of his 18 yard box!  This deflated Sidmouth and unfortunately they collapsed with Bettis scoring another two goals in quick succession.  On the 40th & 43rd minute Ollie Kenneally got in on the act, punishing the shambolic Sidmouth defence.

Halftime 5-0

The Vikings were read the riot act at halftime by the home management and this had the desired effect as the greens dominated the half but could not find the end product to make a game off it.  Tyler Wellman, Rob Knight, Jacob Rowe and Nathan Antat all having good chances.  A special mention must go to teenager Ollie Binion who never stopped running and was vocally excellent for 90 minutes.  The Vikings need to quickly put this game behind them and find the form that beat Crediton as they will need to be at their best to get anything from the University of Exeter on Wednesday under the new Sidmouth Town FC floodlights.

Sidmouth From: Mclean, Binion, Johnson, Clampin (C), Clenahan, Duchenski, Wellman, Rowe, Allen, Knight & Swingler.  Used Subs: D.Clay, Antat & B.Gosse.

Star Man – Ollie Binion


Whipton & Pinhoe 2 Sidmouth Town Res 3

Devon Senior Cup Saturday 23rd September 2017

In a home fixture, played away Town stumbled to their first victory of the season against their lower league opponents. In a scrappy game it wasn’t pretty but a youthful side stood up to a lively away outfit and will have learned a lot about men’s football, Jake Sellick deputising for the unavailable Adam Bartlett between the sticks was excellent, one particular save was the game winner in many people’s eyes. Aidy Parr tapped home after twenty minutes and the Vikings should’ve added to that strike but wasted opportunities were punished as Whipton scored twice in quick succession 

Town drew level when Ben Miller levelled the tie before half time, late on in the second half Scott Hughes squared for Riki Pitter to grab the winner.

A good win but plenty to work on hopefully this will give the players confidence team spirit is slowly getting there as players return from festivals and holidays. 

Home to Dawlish Saturday 30th 3pm KO is the next game.

Sidmouth Town 3 – Crediton Utd 2

Walter Parsons Funeral Directors Cup Saturday 16th September 2017

Sidmouth started at an electrifying pace, finding the net inside the 1st minute when Jake Allen tapped in a loose ball after some hesitant defending 1-0.  Ten minutes later Jacob Rowe found the back of the net from a rasping shot 18 yards out from goal 2-0.  Against the run of play the visitors pulled a goal back, Perry Carpenter finding the net from a tight angle.  With the Vikings oozing confidence, it was no surprise when recent signing Rob Knight found the net after chasing down a lost cause, beating his man then placing past Dan Law in the Crediton goal with ease 3-1.

Halftime 3-1

The 2nd half was more of a contest with the Kirton being read the riot act at halftime by their management that said Sidmouth should have wrapped the game up on the 55th minute, Knight opting to shoot when Ashley Small was in a better position.  This sparked the visitors into life and to their credit dominated the half putting Sidmouth under immense pressure.  The Vikings held firm with Ollie Binion, James Clampin, Matt Clenahan and Sam Johnson in fabulous form.  Crediton did manage to breech the home defence on the 75th minute but found Josh Mclean in the Sidmouth goal also in good form.  With time running out Adam Billcock scored a goal of real class the former Tiverton Town player rolled his marker on the 85th minute with ease and then headed past Mclean.  With 5 minutes remaining plus the obligatory injury time Sidmouth shut up shop and absorbed the heavy pressure to run out eventual winners against a team that were 2nd in the league.  A plumb home tie with last year’s league winners awaits the Vikings.

Final Score 3-2.

Sidmouth From: Mclean, Binion, Clampin (c), Clenahan, Johnson, Duchenski, Wellman, Rowe, Allen, Knight & Small.  Used Subs: Jenkins.  Unused: Sellick & B.Miller.

Star man – Rob Knight

Match Sponsored by The Garden Shop, Colyton.


Newton Abbot Spurs 5 – Sidmouth Town 1

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 9th October 2017

The score line didn’t totally reflect the game but nevertheless Newton Abbot sit top of the Division having won all six of their games.  Spurs got out of the blocks early as Rhys Mosely’s cross found the head of Matt Barkwell who nodded past Sidmouth goal keeper Josh Mclean, timed at four minutes.  Sidmouth had two very good chances to equalise, Tyler Wellman and Ashley Small both missing good opportunities.  On the 26th minute Spurs lethal hitman Adam Dyson was denied by Mclean however Barkwell reacted the quickest to follow up the saved shot 2-0.  The last ten minutes of the half belonged to Sidmouth with Nathan Antat causing the home side all kinds of problems and it was Antat on the 44th minute who delivered a terrific free kick that was met by Sidmouth’s Jake Allen who headed it off a defender and into the goal 1-2.

