Sidmouth Town 1 – Honiton Town 5

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 9th December 2017

The surface was quite heavy at Manstone, which went both teams made a slow start.  Neither team creating too much until on the 20th minute Devon U18 skipper Ollie Jarret was left unmarked at the far post, with just Rowan Symonds in goal to beat but Jarret placed his shot wide.  Just before half time Tom Perryman whipped a cross into the Sidmouth box that found Joe Mulhall unmarked, Mulhall flicked the ball onto another unmarked player Joe Dixon, who applied the tap in. Sidmouth then applied some pressure looking to level the scores and nearly did so when a Connor Swingler looping header was tipped over the bar by Symonds in the Honiton goal.

Halftime 0-1.

Honiton started the 2nd half well and it was not long before Perryman supplied another good cross into the box that Mulhall flicked into the Sidmouth goal to make it 2-0 to the visitors.  Shortly afterwards Sidmouth goal keeper Dan Stapleton rushed a clearance that found the feet of Blake Freemantle, who calmly lobbed the ball into an empty net from 30 yards to make it 3-0.  The Vikings reacted and applied some heavy pressure which eventually resulted in a goal on the 65th minute from Shaun Densham.  Moments later Riki Pitter headed straight at Symonds when well placed.  To rub salt into the wound former Vikings favourite Andy Isaac came off the bench to add to Honiton’s goal tally and scored their fourth with some tapping in after a neat piece of play. However the goal of the day was saved until last when Devon Under 18 player Ashley Mitchell picked up the ball deep in the Sidmouth half and then produced an amazing run, beating four defenders, before firing low into the bottom corner.

Final Score 1-5

Sidmouth From: Stapleton, Jarrett, Newbery, Clenahan (c), Antat, Pitter, Wellman, Davies, Swingler, Knight & Evans.  Used Subs: Anderson, Densham & Clay.

Star Man – Ashley Mitchell (Honiton Town)

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Sidmouth Town 4ths 4 – Central 4

Macron D&E League Div 8 Saturday 9th December 2017

The young Vikings carried on their remarkable start to the season with what turned out to be a good point at home to a much-improved central side that the Vikings easily beat four one away from home earlier this season. Some early pressure from the home team saw the Vikings go into a lead down to an own goal from the central left back and a debut goal for new signing Simon Madge adding some good experience to the squad put the fourths two nil up in 10 minutes however they certainly didn’t have it their own way at all and were it not for an outstanding performance by stand in keeper Callum Wilkes Central could easily have been two up themselves if not more, but Sidmouth held on and managed to get the third goal from the in-form striker Ollie Turton to somehow see out the half three nil up which was somewhat against the run of play.

A quick goal from Central pegged the Vikings back but Turton scored again to make it four one with 30 minutes left. The young side battled but could not withstand the Central onslaught and in the end where lucky to come away with what must be seen as a good point, they still sit at the top of division eight nearly at the halfway point of the season. Real disappointment at the end for the young Vikings but they need to pick themselves up and move on to what now could be two of the most important games of the season back to back against Honiton.

University 3 – Sidmouth Town Res 0

Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 9th December 2017

The Vikings were given a footballing lesson by a talented Uni side on their massive pitch at the University Sports Hub on Topsham Road.

Designed to the maximum pitch measurements for obvious reasons it was a tough task trying to win the ball back for Town. The first half an hour was pretty even with Ferenc Bodor and Aidy Parr stretching the hosts back four at times. Too often a long ball was chosen when a ten-yard ball, to keep possession, was ignored. Adam Bartlett coped with any crosses that came his way as the back four stayed mostly solid. In tight games quite often the first goal is so important, and it was the University who broke the deadlock on 35 minutes.

Half time gave Town a chance to regroup and it was felt that this game was far from over. In fact it was the Vikings who came out straight away and put the University back four under pressure but couldn’t find that final ball to create the equaliser. On the hour mark some unusual defensive play allowed the University’s tricky winger to double the lead, effectively sealing the points as the wind was taken out of Towns sails. A third was added as the visitors tired but to their credit they never gave in and all put in a shift for the club.

