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         TIVERTON TOWN 8 - 0 BUCKLAND ATHLETIC

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Match Report  Simon Ellis


The Yellows began the defence of their Devon St. Lukes title in emphatic fashion, handing out eight strokes of the cane to Toolstation league leaders Buckland Athletic, hat-tricks from both Jordan Rogers and Tom Bath sandwiched around goals from Ollie Knowles and Jamie Price. Fresh from reaching the summit of the Premier Division for the first time in over a decade manager Martyn Rogers made four changes to the side that had beaten Basingstoke Town on the previous Saturday, Tom Bath, Liam Gregory and Harry Horton all started for the first time this season and Jordan Rogers gave an excellent display and handed out a real selection head-ache ahead of this weekends trip cross country to 

Kings Lynn.

Almost 12 months on from handing out the same punishment to Tavistock at the same stage of the competition, even the most ardent members of the crowd would not have predicted such a one-sided and similar scoreline especially as the sides were only separated at the interval by Jordan Rogers first competitive goal in yellow and Buckland, to their credit, made the two-division gap almost seem non-existent.

In the second half though, much to the disappointment of all involved with the Bucks, they capitulated. Two goals in two early second half minutes put the tie beyond too much doubt before the Yellows ran riot. Ollie Knowles curled home a delightful free kick for his first for Tivvy and then Tom Bath glanced home a fine header from a Jamie Short cross. Jordan Rogers added his second and Tivvys fourth from the penalty spot, Tom Bath scored twice more from close range to complete his treble before Jamie Price prodded smartly home from a corner and Jordan Rogers completed the scoring and his treble six minutes from time. 

Tiverton: Martin Rice, Nick Hurst, Liam Gregory, Jamie Price, Ben Mammola, Tom Gardner (Levi Landricombe 73), Jamie Short (Owen Howe 77), Ollie Knowles (Scott Rogers 54), Tom Bath, Jordan Rogers, Harry Horton.

Goals: Jordan Rogers 11, 66(p), 84 Tom Bath 54, 73,77 Ollie Knowles 52, Jamie Price 82.

Attendance: 106


TIVERTON TOWN 3-2 BASINGSTOKE TOWN

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  September 16th 2017

Match Report  Simon Ellis


Saturday 16th September 2017. A date for all the historians and statisticians to take note of and remember. Whilst it is NOT the first time (contrary to reports) that the Yellows have found themselves at their highest ever league position at the top of the Southern Premier Division, as they achieved the same feat in September 2002 (4 days) and August 2006 (5 days), it will be the longest period they spend there after their fifth straight home victory of the season. Such an achievement early on in the campaign will not go unnoticed elsewhere and although one of the `newbies` to the group it will make other sides think long and hard before underestimating Tivvy. Three up at half time, 2 more from Levi Landricombe to continue his fine scoring run and a `greatest ever at Ladysmead` contender from eventual Man of the Match Ben Mammola had Tivvy seemingly cruising to victory before Basingstoke scored twice after the interval to set up a tense finale.

After what seems to be the customary opening period at Ladysmead nowadays where the visitors start on the front foot, the rest of the first half was a fairly even affair, chances a plenty for both sides in an open and entertaining game, apart from one glaringly obvious difference. All great teams are exactly that, teams, but with them there is usually a figure head, a talisman. The great Liverpool sides of the 70`s and 80`s had Ian Rush, the great Manchester United sides of the 90`s had Andy Cole and at Tiverton currently, Levi Landricombe. 73 goals in 82 appearances including his latest brace has him as one of Tivertons` most prolific ever forwards. Certainly his first was not without a good slice of fortune, after a complete air shot at Nick Hursts` cross, his second effort took a sizeable deflection off `Stoke defender Dan Collier to balloon over stranded keeper Colm McAdden, his second 2 minutes later though was a beauty. Ollie Knowles was tripped 25 yards from goal and similar to numerous previous occasions, a left foot effort was bent around the wall in to the top corner.

Excellent goalkeeping and bodies on the line prevented the visitors making in-roads into Tivertons` lead, notably when Rice tipped Sam Deadfields` curling effort on to the bar, Mammola found himself in the right place to clear the lines and the bravery of Michael Landricombe blocked Tim Wohlfiels` fierce effort before Mammola scored, as previously mentioned, an outstanding third. Genuinely reminiscent of something Lionel Messi makes a habit of doing, Mammola strode forward from the half way line, waltzing past several defenders along the way before prodding neatly home from close range when confronted by McAdden.

