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

Thu, 20:51
Bowls

The weather has been a big problem for Ottery St Mary bowlers this past week, writes Michael Smith.

Read more
Thu, 20:50
Sidmouth Bowls Club Captains Day and the men's captain and vice-captain shake hands in front of the players before the action got underway.

With only a month remaining of the outdoor season, many of the finalists for the club competitions are known with only a few semi finals still outstanding, writes John Mason.

Read more
Thu, 20:49
Ottery St Mary, the 2015 Tolchards Devon League C Division East champions.
Back row: (left to right); Joe Birch, Will Harrison, Rob Johns, Dan Flower, Rob Crabb
Front row: (left to right); Pete Gascoigne (scorer), Billy Rudolph, Ollie Reed, Lewis Townsend (capt), Sam Lynch, Billy Reed, Zac Johns, Elliott Jeffery (Bovis Homes).

Despite their local derby with Feniton being truncated by a spectacular thunderstorm, a fine bowling display last weekend saw Ottery St Mary 1st XI claim the necessary points to clinch the Tolchard’s Devon League C Division (East) title and thus secure promotion to the third tier of Devon cricket for the first time in their history, writes Ian Townsend.

Read more
Thu, 20:49

Sidmouth’s grip on the runners-up berth in the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division was loosened as they went down by 35-runs at North Devon.

Read more
Thu, 20:48

Sidmouth II head into the final match day of the Tolchards League season knowing that, as long as they bank more points than the home side then they be crowned 2nd XI Premier Division champions once again.

Read more
Thu, 20:45
rugby

The Sidmouth rugby senior squad had a second warm-up match against Honiton in preparation for the coming league season and once again showed their ability to play a fast, mobile game with a fine display of running rugby and finishing to score twelve unanswered tries in a 70-0 win, writes Terry O’Brien.

Read more
Thu, 20:44
Rugby

The rugby club are planning to build on the successful introduction of girls rugby last season, writes Terry O’Brien.

Read more
Thu, 20:44
Sidmouth B team who retaiend the Jurassic Cup with a two-leg victory over Axe Cliff

On Saturday, the Sidmouth B team visited Axe Cliff Golf and Country Club for the second leg of the Jurassic Cup, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Thu, 20:43
Golf generic picture

The eigtheenth round of the Sidmouth Jewellers Friday night league was won again by Mark Thomas with an excellent 40 points, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Thu, 20:43
Golf generic picture

The Charles Stanley sponsored Monday Stableford saw poor weather with rain through much of the day, writes John Barnard.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 15°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

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

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

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


Devon's trusted business finder