Sidmouth Town match at Axminster washed out after 30 minutes

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Sidmouth Town were involved in the only game to see any action across the three divisions of the South West Peninsula League on a second successive soggy January Saturday.

The Vikings played 38 minutes of their match at Axminster Way before the match official decided enough was enough.

Up to the point of the abandonment neither side had scored whilst the conditions were deteriorating from what had been ‘just about playable’ at kick-off to ‘farcical’ after half-an-hour.

The final straw seemed to be when Ben Turner of Axminster Town fired a shot towards the Vikings’ goal that would have ended up in the back of the net had it not been kept out by surface water!

Sidmouth Town boss Josh Stunell said: “I felt on the way to Tiger Way that we’d be lucky to see any action. At 3pm (kick-off) it was just about playable, though ‘borderline’ is probably a more apt description of the surface at that point. It was a great effort by the Axminster ground staff to have got us that far. Then, as the rain fell to make things just about farcical, it became apparent that the game was never going to see itself out!”

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The match will now be played at a later date. Axminster was one of just three venues to stage Fresha League football with the Tiger Way second team pitch holding up well to allow the home club’s third team to share two goals with Witheridge thirds.

The only other action was at Newton Poppleford where the ground that had been the only one to deliver a match seven days before, again beat the elements to allow Kentisbeare Reserves to win 4-1 in a Division Nine meeting with the Popples reserves.

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The Fluxton versus Axminster Town Reserves match which had been due to be played at Tipton St John, was switched to the 3G pitch at Axminster Community College and there Fluxton were beaten 4-0.

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