Match report

Barnstaple Town 0 - 4 Tiverton Town

   Monday 17/04/2017   Southern League First Division
Simon Ellis

The Yellows completed their away campaign with a comprehensive victory over their Devon neighbours, goals from Michael and Levi Landricombe, Jamie Short with Tom Bath completing the rout in stoppage time. The hosts would have been hoping for a better final home match of the season, especially with manager Barry Yeo taking charge of his final match at Mill Road, and club captain Aaron Harper Penman playing his final home match for the club was given a straight red card for a stamp on Levi Landricombe in the second half to compound a miserable day.

Tom Bath had already produced a superb save from Steve Oliver in the Barnstaple goal, and Jamie Short crashed an excellent volley off the frame of the goal before Miike Landricombe gave the Yellows the lead in spectacular fashion on fifteen minutes. Bath had miscontrolled Scott Rogers' through ball, and Landricombe majestically strode onto it and smashed a superb long range effort from fully 25 yards over Oliver and in off the underside of the crossbar. The hosts had hardly ventured forward with any real purpose until right back Scott Huxtable flew forward and delivered a brilliant cross and with James Blake ready to pounce, captain Steve Kingdon headed clear.

Oliver did well again to turn behind Nick Hurst's deflected effort and Levi Landricombe shot just wide before half time from the resulting corner. Levi doubled the visitors advantage five minutes into the second half as defenders stood waiting for an offside flag that was never coming, he coolly lobbed the advancing Oliver for league goal number 34. Two became three eight minutes later as Jamie Short drilled low into the bottom corner, and Bath rubbed salt into gaping wounds, heading home from close range in the final minute, to send the fight for home advantage in the play-off semi finals to the final day of the season.

Tiverton Town: Joe Perry, Nick Hurst, Ben Carter, Ben Mammola, Steve Kingdon, Tom Gardner (George Rogers 80), Jamie Short (Jordan Storey 65), Michael Landricombe, Tom Bath, Levi Landricombe, Scott Rogers
Goals: Michael Landricombe 15, Levi Landricombe 50, Short 58, Bath 90

Attendance: 366

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