Sidmouth Town all set for League Cup tie with visiting Stoke Gabriel

PUBLISHED: 08:37 13 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:05 13 October 2017

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife


Sidmouth Town exited the Throgmorton Devon Premier Cup when beaten 4-3 by Plymouth and West Devon League outfit Navy Inn, but it will go down as ‘one that got away’ from the Vikings.

Town boss Josh Stunell said: “For the first 45 minutes we absolutely battered them and really ought to have had the game sewn up by half-time.

“After the game their manager told me his team had ‘got away with one’. That said we were the masters of our own downfall with two areas of our game being the reason.”

He continued: “Had our finishing been up to scratch then we’d have been out of sight before the second half when we made some dreadful mistakes in central defence. The latter is an on-going problem for us and it’s something that needs addressing.

“I do worry that some of the younger players lose focus. That’s not surprising as they move fro youth football to adult life when jobs and other things come into their lives. From a footballing perspective that is a shame as often it will be the some of the more talented players who lose the focus and, when you see lads who you have nurtured through the youth ranks fall into that phase of being unfocussed it is so frustrating from a coaches point of view.

“In terms of us here at Sidmouth Town, we have a competitive squad and that means we can bring in lads from our other club senior sides and they will do a job for us.

“That was borne out when we got a point at Appledore where we fielded four lads who the previous match day had been with the second team and, to a man, the four did not look at all out of place.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) Town have another cup tie when they entertain Premier Division Stoke Gabriel in the Walter C Parsons Funeral Directors Cup (2.30pm).

Stunell says: “I saw them [Stoke Gabriel] at Exmouth Town recently and they are clearly not the same side that won promotion last season. I really do believe that we can beat them and the fact that we have a few ‘out’ probably makes life a little easier for me in terms of making changes after last week.

“What it does mean is that opportunity knocks for those who get a shirt tomorrow. I have yet, this season, to see too many of our players produce the kind of display across 90 minutes that tells me they want to keep the shirt and that’s what I shall be looking for in this latest cup tie.”

Kick-off against Stoke Gabriel is 2.30pm.

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 08:52

On a lovely sunny evening in Sidmouth our ladies played their second game in the National Top Club Competition, writes Carol Smith.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:47

Sidmouth III made it six wins from seven F Division East outings as they recorded a comprehensive 165-run win over Honiton 2nds at Newton Poppleford.

Read more
Tue, 15:42

Sidmouth 2nds made it ‘played seven and won seven’ in their C Division East campaign. They took their all-conquering status to second-in-the-table Ottery St Mary, who went into the contest looking to continue their unbeaten home start to the season.

Read more
Tue, 14:39

Sidmouth Golf Club hosted the annual match against the Royal Marines and the fixture was followed by an excellent meal, writes Hugh Dorliac.

Read more
Tue, 09:32

The Full Monty from Shepton Montague were Tipton’s visitors on Sunday, writes Phil Wright.

Read more
Mon, 17:07

This coming weekend (June 23 and 24) it is the second Ottery St Mary Football Club Youth Tournament.

Read more
Mon, 10:52

The Devon Petanque League has reached the halfway stage in what has been a topsy-turvy season so far, writes Chris Bigmore.

Read more
Sunday, June 17, 2018

For the third week running all three of the Sidmouth CC senior XIs win and so all three remain top of their respective Tolchards Devon League tables. Indeed, after seven of the 18 Tolchards League match days, the running total of wins and losses for the three XIs together is an impressive, played 21, won 19, lost two!

Read more
Saturday, June 16, 2018

New Sidmouth Town boss Richard Pears has completed his pre-season schedule and is very clear as to what sort of condition he wants his players to report back in when they pitch up at Manstone Lane for the first of the pr-season sessions being held at the club.

Read more
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Last Wednesday, Sidmouth ladies contested the Centenary Trophy, writes Maria Clapp.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sidmouth Herald twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications