Perry Street & Yonder hill 2 – Sidmouth Town Reserves 3

 

Macron D&E League Div I Saturday 28th April 2018

The Vikings second string got back to winning ways with a hard-earned victory in their first trip to Perry Street. A neat outfit that tried to play football the correct way it was a good contest that could have gone either way right until the final whistle. Bolstered by the return of regular starters the Vikings took the lead when Ben Goodier whipped in a free kick and it seemed to evade everyone and nestled in the far corner of the hosts goal. Skipper Damien Armes then did an impression of Spurs Harry Kane by trying to claim the goal, insisting it brushed his hair!! Town pressed but couldn’t add to their tally as Perry Street kept the ball on the ground and tried to pick their way through a well marshalled Viking defence with Matt Colson and Ben Miller prominent. 

HT 0-1

The second half saw the hosts draw level within minutes of the restart. A ball played through out wide unlocked the visiting defence and the injured Adam Bartlett was helpless as he was left one on one with the hosts winger. Town had to up their game as Perry Street were now on top. From a break in their own box Mark Burdus flicked a header to Ferenc Bodor and he volleyed in from twenty yards out. To their credit the hosts came back at Town and it was clear the scoring hadn’t finished. From a free kick outside the penalty area Perry Street levelled the tie with fifteen minutes left. Could this young Vikings side pick themselves up as again Perry Street applied the pressure? Bartlett made a great save before Tom Moore rifled in the winning goal from outside the box.

A really impressive display again from these young lads. It made a massive difference to the side with the return of a few regulars. The last two games have been tough to take for the players as they are left wondering what has been happening regarding team selection. Perry Street were a decent side and we will have to play well on Wednesday night when we host the return fixture 7-30 ko.

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Colyton 0 – Sidmouth Town 2

winnersQuality goals from Ferenc Bodor and Scott Hughes in each half saw Sidmouth Town Reserves to a 2-0 Firewatch Devon Senior Cup success over Colyton at Coach Road, Newton Abbot Thursday 19th April 2018  .

Referee, Timothy Platt, got the match started and for the first few minutes it was a case of both teams probing the opposition defence, trying to find a way through but both defences stayed tight and solid. The first real chance fell to Colyton, when striker Callum Summers broke through the heart of the Sidmouth backline, right in on goal, only for Sidmouth’s keeper, Robbie Powell, to quickly come off his line to smother the ball at Somers feet to keep the score 0-0. Sidmouth broke the deadlock in the twenty-second minute when Bodor hit a cracker, seeing the Colyton keeper off his line he hit a strike which flew straight as an arrow into the Colyton net. With half time approaching Colyton had a final first half chance only for George Richards to shoot straight at Powell who held onto it.

The second goal came with some 20 minutes remaining and, just like the opening goal, this was a special one too as a cross from the right was met with a looping header from 18-year-old Scott Hughes who guided the ball up and over the Colyton keeper and into the net. Colyton huffed, and puffed, in a desperate bid to get back into the game, but, in truth, it was all very comfortable in the final 15 minutes for a disciplined and organised Town back line that dealt extremely well with the best that Colyton – who had won both Macron League Division One games between the two teams this season – had to offer. After five minutes of added time the referee blew his whistle and the Town celebrations – a coach load of supporters had travelled to South Devon with them – began.

Starting Eleven: Robbie Powell, Ben Farrington, Matt Colson, Ben Miller, Matt Salter, Ben Goodier, Damien Armes, Louis Spalding, Aidy Parr, Scott Hughes, Ferenc Bodor. 

Substitutes: Robert Gluchowski, Jake Boyland, Anthony Griffiths, Joe Miller, Tom Moore. 

A great night for the club as the young players came of age in a big game. We set out in a way in which we were better balanced we had spotted weaknesses which the lads exploited. A club like Sidmouth needs to produce young talent and this will hopefully be a regular occurrence. The whole squad did the club proud. 

Management duo Gary Bargery & Paddy Thomas were overwhelmed with the performance from this hugely talented group.

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Bodor and Hughes Sidmouth’s scorers

 

 

 

 

Sidmouth Town 0 – Brixham Utd 1

 

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 14th April 2018

 

The Vikings slipped to their 14th defeat of the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division season, but no fewer than 10 of those reversals have been by a margin of just one goal!  In what can only be described as ‘a classic case of smash-and-grab’, the South Devon side took all three points when they netted their one and only chance in the 90 minutes!In stark contrast, Town fashioned countless excellent scoring opportunities, but none were taken, leaving manager Stunell to lament: “I know I sound like ‘a broken record’, but we really are not getting a rub of the green. I accept the old adage of ‘you make your own luck’, but so many times this season the difference between winning – or not losing – and losing, has been not our lack of composure in front of goal, but more a case of poor decision-making approaching, and in, the final third of the opposition’s half!”  Stunell continued: “I really do feel for the lads; once again they gave me, and the club, everything they had, but it was one of those games when you felt we’d not have put the ball in the Brixham net if we’d been there till the following morning!”  Making the right choice when closing in on the opposition goal is fundamental to success – we are having players pass the ball instead of taking responsibility and look to score themselves – some of that is down to inexperience and some to bad luck, but an awful lot of it is simply down to the wrong choice being taken!”

