Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Wednesday 24th October 2018
The Vikings newly installed managerial team of Danny Burwood and Kevin Tooze got off to a winning start in their first league game in charge thanks to a narrow 1-0 win over local rivals Honiton Town in a real East Devon “derby”, with a good crowd of 153 present to watch on.
After a goalless first half the all-important goal came just eight minutes into the second half as a free kick from outside the box was scored by the experienced Danny Clay.
Both sides hot the woodwork late on as first Honiton came close the levelling up when a shot from wide out on the touchline clipped the far post and later Sidmouth came close to doubling the lead when a close-range header hit the top of the crossbar.
Walter Parsons League Cup Saturday 20th October 2018
The Vikings went through to the third round of the Walter Parsons Cup with a derby win over their local rivals Axminster Town. The worst possible start for the hosts as Axminster took the lead in the first minute with a shot from an acute angle. Kev Tooze in charge after the departure of Richard Pears set the team up to play football as opposed to the long ball game that had previously been deployed. A nervy opening few minutes were evident as the players struggled to adapt to the new system and the visiting side were on top. Midway through the half Will Jenkins turned on the ball and sent an unstoppable right foot shot into the top corner from thirty yards. Town had been improving and at this stage were the better side. Chances came and went until top scorer Ash Small headed home at the far post from an outstanding Russ Coombes cross to give the Vikings the lead at the interval.
Axminster made a couple of changes at half time in an attempt to claw their way back into a game that was slipping away minute by minute. Rob Knight was causing the Axminster defence all sorts of problems and with Small, Harry Taylor and Ferenc Bodor in support Town were opening up the tiring visitors defence. Ollie Jarrett and Jenkins were dominating the engine room with the rear-guard of Coombes, Chris Duchenski, Ash Matthews and Dan Carpenter looking solid there was only one likely outcome. Dan Machin in goal was a spectator for so much of the half such was the dominance of the rampant Vikings. Small went close on a couple of occasions before calmly slotting past the overwhelmed glovesman to make it 3-1. Knight headed goal ward only for Jarrett to unwittingly block the effort, Jenkins was unlucky with a low effort partied out only for Duchenski to miss from the rebound a yard out !
Ben Clay entered the fray with Taylor making, way having ran himself ragged, as brother Dan Clay stayed on the side-lines nursing a strain but having an important role with sound advice being offered to players and management.
The icing was put on the cake as Knight chested down for Small who hooked the ball over his shoulder and saw the ball sail into the far corner giving the keeper no chance.
With seconds remaining the visitors got a second with a hotly disputed goal from a corner, the referee failing to see a blatant push on Churchill to give the score line a flattering look for Axminster.
Toozey was delighted with the attitude of the players. After conceding so early it would have been easy for heads to drop but through hard work and perseverance they got even with Axminster and then dominated their opponents. The next round sees Sidmouth drawn away to Premier side Cullompton Rangers on Tuesday 27th November 7:30 ko.
Wednesday 31st, Halloween, sees Honiton Town visit Manstone 7-30 ko.
Come and support the Vikings!!
Firewatch Devon Senior Cup Saturday 13th October 2018
Sidmouth cruised through to the next round of the Devon Senior Cup at Manstone on Saturday.
Taking the lead after five minutes through Scott Hughes, after Ferenc Bodor had supplied the cross, Town were dominating their young opponents. Stoke were comfortable on the ball and to their credit tried to play out from the back whenever possible. The Vikings seemed a little casual and were guilty of not killing the game off in the first half, Callum Cross added a second before Stoke scored with a fantastic free kick that arrowed into the top corner giving Rob Gluchowski no chance.
Half time a few changes were made in an effort to charge the side up and remove the lethargic attitude that had spread throughout the team, Bodor struck, Cross added his second, Damien Lee Armes header cannoned of a hapless defender to make it 5-1 before Aidy Parr slotted home to complete the scoring .
Tougher tests to come starting next Saturday with a trip to Hatherleigh
Fa Vase 1st Round Proper Saturday 13th October 2018
Once again Sidmouth made the journey up the M5 this time to face Cadbury Heath in the 1st round proper of the FA Vase.
Town held there own for the first 30 minutes but Cadbury scored on the 32nd minute and again on 44 minutes to leave us 2 – 0 down at half time and with a mountain to climb if we were to get anything out of the game, unfortunately shortly after the restart Cadbury made it 3 – 0 to effectively end the game as a contest, 2 further goals completed the scoring for the home side.
In summary this was Town’s first expedition in the FA Vase, we beat two sides from higher leagues to have the chance to play Cadbury Heath and can be immensely proud of our players and supporters, we were the last step seven side from the SWPL to be left in the competition.
Starting Eleven: Dan Machin, Dan Churchill, Russ Coombes, Dan Clay, Ash Mathews, Chris Duchenski, Tony Radford, Harry Taylor, Rob Knight, Ash Small, Will Jenkins.
Used Subs: Martyn Hancock, Ollie Jarrett, Dan Burwood. Unused: Matt Salter
Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 7th August
The Vikings second string outplayed their Somerset counterparts, who still lie above them in Division One, on a windy Saturday at Manstone. Taking the initiative right from kick off the home side were dumbstruck that a penalty wasn’t awarded for a blatant hack on Tom Moore after three minutes, only for the referee to wave play on! Undeterred the young Vikings kept the pressure on and were rewarded when Skipper Jack Hatswell swept the ball home at the far post, not content with this slender lead they piled the pressure on forcing a number of free kicks and corners which were dealt with well by the Chard defence. On twenty-five minutes Reuben Raffell struck a superb volley that swerved away from the visiting keeper to make it 2-0. Clearly the Chard side were not being allowed to get any momentum and a few heavy challenges was their reply. An awful elbow to the face on the returning Louis Spalding went unpunished as the only person in attendance, the most important one, thought that Spalding had dived! Again, the youngsters were not intimidated, and they responded by not getting involved and let their football do the talking.
The second half was a fine disciplined performance with Matt Colson and Ben Miller dominant at the back. Ferenc Bodor struck a third with a toe punt from outside the box and Scott Hughes added another to cap a fine display from the Vikings.
A young side with 11 of the 14 under 19. They are starting to gain confidence and with improved availability then it’s hoped that standards will continue to improve. From a youthful squad the game management was fantastic, and they all played their part in a great performance.
Next week sees the Vikings begin the defence of the Devon Senior Cup. Stoke Gabriel Res are the visitors with a 2 pm ko at Manstone.