Thursday, December 5, 2013
Sidmouth Town 1, University 0
Sidmouth Town chalked up back-to-back victories with a single goal success against the visiting students.
Fresh from the six goal mauling of Crediton United the Vikings, forced to make four changes from the previous outing, began well against a visiting side that are renowned for their youthfulness and supplies of energy!
Birthday boy Alex Raistrick was in the thick of the action from the first whistle and was denied an early goal only by the brilliance of the student’s glovesman.
Nick Gingell almost opened the scoring with a rasping drive from twenty-five yards out that would have left the goal net needing attention had it not sailed fractionally the wrong side of the upright!
It was not all one-way and Vikings keeper Jack Burgess produced a stunning save to tip away what was a rare threat from the students.
It was youngster Matt Colson, showing both composure and technique, who fired Town into the lead that was no more than an adventurous and hard-working Tow deserved.
After the break the action followed a similar pattern to the first 45 minutes with Town the dominant force and the students threatening on the counter.
Town went close a number of times as the visiting goal led a charmed life whilst, at the other end of the pitch, Burgess showed great handling skills to nullify any serious efforts.
Late on there were a couple of great blocks by Gingell and Man of the Match Anthony Griffiths that helped to make sure the Vikings were able to make it six points fro the last two home games and secure a third clean sheet of the season.
Vikings boss Paddy Thomas said: “I was delighted to see the hunger, passion, determination and drive from all areas of the team. We certainly played some decent football against a well-organised University outfit. A most pleasing aspect for me was that, when questions were asked of our defence they showed that they were more than capable of coping. Dan Tavender, back after a spell out was tireless in midfield, Andy Isaac led the line superbly and Wes Tarr reminded us why he is held in such high regard within the club. Matt Colson has improved his game greatly, showing that if you train regularly, listen and learn from the experienced players then you can reap the rewards. I am delighted for the lad, he’s a delight to manage.”
On Saturday the Vikings travel to Newton Abbot Spurs.