Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 23rd December 2017
Sidmouth Town twice came from behind before deservedly banking a share of the spoils in an entertaining East Devon derby at Axminster Town that saw all four goals scored after the break. The large turnout of support for both teams had to wait until 10 minutes into the second half when Aaron Daniels fired the home side into the lead after beating Sidmouth’s Adam Kana’ah in a foot race, and then lashing the ball past Sidmouth’s Robbie Powel in goal. The game remained with just the single goals until 15 minutes from time when Rob Knight scored a superb goal. Knight powered his way past two defenders, then drew goal keeper Scott Wells-Burr off his line before expertly placing the ball past the keeper as he went to ground. 1-1 Just a minute later the Vikings were once again staring a pre-Christmas Saturday defeat in the face when Jamie Barfoot brushed aside the challenge of the Town central defenders Jamie Newbery & Matt Clenahan to make it 2-1.
The Vikings have endured a ‘two steps forward and one step backwards’ season so far, but the thing they have not lacked from day one of the campaign is character and they once again dug deep to secure a share of the spoils in the final minute when Matt Clenahan chested home a terrific Jordan Bastin cross 2-2.
Sidmouth From: Powell (C), Kana’ah, Clenahan, Newbery, Antat, Clay, Rowe, Davies, Wellman, Knight & Densham. Used Subs: Pitter, Jarrett & Bastin
Star man – Matt Clenahan
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 19th August 2017
Bovey Tracey started brightly and put the Vikings backline under some heavy pressure throughout the early exchanges. Sidmouth rode the early onslaught well defending resolutely. However a lapse in concentration on the 20th minute enabled Joe Bushin to find Dan Taylor with too much space, Taylor headed past the unprotected Sidmouth Keeper Josh Mclean with ease. Sidmouth had a couple of half chances and found the net on the 35th minute after Sam Johnson delivered a fabulous corner kick that teenage centre back Jamie Newbery headed home unmarked at the far post 1-1
Sidmouth changed formation at half time and looked the better for it, with Jacob Rowe causing the visitors all kinds of problems with his direct running. On the 56th minute a defence splitting pass found Bovey’s Gavin Coles who blasted past Mclean. 1-2. Minutes later Sidmouth’s Rowe looked like he was bundled over inside the 18 yard box by two Bovey defenders, however to the dismay of the home support the official judged the double challenge to be legal. Ten minutes later a fantastic cross by the lively Nathan Antat found Sidmouth striker Shaun Densham unmarked two yards out from goal left with a simple tap in, Densham somehow fluffed his lines and miscued his shot, to the complete relief and dismay of the away support. Sidmouth continued to dominate putting the visitors under immense pressure. Tyler Wellman having a shot cleared off the line and Densham putting a header wide when well placed. With no injury time allowed the whistle blew on the ninety minute mark, leaving the Sidmouth faithful dumfounded on how the greens had not got at least a point from the game.
Final Score 1-2
Sidmouth From: Mclean, Wellman, B.Clay (c), Newbery, Booth, Binion, Jacob Rowe, Antat, Jake Rowe, Johnson & Densham. Used Subs: Farrington, Duchenski & Swingler.
Starman Jamie Newbery
Match Sponsored by Evergreen Renewables
Macron D&E League Division 1 Saturday 25th February 2017
The Vikings second string returned from Exeter with just a point after dominating their opponents, on a well prepared pitch the visitors were camped at in their hosts half as a heavy wind made conditions difficult, on several occasions the final pass let the Vikings down when well placed. The referee wasn’t helping the flow of the game and both sides became frustrated with his handling of the match, totally against the run of play Alphington were awarded a soft free kick and Town did not organise themselves allowing the Alphington winger time and space to drill in the opening goal. Undeterred the visitors kept on trying to break the stubborn resistance of a determined Alpha defence.
The second half saw a more positive approach from Sidmouth as the final pass was delivered and chances were made. Riki Pitter scored the equaliser with a terrific free kick which flew into the net giving the keeper no chance. Town piled the pressure on and two big shouts for penalties were waved away by the official. Tony Cox was given his customary red card which probably gave the hosts their get out of jail card.
All in all a very frustrating day. The Vikings play neat football at times but the young players need to learn that sometimes you have to dig in and battle to earn the right to play.
Next week sees the Reserves host Lyme Regis 3pm ko.
Carlsberg SWPL Division 1 East Monday 26th December 2016
Reserve Team player Ferenc Bodor staked a claim for a 1st team shirt as he proved to be the individual star of the show scoring a hat-trick against a shell shocked Budleigh team.
