Macron D&E League Saturday 19th May 2018
What looked like a fairly straight forward victory for Cully was anything but. The Vikings down to bare bones were comfortably the better side in the first half but entered the interval 2-1 down. A much-improved home side punished Town with two top corner finishes midway through the second half. Earlier Cullompton had taken the lead when a free header eluded Rob Gluchowski in the Vikings goal, Scott Hughes then replied turning his marker and smashing the ball in off the upright after ten minutes. For the rest of the half Town opened up the hosts defence with Ferenc Bodor causing problems on the left. Hughes went close again and Joe Miller was probing away on the opposite flank. Bodor himself hit the post and wasted another two good opportunities he would have normally taken. As it was those missed chances would come back to haunt the Vikings.
Not a good way to finish a productive season but undoubtedly the highlight was winning the Devon Senior Cup Final in April.
A nice touch as the minutes ticked away was seeing Joe, Ben, Jack and father Jon Miller all on the pitch playing at the end of the game.
Macron D&E League Div1 Wednesday 9th April 2018
Town picked up a point in their last home league game of the season. Struggling to field their normal side after four games in seven days the Vikings did well to get something out of the game. Starting brightly Town took the game to Lapford with Aidy Parr and Scott Hughes linking up well, at the other end Ben Clay, Nick Gingell, Reuben Rafaell and Matt Salter were comfortable with the returning Rob Glukowski between the sticks, Parr opened the scoring rifling in a low drive past the helpless visiting keeper. Shortly after a clash of heads involving the Vikings top scorer saw Parr withdrawn at the break.
The second half saw the introduction of Tom Moore and he again linked up well with Hughes who was running on empty. Lapford had a lot of pressure but the defence held out until the dying seconds when a loose ball was steered home at the far post.
The Res have one game left v Cullompton away on Saturday 19th May 3pm ko.
Macron D&E League Div 1 Monday 7th May 2018
On a roasting Bank Holiday Monday, the Vikings Reserve Team squad was stretched to its limits. On a day when the club struggled to field two out of the four teams competing this season, questions need to be asked. Starting up the steep slope the young Town side played some neat football up to the opposing area but didn’t trouble the home goalie. Midway through the half Chard took the lead when Matt Skelding, in goal due to unavailability and illness saved with his legs only for the ball to rebound onto Matt Colson’s shins and finish in the net. Undeterred the Vikings continued to play good approach play and an equaliser was the likely outcome.Matt Salter crossed to the far post where Ben Miller volleyed in using his side foot, Half time approached and it was vital that Town went in level unfortunately a mistake trying to clear their lines led to the ball breaking kindly for Chard and it was 2-1 at the interval.
The second half saw Sidmouth press and have the lion’s share of the goalmouth action. A superb double save and an Aidy Parr shot which hit the inside of the post but apparently didn’t cross the line were just two of a hatful of chances created before another mistake was to gift the hosts their third and final goal of a bizarre match.
These games are dreaded for managers, players and Clubs as the number of matches crammed in to the end of season make it farcical.
Wednesday sees the Vikings fourth game in seven days hosting Lapford 7-30 ko.
Macron D&E League Div1 Saturday 5th May 2018
The Vikings took a point from Saturdays encounter at Manstone Lane.
Falling behind after 20 minutes worse was to follow as Chard dominated the game and doubled the lead after half an hour. Town looked a shadow of the side that has played some lovely football this season. Chard looked solid and were certainly a better side than their league position suggested. The Vikings were getting frustrated as the final pass was poor too often.
After an exchange of views at Half time Town upped their game but still needed a spark to lift their spirits, Scott Hughes was to be the catalyst for the upturn in fortunes as he rifled home a great through ball, Town were now the dominant side, Joe Gosse then rifled in a shot cum cross that took a wicked deflection to level the tie. Town were then camped in the Chard half desperately trying to find a winner but came up just short.
Macron D&E League Div 1 Wednesday 2nd May 2018
On Wednesday night The Vikings lost to a side that they beat last time out on. But the result was overshadowed by a bad injury to Ben Farrington midway through the first half.
The Vikings started brightly with Ben Burrows looking sharp on his return to the second team. With a couple of regulars not available Town still managed to put out a competitive squad. Perry Street were scrapping and disrupting the play but Jamie Harvey in goal for Town was rarely troubled in a quiet first half.
The second period saw an even contest with Harvey slightly the busier keeper. The visiting side had the opportunity to open the scoring from the penalty spot but Harvey guessed right to parry the spot kick and then did superbly to block the rebound. However minutes later the only goal of the game from a counter attack that could of been dealt with at source.
All in all a disappointing night. Losing the popular Farrington the way we did wasn’t nice. He’s a club lad who has made himself available for all sides this season and his leadership, quality and banter will be sorely missed on the playing side for the rest of this season.
We wish him a speedy recovery and hope he will be back stronger than ever next season.
Chard home 3 pm Saturday 5 May is the next challenge.