Sidmouth Town FC boss ‘chuffed to bits’ with players after pre-season draw with Exmouth

Sidmouth Town Football Club boss Danny Burwood was thrilled with his team’s all-round performance in a midweek pre-season meeting with Western League Exmouth Town that ended in a 1-1 draw.

The match was not seen by supporters owing to the current Covid-19 restrictions that remain in place.

However, over the 90 minutes of a contest played on a swelteringly-hot evening, the Vikings were good value for a share of the spoils.

The visitors struck first with a goal scored by former Cronies striker Danny Pym, but the Vikings levelled in the second half with a close-range finish from Tom Diamond.

And the home side might even have won the game had a Scott Hughes effort in a terrific counter-attack that saw Exmouth Town goalkeeper Robbie Powell make a wonderful save.

The Vikings’ boss said: “A draw was a fair result.

“We certainly played our part in a thoroughly entertaining match and that makes the fact that no one was able to watch it such a pity!”

The Sidmouth Town boss was pleased with one particular aspect of this side’s performance. He added: “It was the way we switched from defending to attacking with some terrific counter-attack, pass-and-move football.

“It was from one such raid that we nearly got a second when Scott [Hughes] was denied by a fabulous save from their goalie.

“I was chuffed to bits with performances from the likes of Jack Rawlings, Max Hammett, Scott Hughes, Ferenc Bodor, I could go on, it really was a game where everybody involved put in a top shift.”

The Town boss said of his midfield: “We were without Will Jenkins and Jack Lewis, two very big players for us and their absence might have caused us a problem with our midfield. “However, the biggest complement I can pay the likes of Jack Rawlings and others is that our midfield was very efficient on the night.

“Yes, I have to be very happy with that overall performance against a good Exmouth Town team.

“Pre-season games are never about the result.

“What is important is putting some miles into the players legs and looking to find team structure that suits the players you have in your ranks and I think that, against Exmouth Town, we saw that we have the makings of a very competent unit.”

Sidmouth Town are next in action on Wednesday, August 19, when they entertain Exwick Villa in another ‘behind-closed-doors’ pre-season friendly.

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