Newton Abbott Spurs 0 – Sidmouth Town 1

Carlsberg SWPL Div1 East Saturday 5th January 2019

Town came home with all 3 points from Newton Abbott on Saturday, with starts given to Jack Hatswell and Ben Miller ( who had acquitted themselves so well on Wednesday Evening v Cullompton ) Town shaded the 1st half creating many chances but were unable to find the Spurs net, the score line was kept to 0 – 0 at half time thanks to Jake Wreford who made a good save when the Spurs striker went through on goal, Dan Churchill was playing well but was the target of some heavy tackles from the opposition which the man in black did nothing about.

The second half was not very old when the injured Dan Churchill was subbed for Ethan Slater, Sidmouth continued to press and the tiring Jack Hatswell was replaced by the experienced Joint Town Manager Danny Burwood, with about 15 minutes left on the clock Martyn Hancock headed home at the far post from a Danny Burwood corner to give Town the lead, Town continued to press and created 2 golden opportunities which were squandered, 5 minutes were left on the clock and Ollie Jarrett cleared a Spurs attempt off the line to maintain the lead and Town saw the game out for a well deserved victory, all in all a good team performance from a young Vikings Side.

Starting Eleven: Jake Wreford, Matt Salter, Ben Miller, Martyn Hancock, Chris Duchenski, Dan Churchill, Jack Hatswell, Ben Clay, Ferenc Bodor, Will Jenkins, Ollie Jarrett.

Subs Used: Ethan Slater, Danny Burwood.

Sidmouth Town 4 – Budleigh Salterton 2

SWPL Div 1 East Wednesday 26th December 2018

On a grey but thankfully dry morning it was Sidmouth’s turn to host Budleigh Salterton in this annual Boxing Day fixture, the pitch was heavy in places and in front of a crowd of 82 the game kicked off, Town started the better of the two sides but the Robins soon got into their stride and it was a fairly even affair until on the 30th minute Matt Salter shot home from the edge of the box to give Town a 1-0 lead, 5 minutes later Harry Taylor headed home from a Ferenc Bodor cross to double the lead 2-0, shortly before the break Budleigh reduced the arrears and it was 2-1 at half time.

About 15 minutes into the 2nd half and Bodor went on a mazy run beat the defender and shot home from a narrow angle, a fine individual goal. Once again the Robins notched home to reduce the deficit and keep the contest alive, 75 minutes in and Chippy Churchill intercepted a poor back pass rounded the keeper and coolly and slotted home. Budleigh stuck to their task and for the last 15 minutes put a lot of pressure on the Sidmouth defence but to no avail and Town ran out 4-2 winners.

Sidmouth Starting Eleven: Jake Wreford, Dan Churchill, Matt Salter, Chris Duchenski, Ben Clay, Danny Burwood, Ethan Slater, Danny Clay, Harry Taylor, Ollie Jarrett, Ferenc Bodor.

Subs Used; Jack Hatswell, Will Jenkins.

Next game away to Newton Abbott Spurs on the 5th January 3pm KO.

Sidmouth Town 3 – Teignmouth 1

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 17th November 2018

With the return of some of our more seasoned players Town bounced back to winning ways with a 3 – 1 success at home to Teignmouth who are languishing 4th from bottom of the table.

The opening period of the first half was a fairly even affair with perhaps the away side slightly shading things, and it was Teignmouth who took the lead with a decent strike which gave Machin in the home goal no chance, Ferenc Bodor was causing the away side problems down the left hand side with his pace and it was indeed Fez who got the equaliser beating his defender and cutting in from the left hand side to score a fine individual goal, Skipper Chris Duchenski then had a tap in from a Danny Clay corner to give Town the lead just before the half time whistle.

The second half was a much more one-sided affair with Dan Machin having little to do in the home goal, Town kept pressing for the 3rd goal and it took a spectacular free kick from Danny Clay to get it, he lined up from about 35 yards out and struck the ball which flew into the top right corner giving the away keeper no chance.

All in all, a deserved win for the home side who climb a place to 8th in the table, above Ilfracombe in 9th but only on goal difference, the mid table is an extremely tight affair with only 5 points separating 7 Clubs.

Next Saturday the 24th sees Town with no game but we have a fixture away to premier outfit Cullompton on Tuesday 27th November with a 7:30 KO in the last 16 of the WPC Cup, followed by the long trip to Appledore on Saturday 1st December 2:15 KO.

