Sidmouth Town face Feniton in Morrison Bell last four


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Sidmouth Towns South West Peninsula League Eastern Division season may be over, but the Manstone Lane men still have work to do with a visit to Ottery St Mary on Tuesday night (May 12).

The Vikings take on Fresha League Premier Division runners-up Feniton in the semi-finals of the Morrison Bell Cup.

Whoever wins the Tuesday night match will face either Sidbury United or Upottery – they meet the following night at the same venue – in the final.

Looking ahead to the game, Town boss Josh Stunell said: “They (Feniton) will want to beat us, of that I have no doubt. That said, we are keen to end the season on a high and, if we are to do that with a cup final appearance to boot, then we’ll need to be at our best on Tuesday night. We are going to be at full strength and I expect us to serve up a good all-round display.”

With regard to the league campaign Stunell said: “At the start of the season we sat down and drew up a three-year plan. We said back in August that for this season to be deemed a success we’d need, at the least, to finish mid-table and also reach the semi-final of a cup competition. Thus far it is very much a case of mission accomplished!”

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He continued: “We have ended the league season with the team in its highest ever place in the Eastern Division, having accumulated the highest number of points by the club in a season. At Christmas, it did need a rethink and we changed the squad and reaped the benefit over the second half of the campaign.”

With regard to next season, Stunell says: “A huge plus for me is that this coming pre-season we will be in a much healthier position than from 12 months before. We have the nucleus of a good squad, have some cracking youngsters who have now been bloodied in the team and, with a little squad tinkering, we’ll be able to get stuck into next season from the first match day.”

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Stunell rounded things off saying: “I am not one of those managers who is happy with mid-table, but, in terms of our three year plan, a mid-table finish this time round is more than acceptable. We will however, target bigger and better things at Manstone Lane next season.”

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