Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 3rd February
After a slight delay in the kick off due the referee unhappy with both goals being a little muddy Sidmouth were soon dominating the early exchanges and when Tom Moore opened the scoring on his first start for the seconds it looked as if it could be a long afternoon for the home side. Sidmouth were down to 10 men a few minutes later when the referee sent Ferenc Bodor to the sin bin, when Bodor returned to the action after his 10 min rest he quickly fired the 2nd into the far corner and with Damian Armes slotting home a 3rd.
Sidmouth continued their dominance into the second half and were playing some very attractive football and creating plenty of chances , Adrian Parr added 2 , Tom Moore and Ferenc Bodor a second each before Scott Hughes blasting home the 8th to complete the job.
Tougher tests lay ahead but a good solid performance and most importantly another 3 points on the total .
Macron D&E League Saturday 13th January 2018
The Vikings took all three points against a highflying physical Lapford outfit. Playing downhill in the opening period Town set the pace and were playing as a unit Toby Garrick marked his first start in the club second team with an impressive performance and Town took the lead when, in a slick counter-attack, Aidy Parr took an early shot that gave the Lapford keeper no chance. Ten minutes after firing his side ahead, Parr was at it again as he gathered a rebounded strike from Damien Armes and drilled it in to double the lead. Lapford were clearly stung to be two goals down to the young Vikings and their ‘strong arm’ approach went up a notch – or two!
Things got even better for the Vikings when the tireless Scott Hughes finished with aplomb went sent through one-on-one with the Lapford goalkeeper to see Town into the break with a 3-0 lead.
After the break Lapford adopted a new tactic – a long ball approach – which resulted in plenty of work for Town central defenders Anthony Griffiths and Matt Colson together with goalkeeper Rob Gluckowski. Clearly not used to losing the Lapford players let their club down after the final whistle.
Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 26th December 2017
The Greenway Lane surface held up superbly, despite the previous day’s rain that had washed away much of the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division programme.
The opening 20 minutes saw action at either end as both sides looked to play on the front foot. The opening goal came in the 20th minute and the architect of the goal was Budleigh midfielder George Pannell, who got around his man before pulling the ball back to a supporting Aaron Denny, who scored a goal of the season contender from 20 yards past the helpless Robbie Powell in the Sidmouth goal. Fifteen minutes later Callum Shipton worked his way into a position to cross from the right and his well-flighted delivery was met by a clinical finish from Jordan Harris to double the home lead. Deservedly, just before the break Sidmouth Town got a goal back with Shaun Densham tucking home at the far post after a great cross from Jordan Bastin.
Just five minutes into the second half, the home two-goal lead was restored when Denny received the ball some 25 yards from goal and advanced a few yards to create sufficient space to get his shot away and the ball arrowed its way into the net, much to the joy of most of the three figure crowd at Greenway Lane. Sidmouth gave as good as they got for long periods of the contest with Rob Knight & Densham missing good chances. On the 75th minute Budleigh rode their luck when substitute Riki Pitter saw his shot come back off the upright had that effort gone in it would have set the game up for a nervy finish for the Robins as it happened Budleigh retained the ball well to see out the remainder of the game.
Sidmouth From: Powell (C), Antat, Wellman, Clenahan, Newbery, Davies, Tricker, Gould, Bastin, Knight & Densham. Used Subs: Pitter, Bodor & Swingler
Star man – Nathan Antat
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 9th December 2017
The surface was quite heavy at Manstone, which went both teams made a slow start. Neither team creating too much until on the 20th minute Devon U18 skipper Ollie Jarret was left unmarked at the far post, with just Rowan Symonds in goal to beat but Jarret placed his shot wide. Just before half time Tom Perryman whipped a cross into the Sidmouth box that found Joe Mulhall unmarked, Mulhall flicked the ball onto another unmarked player Joe Dixon, who applied the tap in. Sidmouth then applied some pressure looking to level the scores and nearly did so when a Connor Swingler looping header was tipped over the bar by Symonds in the Honiton goal.
Honiton started the 2nd half well and it was not long before Perryman supplied another good cross into the box that Mulhall flicked into the Sidmouth goal to make it 2-0 to the visitors. Shortly afterwards Sidmouth goal keeper Dan Stapleton rushed a clearance that found the feet of Blake Freemantle, who calmly lobbed the ball into an empty net from 30 yards to make it 3-0. The Vikings reacted and applied some heavy pressure which eventually resulted in a goal on the 65th minute from Shaun Densham. Moments later Riki Pitter headed straight at Symonds when well placed. To rub salt into the wound former Vikings favourite Andy Isaac came off the bench to add to Honiton’s goal tally and scored their fourth with some tapping in after a neat piece of play. However the goal of the day was saved until last when Devon Under 18 player Ashley Mitchell picked up the ball deep in the Sidmouth half and then produced an amazing run, beating four defenders, before firing low into the bottom corner.
Final Score 1-5
Sidmouth From: Stapleton, Jarrett, Newbery, Clenahan (c), Antat, Pitter, Wellman, Davies, Swingler, Knight & Evans. Used Subs: Anderson, Densham & Clay.
Star Man – Ashley Mitchell (Honiton Town)
Macron D&E League Div 8 Saturday 9th December 2017
The young Vikings carried on their remarkable start to the season with what turned out to be a good point at home to a much-improved central side that the Vikings easily beat four one away from home earlier this season. Some early pressure from the home team saw the Vikings go into a lead down to an own goal from the central left back and a debut goal for new signing Simon Madge adding some good experience to the squad put the fourths two nil up in 10 minutes however they certainly didn’t have it their own way at all and were it not for an outstanding performance by stand in keeper Callum Wilkes Central could easily have been two up themselves if not more, but Sidmouth held on and managed to get the third goal from the in-form striker Ollie Turton to somehow see out the half three nil up which was somewhat against the run of play.
A quick goal from Central pegged the Vikings back but Turton scored again to make it four one with 30 minutes left. The young side battled but could not withstand the Central onslaught and in the end where lucky to come away with what must be seen as a good point, they still sit at the top of division eight nearly at the halfway point of the season. Real disappointment at the end for the young Vikings but they need to pick themselves up and move on to what now could be two of the most important games of the season back to back against Honiton.
Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 9th December 2017
The Vikings were given a footballing lesson by a talented Uni side on their massive pitch at the University Sports Hub on Topsham Road.
Designed to the maximum pitch measurements for obvious reasons it was a tough task trying to win the ball back for Town. The first half an hour was pretty even with Ferenc Bodor and Aidy Parr stretching the hosts back four at times. Too often a long ball was chosen when a ten-yard ball, to keep possession, was ignored. Adam Bartlett coped with any crosses that came his way as the back four stayed mostly solid. In tight games quite often the first goal is so important, and it was the University who broke the deadlock on 35 minutes.
Half time gave Town a chance to regroup and it was felt that this game was far from over. In fact it was the Vikings who came out straight away and put the University back four under pressure but couldn’t find that final ball to create the equaliser. On the hour mark some unusual defensive play allowed the University’s tricky winger to double the lead, effectively sealing the points as the wind was taken out of Towns sails. A third was added as the visitors tired but to their credit they never gave in and all put in a shift for the club.
September 2nd was the last time that the Reserves tasted defeat. They are a talented group and should be proud of this run of wins. Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say the best side won and that was true today. Tom Moore came on and showed some nice touches and hopefully he and others that have been consistently playing well for the Thirds can force their way into the Reserves. Next week sees the Vikings away again to unbeaten Colyton 2-15 ko.
Come and support the boys!!