Town Reserves still unbeaten away after win at Alphington

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Sidmouth Town Reserves continue to be one of just two sides to be unbeaten away from home in this season’s Macron League Division One campaign – then other side is Colyton – after a 3-1 win at Alphington Reserves.

It was not the most fluent of performances from the Town second string, but sufficient enough to deservedly bank all three points.

Playing well in patches Town looked lethargic and it wasn’t a great first half from either side.

Neither goalkeeper had too much to do in the first 45 minutes as, time and again, the final pass was not of the desired - or required – standard!

Five minutes before the break the Vikings took the lead when Will Jenkins was played in out wide and smashed an unstoppable drive through the keeper’s hands and into the net to give the away side a narrow interval advantage.


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The second half saw a much improved performance from the youthful Viking side

Playing with a higher tempo and closing the down the opposition as a group paid dividends when Jenkins floated in a free kick out wide that evaded everyone and nestled in the far corner of the net.

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Confidence was high and it wasn’t long before it was 3-0 with Jenkins involved as his cross was headed home by an unfortunate Alpha defender

Town followers at then game might have been forgiven for then thinking it was a case of ‘game over’ – certainly, it seemed, some of the Town players clearly did for the team sat back and allowed Alphington to put pressure on the back four. Conceding with fifteen minutes left Town looked flaky as panic set in!

However, the team dug deep and saw the game to bank three more points. Joint boss Paddy Thomas said: “It’s been a terrific match with all four senior sides enjoying wins. It does clearly show that if players make themselves available then competition for places should bring out the best in those that are given the shirt every week.”

On Saturday (November 25), the Town second string entertain Wellington at Manstone Lane (2.15pm).

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