Town looking to bounce back against Appledore
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Sidmouth Town head into tomorrow’s South West Peninsula League Eastern Division meeting with Appledore (3pm) looking to recover quickly from the 6-0 thrashing they got on their Tuesday night visit to Crediton United.
James Clampin, Jamie Orchard and Connor Swingler, who all missed the midweek game, return to the squad.
Town boss Josh Stunell says: “There are certainly no easy games at this level and even though Appeldore have not made the best of starts (three defeats and two wins in five games), they will still come to us looking at that midweek result and feeling they can take something away w3ith them.
“Our job is – as they say in all the best riding schools after a fall – ‘to get back on the horse’ and remember what we were doing in the games before that thumping at Crediton. I was surprised by the way we capitulated, but not too downhearted by it as we do have a young side and they can only learn when things go against them. No one enjoys being on the end of a score line like that and the key is to not forget how badly you performed, but to make sure it’s a one-off. I am sure the players will produce a display against Appledore that shows what a good side we know they are.”
The mauling at Crediton came just days after an impressive 2-0 home win over over Totnes and Dartington.
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Once again Town glovesman Dan Stapleton was in good form behind what looks a terrific central defensive pairing of James Clampin and Jamie Newbery.
The opening goal arrived on the half hour when striker Jamie Orchard picked the ball up some 40-yards from goal, ran at the visiting back line and, when 20-yards out, rifled a ball that fizzed its way across the wet surface before nestling in the back of the net.
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After the break Town introduced recent signing Dan Norman in place of the injured Nathan Antat and the new man almost made an immediate impact for, with his first touch, he fired the ball narrowly wide from the edge of the area.
As composed and assured the Vikings looked, visitors carried a threat and Stapleton was called into action a couple of times as the South Devon side won a succession of six corners.
However, the defence held firm and, with 10 minutes left Norman put the game to bed when, after beating the offside trap, he raced clear before calmly slotting the ball past the on-rushing keeper.
Tomorrow (Saturday) Town host an Appledore side that sit 14th in the table, three places, and two points, below the Vikings.