Hat-trick hero Dan Powell rescues the Vikings

PUBLISHED: 13:18 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:22 17 June 2010

Rain and frost had delayed the Vikings return to league football in 2009 but it was well worth the wait!

Rain and frost had delayed the Vikings' return to league football in 2009 but it was well worth the wait!

Fired up and ready for the game it was St Martin's who dominated the opening quarter, forcing several corners in succession as Sidmouth struggled to clear their penalty area and indeed their half!

Dec Lines continues to make good progress in goal, a real "full on" motivator of his team-mates throughout. And he kept St Martin's at bay, ably assisted by Dan Corrick, Dan Hulin and Joe Griffiths, who won many fifty-fifty tackles in the defensive line.

Attacks were a rarity for the away team, made more challenging because of the pre-game injury to main striker John Duffy.

Connor Ellis battled well on his own up front whilst Will Jenkins did hit a post with a stunning long range drive (more please Will; we all know you can do this!) and Will Sanders went close with a typical jinking run, sending a shot agonisingly wide.

The home team pressure, though, was relentless and it was no surprise that the Saints managed to secure a four-goal advantage at half time.

With the strong wind at their backs after the interval, Sidmouth very quickly realised that they, too, could dominate possession and created chance after chance before Dan Powell seized the ball on the right wing and raced past two defenders before sublimely striking into the far corner of the net. Game on!

And Will Jenkins, Doug Still and Sam Gosling combined superbly to release Dan Powell for his second.

Not to be left out, Will Sanders now switched to the left wing and caused mayhem, beating defenders with his pace and skill. It was his tenacity that led to the third Sid goal, following up on a keeper error to chip the ball over the defender and in!

Ten minutes to go and the team from Exminster were the ones holding on!

Vikings' full back Shawn Mackay slotted the ball to Toby Seldon, whose quick pass to Dan Powell was struck on the run, with the keeper off his line. This spectacular 18-yard strike was only going to end up in one place - the back of the net - to give Powell a hat trick for and achieve a stunning come back!

Great game, great commitment, well done lads!

By Andy Griffiths

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