Sidmouth Town 4ths 4 – Cheriton Fitzpaine 2nds 3

Macron D&E League Saturday 17th February 2018

Sidmouth town 4th team continued their good run in division 8 with another nail biting win at their home ground byes lane in Sidford that again had the management team on edge right up until the final whistle but returned the young Vikings to the top of the league.

Cheriton Fitzpaine came seeking revenge for a defeat from the young Vikings earlier in the season and started strongly with purpose but were met with a Sidmouth 4th team full of confidence and players getting back to their best form and looking to make positions in the team their own. Matt Colson making his debut in the 4ths lead the young defence of the excellent Dan Corrick Adam Jago and Matt Jones at left back who won man of the match for a great performance, with a fine performance of his own which thwarted any attack from Cheriton so well that the home keeper Robert Gluchowski didn’t have a save to make in the first half.

Inevitably the top goal scorer in division 8 Oliver Turton was creating panic in the Cheriton defence making chances with good runs into the away team’s penalty area, supported well by front two louis Adey and Matthew Rasmussen right wing Jack Miller and his brother Ben Miller in centre midfield producing an excellent display were more than a match for the Cheriton defence and with a little more composure the Vikings could and should have been out of reach by halftime. The 4ths got the breakthrough from the outstanding Turton who got his 21st and then went on to get his 22nd of the season to have the home team 2-0 up at halftime after good work in midfield from the Miller’s and Darren Thomas knitting the team together with a dominating display that had the halftime team talk again of not wanting to let the away side back into the game.

 The away team rallied after the break and scored their first of the half to spark the Vikings into action and respond straight away with Rasmussen getting his 2nd in two games to restore the lead to where it should of been considering the amount of chances the home team had created they deserved to be out of sight, but again lapses in concentration cost the 4ths the result they deserved with Cheriton scoring two more before the end but the home team manager was always confident the young Vikings could see the game out which they did to secure another brilliant three points.

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Sidmouth Town 4ths 6 – Sandford 2nds 5

Macron D&E League Div 8 Saturday 10th February 2018

Sidmouth 4ths got back to winning ways on Saturday with a rollercoaster 6-5 win at home to Sanford in a game that was good for the neutral but definitely not good for the health of Sidmouth’s management team.

The young Sidmouth team bolstered with some experienced players from within the club started slowly and really made hard work of the first twenty minutes, but from then until the end of the first half they put Sandford to the sword and had a five nil lead with goals from Matthew Rasmussen on his return to the club jack miller, Ollie Turton (2) and Louis Adey getting in on the scoring.

At halftime the message was clear, no consolation goals stay on top and keep scoring and don’t give the opposition a chance.

In the first five minutes of the restart Sandford scored to make it five-one but with some good work from midfield Ollie Jarrett restored the five goal lead and scored what turned out to be the winner to boost the young Sidmouth team into action. Unfortunately for the home side it was Sanford who found there rhythm on a deteriorating surface which the Vikings struggled to cope with. After a mad last twenty minutes with the away side scoring four more the Sidmouth players were a relieved bunch to hear the final whistle with Sanford on the attack again and looking for a sixth.

All in all, a deserved win for the young Vikings and with the news of rivals Thorverton being beaten at home the home side still sit 2nd in the league and very much on target for a good finish.

Sidmouth Town 4ths 4 – Central 4

Macron D&E League Div 8 Saturday 9th December 2017

The young Vikings carried on their remarkable start to the season with what turned out to be a good point at home to a much-improved central side that the Vikings easily beat four one away from home earlier this season. Some early pressure from the home team saw the Vikings go into a lead down to an own goal from the central left back and a debut goal for new signing Simon Madge adding some good experience to the squad put the fourths two nil up in 10 minutes however they certainly didn’t have it their own way at all and were it not for an outstanding performance by stand in keeper Callum Wilkes Central could easily have been two up themselves if not more, but Sidmouth held on and managed to get the third goal from the in-form striker Ollie Turton to somehow see out the half three nil up which was somewhat against the run of play.

A quick goal from Central pegged the Vikings back but Turton scored again to make it four one with 30 minutes left. The young side battled but could not withstand the Central onslaught and in the end where lucky to come away with what must be seen as a good point, they still sit at the top of division eight nearly at the halfway point of the season. Real disappointment at the end for the young Vikings but they need to pick themselves up and move on to what now could be two of the most important games of the season back to back against Honiton.

Amory Green Rovers 2 – Sidmouth Town 4ths 5

Macron D&E League Div 8 Saturday 2nd December 2017

With a squad organised by Thursday night only to lose two players Saturday morning Sidmouth 4ths manager Tony West was forced to change his team at the last minute and put himself on the bench to much hilarity from his players. After being reminded of the poor performance the week before and talk before the game about small local teams always being difficult to beat at home the young Vikings got on with the job of their seventh away match of the season against Amory Green Rovers who are having a difficult season with just one win from twelve and some concerns from their manager before the game to try and keep the score down to 5! On yet another poor pitch the Vikings had a good start with the always impressive Oliver Turton scoring five minutes in. But that was as good as the first half got for the 4ths as they struggled on the surface to put any decent passes together and missed more than a few good opportunities to go ahead. Although the Vikings were fairly comfortable and creating some chances the home team rallied and got one back halfway through the first half to make it 1-1 at the break.

