Bodor inspires Sidmouth Town Reserves’ recovery

Sidmouth Town 3rds at home to Sandford. Ref shsp 6863-47-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Town 3rds at home to Sandford. Ref shsp 6863-47-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Town Reserves came back from two goals down to win 5-2 when they met Witheridge Reserves in a Fresha League Division One game.

The Vikings showed no signs of the inactivity they had suffered of late with their last two matches being postponed by the weather.

On a superbly prepared Manstone Lane pitch Town made a sluggish start and were slow to grow into the game.

The visitors’ adopted a direct style of football with the long ball over the top catching a square Town defence out time and again.

Using this route-one system to great effect, and helped by a dozing home back line, Witheridge raced into a two-goal lead inside just 10 minutes!


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With a few adjustments made and a few choice words exchanged, the hosts started to play as they can.

Ferenc Bodor was the chief orchestrator of the Vikings revival and, with Will Jenkins beginning to show his ability, it was no surprise when Jenkins took a pass from Bodor – the latter had done very well to make ground and then pull the ball back - to fire the Vikings back into the contest.

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Within ten minutes a Bodor shot was deflected in by Mike Stamp and suddenly Town were level, and they carried parity through until the interval.

The second half saw Town play well and deservedly win, but the score line was a touch flattering!

Joe Miller, another of players showing genuine quality at his tender age, fired Town into a 3-2 lead.

Stamp added the fourth with a far post header and Rich Johnson finished the scoring off.

Vikings coach Paddy Thomas said: “It was good to get back playing and also nice to have a strong squad. Local football is not what it was with player availability very much in decline. The Vikings consistently get three sides out and it can be very tiresome at times to pick the seconds and thirds in particular. So mention needs to made of Gary Bargery for his time and patience in dealing with this particular demand.”

The Vikings Reserves travel to Wellington Reserves on Saturday (November 28).

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