Macron D&E League Saturday 13th January 2018
The Vikings took all three points against a highflying physical Lapford outfit. Playing downhill in the opening period Town set the pace and were playing as a unit Toby Garrick marked his first start in the club second team with an impressive performance and Town took the lead when, in a slick counter-attack, Aidy Parr took an early shot that gave the Lapford keeper no chance. Ten minutes after firing his side ahead, Parr was at it again as he gathered a rebounded strike from Damien Armes and drilled it in to double the lead. Lapford were clearly stung to be two goals down to the young Vikings and their ‘strong arm’ approach went up a notch – or two!
Things got even better for the Vikings when the tireless Scott Hughes finished with aplomb went sent through one-on-one with the Lapford goalkeeper to see Town into the break with a 3-0 lead.
After the break Lapford adopted a new tactic – a long ball approach – which resulted in plenty of work for Town central defenders Anthony Griffiths and Matt Colson together with goalkeeper Rob Gluckowski. Clearly not used to losing the Lapford players let their club down after the final whistle.
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 26th December 2017
The Greenway Lane surface held up superbly, despite the previous day’s rain that had washed away much of the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division programme.
The opening 20 minutes saw action at either end as both sides looked to play on the front foot. The opening goal came in the 20th minute and the architect of the goal was Budleigh midfielder George Pannell, who got around his man before pulling the ball back to a supporting Aaron Denny, who scored a goal of the season contender from 20 yards past the helpless Robbie Powell in the Sidmouth goal. Fifteen minutes later Callum Shipton worked his way into a position to cross from the right and his well-flighted delivery was met by a clinical finish from Jordan Harris to double the home lead. Deservedly, just before the break Sidmouth Town got a goal back with Shaun Densham tucking home at the far post after a great cross from Jordan Bastin.
Just five minutes into the second half, the home two-goal lead was restored when Denny received the ball some 25 yards from goal and advanced a few yards to create sufficient space to get his shot away and the ball arrowed its way into the net, much to the joy of most of the three figure crowd at Greenway Lane. Sidmouth gave as good as they got for long periods of the contest with Rob Knight & Densham missing good chances. On the 75th minute Budleigh rode their luck when substitute Riki Pitter saw his shot come back off the upright had that effort gone in it would have set the game up for a nervy finish for the Robins as it happened Budleigh retained the ball well to see out the remainder of the game.
Sidmouth From: Powell (C), Antat, Wellman, Clenahan, Newbery, Davies, Tricker, Gould, Bastin, Knight & Densham. Used Subs: Pitter, Bodor & Swingler
Star man – Nathan Antat
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 23rd December 2017
Sidmouth Town twice came from behind before deservedly banking a share of the spoils in an entertaining East Devon derby at Axminster Town that saw all four goals scored after the break. The large turnout of support for both teams had to wait until 10 minutes into the second half when Aaron Daniels fired the home side into the lead after beating Sidmouth’s Adam Kana’ah in a foot race, and then lashing the ball past Sidmouth’s Robbie Powel in goal. The game remained with just the single goals until 15 minutes from time when Rob Knight scored a superb goal. Knight powered his way past two defenders, then drew goal keeper Scott Wells-Burr off his line before expertly placing the ball past the keeper as he went to ground. 1-1 Just a minute later the Vikings were once again staring a pre-Christmas Saturday defeat in the face when Jamie Barfoot brushed aside the challenge of the Town central defenders Jamie Newbery & Matt Clenahan to make it 2-1.
The Vikings have endured a ‘two steps forward and one step backwards’ season so far, but the thing they have not lacked from day one of the campaign is character and they once again dug deep to secure a share of the spoils in the final minute when Matt Clenahan chested home a terrific Jordan Bastin cross 2-2.
Sidmouth From: Powell (C), Kana’ah, Clenahan, Newbery, Antat, Clay, Rowe, Davies, Wellman, Knight & Densham. Used Subs: Pitter, Jarrett & Bastin
Star man – Matt Clenahan