Richard Pears Appointed 1st Team Manager
Sidmouth Town AFC is delighted to announce that Richard Pears has been appointed 1st Team Manager with immediate effect.
Richard is an experienced and successful manager and coach with a background in Western League football. He will bring in coaching staff who have played alongside him and who have also played many times for Sidmouth Town. His emphasis will be on blending youth with experience to develop a strong and loyal squad designed to move the Club forward and challenge for honours. The Chairman and Committee are very much looking forward to working with Richard to achieve his and their shared ambitions for STAFC.
Statement from Richard Pears
“I am delighted to accept the 1st Team Manager’s position at Sidmouth Town Football Club. Sidmouth is a fantastic up and coming club and with four senior teams and a vibrant youth system, I cannot wait to be part of the current management team where there is an ethos of developing and growing local based players to play at the highest level possible.
I am also pleased to announce that Kevin Tooze and Gary Carpenter will assist me with all managerial duties and having two energetic, experienced and knowledgeable people around me that have played most of their careers at Western League level is a huge bonus for me and the club.
The club has a brilliant Chairman and Committee who have very much made me feel welcome and I cannot wait to get started. My first aim is to retain as many of the current squad as possible and to bring in some experienced players that can also support our local young players. Anyone who knows me, will know that we will have an organized, strong team this year and I have told the club that my aim is to finish in the top 6 for this season’’.
1st Team Manager
Sidmouth Town AFC.
Morrison Bell Cup Final Tuesday 29th May 2018
The Vikings rounded off the season in style by lifting the Morrison Bell Cup at Ottery St Mary on Tuesday night. With Reserve team management duo Gary Bargery and Paddy Thomas taking charge, after the departure of Josh Stunell, it was a different look Viking side that brought the trophy back to Manstone.
Town started brightly and with two minutes on the clock Ferenc Bodor smashed a shot that took a deflection off Salts manager Kevin Hill to give the Vikings the lead. Minutes later Tony Cox’s free kick was headed in at the near post by Jamie Newbury to double the lead. Shortly after Rob Knight pounced on some indecision in the Budleigh defence to make it three after six minutes. With the Vikings rampant Budleigh looked to Hill for guidance and slowly but surely they recovered their composure and stopped leaking goals. Town to their immense credit defended with great spirit and composure limiting Budleigh to a few long shots that rarely troubled Robbie Powell between the sticks
The back four of Matt Colson, Matt Clenahan, Jamie Newbury and Tony Cox stood firm and kept their discipline
The two holding midfielders Ty Wellman and Ben Clay shielded the back four and broke up the play this frustrating their opponents. With Bodor, Connor Swingler and the impressive Louis Spalding supporting Rob Knight up front the counter attack was Town’s best chance of adding to their healthy lead.
The second half saw the favourites resort to playing long, hopeful balls up the middle which the defence dealt with time and again, On the hour mark a defence splitting pass saw Aaron Denny reduce the arrears and Budleigh had got a lifeline. The Vikings stood firm and got back to scrapping and closing down the space denying Budleigh the chance to build momentum. With fifteen minutes to go Budleigh got a second which they hoped would see Town buckle. This didn’t happen and with the introduction of young Ollie Jarrett and Matt Salter to give the injured Colson and Man of The Match Spalding a rest, Town defended their one goal advantage to give Town Skipper Jamie Newbury the opportunity to lift the cup.
The managers would like to thank the players with all the disruption as the set up was different and the players response was fantastic as they limited Butleigh’s space and time on the ball. A big thanks to Dec Lines who covered the already injured Powell and supported his teammates from start to finish.
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.