Sidmouth Town all set for home cup tie with Plymouth side Navy Inn
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Sidmouth Town returned from their long trip to Appledore with a point that lifts them off the foot of the table after sharing six goals with their North Devon hosts.
The home side opened the scoring in the 12th minute when young Josh McLean in the Vikings’ goal could do nothing about a sweet half volley from 12-yards.
Town responded well and the impressive Jake Allen levelled things up just before the half hour mark when he showed good quick feet to skate around a couple of challenges before tucking the ball home.
That proved to be the end of the first half goal scoring and both sides will have felt during the interval, that the game was there to be won!
It was Ash Small who headed Town into a 2-1 lead on 60 minutes – the Vikings front man bravely getting his head to the ball seconds before the home glovesman did.
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However, with 20 minutes to play, Appledore evened things up with their second, courtesy of a fine individual goal from Jack Langford. Town regained the lead with an 80th minute goal that owed much to the individual excellence of Dan Evans, who found the back of the net from a tight angle.
Sadly, for the travelling Town support, that was not to be the end of the excitement for, in time added on at the end of the contest, a Mark Thorne header cannoned back off the upright and fell kindly to Langford who made no mistake from close range.
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Tomorrow (Saturday) Town are in Devon Premier Cup action when they entertain Plymouth and West Devon Premier League side The Navy Inn. The Plymouth-based outfit have been in sizzling form this season for, since an opening day 4-0 defeat at Mount Gould, they have won all six matches they have played scoring 34 goals and conceding just four!
Navy Inn clearly have two in-form goal scorers in the shape of Jack Presland and Alex Henniker.
Presland has 11 goals to date, including two hat-tricks and has scored in every game he has played - he missed the opening match but has been an ever-present since.
Alex Henniker also missed the opening day defeat, but he has already scored seven times including a hat-trick in the teams 8-1 league success at home to University of Plymouth last weekend.
They also met the University side in the opening round of the Devon Premier Cup, beating the students 6-0 to set up tomorrow’s visit to Manstone Lane, which kicks-off at 2pm.