Macron D&E League Div 1 Monday 16th April 2018
Town eased to a comfortable win on an energy sapping pitch at their Manstone Headquarters. Going ahead after twenty minutes through Tom Moore Sidmouth could have been out of sight by the half hour mark. Ben Miller, Jake Boyland and Moore all had good chances to score before Riki Pitter showed a cool head to fire home in a crowded box. Shortly before half time Aidy Parr, making his return from suspension, slotted home from the spot to make it a 3-0 scoreline at the break.
A quiet start to the second half saw neither side really flourish as the conditions started to have an effect. Parr rifled home his second and the Vikings fourth, before Moore’s scuffed effort faintly touched Parr who then tried to claim his hat trick !!
Thursday is the date for the Devon Senior Cup Final at Newton Abbot, Town play Colyton.
Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 14th April 2018
Town were beaten by Colyton on the 3G surface at Axminster LED Centre on the driest Saturday for weeks. The home side, having played on the surface a few times, looked the more comfortable as the game got started. Robbie Powell was called into action in the opening exchanges as Town started to adapt to the different surface. Ferenc Bodor was causing problems running at the home defence but couldn’t quite finish anything off. Powell saved well with his legs when Colyton got through and within minutes Scott Hughes had a chance two yards out but his effort hit the keeper and went wide.
The second half saw Colyton take the lead when challenges were not made in midfield and Powell was given no chance. The Vikings weren’t fazed and kept at it as they suddenly decided to play on the flat surface. It wasn’t long before talisman Bodor struck a thirty-yard effort over the Colyton keeper to draw level. Town were now pushing for the win but efforts from Bodor and Jake Boyland didn’t make the keeper work. Fifteen minutes from time Colyton grabbed the winner with a scorching shot that Powell couldn’t stop.
The Vikings applied pressure but Colyton remain unbeaten this season
At times physically and mentally Colyton were stronger than the youthful Viking side. Playing on a footballing surface should of suited the “touch” players that the Vikings possess. Unfortunately if you are missing bottle, desire and determination to actually win the ball in the first instance then you won’t get the chance to play football
Monday sees Sidmouth host Cullompton under the floodlights at Manstone 7-30 ko
Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 7th April 2018
The Vikings got back to winning ways in Somerset on Saturday
Going up the slope in the first half it was the visiting side that set the tone. With Scott Hughes hold up play being integral to most of the good football that the Vikings produced, this allowed Jake Boyland and Ferenc Bodor to get in support of their strike partner. Time and again Bodor was put through out wide with a 50% success rate on his final ball. Hughes was then upended in the penalty area only for the referee to wave play on. Midway through the half Hughes showed great strength and pace to beat his marker and slot home the opening goal. Both Boyland and Bodor had chances to add to the tally but couldn’t quite make it pay. At the other end the young back four of Louis Spalding, Ben Miller, Matt Colson and Matt Salter were coping well with anything that Wellington could muster. Robert Glukowski was relieved to see a well struck shot hit the bar shortly before the break. Will Jenkins somehow managed to put the ball over the bar from two yards out as the interval loomed.
The second period saw the home side have more possession in their own half as Town sat deeper going downhill. The counter attack was Towns plan and again this was put to good use. Fresh legs were needed so Tom Moore and Ben Goodier were given half an hour. Moore showed some nice touches out wide and went close to adding a second for Town. It wasn’t long before Moore showed great determination to first win a tackle and second be alert enough to come on to the breaking ball and strike it into the net via the far post. Within minutes Goodier made a fantastic run and Damien Armes slotted a slide rule pass for Goodier to prod home the third and final goal of a satisfactory afternoon performance
In games where you are dominant you can be caught out not taking chances. We created quite a few but looked solid at the back
Ben Miller showed what a versatile, quality player he is playing at Centre Half and strolled through the game. Anticipating most situations and being dominant throughout gave a platform for others to perform. The last half an hour saw the Vikings field seven under eighteens this average was soon sent spiralling as Anthony Griffiths was brought on, once he found his shirt, to ease the youngsters through the last quarter
Next week the Res play Colyton away possibly at a venue to be decided
Also at the time of writing this report a midweek game v Lyme Regis in the Grandisson Cup is trying to be arranged
Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 24th February 2018
Town paid the price for failing to apply themselves against a well drilled visiting side
From the kick off you sensed an urgency from Chagford and the early pressure saw a number of corners conceded as they unsettled the home defence. Eight minutes in and a defensive mix up saw the away side open the scoring. Was this the kick up the backside that was needed to get Town at it?. Apparently not as wayward passes, bad first touches and a basic lack of understanding their personal roles was all too evident. Chagford added a second from another corner as the ball was floated in evading every Town player but not the central defender that nodded in at the far post. Fifteen minutes in and the Vikings looked shaky. The passing game that the young players produce week in week out suddenly disappeared as the visitors looked solid defensively.
