Match report

Chippenham Town 1 - 0 Tiverton Town

   Thursday 01/01/2009   Southern League Premier Division
Alan Reidy

The last two times Tiverton have played an away game at Chippenham a sum total of ten goals have been shipped by the Yellows. 5-3 two terms ago (three red cards and a fourth sympathetically rejected as Kev Readings was too busy with a broken wrist to accept his rightful punishment) and then 5-1 at the start of last season in what was Jamie Mudge’s last game for the club. So it was only right that a tight and closely contested meeting was played out this time, and while Tivvy were not without their chances they were left accepting that they were short of ideas and fell to a justifiable defeat.

Mike Booth had Town’s best chance of the game after little more than ten minutes but having done the hard work to shake off the agricultural attentions of the usually suspended Ross Adams Booth could only fire his shot straight at Chippenham goalkeeper Chris Snoddy. The lanky custodian did well to hold on, but the only other time in the afternoon he was called into action was for a routine pick-up from a daisycutting Paul Jarvis free kick a minute or two later that Bobby Hopkinson should have struck.

The hosts looked as fast as they always do on the break and David Pratt shot early at Steve Book having picked up on a delightful pass from Sam Allison while the latter caused further problems for the Yellows with a direct run through the heart but the surge culminated in a shot that Book was able to deal with comfortably. Book then did well to command his area and claim a teasing free kick from the influential Kye Holly, and a second free kick in first half added time resulted in an almighty scramble that Phil Walsh half leared and Adam Faux finally fully thwarted.

After a relatively even first period Chippenham raised the bar after the break and took a deserved lead in the fifty-sixth minute. Matt Villis excelled to cut out Luke Gullick’s cross but Holly swung in the corner and loanee Alex Kite powered a header beyond Book from close range. Jarvis whacked in another free kick as Tivvy rallied, this time a foot high and a foot wide, but strained his rather susceptible hamstring in the process and was replaced by new signing Lewis Powell. Chasing the game Tivvy changed to a rather disjointed 4-3-3 system but for all their graft they were unable to work the goalkeeper unduly.

Powell shot a low and weak effort at Snoddy that was, in fairness, an awkward chance, and then ballooned a shot from well outside the area that had the caretaker of the adjacent school on his heels. Snoddy only had one cause for concern, brought about on his lonesome as he flapped at Bobby Hopkinson’s cross, but Phil Walsh shot over. Another half chance for Walsh went wide and back at the other end the Bluebirds went in haste. Book saved superbly from Pratt and also saw an effort from the same player deflect off of Villis’ boot and away for a corner.

After such a bright December Tiverton started the new year exactly how they didn’t want to. At least for such an intense game, as it always is against Chippenham, there was only one booking. No prizes...

Chippenham Town: Chris Snoddy; Ross Adams, Kevin Halliday, Alex Kite, Steve Casey, Ashley Williams, Scott Lye, Kye Holly, David Pratt, Samuel Allison, Luke Gullick
Goals: Kite 56
Booked: None
Sent off: None

Tiverton Town: Steve Book; Adam Faux, Paul Jarvis (Lewis Powell 65), Matt Villis, Nathan Rudge, Tom Gardner, Mike Booth, Bobby Hopkinson, Phil Walsh, Arran Pugh, Paul Wyatt
Booked: Nathan Rudge 28
Sent off: None

Attendance: 562

This report ©2009 Alan Reidy






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