Sidmouth Town set to give Badcott hhis first start

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Sidmouth Town have a score to settle on Saturday when they host Crediton United (2.30pm) in the Walter C Parsons Cup.

It’s only a few weeks since a midweek visit to Crediton saw the Vikings thrashed 6-0.

Town boss Josh Stunell says: “That was a bad night for us, but it is a fact that over the past three years we have played Crediton on a midweek date and got well beaten and yet, in stark contrast to that, each time we have met them at the weekend we have got something out of the game.”

The Vikings shared six goals at Manstone Lane last Saturday in a terrific tussle with Appledore.

Having led 2-0 at the break, Town were hit by a superb comeback from the Fishermen to the extent that it was 3-2 to the visitors until the 85th minute. The Vikings got the point their first half performance deserved when the outstanding Ryan Davies scored an outstanding individual goal.

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Stunell says of the result: “It was fair. They threw everything at us after a half-time tactical switch. It was route one football at its best and they fully deserved what they got out of the contest, I certainly have no complaints about the outcome – beyond the fact that I wanted to win the game! We played very well in the first half, and they claimed the honours after the break, though we did round things off with a terrific goal from Ryan (Davies).

Back to the Crediton cup tie and Stunell says: “We are going to have to make changed as our two Jamie’s, Newbery and Orchard are in action for Devon Under-18s in Cornwall. We are also without central defender James Clampin who got a knock last weekend. Balancing that loss is the availability again of our University lads, Dan Evans and Ben Burrows.”

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One player who will feature for the first time is 17-year-old Tom Badcott. The Exeter College student has been involved with the first team for much of the season and came on towards the end of the Appeldore game. Stunell says: “Young Tom (Badcott) has been patient and bided his time. I think it’s time to give him his break and see what he does from the start. When he came on against Appledore I thought he instantly settled in and it will be interesting to see how he fares from the first whistle.”

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