The Dragons responded instantly after the interval, top scorer Sam Smart added his fifth of the season after being played through and with 18 goals in their previous four wins, it was enough to set panic amongst home supporters. Such panic was, or should have been short-lived. McAdden saved well from the head of Michael Landricombe and Owen Howe had a goal chalked off for offside as the Yellows looked to re-assert their chokehold on the game. Jordan Rogers and Tom Bath replaced Howe and Levi Landricombe and both had their chance to put the game to bed before `Stoke set up the grandstand, nervous finale. McAdden saved with his legs from Bath as he raced clear of tiring defenders and Rogers deflected shot bounced off the crossbar as the visitors pushed higher.

With the job seemingly done and four minutes of injury time had passed, no-one seemed particularly interested in Charlie Kennedy when he picked up the ball 20 yards from goal, so he duly arrowed a low shot into the corner but despite their best efforts in the remaining minutes, the resolute defending of the Yellows ensured there would be no fairy tale comeback.

Tiverton: Martin Rice, Nick Hurst (Scott Rogers 78), Callum Hall, Jamie Price, BEN MAMMOLA, Tom Gardner, Jamie Short, Ollie Knowles, Owen Howe (Tom Bath 78), Levi Landricombe (Jordan Rogers 78), Michael Landricombe.

Goals: Levi Landricombe 17, 19 Ben Mammola 45+1.

Attendance: 220.



TIVERTON TOWN  2 - 1  WEYMOUTH

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  September 12th 2017

Match Report  Simon Ellis


The lightning striking twice theme continues. The last time Weymouth visited fortress Ladysmead was for a Southern League cup match back in January 2014 and they were sent on the short journey home to Dorset on the back of a 2-1 defeat and for the opening goal of the evening, read the second goal report versus Hitchin Town. Yes, the visitors probably did trudge home feeling slightly hard done by, but football is simple, make the most of your superiority and put your chances away when they come along. Levi Landricombe opened the scoring early in to the second period, Jamie Short doubled the advantage midway through before Jordan Rose halved the deficit eight minutes from the end.

With the latest victory for the Yellows came their 13th straight win in 13 successive home matches, the best run of form for almost 20 years and with the upcoming fixture versus Basingstoke Town, if they can extend that run to 14 they will find themselves top of the Premier Division for the very first time. Tivvy were made to work extremely hard for win number 5 of the season by a well disciplined and organised Weymouth side, who had the better of the opening exchanges but could not find the breakthrough, thanks mainly to some stout defending and the odd last-ditch challenge, particularly from Man of the Match Ben Mammola, and the Yellows taking their time to get into their stride. As soon as they did though, chances quickly followed. Levi Landricombe dragged a right foot shot wide, Owen Howe had his blushes spared by an offside flag after blazing over from close range before firing another decent chance high and wide as the visitors started to struggle with the pace and movement of Tivvys forwards, the interval coming at the wrong time as Tivvy were turning the tide.

The second half was only four minutes old though when Tivvy finally opened the scoring, Michael Landricombes ball out of defence split the Terras backline and gave brother Levi the chance to run in behind, the understanding between the two almost telepathic, and finish high in to the net for his fifth in his last three matches, as near as makes no difference to an identical replica of the goal that doubled the advantage recently versus Hitchin Town, much to the delight of all in yellow that braved the evenings wind and rain. Not as spectacular nor memorable as his equaliser at Chesham but equally as vital, Jamie Short added number two midway through the second half, cutting in off the right wing and beating Weymouth keeper Mark Travers low at his near post after exchanging passes with Nick Hurst.

Weymouth rang the changes and sent giant centre half Jordan Rose to play up front to try to find a way back in to the match and eventually, albeit with eight minutes remaining, reduced the arrears. Sean Stewart sent a long ball forward which Rice misjudged allowing Rose the simple task of bundling home into an unguarded net from close range and in the blink of an eye, game on. Jordan Rogers, still searching for his first competitive goal for Tivvy, almost added a third late on after replacing Howe, a fine save from Travers tipped his left foot pile driver over the bar.

