Town Reserves at home under the Manstone Lane floodlights tonight
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Sidmouth Town Reserves, fresh from their superb Devon Senior Cup semi-final success at Plymouth-based lakeside Athletic, are back in action on Wednesday night (March 21).
Ironically, the opposition for the game under the Manstone Lane floodlights is the same Colyton side that they will now face in the Devon Senior Cup final – Colyton.
The visitors will be in a confident mood for they continue to sport an unbeaten record in this season’s Macron league Division One campaign having won eight and drawn one in their nine outings so far.
Town, for their part, have won six, drawn one and lost four of their Division One games so far.
The Devon Senior Cup semi-final, played on St Patrick’s Day in Plymouth, was a tense affair.
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The home side made a bright start, but the Vikings gave as good as they got with Aidy Parr causing problems for the Athletic defence.
On 20 minutes, the impressive Louis Spalding was fouled inside the box and Ferenc Bodor fired the resultant penalty into the back of the net.
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Lakeside rallied and replied five minutes before the interval, with their goal also coming from the penalty spot.
Town began the second half facing a barrage from the Plymouth side, but the back four of Ben Farrrington, Damien Armed, Matt Colson and Matt Salter, stood firm under a lot of pressure.
At the other end of the pitch it was the Vikings who fashioned the clearer chances, but both Parr and Scott Hughes wasted glorious opportunities to win the tie in 90 minutes.
With no further goals in normal time – or during an additional 30 minutes – the contest was decided in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
Bodor, Farrington and Will Jenkins all held their nerve to score from the spot while Town glovesman Rob Glukowski saved two of Lakeside’s spot kicks and that left Damien Armes the opportunity – one that he took – to step up and smash his penalty home to see Town into the club’s first-ever County Cup final.
That final will take place at the Newton Abbot, Coach Road home of the Devon FA and be played under lights on April 19.