Newbery shows his leadership skills with slick performance wearing Town arm band

Sidmouth Town against Teignmouth. Ref shsp 16-17TI 9602. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Town against Teignmouth. Ref shsp 16-17TI 9602. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Town boss Josh Stunnell got the improved performance he was looking for against visiting Teignmouth, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a 2-0 defeat.

Jamie Newbery was given the captain’s armband as the management believed the teenage centre-back would thrive under the responsibility.

Newbery put in a terrific performance that saw him perform at an even higher than normal level, dominant and vocal throughout, with natural leadership skills.

The talented Newbery was a class above on the day.

Sidmouth started well with Matt Clenahan and Ryan Davies providing bags of energy in the midfield as they kept former Exeter City pro Geoff Breslan at bay.

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On 15 minutes, Cameron Vere thought he had scored; after curling a terrific effort goal wards the shot took a deflection and looked over the line. The back-pedalling Teigns keeper hooked the ball away to safety.

Against the run of play Teignmouth were awarded a soft free-kick 20 yards out after Ben Farrington was deemed to have challenged for the ball illegally. Breslan showed some real class by whipping the ball into the goal, 0-1.

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Sidmouth created numerous of chances with Vere and Jamie Orchard testing the home keeper.

On the 35th the minute the visitors were awarded a penalty after Matt Colson left a lazy leg out and tripped the attacking forward. Breslen smashed the penalty past Alex Bowring.

Twenty seconds into the second half Sidmouth were denied a goal by a scrambled clearance on the Teignmouth line. Newbery should have scored on 70 minutes when Tyler Wellman delivered a fabulous corner, which the unmarked skipper at the far post headed wide.

Teignmouth had a couple of speculative efforts that Bowring fielded well.

When Sidmouth cleared a corner, the ball broke to Swingler who went to pass to the unmarked Joe Gosse who was 18 yards out of goal.

Swingler fluffed his shot and the ball was cleared.

Sidmouth are at home to Totnes and Dartington this Saturday.

There is bank holiday action for Town too as they are due to visit bottom side Okehampton Argyle.

And on Wednesday night the Vikings are back at Manstone to face Exwick Villa (6.45pm).

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