Sidmouth Town 3 – Teignmouth 1

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 17th November 2018

With the return of some of our more seasoned players Town bounced back to winning ways with a 3 – 1 success at home to Teignmouth who are languishing 4th from bottom of the table.

The opening period of the first half was a fairly even affair with perhaps the away side slightly shading things, and it was Teignmouth who took the lead with a decent strike which gave Machin in the home goal no chance, Ferenc Bodor was causing the away side problems down the left hand side with his pace and it was indeed Fez who got the equaliser beating his defender and cutting in from the left hand side to score a fine individual goal, Skipper Chris Duchenski then had a tap in from a Danny Clay corner to give Town the lead just before the half time whistle.

The second half was a much more one-sided affair with Dan Machin having little to do in the home goal, Town kept pressing for the 3rd goal and it took a spectacular free kick from Danny Clay to get it, he lined up from about 35 yards out and struck the ball which flew into the top right corner giving the away keeper no chance.

All in all, a deserved win for the home side who climb a place to 8th in the table, above Ilfracombe in 9th but only on goal difference, the mid table is an extremely tight affair with only 5 points separating 7 Clubs.

Next Saturday the 24th sees Town with no game but we have a fixture away to premier outfit Cullompton on Tuesday 27th November with a 7:30 KO in the last 16 of the WPC Cup, followed by the long trip to Appledore on Saturday 1st December 2:15 KO.

Sidmouth Starting Eleven: Dan Machin, Ben Clay, Matt Salter, Chris Duchenski ( C ) Ollie Jarrett, Danny Clay, Rob Knight, Ferenc Bodor, Ash Small Harry Taylor, Will Jenkins.
Used Subs: Jack Hatswell, Louis Spalding.

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Sidmouth Town 1 – Alphington2

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 10th November 2018

Another disappointing afternoon for the Manstone faithful and with six of the usual squad missing for various reasons Town found themselves trailing at the break 1 – 0, Rob Knight headed Town level early in the second half and it seemed that a comeback was on the cards, unfortunately the Alphas were to take all three points, scoring the winner midway through the second half.

After the game Kev Tooze said: “It does not matter what level of the game you play at, but if you take to the pitch without six of your matchday squad you know you are in for a tough time.”

He continued: “Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that the lads who stepped in did not give it their best shot for they certainly did just that. However, consistency of selection goes a long way to ensuring consistency of performance and if you have to make wholesale changes, as we did against Alphington, it does cause headaches.”

Despite the half-time deficit, there were no stormy words in the dressing room and the players responded to the half-time prompting from Tooze and his fellow joint-manager Danny Burwood.

Tooze explained saying: “We just told the lads that there was nothing between the teams and we could easily be the side leading and what it needed was a good start to the second half – and that is exactly what the lads delivered. We scored a cracking goal and from there it was a case of whoever got the next goal took the points and, sadly, and frustratingly, for us, it was them.”

Sidmouth Starting Eleven: Jake Wreford, Matt Salter, Danny Burwood, Rob Knight, Russ Coombes, Ferenc Bodor, Ollie Jarrett, Matt Colson, Ash Small, Harry Taylor, Will Jenkins.
Used Subs: Ben Miller, Ruben Rafael, Jack Hatswell.

Sidmouth Town 3 – Waldon Athletic 3

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Wednesday 7th November 2018

Town entertained Waldon Athletic in this re-arranged fixture after the attempt to play the game earlier in the season was frustrated due to the failure of the referee to turn up.
Unfortunately, in the 1st half it was the Sidmouth team that failed to turn up and but for the efforts of Dan Machin in goal it could have been Waldon that went into the break 3 or 4 up instead of the 1 goal they managed to score just before the whistle.

The 2nd half saw the introduction of Russ Coombes and Matt Colson and Town started to play football, it wasn’t long before Ash Small got an equalizer which was applauded by the home support, Waldon then scored 2 goals in quick succession to leave Town 3 – 1 down and with a lot of work to do, however Sidmouth were up to the task and Jack Hatswell scored to make it 3 – 2 his 1st goal for the Peninsula side, Towns equalizer came from a deflected free kick taken by Danny Clay and the game finished 3 – 3 a deserved and hard earned point for the home side.

Sidmouth Starting Eleven: Dan Machin, Danny Burwood, Matt Salter, Ben Clay, Martyn Hancock, Chris Duchenski ( C ), Will Jenkins, Danny Clay, Rob Knight, Harry Taylor, Ash Small.
Subs Used: Russ Coombes, Matt Colson, Jack Hatswell.

Holesworthy 4 – Sidmouth Town 3

Devon Premier Cup Saturday 3rd November 2018

Sidmouth travelled to Holesworthy on the back of a 6 – 1 defeat away to Stoke Gabriel the previous week hoping for a reversal of their fortunes and it seemed that was what was going to happen, Town were well in command of the first half and were creating chance upon chance of clear goal scoring opportunities but had to wait until the 30th minute for their 1st goal which Ollie Jarrett headed home from a corner, Town continued to dominate but were unable to increase the lead and went in at half time 1 goal to the good.

The second half saw Holesworthy come into the game a little more but Town were looking like they were going to see the game out at 1 – 0 until a free kick was conceded shortly before what would have been the full time whistle from which the home side scored to take the game into extra time.

The first period of extra time saw the home side take the lead only for Rob Knight to equalise after the Holesworthy keeper made an error with his kick and passed the ball to Rob who promptly took advantage. The second period of extra time and the home side took a 4 – 2 lead with 2 quick goals, Ash Small made it 4 – 3 after Town were awarded a penalty at the death.

All in all, a very disappointing result for the visitors who given the chances created in the 1st half should have been 5 or 6 up and put the game to bed.

Sidmouth Starting Eleven: Jake Wreford, Ollie Jarrett, Ben Clay, Chris Duchenski ( c ), Matt Salter, Harry Taylor, Ferenc Bodor, Rob Knight, Ash Small, Danny Burwood, Will Jenkins, Used Sub: Louis Spalding.

On a brighter note Town’s other teams all recorded successes, the 2nds won 5 -1 away to Tedburn St Mary in the Devon Senior Cup, the 3rds Won 3 – 1 AET and penalties away to South Devon side Upton Athletic in the Devon Intermediate Cup and the 4th team won 3 – 2 at Manstone Lane in league action v local rivals Otterton.