Bodor hat-trick as Town Reserves spring cup shock and knock out Topsham Town

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Sidmouth Town Reserves served up a stunning all-round display to knock Premier Division Topsham Town out of the East Devon Senior Cup, winning an enthralling tie by the odd goal in nine.

Just three minutes into the game at Topsham the Vikings were ahead when Ferenc Bodor rifled the ball home from 25-yards to stun the reigning Premier Division champions.

Two minutes later Bodor repeated the act, scoring from a similar range with the Tops glovesman having no chance of keeping then ball out of his net!

The home side rallied and looked to get back into the contest, but they had no joy against a solid Town back line.

Things got even better for the Vikings with youngster Scott Hughes nudging the ball into the home net – seemingly making contact with the ball with his shin rather than his boot - but the youngster does look a great prospect at the moment


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Two goals in five minutes suddenly had Topsham back in the game, but a fourth goal for Town, this one netted by Hughes, took them into the interval with a 4-2 lead.

In the second half Topsham upped the tempo of their game, but the Vikings back line of Jake Sellick, Mike Pidgeon, Anthony Griffin and Matt Colson, gave a solid foundation from which the visitors drew confidence.

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It was that man Bodor who struck next, scoring what can only be described as an outrageous goal from an acute angle to put the game beyond the hosts – just!

Two goals from the Tops set up a nervous last few minutes, but Town were not to be denied a richly deserved win and a place in the next round of the cup.

One of the Town second team management trio, Paddy Thomas, said: “When we got in front early on we stopped doing what had got us in front. The lesson to be learnt here is that it does not pay to try and be clever. Play the conditions and you’ll win the game.

“Passing football was never going to happen on a difficult surface, so we need to learn how to affect the game especially from midfield. That said, we are really pleased with the squad at the moment and hope they continue to improve.”

On Saturday (October 1), the Town Reserves entertain Willand Rovers Reserves at Manstone Lane (3pm).

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