Vikings net six to end any lingering worries

PUBLISHED: 10:19 27 April 2018

Sidmouth Town showed their true colours in Wednesday night’s South West Peninsula League Eastern Division game at Alphington, a fixture they won 6-2 to end any lingering fears of a bottom two finish this season.

The Vikings were irresistible as they raced into a five goal lead before shipping a couple, but then having the last word to richly deserve the three points.

Town travelled to Exeter for the game knowing that defeat would not only bring the Alphas to within touching distance of them in the table, but also give hope to the bottom two clubs – Liverton and Galmpton and Roselands – in their respective bids to beat the drop!

Ryan Davies headed Town into the lead before a Connor Swingler strike doubled the advantage.

A Tony Cox free-kick sailed into the net to leave the Town dressing room a very happy place at the break as they sat and contemplated a first half of complete dominance. The Town control continued after the break and it was no surprise when they added to their lead with a Ferenc Bodor goal.

The fifth goal was certainly a stunner and may even end up as the Sidmouth Town ‘Goal of the Season’!

Nathan Antat had the ball arrive at his feet some 40 yards from goal and he executed the sweetest of half volleys, catching the ball perfectly to leave it arrowing into the net to nestle in the top corner!

Alphington, who never stopped battling and working hard, hit back with a couple of goals, but Town had the final say on the evening as Ben Farringdon drilled home a spot kick to complete the scoring.

A delighted Town boss Josh Stunell said: “It was one of those nights when everything clicked into place.

“For once we took the chances that came our way. Indeed, it was probably a case of having eight opportunities and taking six of them and that has been a real issue for us this season, but it all came good for us at the right time.”

He continued: “To be fair, they [Alphington] did look a little ‘leggy’ as they had played on Monday night and our game plan was built around a high-tempo start to exploit any tiredness in the home ranks.”

With regard to the bigger picture and the season drawing to an end, Stunell says: “The win at Alphington was so typical of our season. We really have not played that badly this season.

“The large majority of our defeats have been by a single goal and in many of those matches it really was a case of had we taken chances we’d have taken one, and often three points from the games.”

Town have three to play in their league campaign, starting with tomorrow’s Manstone Lane meeting with Galmpton and Roselands.

Stunell says: “We need to stay focussed and look to end the season on a high. It would be great for all concerned if we can win all three final matches.”

Kick-off at Manstone Lane tomorrow is 3pm.

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