Orchard stunner sinks Newton Spurs


Goal! - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Town ended Newton Abbots excellent run of form that had seen them suffer just a single defeat across their previous seven games when they beat them 2-0, and on their own pitch too.

For the second week running the Vikings set off at high tempo. They dominated both territory and possession and looked set to be the first to score.

However, it was the home side that conjured up the first real threat at either end when a curling effort that was heading for the top corner of the net was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Vikings’ glovesman Dec Lines.

That proved to he the home side’s only effort on goal as Town pushed them deeper and deeper and began to threaten the Spurs goal at will with teenager Connor Swingler causing all manner of problems for the hosts.

A patient Sidmouth kept knocking on the door and were eventually rewarded five minutes before the break when Cameron Vere received a clever through-ball from Dave Green and took in his stride before rifling it past Spurs’ goalkeeper Neil Comerford.

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What ever was said in the home dressing during half-time had an effect for Spurs were much brighter in the second half. Spurs, who in midweek had bagged a place in the Devon Premier Cup final after a 1-0 win over Teignmouth Town, piled on the pressure, but they found the Town defensive pairing of the youthful Jamie Newbery and the experienced Anthony Griffiths not prepared to give an inch!

It was a master class in the art of central defensive play from the pair.

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On 68 minutes Ben Farrington saw his fierce shot fly inches wide of the mark, but six minutes later the points were sealed with a goal of genuine class!

Devon Under-18 striker Jamie Orchard opened his account for the Vikings with a volley from 25-yards that was nestling in the back of the nest before Comerford completed his attempted save!

The goal will certainly be ‘up there’ when consideration is given to the Town ‘goal of the season’!

Town boss Josh Stunell was delighted with his teams efforts. He said: “The lads were terrific. I had seen this sort of collective performance coming in recent games and now that they have delivered the trick is to produce similar on a consistent basis. If they do that then they’ll become a real handful for clubs at this level.”

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