Match report

King's Lynn 2 - 0 Tiverton Town

   Saturday 23/09/2017   Southern League Premier Division
Alan Reidy

A trait of Tiverton’s recent performances has been how they have taken control of matches in the first half, put themselves ahead, and then held on despite fading later in the game.  At King’s Lynn the exact opposite was true, and the home side dominated the first half, led 2-0, and never looked like surrendering their advantage.

Craig Parker converted a little after quarter of an hour to prompt the Linnets into the lead, and ten minutes before the break the scorer turned provider to release Ryan Hawkins to give the home side a deserved buffer.

King’s Lynn could and perhaps should have been further clear, but Leon Mettam rattled the woodwork, Michael Clunan headed straight at Martin Rice in the Tiverton goal, and both Hawkins and Mettam went close. At the other end there was little to concern Alex Street, although the home goalkeeper was relieved to see Michael Landricombe’s header rebound off the bar and away to safety.

With Tivvy offering little bite going forward the second half proved less eventful, and Cameron Norman came within inches of picking out Michael Gash for a third for the hosts, only for his centre to elude the onrushing striker.

And thus Tiverton’s brief tenure at the summit of the Southern League came to an end. Twice previously the Yellows had reached such heady heights, and on each occasion they had surrendered top spot at the first time of asking.  One mustn’t grumble, however: it is better to be in amongst it on merit rather than in the doldrums of three or four or five years ago.


King’s Lynn Town: Alex Street, Cameron Norman, Frazer Blake-Tracy, Liam Fryatt, Tom Ward, Ryan Jarvis, Michael Clunan, Craig Parker (Eion McQuaid 80), Leon Mettam (Tom Siddons 74), Michael Gash (Craig Gillies 74), Ryan Hawkins
Booked: Clunan
Goals: Parker 16, Hawkins 37

Tiverton Town: Matin Rice, Nick Hurst, Liam Gregory, Jamie Price, Ben Mammola, Tom Gardner (Tom Bath 75), Jamie Short (Scott Rogers 75), Ollie Knowles, Owen Howe (Jordan Rogers 64), Levi Landricombe, Michael Landricombe
Booked: L Landricombe, Howe, S Rogers

Attendance: 686


This report ©2017 Alan Reidy