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.
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 14th April 2018
The Vikings slipped to their 14th defeat of the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division season, but no fewer than 10 of those reversals have been by a margin of just one goal! In what can only be described as ‘a classic case of smash-and-grab’, the South Devon side took all three points when they netted their one and only chance in the 90 minutes!In stark contrast, Town fashioned countless excellent scoring opportunities, but none were taken, leaving manager Stunell to lament: “I know I sound like ‘a broken record’, but we really are not getting a rub of the green. I accept the old adage of ‘you make your own luck’, but so many times this season the difference between winning – or not losing – and losing, has been not our lack of composure in front of goal, but more a case of poor decision-making approaching, and in, the final third of the opposition’s half!” Stunell continued: “I really do feel for the lads; once again they gave me, and the club, everything they had, but it was one of those games when you felt we’d not have put the ball in the Brixham net if we’d been there till the following morning!” Making the right choice when closing in on the opposition goal is fundamental to success – we are having players pass the ball instead of taking responsibility and look to score themselves – some of that is down to inexperience and some to bad luck, but an awful lot of it is simply down to the wrong choice being taken!”
The Town defeat, coupled with points being banked by both Alphington and Honiton Town in terms of the lower reaches of the Eastern Division, has left the Vikings looking over their shoulders in terms of avoiding a bottom two finish that could lead to relegation. However, Stunell is absolutely not prepared to entertain any thoughts of a bottom two finish, something he alluded to saying: “I do think the current bottom two (Liverton and Galmpton) look the most likely to be the ones sat there when the final ball has been kicked. For our part we probably need three or four more points and I am very confident that we will get them.”
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 26th December 2017
The Greenway Lane surface held up superbly, despite the previous day’s rain that had washed away much of the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division programme.
The opening 20 minutes saw action at either end as both sides looked to play on the front foot. The opening goal came in the 20th minute and the architect of the goal was Budleigh midfielder George Pannell, who got around his man before pulling the ball back to a supporting Aaron Denny, who scored a goal of the season contender from 20 yards past the helpless Robbie Powell in the Sidmouth goal. Fifteen minutes later Callum Shipton worked his way into a position to cross from the right and his well-flighted delivery was met by a clinical finish from Jordan Harris to double the home lead. Deservedly, just before the break Sidmouth Town got a goal back with Shaun Densham tucking home at the far post after a great cross from Jordan Bastin.
Just five minutes into the second half, the home two-goal lead was restored when Denny received the ball some 25 yards from goal and advanced a few yards to create sufficient space to get his shot away and the ball arrowed its way into the net, much to the joy of most of the three figure crowd at Greenway Lane. Sidmouth gave as good as they got for long periods of the contest with Rob Knight & Densham missing good chances. On the 75th minute Budleigh rode their luck when substitute Riki Pitter saw his shot come back off the upright had that effort gone in it would have set the game up for a nervy finish for the Robins as it happened Budleigh retained the ball well to see out the remainder of the game.
Sidmouth From: Powell (C), Antat, Wellman, Clenahan, Newbery, Davies, Tricker, Gould, Bastin, Knight & Densham. Used Subs: Pitter, Bodor & Swingler
Star man – Nathan Antat
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 9th December 2017
The surface was quite heavy at Manstone, which went both teams made a slow start. Neither team creating too much until on the 20th minute Devon U18 skipper Ollie Jarret was left unmarked at the far post, with just Rowan Symonds in goal to beat but Jarret placed his shot wide. Just before half time Tom Perryman whipped a cross into the Sidmouth box that found Joe Mulhall unmarked, Mulhall flicked the ball onto another unmarked player Joe Dixon, who applied the tap in. Sidmouth then applied some pressure looking to level the scores and nearly did so when a Connor Swingler looping header was tipped over the bar by Symonds in the Honiton goal.
Honiton started the 2nd half well and it was not long before Perryman supplied another good cross into the box that Mulhall flicked into the Sidmouth goal to make it 2-0 to the visitors. Shortly afterwards Sidmouth goal keeper Dan Stapleton rushed a clearance that found the feet of Blake Freemantle, who calmly lobbed the ball into an empty net from 30 yards to make it 3-0. The Vikings reacted and applied some heavy pressure which eventually resulted in a goal on the 65th minute from Shaun Densham. Moments later Riki Pitter headed straight at Symonds when well placed. To rub salt into the wound former Vikings favourite Andy Isaac came off the bench to add to Honiton’s goal tally and scored their fourth with some tapping in after a neat piece of play. However the goal of the day was saved until last when Devon Under 18 player Ashley Mitchell picked up the ball deep in the Sidmouth half and then produced an amazing run, beating four defenders, before firing low into the bottom corner.
Final Score 1-5
Sidmouth From: Stapleton, Jarrett, Newbery, Clenahan (c), Antat, Pitter, Wellman, Davies, Swingler, Knight & Evans. Used Subs: Anderson, Densham & Clay.
Star Man – Ashley Mitchell (Honiton Town)
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 25th November 2017
The Vikings travelled to South Devon knowing a win would see them elevated to 6th place in the league. The away side started well and were dominating the possession stats for the first 20 minutes, surprisingly the home-side seemed very sluggish and should have been made to pay for their lacklustre start when Connor Swingler and Jordon Bastin both went close to scoring after going on mazy runs. The best chance of the half fell to Sidmouth’s Rob Knight who hit the foot of the post from a speculative effort. The home-side welcomed the break and clearly needed it. For the Vikings they had to come out in the second period and find an end product.
Something must have been added to Brixham’s halftime tea as they came out in the second half with a lot more vigour and should have taken the lead on the 60th minute but found Vikings keeper Dan Stapleton in good form. For Sidmouth Nathan Antat went close on the 70th minute, with just the keeper to the normally clinical winger stumbled at the crucial point and this allowed the home keeper to make an easy save. Two minutes later Brixham went ahead when a defence splitting pass was neatly tucked away. 1-0. Sidmouth went immediately on the attack with wing backs Antat and Binion causing the blues all kinds of problems. And it was Binion on the 80th minute that was dragged down inside the penalty area that gave the Vikings the chance to equalise from the spot. Normal penalty taker Tyler Wellman passed up the opportunity to make a name for himself and handed the responsibility over to Tom Tricker who calmly placed past the home custodian 1-1. Sidmouth continued to press for a winner but the home defence held firm, with Bastin going close on the 88th minute. On the 90th minute Brixham nearly pinched the points, a great pass out to the right wing caught the visitors by surprise and they were in debt to Stapleton for pulling off another terrific save ensuring that the visitors impressive unbeaten run continues.
Final Score 1-1
Sidmouth From: Stapleton, Binion, Newbery, Clenahan (C), Antat, Pitter, Davies, Wellman, Bastin, Knight and Swingler. Used Subs: Jarrett, Anderson & Tricker.
Star Man Ollie Binion