Match report

Tiverton Town 2 - 0 Bridgwater Town

   Saturday 04/02/2017   Southern League First Division
Simon Ellis

It should never be forgotten that football is a team game, but from time to time it is worth realising that the odd individual can play a huge part in the success of a team too. Levi Landricombe is no odd individual: quite where Tivvy would be without his goals doesn't bear thinking about, and two more against Bridgwater has taken the prolific forward to the magical 30 mark, the first time a player has reached that milestone for Tiverton since James Mudge struck 33 competitive goals during the 2004/05 season.

Quite how the match actually went ahead remains not far short of miraculous given the previous days downpour, but yet again Gordon and his team must be given huge credit. The visitors, given their current standing, must have thought they would be in for "one of those"  when Landricombe fired the Yellows ahead with only 11 minutes gone, a goal that young keeper Liam Kingston will be glad he doesn't have to see again, Landricombe's right-foot volley squirmed under him after Glynn Hobbs' chipped ball forward had released him and Jamie Short had an effort ruled out as Jamie Price was penalised in the build up.

But to their credit they steadied the ship and were they level at half time, it would have been no unfair reflection on what had gone before. A brilliant double save from Joe Perry, including one with a huge helping hand from the frame of the goal, from Bridgy captain Harry Horton and Will Sneddon-Coombes was the stand out chance amongst their period of superiority in the first half which also saw Sid Camper flash a right foot drive from the edge of the area narrowly the wrong side of Perry's left hand upright.

Less than two minutes after the re-start they were made to pay for those missed opportunities. A real up-and-under clearance out of defence sat up beautifully for Landricombe and so came goal number 30 for the season, as sweet a left foot volley from fully 25 yards you could wish to see that flew over Kingston high into the roof of the net, and with that a much greater element of control over the rest of the match.

Chances came and went for Tivvy to extend the final score, which would have in all honesty been harsh on the visitors and the only slight blemish on the afternoon was the yellow card given to Rob Norrish, his 10th caution of the season which will mean a suspension for upcoming matches at AFC Totton and at home to Wantage Town.

Tiverton Town: Joe Perry, Jamie Price, Nick Hurst, Michael Landricombe, Steve Kingdon, Tom Gardner, Jamie Short, Rob Norrish (Jamie Mudge 80) Glynn Hobbs (Tom Bath 74), Levi Landricombe, Ben Carter (Teigan Rosenquest 74)
Goals: Levi Landricombe 11, 47

Attendance: 206

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