Vere and Swingler fire Town into cup final
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Sidmouth Town booked a berth in the final of the Morrison Bell Cup after a 5-2 success against Upottery.
The Fresha League Division One side were left shell shocked as the Vikings made a flying start, racing into a two-goal lead inside 15 minutes.
Ben Burrows rifled them ahead in the third minute and leading scorer Cameron Vere doubled then advantage 12 minutes later.
However, a season-long problem for Town has been corners delivered into the area and once again the back line failed to clear a 30th minute corner and completely against the run of play, Upottery were back in the contest!
The goal gave Upottery, who had made a surprisingly low key start to the game, real impetus and they ended the half on top, scoring a deserved equaliser five minutes before the break.
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During half-term Town boss Josh Stunell left his side in no doubt as to how unhappy he was that they had begun so well and dominated for so long and yet sat at half-time on level terms!
A change was made and Robbie Fellingham was introduced and he made a difference helping to get the Town high-tempo game up and running once more and it was not long before the higher gear football paid off with Dan Evans scoring a terrific goal.
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Upottery refused to lie down and, to their credit, took the game back to the Vikings. However, Town have shown many times this season that their fitness is good and it showed again as Upottery’s players began to tire and two goals in quick succession settled matters.
First Swingler thumped home a superb volley after being set up by Dave Green and Vere also doubled his account for the night with a powerful header.
Upottery kept coming at the Vikings and did bring the best out of Town glovesman Alex Bowring who saved well on a number of occasions, particularly from Jason Kennard and Steve Morris.
Town boss Josh Stunell said: “That was a good cup tie and one I felt would have made for a good watch – certainly for a neutral supporter. I was impressed with Upottery who certainly did not disgrace themselves and provided us with a few shaky moments with their pace and movement.
“However, the superior fitness and additional quality eventually shone through from the young Vikings.”