Sidmouth Town Reserves deliver fine all-round show to see off Alphington

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Sidmouth Town Reserves banked another three Macron League Division One points with a 4-2 Manstone Lane win in an entertaining encounter at Manstone.

Within minutes of the game starting, Will Jenkins opened the scoring when his ball into the box deceived everyone and ended up in the net!

Almost immediately, at the other end of the pitch, Vikings glovesman Adam Bartlett pulled off a great save to deny the Alphas an equaliser.

Ferenc Bodor was causing the visitors all kinds of problems with his energy and pace, but all too often his final pass undid all his good work.

Scott Hughes was impressive in his front running role and it was from his left foot cross, after quick thinking from the excellent Damien Armes, that gave Callum Cross the opportunity to tap in at the far post. The Exeter side also scored in the first half and Town trooped off at the break with a 2-1 lead.

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The second half saw the Vikings dominate for a 20 minute spell with Bodor working down the left and youngster Cross providing a real threat on the right

With Mike Pidgeon outstanding at the back, the general football made for good viewing for the Manstone Lane faithful.

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Town felt they should have had a penalty when a goal bound Jenkins effort was clearly handled on the line. However, everyone, bar the most important man with the whistle saw it and the expectant spot kick and red card were not forthcoming, much to the consternation of the home dug out!

Driven on by a sense of injustice, Town continued to press forward and, from a delightful Anthony Griffiths through ball, Bodor raced clear and drilled the ball home to make it 3-1.

Minutes later Jenkins added his second and Towns fourth with a close range header.

Alphington, to their credit, struck back as poor marking saw two unmarked players attacking a far post ball too make it 4-2.

There was still time in the match for Jenkins, Cross, Hughes and Bodor to spurn opportunities to make the winning margin much healthier.

Town second team joint boss Paddy Thomas said: “The lads bounced back from last week’s disappointment and showed a desire to push the visitors back.

“We witnessed two young sides with a couple of experienced players that played their part in a good game played in the right manner.”

This Saturday (November 19), the team travel to Exmouth Town for an East Devon derby for a 2.15pm kick-off.

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