Sidmouth Town 4 – Liverton FC 1

Carlsberg SWPL Div1 East Wednesday 18th October 2017

Both teams went toe to toe in an entertaining 1st half.  It took Sidmouth 25 minutes to settle down as they knew that they needed to get maximum points in order to move up 3 places in the league.  Both sides had goal scoring opportunities, for Sidmouth Rob Knight and Ashley Small were causing the visitors problems with their direct running and chasing lost causes.  At the other end Sidmouth needed goal keeper Robbie Powell to be at his best diving at full stretch to his right tipping a headed effort over the bar that was destined for the top corner. Liverton went on to have a couple of half chances but found Powell in sparkling form.  On the 30th minute the Vikings deservedly opened the scoring with Small beating the Livvy keeper at his near post 1-0.  Five minutes later Knight powerfully barged his way through on goal and blasted past the stranded blues goal keeper to give Sidmouth a 2-0 halftime lead.

Half Time 2-0

Sidmouth knew that the visitors would come on strong and had a game plan to manage the 1st fifteen minutes of the game effectively, of which they did very well with Dan Clay using his years of experience in organising the midfield proficiently.  On the 60th minute Sidmouth scored a 3rd goal, the talented Dan Evans riffled home a left foot shot that flew past the Liverton goal keeper a great strike from a player that is now realising his potential and ability.  Evans’s strike effectively ended the contest as clearly the third goal deflated the lively visitors who by now were playing for pride.  On the 75th minute Small put the icing on the cake with his 2nd goal of the night again chasing a lost cause and then finishing with real venom.  4-0.  On the 78th minute the visitors pulled a goal back after some hesitant Viking defending.

Fulltime 4-1

Sidmouth from: Powell, Binion, Clenahan, Ibbeson, Wellman, Clay, Davies (C), Grey, Small, Knight & Evans.  Used Subs: Swingler, Antat & Densham

Star man – Ashley Small    


Sidmouth Town 1 – Stoke Gabriel 2

Walter C Parson Cup Saturday 14th October 2017

Sidmouth started well and after only four minutes had a chance to open the scoring, Rob Knight rounded the visiting keeper Scott Corderoy but found the side netting from a tight angle. On the 10th minute Stoke’s Nathan Hebbes came close twice in quick succession putting one into the side netting and one just wide.  Against the run of play Stoke opened the scoring on 12th minute when the referee gave a harsh hand ball decision against the Vikings Tyler Wellman who had an excellent game.  Stuart Bowker stepped up to send Josh Mclean the wrong way 0-1.  Sidmouth quickly dusted themselves down and deservedly got an equaliser when Dan Evans delivered a superb cross that was bundled home by veteran striker Shaun Densham 1-1.  Sidmouth continued to trouble the away side with the pace of Connor Swingler and Evans both asking serious questions of the away defence.  On the 35th minute Sidmouth’s skipper Ryan Davies unleased a 20-yard screamer that smashed against the visitor’s cross bar with Corderoy well beaten.  The visitors were hanging on and were fortunate to go in at halftime still in the game.

Halftime 1-1

The second half started off as a bit of a chess match with both defences playing exceptionally well.  Twenty minutes into the half Sidmouth’s Swingler went down in the penalty box after a heavy challenge but was surprised when the referee waived play on.  With 70 minutes played Bowker went down in a challenge and received lengthy treatment and was off the pitch for a good 10 minutes.  Most people in the ground were surprised to see the marksman return to the game as his reaction to the challenge was of that of someone who was seriously injured.  He finally made his way back on with a heavily strapped ankle and a pronounced limp, but was not limping when he acrobatically scored the winner on the 87th minute from a speculative overhead kick.

While both teams had players missing, last season’s league champions Stoke Gabriel were made to work hard for the win and may feel a touch fortunate to have nicked a result as the Vikings gave a good account of themselves and certainly looked better than their League Position suggested.