Whilst slightly at fault for the Weymouth goal, Rice certainly ensured there would be no late comeback for the visitors with two outstanding saves deep into injury time, the first as a towering header from scorer Jordan Rose seemed destined for the top corner until a flying Rice diverted the ball away and another very smart save down low as a shot squeezed through a crowded penalty area.

Other results from the evening saw Tivvy join 3 other teams on 16 points and sit in fifth place on goal difference, only 2 points behind current league leaders Slough and Kettering.

Tiverton: Martin Rice, Nick Hurst, Callum Hall (Liam Gregory 79), Jamie Price, BEN MAMMOLA, Tom Gardner, Jamie Short, Ollie Knowles, Owen Howe (Jordan Rogers 74), Levi Landricombe (Scott Rogers 85), Michael Landricombe.

Goals: Levi Landricombe 49, Jamie Short 67.

Attendance: 239.

TIVERTON TOWN  3 - 1  HITCHIN TOWN 

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  September 9th 2017

Match Report    Simon Ellis


After the disappointment of another early FA Cup exit at the hands of Banbury United the previous Saturday, the Yellows quickly rediscovered the winning formula against last seasons beaten Premier Division play-off finalists thanks to two first half goals from Man of the Match Levi Landricombe and a first of the season for Owen Howe, Lewis Rolfe eventually credited with the visitors slightly fortunate consolation ten minutes from the end, for another 3 points to keep them on the coat tails of the early season pace setters at the top of the table.

They say that lightning never strikes twice, Hitchin I`m sure though will disagree. The last time the two sides locked horns at Ladysmead was some six and a bit years ago and on that day Tivvy raced into a 3-goal lead before Hitchin scored their consolation, surely not the same again? The early signs were not great though, Tivvy forced to defend from the word go as Hitchin played neat passing football but as has been the case for them recently, goals have been hard to come by. Tiverton, thankfully, do not have that problem though. Fresh from his brace at Banbury the previous week, Levi Landricombe added another brace with, in all honesty, the Yellows only 2 clear cut chances of the first half. His first on 19 minutes was proper route one stuff, a Martin Rice punt upfield that cleared everyone fell to Landricombe, and with a swing of his trusted left foot from 18 yards, 1-0.

Two quick corners in succession for the visitors almost brought about a quick reply. Owen Howe found himself in the right place to head over his own crossbar and then Rice was at full stretch to tip over a sweetly struck half volley from Connor Roberts. Further chances to draw level came and went as the half wore on, McNamara screwed a decent effort wide and when they did eventually find the back of the net, Jack Green heading home Connor Roberts delivery 4 minutes before the interval, an offside flag put a quick end to their celebrations.

The higher and harder the visitors pressed for their way back in to the match, the more space was left behind their defence, a perfect recipe for counter-attacking football and on the stroke of half time Hitchin were made to pay the ultimate price. Michael Landricombes ball forward would have cut open any defence, perfect placement and power for brother Levi to gallop on to and although Hitchin keeper Michael Johnson slipped in his attempt to close down, Levi won the race and chipped his effort over him into the far corner.

The continuous downpours were making playing conditions harder and harder as the afternoon progressed and a defensive slip presented Owen Howe with a glorious chance to extend the lead early in the second half, however Johnson blocked his close-range effort but Johnson was left stranded and helpless, the high defence line caught out again ten minutes later when another precise ball forward from Michael Landricombe allowed Howe the space and time to sprint clear and tap in his first of the season and give the Yellows some breathing space.

Young full back Callum Hall almost added a fourth as the match wore on, his left foot shot narrowly missed the far post before Hitchin finally registered, somewhat fortunately it has to be said and briefly threaten to make a comeback. Lewis Rolfe was eventually credited with the goal which appeared to take a sizeable deflection to wrong-foot and beat Rice with 10 minutes remaining and Player of the Month for August Jamie Price did well to block another McNamara shot in the final minutes, all too little too late and so the Yellows recorded their 3rd league win in a row.

