Sidmouth Town Reserves out of Devon Senior Cup after Witheridge loss


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Sidmouth Town Reserves went down 3-1 at Witheridge.

The Vikings unbeaten run came to a halt as they exited the Devon Senior Cup on a disappointing afternoon at Edge Down Park. Town made a shaky start, but once they found their feet they enjoyed a period of pressure.

Scott Hughes could, and should, have opened the scoring, but failed to work the keeper on two separate occasions. Will Jenkins smashed a volley against the bar, but the home side carried a clear threat on the break.

In the second half there was a slight swing in proceedings as the hosts applied the pressure.

The Vikings concede three goals in a 15 minute spell during which time the Town heads noticeably dropped.

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Teenager Ben Miller headed home a consolation goal with five minutes remaining, but by then it was a case of too little too late for the Vikings.

Town joint boss Paddy Thomas said: “It was certainly a disappointing day for the team. We made a lot of chances, but failed to make the most of the opportunities that we created. Teams need to score when on top and we failed to do so.

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“What is a worry is that when heads dropped it did seem that some of the players were clueless in coming up with any answers to challenge the winning side

“They [Alphington], were solid, but nothing special. However, what they did do was take their chances and that was the difference on the day.”

This Saturday (November 12), Town Reserves entertain Alphington at Manstone Lane (2.15pm).

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