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.
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 25th November 2017
The Vikings travelled to South Devon knowing a win would see them elevated to 6th place in the league. The away side started well and were dominating the possession stats for the first 20 minutes, surprisingly the home-side seemed very sluggish and should have been made to pay for their lacklustre start when Connor Swingler and Jordon Bastin both went close to scoring after going on mazy runs. The best chance of the half fell to Sidmouth’s Rob Knight who hit the foot of the post from a speculative effort. The home-side welcomed the break and clearly needed it. For the Vikings they had to come out in the second period and find an end product.
Something must have been added to Brixham’s halftime tea as they came out in the second half with a lot more vigour and should have taken the lead on the 60th minute but found Vikings keeper Dan Stapleton in good form. For Sidmouth Nathan Antat went close on the 70th minute, with just the keeper to the normally clinical winger stumbled at the crucial point and this allowed the home keeper to make an easy save. Two minutes later Brixham went ahead when a defence splitting pass was neatly tucked away. 1-0. Sidmouth went immediately on the attack with wing backs Antat and Binion causing the blues all kinds of problems. And it was Binion on the 80th minute that was dragged down inside the penalty area that gave the Vikings the chance to equalise from the spot. Normal penalty taker Tyler Wellman passed up the opportunity to make a name for himself and handed the responsibility over to Tom Tricker who calmly placed past the home custodian 1-1. Sidmouth continued to press for a winner but the home defence held firm, with Bastin going close on the 88th minute. On the 90th minute Brixham nearly pinched the points, a great pass out to the right wing caught the visitors by surprise and they were in debt to Stapleton for pulling off another terrific save ensuring that the visitors impressive unbeaten run continues.
Final Score 1-1
Sidmouth From: Stapleton, Binion, Newbery, Clenahan (C), Antat, Pitter, Davies, Wellman, Bastin, Knight and Swingler. Used Subs: Jarrett, Anderson & Tricker.
Star Man Ollie Binion
Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 25th November 2017
Saturday saw the Vikings play host to their Somerset visitors on a chilly November day. With an even younger side than usual it took time for the side to settle into any sort of rhythm. Whilst trying to organise themselves the Vikings conceded the opening goal with Jake Sellick keeping goal, beaten before he had set himself for the shot. This had the desired effect as Town upped the tempo and drew level as Aidy Parr expertly slotted home. For the next twenty minutes Parr became virtually unplayable along with Ferenc Bodor, who also looked back to his best, as they tore apart the visitors back line. Parr added two more before the break to make it 4-1
The second half had a feeling of “Groundhog Day” as Wellington opened the scoring which then saw the Vikings turn on the style as they laid siege to the opponent’s goal. Parr got a fourth, Bodor grabbed a couple giving him his hat trick and Joe Miller rounded things off taking Jimmy Pearce’s well weighted pass and rounded the keeper to tap in. A defensive mix up saw the Wellies grabs their third in between all the goals.
The Vikings are obviously happy to score eight but conceded cheap goals and if they want to win anything will need to tighten up in defence. Having said that for class football in patches and Keystone Cop defending at times it’s an entertaining watch when the Reserves are in town!!!
Ben Goodier given his first start after impressing the third team management did well and looks to have a bright future. Jimmy Pearce has been on the fringes of the Reserves and with the position he plays being strong player wise was overdue an opportunity and did himself no harm with some intelligent play after coming off the bench. As did Luke Spiller who slotted in at right back and technically looks sound.
The club are trying to give youth a chance and these three breaking through is testimony to the beliefs of the management of the 3s and 4s who are promoting the players up through when the time is right.
Again player availability saw the team missing three from last week and next week’s Devon Senior Cup tie away to Thorverton 2pm ko gives management duo Gary Bargery and Paddy Thomas a selection dilemma. It will be a tough test for the Vikings that’s for sure. Odds on it being 0-0 after 90 minutes are very short!!
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 18th November 2017
Sidmouth welcomed back Ashley Small, Dan Evans, Nathan Antat, Danny Clay and Ryan Davies to the squad, which was a massive boost to the management as they knew they needed everyone available if they were to get anything out of the match against the much fancied visitors. The Vikings started brightly with forwards Connor Swingler, Rob Knight and Small causing the visitors all kinds of problems with their work rate and high pressing game. On the 30thminute Swingler lost his marker for the umpteenth time then delivered a terrific cross into the box that was met by the head of top scorer Small who gave former Sidmouth Town goal keeper Luke Ashford no chance. Sidmouth went on to play some neat stuff with Riki Pitter, Shaun Densham and Tyler Wellman controlling the midfield dual.