Tiverton: Martin Rice, Nick Hurst, Callum Hall (Liam Gregory 78), Jamie Price, Ben Mammola, Tom Gardner, Jamie Short, Ollie Knowles, Owen Howe (Jordan Rogers 76), LEVI LANDRICOMBE (Tom Bath 76), Michael Landricombe.

Goals: Levi Landricombe 19, 45 Owen Howe 62.

Attendance: 247.


         Banbury United 4 ~ 2 Tiverton Town   - away


FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round 2nd September 2017


Match Report  Jay Richardson


If the football cliché “A Game of Two Half’s” could be used in a match report this season then this game would be the ideal opportunity to use it. Tiverton Town on the back of an unbeaten three game run and lying seventh in the Southern Premiership travelled to Oxfordshire to play Banbury United who themselves were on an unbeaten five game run and were at the summit of the Southern Premiership table.

The FA Cup would be the first match of a sequence of at least three further matches against the Puritans this season. Tivvy with Ben Mammola away for a wedding, started with the versatile Mike Landricombe dropping back into defence to partner Tom Gardner and captain Jamie Price. The rest of the team was the same personnel who started against Frome Town on Bank Holiday Monday.

The game plan of allowing Banbury the ball in their own half but tracking back and harrying when Banbury were in possession worked a treat. Banbury were restricted to plenty of possession and they could only muster long range efforts in the first ten minutes. Tivvy however looked confident on the ball and were creating chances. The first came to Levi Landricombe who was played in by Owen Howe but the shot was smothered by Jack Harding in the Banbury goal. Banbury came back and the impressive Ravi Shamsi who was once on the books of Fulham F.C ran across the Tivvy box before letting go a fierce shot that just went over the bar of Martin Rice. Another Banbury raid came and went when a corner from Tom Winters flashed across the box and after evading the majority of players Banbury’s Ricky Johnson narrowly failed to put the ball in the back of the net.

Tivvy responded with another chance for Levi Landricombe who was a menace throughout the match when he latched onto a long ball but shot straight at the keeper Jack Harding. Banbury then nearly opened the scoring when Tom Winters sent another precise corner over and big centre half Luke Carnell’s header was cleared off the Tivvy line. That was as good as it was to get for Banbury in the first half. On thirty minutes Tivvy broke the deadlock with a great flick header from Owen Howe to Levi Landricombe and he finished with a swerving 20-yard shot that flew into the bottom left corner of the goal beating Jack Harding all ends up. Tivvy nearly doubled their lead just before half time when Nick Hurst sent a gorgeous ball across the box but Levi Landricombe and Owen Howe got tangled together and the chance went begging. Tivvy deserved the half time lead and were more than a match for the Puritans.

The second half team talk in the Banbury dressing room must have been inspirational and they brought on Connor McDonagh to add some guile to their attacks. Tivvy under increasing pressure at the back and the ball not sticking up front were fighting a rear-guard action. It was no surprise that on 64 minutes the equaliser came and it was Charlie Hawton who burst forward on the right flank who delivered a delicious cross that was begging to be put away and the experienced Jefferson Louis didn’t need to be asked twice and he obliged with a header past Martin Rice into the corner of the net. Things got worse for Tivvy two minutes later when the tricky Tom Winters set up Darren Pond to thunderbolt a strike from twelve yards through a gaggle of players giving Martin Rice again no chance. The goal of the game came on 78 minutes when that man Ravi Shamsi (remember that name as the lad is going places) received the ball on the half way line, jinked past numerous players then unleashed a stunning shot into the roof of the net. That goal was worth the admission price alone.

Tivvy this season have a never say die attitude and with Levi Landricombe in the side the game is never over. On 81 Minutes Michael Landricombe played another quality ball through to his brother who lobbed Jack Harding from outside of the box. This should have resulted in Tivvy throwing the kitchen sink at the Puritans defence but this was not to be the case. Banbury on 86 minutes had a corner that was missed at the near post and the ball looped up to Connor McDonagh who’s flick header was dispatched into the net to seal the game for the home side. Tivvy’s dismal FA Cup form continued for another season.

Tivvy

Martin Rice, Nick Hurst, Callum Hall, Jamie Price ©, Mike Landricombe, Tom Gardner, Jamie Short, Ollie Knowles, Owen Howe, Levi Landricombe, Scott Rogers.