Sidmouth Starting Eleven: Dan Machin, Ben Clay, Matt Salter, Chris Duchenski ( C ) Ollie Jarrett, Danny Clay, Rob Knight, Ferenc Bodor, Ash Small Harry Taylor, Will Jenkins.
Used Subs: Jack Hatswell, Louis Spalding.

Sidmouth Town 1 – Alphington2

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Saturday 10th November 2018

Another disappointing afternoon for the Manstone faithful and with six of the usual squad missing for various reasons Town found themselves trailing at the break 1 – 0, Rob Knight headed Town level early in the second half and it seemed that a comeback was on the cards, unfortunately the Alphas were to take all three points, scoring the winner midway through the second half.

After the game Kev Tooze said: “It does not matter what level of the game you play at, but if you take to the pitch without six of your matchday squad you know you are in for a tough time.”

He continued: “Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that the lads who stepped in did not give it their best shot for they certainly did just that. However, consistency of selection goes a long way to ensuring consistency of performance and if you have to make wholesale changes, as we did against Alphington, it does cause headaches.”

Despite the half-time deficit, there were no stormy words in the dressing room and the players responded to the half-time prompting from Tooze and his fellow joint-manager Danny Burwood.

Tooze explained saying: “We just told the lads that there was nothing between the teams and we could easily be the side leading and what it needed was a good start to the second half – and that is exactly what the lads delivered. We scored a cracking goal and from there it was a case of whoever got the next goal took the points and, sadly, and frustratingly, for us, it was them.”

Sidmouth Starting Eleven: Jake Wreford, Matt Salter, Danny Burwood, Rob Knight, Russ Coombes, Ferenc Bodor, Ollie Jarrett, Matt Colson, Ash Small, Harry Taylor, Will Jenkins.
Used Subs: Ben Miller, Ruben Rafael, Jack Hatswell.

Sidmouth Town 3 – Waldon Athletic 3

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Wednesday 7th November 2018

Town entertained Waldon Athletic in this re-arranged fixture after the attempt to play the game earlier in the season was frustrated due to the failure of the referee to turn up.
Unfortunately, in the 1st half it was the Sidmouth team that failed to turn up and but for the efforts of Dan Machin in goal it could have been Waldon that went into the break 3 or 4 up instead of the 1 goal they managed to score just before the whistle.

The 2nd half saw the introduction of Russ Coombes and Matt Colson and Town started to play football, it wasn’t long before Ash Small got an equalizer which was applauded by the home support, Waldon then scored 2 goals in quick succession to leave Town 3 – 1 down and with a lot of work to do, however Sidmouth were up to the task and Jack Hatswell scored to make it 3 – 2 his 1st goal for the Peninsula side, Towns equalizer came from a deflected free kick taken by Danny Clay and the game finished 3 – 3 a deserved and hard earned point for the home side.

Sidmouth Starting Eleven: Dan Machin, Danny Burwood, Matt Salter, Ben Clay, Martyn Hancock, Chris Duchenski ( C ), Will Jenkins, Danny Clay, Rob Knight, Harry Taylor, Ash Small.
Subs Used: Russ Coombes, Matt Colson, Jack Hatswell.

Holesworthy 4 – Sidmouth Town 3

Devon Premier Cup Saturday 3rd November 2018

Sidmouth travelled to Holesworthy on the back of a 6 – 1 defeat away to Stoke Gabriel the previous week hoping for a reversal of their fortunes and it seemed that was what was going to happen, Town were well in command of the first half and were creating chance upon chance of clear goal scoring opportunities but had to wait until the 30th minute for their 1st goal which Ollie Jarrett headed home from a corner, Town continued to dominate but were unable to increase the lead and went in at half time 1 goal to the good.

The second half saw Holesworthy come into the game a little more but Town were looking like they were going to see the game out at 1 – 0 until a free kick was conceded shortly before what would have been the full time whistle from which the home side scored to take the game into extra time.

The first period of extra time saw the home side take the lead only for Rob Knight to equalise after the Holesworthy keeper made an error with his kick and passed the ball to Rob who promptly took advantage. The second period of extra time and the home side took a 4 – 2 lead with 2 quick goals, Ash Small made it 4 – 3 after Town were awarded a penalty at the death.

All in all, a very disappointing result for the visitors who given the chances created in the 1st half should have been 5 or 6 up and put the game to bed.

Sidmouth Starting Eleven: Jake Wreford, Ollie Jarrett, Ben Clay, Chris Duchenski ( c ), Matt Salter, Harry Taylor, Ferenc Bodor, Rob Knight, Ash Small, Danny Burwood, Will Jenkins, Used Sub: Louis Spalding.

