Bodor hat-trick as Town Reserves win well at Heavitreee

Football corner flag. Ref exsp 7253-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Football corner flag. Ref exsp 7253-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Town Reserves made it two wins from two Fresha League Division One outings with a 3-0 success at Heavitree United.

In a hard fought victory it will be the young Vikings’ side that will have learnt so many lessons that will stand them in good stead for the future.

The early exchanges saw the home side gain the upper hand as Town had to withstand some early pressure.

On three occasions Adam Bartlettt’s goal came under threat, but each time the home sides finish was off target.

Ferenc Bodor and Liam Morrish took their time in getting into their stride, but once they did they soon fashioned the opening goal, scored by Bodor on 25 minutes.

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Picking the ball up 35-yards out he pushed it forward before striking a sweet left-footed strike that swerved in off the far post. Town’s confidence grew and full backs Ollie Binion and Tyler Wellman showed their undoubted ability to break up attacks and then get forward and play some neat football.

Mark Burdus and Matt Colson got to terms with their defensive duties allowing the likes of Damien Armes, Matt Ogley and Joe Miller the chance to express themselves. Joe Gosse had a close range effort well saved by Heavitree United’s best player as the Vikings outplayed the hosts.

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The second half saw Town dominate the play and if it wasn’t for the outstanding home custodian, the score line would have doubled.

Gosse twice, Miller twice and Bodor were all denied goals. It was left to maverick winger Bodor to show how it should be done. Outpacing the defence he drilled the ball past the helpless keeper to double the lead on the hour mark. The Vikings were awarded a penalty in the last moments as the impressive Miller shimmied his way into the penalty area only to be crudely stopped in his tracks. Up stepped the irrepressible Bodor to claim his hat-trick from the spot.

Towns management agreed that the young Viking side needed to stand up to the intimidation that was plentiful in a typically robust Exeter side. The younger players will not have come across anything like the crude tactics used by the hosts!

It’s credit to them that they played some great football, a lot of credit for that is down to Brendon Willey.

Big thanks also to Alan Rowe who ran the line throughout despite being subjected to some outrageous abuse!

The next couple of weeks will provide a stiff test for the Vikings as they play two sides that are favourites to lift the divisional title.

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