Sidmouth Town Reserves below par show banks them a point against Wellington

Otterton at home to Kentisbeare. Ref shsp 40-16TI 9034. Picture: Terry Ife

Otterton at home to Kentisbeare. Ref shsp 40-16TI 9034. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Town Reserves took a point from a 2-2 draw with Wellington Town at Manstone Lane.

It was not the best performance of the season from the Vikings’ second team, indeed it was, at times, lethargic.

A dismal opening period was made worse when Mike Pidgeon was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball on the goal line. The penalty was duly despatched to leave Town a goal down.

Within minutes the lead was doubled when awful defending saw their striker in yards of space in the penalty area and he calmly slotted the ball home.

At the other end of the pitch Kyle Blair fluffed his lines when presented with a couple of decent chances and half-time arrived with the home side two down.

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A half-time word – or three – clearly did the trick for the Vikings began the second half by taking the game to the visitors. Ferenc Bodor eventually found his way into the action and Rikki Pitter began to orchestrate things as Town started to dominate, but without playing to their strengths.

All too often the final ball was poor and it was spread evenly throughout the team

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Pitter got the all important first goal when he rifled home a direct free-kick.

This seemed to bring renewed confidence to the home side and, just past the hour mark, Matt Colson volleyed in from Bodor’s corner. The Somerset side were now on the ropes, but the Vikings could not find a winner and a draw was probably as much as they deserved.

Town coach Paddy Thomas said: “The players need to realise you must prepare properly and play for 90 minutes. This was certainly a very disappointing performance in possession of the ball. The passing was awful and it was embarrassing at times!

“Credit to the players for we asked at the interval for a response and they clawed their way back into the game to claim a valuable point.”

Tomorrow (October 29), the team travel to University (3pm).

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