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.