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.