Macron D&E League Div 8 Saturday 10th February 2018
Sidmouth 4ths got back to winning ways on Saturday with a rollercoaster 6-5 win at home to Sanford in a game that was good for the neutral but definitely not good for the health of Sidmouth’s management team.
The young Sidmouth team bolstered with some experienced players from within the club started slowly and really made hard work of the first twenty minutes, but from then until the end of the first half they put Sandford to the sword and had a five nil lead with goals from Matthew Rasmussen on his return to the club jack miller, Ollie Turton (2) and Louis Adey getting in on the scoring.
At halftime the message was clear, no consolation goals stay on top and keep scoring and don’t give the opposition a chance.
In the first five minutes of the restart Sandford scored to make it five-one but with some good work from midfield Ollie Jarrett restored the five goal lead and scored what turned out to be the winner to boost the young Sidmouth team into action. Unfortunately for the home side it was Sanford who found there rhythm on a deteriorating surface which the Vikings struggled to cope with. After a mad last twenty minutes with the away side scoring four more the Sidmouth players were a relieved bunch to hear the final whistle with Sanford on the attack again and looking for a sixth.
All in all, a deserved win for the young Vikings and with the news of rivals Thorverton being beaten at home the home side still sit 2nd in the league and very much on target for a good finish.
Firewatch Devon Senior Cup Quarter Final Saturday 10th February 2018
The Vikings are through to the Semi Final of the Devon Senior Cup after beating their Plymouth based opponents.
With Ken Mortimore working wonders to get the game on it was always going to cut up after constant rain. Town started well but the final pass was too often wayward In fact it was the visitors who went close twice when clean through, Rob Glukowski saved well in the first instance and made himself big on the second chance bravely narrowing the angle. The Vikings took the lead with a screamer from Damien Armes. At this point it’s fair to say that the away side were committing bad tackles against the young Vikings side, who did well not to react. Half time gave the management some idea how difficult it was to stand at times let alone play decent football.
An improved performance from the Vikings saw the game remain tight as chances went begging on the visitor’s goal, Scott Hughes thought he had scored the second goal only to be harshly adjudged to have been offside. However undeterred the hosts kept the momentum and Aidy Parr thundered in the second from thirty yards. Bizarrely as the pitch got worse the Vikings started playing superb football and could have added a few more as their fitness was far greater than the visitors, Tom Moore headed home at the far post after great play from Matt Salter to seal the win.
A mention for the referee who had a good game and did well to remain composed when the guests tried intimidate him
Managers Gary Bargery and Paddy Thomas were rightly proud of the players who showed spirit and determination with a gutsy display.
Next week they have no game but the week after a home game v Lapford awaits
Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 3rd February
After a slight delay in the kick off due the referee unhappy with both goals being a little muddy Sidmouth were soon dominating the early exchanges and when Tom Moore opened the scoring on his first start for the seconds it looked as if it could be a long afternoon for the home side. Sidmouth were down to 10 men a few minutes later when the referee sent Ferenc Bodor to the sin bin, when Bodor returned to the action after his 10 min rest he quickly fired the 2nd into the far corner and with Damian Armes slotting home a 3rd.
Sidmouth continued their dominance into the second half and were playing some very attractive football and creating plenty of chances , Adrian Parr added 2 , Tom Moore and Ferenc Bodor a second each before Scott Hughes blasting home the 8th to complete the job.
Tougher tests lay ahead but a good solid performance and most importantly another 3 points on the total .