On a brighter note Town’s other teams all recorded successes, the 2nds won 5 -1 away to Tedburn St Mary in the Devon Senior Cup, the 3rds Won 3 – 1 AET and penalties away to South Devon side Upton Athletic in the Devon Intermediate Cup and the 4th team won 3 – 2 at Manstone Lane in league action v local rivals Otterton.


Sidmouth Town 1 – Honiton Town 0

Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Wednesday 24th October 2018

The Vikings newly installed managerial team of Danny Burwood and Kevin Tooze got off to a winning start in their first league game in charge thanks to a narrow 1-0 win over local rivals Honiton Town in a real East Devon “derby”, with a good crowd of 153 present to watch on.

After a goalless first half the all-important goal came just eight minutes into the second half as a free kick from outside the box was scored by the experienced Danny Clay.

Both sides hot the woodwork late on as first Honiton came close the levelling up when a shot from wide out on the touchline clipped the far post and later Sidmouth came close to doubling the lead when a close-range header hit the top of the crossbar.


Sidmouth Town 4 – Axminster Town 2

Walter Parsons League Cup Saturday 20th October 2018

The Vikings went through to the third round of the Walter Parsons Cup with a derby win over their local rivals Axminster Town. The worst possible start for the hosts as Axminster took the lead in the first minute with a shot from an acute angle. Kev Tooze in charge after the departure of Richard Pears set the team up to play football as opposed to the long ball game that had previously been deployed. A nervy opening few minutes were evident as the players struggled to adapt to the new system and the visiting side were on top. Midway through the half Will Jenkins turned on the ball and sent an unstoppable right foot shot into the top corner from thirty yards. Town had been improving and at this stage were the better side. Chances came and went until top scorer Ash Small headed home at the far post from an outstanding Russ Coombes cross to give the Vikings the lead at the interval.

Axminster made a couple of changes at half time in an attempt to claw their way back into a game that was slipping away minute by minute. Rob Knight was causing the Axminster defence all sorts of problems and with Small, Harry Taylor and Ferenc Bodor in support Town were opening up the tiring visitors defence. Ollie Jarrett and Jenkins were dominating the engine room with the rear-guard of Coombes, Chris Duchenski, Ash Matthews and Dan Carpenter looking solid there was only one likely outcome. Dan Machin in goal was a spectator for so much of the half such was the dominance of the rampant Vikings. Small went close on a couple of occasions before calmly slotting past the overwhelmed glovesman to make it 3-1. Knight headed goal ward only for Jarrett to unwittingly block the effort, Jenkins was unlucky with a low effort partied out only for Duchenski to miss from the rebound a yard out !
Ben Clay entered the fray with Taylor making, way having ran himself ragged, as brother Dan Clay stayed on the side-lines nursing a strain but having an important role with sound advice being offered to players and management.
The icing was put on the cake as Knight chested down for Small who hooked the ball over his shoulder and saw the ball sail into the far corner giving the keeper no chance.
With seconds remaining the visitors got a second with a hotly disputed goal from a corner, the referee failing to see a blatant push on Churchill to give the score line a flattering look for Axminster.

Toozey was delighted with the attitude of the players. After conceding so early it would have been easy for heads to drop but through hard work and perseverance they got even with Axminster and then dominated their opponents. The next round sees Sidmouth drawn away to Premier side Cullompton Rangers on Tuesday 27th November 7:30 ko.

Wednesday 31st, Halloween, sees Honiton Town visit Manstone 7-30 ko.
Come and support the Vikings!!

Sidmouth Town Res 6 – Stoke Gabriel Res 1

Firewatch Devon Senior Cup Saturday 13th October 2018

Sidmouth cruised through to the next round of the Devon Senior Cup at Manstone on Saturday.

Taking the lead after five minutes through Scott Hughes, after Ferenc Bodor had supplied the cross, Town were dominating their young opponents. Stoke were comfortable on the ball and to their credit tried to play out from the back whenever possible. The Vikings seemed a little casual and were guilty of not killing the game off in the first half, Callum Cross added a second before Stoke scored with a fantastic free kick that arrowed into the top corner giving Rob Gluchowski no chance.

Half time a few changes were made in an effort to charge the side up and remove the lethargic attitude that had spread throughout the team, Bodor struck, Cross added his second, Damien Lee Armes header cannoned of a hapless defender to make it 5-1 before Aidy Parr slotted home to complete the scoring .

Tougher tests to come starting next Saturday with a trip to Hatherleigh

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