Half Time 1-0
Sidmouth knew that they had to absorb an early onslaught, of which they did. The visitors had a lot of early possession but found the Vikings defence in great form supported well by keeper Rob Gluchowski on his 1st team debut. By the 60th minute Sidmouth were on top, knight beat the offside trap and with just Ashford to beat fluffed his lines, Knight went onto miss other great opportunities to put the Vikings out of sight but the lively hitman was clearly having an off day. On the 70th minute Sidmouth failed to clear a routine cross and this allowed Teigns Jamie Moore the easiest of finishes 1-1. Sidmouth introduced Clay, Evans & Davies and this gave the green’s the added bit of quality and freshness, Evans terrorised the Teigns backline whilst clay and Davies soon asserted their superior quality on the game. On the 80th minute a terrific left wing cross from Evans was acrobatically smashed into the net by Davies a fitting goal for a player that has missed the last two weeks through injury 2-1.
On the 89th minute a defence splitting pass found the visitors No9 clean through with just Gluchowski to beat, however the Vikings keeper capped of a fine debut to somehow dive full length to deny the frustrated striker and in the process ensuring Sidmouth deservedly banked all three points.
Sidmouth From: Gluchowski, Binion, Clenahan (C), Newbery, Antat, Wellman, Densham, Pitter, Small, Knight & Swingler. Used Subs: Davies, Evans & Clay
Star man – Connor Swingler
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.
Macron D&E League Div 6 Saturday 18th November 2017
Sidmouth hosted Bampton at Sidford with high hopes of continuing their 100% winning start to their Division 6 league campaign. Pre-match preparations were heavily disrupted when Bampton managed to turn up in virtually the same kit as Sidmouth’s. Following frantic discussions the possibility of requiring Bampton to play in “skins” was quickly discounted! But in an act of sporting charity Sidmouth’s management embarked on an urgent search for replacement kit for Bampton which hardly helped Sidmouth go through a focused and professional pre-match warm up.
Perhaps it was the delayed kick off or perhaps it was the confusion of playing against opposition that ended up also playing in Sidmouth colours.Whatever the reason it took Sidmouth a while to settle. Sidmouth looked uncharacteristically lethargic and disorganised. The malaise seemed to be neatly summed up when an Al Forsyth free kick sailed so far off line that it would, in golfing terms, have been comfortably out of bounds on even the widest of golf courses. But within minutes Al went from sinner to saint when a determined run across the edge of the Bampton box ended with a low shot past the despairing Bampton keeper. Al’s goal seemed to galvanise Sidmouth. Within moments Sidmouth doubled their lead as Jake Boyland cut in from the left and hit a fierce shot that the Bampton keeper was not able to repel.A lovely through ball from Ben Goodier was rewarded by a thumping volley from Tom Moore and Sidmouth were starting to coast.Then to complete the first half scoring a low cross from Jake Boyland was hit (just) into the roof of the net by Richard Johnson.
Despite the comfortable half time lead the Sidmouth management took the opportunity to remind the Sidmouth players of what was expected of such a talented group. In fairness the 2nd half was much more comfortable than the 1st and any hopes of a Bampton comeback were soon dashed when Richard Johnson capitalised on a defensive mix up to earn a tap in goal.Then with the pick of the goals a Jack Gibson scissor kick (with his back to goal!) sailed into the top corner.A well-taken lob from Richard Johnson saw him seal his hat trick before a Tom Moore free kick (after he had been cynically up-ended when clear through on goal) gave the score-line a very one-sided feel.
Despite the score line though Sidmouth’s players know that they can perform much better than they did.Notwithstanding Richard Johnson’s hat trick the man of the match award went (again) to Ben Goodier whose blend of skill and determination lit up a gloomy November afternoon.
Next Saturday Sidmouth travel to Wellington for what is likely to be a much more challenging encounter.
Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 18th November 2107
On a terrific “Full House“ Saturday that saw all four sides win the Vikings claimed all three points.
Playing well in patches Town looked lethargic and it wasn’t a great first half from either side, neither goalkeeper had too much to do as time and again the final pass was awful. Five minutes before the break the Vikings took the lead when Will Jenkins was played in out wide and smashed an unstoppable drive through the keeper’s hands.
The second half saw a much improved performance from the youthful Viking’s side. Playing with a higher tempo and closing down the opposition as a group paid dividends when Jenkins floated in a free kick out wide that evaded everyone and nestled in the far corner of the net. Confidence was high and it wasn’t long before it was 3-0 with Jenkins involved as his cross was headed home by an unfortunate Alpha defender
Game over? No the away side sat back and allowed Alphington to put pressure on the back four. Conceding with fifteen minutes left Town looked flaky as panic set in. Thankfully they managed to see out the remainder of the game to seal the win
On a weekend when all four sides were strong it goes to show if players make themselves available then competition for places should bring out the best in those that are given the shirt every week. Wellington home 2-15 KO is the Reserves next match.