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Tiverton Town 4 - 1 North Leigh

   Saturday 04/03/2017   Southern League First Division
Simon Ellis

Tivvy completed their first ever league double over North Leigh with a resounding victory thanks to two goals from Levi Landricombe, one from his brother Michael and the other from Man of the Match (again) Jamie Short, the visitors grabbed a late consolation through Andy Gunn. Other plusses from the match were the return of influential centre half Ben Mammola after his spell out of the team with a knee injury and the debut handed to 19-year old defender Jordan Storey who has signed on loan from Exeter City.

Keen to make amends for the dismal display in the previous week at Slimbridge, Tivvy flew out of the traps and should have had the lead inside 60 seconds. Levi Landricombe released Nick Hurst down the left channel but with only the keeper to beat, he shot tamely at him, and the same two combined again minutes later, this time Leigh keeper Manny Agboola dived bravely in to smother Landricombe's centre as Hurst closed in.

A slice of good fortune gave Tivvy the lead on 9 minutes, although with what had gone before it was just rewards. Jamie Price headed down Steve Kingdon's pinpoint cross and Levi Landricombe's right foot shot took a decent deflection off Matt Sysum to completely wrong foot Agboola and nestle nicely just inside his near post. North Leigh captain Lance Williams came closest to scoring for the visitors in the first half, his volley cannoned to safety off the crossbar with Joe Perry watching on moments before Levi doubled the Yellows advantage. His speed and instinct got him perfectly positioned to toe poke his 29th league goal of the season past Agboola after Owen Howe had nodded down Price's delivery, and Short rubbed salt into gaping wounds shortly before half time, his crisply struck volley found the far corner via the post.

Sysum headed a glorious chance wide early in the second half as the visitors looked to repair the damage done in the first 45 and was then cautioned for a robust challenge on Hurst in what turned out to be an afternoon to forget for the former Evesham defender, and when top scorer George Seacole smacked a post with time running out, the visitors race was run. That point emphasised when Michael Landricombe drilled in Tivvys fourth soon after. His control and turn sent defenders (and fans) dizzy and he side-footed precisely into the bottom  corner to put the game beyond all doubt. Leigh's consolation goal came ten minutes from time, defender
Gunn tapping in from close range after the flight of Michael Hopkins wind assisted corner had deceived Perry.

Tiverton Town: Joe Perry, Jamie Price, Nick Hurst (Teigan Rosenquest 77), Ben Mammola (Jordan Storey 55), Steve Kingdon, Tom Gardner, Jamie Short, Michael Landricombe, Owen Howe Tom Bath 80), Levi Landricombe, Scott Rogers

Goals: Levi Landricombe 9, 32 Short 43 Michae Landricombe 79

Attendance: 219

This report ©2017 Simon Ellis