Peacock entitled to be proud of his side


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WHAT a month March was for Sidmouth Town 3rd XI, who won every game they played in the league – and climbed to fourth in the Division Eight table.

With only four games to go they aren’t going to catch joint leaders Culm United or Wellington Town 3rd XI.

But manager Ian Peacock is entitled to feel pleased with the form of the side, which was set up as a pathway for players into first and second team football at the club.

Three away games in the league, and a tricky home game against Dunkeswell in the Golesworthy Cup, meant a tough month for Peacock’s men.

But the only game they lost was against Dunkeswell – and that went to extra time.

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The month opened with a 3-1 win at Bickleigh Reserves, who play at the delightfully named Happy Meadows ground.

It was certainly a happy hunting ground for Town as they won 5-1. Gary Bargery led the line well and Tim Jones made a promising debut at right-back. Man of the match was Joe Gosse.

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Joint leaders Wellington were defeated 5-4 in a real thriller, on a day when Sidmouth were without regular keeper Adam Bartlett and lynchpin Sam Marriott in midfield.

James Pearse and 16-year-old debutant Al Forsyth were the stand-out players.

It didn’t get any easier the following Saturday as the opposition were Culm United – winners in 17 of 18 starts and unbeaten at home all season.

Two goals from Mark Pavey gave Sidmouth victory – the winner coming on the end of a through ball from Forsyth.

Dunkeswell operate two divisions higher than Sidmouth – not that it was obvious at half-time, as the home team led 2-1.

Dan Corrick’s goal late goal put Sidmouth 3-2 up and surely into the second round?

Dunkeswell equalised five minutes from the end and went on to win 5-3 in extra time.

The team now has a break until April 11 when they visit Open Space International.

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