Match report

Tiverton Town 1 - 2 Hednesford Town

   Saturday 06/11/2010   Southern League Premier Division
Alan Reidy

Danny Quinn marked his Hednesford Town debut by stepping off the bench to score the winning goal, consigning Tiverton to another home defeat, one which confirms the Yellows as genuine relegation contenders. It was a bitter blow for Tivvy as the vast majority of the other teams in the bottom half of the table also slipped to defeat, and an opportunity to pull up the table and towards safety was lost.

But in truth there was little debate that the travelling Pitmen deserved all three points as they enjoyed much the better of the game and, but for Ryan Draper in the Tivvy goal the winning margin could have been much greater and the game could have been all but wrapped up long before Quinn’s late strike.

Draper wasn’t called upon early in the game as Hednesford sent a number of opportunities wide of the mark. Chris Clements, dominant in midfield, twice curled free kicks just the wrong side of the post, and centre-back Cheyenne Dunkley missed a gilt-edged chance when he poked the ball into the advertising hoardings at the near post less than ten minutes into the game.

Tiverton did have a brace of first half chances themselves, but Dan Crane saved from Adam Mortimer after the Tiverton forward lathed onto a misplaced header from Ben Bailey, while Jordan Trott’s sliced shot only just evaded Ian Sampson, rushing in and taking a chance at the far stick.

Towards the end of the opening period Draped finally got his gloves warm, firstly saving low down as Jamey Osborne’s shot deflected off Jak Martin, and soon afterwards gathering in a Marvin Robinson header that came about when Trott lost out to Simon Brown out on Tivvy’s left flank.

And in added time at the end of the first half Hednesford were rewarded for their more positive approach to the game. Darren Campion swung in a free kick, Tiverton’s defence failed to clear suitably, and Brown was in place to finally fire the ball low through a crowded area and into the bottom corner, no chance for Draper.

It was no more than Hednesford deserved but the visitors began the second half as if they were still busy digesting their interval oranges, and Campion’s dithering, along with Sampson’s habit of chasing lost causes helped Tivvy draw level. Just a minute after the restart Mortimer found space on the left and crossed – too deep – and Campion attempted to shepherd the ball out of play for a goal kick. But the dynamic Sampson had other ideas, gave chase and surprised the Hednesford left back by squeezing his body between defender and ball. With that Campion bundled into Sampson, sent the Tivvy winger sprawling and forced the referee to point to the spot. Sampson took upon himself the responsibility and was rewarded for his endeavour as Crane went one way and the ball went the other.

Tivvy were back on level terms and the goal gave them the belief that three points and a much needed victory was not out of the question. But despite a marked improvement only a weak effort from Tom Gardner went anywhere near Crane’s goal, and Hednesford were able to keep relative control of the game.

Brown spurned a great chance to double his tally by shooting well over the top with time and space to pick his spot after Robinson and Osborne had carved the Tiverton defence wide open. And Draper pulled off perhaps his best save in a Tivvy short by flinging himself up and left to palm over a powerful rising effort from Gavin Hurren.

With fifteen still to play Robinson was shown a straight red card for an unbridled verbal assault on the assistant referee, but despite being a man down Hednesford still had the better chances. Quinn, on the pitch for only ten minutes flicked on only to see Brown miss the target again but with time running out the substitute rocketed a shot into the roof of the net from eight yards, another goal conceded by Tiverton as the ball broke in favour of the opposition in a congested penalty area.

There was no time to respond, Hednesford jumped two places in the table while Tivvy lost their fourth league game on the bounce.

Tiverton Town: Ryan Draper, Ian Sampson, Jordan Trott, Russell Jee, Jak Martin, Tom Gardner, Perry Carpenter (Kevin Hill 89), David Steele, Adam Mortimer, (Jamie Densham 74) Mark Saunders (Nathan Walter 85), Liam Ellis
Goals: Sampson 48p
Booked: Carpenter 42
Sent off: None

Dan Crane, Ben Bailey (Jay Denny 69), Darren Campion, Cheyenne Dunkley, Liam Francis, Gavin Hurren, Simon Brown (Sean Platt 90+1), Chris Clements, Marvin Robinson, Alfie Carter (Danny Quinn 69), Jamey Osborne
Goals: Brown 45+1, Quinn 89
Booked: Clements 49
Sent off: Robinson 75

Attendance: 272

This report ©2010 Alan Reidy