Sidmouth and Ottery football news

New signings at Ottery

Manager Dane Bunney has made 4 new signings for Ottery St Mary this week, Ben Ferguson [Vospers], Craig Roberts [Elburton Villa], Michael Burke [Liskeard Athletic] and Simon Parnell [Plymouth Parkway]. Keeper Tony Ali has been retained from last season, and will be the club captain.

Bunney is very close to finaslising the squad and hopes to acheive this by the weekend.

Ottery St Mary will be playing an extra pre-season friendly v Marines [away] Wed, July 28, 6.45pm

?St Nicholas School, Sidmouth, completed an excellent year of football by winning the Exeter World Cup tournament organised by Exeter City and Stagecoach. Sixteen sides from and around the city competed together, each assigned a world cup nation to represent.

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On a hot, still and stifling day St Nicks, representing the footballing haven of Honduras, were untypically fast out of the blocks, winning their first two group, games 5-0 and 6-0 respectively.

Connor Murphy and Harvey Sargent were on target bagging the majority of the goals. The third match against a strong Alphington side was tougher and, despite two goals from Roel Ruigrok, the Sidmouth based side lost 3-2. Other results in the Group went their way however and they progressed to the semi’s.

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In the semi-final they met the Exeter-based St Nicks school. The team were quickly 1-0 down but dogged determination, with Ollie Jarrett and Jamie Newberry the pick of the bunch, and two wonder strikes from Ben Miller, the team made it through.

Holland stood between the Hondurans and cup glory. Early signs were bad, with two early goals on the counter from the Honiton opponents leaving St Nick’s reeling.

Ollie Jarrett’s fine finish gave the team hope and Joe Miller came off the bench to score an impressive individual goal, dancing from halfway through the defence.

With the scores level at full time, the match was decided by a penalty shoot out.

The keepers had the best of the shoot out saving six penalties. Sargent and Jarrettt scored for St Nick’s before a flying save from keeper Tyler Hillier won the day and started the celebrations.

?WORLD CUP final assistant referee Mike Mullarkey from Exeter is well known on the local league circuit and has been sharing his South African experience with schoolchildren.

Mike, who refereed Sidbury’s charity match with Exeter City last season, made his football league debut in 1998-99 as assistant ref in a match between Bournemouth and Millwall and went on to officiate in the Premier League, officiating internationally for the first time in 2006. Mike, 39, began his refereeing career in the Devon and Exeter League and then progressed to the Western League in 1994.

He visited schoolchildren in Stoke Canon recently where they quizzed him about how it felt to issue yellow and red cards in the final. He described his experience at the World Cup and explained that if you break rules in school, you must expect a punishment and that it is the same in football.

?HAYDEN ROLLASON TROPHY: Ottery St Mary FC beat Sidbury 5-0 on Saturday with goals from McDiarmid, Parnell, 2, Easton and Roberts.

In the final, on Sunday, Ottery lost to Sandhurst Town FC of the Combined Counties League 4-3. On this occasion the goals were scored by Parnell, Easton and Carpanini.

?Ottery St Mary AFC require a linesman and a physio to complete their match day support team.

Please contact Clare Walker (Secretary) 07929 534277 or Brian Barnden (Chairman) 07891 243944 for more information.

?Exeter City’s Football in the Community Trust are pleased to announce their forthcoming Soccer Schools for this summer holidays.

The activities will be delivered all across Devon and Somerset and are an ideal way to stay active this summer in conjunction with your local professional football club.

Courses include Soccer Roadshows, weekly Tiny Tots Clubs, Search for a Star days and Specialist Goalkeeper and Strikers’ events.

All details can be found on our new online shop at or call 01392 255611 for further information.

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