Great performance from role model Stamp

Sidmouth Town 1st XI, Dartington and Totnes

The Vikings pulled together to secure a great victory over a side that had thrashed them 6-1 away earlier this season.

Town have a growing team spirit and it was the home side that started the brighter. The visiting keeper was much busier and made a couple of point blank saves from Thomson and Burdus.

Town, with Andy Isaac making a long overdue reappearance from an injury, were dominating and, from a great cross from Pete Grover, the ball was cleared to the edge of the box. Mike Stamp rifled the ball through a packed area to put the Vikings 1-0 up.

Totnes just could not cope with the hosts playing some great one-touch football. Then, with the clock approaching half time, Totnes drew level when Luke Ashford’s fisted clearance was returned into the net to make it 1-1 half time.

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Totnes rallied after the break and peppered the Vikings’ goal totally dominating possession in a total reversal of the first half .

After Totnes hit the post and Ashford in goal had denied the visitors on a couple of occasions, the game was looking like the Vikings’ first draw of the season.

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Then, in the dying moments, veteran Mike Stamp pounced on a charged down shot to give the Vikings a vital three points that sees them climb one place in the table.

Manager Paddy Thomas said: “In the first half we were awesome and could have been 3-1 up at half time. Having said that, we could have lost the second half by the same margin. Positives were Andy Isaac returning and the team spirit is growing game by game. There are a lot of people really trying to make this club move onwards and upwards. Another three points are very welcome and I am pleased for the lads as they really are a great bunch.

“Finally, it was another fantastic performance from ‘Stampy’ who is a perfect role model for our youthful side.

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