Sidmouth Town first team call-up for Hughes


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Sidmouth Town are back in action after last weekend’s ‘day off’ when they travel to Stoke Gabriel (2.15pm).

Vikings boss Josh Stunell was unhappy after the game when he said: “We were below poor and certain players need to take a long hard look at themselves. The general performance was not good enough and the frustrating thing is that we are better, much better, than what we collectively showed against a decent side.”

He continued: “They [Stoke Gabriel], are the best side we have played this season bar none. They are a quality outfit with strength in all areas. That should play into our hands as we need a response from our last outing. Given the quality of this Stoke side, to get a result at their place would certainly go some way to erasing the memory of the Torridgeside match.”

Teenagers Scott Hughes and Joe Miller will both be included in the first team for the game.

Stunell says: “Opportunity knocks for the pair now. They deserve the chance and, having worked hard this season, they are ste to get it.”

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he continued: “Based on what we saw of Stoke at our place what we are going to need down there this Saturday is 10 outfield players who all can - and want to - put a full shift in for the cause. Lads like Scott ansd Joe are very capable of doing just that and certainly both have something to offer the squad.”

The South Devon side thumped the Vikings 4-0 when the pair met at Manstone Lane as recently as October 29.

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Since that match Stoke Gabriel have lost 1-0 at Newton Abbot, drawn 1-1 at Exwick, thumped Totnes and Dartington 6-0 at home and, most recently, bagged a 2-1 home win over Liverton.

The Stoke home record is good; they have been beaten just once in their eight home games so far, that being a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Brixham on August 24.

The South Devon side are seemingly porous in defence though as they have managed just two clean sheets in eight outings at home.

Town were last in action on the final Saturday of November when they were thumped 5-1 at Manstone Lane by Torridgeside.

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