Sidmouth Town AFC begin new South West Peninsula season at Torpoint

A new campaign of South West Peninsula League Premier East football begins for Sidmouth Town AFC tomorrow (Saturday, August 10.

The Vikings make the long trip – ferry and all – to Torpoint Athletic.

It’s the start of a hectic early season for the club, who face four away games in their first five outings; with three successive Saturday ‘away days’.

The Vikings were rocked in the final week of pre-season with the announcement by club captain Martyn Hancock that he was leaving Manstone Lane.

The news comes hot on the heels of Chris Duchenski deciding to hang up his boots and Dan Churchill opting to play local league football.

Sidmouth Town AFC boss Danny Burwood says: “It’s a blow losing the sort of experience that we have seen depart since last season.

“Indeed, I think it’s as many as eight of last year’s ‘starting XI’ who have left us and so it’s all change at Manstone Lane.

“I am very upbeat about it though, as we have a well-run club with four senior teams and we also have a thriving youth section which continues to turn out excellent young footballers.

“I honestly feel that whatever we are lacking in experience, we will make up with youthful enthusiasm and, with new players in like young Oscar Walsh, we will have plenty of pace about us.

“We are going to change the way we play and I think we may surprise a few teams.”

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