Sidmouth Town looking to end season with win in North Devon

Sidmouth at home to Budleigh. Ref shsp 53-16TI 4605. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth at home to Budleigh. Ref shsp 53-16TI 4605. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Town head for Torridgside on Saturday to contest their final South West Peninsula League Eastern Division match of the campaign.

Far from it being a ‘run-of-the-mill’ outing, Town boss Josh Stunell is keen for his team to finish with a good display.

He says: “Ironically, at the end of what has been a frustrating campaign inn terms of availability, we travel to North Devon with one of the strongest squads we have fielded all season.

“That’s good though, for it means we can hopefully end the term on a high, something I am very keen to do. When we played them [Torridgeside] earlier in the campaign I thought they looked a real quality outfit and am surprised that they have fallen out of the title race to finish mid-table.

“For our part, I am very keen that we go out in some style. We are going up in a bus and, win, draw or lose we will be in it together from first whistle to last and then again for a beer after the match.”

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Elsewhere on Saturday, across the Eastern Division, there is one game that Stunell admits, were his team not in action, he’d be watching.

He explained saying: “The Exwick Villa versus Budleigh Salterton game looks a real prospect with both sides needing a positive result to stay up.

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“For my part I am wanting Budleigh to get the point that will keep them up for they are a derby fixture for us and that means a good Manstone Lane turnout when we meet them.

“If Budleigh can stay up and Honiton Town go on to get promoted we stand to have a number of very attractive local derby matches next season.”

In terms of his own teams season, Stunell says: “It’s the end of our third camapign together and I have been pleased to see us come from perneial; bottom two or three to mid-table and so now is the time for us to say goodbye to consolidation and hello, nest year, to a genuine top six bid.

“If we can keep all our players and add the couple more nuggets of quality I feel we need - then I am very confident that we can make the next step.”

He continued: “The one thing this group of players at Town this term have in abundance is honesty and I woudl love to think that next season we can operate with the sort of squad size that Martin Rogers has done so well with at Tiverton Town.

“Yes, that’s a level or two higher again, but he has used 18 and look where they are - we have used 30 plus and it tells its own story. But let’s see if we can go out with a win.

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