Friday, September 6, 2013
Sidmouth Town 0, Newton Abbot Spurs 4
The Vikings were well beaten by an organised visiting side.
Both sides went into the game sitting mid table having had similar result sin their opening games this term and a close encounter was anticipated.
It was Spurs who began the brighter, forcing a couple of early corners that were confidently dealt with by Jack Burgess.
The first opportunity for Town arrived on 15 minutes when Dan Norman did well with his approach, but missed the target with his shot.
Five minutes later a hand-ball decision went against the home side and the visitors took the lead from the penalty spot. It was not the first time this fledgling season that such a decision has gone against the Vikings!
Tavender, Couch, Isaac and Raistrick all had opportunities to level for Town only for the visitors to double their lead in the final minute of the half.
Boss Paddy Thomas clearly had words at the break for his team had an extra spring in their step at the start of the second period. For 15 minutes they dominated proceedings with Doble slamming the ball against the bat before Norman rattled a post and the same player then headed whilst Ben Ede forced the visiting keeper to make a superb save.
The third and decisive goal arrived after the talented left winger for Spurs weaved his way down the flank before being upended in the box and the second spot kick was tucked away.
A fourth in the closing stages compounded the Town misery.
Boss Paddy Thomas said: “We all need to look at ourselves, including myself, and ask where we went wrong. We are making chances, and that is pleasing. However, having made four or five very good openings, we took none and we don’t look comfortable defensively.”