Vikings turn over Thorverton
PUBLISHED: 09:32 08 October 2010
Club bursting with teenage talent
Sidmouth Town have, for the first time this season, beaten a team which beat them last year. Thorverton, reigning champions, were a big target for manager Paul Ashford, and he was delighted with the 3-1 win.
“I knew it would show up how good we are and I am really pleased. We have a great bunch of players here, all wanting the same thing, all working hard,” he said.
While the average age of the club is spiralling downwards, there are still a few of what Ashford calls ‘the silver surfers’ and he says “they are a credit to themselves and the club. They show the youngsters that it’s not about age, it’s about committment and desire.”
Sidmouth went in at the break 1-0 up, thanks to a great goal from Ian Mortimore, and they came out firing after the break.
Kevin Dorman put Sidmouth 2-0 up with a great shot and Andy Isaac made it 3-0 with a terrific half volley.
Ashford knows that Sidmouth still have progress to make. They conceded a goal late in the game, but he was pleased to see how much that goal hurt the players.
“It is far too early to get excited, but we are a big club now and have everything going in our favour,” he said.
●This week the Vikings are in Devon Cup action at home to Plymouth side Mount Gould. If they can keep their discipline, the players will shine - and they will really need to keep it against a Plymouth side, and a cup match gives them something else to focus on.
Ashford added: “Mount Gould have been scoring a lot of goals so could prove a handful.”
Sidmouth 2nds bounced back from last week’s defeat by thumping Axminster 9-0 on their own patch.
The Vikings started well with Rory Weal and Craig Badcock bossing the midfield. Weal opened the scoring after a slick passing move after five minutes and the score was soon doubled when Jack Lewis latched onto a through ball to slip the ball under the advancing keeper.
Tom Perryman and Tim Lister were causing havoc in the wide positions and Perryman made it 3-0 with a well-taken goal after another flowing attack.
Jack Lewis got his second to put the Vikings into a well deserved 4-0 half time lead.
The 2nd half started with Sidmouth going for the jugular and three quick goals from Weal, Lewis and a Richard Lee header put the Vikings into a healthy lead. This gave Sidmouth the chance to bring on all three subs which kept the momentum going,
Weal completed his hat-trick with a well taken goal. Jack Lewis scored his fourth goal to finish the scoring.
There will be tougher tests ahead, but the pleasing thing was that Sidmouth kept a clean sheet and scored five second half goals, plus the fact that there were six 16/17 year olds involved which all looks good for the rest of the season.
Jack Lewis was Man of the Match.
● Sidmouth 2nds are away to The Royal Marines tomorrow.
Sidmouth v Axminster were: Craig Fitzhenry, Greg Chaplin, Nathan Brace, Richard Lee, Anthony Griffiths, Rory Weal, Craig Badcock, Tom Perryman, Tim Lister, Jack Lewis, Steve Brown.
Subs: Jules Hudson, Matt Colson, Alex Martin, Charlie Nicolle
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