Town hoping for dry weather so St Martins game can get green light

PUBLISHED: 14:18 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:18 12 January 2018

Sidmouth Town at home to Honiton Town. Ref shsp 50-17TI 4835. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Town at home to Honiton Town. Ref shsp 50-17TI 4835. Picture: Terry Ife

Archant

Sidmouth Town are hoping that there’s no frost overnight Friday into Saturday – or indeed any more rain – so that their South West Peninsula League Eastern Division game against St Martins is played at their Manstone Lane ground (2.15pm).

Town, who have played more games than anyone else in the Eastern Division, have not seen much recent action.

Indeed, if the St Martins match does not take place then, with Town currently having a free date the following Saturday (January 20), it would mean that the January 27 home game against table-topping Newton Abbot Spurs would be only the fourth outing for the Vikings in a period of 10 weeks.

Leading into this Saturday’s scheduled meeting with St Martins, the Vikings have, since their November 18, 2-1 home win over Teignmouth, played only three games – a 1-1 draw at Brixham, a 5-1 home reversal at the hands of Honiton Town and that Boxing Day 3-1 defeat at Budleigh Salterton.

Town boss Josh Stunell says: “Fortunately for us, this season we had a congested early season fixture list and so other teams continue to play catch-up with us in terms of games played.

“That said, a coach never likes such lengthy periods of inactivity, though, in our case, we have many players who are also signed for other clubs and, when we are called off, I always tell them to try and get a game in elsewhere to keep themselves match fit.”

One particularly frustrating element of the current inactivity comes with the installation of floodlights – new to Manstone Lane this season.

Stunell says: “It is frustrating to me that now we have the floodlights, having games called off, we do have the capability of putting on midweek matches, but the ground is so soft right now that’s not going to happen either!”

In terms of what is left in the Town league campaign, they have 11 games left to play, 10 after the St Martins fixture this weekend.

Seven of the 11 are at Manstone Lane and four are away. The league season currently extends to the first Saturday in May and so, after this weekend, there will still be 16 Saturdays of the campaign remaining.

Other Sport Stories

12:25

Ottery St Mary Under-14s began their East Devon Youth League campaign with a comfortable 10-wicket win against Thorverton.

Read more
11:26

Sidmouth 1st XI duo Luke Bess and South African Aviwe Mgijima were at the forefront of another comprehensive win for the Fortfield men, both hitting centuries in what was ultimately a 202-run win over a Bovey Tracey side that came into the contest having won four successive Premier Division games.

Read more
11:26

Teign Valley B team made the trip to Sidmouth golf club on Father’s Day, which probably accounted for them having turned up one player short, writes Mike Dommett.

Read more
11:21

Sidmouth entertained a team of four rinks from Seaton in a friendly match, writes Carol Smith.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:52

On a lovely sunny evening in Sidmouth our ladies played their second game in the National Top Club Competition, writes Carol Smith.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:47

Sidmouth III made it six wins from seven F Division East outings as they recorded a comprehensive 165-run win over Honiton 2nds at Newton Poppleford.

Read more
Tue, 15:42

Sidmouth 2nds made it ‘played seven and won seven’ in their C Division East campaign. They took their all-conquering status to second-in-the-table Ottery St Mary, who went into the contest looking to continue their unbeaten home start to the season.

Read more
Tue, 14:39

Sidmouth Golf Club hosted the annual match against the Royal Marines and the fixture was followed by an excellent meal, writes Hugh Dorliac.

Read more
Tue, 09:32

The Full Monty from Shepton Montague were Tipton’s visitors on Sunday, writes Phil Wright.

Read more
Mon, 17:07

This coming weekend (June 23 and 24) it is the second Ottery St Mary Football Club Youth Tournament.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Useful Links

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

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sidmouth Herald twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Show Job Lists


Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications