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Tiverton Town 0 - 0 Dorchester Town

Tuesday 17/04/2018   Southern League Premier Division
Simon Ellis

If any match this season had draw written on it before a ball had been kicked, it was this one. In two previous competitive matches at Ladysmead, the Magpies and the Yellows could not be separated so draw number three was inevitable. That said though, both sets of players, staff and fans will have left Ladysmead wondering how their respective sides hadn’t scored, but after the disappointment of the unbeaten run ending in the two-one reverse to Royston Town on the previous Saturday, the Yellows managed to pick up a point, in their first goalless draw of the season, in one of their two matches in hand as the battle to finish sixth looks like it has the potential to go down to the final match of the season. Jamie Short and Jared Lewington replaced Callum Hall and Jordan Rogers in the starting XI while Owen Irish sat out the final match of his enforced absence, although Hall returned to action much sooner than he or anyone would have expected, entering the fray as early as the eighth minute for the again hamstring stricken Nick Hurst, while the visitors made only one change from the side that had won 2-1 at St. Ives on the previous Saturday.

Chances for both sides came and went throughout an entertaining first period, after referee Richard Lawrence had eventually found a match ball he was satisfied with, most notably for the Yellows by the usually prolific Levi Landricombe, while the Dorset based visitors found young Tivvy keeper Liam Armstrong in fine form, earning his first clean sheet in yellow and rightly named the sponsors Man of the Match. Landricombe dragged an effort wide on twelve minutes after Lewington had knocked down a Tom Bath delivery, who was awarded Player of the Month for March before kick-off and then took too long to make his mind up on the stroke of half time and Magpies keeper and captain Chris Weale, who played superbly in the reverse fixture on new years day, foiled him whilst at the other end, Dorchester attacks were only unrewarded by wayward finishes.

Dorchester number nine Ashley Pope was superbly denied by Armstrong on two occasions at the start of the second period whilst again Weale won the battle of wits as Landricombe burst forward, his lob lacking the necessary power to beat him and soon after, a contender for miss of the season when Landricombe beat Weale to a forward pass but inexplicably shot wide from the edge of the area with the unguarded goal at his mercy before a late flurry of chances from the visitors ensued, Magpies forward Antonio Diaz as guilty as his opposite number 10 for missing glorious chances to open the scoring, most notably blazing over from close range in the final minutes of an entertaining, if goalless, match.

TivertonTown: Liam Armstrong, Nick Hurst (Callum Hall 8), Jamie Short, Jamie Price, Ben Mammola, Tom Gardner (Jordan Rogers 78), Tom Bath, Michael Landricombe, Jared Lewington, Levi Landricombe, Scott Rogers

Attendance: 176

This report ©2018 Simon Ellis