Sidmouth Town net late winner at Liverton

A great shot of a soccer ball Doni and I shot with the rest of the sports stuff. Man, the sun was ho

A great shot of a soccer ball Doni and I shot with the rest of the sports stuff. Man, the sun was hot that day! - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Town manager Josh Stunell became his side’s seventh different goalkeeper this season when he took to the pitch to take over from the red carded Dan Stapleton in the game at Liverton United.

With 10 minutes remaining, Town were level at 1-1 when Stapleton was sent off for a foul that also resulted in a penalty that was rifled home to give Liverton the lead.

However, the sending-off clearly had a ‘light bulb’ moment for the Vikings who proceeded to serve up some of their finest football of the season to date as they hit back to level and then win all three points with the games fifth and final goal in the last minute.

Liverton scored first and held their lead until the 75th minute when Devon Under-18 player Ollie Jarrett struck with a wonderful effort from 20-yards.

Five minutes later came the Stapleton red card, leading to Stunell’s appearance between the sticks.

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Town proceeded to see out the game playing some terrific football and deservedly levelled in the 84th minute before taking all three points thanks to an 89th minute Jordan Bastin goal.

Stunell was quite candid when he said post match: “We have not played worse than that all season. That said, we have been bereft of luck this season so perhaps we got a few football nets worth of luck at Liverton.

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“They were the better side, make no mistake about that, but, the sending-off seemed to be the ‘light bulb’ moment for us as we just clicked over those last 10 minutes to serve up some simply outstanding all-round play. “

Tomorrow (Saturday) sees the Vikings in Manstone Lane action with the visit of Teignmouth Town.

The Vikings look to be at full strength and Stunell says: “It’s time we had teams worrying about us rather than the other way round.”

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