Sidmouth From: Josh Mclean, Binion, Clenahan, Newbery, Wellman, Duchenski, Davies (C), Evans, Swingler, Knight & Densham.  Used Subs: Burrows & Anderson. Unused Coombs

Star man – Ryan Davies


Sidmouth Town 3 – Navy Inn 4

Throgmorton Devon Premier Cup Round 2 Saturday 7th October 2017

In a game of two halves, The Navy Inn rode their luck in the 1st half as the Vikings should have been out of sight by halftime missing at least four great opportunities.  On the 40th minute Rob Knight scored a terrific header from a Dan Evans cross that gave the Vikings a well-deserved halftime lead.

Halftime 1-0

The visitors completely tore up the script in the 2nd half and within 25 minutes of the restart were 3-1 up having capitalised on some woeful Sidmouth defending.  On the 70th minute Ashley Small gave the greens a lifeline tucking home another Dan Evans cross.  Sidmouth were putting the visitors under some serious pressure and looked like they might salvage something, that was un done on the 75th minute when centre back James Clampin hacked his man down for a penalty that was expertly scored. 2-4.  Sidmouth were not done yet and substitute Chris Ibbeson riffed home from 12 yards on the 87th minute.  With no injury time the whistle blew on the 90thminute leaving Sidmouth to reflect on a missed opportunity to progress to the next round.

Sidmouth From: Mclean, Binion, Clampin (C), Newbery, Antat, Wellman, Davies, Clay, Evans, Knight & Small. Used Subs: Duchenski, Ibbeson & Densham

Star man Tyler Wellman   

Appledore 3 – Sidmouth Town 3

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 30th September 2017

The Vikings travelled to North Devon with several key players missing (Rob Knight, Chris Duchenski, Connor Swingler and Dan Clay) and drafted in 2nd team players Russ Coombs, Will Jenkins, Ferenc Bodor & Ben Farrington to fill the void.

Both teams started reasonably well, with Bodor looking dangerous on the counter attack.  Against the run of play Addledore scored when the Vikings failed to deal with a routine cross, goal timed at 11 minutes.  Sidmouth dusted themselves down and on the 22nd minute got back on level terms when Jake Rowe weaved past two Appledore defenders and then expertly slotted home 1-1.  Sidmouth went onto to create numerous good chances with Nathan Antat, Ashley Small and Bodor all being wasteful.

Half time 1-1

Sidmouth took the game to Appledore and on the 60th minute got their noses in front when Ashley Small deftly headed past the home goal keeper 1-2.  By the 70th minute Sidmouth should have been out of sight but failed to take their chances and this enabled the oranges to stay in the game, on the 75th minute the home-side equalised through a terrific solo goal, the left winger picking up the ball duly skipped past three Sidmouth players and from a tight angle slotted past Josh Mclean. 2-2.  On the 82nd minute Sidmouth scored a 3rd goal.  Dan Evans scoring a fabulous goal from 20 yards out.  In injury time Appledore were awarded a free kick 20 yards out when James Clampin was alleged to have fouled his man, judging by both players reaction it was the Sidmouth skipper that had actually been fouled.  The resultant free kick was delivered into the box and after a scramble was smashed into the net, a real kick in the teeth for the Vikings that deserved so much more on the day, however the Vikings Management will take encouragement from the improved form that has seen them only lose one of their last four games.

Final Score 3-3

Sidmouth From: Mclean, Binion, Coombs, Clampin (C), Newbery, Wellman, Rowe, Davies, Antat, Small, Bodor. Used Subs: Evans, Jenkins & Farrington.

Star man – Tyler Wellman


Sidmouth Town 3 – University of Exeter 1

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 27th September 2017

Quite a night of “firsts” at Manstone Lane on Wednesday night with the Vikings switching on their brand new floodlights for the first time.  The Vikings then proceeded to score the first goal under them with Jordan Bastin netting after 6 minutes to claim that little piece of history. The ball deflected to Bastin who was 25 yards out from goal after the visiting keeper had saved Rob Knight’s original effort.  On the 18th minute the students hit back after terrific right wing play, the crossed ball found the Uni skipper unmarked who riffled past Robbie Powell in the Vikings goal. 1-1. In an end to end contest, it was Sidmouth who created the better chances with Knight & Tyler Wellman both going close. 

