Sidmouth Town face ‘away day’ December

 Sidmouth Town face ‘away day’ December

Sidmouth Town will be hoping they enjoy a better December in terms of their South West Peninsula League Eastern Division campaign.

The final month of the year has not been a particularly fruitful one for the Vikings in recent seasons.

Over the past four years Town have only played a total of 10 matches in December and, to date, those December matches have seen the Vikings bank a dozen of the 30 possible points with Town winning three, drawing three and losing four.

2019/20: Town games played in December – 1

Dec 7 Home v Torrington Won 4-3

2018/19: Town games played in December – 2

Dec 8   Away v Crediton United Lost 1-3

Dec 26  Home v Budleigh Salterton Won 4-2

2017/18: Town games played in December – 3

Dec 9   Home v Honiton Town Lost 1-5

Dec 23 Away v Axminster Town Drew 2-2

Dec 26  Away v Budleigh Salterton Lost 1-3

2016/17: Town games played in December – 4

Dec 10   Away v Stoke Gabriel Lost 1-3

Dec 17   Home v Exwick Villa Drew 2-2

Dec 26   Home v Budleigh Salterton Won 4-0

Dec 31  Home v St Martins Drew 0-0

One thing’s for sure and that is that Sidmouth Town will face a busy December, playing five games in the space of 23 days with four of the five games being away from Manstone Lane with the only home fixture being the Boxing Day meeting with Honiton Town.

The Vikings December schedule reads:

Dec 5 Away v Torrington

Dec 12 Away v Ilfracombe Town

Dec 19 Away v Plymouth Marjon

Dec 26 Home v Honiton Town

Dec 28 Away v Crediton United

If we include Saturday, December 5 and take that as the first Saturday of the ‘re-start’ following Lockdown II, then there will be 22 Saturday’s  remaining up to, and including, the first Saturday in May – traditionally when the leagues look to have completed their campaigns. (It is also important to consider that many games are likely to be lost to inclement weather during December, January, February and March.

Stephen Birley

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