Binion stars as Sidmouth Town see off Brixham

Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Town secured an eight win of the South West Peninsula League, Eastern Division, and in some style to, as they defeated Brixham AFC 3-1 at Manstone Lane.

The key to the victory was the way the Vikings played throughout – with pace, power and precision passing.

The contest began at furious pace, with 16-year-old Olly Binion most impressive in a wing back role.

The Vikings had the lion’s share of possession, but could not quite find the final ball for forwards Cameron Vere or Jamie Orchard to capitalize on.

The deadlock was finally broken 10 minutes before half-time when teenager Connor Swingler took a terrific ball from Orchard in his stride and drilled it past the visiting glovesman.

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During the interval Town boss Josh Stunell urged his players to keep up the high tempo approach, but the start of the second half saw Brixham find new energy levels and they levelled in the 55th minute through Graham Mercier.

It was half-time substitute Dan Evans and skipper Ryan Davies who began to take control of the middle third of the pitch and former Falmouth man Evans supplied a delightful ball that set up leading scorer Cameron Vere to restore the home lead in the 65th minute.

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Once ahead again, Town’s defence of Farrington, Griffiths, Newbery and White shut up shop and showed just how well organised they can be. Brixham AFC began to visibly tire having spent well over an hour chasing after the fleet-footed home players!

Chances were crafted with Vere and Ferenc Bodor both spurning gilt edged opportunities to add to the score – on another day Vere would have added significantly to his 19 goals this season!

The game was put to bed in the 80th minute when another terrific pass from Orchard set the fleet-footed Ben Burrows free and he rounded the goalkeeper before rolling the ball into an empty net.

The visitors could have set up a nervy finish for the Vikings, but a huge chance with a header five minutes from time was missed.

Sidmouth: Harvey, White, Newbery, Griffiths, Farrington, Binion, Davies (C), Farrington, Bodor, Orchard, Vere.

Star man: Ryan Davies.

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