Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 28th October 2017
Towns second string made hard work in an eventful match on a perfect surface at their Manstone headquarters. An even first fifteen minutes soon changed when Aidy Parr rifled in the first goal. Soon to be followed with a second and Ben Miller prodded home a third as the Vikings tore the Heavies apart. Unfortunately their failure to further punish the away side came back to haunt them as a spirited Heavitree team missing quite a few regular starters drew level in the final third of the first half. Embarrassing for all involved as the home side wearily trudged off towards the spring cleaned changing rooms.
A few home truths were explained at the interval as the players needed to up the tempo and realise that possession is preferable to a forty yard worldy that rarely comes off. Aidy Parr claimed his hat trick and Town were once again in front. Heavitree but once again bounced back to level the score with fifteen minutes remaining, Nick Gingell then played a straightforward ball down the flank to the impressive Louis Spalding who crossed into the middle and Ben Miller showed great desire to make the box and smartly head home to seal the points.
Managing this group of players is eventful and individually they are a talented bunch. However the basics don’t change and if they are to be competitive in this league then a massive improvement is required. In an era when player availability is so poor with teams folding the positives at STFC fielding four teams consistently is a great achievement. However the quality of the football being played by the 1sts and 2nds is fairly dismal in all honesty. The players need to knuckle down and show some pride when picked to perform and give the managers a difficult decision week on week. Changes will be made, if players are available, let’s wait and see!!, when the Vikings host local rivals Newton Poppleford in the Devon Senior Cup next Saturday 2pm ko.
Carlsberg SWPL Div1 East Wednesday 18th October 2017
Both teams went toe to toe in an entertaining 1st half. It took Sidmouth 25 minutes to settle down as they knew that they needed to get maximum points in order to move up 3 places in the league. Both sides had goal scoring opportunities, for Sidmouth Rob Knight and Ashley Small were causing the visitors problems with their direct running and chasing lost causes. At the other end Sidmouth needed goal keeper Robbie Powell to be at his best diving at full stretch to his right tipping a headed effort over the bar that was destined for the top corner. Liverton went on to have a couple of half chances but found Powell in sparkling form. On the 30th minute the Vikings deservedly opened the scoring with Small beating the Livvy keeper at his near post 1-0. Five minutes later Knight powerfully barged his way through on goal and blasted past the stranded blues goal keeper to give Sidmouth a 2-0 halftime lead.
Half Time 2-0
Sidmouth knew that the visitors would come on strong and had a game plan to manage the 1st fifteen minutes of the game effectively, of which they did very well with Dan Clay using his years of experience in organising the midfield proficiently. On the 60th minute Sidmouth scored a 3rd goal, the talented Dan Evans riffled home a left foot shot that flew past the Liverton goal keeper a great strike from a player that is now realising his potential and ability. Evans’s strike effectively ended the contest as clearly the third goal deflated the lively visitors who by now were playing for pride. On the 75th minute Small put the icing on the cake with his 2nd goal of the night again chasing a lost cause and then finishing with real venom. 4-0. On the 78th minute the visitors pulled a goal back after some hesitant Viking defending.
Sidmouth from: Powell, Binion, Clenahan, Ibbeson, Wellman, Clay, Davies (C), Grey, Small, Knight & Evans. Used Subs: Swingler, Antat & Densham
Star man – Ashley Small
Walter C Parson Cup Saturday 14th October 2017
Sidmouth started well and after only four minutes had a chance to open the scoring, Rob Knight rounded the visiting keeper Scott Corderoy but found the side netting from a tight angle. On the 10th minute Stoke’s Nathan Hebbes came close twice in quick succession putting one into the side netting and one just wide. Against the run of play Stoke opened the scoring on 12th minute when the referee gave a harsh hand ball decision against the Vikings Tyler Wellman who had an excellent game. Stuart Bowker stepped up to send Josh Mclean the wrong way 0-1. Sidmouth quickly dusted themselves down and deservedly got an equaliser when Dan Evans delivered a superb cross that was bundled home by veteran striker Shaun Densham 1-1. Sidmouth continued to trouble the away side with the pace of Connor Swingler and Evans both asking serious questions of the away defence. On the 35th minute Sidmouth’s skipper Ryan Davies unleased a 20-yard screamer that smashed against the visitor’s cross bar with Corderoy well beaten. The visitors were hanging on and were fortunate to go in at halftime still in the game.
The second half started off as a bit of a chess match with both defences playing exceptionally well. Twenty minutes into the half Sidmouth’s Swingler went down in the penalty box after a heavy challenge but was surprised when the referee waived play on. With 70 minutes played Bowker went down in a challenge and received lengthy treatment and was off the pitch for a good 10 minutes. Most people in the ground were surprised to see the marksman return to the game as his reaction to the challenge was of that of someone who was seriously injured. He finally made his way back on with a heavily strapped ankle and a pronounced limp, but was not limping when he acrobatically scored the winner on the 87th minute from a speculative overhead kick.
