Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 14th October 2017
Town picked up three points in a game that saw Dawlish Town’s keeper Man of the match, on a wide pitch it seemed obvious to play in wide areas and get in behind the home defence unfortunately the players spoke about it and did the opposite!! In fact Dawlish took the lead with a breakaway goal that shook the Vikings into action Ben Miller scoring twice before the interval. The second half saw wave after wave of Viking attacks with the home goalie outstanding, Will Jenkins and Aidy Parr scored to end the game.
Devon Senior Cup Saturday 7th October 2017
Arriving late in Barnstaple , due to players not being organised wasn’t the best preparation for this Devon Cup tie played on Boca Seniors pitch, however the journey didn’t affect the fast start made by the visitors an own goal after two minutes was followed by a good team move finished on the volly by Ben Miller to make it 2-0, unfortunately the team and management were guilty of complacency as an easy game was anticipated. Pilton had other ideas and swiftly got back on level terms to embarrass the Vikings. Slowly realising that this was no stroll in the park Town got back to basics and took the lead through Kyle Blair.
The second half saw a much more dominant display from the visitors and Ferenc Bodor added his name to the score sheet outpacing the Pilton defence and prodding in at the near post Scott Hughes tapped in after a great run and cross by Bodor and Will Jenkins headed a sixth. Sandwiched in between was another home strike.
Through to the next round is pleasing for all tougher tests to come I’m sure.
Dawlish away is up next for the Vikings.
Macron D&E League Div 1 Tuesday 3rd October 2017
In a lively encounter at Manstone the Vikings made it two wins in a week against the students. Following on from the First team last Wednesday the Seconds gave an impressive performance on a slippery surface, Ben Farrington opened the scoring from the spot after a minute. Sidmouth played some clever football and limited the students to long range efforts that Jake Sellick dealt with comfortably, Aidy Parr pounced on a defensive error to lob the helpless keeper and double the lead.
Uni started the second half on fire and tore into the Vikings, It was only a matter of time that a goal would be conceded and ten minutes in it was 2-1. Giving the ball away in their own half was again to prove costly as the students punished any mistake and levelled 2-2, to their credit Town regrouped and slowly began to regain their grip on the game, Scott Hughes then flicked in the third shortly followed by Aidy Parr’s stunning volley from 40 yards out that lobbed the keeper again, there was still time for the students to score a screamer to end the scoring on an entertaining night.
The players gave all they had and deserved to get the three points, hopefully we can build on this and show the same determination in every game. Something special about evening games under lights and this had a bit of everything, nice to get off the mark in the league finally.
Next up is an away trip to North Devon in the Devon Senior Cup at Pilton 2 pm KO.
Devon Senior Cup Saturday 23rd September 2017
In a home fixture, played away Town stumbled to their first victory of the season against their lower league opponents. In a scrappy game it wasn’t pretty but a youthful side stood up to a lively away outfit and will have learned a lot about men’s football, Jake Sellick deputising for the unavailable Adam Bartlett between the sticks was excellent, one particular save was the game winner in many people’s eyes. Aidy Parr tapped home after twenty minutes and the Vikings should’ve added to that strike but wasted opportunities were punished as Whipton scored twice in quick succession
Town drew level when Ben Miller levelled the tie before half time, late on in the second half Scott Hughes squared for Riki Pitter to grab the winner.
A good win but plenty to work on hopefully this will give the players confidence team spirit is slowly getting there as players return from festivals and holidays.
Home to Dawlish Saturday 30th 3pm KO is the next game.
Macron D&E League Division 1 Saturday 9th September 2017
Town suffered their second defeat of the season in the league with a much improved performance.
I’ll discipline ultimately cost the Vikings the game when a point was the least they deserved against the early pacesetting visitors. On a well prepared surface the Vikings took time to get going and a few speculative efforts were no problem for young Adam Bartlett in the home goal, unfortunately things took a turn for the worst when Paddy Thomas was asked to leave the technical area dugout to those old enough to remember, for asking a question which wasn’t allowed apparently! This set the tone for a stop start game in a hard fought but fair game between two sides who tried to play football in difficult conditions, Aidy Parr had an effort cleared off the line and Scott Hughes twice went close to getting the opening goal, Ferenc Bodor was then sin binned followed shortly after by Ben Farrington who joined him for ten minutes on the side-line. Lyme took full advantage of their numerical advantage and struck the match winning goal in stoppage time at the end of the first half.
The Vikings to their credit gathered themselves and gave everything in an effort to draw level and you felt if they had there was only one likely outcome, unfortunately chances were missed with Riki Pitter unlucky on two occasions and made a wrong choice on a third chance, Lyme had a couple more opportunities but the score stayed the same as time ran out for the hosts.
A step in the right direction but also a harsh lesson to be learned by all.
Next week sees a cup double header with the first team home to Crediton 1 pm ko and the seconds home to Whipton and Pinhoe 4-30 ko.
East Devon Senior Cup Saturday 2nd September 2017
Frankly the score line flattered the hosts and this years favourites for the Premier title.
STFC Res will be happier with their performance after last weeks dismal showing against Alphington. A decent start soon had the Vikings matching their opponents and confidence grew as the home side looked average, a Ferenc Bodor free kick broke the deadlock and Town were playing with confidence. Shortly before half time Elmore equalised but Town were denied a lead at the break by a great tip over the bar from an Ollie Binion header.
The second half was even for the first fifteen minutes and then the home side’s fitness saw them home with a score line that frankly flattered the hosts.
Being frustrated Town management duo Gary Bargery and Paddy Thomas can only hope the players that can be added to the squad will come in and have a positive effect on the team
Next up is Lyme Regis at Manstone Lane 3pm ko.
Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 26th August 2017
The Vikings kicked off the season on Saturday with a loss.
Wearing their new kit sponsored by Honiton Mot Centre it was a dismal effort from the home side, with Alphington allowed too much time and space especially in the midfield it was only a matter of time before they took the lead
Half an hour in and 1-0 down Town had threatened with new signing Aidy Parr prominent in attack and Ferenc Bodor causing problems for the Alphas defence, shortly before half time it was 2-0 to the visitors as a defensive mix up was punished.
Looking for a response Town changed formation and improved slightly but it was evident that fatigue was hampering the side, a third goal from a free header put the game beyond the Vikings, Matt Salter slotted home a first for Town and Aidy Parr added a second shortly after hitting the post.
The final whistle ended the contest as the Vikings suddenly woke up in the last five minutes, embarrassing was the reaction from management duo Gary Bargery and Paddy Thomas, so disappointed that a talented group can appear disinterested in the first game of the season.
Next week sees the Vikings play away to Premier favourites Elmore Town 2pm ko.