Magnificent seven for Sidmouth Town AFC in pre-season win over Exmouth Rovers

Sidmouth Town FC wrapped up their pre-season action with a 7-0 Monday night success over Exmouth Rovers.

Vikings boss Danny Burwood said: “As it happened it was a case of win, win for us.

“We had been let down at the 11th hour by another team and they [Exmouth Rovers] were good enough to take the fixture at very short notice.

“When I say win, win, it’s because whilst we did win the match 7-0, of far greater significance for me was to see the general attitude of our players.

“Playing a side from a couple of levels below us it would have been easy for the lads to ‘switch off’ and let complacency creep in. Indeed, given that we have a relatively young side, you might expect some of that to happen anyway.

“However, that was certainly not the case. Indeed, what I witnessed was a very mature performance and it pleased me immensely that the lads went out and did a thoroughly comprehensive job on the opposition.

“We were ruthless in front of goal and it was good to see that Will Jenkins has lost none of his goal scoring ability as he scored a hat-trick.”

The Town boss then turned his attention to a ‘negative’ from the game when he said: “We had one seriously worrying moment when Ben [Miller] went down with what, at the time, looked a very bad knee.

“We worried he might have done the one that all players dread – suffered an ACL injury.

“However, we have since learned that it is not as serious as we had first thought and, while he’ll be out for a couple of weeks, his season is most certainly not over!”

The meeting with Exmouth Rovers was the final Town outing before league action begins with a Saturday, September 5, Manstone Lane meeting with Plymouth Marjon.

The Vikings then begin a busy first 25 days of the new campaign during which time they will play no fewer than eight games – seven in the league; four away, three home and a home FA Vase tie.

Burwood added: “It’s a tough start, but then last year was too when we seemed to have lots of away games in the first few weeks.

“That said, it is what it is and we are fortunate in that, even if we cannot sign any more lads, then we have a squad large enough to cope.”

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