Halftime 1-2   

Sidmouth took the game to Newton Abbot and by the 75th minute had runout of steam and this allowed the league leaders to score 3 goals in quick succession, through Liam Jones, Moseley’s 2nd and Barkwell’s 3rd.   The home side agreed that they were very fortunate to have 11 players on the field at the end of the game, as on the 60th minute an X-rated challenge was received by Sidmouth’s Ollie Binion that left the teenage defender with three inch stud marks down the side off his face, however the man in the middle deemed it a yellow card offence!

Final Score 5-1

Sidmouth From: Mclean, Antat, Booth, Clenahan, Binion, Rowe, Wellman, Davies, Holding (C), Allen & Small.  Used Subs: B.Miller, Colson & Johnson.

Star man – Nathan Antat


Sidmouth Town Res 0 – Lyme Regis 1

Macron D&E League Division 1 Saturday 9th September 2017

Town suffered their second defeat of the season in the league with a much improved performance. 

I’ll discipline ultimately cost the Vikings the game when a point was the least they deserved against the early pacesetting visitors. On a well prepared surface the Vikings took time to get going and a few speculative efforts were no problem for young Adam Bartlett in the home goal, unfortunately things took a turn for the worst when Paddy Thomas was asked to leave the technical area dugout to those old enough to remember, for asking a question which wasn’t allowed apparently! This set the tone for a stop start game in a hard fought but fair game between two sides who tried to play football in difficult conditions, Aidy Parr had an effort cleared off the line and Scott Hughes twice went close to getting the opening goal, Ferenc Bodor was then sin binned followed shortly after by Ben Farrington who joined him for ten minutes on the side-line. Lyme took full advantage of their numerical advantage and struck the match winning goal in stoppage time at the end of the first half. 

The Vikings to their credit gathered themselves and gave everything in an effort to draw level and you felt if they had there was only one likely outcome, unfortunately chances were missed with Riki Pitter unlucky on two occasions and made a wrong choice on a third chance, Lyme had a couple more opportunities but the score stayed the same as time ran out for the hosts.

A step in the right direction but also a harsh lesson to be learned by all.

Next week sees a cup double header with the first team home to Crediton 1 pm ko and the seconds home to Whipton and Pinhoe 4-30 ko.

Sidmouth Town 2 – Ilfracombe Town 2

Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Saturday 2nd September 2017.

Sidmouth started at an electrifying pace with forwards Ashley Small, Sam Johnson & Jake Allen causing the visitors all kinds of problems with their energy and pressing.  On the 25th minute Sidmouth took the lead, a terrific left wing cross by Tyler Wellman was met on the half volley by the on rushing Small from six yards out who placed with ease past the visiting custodian.  The visitors shaded the last quarter of the half and Sidmouth needed the post and gloves-man Josh Mclean to keep the ball out of the net.

Halftime 1-0

The Vikings fully refuelled at the break, which allowed them to come-out and take the game to Ilfracombe and deservedly scored on the 60th minute when Jake Allen on his home debut bundled the ball home after great work from Johnson 2-0.  Sidmouth went looking for the third goal and should have got it on the 65th minute, Johnson blazing over when well placed.  During the final 20 minutes Sidmouth pressed the self-destruct button, a long hopeful ball forward by the Visitors caused centre back Chris Duchenski to get on the wrong side of his man and in the process tugged him down for a penalty.  Montague stepped up for the visitors and placed well past Mclean.  Sidmouth looked reasonably comfortable and just needed to keep the ball in the right areas, however for the second time of the game a rash decision by a home defender gave Ilfracombe a lifeline, unbelievably Ben Clay dragged his man down inside the box from a wide angle resulting in a spot-kick, Montague once again found the net. 2-2.  Sidmouth were completely shell shocked on how they had thrown a two goal lead away were fortunate not to lose the game in the end when Ilfracombe pretty much missed an open goal right at the death.  For 70 minutes Sidmouth looked superb, but unfortunately a couple of individual mistakes cost them a maiden 3 points.

Final score 2-2

Sidmouth from: Mclean, Antat, Newbery, Duchenski, Clay, D.Clay (C), Rowe, Wellman, Johnson, Allen & Small

Starman – Nathan Antat

Match sponsored by Gilbert Stephens LLP Solicitors.