Reserves rise to challenge

PUBLISHED: 10:30 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:09 17 June 2010



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SIDMOUTH Town Reserves entertained a 'capacity' crowd at Manstone Lane when they took on Morchard Bishop in a frost-free Senior 2 fixture.

SIDMOUTH Town Reserves entertained a 'capacity' crowd at Manstone Lane when they took on Morchard Bishop in a frost-free Senior 2 fixture. And the spectators were treated to a top drawer display from the Vikings' second string who benefited from the addition of three players - Chris Duchenski, Andy Thompson and keeper Mike Warburton. "Morchard were the best team we have played so far this season," said manager Alan Rowe. "And although it was a 0-0 draw, it was a really entertaining match, I really enjoyed watching it." Rowe was buoyed up by the performance, having been left wondering exactly why he had taken on the manager's role seven days earlier, when the team lost 6-0 in a dire match against Civil Service. This time was a good team effort from the Vikings with Tom Chaplin winning a lot of headers in midfield and John Paul Staniforth and Charlie Nicholle playing their best games of the season. And the Reserves were unlucky not to scoop all the points as Chaplin got on the end of a cross from the left and headed home but his shot was ruled out as offside by the linesman. Rowe added: "It was one of those cases when I was sure he had started his run on-side, but that's football!" Rowe was full of praise for keeper Mike Warburton - pictured below: "His experience told. He talks a lot, wants the ball, and he gives confidence to the defenders. He hasn't played much this season, but I was happy to field him when he said he could play." This week the Reserves are away to Dawlish Town, a side whose form has picked up recently. Rowe is hoping that he and 1st XI boss Paul Ashford have their strongest squad of the season so far to pick from. Enthusiasm at the club is on a high with 28 players turning out for training midweek, despite the current flu bug doing the rounds. Greg Outram and Mark Badcock also look likely to be available. l The Reserves were: Mike Warburton, Toby Gigg, Sam Hammett, John Paul Staniforth, Charlie Nicholle, Andy Thompson, Chris Duchenski, Neil Blake, Tom Chaplin, Craig Badcock and Jack Lewis. l Sidmouth 1st XI are home to Heavitree Social Utd, kicking off at 2.15pm.l The Met Office forecast for the weekend is dry and chilly on Saturday with bright spells, becoming milder as rain spreads across the region later Sunday and Monday with strong and gusty southwesterly winds.REACH FOR IT: Goalkeeper Mike Warburton shows why manager Alan Rowe is such a fan. Pic: contributed.

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