Sidmouth Town thirds put HT Dons to the sword

Otterton at home to Kentisbeare. Ref shsp 40-16TI 9027. Picture: Terry Ife

Otterton at home to Kentisbeare. Ref shsp 40-16TI 9027. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Town thirds got back to winning ways after a disappointing defeat against top of the table Wellington the previous week as they beat HT Dons 6-1 to seal a seventh Macron League Division Seven success of the season.

Town made a bright start and they were rewarded for their early endeavours when a good run from Jake Sellick down the right wing gave him space to hit a low cross to Richard Johnson who slipped the ball under the goalkeeper.

One quickly became two as a Reuben Raffell header found the back of the net. Some impressive attacking pressure on the HT Dons keeper led to him conceding a throw and a Joe Gosse lay-off gave Sellick the opportunity to fire the ball home to make it 3-0.

Jimmy Pearse then fired a wonderful through-ball in to Richard Johnson who span past his defender before drilling the ball home from the edge of the area to send Town into the break with a 4-0 advantage which was no more than they deserved for an industrious all-round first half display.

There was controversy at the start of the second half when Jean-Paul Staniforth was harshly adjudged to have fouled an HT Dons player when all but one person saw that he played the ball first!

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The resultant penalty duly ended any Town hopes of a clean sheet success, but they still ‘won’ the second half as goals from Jonny Dunn and Gosse rounded off a highly satisfying 90 minutes from the Town third team.

Special mention must go to Jimmy Pearse who had a hand in several of the Sidmouth goals. However, the Man of the Match award went to Al Forsyth whose determination and communication set the tone for an impressive Town win.

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This Saturday (December 17) the Town thirds take on Bickleigh Reserves at Sidford. The Mid Devon men’s first team are without a game so it is likely that Town’s promotion hopes will be given a sever test.

Macron League Division Seven table

P W D L F A Pts

Wellington Town 15 12 2 1 58 30 38

Ilminster Town 12 10 1 1 37 14 31

Cranbrook 12 9 2 1 52 13 29

Sidmouth Town 13 7 3 3 41 26 24

Exmouth Spartans 13 6 1 6 40 40 19

K&M Polonia Exeter 14 5 3 6 30 28 18

Woodbury 14 5 1 8 29 44 16

Seaton Town 12 4 2 6 26 24 14

Cheriton Fitzpaine 13 4 0 9 28 43 12

Bickleigh 10 2 2 6 22 32 8

Colyton 11 1 3 7 17 37 6

H T Dons 13 1 0 12 15 64 3

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