Thors hold out under pressure

SIDMOUTH Town take on Heavitree SU today in what will be a big test of their character.

SIDMOUTH Town take on Heavitree SU tomorrow in what will be a big test of their character.But now is their chance to show that they can graft their way out of a basement league position and that manager Paul Ashford's belief in them is justified. Ashford is hoping that, with a well refereed match, his fledgling team can graduate to a higher level against mid table Heavitree, having held high-flying Thorverton to a 0-0 draw on Saturday. "That was at home at what should be our fortress," he said. "It will be different away but every game is different. There is a really good spirit at the club, players are making themselves available and there's competition for places." The Manstone Lane faithful were treated to a great display of attacking football by the Vikings who dominated for long spells. Ashford was encouraged to see the side adopt the 'deck it and pass it' style of football he craves but felt that at times over elaboration hindered the team. "Sometimes you need more direct football to get in behind the defence but that knowledge will come. We have a mix of very young players and experienced ones and we really need an out and out striker to help consistency." Sidmouth had plenty of shots at goal and were disappointed not to have converted at least one of them, despite the disparity in league position. l Sidmouth Reserves lost 3-0 to their most local rivals, Sidbury FC - report facing page.

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