Sidmouth Town sail through University exam

Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

With the woes of Saturday’s defeat at Teignmouth still very fresh Town made the short trip to Topsham Road, Exeter where they bounced back to bag a second win of the league season.

It was Cameron Vere who had suffered most at Teignmouth, but he has quality, of that there’s no doubt, and he showed what he is made of when, within 20 seconds of kick-off, he fired the Vikings into the lead!

Straight from the first whistle the ball was played wide to Ash Small and he weaved his way down the flank before crossing for Vere to head home.

The ‘billiard table’ like surface at the University ground suited the Town passing game.

Ryan Davies, making his Town debut, dished up an imperious shift in the midfield, but once again the old problem of a lack of a clinical finish struck the Vikings as a number of gilt edge chances were created, and spurned!

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The students almost made the Vikings pay for their poor finishing when, in a lightning-quick counter attack they were denied an equaliser by an athletic diving header by teenager Jamie Newbery.

Midway through the first half the lead was finally increased when Small again showed a clean set of heels to the full back and his cross was once again turned home by Vere, this time waiting at the far post to apply the finish.

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After the break the flow of the contest remained as the first with Town asking all the questions. The three-man attack of Mark Pavey, Vere and Pitter gave the University back line a torrid time.

The students, renowned for their fitness, kept going and offered a threat on the counter. However the third and final goal of the night came when Small was felled in the area – a decision that was harsh on the home side - and Rikki Pitter kept up his record of having scored in every game since the league campaign began.

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