Vikings set for debry cup tie with Seaton Town

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Sidmouth Town will try to put the disappointment of last Saturday’s narrow defeat to high-flying Tiverton Town Reserves behind them on Saturday when they entertain Seaton Town in a Firewatch Devon Senior Cup tie.

At stake is a place in the last 16 of the competition and the match has special significance for Vikings boss Josh Stunell, who cut his management teeth with Seaton Town.

Stunell says: “I had eight good years at Seaton, four with youth development and four with the senior side. That’s the blueprint for success at club level in our football world and that’s what we have got going at Manstone Lane. It can be a lengthy process, but it is rewarding in the long run and testament to the blue print is the number of young players we now have in and around the first team at Town.”

“We did play Seaton last season in a cup tie and I expect this to be a similar affair. The thing I shall preach to the players is that if they want to go out and mix it with a team full of players they all know, then the likelihood is they will end up on the losing side.

“However, if they play to our game plan then the fact we play at a higher level ought to come to the fore and that suggests we will win the game.”

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Tyler Wellman, one of last season’s Under-16 team at Manstone Lane, drew high praise for his performance at left back last Saturday and he starts again tomorrow and there’s also a starting berth for former Seaton Town youth player Ollie Binnion.

Stunell says: “I am sure the game will be a cracker!”

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