Match report

Tiverton Town 0 - 2 Bedford Town

   Saturday 30/08/2008   Southern League Premier Division
Alan Reidy

With Tivvy naming an unchanged lineup form the team that beat Clevedon there were high hopes for a first home win of the season. But as it transpired Tiverton were heavy-legged and seldom looked like making much of an impression against a well organised Bedford side. Bobby Hopkinson shot wide from well out, Paul Wyatt did much the same from inside the area, and Mark Saunders had a shot bravely blocked before receiving a knee in the back and being forced out of the game just before the interval. Radley Veale replaced Saunders to make his first appearance of the season but couldn’t instigate any more worthy attacking play, and when Tom Gardner headed a cross just over the top it was left to the visitors to break the deadlock. When the goal came it was worth waiting for - Steve Gentle picked up a loose ball in midfield, strode a pace or two forward and smashed a stunning shot into the bottom corner from well outside the area. Gardner almost inadvertently doubled the Bedford lead with an all-too-casual clearance that rolled just past Steve Book’s upright, and Veale finally tested Mike Armitt at the other end, but the Eagles ‘keeper was up to the task. With ten minutes remaining Andrew Phillips secured the points with a second from close range, and Wyatt scuffed Tivvy’s best chance at the death. 2-0 and a justified three points for Bedford.



Tiverton Town: Steve Book; Adam Faux, Chris Vinnicombe, Scott Hiley, Arran Pugh, Tom Gardner, Glenn Gould (Matt Groves 76), Bobby Hopkinson, Tom Knighton, Mark Saunders (Radley Veale 45), Paul Wyatt

Booked: Gardner 30

Sent Off: None



Bedford Town: Mike Armitt; Ashley Blake, Eddie Lawley, Robbie Miller, Jon Darby, Stuart Wall, Craig Daniel, Aaran Cavill, Andrew Phillips, Steve Gentle, Alaa Oijdi (Mark Boland 46)

Goals: Gentle 56, Phillips 80

Booked: Miller 76

Sent Off: None



Attendance: 316

This report ©2008 Alan Reidy






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