Cadbury Heath 5 – Sidmouth Town 0

Fa Vase 1st Round Proper Saturday 13th October 2018

Once again Sidmouth made the journey up the M5 this time to face Cadbury Heath in the 1st round proper of the FA Vase.

Town held there own for the first 30 minutes but Cadbury scored on the 32nd minute and again on 44 minutes to leave us 2 – 0 down at half time and with a mountain to climb if we were to get anything out of the game, unfortunately shortly after the restart Cadbury made it 3 – 0 to effectively end the game as a contest, 2 further goals completed the scoring for the home side.

In summary this was Town’s first expedition in the FA Vase, we beat two sides from higher leagues to have the chance to play Cadbury Heath and can be immensely proud of our players and supporters, we were the last step seven side from the SWPL to be left in the competition.

Starting Eleven: Dan Machin, Dan Churchill, Russ Coombes, Dan Clay, Ash Mathews, Chris Duchenski, Tony Radford, Harry Taylor, Rob Knight, Ash Small, Will Jenkins.
Used Subs: Martyn Hancock, Ollie Jarrett, Dan Burwood. Unused: Matt Salter


Sidmouth Town Res 4 – Chard Town Res 0

Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 7th August

The Vikings second string outplayed their Somerset counterparts, who still lie above them in Division One, on a windy Saturday at Manstone. Taking the initiative right from kick off the home side were dumbstruck that a penalty wasn’t awarded for a blatant hack on Tom Moore after three minutes, only for the referee to wave play on! Undeterred the young Vikings kept the pressure on and were rewarded when Skipper Jack Hatswell swept the ball home at the far post, not content with this slender lead they piled the pressure on forcing a number of free kicks and corners which were dealt with well by the Chard defence.  On twenty-five minutes Reuben Raffell struck a superb volley that swerved away from the visiting keeper to make it 2-0. Clearly the Chard side were not being allowed to get any momentum and a few heavy challenges was their reply. An awful elbow to the face on the returning Louis Spalding went unpunished as the only person in attendance, the most important one, thought that Spalding had dived! Again, the youngsters were not intimidated, and they responded by not getting involved and let their football do the talking. 

The second half was a fine disciplined performance with Matt Colson and Ben Miller dominant at the back. Ferenc Bodor struck a third with a toe punt from outside the box and Scott Hughes added another to cap a fine display from the Vikings. 

A young side with 11 of the 14 under 19. They are starting to gain confidence and with improved availability then it’s hoped that standards will continue to improve. From a youthful squad the game management was fantastic, and they all played their part in a great performance.

Next week sees the Vikings begin the defence of the Devon Senior Cup. Stoke Gabriel Res are the visitors with a 2 pm ko at Manstone. 

Sidmouth Town Res 9 – Heavitree Res 2

Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 29th September 2018

Town picked up their first three points of the season with a rampant performance at Manstone Lane, starting brightly and forcing a couple of early saves from the Heavitree keeper it was looking good for the home support. However, a dubious penalty awarded against the Vikings saw a 0-1 score line after ten minutes this lead to was doubled and the Vikings were clearly shaken. A strong team reply from the hosts saw Aidy Parr reply before Scott Hughes added two to give the Vikings a 3-2 lead after twenty-five minutes. Before the interval Jake Boyland thundered in a fourth and Hughes completed a first half hat trick to make it 5-2.

The second half was a one-way affair and Adam Bartlett in goal was a spectator, Hughes added another before Damien Armes beat the keeper with a deflected free kick, Parr added his second and Towns eighth before  Gerard Reinoso smashed in an unstoppable effort to round things off.

Pleasing to secure three points in what looks like a tough league this season. 

Next week the Reserves host Chard Town Res 3 pm ko. 


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

Sidmouth Town Res 3 – Alphington Res 3

Macron D&E League Div 1 Saturday 22nd September 2018

On a wet and miserable day this game was played out exactly like the weather, two poor sides who showed a lack of basic football skills throughout, after taking the lead through Callum Cross, Town were pegged back when stand in keeper Damien Armes was beaten at his near post. Jake Boyland and Aidy Parr scored to give the first half a lopsided look as they sought shelter from the relentless rain. The cushion disappeared as Town froze under the pressure making mistakes close to your goal just raises the opponents hope and two headed goals were conceded to compound the misery all round.