After a halftime team talk stressing the need to take chances Sidmouth started the second half brightly and were carving the Home team open for fun but could still not get the breakthrough. Still at 1-1 after 70 minutes and with the threat of being subbed off for the manager the midfield of Jake sellick, Reuben Raffell, and skipper Matt Skelding started to create chances. Luke Spiller and Jordan Parsons both playing well on the wing and the oncoming Jack Miller all upped the tempo of the game and finally Sidmouth created a good chance for Turton who made no mistake. With a sense of relief spreading through the team and back four of Adam Jago, Oliver Newton, Ben Main and throw-in coach Matt Jones holding firm and the impressive Callum Wilkes in goal making no mistakes Turton went on a scoring spree to end up with four good finishes and Spiller getting his first goal for the club the score line changed for the better in a ten minute spell that had the manager breathing a huge sigh of relief that even a scrappy second for the Home side couldn’t dampen the mood of the players when the final whistle blew. 

Another good away win keeps the 4ths at the top of the league and chalks off another difficult away fixture.

Tony West

Sidmouth Town 4ths 1 – Tedburn Sr Mary 3

Macron D&E League Div 8 Saturday 25th November 2017

Sidmouth Town 4ths tasted defeat for only the second time this season at the hands of a good Tedburn side defying their position in the table.

The young Vikings struggled right from the off up against the strong physical opposition and were quickly behind to the opening goal from the away side. More followed as injuries to two players forced the 4ths manager to change the team in the first ten minutes and then again on 35 minutes as the Vikings shipped two more goals to be faced with a 3-0 score line going into the halftime break. 

A halftime team talk was well listened to and the home team started the second half with a belief that they could still pull off an unlikely victory. The young Vikings did win the second half 1-0 which along with keeper Scott Newbury’s man of the match performance were the only positives the manager could take out of the match.

The team talk at the end of the match was difficult but with a hope that lessons were learned, the team can carry on in the way they have played all season.

East Budleigh 2nds 3 – Sidmouth Town 4ths 5

Macron D&E League Div 8 Saturday 18th November 2017

After last week’s draw at home to Thorveton, Sidmouth 4ths went into the away game against mid table East Budleigh with a growing confidence and belief that the team now belong in men’s football and can compete against the best in division eight.

Two debuts were to play a big part in the result with 16 year old striker Louis Adey transferring back to Sidmouth to rejoin his old youth teammates and Sidmouth clubman Nick Gingell playing his first game for the 4ths the squad had a great mix of experience and youth. The game started and it was end to end stuff with Budleigh going one up and young Adey scoring his first for the club to make it 1-1. Good play from the home side saw them go 2-1 up with Sidmouth feeling the pressure but always in the game with the threat of Oliver Turton and Adey creating chances every time Sidmouth went forward. A great strike saw Adey bag his second and more good play and a goal from Turton took Sidmouth 3-2 up at halftime.

The halftime team talk from the manager Tony West and coach Jon Miller focused on keeping things tight and following the game plan ,which the back four of Adam Jago Gingell Oliver Newton and Charlie Nicolle took on board and the second half started with Sidmouth in control. A luckily hit shot beating the outstretched dive of stand in keeper Matt Skelding put the home side level and forced the Sidmouth boss to make some changes with Matt Jones Callum Wilkes and Jack Miller all coming on to inject some new energy and see that the 4ths would not be denied a deserved victory. Some good play from midfielders Luke Spillar Will Ashby and Jordan Parsons and a couple more assists for midfield maestro Darren Thomas to continue an incredible run of one or more assists every match fed the outstanding Adey to collect his hat-rick and then score a fourth. With Gingell pulling the strings and a really impressive display from Oliver Newton the back four held firm to see the match out for another impressive away victory.

Tony West

Sidmouth Town 4ths 3 – Thorverton 2nds 3

Macron D&E League Div 8 Saturday 11th November 2017

Up against arguably the strongest team in division eight the young Vikings, as they do for every home match, went into another top of the table clash full of confidence.

A strong quick start from the away side found Sidmouth 2-0 down within the first ten minutes and staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat! The coaches got together and took the difficult decision of taking two young Sidmouth players off to try and change the course of the match, on came Will Ashby and the returning Jordan Parsons who joined Darren Thomas in the midfield. With the experience of Thomas helping all around him the Vikings started to fight back with some good defensive work from Ben Main, Oliver Newton, Adam Jago, and the excellent Matt Jones setting a base for the team to begin gaining the upper hand, towards the end of the first half they got their first goal back from a headed own goal which beat the keeper and rolled into an empty net .

Halftime was welcomed by the Sidmouth manager and coach Jon Miller who got to work halftime convincing the lads they could come back again from a goal down and win the match as they did the week before.

And that’s almost what they did!

Some great midfield play from Thomas and Parsons at the start of the second half and a good run from Luke Spillar got the Vikings a penalty which was converted by the excellent Ollie Turton, who then went on to score the third with a great solo strike to see Sidmouth 3-2 up with 25 minutes to go, with nearly the last kick of the game Thorverton  scored an equaliser to snatch the victory from the Vikings but the belief and experience the young team took from the game has galvanised the squad even more.

Yet another impressive performance by matt skelding in goal, without the saves he made it could have been a different story.

Tony West

Sidmouth Town 4ths 

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