Sidbury United looking for a better end to the year

Football flag. Ref exsp 7256-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Football flag. Ref exsp 7256-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Sidbury United are without a game tomorrow (November 14) and so will not now be in action again until next Saturday.

United have had a number of fixtures changed and so, instead of hosting unbeaten Topsham Town on November 21, they will now visit Newtown.

By the time the Byes Lane men next play they may well have slipped to the bottom of the Fresha League Premier Division.

That’s because this weekend the only two teams to sit below them, Beer Albion and Willand Rovers Reserves, are both in action with home games playing Exwick Villa and Newtown respectively.

It’s been a tough season so far for Jeremy Schofield and his side. Last year, their first time in the top flight after a promotion winning season the year before, proved to be an exceptional campaign, but this year players leaving, injuries and availability woes, things have not gone so well.

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In December, United face back-to-back games with Beer, a visit from Clyst Valley and a trip to high-flying Elmore.

Before those December engagements United have that November 21, visit to Newtown before an end-of-the-month Byes Lane meeting with Exwick Villa Reserves.

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The United boss has enjoyed success after success with his team in recent years so this season presents a different challenge.

He says: “It is a challenge, but that’s the thing about football.

You can quickly go from zero to hero and, of course, slip in the opposite direction. This season we have been hit with all sorts of problems as to why we have had such a difficult time. But it is not good moping about it. The fact is that we have to bite the bullet and get on with it.

The strange thing is that the nucleus of the squad, and certainly the back four, is as it was last season when, at the start of the campaign we kept clean sheets for fun. That’s why I remain confident that we have sufficient quality in the side to start us climbing up the table.”

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