Alphington 2 – Sidmouth Town 3

                                   WPC Cup Saturday 22nd September 2018

Sidmouth started the game with 5 regular 1st teamers missing, the first half was fairly even but Town were creating chances, it wasn’t till the 44th minute with some good work by Sam Johnson who beat his defender and crossed for the in form Ash Small to score, Town went in 1 – 0 at the break.

The second half was only 2 minutes old when the back from suspension Martyn Hancock increased the lead with a fine solo effort, it was all Sidmouth after that but Town had to wait till the 65th minute for Ash Small to notch again and make it 3 – 0 with what was a rather scrappy goal, Town seemed to lose a bit of concentration after that and the Alphas beat the offside trap to leave the striker through on goal, Dan Machin clipped the attackers heal and Alphington made it 3-1 from the resulting penalty. After the restart it was all Sidmouth and we should of increased the lead but failed to do so, Alphington then scored their second with the penultimate kick of the game as the final whistle was blown immediately after the restart.

All in all a satisfying afternoon for Sidmouth who turned in a decent performance with 5 regular players missing namely: Danny Clay, Dan Churchill, Chris Duchenski, Russ Coombes and Ollie Jarrett.

Next up in the Walter Parsons Cup home to Axminster Town on Saturday 20th October 2:30 KO.

Starting Eleven: Dan Machin, Matt Salter, Ash Mathews, Ben Clay, Danny Burwood, Tony Radford, Will Jenkins, Ash Small, Sam Johnson, Rob Knight, Martyn Hancock,
Sub Used: Louis Adey


Sidmouth Town 3 – Bovey Tracey 3


Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Wednesday 19th September


If last night’s game had seen no goals and few chances, tonight’s outing was the complete opposite with a thrilling and energetic match from start to finish and plenty to keep the good sized crowd enthralled.

Two statistical facts were also evident tonight, the 3-3 scoreline is the highest score draw so far in the division this season and Bovey Tracey saw their’s, and the last in the division, perfect record go, although they remain unbeaten from their 8 league outings so far.

The hosts were the first out of the blocks as Dan Churchill opened the scoring from close range in the 11th minute and by the 20th minute Ashley Small had rammed home to make it 2-0 to the Vikings. The visitors however were back in the game in double quick time as first Charlie Johansen reduced the arrears in the 24th minute and barely a minute later they were awarded a penalty which Sean Finch duly scored from to make it 2-2.

From 0-2 down in the 23rd minute, Bovey Tracey found themselves 3-2 up by the 33rd minute as captain Shane Gill slotted low past the advancing home ‘keeper. It was then the turn of the hosts to get back to scoring when they were awarded a 44th minute penalty of their own which Ashley Small duly converted to make it 3-3 at the break.

The second half obviously didn’t have the scoring and the drama of leads established & lost, but it was still an action packed 45 minutes with both sides very much going for the win. Each side went mighty close, Bovey Tracey had a shot from distance that beat the keeper but came back off the foot of the post whilst the hosts, very late on, had Ashley Small squaring the ball across the face of the goal but nobody could get the final touch on the tempting ball.

The only gripe about the game I can have was the theatrical falling about by players on both sides and the totally unnecessary appeals for a free kick for the slightest of touches, the referee did well to keep 2 committed teams with 11 each on the pitch but the flow of yellow cards inevitably saw a player pick up a 2nd card and that fate fell on Liam Head when a pullback to stop a counter attack saw a 2nd yellow and a red card in stoppage time.

Take nothing away from that though, this was a cracking game and true entertainment with both teams contributing and both teams picking up a very well deserved point.

Starting Eleven: Dan Machin, Ash Mathews, Dan Churchill, Ben Clay, Matt Salter, Dan Clay, Dan Burwood, Chris Duchenski, Ash Small, Will Jenkins, Rob Knight.

Subs Used: Jack Hatswell, Ferenc Bodor, Martyn Hancock.

Report Taken From Peninsula Website

Sidmouth Town 4 – Godolphin Atlantic 1


Buildbase FA Vase 2nd Round Qualifying Saturday 15th September 2018

Sidmouth came out of the blocks quickly and were taking the game to Godolphin, in the early stages rarely were the opposition able to get out of there own half, on one occasion when they did Jake Wreford sustained an injury and was receiving treatment for several minutes, play restarted and things continued in the same vain on the 19th minute a good cross from Will Jenkins saw Ash Small make it 1 – 0 with a diving header. Town continued to dominate but could not increase the lead and went in at half time 1 goal to the good.

The second half was only a few minutes old when Danny Clay was adjudged to have fouled one of the opposition players, from the resulting free kick which was about 35yds out Tom Shepherd scored to level things up, Town continued to press and a cross from Chris Duchenski was turned in by Will Jenkins, a good goal except that Chris was fouled as he crossed the ball and the ref had blown up for a free kick ( rather to quickly in most peoples opinion), so the goal was disallowed. Ash Small restored the lead on the 65th minute, calmly slotting home after going through on goal. 10 minutes late Danny Clay increased the lead with a well struck free kick from 25 yards out.  The 80th minute saw Will Jenkins slot home after dummying both the defender and goalkeeper to make the score line 4 -1 and put the game firmly out of reach of the visitors.

Sidmouth were well worth the win and dominated the game, a great game to watch which was appreciated by the 100 or so people watching. Next up 1st round proper on the 13th October against  Cadbury Heath a western League step 5 side from the Bristol area.

Starting Eleven: Jake Wreford, Dan Churchill, Ben Clay, Ollie Jarrett, Ash Mathews, Dan Clay, Russ Coombes, Chris Duchenski, Rob Knight, Ash Small, Will Jenkins.
Subs Used: Scott Hughes, Danny Burwood, Ferenc Bodor.

Sidmouth Town 2 – Elmore 3

Carlsberg SWPL Div1 East Saturday 8th September 2018

Following recent success in the Cup and league town approached this game against unbeaten Elmore with some optimism. On 21 minutes Ash Small put Sidmouth a goal up from the penalty spot, 12 minutes later Jordan Bastyn equalised for Elmore, the sides went into the break with the score level.

The second half was 15 minutes in when Martyn Hancock was  sent of for a 2nd yellow card offence, the referee evened things up 3 minutes later when Elmore’s Stuart Davies ( no relation to our Stuart) was sent off for retaliation against Danny Clay, 75 minutes on the clock and Ash Small put Town 2 – 1 up again from the penalty spot, with 8 minutes left till the final whistle the Manstone faithful were beginning to sense a famous victory when Town rather naively gave away 2 penalties which allowed Elmore to collect the 3 points,  a game that Sidmouth lost rather than Elmore won. 10 yellow cards 2 reds and 4 penalties I will leave you to draw your own conclusions but a frustrating afternoon for all concerned at the Club!! Still that’s football.

Sidmouth Starting Eleven: Jake Wreford, Dan Churchill, Ollie jarrett, Martyn Hancock, Russel Coombes, Ben Clay, Dan Clay, Ash Small, Ash Mathews, Will Jenkins. Used Subs: None.

New 1st Team Manager at Manstone Lane

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.

Andy Argyle

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’’.

Richard Pears
1st Team Manager
Sidmouth Town AFC.

Budleigh Salterton 2 – Sidmouth Town 3

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.

HT 0-3

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.