Match report

Cullompton Rangers 0 - 5 Tiverton Town

   Tuesday 01/08/2000   Friendly
Nigel Davis

Having installed floodlights and lengthened their pitch in order to meet the required FA Vase standards‚ it was now time to see what improvements Cullompton Rangers had made in terms of playing standards. And they should be pretty pleased with the way they performed on Tuesday night against a nigh-on full strength Tivvy side.
Had it not been for an early injury to their veteran keeper Steve Guppy‚ the outcome may well have been different. Up stepped former Tivvy reserve keeper Chris Garnsworthy - and he was beaten five times before he‚ also‚ succumbed to injury for the last five minutes‚ Rangers having to use a third custodian in a friendly that was played in excellent spirits - hard but fair.
Kevin Nancekivell gave Tivvy the lead midway through the first half and‚ as the game crept into the six minutes of injury time allotted for the injury to Guppy‚ Phil Everett cannoned in the second off a post and‚ just before the half-time whistle‚ Nancekivell made it 3-0.
It was interesting to see how many familiar faces there are involved with Cullompton Rangers these days. It was almost Tivvy ex v Tivvy now‚ with even manager Ray Pratt an old boy from Ladysmead.
Already mentioned was Garnsworthy in goal‚ in defence was Paul Robinson and Duncan Floyde‚ midfield boasted Matthew Scott and up front was Darren Pengelly. And heard hollering from the bench was the ever popular Lee Annunziata.
It didn´t take too long after the break for Nancekivell to complete his hat-trick and this triggered a mass substitution for the visitors. Off went Micky Fallon‚ Nick Marker‚ Kevin Nancekivell‚ Richard Pears‚ Phil Everett‚ Steve Daly and Dave Leonard to be replaced by Dominic Richardson‚ Luke Vinnicombe‚ Ryan King‚ Steve Ovens‚ Pete Varley‚ Pete Conning and the unnumbered Russell Jee respectively.
This prompted Tivvy into trying three up front (Varley‚ Ovens and King) but their efforts to impress floundered on their lack of composure in front of goal‚ along with any sense of team play. Maybe they underestimated Rangers because they attempted to go it alone´ rather than creating space and setting each other up - the ploy that had worked in the first half.
Steve Ovens did get his name on the scoresheet‚ six minutes after coming on‚ but should have had another when‚ with Garnsworthy having hared out of his area and lying injured after a collision with what looked like one of his own men‚ Ovens had an open goal at his mercy. Instead of tapping the ball home‚ he elected to try to break the net - and only succeeded in firing the ball into outer space. Not the best way to stake your claim for a place in the starting line-up...
The only other piece of excitement - if you discount the numerous chances that fell Tivvy´s way and which were well defended by Cullompton - was the dismissal´ of Matthew Scott in the dying seconds. It looked like he had said something out of turn and this prompted the ref to request his immediate substitution.

Line up: Paul Edwards‚ Micky Fallon (Luke Vinnicombe 52)‚ Neil Saunders‚ Stuart Smith‚ Nick Marker‚ Scott Rogers‚ Kevin Nancekivell (Ryan King 52)‚ Richard Pears (Steve Ovens 52)‚ Phil Everett (Pete Varley 52)‚ Steve Daly (Pete Conning 52)‚ Dave Leonard (Russell Gee 52)‚ Dominic Richardson (Micky Fallon 52)‚

This report ©2000 Nigel Davis

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