Five minutes from the end of the opening half Ben Miller weaved his way past three defenders and clipped the ball in for the onrushing Louis Spalding whose header drifted just wide of the upright. Confidence soared and shortly after Ferenc Bodor finished with aplomb when given a one on one with the Chagford keeper. Still in the game the Vikings were told to up the ante and to be fair they did improve in the second half but couldn’t take any of the numerous chances that came their way as Chagford held out to grab all three points in a well-deserved win.
The players need to look at their own performance and be honest with themselves. Every game is a test and if you give sides a lead then it’s always going to be difficult to get back into the game.
All in all a disappointing performance from the Vikings on a fantastically prepared pitch yet again
Next up is Chard Town Res home 3 pm ko Saturday 3rd March
Firewatch Devon Senior Cup Quarter Final Saturday 10th February 2018
The Vikings are through to the Semi Final of the Devon Senior Cup after beating their Plymouth based opponents.
With Ken Mortimore working wonders to get the game on it was always going to cut up after constant rain. Town started well but the final pass was too often wayward In fact it was the visitors who went close twice when clean through, Rob Glukowski saved well in the first instance and made himself big on the second chance bravely narrowing the angle. The Vikings took the lead with a screamer from Damien Armes. At this point it’s fair to say that the away side were committing bad tackles against the young Vikings side, who did well not to react. Half time gave the management some idea how difficult it was to stand at times let alone play decent football.
An improved performance from the Vikings saw the game remain tight as chances went begging on the visitor’s goal, Scott Hughes thought he had scored the second goal only to be harshly adjudged to have been offside. However undeterred the hosts kept the momentum and Aidy Parr thundered in the second from thirty yards. Bizarrely as the pitch got worse the Vikings started playing superb football and could have added a few more as their fitness was far greater than the visitors, Tom Moore headed home at the far post after great play from Matt Salter to seal the win.
A mention for the referee who had a good game and did well to remain composed when the guests tried intimidate him
Managers Gary Bargery and Paddy Thomas were rightly proud of the players who showed spirit and determination with a gutsy display.
Next week they have no game but the week after a home game v Lapford awaits
Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 3rd February
After a slight delay in the kick off due the referee unhappy with both goals being a little muddy Sidmouth were soon dominating the early exchanges and when Tom Moore opened the scoring on his first start for the seconds it looked as if it could be a long afternoon for the home side. Sidmouth were down to 10 men a few minutes later when the referee sent Ferenc Bodor to the sin bin, when Bodor returned to the action after his 10 min rest he quickly fired the 2nd into the far corner and with Damian Armes slotting home a 3rd.
Sidmouth continued their dominance into the second half and were playing some very attractive football and creating plenty of chances , Adrian Parr added 2 , Tom Moore and Ferenc Bodor a second each before Scott Hughes blasting home the 8th to complete the job.
Tougher tests lay ahead but a good solid performance and most importantly another 3 points on the total .
Macron D&E League Saturday 13th January 2018
The Vikings took all three points against a highflying physical Lapford outfit. Playing downhill in the opening period Town set the pace and were playing as a unit Toby Garrick marked his first start in the club second team with an impressive performance and Town took the lead when, in a slick counter-attack, Aidy Parr took an early shot that gave the Lapford keeper no chance. Ten minutes after firing his side ahead, Parr was at it again as he gathered a rebounded strike from Damien Armes and drilled it in to double the lead. Lapford were clearly stung to be two goals down to the young Vikings and their ‘strong arm’ approach went up a notch – or two!
Things got even better for the Vikings when the tireless Scott Hughes finished with aplomb went sent through one-on-one with the Lapford goalkeeper to see Town into the break with a 3-0 lead.
After the break Lapford adopted a new tactic – a long ball approach – which resulted in plenty of work for Town central defenders Anthony Griffiths and Matt Colson together with goalkeeper Rob Gluckowski. Clearly not used to losing the Lapford players let their club down after the final whistle.