Fixture fatigue kicks in
PUBLISHED: 11:45 23 March 2012
Sidmouth travelled to Crediton on Monday to play a game that had been postponed way back in December. The Vikings were playing their third game in six days and fatigue was sure to play a big part.
Crediton started the game at a frightening pace and matters got worse when Wes Tarr was forced off after five minutes,turning his ankle on the heavy Lord’s Meadow pitch.
Crediton took the lead on 12mins when a break down the left wing eventually led to the home number 9 having a tap in from close range. Sidmouth, to their credit, refused to give in and started to cause the home defence, being well marshalled by ex-Sidmouth player Ben Ashford, a few problems. Jack Knight had a header well saved and Andy Isaac, Lewis Couch and Andrew thomson all had efforts either saved or blocked as Sidmouth went in search of an equaliser. Half Time 1-0.
The second half was only 10 minutes old when Kirton increased the lead after sloppy defending allowed the striker to shoot low and hard past Luke Ashford to make it 2-0. Sidmouth were still carving out chances and from a good move down the left Couch’s through ball was superbly controlled by Isaac who placed it past the home keeper to reduce the arrears, 2-1 game on!
Both sides had chances to add to their respective goals for column but neither side managed to do so, with Ashford in the away goal making a couple of outstanding saves to deny Crediton.
Manager Paddy Thomas said: “We knew that Crediton would have more possession and more quality, but what probably surprised anyone watching was how much heart and desire our young side had. They refused to buckle under a lot of pressure and managed to come back at a very good side with the possibility of getting a point. All 12 players did themselves and the club proud and the club are very appreciative of their fantastic efforts so far this season.”
●Sidmouth welcomed Teignmouth to manstone on Saturday.
The Teignmouth side were in form, having picked up a lot of points since Christmas. The first half was an even affair with the away side playing the more attractive football. Sidmouth had more possession but didn’t create too much and the final ball wasn’t up to scratch.
Teignmouth went ahead and were 1-0 up a the break. They added two more goals before Andrew Thompson scored with a header for a final score of 3-1.