Thursday, November 21, 2013
Totnes and Dartington 1, Sidmouth Town 1
Town travelled to Dartington to play a side lying fifth in the table. With a few absentees due to injury and suspension the Vikings had a couple of half-fit players willing to help out and sit on the sidelines showing genuine support for the starting eleven!
Town started well and the early signs were promising as Jake Boyland was denied by a great block from the home custodian.
Shortly afterwards from a corner Boyland should of opened the scoring, somehow missing the target from a couple yards out. Totnes took confidence from Towns misfortune and Jack Burgess saved smartly as they threatened to carve open Towns defence.
On twenty five minutes Totnes took the lead from a deep free kick that was headed in at the far post.
At this point Totnes were on top but chance wise Town had created the clearer openings.
The second half got underway with the Vikings believing they could get back into the game.
Within ten minutes of the restart they were level when Tony Cox played a ball into the box and the ball fell kindly to Ben Cole who made no mistake from six yards out. Town were in control now and had further chances when Alex Raistrick broke through only to be denied by the keeper firstly and a great defensive clearance off the line by a covering defender.
The inconsistency shown by the official was never more evident than in the eightieth minute the whole ground stopped when a blatant handball was not given in the Totnes penalty area.
Only two minutes later Nick Gingell was penalised for a less obvious handball, fortunately only giving away a free kick.
The game ended with the score line suggesting a close game, but the Vikings certainly deserved at least a point from their travels.
Town boss Paddy Thomas said: “We had influential players missing so we are pleased to take something from the game. We need to be clinical with the chances being created and give the defence a cushion to protect. We played some good football and defended really well. Nick (assistant boss Nick Ogden) and I are very proud of the fourteen players who showed such great desire and commitment to represent the football club.”
Next up for the Vikings is a visit from Crediton United to Manstone Lane tomorrow (Saturday) when kick-off is at 2.15pm.