Match report

Cambridge City 5 - 0 Tiverton Town

   Saturday 28/08/2010   Southern League Premier Division
Alan Reidy

It was always going to be tricky making the trek across the nation to Cambridge City, and goalkeeper Ryan Draper’s Tiverton Town away debut was one he will be keen to forget as he was forced to retrieve the ball from the onion bag five times. Tivvy made things hard for themselves by shipping three goals in as much time as it takes to announce the goalscorers, and from there the Yellows were fighting a cause that had been lost.

Tiverton started brightly enough but were undone in the eighth minute when a long ball behind the defence was allowed to run, Draper came off his line late and David Kolodynski nipped in to prod the ball past the exposed stopper.

From the kick-off it was quickly 2-0. It took Cambridge nine seconds to win the ball back in midfield, pump it long again and double their lead, this time Craig Hammond getting in behind a dozing defence to take the ball around Draper and slot home.

And still Tiverton slept. With less than two more minutes played the home supporters and players were celebrating again as Cambridge’s devastating finishing all but finished the game off as a contest. Tony Burke was the man with the final touch this time, finding space on the right thanks to another long ball from his own half. In he cut, onto his less-favoured left peg, and in the ball ricocheted off Draper’s upright.

The crowd were pinching themselves and each other, there was delirium abounding and the home side had raced into a mighty lead in the space of less than three first half minutes. Tiverton puffed their collective chests out, got their collective heads down and at least made a game of it from there on in, but Joe Bushin and Jamie Densham fed off little and Cambridge ’keeper Zac Barrett was untroubled.

A few minutes before half time City scored the best goal of the game when Liam Nicell was allowed to roam forward from his right back position, took aim and fired in a stupendous shout that fizzed into the bottom corner from thirty yards or more. If there was any doubt about the result before Nicell’s strike there certainly wasn’t now.

A more even second half saw Liam Ellis come within a whisker of reducing the deficit but his thunderbolt, which had beaten Barrett all ends up, rattled the crossbar. And at the other end Draper made a number of strong saves as substitute Neil Midgley did everything in his power to make sure his name wasn’t added to the growing list of goalscorers.

But towards the end Joey Abbs did find a way through to score a fifth for the Lilywhites, although it was as fortuitous as it was predictable. With little on offer out on the left flank Abbs curled an inswinging cross towards the far post. The Tivvy defence missed it, Draper missed it, and nobody else needed to miss it as the ball bounced almost apologetically into the far side netting. That was five, and it was a rout. The post-match report said “must do better?, and with a game against Truro just a couple of days away there was little time to fix the holes.

Cambridge City: Zac Barrett, Liam Nicell, Joey Abbs, Dave Theobald, Lee Chaffey, John Kennedy, Tony Burke, Adrian Cambridge (Milton Elenge 66), Craig Hammond (Neil Midgley 66), David Kolodynski, Ashley Fuller (Declan Rogers 61)
Goals: Kolodynski 8, Hammond 9, Burke 11, Nicell 36, Abbs 86
Booked: None
Sent off: None

Tiverton Town: Ryan Draper, Dean Coppard (Jak Martin 39), Chris Vinicombe (Dave Hambly 51), Liam Ellis, Adam Faux, Tom Gardner, David Steele, Russell Jee, Jamie Densham, Joe Bushin (Adam Mortimer 71), Alex Faux
Booked: Alex Faux 17, Buchin 34, Ellis 90
Sent off: None

Attendance: 267

This report ©2010 Alan Reidy