Subs: Tom Bath (72 for SR), Harry Horton (78 for JS), Jordan Rogers (78 for OH),

Unused: Liam Gregory, George Rogers Att:436


             Frome Town 0-1 Tiverton Town  -  away

Monday 28th August 2017     

Match Report  Jay Richardson


Nearly every successful football team follows the old adage of make your home ground a fortress and win your home games then pick up what you can on your travels as a bonus. Tiverton fresh from an excellent two nil win over Gosport Borough at Ladysmead on Saturday made the seventy-six-mile trip to Somerset on a very hot Bank Holiday Monday. Tiverton’s last visit to The Robins’ home of Badgers Hill twenty-one years ago saw a 2-1 away win with Kevin Smith hitting two goals in front of a crowd of 114 people. This time Tiverton won the match courtesy of Captain Jamie Price’s 11th minute header from a gorgeous Nick Hurst Free Kick in front of 258 people. The exquisite header from Jamie Price looped over the home keeper Kyle Phillips head and dropped inside the far post to the delight of the away fans.

Martyn Rogers now has four excellent strikers at the club and this time it was Owen Howe who partnered Levi Landricombe up front with Jordan Rogers taking his place on the bench with Saturdays scorer Tom Bath. The early exchanges saw a Michael Landricombe header whistle just inches wide of Phillips goal frame. Frome Town then had their own chances with Marcus Mapstone going close and then a golden opportunity when Sam Teale had a free header from a corner but just like Gosport Borough at Ladysmead the Frome Town player sent his header wide of Martin Rice’s goal. With Tiverton’s find of the season Callum Hall playing as a left wing back and the impressive Nick Hurst as the right-wing back Tiverton were always a threat going forward. From a gorgeous Nick Hurst, free kick in the 11th minute Jamie Price rose like a salmon to loop a header over Phillips and register his second goal of the bank holiday weekend.

Frome had another opportunity in the 18th minute as Kris Miller danced down the line and pulled the ball back across the Tivvy box however there were no Frome players in attendance and the chance was snuffed out. Tivvy then had an excellent chance when Callum Hall burst forward and set up Levi Landricombe but the chance was put agonisingly past the post by Tivvy’s number 10. It will be only a matter of time before Levi Landricombe opens up his Southern Premier League account. There were a few half chances for tivvy and Frome were huffing and puffing with no end product. Frome’s manager wasn’t happy with their defending and after one outburst in the first half they tried to tighten up. Frome however were pleased that Mr Halford bought the game to a halt and the half ended with his team being only 1-0 down.

The second half saw Tiverton’s defence excellently marshalled again by Jamie Price who reads the game so effectively along with Tom Gardner and Ben Mammola snub out any serious chances from Frome Town. Although in the 49th Minute a Jon Davies shot hit the outside of the goal frame however Martin Rice had it covered. Frome were pushing more and more players forward and were looking to hit the long ball which played straight into the hands of Tivvy Town’s defence. Tivvy were lively on the break and a Jamie Short run similar to his run against Gosport nearly produced the second Tivvy goal on 60 minutes but he just failed to convert.  The 79th minute saw Callum Hall burst forward beating various players on his way and he found himself in the Robbins penalty area and only an excellent stop by Phillips kept the ex-Plymouth Argyle player off the scoresheet.

Tiverton continued to defend with maturity and unlike the match at Hereford where a debateable decision went against them this was never likely to happen again. The nearest Frome Town came was in the 92nd minute when the impressive Jon Davies had a low shot through a crowded penalty area however Martin Rice got down well to make sure that Tiverton Town kept a second clean sheet in a row and stretched their unbeaten run to three games. Next Saturday the team head to Banbury in the FA Cup and with the defence in fine form and quality in attack we look forward to an interesting game.     

          Tiverton Town 2-0 Gosport Borough - home

Saturday 26th August 2017     

Match Report  Jay Richardson


Two years and 4 days from his last appearance for Tiverton Town Chris Wright deputised in goal for Tivvy in place of the regular custodian Martin Rice who was away for one match only. They say that lightening doesn’t strike twice but Chris Wright’s last match his 150th for Tivvy on 22 August 2015 saw him keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 home win against Marlow and in his 151st appearance for Tiverton he kept another clean sheet in a 2-0 home win this time against Gosport Borough.

