Sidmouth Town sign three new players

10:58 13 February 2014

Football generic picture

Football generic picture

Archant

Sidmouth Town boss Paddy Thomas has not let the grass grow under his feet during the current spell of weather enforced inactivity for his side, writes Steve Birley.

The Vikings boss has used the last few weeks to secure the signing of three players that certainly boosts the team’s chances of a top half finish in the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division table.

One of the three new men is a former team mate of Thomas’s! Steve Blurton is vastly experienced on the South West football circuit and the military man is home after a recent tour of Afghanistan. He once played alongside Thomas when the pair were both at Budleigh Salterton! Thomas says of Blurton’s arrival: “He’s a quality player who has a presence on and off the pitch and I am delighted to have got his services for the remainder of the campaign.”

The first of the trio of signings was Andrew Thompson who has been enticed back to Manstone Lane from Exmouth Town. Thomas says: “Andrew (Thompson) brings so much to the team. He’d be the first name down on many a team sheet at a level higher than we play, so to have him on board is a real boost to our chances of a respectable finishing in the division. I know he’s been itching to play having been signed for over a fortnight and denied action by this rain!””

Completing the incomings is Mike Pigeon from Budleigh Salterton of whom Thomas says: “Like the other two Mike gives us additional options and with the three of them on board it gives us a squad that now has real competition for starting berths.”

With regard to the fact his team have been starved of recent action, the Vikings chief says: “I have personally never known a season like this. We all thought the lengthy spell of no action last season was something of a rarity, but here we are 12 months on with an even longer stint of no games and it might go on a while yet. The good thing from my point of view is that we have managed to keep some momentum going with the regular training session which have been well supported and also, we have managed to get onto the all water surface at Colyton on Saturday afternoon’s when we have had matches off and that has enabled us to stay fresh. I also know that a number of the players have been keeping strictly to their own gymnasium routines, so I don’t think there’ll be a problem when we do eventually get back into the swing of things.”

He continued: “It’s been very encouraging to see the intensity in training and in those Saturday afternoon sessions. None of the players are seemingly losing interest and, let’s face it, you could hardly blame them for going off an finding something else to do on a Saturday given the number of match days we have lost to the weather this season.”

Unlike many clubs Town’s lack of match day action has not seen bar sales hit too badly. Thomas explained saying: “The club runs a very good ship socially and players are returning there after our Saturday get-togethers so we have manage to keep things ticking along in that department.”

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

09:02
Exmouth sailor Sam Matson with his boat now adorned in the sponsors name

Exmouth solo sailor Sam Matson has secured a major sponsorship, writes Stephen Birley.

Read more
08:55
Exmouth took on Bracknell at the Imperial ground on Saturday. Ref exsp 6607-06-15SH. Photo Simon Horn

Would you be happy to send your child to a school appearing only halfway up the Ofsted league table? Similarly, would you be comfortable to undergo surgery in a hospital propping up the basement position in the NHS league tables?

Read more
08:54
Cricket - generic picture

Exmouth Cricket Club are holding a charity golf day at Woodbury Park Golf Club on Friday, March 27 followed by a Charity auction in the evening hosted by ‘Homes under the Hammer’ auctioneer Graham Barton.

Read more
Tue, 15:46
Horse Racing generic picture

Taunton race goers have got three meetings to look forward to this month.

Read more
Tue, 15:46
Horse Racing generic picture

This coming weekend (March 8), will see the re-arranged East Cornwall Point-to-Point fixture take place at the popular track of Great Trethew, Menheniot, writes Donna Harris.

Read more
Tue, 15:45
Roller derby action

South West Angels of Terror (SWAT) B took to the indoor hall for the first time when they faced Plymouth City Roller Girls B in Barnstaple.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 2°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read Sport

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition



Devon's trusted business finder