Match report

Hitchin Town 0 - 1 Tiverton Town

   Saturday 06/09/2008   Southern League Premier Division
Alan Reidy

The trip to Hitchin four days later had been thrown into doubt by the persistence of the rain in the East of England, but the game went ahead after a couple of morning pitch inspections, and by five o’clock Canaries manager Darren Hay was scratching his head as he saw his charges dominate the game and end up with nothing to show for it. Book saved superbly in the opening onslaught from Hitchin, reacting sharply when Johnathan Woolf deflected Tyron Sealy’s shot, Michael Cox headed high, Paul Barnes was denied by an on-song Book, and half of the Tiverton team were kicked out of the game in a physical match up. And then the goal came, against the run of play - corner whipped deep, Mark Saunders nods it back and Arran Pugh slides home his third of the season. It was Tiverton’s first meaningful effort on target, only a wide shot from Wyatt earlier in the second half had caused the home side any concern. But goals win games, not other chances, and it proved that Pugh’s was crucial. Back up to tenth in the table, and the excitement of the FA Cup and a trip to sunny Dorset to look forward to.



Hitchin Town: Martin Bennett; Tom Pepper, Lee Wilson, Carl Williams, Dean Gilbert, Michael Cox, Tyrone Sealey, Derwayne Stupple, Paul Barnes (Russell Bull 70 (Mark Barnes 86)), Ian Draycott (Luke Gregson 63), Jonathan Woolf



Tiverton Town: Steve Book; Adam Faux (Paul Jarvis 53), Alex Faux (Chris Vinnicombe 70), Arran Pugh, Nathan Rudge, Tom Gardner (Scott Hiley 38), James Fraser, Bobby Hopkinson, Tom Knighton, Mark Saunders, Paul Wyatt

Goals: Pugh 90



Attendance: 298

This report ©2008 Alan Reidy






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