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 Shortly after a clash of heads involving the Vikings top scorer saw Parr withdrawn at the break.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.