Match report

Elmore 2 - 5 Tiverton Town

   Wednesday 04/11/2009   Devon St Luke's Cup
Alan Reidy

Joe Bushin became the first Tiverton Town player in over a year to score a hat-trick as he proved the key to knocking cross-town rivals Elmore crashing out of the Devon Cup at Horsdon Park. All three of the young striker’s goals came in a devastating first half performance that saw Tivvy race into a four goal lead, an advantage they never looked like surrendering.

Matt Bye and loan signing Karl Baker also notched their first goals for the club, and a brace from the Eagles Sam Kemp proved to be the only blip on an evening where the three levels that separate Tivvy and Elmore was emphatically underlined.

Tiverton could have taken a fourth minute lead when Tom Gardner headed over Jamie Hatch’s free kick but the Yellows didn’t have to wait much longer to edge ahead. Alex Faux played a quick one-two with Baker on the left wing, receiving the ball back having restarted with a throw-in, and the full back delivered an inch perfect cross towards the near post. Bushin flew in from deep, launched himself forward and crashed a header into the net from six yards out.

Tiverton were a class above their opponents and both Mark Saunders and Baker saw efforts go just over the bar in the early stages, the first deflected up and over by Daniel Tapp, the second a scorcher that rasped a foot too high. With only fifteen minutes on the clock Baker crossed for Bushin to head his second goal of the evening, underlining Tivvy’s dominance. And despite the comfort zone there was little indication that Town would ease up as Saunders hit the post and Elmore goalkeeper Joe Moore pulled off a fine double save to keep out Baker and Bye.

A third goal was coming and duly arrived ten minutes before the break when Saunders flicked a header into the path of Bushin, allowing the former Dawlish hitman a free run on goal. Bushin stayed composed as he made a mockery of the Elmore offside trap, rounded Moore and calmly slotted the ball into an empty net to become the first Tivvy player to stake a claim to the matchball since Phil Walsh hit three against North Leigh in October 2008.

A few minutes later it was 4-0 as Bye picked up a loose clearance feigned to shoot initially and then rammed a drive through a crowd of players and into the bottom corner from 25 yards. This goal effectively sealed the match as a contest although Elmore pulled one back on the stroke of half time when Kemp got in behind the Tivvy defence, shrugged off the attentions of Gardner and fired a shot past Steve Book

There was the potential for a rout in the second half but with the game all but won Tiverton appeared to be trying to score the perfect goal. This led to an overabundance of chances missed of wasted, the first when Hatch tried to spectacularly beat Moore with a bicycle kick. The Elmore custodian then tipped a powerful Baker shot onto and over the bar and also stooped to deny Bushin his fourth of the game.

Moore was proving to be the one Eagle that ensured a respectable scoreline as time and time again he came to his side’s rescue. Baker saw another shot saved and pushed out for a corner, and Bushin wasn’t able to beat Moore after turning his man on the half way line and rushing towards goal. Bushin then scuffed an effort from close range when faced with an open goal but there was nothing Elmore could do but admire when Baker leathered a first time shot from the end of the area and found the corner of the net.

Tiverton’s fifth goal was a signal to ease the tempo, preserve energy and keep clear of the referee’s notebook and so Elmore found a little more time in possession and were able to explore the Tivvy half of the pitch. Kemp shot well over from an angle on 72 minutes and soon after Book pushed away a Tom Pilling free kick at the near post. The flurry was complete moments later when Darren Goff burst from midfield only to see his shot expertly saved by Book at full stretch.

For their persistence and fine character Elmore deserved a consolation goal and got their reward in the final minute of the game. Kemp again found space behind the Yellows defence and again placed a crisp shot beyond Book’s outstretched right hand to wrap up the evening.

Elmore: Joe Moore, Jack Andrews, Mark Pickford, Paul Pike, Darren Goff, Tom Keating (Tom Pilling 67), Liam Thomas (Brett Worbey 72), Tom Edworthy, Daniel Tapp, Steve Rowland (Tom Sambrook 46), Sam Kemp
Goals: Kemp 44, 90
Booked: None
Sent off: None

Tiverton Town: Steve Book, Colin Marshall (Jake Wannell 46), Alex Faux, Matt Bye, Mike Booth, Tom Gardner, Jamie Hatch, Mike Humphreys, Joe Bushin, Mark Saunders (Adam Mortimer 59), Karl Baker
Goals: Bushin 6, 15, 36, Bye 40, Baker 63
Booked: None
Sent off: None

Attendance: 121

This report ©2009 Alan Reidy