While both teams had players missing, last season’s league champions Stoke Gabriel were made to work hard for the win and may feel a touch fortunate to have nicked a result as the Vikings gave a good account of themselves and certainly looked better than their League Position suggested.
Sidmouth From: Josh Mclean, Binion, Clenahan, Newbery, Wellman, Duchenski, Davies (C), Evans, Swingler, Knight & Densham. Used Subs: Burrows & Anderson. Unused Coombs
Star man – Ryan Davies
Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 14th October 2017
Town picked up three points in a game that saw Dawlish Town’s keeper Man of the match, on a wide pitch it seemed obvious to play in wide areas and get in behind the home defence unfortunately the players spoke about it and did the opposite!! In fact Dawlish took the lead with a breakaway goal that shook the Vikings into action Ben Miller scoring twice before the interval. The second half saw wave after wave of Viking attacks with the home goalie outstanding, Will Jenkins and Aidy Parr scored to end the game.
Devon Senior Cup Saturday 7th October 2017
Arriving late in Barnstaple , due to players not being organised wasn’t the best preparation for this Devon Cup tie played on Boca Seniors pitch, however the journey didn’t affect the fast start made by the visitors an own goal after two minutes was followed by a good team move finished on the volly by Ben Miller to make it 2-0, unfortunately the team and management were guilty of complacency as an easy game was anticipated. Pilton had other ideas and swiftly got back on level terms to embarrass the Vikings. Slowly realising that this was no stroll in the park Town got back to basics and took the lead through Kyle Blair.
The second half saw a much more dominant display from the visitors and Ferenc Bodor added his name to the score sheet outpacing the Pilton defence and prodding in at the near post Scott Hughes tapped in after a great run and cross by Bodor and Will Jenkins headed a sixth. Sandwiched in between was another home strike.
Through to the next round is pleasing for all tougher tests to come I’m sure.
Dawlish away is up next for the Vikings.
Throgmorton Devon Premier Cup Round 2 Saturday 7th October 2017
In a game of two halves, The Navy Inn rode their luck in the 1st half as the Vikings should have been out of sight by halftime missing at least four great opportunities. On the 40th minute Rob Knight scored a terrific header from a Dan Evans cross that gave the Vikings a well-deserved halftime lead.
The visitors completely tore up the script in the 2nd half and within 25 minutes of the restart were 3-1 up having capitalised on some woeful Sidmouth defending. On the 70th minute Ashley Small gave the greens a lifeline tucking home another Dan Evans cross. Sidmouth were putting the visitors under some serious pressure and looked like they might salvage something, that was un done on the 75th minute when centre back James Clampin hacked his man down for a penalty that was expertly scored. 2-4. Sidmouth were not done yet and substitute Chris Ibbeson riffed home from 12 yards on the 87th minute. With no injury time the whistle blew on the 90thminute leaving Sidmouth to reflect on a missed opportunity to progress to the next round.
Sidmouth From: Mclean, Binion, Clampin (C), Newbery, Antat, Wellman, Davies, Clay, Evans, Knight & Small. Used Subs: Duchenski, Ibbeson & Densham
Star man Tyler Wellman
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 30th September 2017
The Vikings travelled to North Devon with several key players missing (Rob Knight, Chris Duchenski, Connor Swingler and Dan Clay) and drafted in 2nd team players Russ Coombs, Will Jenkins, Ferenc Bodor & Ben Farrington to fill the void.
Both teams started reasonably well, with Bodor looking dangerous on the counter attack. Against the run of play Addledore scored when the Vikings failed to deal with a routine cross, goal timed at 11 minutes. Sidmouth dusted themselves down and on the 22nd minute got back on level terms when Jake Rowe weaved past two Appledore defenders and then expertly slotted home 1-1. Sidmouth went onto to create numerous good chances with Nathan Antat, Ashley Small and Bodor all being wasteful.
Half time 1-1
Sidmouth took the game to Appledore and on the 60th minute got their noses in front when Ashley Small deftly headed past the home goal keeper 1-2. By the 70th minute Sidmouth should have been out of sight but failed to take their chances and this enabled the oranges to stay in the game, on the 75th minute the home-side equalised through a terrific solo goal, the left winger picking up the ball duly skipped past three Sidmouth players and from a tight angle slotted past Josh Mclean. 2-2. On the 82nd minute Sidmouth scored a 3rd goal. Dan Evans scoring a fabulous goal from 20 yards out. In injury time Appledore were awarded a free kick 20 yards out when James Clampin was alleged to have fouled his man, judging by both players reaction it was the Sidmouth skipper that had actually been fouled. The resultant free kick was delivered into the box and after a scramble was smashed into the net, a real kick in the teeth for the Vikings that deserved so much more on the day, however the Vikings Management will take encouragement from the improved form that has seen them only lose one of their last four games.
Final Score 3-3
Sidmouth From: Mclean, Binion, Coombs, Clampin (C), Newbery, Wellman, Rowe, Davies, Antat, Small, Bodor. Used Subs: Evans, Jenkins & Farrington.
Star man – Tyler Wellman