Sidmouth Town Reserves win - but need a half-time reality check!

Sidmouth Town 2nds at home to Lympstone. Ref shsp 09-16TI 1692. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Town 2nds at home to Lympstone. Ref shsp 09-16TI 1692. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Reserves finally got onto the Manstone Lane surface upon which they saw off Lympstone 6-2 to bank three more points in their Fresha League One campaign.

Despite the score line manager Paddy Thomas was not too pleased. He said: “A perfect playing surface should have produced a quality performance. However, and most unfortunately too many players clearly, on the day, lacked the basics of desire, determination and commitment. That gave Lympstone energy to make it a contest, something it perhaps ought not to have been!”

Within five minutes Town were 1-0 down as players watched the opposition run through the static home team. The visiting keeper made a string of saves to frustrate Town as they sought an equaliser. On the half hour mark Riki Pitter expertly found the top corner with a left footed effort and five minutes before half-time Mike Stamp rose above everyone to head downwards and found the same corner of the net to make it 2-1. However, Lympstone obviously hadn’t read the script, for they deservedly drew level on the stroke of half-time.

After a few home truths were dished out by the Town management at the break, the second half saw the home senior players take control and there was a significantly improved performance across the pitch for the second 45 minutes!

Bodor was instrumental in the recovery, scoring one and making chances for others. Joe Miller scored a brace, finishing in style on both occasions. The scoring was completed with Mark Burdus adding the sixth goal.

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Thomas said: “Whilst, of course I am delighted with the win, complacency is creeping in and the players have to stop thinking that they are guaranteed a starting place.

Changes will be made for this weekend’s game.”

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Tomorrow (Saturday) Town Reserves host Heavitree United Reserves (3pm).

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