On a day when Colyton won 10-1 in the Premier Division the side that beat them in the Cup Final five months ago can only be glad that they have been promoted otherwise a cricket score would be the likely outcome. 

Alphington 2 – Sidmouth Town 3

                                   WPC Cup Saturday 22nd September 2018

Sidmouth started the game with 5 regular 1st teamers missing, the first half was fairly even but Town were creating chances, it wasn’t till the 44th minute with some good work by Sam Johnson who beat his defender and crossed for the in form Ash Small to score, Town went in 1 – 0 at the break.

The second half was only 2 minutes old when the back from suspension Martyn Hancock increased the lead with a fine solo effort, it was all Sidmouth after that but Town had to wait till the 65th minute for Ash Small to notch again and make it 3 – 0 with what was a rather scrappy goal, Town seemed to lose a bit of concentration after that and the Alphas beat the offside trap to leave the striker through on goal, Dan Machin clipped the attackers heal and Alphington made it 3-1 from the resulting penalty. After the restart it was all Sidmouth and we should of increased the lead but failed to do so, Alphington then scored their second with the penultimate kick of the game as the final whistle was blown immediately after the restart.

All in all a satisfying afternoon for Sidmouth who turned in a decent performance with 5 regular players missing namely: Danny Clay, Dan Churchill, Chris Duchenski, Russ Coombes and Ollie Jarrett.

Next up in the Walter Parsons Cup home to Axminster Town on Saturday 20th October 2:30 KO.

Starting Eleven: Dan Machin, Matt Salter, Ash Mathews, Ben Clay, Danny Burwood, Tony Radford, Will Jenkins, Ash Small, Sam Johnson, Rob Knight, Martyn Hancock,
Sub Used: Louis Adey

Sidmouth Town 3 – Bovey Tracey 3


Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Wednesday 19th September


If last night’s game had seen no goals and few chances, tonight’s outing was the complete opposite with a thrilling and energetic match from start to finish and plenty to keep the good sized crowd enthralled.

Two statistical facts were also evident tonight, the 3-3 scoreline is the highest score draw so far in the division this season and Bovey Tracey saw their’s, and the last in the division, perfect record go, although they remain unbeaten from their 8 league outings so far.

The hosts were the first out of the blocks as Dan Churchill opened the scoring from close range in the 11th minute and by the 20th minute Ashley Small had rammed home to make it 2-0 to the Vikings. The visitors however were back in the game in double quick time as first Charlie Johansen reduced the arrears in the 24th minute and barely a minute later they were awarded a penalty which Sean Finch duly scored from to make it 2-2.

From 0-2 down in the 23rd minute, Bovey Tracey found themselves 3-2 up by the 33rd minute as captain Shane Gill slotted low past the advancing home ‘keeper. It was then the turn of the hosts to get back to scoring when they were awarded a 44th minute penalty of their own which Ashley Small duly converted to make it 3-3 at the break.

The second half obviously didn’t have the scoring and the drama of leads established & lost, but it was still an action packed 45 minutes with both sides very much going for the win. Each side went mighty close, Bovey Tracey had a shot from distance that beat the keeper but came back off the foot of the post whilst the hosts, very late on, had Ashley Small squaring the ball across the face of the goal but nobody could get the final touch on the tempting ball.

The only gripe about the game I can have was the theatrical falling about by players on both sides and the totally unnecessary appeals for a free kick for the slightest of touches, the referee did well to keep 2 committed teams with 11 each on the pitch but the flow of yellow cards inevitably saw a player pick up a 2nd card and that fate fell on Liam Head when a pullback to stop a counter attack saw a 2nd yellow and a red card in stoppage time.

Take nothing away from that though, this was a cracking game and true entertainment with both teams contributing and both teams picking up a very well deserved point.

Starting Eleven: Dan Machin, Ash Mathews, Dan Churchill, Ben Clay, Matt Salter, Dan Clay, Dan Burwood, Chris Duchenski, Ash Small, Will Jenkins, Rob Knight.

Subs Used: Jack Hatswell, Ferenc Bodor, Martyn Hancock.

Report Taken From Peninsula Website