Tiverton went into the match looking to build on their opening day success at home against Bishop’s Stortford two weeks earlier and they sprung a surprise by leaving Owen Howe on the bench and pairing Jordan Rogers who missed the previous Saturdays match against Chesham with Levi Landricombe as the two front players. Gosport Borough without a point all season came out of the blocks playing neat one touch football on an excellent looking playing surface. Borough had the first real opportunity when a free header fell to Chinedu Vine in the 5th minute but the header from the pacey frontman went wide of Wright’s goal.  On ten minutes Borough had another opportunity and this time Wright got down well to save from a good strike from outside the box due to another lively Gosport attacking move.

Levi Landricombe getting back to his best from injury tested Matthew Cafer with a low drive that the Weymouth born stopper previously with Yeovil Town Youth and Bath City dealt with very efficiently. Tivvy were getting a stronghold on the game and in the 25th minute a lovely through ball from Jamie Short found Levi Landricombe one on one with the keeper and again Cafer did exceptionally well to block Tivvy’s number ten from opening his account for the season. Gosport were not going to lie down and another free header this time for Borough’s number 4 Ed Sanders failed to trouble Wright when he was well placed to score. Apart from a few untidy fouls and a booking for Tiverton’s Callum Hall the first half petered out without any further major action to note.

The second half saw Tiverton revitalised and knowing that the first goal would be crucial came out from the dressing room with purpose. However, on 46 minutes a defensive error saw Borough nearly take the lead. The ball found its way from a loose defensive pass to Chinedu Vine but he screwed the shot wide when well placed. Tiverton didn’t heed the warning and it took another fine save low down from Wright five minutes later to deny a good attacking move from Borough’s lively right winger. Tivvy then started to turn the screw and with the midfield battle being won by Mike Landricombe, Jamie Short and Ollie Knowles they started to create chances. First a towering header from Jamie Price was chalked off for being offside much to the displeasure of the home crowd.  Then it was Jamie Short’s turn to narrowly fail to score when he rounded the keeper but ran out of pitch just when the fans thought the net was going to bulge.

Borough were still looking dangerous though on the break and on 70 minutes it took a fine goal line clearance from substitute Scott Rogers to keep the scores level. With Owen Howe joining Scott Rogers on the field Tivvy were looking more and more a threat.  Then ten minutes later a stroke of genius saw Martyn Rogers make a final substitution. Those who followed football in the eighties would know Liverpool’s Super Sub David Fairclough and Tivvy have their own Super Sub in Tom Bath. Tom came off the bench and in an instance, he had set up Jamie Price with a lovely cross to drill the ball past Matthew Cafer. Two minutes later latching onto the ball from a bad mix up at the back for Gosport Bathy coolly finished to make the score safe for Tivvy. Despite Borough desperately searching for a way back in the last eight minutes the score would stay the same and the Tivvy fans could look forward to their bank holiday match away at Frome Town.

Tivvy:  Chris Wright, Nick Hurst, Callum Hall, Jamie Price ©, Ben Mammola, Tom Gardner, Jamie Short, Ollie Knowles, Jordan Rogers, Levi Landricombe, Mike Landricombe.

Subs   Owen Howe, Tom Bath, Scott Rogers, George Rogers.

Scorers Price, Bath

Attendance 265

     

Sat 19 August : away

CHESHAM UNITED 1-1 TIVERTON TOWN  
Evo-Stick Southern Premiership
Match Report by Simon Ellis

The Yellows came away from their second long haul journey in 4 days with only one point to show for their exertions from a possible six. Robbed of at least a point at Hereford by a very dubious (and fan base led) decision to award the hosts an 81st minute penalty after they had defended superbly and had missed gilt-edged chances to take the lead but needed a last-minute goal of the season contender from Man of the Match Jamie Short to salvage a draw at Chesham, in what was in all honesty, a below par performance in comparison to that of the one at Edgar Street. 

That said though, the fact that staff, players and fans are slightly disappointed at the last two results tells how far they have come in recent times, that the Yellows are more than capable of holding their own and with time and support will again become a force to be reckoned with at this level.

