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.
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
Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 7th April 2018
The Vikings got back to winning ways in Somerset on Saturday
Going up the slope in the first half it was the visiting side that set the tone. With Scott Hughes hold up play being integral to most of the good football that the Vikings produced, this allowed Jake Boyland and Ferenc Bodor to get in support of their strike partner. Time and again Bodor was put through out wide with a 50% success rate on his final ball. Hughes was then upended in the penalty area only for the referee to wave play on. Midway through the half Hughes showed great strength and pace to beat his marker and slot home the opening goal. Both Boyland and Bodor had chances to add to the tally but couldn’t quite make it pay. At the other end the young back four of Louis Spalding, Ben Miller, Matt Colson and Matt Salter were coping well with anything that Wellington could muster. Robert Glukowski was relieved to see a well struck shot hit the bar shortly before the break. Will Jenkins somehow managed to put the ball over the bar from two yards out as the interval loomed.
The second period saw the home side have more possession in their own half as Town sat deeper going downhill. The counter attack was Towns plan and again this was put to good use. Fresh legs were needed so Tom Moore and Ben Goodier were given half an hour. Moore showed some nice touches out wide and went close to adding a second for Town. It wasn’t long before Moore showed great determination to first win a tackle and second be alert enough to come on to the breaking ball and strike it into the net via the far post. Within minutes Goodier made a fantastic run and Damien Armes slotted a slide rule pass for Goodier to prod home the third and final goal of a satisfactory afternoon performance
In games where you are dominant you can be caught out not taking chances. We created quite a few but looked solid at the back
Ben Miller showed what a versatile, quality player he is playing at Centre Half and strolled through the game. Anticipating most situations and being dominant throughout gave a platform for others to perform. The last half an hour saw the Vikings field seven under eighteens this average was soon sent spiralling as Anthony Griffiths was brought on, once he found his shirt, to ease the youngsters through the last quarter
Next week the Res play Colyton away possibly at a venue to be decided
Also at the time of writing this report a midweek game v Lyme Regis in the Grandisson Cup is trying to be arranged