Pitter marks Sidmouth Town return with winner at Totnes and Dartington

Otterton at home to Kentisbeare. Ref shsp 40-16TI 9034. Picture: Terry Ife

Otterton at home to Kentisbeare. Ref shsp 40-16TI 9034. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Town were single goal winners when they travelled to South Devon to meet Totnes and Dartington and it was the returning Rikki Pitter who scored the only goal of the contest.

Pitter rejoined Town in the days before the game having begun the season with Budleigh Salterton where he scored eight goals in a relatively short time.

Both Town and the hosts went into the contest wanting points for different reasons.

The hosts sought all three points to enable them to pull away from a potential relegation battle and Sidmouth needed the points to keep their seasons ambitions of breaking into the top six alive.

Both teams began in cagey fashion, creating very little in the way of clear cut chances in the opening 20 minutes.

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In the 35th minute a terrific right wing cross from Nathan Antat was met at the far post by the unrushing and unmarked Tyler Wellman. However, the Devon Under-18 midfielder placed his header over the bar.

With wingers Connor Swingler and Antat causing the home side some concerns, Town looked in control, but it was Totnes and Dartington who had the best chance of the first half.

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A direct free-kick was awarded 20 yards from goal after a ‘foul’ by Town centre back James Clampin.

The ball was delivered into the area with real pace, but the rejuvenated Jamie Harvey in the Vikings goal dived to his left at full stretch, palming the ball out for a corner.

After the break Town started with more tempo to their game and could, perhaps should, have taken a 50th minute lead when the experienced Shaun Densham snatched at his shot when well placed 18-uyards out and the ball sailed over the bar, much to the relief of the home management.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 65th minute when a free-kick was awarded to Town on the right flank, some 25 yards from goal.

The impressive Wellman strode up and delivered a teasing ball to the far post where Pitter climbed higher than anyone else to nod the ball past the home glovesman.

The home side replied well, threw caution to the wind, and put Town under extreme pressure for sustained periods.

However, the Vikings, with some superb defending from Kieran White, Clampin, Neil Pointing and Ollie Binion that saw the team to the final whistle and a first clean sheet away success of the league season.

Sidmouth From: Harvey, Binion, Newbery (C), Clampin, White, Swingler, Jones, Wellman, Antat, Pitter, Densham. Used Subs: Pointing, Burrows. Unused: Badcott and Dobinson

Star Man – Dan Jones.

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