Torpoint Athletic 7 – Sidmouth Town 3

SWPL Premier East Division

After a busy summer preparing ourselves for a big step in the Clubs history of competing at its highest level, we made the trip to Plymouth and caught the ferry across the Tamar down to Torpoint FC who according to a few would be up in around the top 3 or 4 at the end of the season, so we knew we were going to have to be at our best!
On arrival the lads were in good spirits and keen to get on with the task!
We started the game off with a tactical plan where players had to be patient in their jobs, ensuring we didn’t concede early on! The task was met excellently as during long periods of the first half we frustrated them forcing them into mistakes enabling us to punish when we could going forward! and that’s certainly what happened when half way through the half Ben miller excellently forced the centre half into some sloppy defending enabling Fez to wonderfully put our new signing Oscar Walsh through on goal 1on1 who calmly rounding the keeper to put us 0-1 up!! Our discipline continued after our opener, Walsh always a threat also put in a defensive role for our second goal when robbing their winger on the flank threaded a ball down the line to Jack Hatswell making a great second man run from midfield, who in turn put a great first time ball across the box for Ben miller to brilliantly steer the ball first time into the top corner, 0-2!! Our defence had performed very well all first half, when what should have been half time turned into 3 minutes added time from I don’t know where, and in the final seconds of added time Torpoint were gifted a free kick which they scored after a defensive mix up seeing us go in 1-2 up!!
The second half was always going to be tougher with Torpoint at home and losing, they came out sharper second half reverting from keep ball in their own half to long balls over our back four pushing us back which gave them joy in winning lots of corners, this ended up being our down. Within 5 minutes from a corner a ball was floated inside the box and Jake in goal was blocked resulting in an equaliser, appeals to the ref we’re ignored? We didn’t let it get to us and some good work pressuring their back line again resulted in us forcing mistakes and when Fez found himself in a 3v2 situation he decided to go alone instead of passing resulting in not only another missed chance but also himself getting injured and having to come off for treatment! During this period we were slow in regrouping and from another set play got overloaded down the left where they made no mistake punishing us from that!!

Fez coming off made an impact to our game plan, we brought on Elliot Keirle to replace Fez and he worked hard for us down the left but with Torpoint now with the momentum and throwing  everything at us forcing 3 corners within a 10 minute period which resulted in us conceding another 3 goals from set play! During this time we brought off Jack Hatswell for Danny Burwood and Ethan slater for young Max Hammett to make his debut!! We still managed to create some chances and when Ollie Jarrett found himself in a 1v1 shot only for the keeper to save well before  Ollie followed up from the rebound to score and make it 6-3. Another opportunity for us saw manager Danny Burwood square the ball across the 6-yard box where a tired Ben miller couldn’t quite get there but shooting himself would’ve been the better option! A late 7th goal put even more of a dampener on our day and we look back pondering on what could’ve been! All in all some plus’s to take from the game and a lot of lessons learnt. Next up Axminster at home Wednesday night in an early derby!!

Man of the match: Matt Colson 

Sidmouth Town 3 – Stoke Gabriel 3


Please see match report below provided by and with the permission of the GR  Tourist

Went to the season finale at Sidmouth Town today, which including the trophy presentation for Stoke Gabriel.

It was a really enjoyable match, with both sides going all out for the win, finishing 3-3, and featured one of the best goals I’ve seen live by 16 year old Jack Hatswell.

There’s a full report with pictures here is anyone is interested:



Sidmouth Town 2 – Crediton Utd 1

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 23rd March 2019

After a satisfying win at Liverton last week, we were at home against an in form Crediton  who have won their last 5 games! Going into the game we were a little light missing Matt Salter who was on Devon U18 duties and also without our big target man Martyn Hancock, so it was going to be a tough afternoon!! We started the game brightly and worked hard from the start not allowing our opponents to settle into the game. The first half saw neither keeper really having a lot to do, but on the stroke of half-time Ferenc Bodor went on one of his quick runs down the left eventually running into a Crediton keeper who sweeps their back four really well and managed to clear the danger, after what was a final poor touch from our foreign favourite!!

