Buildbase FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round
Saturday 1st September 2018
Town travelled 100 Miles up the M5 to Western League Division 1 outfit Keynsham Town in what was our debut in the FA Vase. Keynsham play at the AJN Stadium on a 4G pitch, an unfamiliar surface for the Vikings, Sidmouth started the stronger and went a goal up after 8 minutes through Martyn Hancock, Will Jenkins doubled the lead on the 40th minute after a fine cross from Dan Churchill. Just before half time Connor Swingler put the ball wide after going through on goal, which had it gone in would have probably put the game out of reach for the home side.
Half Time 2—0
Keynsham came out after the break and eventually managed to reduce the lead to one goal on the 70th minute with a penalty, Ash Small fouling in the box. Town restored the 2-goal cushion 5 minutes later after Scott Hughes headed home from a corner, the lead was reduced to one goal yet again with another penalty, this time a rather soft one for a dubious handball. Town saw the game out and achieved a deserved and historic victory much to the delight of the management, players, and travelling support.
It has to be said on the day the Vikings were much the better side, with the home side rarely troubling Jake Wreford in the away goal, a deserved result for the Management and players.
Sidmouth starting eleven: Jake Wreford, Dan Churchill ( Man of the Match), Connor Swingler, Dan Clay, Ash Mathews, Ben Clay, Ollie Jarrett, Chris Duchenski (Captain), Martyn Hancock, Ash Small, Will Jenkins.
Used Subs: Scott Hughes, Ferenc Bodor, Matt Salter.
After drinking the clubhouse out of lager we set of back down the M5 in what seemed a much shorter, but definitely noisier journey home.
Next up in the Vase Godolphin Atlantic on Saturday 15th September 3pm KO.
Wednesday saw a continuation of Town’s good form with an impressive win against the students from the University of Exeter, after going 1 – 0 down goals from : Dan Churchill, Will Jenkins, Chris Duchenski, Ash Small, and Danny Clay sealed a 5– 1 win and lifted Town 2 places to 6th in the league.