Match report

Ivybridge Town 0 - 5 Tiverton Town

   Wednesday 11/03/2009   Devon St Luke's Cup
Alan Reidy

Devon St. Lukes Bowl Quarter Final

If ever there was an example of a low key County Cup tie then Ivybridge's visit to Ladysmead for their first meeting with Tiverton Town was it. A sparse attendance of just 92 witnessed a very graphic illustration of the difference in standard between Southern League and Peninsula League as Tivvy cruised into the last four of the St. Luke’s Bowl at the expense of far lesser opponents. The scoring was completed by the interval, and the second half proved little more than an exhibition in how not to shoot from distance as superior fitness and supposed superior technical ability meant the latter stages were played at a walking pace.

Tiverton could have been half a dozen ahead before the deadlock was broken, with both Paul Wyatt and Jamie Mudge being denied by Ivybridge goalkeeper David Painter, and when the breakthrough finally arrived it was courtesy of the unfortunate Steve Hatfield, who could do little other than deflect Bobby Hopkinson’s powerful cross into his own net. Paul Jarvis nearly doubled the advantage a minute later but Tivvy didn’t have to wait too long to extend their lead. Hopkinson swept a ball to Wyatt wide on the left, the ball was cut back and Mark Saunders placed the it into the corner, well beyond Painter’s reach.

Phil Walsh instigated the next productive move with a powerful run down the right flank, and after a quick exchange with Mudge the ball eventually found its way to Hopkinson who rammed it into the roof of the net from six yards. Thick and fast, the goals flowed, Walsh the next man to get his name on the scoresheet with the pick of the evening. Saunders played an instinctive diagonal ball, Jarvis plucked it out of the air, beat Darren Wills with a hop and a skip and teed up Walsh to thump into the net.

On the stroke of half time Mudge was in on the act, and having already been denied twice by Painter he made sure of making his mark with a cool finish after running down a piercing through ball from deep.

The second half saw Walsh and Tom Gardner swap positions, and also witnessed an assured if rather undemanding Tiverton debut from Sean Holden in midfield. Tivvy moved the ball around at will but showed little urgency, and the nearest the scorers were troubled after the change of ends was when Arran Pugh looped a headed effort against the frame of the goal. Mudge and Walsh both sent a couple of efforts into orbit, and at the other end both Joe Truelove and Josh Norrie sliced shots into the side netting of the Tiverton goal. The game petered out and Tiverton progressed smoothly towards a semi-final showdown with reigning champions Dawlish Town.

Ivybridge Town: David Painter; Darren Wills, Jason Benyon, Ben Smallridge, Steve Hatfield (Martyn King 72), Joe Davey, Justin Crawley, Martyn Sullivan, Joe Truelove, Ben Anniss, Josh Norrie
Booked: None
Sent off: None

Tiverton Town: Steve Book, Adam Faux, Paul Jarvis, Arran Pugh, Nathan Rudge (Alex Faux 46), Tom Gardner, Paul Wyatt, Bobby Hopkinson, Phil Walsh, Mark Saunders (Sean Holden 46), Jamie Mudge
Goals: Hatfield (o.g.) 25, Saunders 30, Hopkinson 39, Walsh 42, Mudge 45
Booked: None
Sent off: None

Attendance: 92




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