Match report

Tiverton Town 8 - 0 Buckland Athletic

   Tuesday 19/09/2017   Devon St Luke's Cup
Simon Ellis

The Yellows began the defence of their Devon St. Luke's title in emphatic fashion, handing out eight strokes of the cane to Western League leaders Buckland Athletic. Hat-tricks from both Jordan Rogers and Tom Bath sandwiched around goals from Ollie Knowles and Jamie Price saw Tivvy safely through. Fresh from reaching the summit of the Premier Division for the first time in over a decade manager Martyn Rogers made four changes to the side that had beaten Basingstoke Town on the previous Saturday: Bath, Liam Gregory and Harry Horton all started for the first time this season, and Jordan Rogers gave an excellent display and handed out a real selection head-ache ahead of this weekend's trip across the country to Kings Lynn.

Almost twelve months on from handing out the same punishment to Tavistock at the same stage of the competition, even the most ardent members of the crowd would not have predicted such a one-sided and similar scoreline, especially as the sides were only separated at the interval by Rogers' first competitive goal in yellow, and Buckland, to their credit, made the two-division gap almost seem non-existent.

In the second half though, much to the disappointment of all involved with the Bucks, they capitulated. Two goals in two early second half minutes put the tie beyond too much doubt before the Yellows ran riot. Knowles curled home a delightful free kick for his first for Tivvy and then Bath glanced home a fine header from a Jamie Short cross. Rogers added his second and Tivvy's fourth from the penalty spot, Bath scored twice more from close range to complete his treble, before Jamie Price prodded smartly home from a corner and Rogers completed the scoring and his treble six minutes from time.

Tiverton Town: Martin Rice, Nick Hurst, Liam Gregory, Jamie Price, Ben Mammola, Tom Gardner (Levi Landricombe 73), Jamie Short (Owen Howe 77), Ollie Knowles (Scott Rogers 54), Tom Bath, Jordan Rogers, Harry Horton.
Goals: Jordan Rogers 11, 66(p), 84 Tom Bath 54, 73,77 Ollie Knowles 52, Jamie Price 82.

Attendance: 106

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