Quality 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.