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
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 18th November 2017
Sidmouth welcomed back Ashley Small, Dan Evans, Nathan Antat, Danny Clay and Ryan Davies to the squad, which was a massive boost to the management as they knew they needed everyone available if they were to get anything out of the match against the much fancied visitors. The Vikings started brightly with forwards Connor Swingler, Rob Knight and Small causing the visitors all kinds of problems with their work rate and high pressing game. On the 30thminute Swingler lost his marker for the umpteenth time then delivered a terrific cross into the box that was met by the head of top scorer Small who gave former Sidmouth Town goal keeper Luke Ashford no chance. Sidmouth went on to play some neat stuff with Riki Pitter, Shaun Densham and Tyler Wellman controlling the midfield dual.
Half Time 1-0
Sidmouth knew that they had to absorb an early onslaught, of which they did. The visitors had a lot of early possession but found the Vikings defence in great form supported well by keeper Rob Gluchowski on his 1st team debut. By the 60th minute Sidmouth were on top, knight beat the offside trap and with just Ashford to beat fluffed his lines, Knight went onto miss other great opportunities to put the Vikings out of sight but the lively hitman was clearly having an off day. On the 70th minute Sidmouth failed to clear a routine cross and this allowed Teigns Jamie Moore the easiest of finishes 1-1. Sidmouth introduced Clay, Evans & Davies and this gave the green’s the added bit of quality and freshness, Evans terrorised the Teigns backline whilst clay and Davies soon asserted their superior quality on the game. On the 80th minute a terrific left wing cross from Evans was acrobatically smashed into the net by Davies a fitting goal for a player that has missed the last two weeks through injury 2-1.
On the 89th minute a defence splitting pass found the visitors No9 clean through with just Gluchowski to beat, however the Vikings keeper capped of a fine debut to somehow dive full length to deny the frustrated striker and in the process ensuring Sidmouth deservedly banked all three points.
Sidmouth From: Gluchowski, Binion, Clenahan (C), Newbery, Antat, Wellman, Densham, Pitter, Small, Knight & Swingler. Used Subs: Davies, Evans & Clay
Star man – Connor Swingler
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 11th November 2017
Sidmouth Town manager Josh Stunell became his side’s seventh different goalkeeper this season when he took to the pitch to take over from the red carded Dan Stapleton in the game at Liverton United. With 10 minutes remaining, Town were level at 1-1 when Stapleton was sent off for a foul that also resulted in a penalty that was rifled home to give Liverton the lead. However, the sending-off clearly had a ‘light bulb’ moment for the Vikings who proceeded to serve up some of their finest football of the season to date as they hit back to level and then win all three points with the games fifth and final goal in the last minute.
Liverton scored first on the 2nd minute of the game and held their lead until the 75th minute when Devon Under-18 Skipper Ollie Jarrett struck with a wonderful effort from 20-yards that flew into the top right hand corner of the goal. Five minutes later a poor back pass from Jamie Newbery put Stapleton in an awkward position, rather than concede the Vikings gloves man hauled down the Livvy striker which saw Stapleton receive his marching orders, leading to Stunell’s appearance between the sticks who’s first job was to pick the ball out of the net from the resultant penalty 2-1. Town immediately hit back when Shaun Densham made a late run into the box and headed Jordan Bastin’s left wing cross home. Sidmouth were not done yet, having won the ball back quickly from the re-start Bastin received the ball wide left and riffled a low effort into the far corner past the helpless Liverton goal keeper.
Stunell was quite candid when he said post-match: “We were terrible for eighty minutes, then sublime for the final ten minutes. That said, we have been bereft of luck this season so perhaps we got a few football nets worth of luck at Liverton. “They were the better side, make no mistake about that, but, the sending-off seemed to be the ‘light bulb’ moment for us as we just clicked over those last 10 minutes to serve up some simply outstanding all-round play and clinical finishing“
Sidmouth From: Stapleton, Jarrett, Clenahan (C), Newbery, Binion, Jenkins, Wellman, Swingler, Densham & Knight & Bastin. Used Subs: Stunell & Pitter. Unused Antat & Salter
Star man – Ollie Jarrett
Carlsberg SWPL Div1 East Wednesday 8th November
The Vikings and The Tigers battled it out in a thrilling encounter last night that had drama from the first to the last minute to keep the crowd of around 120 warm on a chilly November evening at Manstone Road. AX went into the game severely depleted and missing the injured quartet of Callum Garrett (groin), Mark Scott (groin), Mark Smale (ankle) and Gary Spiller (ill) while player-manager Jon Hurford was still nursing a hamstring injury and could only make the bench. For Sidmouth they were missing the midfield talents of Danny Clay & Ryan Davies along with talented defender Jamie Newbery and goal keeper Robbie Powell.
