Sidmouth Town so close to first win this term

19:11 20 December 2012

football generic picture

football generic picture

Archant

Sidmouth Town 1, University 1

Sidmouth Town banked only a third point of a challenging season, but it could and probably should have been a post-match celebration with all three points in the bank.

In recent weeks Town boss Paddy Thomas has been lamenting how tough it has been and yet he has also been suggesting that better things were not far away if his side maintained their level of commitment shown in recent matches.

The Vikings went into the game with free-scoring University on a superbly prepared Manstone Road pitch.

They were hamstrung in the build-up to the game with the loss of four regulars.

The first half was keenly contested with the students looking to attack at every opportunity, but getting little change out of a disciplined Vikings back line to such a degree that home keeper Jack Burgess was rarely troubled.

At the other end Mark Burdus, Tim Lister and Sam Banks all went close as Town began to take control of proceedings.

Juts before half-time the one gilt-edged chance of the first 45 minutes fell to the visiting side, but glovesman Burgess was quickly off his line to narrow the angel and the shot was well wide of the goal.

Within minutes of the restart a long clearance from Burgess found Sam Baker through on goal and he made no mistake calmly slotting the ball past the visiting keeper.

The lead was no more than the Vikings deserved. Playing with renewed confidence they went in search of a second and some crisp inter-play once again opened up the opposition and Baker rifled a sweetly-struck shot fro 25-yards that beat the glovesman only to graze the outside of the upright.

The students responded and Burgess was called into action when a long range effort saw him produce a splendid dive low to his left and gather the ball.

There were just minutes away from the Town faithful being able to salute a first success of the league season when the second of a couple of desperate challenges on the edge of the area was penalised with a free-kick and, from the second set-piece, the bal was floated into the Town net.

Town boss Thomas said: “ I would have happily accepted a point before the game, but given our performance, especially in the first half, I feel we deserved more. The players were fantastic and it was a joy to watch at times. The students are a good side and have been scoring a lot lately so to keep them quiet for much of the game was pleasing. We created more chances today than in our last couple of games and we certainly need to improve in this aspect of our play. We have a tough game on Saturday at Plymstock United before our Boxing Day home match with Axminster Town (11am). I hope the team draws the Boxing Day crowd their current level of effort and endeavour deserves.”

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 16:31
Tom Gooding receives the D Division East champions trophy from Devon League chairman Stuart Munday.

Ottery St Mary, Honiton and Kilmngton all picked up divisional titles at the Tolchards Devon Cricket League annual meeting, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:07

Newton Poppleford reach the half way stage of their Fresha League Three campaign when they travel to Clyst Valley Reserves tomorrow (Saturday).

Read more
Yesterday, 09:06
Sidmouth chiefs at home to Truro. Ref shsp 05-16TI 0081. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Chiefs went down 40-22 at home to Truro in their latest league match, writes Terry O’Brien.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:06
rugbyl generic picture

Sidmouth Under-12s were beaten by a powerful Topsham when they sides met.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:05
Sidmouth B who have just secured the Exeter and District Winter League Division Four title

Sidmouth ladies B team completed their Winter League campaign last week, writes Kate Truman.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:05
Sidmouth RFC Under-7s pull funny faces before their latest round of matches

Sidmouth Under-7s were in action against Topsham and their meeting was switched to the drier climes of the artificial surface at the home of the Royal Marines, Lympstone, writes Simon Dunstan.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:05
Golf generic picture

Sidmouth ladies were pleased to get back on to the course on Wednesday after many weeks of inactivity due to the poor weather, writes Angela Coles.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:04
Sidmouth Under-9 squad

Sidmouth Under-9s entertained Topsham for a series of matches in what can best be described as ‘muddy conditions’.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:04

Just when you thought you were all organised - along comes a change of date, writes Susie Bonnell.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:03
Tennis - generic picture

Ottery St Mary tennis club is once again offering sessions for both juniors and seniors in the coming months, writes Gina Cox.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life

Great British Life

Place a family notice

Family Notices 24

Find a job in Devon



Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

FFind planning applications