Sidmouth Town to try once again to play Devon Senior Cup tie

(Left to right); Sidmouth Town assistant manager John Clements Assistant and Vikings’ players Tyler

(Left to right); Sidmouth Town assistant manager John Clements Assistant and Vikings’ players Tyler Wellman, Kieran White and Cameron Vere with tackle Box owner Darren Herbert at the official hand-over of the new warm-0up tops. - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Town will try for the third weekend running to play their Firewatch Devon Senior Cup tie against Seaton Town.

Under competition rules, because the tie has now been called off twice at Manstone Lane, the match switches to the opposition ground and so Town, and their supporters, will travel to Colyford Road, Seaton, tomorrow (November 21).

Vikings’ boss Josh Stunell, when asked what difference the ground switch makes, said: “It does mean we’ll have a much smaller dressing room!”

He continued: “It doesn’t make much difference and I am very confident that the game will go ahead. Maxy French [Seaton Town groundsman] has a great surface down there and it drains superbly. Indeed, I am pretty sure that we only had one game lost to the weather in four years when I ran the senior side at Colyford Road.”

As for the game itself, Stunell says: “We have had to make one or two changes. That’s always an issue when you get consecutive match day rain-offs. On the original date we were at full strength.

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“However, I am a great believer that one player’s absence is a real opportunity for another and we have a good squad brimming with youngsters who are keen to make their mark.

“The thing about this contest is that, as long as we do our job and approach with a professional attitude, then we will be all right.

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“The flip side of that of course, is that if we don’t do our jobs properly then we’ll come unstuck against a good side who face tough games week in week out in the Fresha League top flight.”

The recent run of postponements have meant that Town duo Anthony Griffiths and Ben Farringdon have been unable to get their match suspensions completed and so both are not available for the tie as is skipper Aaron Doble who does complete his suspension this coming week and will be available to Stunell for the November 28 home meeting with Okehampton Argyle.

Stunell says: “It’ll be something of a novelty when I eventually get to be able to select from a fully fit, all available, squad. By that time we may well have seen more of the developing youngsters come to the table and that will make team selection a difficult thing - bring it on!”

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