Previous Tivvy sides had failed to win in four attempts at The Meadow (D2, L2) and so it would come to pass that visit number five would be no better. The hosts had greater possession for periods of the game, keen to make amends for their 3-1 reverse to early pace setters Banbury United in their previous fixture and also ensure that this would not be the first Tivvy side to register a win there, but were left to rue the fact they could not turn their better start into goals and subsequently only had one to show by the interval, Oran Swales making the most of retreating defenders after Ollie Knowles had lost possession in midfield to arrow low past Rice on 25. 

Chances came and went for Tivvy to draw level though, Mike Landricombe volleyed over from close range shortly after Swales goal and brother Levi, normally so lethal when in on goal but clearly short of match fitness after his pre-season absence, scuffed his effort and Tom Gardner headed a corner wide right on half time.

Chesham continued to have the lions share of possession and had a glorious chance to extend their advantage midway through the second period, Jon Jo Bates played through on goal, he rounded Rice and with the open goal at his mercy, he contrived to somehow completely miss his kick and the chance was gone. Tivvys nature of lumping balls from back to front was again reaping no rewards and the longer the match went on the more likely they looked of suffering another defeat, that until such a ball forward from Martin Rice was partly cleared in the final knockings which sat up invitingly for Jamie Short and with a swing of his trusted right foot his arrowed volley flew into the top corner past the largely untroubled Al-Droubi in the Chesham goal, who would have got nowhere near it had he had more than the split second notice he was given for one of, if not Shorts best goal for the Yellows.

Tiverton: Martin Rice, Nick Hurst (Scott Rogers 74), Callum Hall, Jamie Price, Ben Mammola, Tom Gardner (Tom Bath 74), JAMIE SHORT, Ollie Knowles, Owen Howe, Levi Landricombe (Liam Gregory 90), Michael Landricombe.

Goal: Jamie Short 90.

Attendance: 269.


15th August : away
Hereford F.C 1-0 Tiverton Town   
Evo-Stick Southern Premiership
Match Report by Jay Richardson 

Last season’s two promoted sides from the Evo Stick South & West Division One resumed their acquaintance at Edgar Street on a pleasant summers night in the Evo Stick Southern Premiership. The previous season both games had been close encounters with Tiverton holding Hereford to a 1-1 draw at Ladysmead and going down 2-1 in the return fixture in Herefordshire. Twenty-three fans from Tiverton in a crowd of 2,424 travelled to support the team buoyed by an opening day victory over Bishops Stortford at Ladysmead three days earlier.


The only changes to the starting line up from Saturday’s victory was Ben Mammola returning to the defence and Levi Landricombe starting up front back from his injury lay off. The two players they replaced Ben Carter and Jordan Rogers settled for positions on the bench. The early action saw a lot of possession for Hereford but they lacked a real cutting edge. Tivvy were looking to hit the hosts on the break using the hold-up play of Owen Howe and the pace of Levi Landricombe supplemented by the midfield craft of Ollie Knowles and Jamie Short.

Tiverton’s defence was looking very assured with Tom Gardner, Ben Mammola and Jamie Price in a three being supplemented by Callum Hall and Nick Hurst as the Wing Backs. Herefords first notable effort came on 27 minutes when Pablo Haysham had a shot smothered well by the impressive Ex Torquay keeper Martin Rice. A couple of further efforts from Hereford followed with a Mills over-head kick sailing harmlessly wide & a Pablo Haysham header well off target. Tiverton responded well with a Levi Landricombe effort that was dealt with by Hereford’s ex Torquay Keeper Martin Horsell.  The Tivvy fans were nearly bouncing up and down after 42 minutes when a cultured ball from Ollie Knowles found Owen Howe in the box but the prolific striker put the ball over the top of the Hereford bar when well place to open the scoring. Half time came at the wrong time for Tivvy who were looking to assert some of their own pressure but a 0-0 score line was a fair reflection of the half.