 

The Town defeat, coupled with points being banked by both Alphington and Honiton Town in terms of the lower reaches of the Eastern Division, has left the Vikings looking over their shoulders in terms of avoiding a bottom two finish that could lead to relegation.  However, Stunell is absolutely not prepared to entertain any thoughts of a bottom two finish, something he alluded to saying: “I do think the current bottom two (Liverton and Galmpton) look the most likely to be the ones sat there when the final ball has been kicked. For our part we probably need three or four more points and I am very confident that we will get them.”

 

Lyme Regis 4 – Sidmouth Town Res 0

Macron D&E League Div 1 Wednesday 25th April 2018

What a difference a week makes in Sidmouth Town FC.
Just six days after defeating the only unbeaten Division One side in the Firewatch Devon Senior Cup Final, Town were given no chance before they arrived at an ill prepared pitch at Davy Fort.
With the First Team taking five of that squad and another four unavailable and with no back up from the 3rd Team a scratch side was put on the pitch that was unacceptable for all concerned. 
For the second time in four days Town lacked enough quality to compete at this level through no fault of the players that were prepared to give it a go or 2nd Team Management
Perry Street away is Saturdays fixture in a maiden trip to Chard.

Chagford 4 – Sidmouth Town Res 1

Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 21st April 2018

 A severely depleted Vikings squad travelled to Chagford on a glorious sunny afternoon. Conceding two penalties in the first half an hour wasn’t on Towns agenda but sandwiched between the two spot kicks was Joe Gosse’s well taken effort. Damien Armes in goal for the reserves was comfortable as the Moormen were slightly better than the visiting side.

The second half saw Chagford strike twice and then Town dominated chance wise but couldn’t find a way through. Charlie Nicholl slotted in well at left back and youngster Will Ashby made his debut on the right flank as player unavailability cost the Vikings any serious chance of taking anything from the game.

Wednesday night the Vikings are away to Lyme Regis in a league match before Saturdays away game to Perry Street.

Sidmouth Town Res – 5 Cullompton Rangers Res 0

Macron D&E League Div 1 Monday 16th April 2018

Town eased to a comfortable win on an energy sapping pitch at their Manstone Headquarters. Going ahead after twenty minutes through Tom Moore Sidmouth could have been out of sight by the half hour mark. Ben Miller, Jake Boyland and Moore all had good chances to score before Riki Pitter showed a cool head to fire home in a crowded box. Shortly before half time Aidy Parr, making his return from suspension, slotted home from the spot to make it a 3-0 scoreline at the break. 

A quiet start to the second half saw neither side really flourish as the conditions started to have an effect. Parr rifled home his second and the Vikings fourth, before Moore’s scuffed effort faintly touched Parr who then tried to claim his hat trick !!

Thursday is the date for the Devon Senior Cup Final at Newton Abbot, Town play Colyton. 

Colyton 2 – Sidmouth Town Res 1

Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 14th April 2018

Town were beaten by Colyton on the 3G surface at Axminster LED Centre on the driest Saturday for weeks. The home side, having played on the surface a few times, looked the more comfortable as the game got started. Robbie Powell was called into action in the opening exchanges as Town started to adapt to the different surface. Ferenc Bodor was causing problems running at the home defence but couldn’t quite finish anything off. Powell saved well with his legs when Colyton got through and within minutes Scott Hughes had a chance two yards out but his effort hit the keeper and went wide.

The second half saw Colyton take the lead when challenges were not made in midfield and Powell was given no chance. The Vikings weren’t fazed and kept at it as they suddenly decided to play on the flat surface. It wasn’t long before talisman Bodor struck a thirty-yard effort over the Colyton keeper to draw level. Town were now pushing for the win but efforts from Bodor and Jake Boyland didn’t make the keeper work. Fifteen minutes from time Colyton grabbed the winner with a scorching shot that Powell couldn’t stop. 

The Vikings applied pressure but Colyton remain unbeaten this season 

 

At times physically and mentally Colyton were stronger than the youthful Viking side. Playing on a footballing surface should of suited the “touch” players that the Vikings possess. Unfortunately if you are missing bottle, desire and determination to actually win the ball in the first instance then you won’t get the chance to play football 

Monday sees Sidmouth host Cullompton under the floodlights at Manstone 7-30 ko