A Calm, encouraging and positive half time talk saw us go 1-0 up after about 3 minutes of the restart with Ollie Jarrett over lapping fez down the left to meet a wonderful cross from Ethan slater!!! A Sidmouth side playing with confidence and desire over the past few weeks managed the game well throughout the rest of the half, limiting Crediton and Kenny Ord to few chances!! For the final 20 mins we brought on Danny clay to settle matters down and new signing Elliot Keirle, the latter scoring a very important goal on his debut with minutes remaining 2-0. The last few minutes saw us give away too many free kicks, and from one of those Crediton grabbed a consolation goal with the last kick of the game! A massive win in our attempt to catch Crediton and St Martins who we entertain next week and a much needed 3pts!!

Mom; The ‘whole team’

Report: Danny Burwood

Liverton 0 – Sidmouth Town 3

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 16th March 2019

After a few weeks off and with some unfortunate results of late, a good steady performance is what Kev Tooze and I asked for, and that’s exactly what we got from a hard-working game against a battling Liverton fc who are doing well to survive this campaign in what is clearly a difficult time for them. We chose to play up the slope against a very strong wind in the first half and were made to defend resolutely throughout, a difficult half!. Saying that we had the best opportunities and could have been a couple up but did well enough to keep a clean sheet!

Start of the second half saw an early scare as a long ball caught us out and quick reactions from Jake in goal cleared the danger but unfortunately, he collided with Ben miller in the process, after treatment he got up and was given the all clear. As the game wore on we got stronger and started to dominate, a neat through ball from Ethan slater found Burwood who ghosted past his marker teasing a cross into the path of Ollie Jarrett who rose brilliantly only to see his header cleared off the line but fell straight to Jenkins to slam home. Liverton never really tested our goal second half and chances come and went before Jenkins made it two with another great finish! Harry Taylor came on after a brief spell of injury to calmly feed Jenkins who complete his hat trick and scored our third to the delight of the management trio!!

Fair play to Liverton who kept going and can be proud in the way they conduct themselves.

Man of the match: Will Jenkins

Report Danny Burwood

Teignmouth 2 – Sidmouth Town 2

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 23rd February 2019

After a disappointing game last week against Alphington with missed chances costing us in the first half we made the trip to Teignmouth hoping for a better performance. The pitch as I thought likely wasn’t up to scratch for a club at this standard, but the lads played some good football and took an early lead after some good work down the left from Fez who found Hancock which he gratefully planted a header past the Teignmouth keeper! Teignmouth tried to play good passing football and caused us a few problems, catching us out of shape which cost us as they scored a fine goal giving Jake in goal no chance. Some casual and sloppy defending put Teignmouth 2-1 up before we made the game all square, Jake pumping a great ball into the area where Hancock rose well to nod down for Jenkins to fire home. All square at the break. Harsh words at half time and a few minor changes saw a fairly even half up until the last 25 minutes in which both teams hit the bar, Ben miller with a thumping volley from the edge of the box beat the keeper but not the crossbar. We then started to dominate as Teignmouth tired, but a lack of composure in front of goal and some food goalkeeping meant a draw was all we could manage.

Report by Danny Burwood

Sidmouth Town 4 – Budleigh Salterton 2

SWPL Div 1 East Wednesday 26th December 2018

On a grey but thankfully dry morning it was Sidmouth’s turn to host Budleigh Salterton in this annual Boxing Day fixture, the pitch was heavy in places and in front of a crowd of 82 the game kicked off, Town started the better of the two sides but the Robins soon got into their stride and it was a fairly even affair until on the 30th minute Matt Salter shot home from the edge of the box to give Town a 1-0 lead, 5 minutes later Harry Taylor headed home from a Ferenc Bodor cross to double the lead 2-0, shortly before the break Budleigh reduced the arrears and it was 2-1 at half time.

About 15 minutes into the 2nd half and Bodor went on a mazy run beat the defender and shot home from a narrow angle, a fine individual goal. Once again the Robins notched home to reduce the deficit and keep the contest alive, 75 minutes in and Chippy Churchill intercepted a poor back pass rounded the keeper and coolly and slotted home. Budleigh stuck to their task and for the last 15 minutes put a lot of pressure on the Sidmouth defence but to no avail and Town ran out 4-2 winners.

Sidmouth Starting Eleven: Jake Wreford, Dan Churchill, Matt Salter, Chris Duchenski, Ben Clay, Danny Burwood, Ethan Slater, Danny Clay, Harry Taylor, Ollie Jarrett, Ferenc Bodor.

Subs Used; Jack Hatswell, Will Jenkins.

Next game away to Newton Abbott Spurs on the 5th January 3pm KO.

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.

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.