Macron D&E League Saturday 17th February 2018
Sidmouth town 4th team continued their good run in division 8 with another nail biting win at their home ground byes lane in Sidford that again had the management team on edge right up until the final whistle but returned the young Vikings to the top of the league.
Cheriton Fitzpaine came seeking revenge for a defeat from the young Vikings earlier in the season and started strongly with purpose but were met with a Sidmouth 4th team full of confidence and players getting back to their best form and looking to make positions in the team their own. Matt Colson making his debut in the 4ths lead the young defence of the excellent Dan Corrick Adam Jago and Matt Jones at left back who won man of the match for a great performance, with a fine performance of his own which thwarted any attack from Cheriton so well that the home keeper Robert Gluchowski didn’t have a save to make in the first half.
Inevitably the top goal scorer in division 8 Oliver Turton was creating panic in the Cheriton defence making chances with good runs into the away team’s penalty area, supported well by front two louis Adey and Matthew Rasmussen right wing Jack Miller and his brother Ben Miller in centre midfield producing an excellent display were more than a match for the Cheriton defence and with a little more composure the Vikings could and should have been out of reach by halftime. The 4ths got the breakthrough from the outstanding Turton who got his 21st and then went on to get his 22nd of the season to have the home team 2-0 up at halftime after good work in midfield from the Miller’s and Darren Thomas knitting the team together with a dominating display that had the halftime team talk again of not wanting to let the away side back into the game.
The away team rallied after the break and scored their first of the half to spark the Vikings into action and respond straight away with Rasmussen getting his 2nd in two games to restore the lead to where it should of been considering the amount of chances the home team had created they deserved to be out of sight, but again lapses in concentration cost the 4ths the result they deserved with Cheriton scoring two more before the end but the home team manager was always confident the young Vikings could see the game out which they did to secure another brilliant three points.