The second half saw Hereford looking for that breakthrough and they had numerous corners and efforts at the Tivvy goal after the restart. From one of those corners they hit the top of Martyn Rice’s bar and then followed a Jamie Molyneux’s shot that was also saved by Martin Rice with his legs when Molyneux’s was well placed. With the impressive Mike Landricombe playing the anchor role, breaking up play and protecting the back line and the defence marshalled expertly by Jamie Price Hereford didn’t look like they were going to score from Open play. The whole team defended from the front and it took a cruel twist of fate to enable Hereford to take the lead. On Eighty-One minutes Pablo Haysham the same player who won a penalty in the corresponding fixture last season off Steve Kingdon won a penalty this season for a similar incident this time Nick Hurst being the unfortunate player to concede the disputed penalty. Despite Tiverton’s players, fans and management being unhappy with the decision a penalty was given and John Mills converted the resulting spot kick. There is video coverage on Hereford Goals & Tivvy 12th man sites on twitter for you to make your own minds up but in the end of the day it’s not going to change the result.

Tivvy didn’t threaten much after the penalty incident and ultimately went back to Devon with no points. However, there were a lot of positives to be gained from the performance and to come back disappointed from Hereford shows how much this club has progressed and bodes well for the rest of the season.

Tivvy: Martin Rice, Nick Hurst, Callum Hall, Ben Mammola, Tom Gardner, Jamie Price ©, Mike Landricombe, Ollie Knowles, Jamie Short, Owen Howe, Levi Landricombe Subs, George Rogers, Scott Rogers, Liam Gregory, Glen Gould, Ben Carter.

Hereford: Martin Horsell, Jimmy Oates©, James Bowen, Keyon Reffell, Jack Deaman, Mark Preece, Jamie Molyneux, Calvin Dinsley, John Mills, Pablo Haysham, Mike Symons. Subs, Jamie Edge, Gary Preen, harry Franklin, Bradley Williams, Max Harris.

Goals: John Mills Pen 81

Attendance 2,424 (Tivvy Travelling Heroes 23)

CHESHAM UNITED 1-1 TIVERTON TOWN


Match Report  Simon Ellis


The Yellows came away from their second long haul journey in 4 days with only one point to show for their exertions from a possible six. Robbed of at least a point at Hereford by a very dubious (and fan base led) decision to award the hosts an 81st minute penalty after they had defended superbly and had missed gilt-edged chances to take the lead but needed a last-minute goal of the season contender from Man of the Match Jamie Short to salvage a draw at Chesham, in what was in all honesty, a below par performance in comparison to that of the one at Edgar Street.

That said though, the fact that staff, players and fans are slightly disappointed at the last two results tells how far they have come in recent times, that the Yellows are more than capable of holding their own and with time and support will again become a force to be reckoned with at this level.

Previous Tivvy sides had failed to win in four attempts at The Meadow (D2, L2) and so it would come to pass that visit number five would be no better. The hosts had greater possession for periods of the game, keen to make amends for their 3-1 reverse to early pace setters Banbury United in their previous fixture and also ensure that this would not be the first Tivvy side to register a win there, but were left to rue the fact they could not turn their better start into goals and subsequently only had one to show by the interval, Oran Swales making the most of retreating defenders after Ollie Knowles had lost possession in midfield to arrow low past Rice on 25.

Chances came and went for Tivvy to draw level though, Mike Landricombe volleyed over from close range shortly after Swales goal and brother Levi, normally so lethal when in on goal but clearly short of match fitness after his pre-season absence, scuffed his effort and Tom Gardner headed a corner wide right on half time.

Chesham continued to have the lions share of possession and had a glorious chance to extend their advantage midway through the second period, Jon Jo Bates played through on goal, he rounded Rice and with the open goal at his mercy, he contrived to somehow completely miss his kick and the chance was gone. Tivvys nature of lumping balls from back to front was again reaping no rewards and the longer the match went on the more likely they looked of suffering another defeat, that until such a ball forward from Martin Rice was partly cleared in the final knockings which sat up invitingly for Jamie Short and with a swing of his trusted right foot his arrowed volley flew into the top corner past the largely untroubled Al-Droubi in the Chesham goal, who would have got nowhere near it had he had more than the split second notice he was given for one of, if not Shorts best goal for the Yellows.

Tiverton: Martin Rice, Nick Hurst (Scott Rogers 74), Callum Hall, Jamie Price, Ben Mammola, Tom Gardner (Tom Bath 74), JAMIE SHORT, Ollie Knowles, Owen Howe, Levi Landricombe (Liam Gregory 90), Michael Landricombe.

Goal: Jamie Short 90.

Attendance: 269.