Sidmouth Town third team spring big County Cup surprise

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Sidmouth Town third team pulled off arguably their best ever result when they knocked previously unbeaten Newton St Cyres out of the A and S paving Devon Intermediate Cup to book a last eight meeting with Otterton.

The Vikings started brightly, playing into a strong and blustery wind, but playing the ball around well, as they had been asked to do pre-match by manager Ian Peacock.

With a new midfield pairing of Marriott and Pearse offering a combative middle section, plenty of ball was won back and the pair did lots of positive things with the ball. It was Pearse who provided the assist to the opening goal, playing a delightful defence-splitting pass that released Carl Baldwin who finished with a precise shot.

The Mid Devon side were clearly shocked by the goal, but, to their credit, kept trying to play the football that had seen them win 10 and draw one of their 11 games prior to the cup tie.

However, they were unable to break down a Town defence that was ably, and vocally, marshalled by Nicolle and Gingell.

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The half-time Town team talk centred on the need to guard against complacency as they’d contest the second half with the support of the strong wind.

After the break Worthington came closest after a whipped cross from Blackwood, but his instinctive finish flashed past the outside of the post.

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Newton St Cyres gave their all to try and get back into the contest, but that Town rear guard proved unmoveable on the day.

Although Sidmouth Town thirds may now be the lowest ranked team left in the competition their performance on Saturday proved that anything remains possible.

The quarter finals are on February 13 (2pm) and the full last eight draw is: Watcombe Wanderers third team v Lakeside Athletic, Whipton & Pinhoe v Dartmouth Reserves, Sporting Barum v Clovelly and Otterton v Sidmouth Town third team.

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