Antat strike nets Vikings away success
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Sidmouth Town were winners by the odd gaol in five when they travelled to St Martins for their latest Southwest Peninsula Football League (SWPL) Eastern Division game.
Town made a confident start against what were clearly a confident and lively St Martins outfit.
In the early exchanges Town opened the home side up a couple of times and both Shaun Densham and Nathan Antat spurned glorious chances to put their side ahead.
As has been the case in many such games this season, after bossing early possession, but being unable to take chances, the Vikings fell behind when St Martins teenager Sam Rawlings sent team mate Sam Johnson clear and he tucked the ball past Dec Lines in the Town goal to give the home side the lead.
Ten minutes before the break parity was restored when Town striker Nathan Antat pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area.
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St Matins began the second half as the more influential of the teams and it was no more than they deserved when Johnson doubled his tally in the 53rd minute to restore the home lead.
The Vikings regrouped and, 17 minutes later, were again back on level terms when the ball was turned past Lee Bailey in the home goal by one of his unfortunate team mates!
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Buoyed by their second equaliser, the Vikings began to mount pressure on the home goal. Ben Burrows forced Bailey into a terrific save as the game became one of end-to-end penalty area action!
Neither side sat back and both went in search of a third goal.
It arrived for Town when Antat picked the ball up 30 yards from goal and, after he had finished a mazy run he drilled the ball beyond the despairing Bailey to win the Vikings all three points.
Sidmouth: Lines, Binion, Pointing, Booth, Griffiths, Newbery, Gould, Wellman, Jenkins, Antat, Densham. Used subs: Burrows, Evans.
Man of the Match: Dexter Booth