Heavitree Res 4 – Sidmouth Town Res 1

Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 15th September 2018

The Vikings second string came away pointless from their trip to Exeter on Saturday
In a bizarre game even the hosts weren’t sure how the result panned out, playing some good football on a poor surface Town started brightly with a starting line-up that was missing three experienced regular players and a recognised keeper. Heavitree struck the first goal with their first shot on target after fifteen minutes. Leigh Adey between the sticks had no chance. Within minutes Adey brought down the striker and the resultant penalty was slotted home. We don’t deserve this was the host management response as Viking bosses Bargery and Thomas stared on in disbelief. Another goal was added to make it 3-0 at half time.

Team talk? What can you say? We are playing all the football, but we were losing 3-0!!
The second period saw Town dominate for most of the time but all too often the final ball was poor. Louis Adey fired in from a free kick and a comeback was on the cards, but a costly mistake in our own half sealed the points for the Heavies.


Sidmouth Town 2 – Elmore 3

Carlsberg SWPL Div1 East Saturday 8th September 2018

Following recent success in the Cup and league town approached this game against unbeaten Elmore with some optimism. On 21 minutes Ash Small put Sidmouth a goal up from the penalty spot, 12 minutes later Jordan Bastyn equalised for Elmore, the sides went into the break with the score level.

The second half was 15 minutes in when Martyn Hancock was  sent of for a 2nd yellow card offence, the referee evened things up 3 minutes later when Elmore’s Stuart Davies ( no relation to our Stuart) was sent off for retaliation against Danny Clay, 75 minutes on the clock and Ash Small put Town 2 – 1 up again from the penalty spot, with 8 minutes left till the final whistle the Manstone faithful were beginning to sense a famous victory when Town rather naively gave away 2 penalties which allowed Elmore to collect the 3 points,  a game that Sidmouth lost rather than Elmore won. 10 yellow cards 2 reds and 4 penalties I will leave you to draw your own conclusions but a frustrating afternoon for all concerned at the Club!! Still that’s football.

Sidmouth Starting Eleven: Jake Wreford, Dan Churchill, Ollie jarrett, Martyn Hancock, Russel Coombes, Ben Clay, Dan Clay, Ash Small, Ash Mathews, Will Jenkins. Used Subs: None.

Witheridge 3 – Sidmouth Town Res 1

East Devon Senior Cup Saturday 8th September 2018

The Vikings second string travelled to Witheridge in this East Devon Senior Cup tie on Saturday. 

The Premier division side were our fourth first round opponents from a division higher over the last four seasons and all away. Town started brightly and within ten minutes took the lead through Callum Cross as he guided in Aidy Parr’s low cross, the hosts were shaky and it was easy to defend against their long ball tactics throughout the first half. Jake Boyland had a couple efforts as Parr, Cross, and Freddie King were playing some delightful football. At the other end Rob Glukowski aced well twice on the rare occasion that Witheridge actually threatened.

Going into the interval it was the visiting side that would of been the happiest as a 1-0 scoreline flattered the home side

With the wind at their backs it was again the route one game that the home supporters will not enjoy watching. Twenty minutes in and a careless pass put the Vikings in trouble as Witheridge drew level. Boyland went close twice and a series of Vikings raids resulted in plenty of opportunities from corners that weren’t capitalised upon, as it was the home side got the all-important next goal and a deflated Young Vikings side, while not giving in, looked beaten. A late goal made it look far more comfortable than it was for an ordinary home team that whinged for 90 minutes. 

A great performance from the lads we ran out of steam at the end but could have been out of sight before the interval. Standards have been set and with players coming back in the next few weeks the future looks bright. 

Heavitree Res away next Saturday 3 pm ko

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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New 1st Team Manager at Manstone Lane

Richard Pears Appointed 1st Team Manager

Sidmouth Town AFC is delighted to announce that Richard Pears has been appointed 1st Team Manager with immediate effect.
Richard is an experienced and successful manager and coach with a background in Western League football. He will bring in coaching staff who have played alongside him and who have also played many times for Sidmouth Town. His emphasis will be on blending youth with experience to develop a strong and loyal squad designed to move the Club forward and challenge for honours. The Chairman and Committee are very much looking forward to working with Richard to achieve his and their shared ambitions for STAFC.

Andy Argyle

Statement from Richard Pears 

“I am delighted to accept the 1st Team Manager’s position at Sidmouth Town Football Club. Sidmouth is a fantastic up and coming club and with four senior teams and a vibrant youth system, I cannot wait to be part of the current management team where there is an ethos of developing and growing local based players to play at the highest level possible.

I am also pleased to announce that Kevin Tooze and Gary Carpenter will assist me with all managerial duties and having two energetic, experienced and knowledgeable people around me that have played most of their careers at Western League level is a huge bonus for me and the club.

The club has a brilliant Chairman and Committee who have very much made me feel welcome and I cannot wait to get started. My first aim is to retain as many of the current squad as possible and to bring in some experienced players that can also support our local young players. Anyone who knows me, will know that we will have an organized, strong team this year and I have told the club that my aim is to finish in the top 6 for this season’’.

Richard Pears
1st Team Manager
Sidmouth Town AFC.

Budleigh Salterton 2 – Sidmouth Town 3

Morrison Bell Cup Final Tuesday 29th May 2018

The Vikings rounded off the season in style by lifting the Morrison Bell Cup at Ottery St Mary on Tuesday night. With Reserve team management duo Gary Bargery and Paddy Thomas taking charge, after the departure of Josh Stunell, it was a different look Viking side that brought the trophy back to Manstone.

Town started brightly and with two minutes on the clock Ferenc Bodor smashed a shot that took a deflection off Salts manager Kevin Hill to give the Vikings the lead. Minutes later Tony Cox’s free kick was headed in at the near post by Jamie Newbury to double the lead. Shortly after Rob Knight pounced on some indecision in the Budleigh defence to make it three after six minutes. With the Vikings rampant Budleigh looked to Hill for guidance and slowly but surely they recovered their composure and stopped leaking goals. Town to their immense credit defended with great spirit and composure limiting Budleigh to a few long shots that rarely troubled Robbie Powell between the sticks
The back four of Matt Colson, Matt Clenahan, Jamie Newbury and Tony Cox stood firm and kept their discipline
The two holding midfielders Ty Wellman and Ben Clay shielded the back four and broke up the play this frustrating their opponents. With Bodor, Connor Swingler and the impressive Louis Spalding supporting Rob Knight up front the counter attack was Town’s best chance of adding to their healthy lead.

HT 0-3

The second half saw the favourites resort to playing long, hopeful balls up the middle which the defence dealt with time and again, On the hour mark a defence splitting pass saw Aaron Denny reduce the arrears and Budleigh had got a lifeline. The Vikings stood firm and got back to scrapping and closing down the space denying Budleigh the chance to build momentum. With fifteen minutes to go Budleigh got a second which they hoped would see Town buckle. This didn’t happen and with the introduction of young Ollie Jarrett and Matt Salter to give the injured Colson and Man of The Match Spalding a rest, Town defended their one goal advantage to give Town Skipper Jamie Newbury the opportunity to lift the cup.

The managers would like to thank the players with all the disruption as the set up was different and the players response was fantastic as they limited Butleigh’s space and time on the ball. A big thanks to Dec Lines who covered the already injured Powell and supported his teammates from start to finish.