Hosts Sidmouth were on the front foot from the off and forced five corners in the opening six minutes. The mounting pressure eventually told two minutes later as left back Nathan Antat launched a long free kick that was glanced home by skipper Matt Clenahan. But the Axminster response was effective and immediate – within three minutes they had taken the lead. First Oscar Latas weaved his way into the penalty area from the left, was tripped and skipper Darren Hutchings stepped up and made no mistake from the resulting spot kick. And it got even better for Hurford’s side just a minute later when they forced a corner, one of 20 in total in the first half, which was headed back into the six yard box by Hutchings for Jamie Barfoot to stab the ball home. The drama kept coming and Sidmouth were level in the 22nd minute when towering midfielder Tyler Wellman rose well to meet an in-swinging corner from Jordan Bastin and headed past keeper Scott Wells-Burr. The Vikings went close to edging back in front before the interval with Wells-Burr saving down low to deny both Antat and Ollie Binion, Wellman shooting narrowly wide, and Chris Ibbeson nodding a header into the outside bracket of the goal frame. But the pace couldn’t continue, and a lull in the third quarter of the match was ended when Billy Rouse was fouled in the area and Wellman netted from the spot. Sidmouth appeared to be heading for all three points when Tony Pinder took the one real opportunity that came his way all night in the 93rd minute to grab his eighth goal in nine matches, and salvage his side a point from an enthralling But the pace couldn’t continue, and a lull in the third quarter of the match was ended when Billy Rouse was fouled in the area and Wellman netted from the spot. Sidmouth appeared to be heading for all three points when Tony Pinder took the one real opportunity that came his way all night in the 93rd minute to grab his eighth goal in nine matches, and salvage his side a point from an enthralling match.
Sidmouth From: Harvey, Binion, Ibbeson, Clenahan (C), Antat, Rouse, Gray, Wellman, Knight, Small & Bastin. Used Subs: Parr, Densham & Swingler. Unused. Salter & Jenkins.
Star man – Tyler Wellman
Report by: Howard Larcombe Sports Editor | Covering the whole of the Pulman’s/View From group of titles
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 4th November 2017
A Tommy Dunlop hat trick secured all three points for Galmpton & Roselands in this end to end encounter. Dunlop put the home side ahead on the 10th minute but the Vikings levelled things up on the 32nd minute when Rob Knight continued his goal a game record by chipping the on-rushing keeper from a tight angle. 1-1. In all fairness Sidmouth were in debt to reserve team keeper Jake Sellick who made a couple of breath taking saves to ensure Sidmouth were still in the game at the oranges.
Sidmouth were read the riot act at halftime and this seemed to have the desired effect as the Vikings looked a completely different proposition to the team of the 1st half that looked lethargic and lacked the energy and work rate that has become a main trait of this team. The added vigour paid dividends and on the 55th minute Shaun Densham finished off Knights pass with ease with his left foot. Sidmouth looked in cruise control however on the 68th minute Sidmouth’s Jamie Newbery was harshly judged to have handled the ball in the area from a deflected shot, the home management were scratching their heads as to how Newbery could have avoided the ball. Dunlop placed the spot kick with ease past Sellick 2-2. Disappointingly this seemed to deflate Sidmouth and Galmpton took full advantage of this scoring two quick goals inside 5 minute’s whilst the away side were at sixes and sevens at the back. By the 80th minute Sidmouth were asking the home defence serious questions with Densham and Pitter coming close. With time running out Nathan Antat riffled home from 18 yards out, however too little too late. A great game for the neutral however, The Vikings management were furious at going away from home scoring three goals getting their noses in front but yet still losing the game, an issue they will look to resolve against Axminster Town on Wednesday night.
Final Score 4-3
Sidmouth From: Sellick, Antat, Clampin (c), Clenahan, Newbery, Clay, Davies, Wellman, Pitter, Knight & Densham. Used Subs: Jarrett & Anderson.
Star man Nathan Antat