1st XI's easy ride on Dartmoor
PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 December 2008 | UPDATED: 16:43 14 April 2010
On the back of arguably a season's best performance earning a draw versus league leaders PGSOB, Sidmouth ventured onto Dartmoor.
On the back of arguably a season's best performance earning a draw versus league leaders PGSOB, Sidmouth ventured onto Dartmoor last weekend to take on relegation candidates Tavistock. Captain Andrew Welch was keen to ensure his team did not 'bounce' on the back of the previous week's pleasing result and made sure the players did not underestimate their opposition, despite the hosts' woeful run of form in the season so far. However, Welch's warning proved to be unnecessary as the visitors were rarely out of second gear in what was a one sided encounter. As the season approaches the half-way point, Paul Gannon was given the mid-season break that has been customary in recent years in order to rest his ageing bones. This meant that the versatile Scott Rowson dropped into defence to lead the backline. And it was Rowson who stopped a Dan Devine penalty corner which Welch duly converted to give Sidmouth the lead. A new look forward line comprised Dan Devine and Bobby Brown which boasted youthful exuberance and was offset by the experienced Nick Wade, who played the holding role just behind the front two until his mature legs suffered a hamstring strain which further limited his mobility. The visitors did pull a goal back when Sidmouth momentarily took their foot off the pedal, but the advantage was soon restored when Welch added a second thanks to a well taken reverse stick flick. At half time, the main concern for Sidmouth was a further hamstring injury, this time for Rowson, who was nursed through the remainder of the game by his defensive colleagues including Graham Pidgeon and Andrew Jarrett, who capped their usual reliable performances. A third goal was added when a misdirected Chris Lewis shot was conveniently diverted goalward by a Tavistock defender. Given the fact that Lewis' goalscoring form has been somewhat indifferent this season, it was hardly surprising that the former Ottery Crickets striker looked to claim the goal. There was no doubting Sidmouth's fourth goal, when Pidgeon, also once an Ottery player, managed to find himself unmarked at the back post for a simple tap in.