Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 7th August
The Vikings second string outplayed their Somerset counterparts, who still lie above them in Division One, on a windy Saturday at Manstone. Taking the initiative right from kick off the home side were dumbstruck that a penalty wasn’t awarded for a blatant hack on Tom Moore after three minutes, only for the referee to wave play on! Undeterred the young Vikings kept the pressure on and were rewarded when Skipper Jack Hatswell swept the ball home at the far post, not content with this slender lead they piled the pressure on forcing a number of free kicks and corners which were dealt with well by the Chard defence. On twenty-five minutes Reuben Raffell struck a superb volley that swerved away from the visiting keeper to make it 2-0. Clearly the Chard side were not being allowed to get any momentum and a few heavy challenges was their reply. An awful elbow to the face on the returning Louis Spalding went unpunished as the only person in attendance, the most important one, thought that Spalding had dived! Again, the youngsters were not intimidated, and they responded by not getting involved and let their football do the talking.
The second half was a fine disciplined performance with Matt Colson and Ben Miller dominant at the back. Ferenc Bodor struck a third with a toe punt from outside the box and Scott Hughes added another to cap a fine display from the Vikings.
A young side with 11 of the 14 under 19. They are starting to gain confidence and with improved availability then it’s hoped that standards will continue to improve. From a youthful squad the game management was fantastic, and they all played their part in a great performance.
Next week sees the Vikings begin the defence of the Devon Senior Cup. Stoke Gabriel Res are the visitors with a 2 pm ko at Manstone.
Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 29th September 2018
Town picked up their first three points of the season with a rampant performance at Manstone Lane, starting brightly and forcing a couple of early saves from the Heavitree keeper it was looking good for the home support. However, a dubious penalty awarded against the Vikings saw a 0-1 score line after ten minutes this lead to was doubled and the Vikings were clearly shaken. A strong team reply from the hosts saw Aidy Parr reply before Scott Hughes added two to give the Vikings a 3-2 lead after twenty-five minutes. Before the interval Jake Boyland thundered in a fourth and Hughes completed a first half hat trick to make it 5-2.
The second half was a one-way affair and Adam Bartlett in goal was a spectator, Hughes added another before Damien Armes beat the keeper with a deflected free kick, Parr added his second and Towns eighth before Gerard Reinoso smashed in an unstoppable effort to round things off.
Pleasing to secure three points in what looks like a tough league this season.
Next week the Reserves host Chard Town Res 3 pm ko.
Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 22nd September 2018
On a wet and miserable day this game was played out exactly like the weather, two poor sides who showed a lack of basic football skills throughout, after taking the lead through Callum Cross, Town were pegged back when stand in keeper Damien Armes was beaten at his near post. Jake Boyland and Aidy Parr scored to give the first half a lopsided look as they sought shelter from the relentless rain. The cushion disappeared as Town froze under the pressure making mistakes close to your goal just raises the opponents hope and two headed goals were conceded to compound the misery all round.
On a day when Colyton won 10-1 in the Premier Division the side that beat them in the Cup Final five months ago can only be glad that they have been promoted otherwise a cricket score would be the likely outcome.
Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 15th September 2018
The Vikings second string came away pointless from their trip to Exeter on Saturday
In a bizarre game even the hosts weren’t sure how the result panned out, playing some good football on a poor surface Town started brightly with a starting line-up that was missing three experienced regular players and a recognised keeper. Heavitree struck the first goal with their first shot on target after fifteen minutes. Leigh Adey between the sticks had no chance. Within minutes Adey brought down the striker and the resultant penalty was slotted home. We don’t deserve this was the host management response as Viking bosses Bargery and Thomas stared on in disbelief. Another goal was added to make it 3-0 at half time.
Team talk? What can you say? We are playing all the football, but we were losing 3-0!!
The second period saw Town dominate for most of the time but all too often the final ball was poor. Louis Adey fired in from a free kick and a comeback was on the cards, but a costly mistake in our own half sealed the points for the Heavies.
East Devon Senior Cup Saturday 8th September 2018
The Vikings second string travelled to Witheridge in this East Devon Senior Cup tie on Saturday.
The Premier division side were our fourth first round opponents from a division higher over the last four seasons and all away. Town started brightly and within ten minutes took the lead through Callum Cross as he guided in Aidy Parr’s low cross, the hosts were shaky and it was easy to defend against their long ball tactics throughout the first half. Jake Boyland had a couple efforts as Parr, Cross, and Freddie King were playing some delightful football. At the other end Rob Glukowski aced well twice on the rare occasion that Witheridge actually threatened.
Going into the interval it was the visiting side that would of been the happiest as a 1-0 scoreline flattered the home side
With the wind at their backs it was again the route one game that the home supporters will not enjoy watching. Twenty minutes in and a careless pass put the Vikings in trouble as Witheridge drew level. Boyland went close twice and a series of Vikings raids resulted in plenty of opportunities from corners that weren’t capitalised upon, as it was the home side got the all-important next goal and a deflated Young Vikings side, while not giving in, looked beaten. A late goal made it look far more comfortable than it was for an ordinary home team that whinged for 90 minutes.
A great performance from the lads we ran out of steam at the end but could have been out of sight before the interval. Standards have been set and with players coming back in the next few weeks the future looks bright.
Heavitree Res away next Saturday 3 pm ko
Macron D&E League Saturday 19th May 2018
What looked like a fairly straight forward victory for Cully was anything but. The Vikings down to bare bones were comfortably the better side in the first half but entered the interval 2-1 down. A much-improved home side punished Town with two top corner finishes midway through the second half. Earlier Cullompton had taken the lead when a free header eluded Rob Gluchowski in the Vikings goal, Scott Hughes then replied turning his marker and smashing the ball in off the upright after ten minutes. For the rest of the half Town opened up the hosts defence with Ferenc Bodor causing problems on the left. Hughes went close again and Joe Miller was probing away on the opposite flank. Bodor himself hit the post and wasted another two good opportunities he would have normally taken. As it was those missed chances would come back to haunt the Vikings.
Not a good way to finish a productive season but undoubtedly the highlight was winning the Devon Senior Cup Final in April.
A nice touch as the minutes ticked away was seeing Joe, Ben, Jack and father Jon Miller all on the pitch playing at the end of the game.
Macron D&E League Div1 Wednesday 9th April 2018
Town picked up a point in their last home league game of the season. Struggling to field their normal side after four games in seven days the Vikings did well to get something out of the game. Starting brightly Town took the game to Lapford with Aidy Parr and Scott Hughes linking up well, at the other end Ben Clay, Nick Gingell, Reuben Rafaell and Matt Salter were comfortable with the returning Rob Glukowski between the sticks, Parr opened the scoring rifling in a low drive past the helpless visiting keeper. Shortly after a clash of heads involving the Vikings top scorer saw Parr withdrawn at the break.
The second half saw the introduction of Tom Moore and he again linked up well with Hughes who was running on empty. Lapford had a lot of pressure but the defence held out until the dying seconds when a loose ball was steered home at the far post.
The Res have one game left v Cullompton away on Saturday 19th May 3pm ko.