Match report

Tiverton Town 2 - 0 Folkstone Invicta

   Saturday 18/08/2001   Southern League Premier Division
John Reidy

Tivvy started their new Dr Martens Premier Division campaign in unusual style - they actually won!! After drawing their last two opening games against Stafford Rangers and Solihull you would have been forgiven for thinking that a similar fate would befall Tivvy this time round‚ but the lads had different ideas. It has to be said that Tivvy did not play particularly well‚ but perhaps Folkestone had something to do with that. Indeed it was interesting to watch Folkestone. They are rebuilding‚ with a few new signings‚ but it was clear to see the difference in quality in the step up.

Lynchy‚ for my money‚ the man of the match‚ made one goal - unselfishly setting up Phil Everett on 13 minutes and then in the second half he got one for himself. He very nearly scored a second‚ but Kevin Hudson the Folkestone ´Keeper made an excellent fingertip save to push the ball over for a corner.As early as the 30th second Tivvy set out their stall. Lynchy sent his first time volley from a Steve Winter cross over the bar‚ but then with three minutes gone Nicky Marker made an uncharacteristic error for which Eddie had to be at his best to deflect the ball out for a corner. Neil Saunders nearly got his name on the scoresheet when he flicked on a Nicky Marker free kick‚ but his effort was just wide.

Tivvy continued to have the better of the exchanges. Folkestone appeared to rely on the long ball and found themselves caught offside. It was on the 13th minute that Tivvy scored their very first Premier Division goal‚ when Antony Lynch ran on to the through ball‚ powered past his marker at the by-line and passed the ball across the face of the goal to Phil Everett‚ who had the relatively simple task of placing the ball in the net.

It looked like it was going to be two nil just two minutes later when Antony Lynch managed to cross the ball at the by-line for Kevin Nancekivell‚ but his header was saved easily by Kevin Hudson.

Dave Leonard set up Phil Everett with a fantastic pass. Phil looked up‚ picked out Lynchy‚ who had the ball taken off the top of his head when it looked to be a certain goal and then on the 28th minute Scott Rogers sent his long range shot just over and then Lynchy looked to have have scored his first DMP goal only to have it adjudged offside.Folkestone must have wondered how they did not get an equaliser in the 43rd minute‚ when following a goalmouth scramble‚ Neil Saunders´ goal line clearance saved Tivvy from what could have been a tricky situation going in at half time.

In the second half Tivvy started the brighter‚ Lynchy going close after just two minutes‚ but then Folkestone slowly got themselves more organised and began to put Tivvy under increasing presure. Dave Leonard‚ who found himself under very close scrutiny all afternoon came off after 54 minutes to be replaced by Stuart Smith. As Folkestone started to search for an equaliser‚ Tivvy lost their rhythmn a little and Eddie was called upon again to make another excellent save. This time diving to his left at fall stretch to turn the ball out for a corner.

This was enough for Tivvy to up the pace and following Scott Rogers´ a free kick the ball was crossed to Steve Winter whose shot was nicely deflected‚ but the ´keeper was aware enough to catch then ball. Tivvy continued to dominate and it was no surprise when on 75 minutes - that man - Lynchy scored Tivvy´s second goal when he picked up Stuart Smith header and with just the ´keeper to beat‚ calmly slotted home.

Richard Pears came on for Steve Winter in the 77th minute after he - like Dave Leonard - was under very close scrutiny all afternoon and picked up one knock too many!!Paul Chenoweth set up Lynchy who probably could have scored‚ but instead elected to cross the ball to Kevin Nancekivell but infortunately the ball was intercepted and did not quite make it´s target. Paul Chenoweth then went very close to scoring when a move started by Richard Pears´ fantastic pass to Phil Everett who then crossed the ball to Chenners‚ but the attention of Folkestone defender Scott Daniels was enough to thwart his effort.

Lynchy then very nearly got his second when he flicked on a Stuart Smith pass only to see his effort touched over the bar by the now very busy Kevin Hudson in the Folkestone goal.

Not the best Tivvy performance‚ but three points and good performances from Lynchy and Paul Chenoweth will have pleased Martyn Rogers as he prepares for the next encounter - a tricky match away to Havant & Waterlooville.

Line up: 1. Paul Edwards‚ 2. Steve Winter‚ 3. Neil Saunders‚ 4. Paul Tatterton‚ 5. Nicky Marker (capt)‚ 6. Scott Rogers‚ 7. Kevin Nancekivell‚ 8. Antony Lynch‚ 9. Phil Everett‚ 10. Paul Chenoweth‚ 11. Dave Leonard.

Subs: Dave Toomey (Antony Lynch 87)‚ Richard Pears (Steve Winter 77)‚ Stuart Smith (Dave Leonard 54).



Folkestone Invicta: 1. Kevin Hudson‚ 2. Anthony Browne‚ 3. James Virgo‚ 4. Danny Chapman, 5. Scott Daniels, 6. Anthony Hogg, 7. Martin Chandler, 8. Danny G Chapman (Capt), 9. James Dryden, 10, Ricky Reina, 11. Anthony Henry.

Subs: John Ayling, Dan Larkin, Steve Hogg.



Referee: Roger East (Wilton)

Att: 903

This report ©2001 John Reidy






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