Tricker fires Sidmouth Town to victory at Bovey Tracey

Sidmouth Town at home to Honiton Town. Ref shsp 50-17TI 4777. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Town at home to Honiton Town. Ref shsp 50-17TI 4777. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Town made it successive wins in their South West Peninsula League campaign with a 2-1 Tuesday night win at Bovey Tracey.

The three points were no more than Town deserved for a fine all-round performance that saw them over turn a single goal half-time deficit before taking the points with a third away win of the league campaign.

Trailing to a33rd minute goal, Town levelled early in the second half when Ben Farringdon drilled the ball home from penalty spot after Nathan Antat had been hauled down in the area.

The winner came midway through the half when Tommy Tricker received the ball 20 yards from goal, turned and rifled the ball into the net beyond the despairing dive of Grant Fisher in the home goal.

However, that was not the end of the drama for Bovey were awarded a late penalty that Vikings’ glovesman Ashley Smith – deputising for the unavailable Robbie Powell, saved!

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Town boss Josh Stunell said: “It was a superb all-round show from the lads. We expected a tough game and that’s what we got, but as I have been saying for some time, as a squad, we are as good as anyone in the division and are beginning to prove it with some sparkling football.”

On the back-to-back wins, the Town boss said: “A week can be a mighty long time in football! To be honest I was never overly concerned about what some folk might have considered a precarious position in the league because I know the quality we have at the club. The lads were terrific in winning at Ilfracombe Town on Saturday and simply carried that into the Bovey Tracey game.”

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Next up for Town is a huge game on Good Friday when the Vikings entertain Budleigh Salterton before what is expected to be a far bigger than usual Manstone Lane crowd. The reason for that is the fact the game is the first of three on Good Friday that are part of the seven-games-over-three-days 2018 SWPL Groundhop. Attending the game will be close to 300 Groundhoppers who are taking in all seven matches. Given that Town also draw a good crowd for East Devon derby matches – the attendance at Manstone Lane is expected to be the highest for many seasons.

Stunell says: “I expect the game with Budleigh to be full of goals. We will have a larger than usual turnout and that will crank up the atmosphere. In cold game play terms, Budleigh, having not played this week will arguably be fresher, but we are on a high after the back-to-back wins and I expect us to deliver more of the same. I am sure they [Budleigh], will come and have a go and we’ll be doing the same. It ought to be a Good Friday cracker with both sides looking to get a positive result.”

With Ben Farringdon starting a suspension for a red card picked up playing for the Town second team, Jamie Newbury, who missed the win at Bovey Tracey, returns and also back, having been unavailable through work in midweek, is captain and goalkeeper Robbie Powell.

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