Halftime 1-1

The 1st ten minutes of the second period was all the visitors as they controlled possession but could not find a way past the organised Sidmouth backline.  By the 70th minute Sidmouth were the dominant side with Danny Clay pulling all of the strings from a central midfield birth and it was no surprise when Rob Knight put the home side into the lead on the 75th minute, the powerful striker rolled his marker then slotted with aplomb passed the Uni keeper 2-1 .  This looked to completely deflate the students and surprisingly they looked like they had run out of steam and this allowed Jordan Bastin to find time and space and the back of the net on the 85th minute.

Final score 3-1

Sidmouth From: Powell, Binion, Clampin (C), Ibbeson, Wellman, Duchenski, D.Clay, Bastin, Allen, Knight & Small.  Used Subs: Antat, Johnson & Rowe.  Unused: Mclean & Jenkins.

Star man – Jordan Bastin  


Torridgeside 5 – Sidmouth Town 0

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 23rd September 17

Sidmouth arrived in North Devon in good spirits having won the previous week against a much fancied Crediton Utd outfit.  Sidmouth weathered the early pressure well and by the 20th minute looked the better side, however on the 25th minute disaster struck, Marc Bettis hit a speculative win assisted effort from 40 yards that flew over the head of Viking keeper Josh Mclean who was standing on the edge of his 18 yard box!  This deflated Sidmouth and unfortunately they collapsed with Bettis scoring another two goals in quick succession.  On the 40th & 43rd minute Ollie Kenneally got in on the act, punishing the shambolic Sidmouth defence.

Halftime 5-0

The Vikings were read the riot act at halftime by the home management and this had the desired effect as the greens dominated the half but could not find the end product to make a game off it.  Tyler Wellman, Rob Knight, Jacob Rowe and Nathan Antat all having good chances.  A special mention must go to teenager Ollie Binion who never stopped running and was vocally excellent for 90 minutes.  The Vikings need to quickly put this game behind them and find the form that beat Crediton as they will need to be at their best to get anything from the University of Exeter on Wednesday under the new Sidmouth Town FC floodlights.

Sidmouth From: Mclean, Binion, Johnson, Clampin (C), Clenahan, Duchenski, Wellman, Rowe, Allen, Knight & Swingler.  Used Subs: D.Clay, Antat & B.Gosse.

Star Man – Ollie Binion


Sidmouth Town 3 – Crediton Utd 2

Walter Parsons Funeral Directors Cup Saturday 16th September 2017

Sidmouth started at an electrifying pace, finding the net inside the 1st minute when Jake Allen tapped in a loose ball after some hesitant defending 1-0.  Ten minutes later Jacob Rowe found the back of the net from a rasping shot 18 yards out from goal 2-0.  Against the run of play the visitors pulled a goal back, Perry Carpenter finding the net from a tight angle.  With the Vikings oozing confidence, it was no surprise when recent signing Rob Knight found the net after chasing down a lost cause, beating his man then placing past Dan Law in the Crediton goal with ease 3-1.

Halftime 3-1

The 2nd half was more of a contest with the Kirton being read the riot act at halftime by their management that said Sidmouth should have wrapped the game up on the 55th minute, Knight opting to shoot when Ashley Small was in a better position.  This sparked the visitors into life and to their credit dominated the half putting Sidmouth under immense pressure.  The Vikings held firm with Ollie Binion, James Clampin, Matt Clenahan and Sam Johnson in fabulous form.  Crediton did manage to breech the home defence on the 75th minute but found Josh Mclean in the Sidmouth goal also in good form.  With time running out Adam Billcock scored a goal of real class the former Tiverton Town player rolled his marker on the 85th minute with ease and then headed past Mclean.  With 5 minutes remaining plus the obligatory injury time Sidmouth shut up shop and absorbed the heavy pressure to run out eventual winners against a team that were 2nd in the league.  A plumb home tie with last year’s league winners awaits the Vikings.

Final Score 3-2.

Sidmouth From: Mclean, Binion, Clampin (c), Clenahan, Johnson, Duchenski, Wellman, Rowe, Allen, Knight & Small.  Used Subs: Jenkins.  Unused: Sellick & B.Miller.

Star man – Rob Knight

Match Sponsored by The Garden Shop, Colyton.