Superb Small inspires Sidmouth Town second-half revival

PUBLISHED: 12:52 09 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:52 09 November 2018

Sidmouth Town at home to Axminster. Ref shsp 43 18TI 3329. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Town at home to Axminster. Ref shsp 43 18TI 3329. Picture: Terry Ife


Sidmouth Town head into tomorrow’s South West Peninsula League Eastern Division meeting with Alphington looking to extend an unbeaten home record that is currently standing at four games.

On Wednesday night, that run came under serious threat as the Vikings were trailing 3-1 to visiting Waldon Athletic, but mounted a superb comeback to richly deserve a share of the spoils from a 3-3 draw.

Town joint boss Kevin Tooze said: “A point was the very least we deserved. That said, I would probably have to concede that it was only the second-half performance that warranted the point, for the first 45 minutes was, in my honest opinion, as poor a show as the lads have served up before the Manstone Lane faithful this season.”

He continued: “They [Waldon] were certainly a spirited side and we were well off the pace with our first-half performance. I would not say the visitors were better than us in the first 45 minutes, but we were flat-footed and off the pace. It was possibly a hangover from the cup exit up at Holsworthy the previous Saturday, but, whatever the reason, it was not good.”

At the break, Town were a goal down, but there were no raised voices in the home dressing room.

Tooze explained saying: “It’s not our style to throw tea cups or shout and bawl, but what we [Tooze and fellow boss Danny Burwood] did do was let the lads know that they were not delivering and our home supporters deserve better. Indeed, had it not been for the exceptional work from our goalkeeper, Dan Machin, then we’d have been two or maybe three down at the break and left with a mountain to climb! To the players’ credit, they were superb from the first minute of the second half right through to the end.”

During the break, the Town management made a couple of changes, introducing Russ Coombes and Matt Coulson and the pair played big roles in the much-improved second-half team performance.

There was one player, in particular, that sparked what was ultimately a splendid recovery from 3-1 down to 3-3.

Tooze explained saying: “Ash [Small] was again the catalyst. The lad is certainly on fire right now. I like him; he’s a busy player who has good mobility, can change pace comfortably and has a trick or two, plus he certainly knows where the goal is!

“The way we play the game we are always going to conceded goals, so it is important that we are sharp in the final third, and that’s what we were in the second half on Wednesday night.”

So now to Alphington, a game that kicks off at Manstone Lane at 3pm.

Tooze says: “We are going to be without the Clay lads [Danny and Ben], and that’s a blow, but as I have always said, one door closing in terms of players being unavailable to us, simply means opportunity for someone else to make a claim for a shirt, and that is the case this Saturday.”

Alphington will arrive at Manstone Lane sitting 12th in the Eastern Division table.

Town are three places and four points better off than the Alphas having played two games fewer.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Devon 24 visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Devon 24 staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Devon 24 account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories


Chard ladies were beaten 69-0 when they visited Minehead, writes David Webb.

Read more
46 minutes ago

Ottery St Mary Under-13s moved up to fourth in Division One of the Exeter and District Youth League with an impressive 5-1 home victory over Crediton.

Read more

Cranbrook returned from their Macron League Division Three game at Sidmouth Town thirds with a point after drawing 2-2.

Read more

Honiton Town suffered a last minute defeat when beaten 2-1 by Newton Abbot Spurs at Mountbatten Park.

Read more

Upottery Reserves were involved in the Macron League Division Five ‘Match of the Day’ when they travelled to play the team that started the day sitting immediately behind them in the table, Devon Yeoman.

Read more

Exmouth had their season-long unbeaten home run ended as they slipped to defeat at the hands of a visiting Bournemouth side that continue to sport a 100 per cent South West Premier record, both home and away, after their 30-13 Imperial Ground success.

Read more

Exe Sailing Club held a well-supported ‘Volunteers Night’ at the clubhouse.

Read more

With a pale blue sky lit by a radiant winter sun and Fingle Forest in full winter raiment, where else would you rather be than running the Drogo 10, writes Dave Mutter.

Read more

Brixington Blues Under-13s suffered their first league defeat of the season, going down 3-1 to Exeter Panthers.

Read more
23 minutes ago

Bideford coach Simon Morrell says his relegation-threatened team has to become a bit more ‘ruthless’ if it is going to clamber out of trouble.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 4°C

min temp: 0°C

Most Read Sport

Place a family notice

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

East Devon 24 regular newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

FFind planning applications