Sidmouth Town 12 Liverton United 2

Carlsberg SWPL Division One East Wednesday 26th September


Having not seen Liverton United this season, and obviously concerned by them forfeiting the cup tie last Saturday, I took advantage of them being at Sidmouth and was pleased to see that they fulfilled the fixture with a full 11 players who clearly were committed, even if clearly they were out played by a Vikings side who made short work of collecting the maximum points.

It’s always difficult reporting on double figure scores, on the one hand you have to praise the victors for creating and scoring the goals, but on the other hand it’s not the fault of the players on the pitch, after all they turned out, fulfilled the game, and tried their best.

The scoring started in the very first minute with Ashley Small scoring from a low angled drive and Small was on hand to make it 2-0 in the 9th minute. Then for a while the visitors fought their way back into the game with a penalty awarded after 19 minutes being scored  by Chris Newnham and three minutes later it was 2-2 as John Devine scored from distance with possibly the best goal of the match.

The hosts however soon re-established the lead and led 5-2 at the break thanks to an own goal, Martyn Hancock and Dan Churchill.

The second half saw two quick fire goals in the 55th and 57th minutes from Sam Johnson and a 2nd from Hancock before a 20 minute quiet patch with no further goals until a late rally saw Will Jenkins score his 1st in the 77th minute, then substitute Scot Hughes made it 9-2 and Rob Knight, another substitute, brought up the double figures in the 86th minute. Two late goals from Jenkins made it 11, then 12, and the last goal brought him his hat-trick.

The highest win in the league this season was duly recorded, and the first double figure score. Take nothing away from Sidmouth, they did their jobs to the full, but I and I’m sure all SWP followers, will hope Liverton, a friendly and long established club, can turn the corner soon.

Report Taken From SWPL Website


Keynsham Town 2 – Sidmouth Town 3

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.

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Axminster Town 2 – Sidmouth Town 2

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


Sidmouth Town 1 – Bovey Tracey 2

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

Halftime 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

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Alphington Res 1 – Sidmouth Town Res 1

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. 

Sidmouth Town 4 – Budleigh Salterton 0

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.”