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    It was deja-vu! time as I faced the same option of games to attend as forty-eight hours ago,again choosing to stay on my doorstep despite the seemingly better attraction of two in-form,winning outfits colliding up at Tiger Way.It is a rarety for me to visit the same ground in the same week,about as rare as Sidmouth scoring six goals in a game I guess.With all due respect,although I was about to accomplish the former the latter was unlikely to occur-ermmmm………!

    The Vikings took two minutes longer than Monday’s visitors to open the scoring,Ryan Davies’close-range header from a Fen Bowder cross giving Jack McAndrews no chance.On 16 Tony Cox’s outswinging free-kick from the right touchline made its way directly into the opposite corner of the net-I was in direct line with its trajectory and nobody got a touch on it (at half-time,as I was unable to see the scorer through a melee of players,Matt Clenahan claimed to have glanced it goalward a-la Harry Kane at Stoke;this unofficial member of the dubious goals panel says not!)There was no doubting Sidmouth’s third just before the interval though,Connor Swingler converting from close range.

    Two minutes into the resumption Nathan Antat picked the ball up thirty-five yards from goal and proceeded to fire an exocet missile in off the left-hand post,surely the best goal he has ever scored.Then,on 52 substitute Rob Knight,who netted in the corresponding fixture at Manstone Lane back in November,a game I saw too,was fouled in the process of attempting to add another here.The referee deferred briefly from awarding the inevitable penalty,playing an advantage that brought little reward before pointing to the spot,Ben Farrington despatching low into the left corner.

    Josh Stunnell had clearly sent his players out with implicit instructions not to score from open play within twenty-five yards,this evidenced by Swingler’s miss when another defensive lapse put him through on goal.However,on 67 he had no qualms about volleying a Wellman knock-down into the top corner of the net to make it six.Whether in celebratory or shock mode the away side briefly lost concentration and immediately gave the hosts a consolation,Shaun Densham glancing home a header.Six minutes later the same mode of assistance-a cross from the right,saw scorer by luck or intention flick the ball on to Callum Head,who tapped in at the far post to complete the scoring.

    This was a stunning result,one that I and the majority I suspect never saw coming.Sidmouth appeared highly motivated and took their chances well,a trait I can only assume was lacking in previous SWP fixtures otherwise they’d be higher up the league.I wish them well.

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