Such was the Town dominance that goalkeeper Robbie Powell hardly had a save to make, though he was involved a lot with the ball at his feet as the Vikings played a slick passing game, building from the back, a tactic that the visiting side had no answer too.
The only surprise for a large Manstone Lane turnout was that it took almost 30 minutes before the first goal arrived with Bodor cutting in from the left wing before drilling the ball home.
The second arrived early in the second half with Bodor again the scorer and the fleet-footed wing man also played a big part in the eye-catching third goal. Budleigh had a corner that was cleared by the Town defence. The ball reached Bodor on the left wing and he raced away before crossing to the far post where it was met by Ollie Binion who had charged up field (from right back) in a slick counter attack having been defending the corner seconds before!
In the final minute Bodor completed his hat-trick.
A delighted Town boss Josh Stunell said: “That was as one-sided a game as I have seen this season.
“Before the game we reminded the lads that there was a good turnout and so this was a terrific opportunity to put on a show and they delivered in barrel loads!”
As for hat-trick man Bodor, Stunell said: “Fez is a regular in the club’s second team and we called him up a few times last season. To be honest, in most of those games he failed to deliver but that was certainly not the case in this game, he was terrific. We felt that Budleigh could be got at down the left and so it was as they were simply unable to cope with his pace.”
Macron D&E League Saturday 17th December 2016
The Vikings travelled to Dorset and were triumphant in an enthralling game
The Vikings began well and were looking comfortable when slack defensive play saw Lyme take the lead at this point ten minutes in. Lyme doubled their lead when a long ball over the top saw the striker punish the visitors , ten minutes later a second yellow card for the same Lyme player saw him sent off as the hosts lost their heads. Town kept theirs and continued to play football and not get involved in the dark arts of the game. Will Jenkins speculative effort somehow deceived the keeper and the Vikings were back in a game that was in the balance
Town picked up where they left off and for twenty minutes totally outplayed their opponents making their numerical advantage count. Keeping the ball and stretching the home side it was a joy to watch and it was only a matter of time before they got their reward. Ferenc Bodor was running at the defence and from his low cross Scott “George ” Hughes tapped home from close range to square the score line. Pushing forward and pressing the hosts it was a rampant side that now had confidence. Jenkins made it 3-2 with a fantastic free kick that flew in giving the keeper no chance. Lyme to their credit had to give it a go and came back at the visitors. The Vikings had a couple of chances to put the game beyond the home sides reach but squandered them and it was to prove costly as Lyme equalised with a deflected shot that squeezed in the far post. Town regrouped and showed a great collective spirit and it was Jenkins that secured all three points with his first senior hat trick nudging home after a keeper error. A tense last ten minutes saw Adam Bartlett make two great saves and Ollie Jarrett clear off the line as long throw ins on the tiny pitch gave Lyme their best option.
Five under 17s were in the squad of 14 and were a credit to themselves and the club. In a physical match on a heavy pitch they didn’t hide and kept playing football. With the senior players taking responsibility and leading by example it was a great way to end the year and Town lie third in the table as we head into a three week break.
Bickleigh home is the next game 7/1/17.
In the meantime the first team play Budleigh Salterton on Boxing Day 11am ko and hopefully a well supported side will get three points.
…………………………………………Merry Christmas ……………………………………..
Macron D&E League Division 7 Saturday 10th December 2016
Sidmouth 3rds got back to winning ways after a disappointing defeat against top of the table Wellington the previous week.
Sidmouth worked hard from the off and soon edged in front. A good run from Jake Sellick down the right wing gave him space to hit a low cross to Richard Johnson who slipped the ball under the HT Dons keeper.
A Reuben Raffell header quickly followed to double the Sidmouth lead.
Good attacking pressure on the HT Dons keeper led to him conceding a throw in on the right hand side. A Joe Gosse lay off gave Jake Sellick the chance to fire into the bottom left corner.
Jimmy Pearse then fired a wonderful through ball in to Richard Johnson who span past his defender to score from the edge of the box
A half time lead of 4 nil was nothing less than Sidmouth’s hard work deserved.
Sidmouth then began the second half by conceding a controversial penalty when Jean–Paul Staniforth was harshly adjudged to have fouled an HT Dons player when everyone else could clearly see he had played the ball.
But it mattered not because finely placed shots from Jonny Dunn and Joe Gosse gave Sidmouth a final score that their determination and work rate thoroughly deserved.
Special mention must go to Jimmy Pearse who had a hand in several of the Sidmouth goals. But man of the match was Al Forsyth whose determination and communication set the tone for an impressive Sidmouth victory.
Next Saturday Sidmouth host Bickleigh at Sidford. With Bickleigh firsts having no game this will provide Sidmouth with a more demanding pre-Christmas test.