Never-say-die Town Res rue missed chances

PUBLISHED: 13:13 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:21 17 June 2010

Exeter University 4, Sidmouth Town Res 1: THIS scoreline definitely does not tell the whole story.

Exeter University 4, Sidmouth Town Res 1: THIS scoreline definitely does not tell the whole story.

The students went one up 30 minutes into the first half with a goal that had more than a look of offside about it, the referee deciding to ignore the linesman's flag and allow the goal. They went further ahead when a move down the centre of the pitch carved Sidmouth open with alarming ease.

After a half-time team talk, Sidmouth, to their credit, came out and had a real go, realising that the next goal was crucial.

Sidmouth got the equaliser when Tom Perryman took a corner from the right and Tom Chaplin timed his run and leap to perfection to head the ball past a rooted keeper.

The Vikings then went on to dominate play for the next 15 minutes and looked like the side more likely to score, with Jack Lewis and Tom Perryman having very good chances.

However, it was University that scored next when a mis-hit low corner beat the near post defender and keeper, the ball hitting the opposition striker on the shins and flying into the net.

This really knocked the stuffing out of Sidmouth who then conceded a late penalty to go 4-1 down.

Sidmouth manager Rowe said: "It was disappointing to lose but we never gave in and, if we had taken our very good chances, it could have been a different story."

Man-of-the-Match: Tom Chaplin. Team: Hugh Cort, Toby Gigg, Neil Blake, Mark Badcock, Charlie Nicolle, Jean-Paul Staniforth, David Pugsley, Tom Chaplin, Jack Lewis, Craig Badcock, Tom Perryman Subs: Ian Rush, Joe Clarke, Alan Rowe.

l This week's match is at home to University 3rds (2.15).

By Alan Rowe

Devon & Exeter football Senior 2 Division

Exeter University 4, Sidmouth Town Res 1

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