September 2nd was the last time that the Reserves tasted defeat. They are a talented group and should be proud of this run of wins. Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say the best side won and that was true today. Tom Moore came on and showed some nice touches and hopefully he and others that have been consistently playing well for the Thirds can force their way into the Reserves. Next week sees the Vikings away again to unbeaten Colyton 2-15 ko.

Come and support the boys!!

Amory Green Rovers 2 – Sidmouth Town 4ths 5

Macron D&E League Div 8 Saturday 2nd December 2017

With a squad organised by Thursday night only to lose two players Saturday morning Sidmouth 4ths manager Tony West was forced to change his team at the last minute and put himself on the bench to much hilarity from his players. After being reminded of the poor performance the week before and talk before the game about small local teams always being difficult to beat at home the young Vikings got on with the job of their seventh away match of the season against Amory Green Rovers who are having a difficult season with just one win from twelve and some concerns from their manager before the game to try and keep the score down to 5! On yet another poor pitch the Vikings had a good start with the always impressive Oliver Turton scoring five minutes in. But that was as good as the first half got for the 4ths as they struggled on the surface to put any decent passes together and missed more than a few good opportunities to go ahead. Although the Vikings were fairly comfortable and creating some chances the home team rallied and got one back halfway through the first half to make it 1-1 at the break.

After a halftime team talk stressing the need to take chances Sidmouth started the second half brightly and were carving the Home team open for fun but could still not get the breakthrough. Still at 1-1 after 70 minutes and with the threat of being subbed off for the manager the midfield of Jake sellick, Reuben Raffell, and skipper Matt Skelding started to create chances. Luke Spiller and Jordan Parsons both playing well on the wing and the oncoming Jack Miller all upped the tempo of the game and finally Sidmouth created a good chance for Turton who made no mistake. With a sense of relief spreading through the team and back four of Adam Jago, Oliver Newton, Ben Main and throw-in coach Matt Jones holding firm and the impressive Callum Wilkes in goal making no mistakes Turton went on a scoring spree to end up with four good finishes and Spiller getting his first goal for the club the score line changed for the better in a ten minute spell that had the manager breathing a huge sigh of relief that even a scrappy second for the Home side couldn’t dampen the mood of the players when the final whistle blew. 

Another good away win keeps the 4ths at the top of the league and chalks off another difficult away fixture.

Tony West

Thorverton 1 – Sidmouth Town Res 4

Devon Senior Cup Saturday 2nd December 2017

Town got through a tricky tie in Mid Devon. On a heavy pitch the home side started brightly and instantly caused the Vikings problems. The visitors looked lethargic and within ten minutes had conceded a penalty that was dispatched giving keeper Rob Gluchowski no chance. For the remainder of the half Town toiled away with no clear-cut chances being made at either end.

After a few home truths were pointed out to the lacklustre away side at the interval the second half saw a much-improved performance. Ferenc Bodor decided he was going to change the game in the way that only he can, first he picked out Aidy Parr at the near post and parity was restored. Two minutes later and the Vikings went ahead with Bodor finishing off a great move. Bodor then had his free kick parried by the home custodian and from the rebound Ben Goodier smashed an unstoppable left foot drive that flew into the top corner. Parr added his second as the Vikings put on an impressive attacking display. Ben Miller, Ben Burrows, Goodier and Bodor all had efforts saved as the gloss was put on an ordinary performance. The home side will feel a little hard done by with the score not giving a true reflection of the game. As you progress up the leagues taking your chances proves to be the major difference between sides and Town basically kept Thorverton quiet on that front 

Looking at the squad we have players who are not performing at their best. As a group they are an honest bunch and the spirit is there but individually they need to realise if they apply themselves then this season could be something special 

Next week sees the Vikings away to top of the league University 2 .15 ko