Sidmouth Town Reserves get sixy with Colyton

Otterton at home to Kentisbeare. Ref shsp 40-16TI 9027. Picture: Terry Ife

Otterton at home to Kentisbeare. Ref shsp 40-16TI 9027. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Town Reserves ended their three match losing run with a terrific 6-2 Macron League Division One success at home to Colyton.

The visitors arrived at Manstone Lane sitting second having lost just twice to date in the league campaign, but by full-time they were well beaten and the Vikings had moved to with four points of them in the table.

In an entertaining contest it was Colyton who scored first netting with their opening attack when a long ball caught the Town back line napping!

In the early exchanges it was Colyton who were sharper to the ball as, yet again, doing the basics badly was the problem for the home side!

Things got worse for the Vikings as they shipped a second on 10 minutes when a straight forward throw in routine mesmerised the home defence. That seemed to be the ‘kick up then behind’ Town needed for they began to claw their way back into proceedings, enjoying long periods of possession and this saw chances created.

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Theo Burgess, Ollie Jarrett and Ollie Turton all went close before Turton tucked away his second chance. Ferenc Bodor, unusually quiet, did have the beating of his full back, and parity was restored when Will Jenkins rifled home a free-kick.

The Vikings regrouped at the interval and began to show the quality and confidence that was prominent earlier in the season

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Bodor scored the game’s fifth to put Town ahead for the first time. Now dominating, Town went searching for the fourth. However, in a rare counter-attack, a Colyton striker was brought down by Town glovesman Jack Burgess who swiftly atoned for his error, making a fine save from the penalty that was awarded for his indiscretion.

Five minutes later Burgess flung himself to his left and finger tipped the ball wide of the post to deny Colyton a third. Within minutes, that save was made all the more important as, at the other end of the pitch, Bodor netted his second to give Town a two goal lead. Jenkins, who by now had stamped his authority on the contest, saw a shot arrow its way into the net in stunning fashion before Kyle Bassett rounded off the scoring, flicking home at the near post

Tony Cox foolishly got a second yellow card two minutes from time to put a dampener on an otherwise excellent afternoon for the team.

One of the Town management team, Paddy Thomas, said: “We are delighted to get three points as Colyton were second in the table and have been on a good run in the league. Will Jenkins is a talented footballer, but can improve by getting a physical edge to his game.

“Jack Gibson made his second team debut and did well as he was one of three 16-year-olds that started the game with Ben Miller coming on later in the game. The youngsters are progressing well.”

Thomas continued: “The game was the final one of this season for Mike Pidgeon as he is leaving the UK.

“He will be sorely missed and the club say farewell and thank you for all his efforts for the club and we wish him all the best for the future.”

This Saturday (December 17) the Town second team travel to Lyme Regis (2.15pm).

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