Macron D&E League Div 1 Monday 16th April 2018
Town eased to a comfortable win on an energy sapping pitch at their Manstone Headquarters. Going ahead after twenty minutes through Tom Moore Sidmouth could have been out of sight by the half hour mark. Ben Miller, Jake Boyland and Moore all had good chances to score before Riki Pitter showed a cool head to fire home in a crowded box. Shortly before half time Aidy Parr, making his return from suspension, slotted home from the spot to make it a 3-0 scoreline at the break.
A quiet start to the second half saw neither side really flourish as the conditions started to have an effect. Parr rifled home his second and the Vikings fourth, before Moore’s scuffed effort faintly touched Parr who then tried to claim his hat trick !!
Thursday is the date for the Devon Senior Cup Final at Newton Abbot, Town play Colyton.
Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 14th April 2018
Town were beaten by Colyton on the 3G surface at Axminster LED Centre on the driest Saturday for weeks. The home side, having played on the surface a few times, looked the more comfortable as the game got started. Robbie Powell was called into action in the opening exchanges as Town started to adapt to the different surface. Ferenc Bodor was causing problems running at the home defence but couldn’t quite finish anything off. Powell saved well with his legs when Colyton got through and within minutes Scott Hughes had a chance two yards out but his effort hit the keeper and went wide.
The second half saw Colyton take the lead when challenges were not made in midfield and Powell was given no chance. The Vikings weren’t fazed and kept at it as they suddenly decided to play on the flat surface. It wasn’t long before talisman Bodor struck a thirty-yard effort over the Colyton keeper to draw level. Town were now pushing for the win but efforts from Bodor and Jake Boyland didn’t make the keeper work. Fifteen minutes from time Colyton grabbed the winner with a scorching shot that Powell couldn’t stop.
The Vikings applied pressure but Colyton remain unbeaten this season
At times physically and mentally Colyton were stronger than the youthful Viking side. Playing on a footballing surface should of suited the “touch” players that the Vikings possess. Unfortunately if you are missing bottle, desire and determination to actually win the ball in the first instance then you won’t get the chance to play football
Monday sees Sidmouth host Cullompton under the floodlights at Manstone 7-30 ko
Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 7th April 2018
The Vikings got back to winning ways in Somerset on Saturday
Going up the slope in the first half it was the visiting side that set the tone. With Scott Hughes hold up play being integral to most of the good football that the Vikings produced, this allowed Jake Boyland and Ferenc Bodor to get in support of their strike partner. Time and again Bodor was put through out wide with a 50% success rate on his final ball. Hughes was then upended in the penalty area only for the referee to wave play on. Midway through the half Hughes showed great strength and pace to beat his marker and slot home the opening goal. Both Boyland and Bodor had chances to add to the tally but couldn’t quite make it pay. At the other end the young back four of Louis Spalding, Ben Miller, Matt Colson and Matt Salter were coping well with anything that Wellington could muster. Robert Glukowski was relieved to see a well struck shot hit the bar shortly before the break. Will Jenkins somehow managed to put the ball over the bar from two yards out as the interval loomed.
The second period saw the home side have more possession in their own half as Town sat deeper going downhill. The counter attack was Towns plan and again this was put to good use. Fresh legs were needed so Tom Moore and Ben Goodier were given half an hour. Moore showed some nice touches out wide and went close to adding a second for Town. It wasn’t long before Moore showed great determination to first win a tackle and second be alert enough to come on to the breaking ball and strike it into the net via the far post. Within minutes Goodier made a fantastic run and Damien Armes slotted a slide rule pass for Goodier to prod home the third and final goal of a satisfactory afternoon performance
In games where you are dominant you can be caught out not taking chances. We created quite a few but looked solid at the back
Ben Miller showed what a versatile, quality player he is playing at Centre Half and strolled through the game. Anticipating most situations and being dominant throughout gave a platform for others to perform. The last half an hour saw the Vikings field seven under eighteens this average was soon sent spiralling as Anthony Griffiths was brought on, once he found his shirt, to ease the youngsters through the last quarter
Next week the Res play Colyton away possibly at a venue to be decided
Also at the time of writing this report a midweek game v Lyme Regis in the Grandisson Cup is trying to be arranged
Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 24th February 2018
Town paid the price for failing to apply themselves against a well drilled visiting side
From the kick off you sensed an urgency from Chagford and the early pressure saw a number of corners conceded as they unsettled the home defence. Eight minutes in and a defensive mix up saw the away side open the scoring. Was this the kick up the backside that was needed to get Town at it?. Apparently not as wayward passes, bad first touches and a basic lack of understanding their personal roles was all too evident. Chagford added a second from another corner as the ball was floated in evading every Town player but not the central defender that nodded in at the far post. Fifteen minutes in and the Vikings looked shaky. The passing game that the young players produce week in week out suddenly disappeared as the visitors looked solid defensively.
