Sidmouth Town Reserves go nap as Bodor impresses


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Sidmouth Town Reserves were 5-0 winners when they met West Exe Rovers in a Fresha League One game at Sidford.

With the Vikings senior side also at home it meant the Reserves switching from the wide spaces at Manstone Lane to a much small playing area.

It was a risk, but any fears the smaller than usual pitch would cause problems were quickly allayed as the Vikings made a terrific start.

The West Exe glovesman was quickly into the thick of the action making two superb saves to twice deny Ferenc Bodor. Bodor did beat the goalkeeper in the 15th minute when he took advantage of some fine build-up play by Riki Pitter.

Bodor doubled his tally within minutes after good pressure on the keeper resulted in an open goal for the Hungarian goal-machine.

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Town applied more pressure and Mike Stamp went close on two occasions – (mind you he had constant trouble with his studs and will need to make sure before the next game he has the right length of stud in place!)

Stud woes apart it was Stamp who added the third goal, arriving bang on time to tuck away a pin-point cross from Bodor. That saw Town into a 3-0 half-time lead.

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The visitors began the second period well and Town struggle to match the high tempo game they had played in the first 45 minutes.

However, as bright as the West Exe approach was they rarely threatened Dec Lines in the home goal.

Lines was a virtual spectator throughout, but did distribute the ball intelligently when called into action.

A couple of changes seemed to unsettle the Vikings and frustration got the better of the home side as possession was given up far too easily!

In the final quarter Jake Sellick tapped home at the far post and the scoring was completed when the impressive Stamp added his second - reacting first to a loose ball in the penalty area. Lines was called into action in the dying minutes with a great one-handed save to protect a clean sheet.

Town Reserves boss Paddy Thomas said: “On what was a difficult surface the team ought to have scored more than the five they did get. However, a combination of their keeper’s fine game and a poor choice of pass from our lads, kept the contest interesting going into the final third. One huge plus is that we are currently able to call on a strong squad.”

On Saturday the team make the short trip to Greenway Lane, Budleigh for an East Devon derby meeting with Budleigh Salterton Reserves (3pm).

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