Sidmouth stalemate in 0-0 draw with Plymstock United

Sidmouth at home to Stoke Gabriel. Photo by Terry Ife ref shsp 5482-34-13TI Toorder your copy of thi

Sidmouth at home to Stoke Gabriel. Photo by Terry Ife ref shsp 5482-34-13TI Toorder your copy of this photograph go to and click on myphotos24 - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Town 0, Plymstock United 0 The Vikings took a deserved share of the spoils from an SWP League Eastern Division contest played out on a blustery but sunny afternoon at Manstone Lane.

The visitors looked the sharper in the early exchanges, but, despite plenty of endeavour, they were unable to fashion any serious threat to the Vikings goal.

Indeed, the first action for either glovesman came when the visitors stopper had to be at full stretch to deny a well struck shot from Tony Cox.

Further efforts from the tireless frontmen Dan Norman and Jimmy Lee Shaw saw the Vikings dominate the chances count, but unusually, not the game. Jack Burgess in the home goal was rarely troubled, but was called upon to tip over a well struck free kick and then collect the resultant corner in an opening half that was largely uninspiring.

Sam Baker was introduced at the start of the second half and the home side began to find a good rhythm. Norman and Shaw continued to be a thorn in the side of the visitors, but despite the build-up play deserving one, a goal was not forth coming.

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An unfortunate injury to Bakers shoulder ended his game so Matt Rasmussen was brought on to see if he could find the target, within minutes he was played through and the United keeper did well to bravely smother his attempt, further chances went begging with Shaw and Alex Raistrick both missing the target when through on goal.

Sidmouth were left to rue a host of missed chances as the game ended without the scoreboard being altered.

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Vikings boss Paddy Thomas said: “We did not play well to be honest, but created enough chances to have won the game comfortably! A clean sheet is a positive, but, for me this is certainly two points dropped. We have a large squad with plenty of competition for places and some new faces, many of whom are untried at this level and that needs time so that players can bed in and adjust to the game. One thing I know is going to happen and that is that we will continue to show improvement.”

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