Five minutes from the end of the opening half Ben Miller weaved his way past three defenders and clipped the ball in for the onrushing Louis Spalding whose header drifted just wide of the upright. Confidence soared and shortly after Ferenc Bodor finished with aplomb when given a one on one with the Chagford keeper. Still in the game the Vikings were told to up the ante and to be fair they did improve in the second half but couldn’t take any of the numerous chances that came their way as Chagford held out to grab all three points in a well-deserved win.
The players need to look at their own performance and be honest with themselves. Every game is a test and if you give sides a lead then it’s always going to be difficult to get back into the game.
All in all a disappointing performance from the Vikings on a fantastically prepared pitch yet again
Next up is Chard Town Res home 3 pm ko Saturday 3rd March
Macron D&E League Saturday 17th February 2018
Sidmouth town 4th team continued their good run in division 8 with another nail biting win at their home ground byes lane in Sidford that again had the management team on edge right up until the final whistle but returned the young Vikings to the top of the league.
Cheriton Fitzpaine came seeking revenge for a defeat from the young Vikings earlier in the season and started strongly with purpose but were met with a Sidmouth 4th team full of confidence and players getting back to their best form and looking to make positions in the team their own. Matt Colson making his debut in the 4ths lead the young defence of the excellent Dan Corrick Adam Jago and Matt Jones at left back who won man of the match for a great performance, with a fine performance of his own which thwarted any attack from Cheriton so well that the home keeper Robert Gluchowski didn’t have a save to make in the first half.
Inevitably the top goal scorer in division 8 Oliver Turton was creating panic in the Cheriton defence making chances with good runs into the away team’s penalty area, supported well by front two louis Adey and Matthew Rasmussen right wing Jack Miller and his brother Ben Miller in centre midfield producing an excellent display were more than a match for the Cheriton defence and with a little more composure the Vikings could and should have been out of reach by halftime. The 4ths got the breakthrough from the outstanding Turton who got his 21st and then went on to get his 22nd of the season to have the home team 2-0 up at halftime after good work in midfield from the Miller’s and Darren Thomas knitting the team together with a dominating display that had the halftime team talk again of not wanting to let the away side back into the game.
The away team rallied after the break and scored their first of the half to spark the Vikings into action and respond straight away with Rasmussen getting his 2nd in two games to restore the lead to where it should of been considering the amount of chances the home team had created they deserved to be out of sight, but again lapses in concentration cost the 4ths the result they deserved with Cheriton scoring two more before the end but the home team manager was always confident the young Vikings could see the game out which they did to secure another brilliant three points.
Macron D&E League Div 8 Saturday 10th February 2018
Sidmouth 4ths got back to winning ways on Saturday with a rollercoaster 6-5 win at home to Sanford in a game that was good for the neutral but definitely not good for the health of Sidmouth’s management team.
The young Sidmouth team bolstered with some experienced players from within the club started slowly and really made hard work of the first twenty minutes, but from then until the end of the first half they put Sandford to the sword and had a five nil lead with goals from Matthew Rasmussen on his return to the club jack miller, Ollie Turton (2) and Louis Adey getting in on the scoring.
At halftime the message was clear, no consolation goals stay on top and keep scoring and don’t give the opposition a chance.
In the first five minutes of the restart Sandford scored to make it five-one but with some good work from midfield Ollie Jarrett restored the five goal lead and scored what turned out to be the winner to boost the young Sidmouth team into action. Unfortunately for the home side it was Sanford who found there rhythm on a deteriorating surface which the Vikings struggled to cope with. After a mad last twenty minutes with the away side scoring four more the Sidmouth players were a relieved bunch to hear the final whistle with Sanford on the attack again and looking for a sixth.
All in all, a deserved win for the young Vikings and with the news of rivals Thorverton being beaten at home the home side still sit 2nd in the league and very much on target for a good finish.
Firewatch Devon Senior Cup Quarter Final Saturday 10th February 2018
The Vikings are through to the Semi Final of the Devon Senior Cup after beating their Plymouth based opponents.
With Ken Mortimore working wonders to get the game on it was always going to cut up after constant rain. Town started well but the final pass was too often wayward In fact it was the visitors who went close twice when clean through, Rob Glukowski saved well in the first instance and made himself big on the second chance bravely narrowing the angle. The Vikings took the lead with a screamer from Damien Armes. At this point it’s fair to say that the away side were committing bad tackles against the young Vikings side, who did well not to react. Half time gave the management some idea how difficult it was to stand at times let alone play decent football.
An improved performance from the Vikings saw the game remain tight as chances went begging on the visitor’s goal, Scott Hughes thought he had scored the second goal only to be harshly adjudged to have been offside. However undeterred the hosts kept the momentum and Aidy Parr thundered in the second from thirty yards. Bizarrely as the pitch got worse the Vikings started playing superb football and could have added a few more as their fitness was far greater than the visitors, Tom Moore headed home at the far post after great play from Matt Salter to seal the win.
A mention for the referee who had a good game and did well to remain composed when the guests tried intimidate him
Managers Gary Bargery and Paddy Thomas were rightly proud of the players who showed spirit and determination with a gutsy display.
Next week they have no game but the week after a home game v Lapford awaits