Sidmouth Town boss on Villa draw and Boxing Day game

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Town boss Josh Stunell spoke once the dust had settled on the Vikings 2-2 draw with Exwick Villa at Manstone Lane.

Stunell said: “It was a fair result. All credit to them [Exwick Villa], they really came at us and had a right go. To be fair I have always said that you cannot win football matches by looking at table positions.

“The fact that Villa pitched up at our place scratching around for wins counted for nothing once the first whistle went.

“We actually played well and I’d go as far as to say that we have played teams worse than that – and beaten them, that’s how highly I regard the Villa performance.”

Stunell continued: “I was delighted to get Glen [Gould] playing. For me now the task is to find the role that most suits him. He showed us the terrific range of passing that he has in his locker. I think we need him playing in a more advanced role for his pass selection is the sort that can unlock the tightest of defences.


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“The problem I have, and this is meant with no disrespect to any of my other players, is that Glen does see things in-play on a much quicker basis than most of those around him. That said, he will help develop still further some of the younger players who will play with at the club.”

Another to catch the eye in the game was Ollie Binion of whom the Town chief said: “Ollie [Binnion] was superb. He worked up and down the right all game and caused plenty of problems.”

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There was one other player to draw praise from the Vikings boss, but he was in opposition colours! Stunell explained saying: “Their keeper Zac Lee was outstanding. In the last 20 minutes, when we threw everything, but the kitchen sink at them, he [Lee] saved them time and again. It was a master class in goal keeping from that lad.”

On Boxing Day, the Vikings entertain Budleigh Salterton in an East Devon derby that kicks-off at 11am.

Stunell says: “It’ll be similar fare to the Villa game. They [Budleigh] have had some poor results in the past month, but that will count for nothing come 11am Boxing Day morning.

“I’ll look into the lads eyes and see who is telling me they are ‘up for it’, I’ll know, I’ll recognise it. Those that are up for it – because it will be a scrap, make no mistake about that - will play, those that aren’t won’t!”

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