Match report

Tiverton Town 6 - 0 Exeter Civil Service

   Wednesday 16/09/2009   Friendly
Alan Reidy

Like the squat thrust, Wednesday evening’s exercise meant well but was ultimately pointless. Against an Exeter Civil Service team that looked well out of their depth Tiverton Town cruised to an altogether meaningless 6-0 victory in front of barely fifty hardy souls.

By the time Dean Griffiths opened the scoring with a twenty-yarder after six minutes Tivvy had already rode their luck, and were thankful for some indecisive finishing and a well placed crossbar. But the early scare never materialised into any consistent pressure from the visitors and Griffiths doubled the lead after quarter of an hour.

Two substitutions at half time saw Luke Cole and Matt Bye replace Matt Villis and Mike Humphreys as Tiverton kept to a very deliberate 4-4-2 formation just a day after Martyn Rogers had finally admitted that his preferred wingback system was old and tired, tried and tested, and easy to counter.

The third goal didn’t arrive until twenty minutes or so from the end, and was Phil Everett’s first Tiverton goal for well over six years. Unfortunately for Phil he was wearing the dark royal purple shirt of the Exeter side when he powerfully headed home Ben Cleverley’s corner kick.

Superior fitness told in the closing stages as Tivvy grabbed three more, two courtesy of Craig Veal, who along with Jamie Hatch and Alex Faux was the pick of the protagonists, and his brace was separated by a snapshot strike from Matt Bye.

Tiverton Town: John Wannell, Adam Faux, Tom Gardner, Mike Humphreys (Matt Bye 46), Nathan Rudge, Matt Villis (Luke Cole 46), Jamie Hatch, Craig Veal, Dean Griffiths, Ben Cleverley, Alex Faux
Goals: Griffiths 6, 15, Own Goal (Phil Everett) 72, Craig Veal 80, 87, Matt Bye 84
Booked: None
Sent off: None

Attendance: 50 h/c :-)

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