Sidmouth Town set for Okehampton test

Seaton Town played against Sidmouth Town at the weekend. Ref shsp 4589-48-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Seaton Town played against Sidmouth Town at the weekend. Ref shsp 4589-48-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Town exited the Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup, beaten 2-1 at Fresha League Seaton Town.

All in all, it turned out to be a day to forget for Town followers, and particularly manager Josh Stunell, who of course, arrived at Manstone Lane from Seaton Town!

Trailing to an early home goal, former Seaton player Cameron Vere sent Sidmouth into the break all square, but Seaton won the tie when James Hill scored midway through the second half.

Stunell said: “It was certainly a case of it being ‘one of those days’. We were again guilty of not taking our chances and, as we have found to our cost previously, if you don’t take your chances you are then liable to pay the price – and we did. It was very disappointing from a personal point of view in terms of the match result. I thought our play was OK – to a point, but it was certainly not the result we had been expecting when we made the trip there.”

This Saturday Town are back in league action when they host Okehampton Argyle. The visitors will arrive at Manstone Lane sitting rock bottom of the Eastern Division table.

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Okehampton have lost all eight of their away games so far conceding 32 and have shipped at least two goals in each one of those matches and they conceded seven when they were last in East Devon – at Budleigh Salterton last month.

Stunell says: “Midweek training was the best we have ever had in terms of a turnout. Furthermore I am waiting on the ink to dry on a number of transfer forms and I think we’ll see a shuffling of the pack for the Okehampton game. We cannot get drawn into looking at past results and think we have a stroll ahead. The team need to be focussed from the first minute and certainly looking to do a professional job. If we play as we can and on what is going to be another super Manstone Lane surface, then we’ll get the result we want.”

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