HAVING secured the right to play in South Eastern District One for another season, Sidmouth set out to enjoy themselves against struggling East Devon at Lympstone.
HAVING secured the right to play in South Eastern District One for another season, Sidmouth set out to enjoy themselves against struggling East Devon at Lympstone. Recent weeks have seen the team face some tough fixtures, including games against four of the top five sides. To start with in this game they made heavy weather of it. Although there were early chances, with both Chris Slattery and Ben Gibson causing problems for the East Devon defence, there were no goals. It took a controlled strike from veteran Chris Olive to give Sidmouth the advantage. However, that was the only goal of the half but Sidmouth clearly had the better of the game. At the interval, the team talk centred on playing a passing game. With the two fast youngsters at the front, and East Devon's defenders relying on their own experience rather than their pace, swift passing play into space was always going to pressurise the home side. The goals started to flow soon after the restart when Andrew Coley had a simple tap in after the keeper's initial save. Ben Gibson claimed a goal when he connected with a cross from the left and Coley scored his second after a good run from Slattery through the defence. Stewart Vincent then got in on the act with a good strike part way into the D and Coley completed his hat-trick with a reverse stick shot after the East Devon defence failed to clear a firm cross. Vincent completed the scoring with his second of the match. Sidmouth have their final game of the season at home against ECV Hornets who are still fighting to stay in the division. The match starts at noon on the artificial pitch at Sidmouth College.