Sidmouth Town end league season on a high
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Sidmouth Town made it four games without defeat as they ended their season on a high, beating Galmpton United 1-0.
The victory means that the Vikings end the campaign with four more points than they had in the previous campaign.
Sidmouth started at an electric pace with the midfield of, the outstanding Tyler Wellman, Ollie Binion and Dan Evans pressing the visitors into making mistakes.
The game’s first scoring opportunity fell on 20 minutes when teenager Wellman, unmarked at the far post, saw his header well saved by former Torquay United stopper Kenny Griffiths in the Galmpton goal. Sidmouth maintained the pressure with a good tempo to their game, but found Griffiths in good form, marshalling his back line well and dealing expertly with all crossed balls.
The Vikings changed their formation at half-time in a bid to stretch the game even further the change worked! By the hour mark Galmpton looked exhausted and struggled to keep up with the Vikings, who had their usual of complement five teenagers in the side, were turning the screw.
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The game’s decisive moment came with 20 minutes remaining when 17-year-old striker Jamie Orchard headed home a Ben Farrington free-kick.
Galmpton did have a couple of long range efforts that were comfortably dealt with by Alex Bowring in the Vikings goal.
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A delighted Town boss Josh Stunell said: “: “To be fair I felt they (Galmpton) were in end-of-season mode and they had nothing to play for, but my young team wanted to wrap the season up well and they did just that. It’s performances like this that one, make us realise that we are not that far off being a top six side like today’s opponents and, two, the overall performance has made us rethink the original plan of bringing in a number of new faces in the summer. A show like this augers so well for our future and indeed gave us plenty of food for thought during the summer months as we plot next season’s campaign.”