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Tiverton Town 1 - 0 Sutton Coldfield

   Saturday 28/04/2001   Southern League First Division
Nigel Davis

A bumper crowd left Ladysmead delighted as man-of-the-match Nicky Marker ensured plucky Sutton Coldlfield Town became Tiverton Town´s 13th successive home league victims. The veteran defender netted his fourth goal in three games to give the Yellows a 1-0 win and three more vital points.
The majority of 832 the fans were expecting a comfortable win over lowly Sutton‚ but they had to wait until the 56th minute until the all-important goal.
Sutton‚ who won 1-0 at Ladysmead last season‚ defied their 19th position in the table and it was the visitors who had the best of the first half chances as Tivvy started tentatively.
Livewire striker Leon Mitchell firstly had a goal-bound effort cleared of the line by Neil Saunders‚ then he outpaced Nicky Marker and forced a brilliant save from Paul Edwards.
Tiverton struggled to piece together meaningful possession‚ going closest when Kevin Nancekivell shot straight at ´keeper Nore Gabbidon after a quick free-kick by Paul Chenoweth. But the Yellows took control after the break‚ although Sutton´s Robin Judd wasted a great chance when he went through one-on-one with Edwards.
He was made to pay as Marker headed home a well-flighted corner from Pete Conning‚ who took Scott Rogers´ place after he was rushed to hospital at 4am that morning with a suspected blood clot on the lung.
Tiverton continued to push forward in search of the clincher‚ with Steve Ovens forcing a desperate save from Gabbidon and Phil Everett having a strike ruled out for offside.
Then Sutton sub Simeon Hodson‚ somewhat harshly‚ became the third Tiverton opponent to be dismissed in two Ladysmead games after an alleged elbow which sent Steve Daly sprawling to the ground.
Although the Yellows deserved the result on the balance of play‚ on this evidence they will face a tough test when they visit Sutton on Thursday in a game‚ which could decide their promotion fate.

This report ©2001 Nigel Davis

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