Sidmouth Chiefs and their first game of a new year

Sidmouth 2nds away at Honiton. Ref shsp 48 17TI 3819. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth 2nds away at Honiton. Ref shsp 48 17TI 3819. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth begin a new year on Saturday (January 6) with a Western Counties (W) trip to Paignton, but how have the Chiefs fared in the first game of a new year in recent campaigns?

Twelve months ago, on January 7, the Chiefs were 39-12 victors at the Blackmore against visiting Wadebridge Camels. That proved to be one of just three wins in the opening game of a new year since 2010.

Just like they will this Saturday, back in the 2009/10 campaign – one that saw Sidmouth Chiefs plying their trade in Tribute South West One (W) – they also started the year with a meeting against Paignton, but this one was at home and the visitors ended the match as victors to the tune of a 14-13 score line.

The first game of 2016 was a Western Counties (W) match at home to Cullompton that saw the Mid Devon men win 27-10, but the first game of 2015 saw the Chiefs win 34-26 at Torquay Athletic.

Twelve months before, on January 11, 2014, Chiefs went down 46-15 at St Austell, and they also lost their first outing of 2013, beaten 26-14 at Wadebridge Camels.

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The first game of 2013 did not take place until the final Saturday of January as a hard – and wet – winter, led to multiple early year match day cancellations.

There was success for the Chiefs in their first game of 2012, a 19-14 win at Cullompton on the first Saturday of the year and, in 2011, they began the year with a trip to Old Redcliffians that saw them lose 34-14.

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It remains to be seen how the Chiefs fare in their opening game of 2018, but hopefully we shall be reporting on a seventh successive win for the team after their visit to Paignton.

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