Match report

Tiverton Town 0 - 3 Yeovil Town

   Monday 01/08/2005   Friendly
Sam Lear

It has been a very good week for Somerset‚ winning the Twenty20 Cup and BBC Radio 5 coming down to Cheddar for their infamous programme Sport on the Road and on a golden evening it would be the visit of Somerset´s only Football League team Yeovil Town‚ so well known for their giant-killings and their rise up the Football League. Yeovil brought a mixed team with first-teamers and reserves with the most notable returnee being Steve Collis who had a stint as a Tiverton player.
The game started quietly with most sides pushing for an early goal and it would be our new signing George Friend that would have the first crack on goal when he set himself up for a half volley from 20 yards going well over.

Yeovil hit back and soon a good move from the League One outfit with Arron Davies playing a through ball down the middle for Kevin Gall who set up 12 whose shot was parried away from Mark Ovendale.

An accidental handball from Steve Collis outside the penalty area resulted in a free-kick from Steve Winter who curled it into the keeper´s chest.

Moor then had a crack from 20 yards which was deflected past the post which caused Collis to dive the wrong way but the ball just missed the left post for a corner.

Winter then had a free-kick in an almost identical position to his first one 18 yards out and he tried a curling shot towards the back post but missed the goal and no header could reach it.

Yeovil started to press but a strong defensive display from Rudge and Walker denied Yeovil a goal although they did manage to break the defence when a shot by Davies beat Ovendale who watched the ball hit the bar and over the stand.

Just before half-time Jamie Mudge had a crack from 20 yards out but his shot missed the right post.

There were plenty of changes by each team at half-time and as the whistle blew Mudge dribbled the ball through the Yeovil midfield and powered a shot from 25 yards which was held by Chris Weale. Mudge had another effort soon after but his shot sailed past the right hand post.

Tiverton still piled on the pressure as a low Bale cross somehow managed to miss everyone on the six-yard line and was cleared away by Adam Lockwood.

Yeovil hit back and were starting to take possession away from Tiverton and piled on the shots as a well hit shot from Michael Rose went well wide.

Yeovil´s persistence paid off in the 54th minute when a mix up in the Tiverton defence from a free-kick allowed Scott Guyett a shot from 8 yards and slammed it into the top corner which put the team in red and black in front.

Tiverton tried to pull themselves level when a cross by Reinier Moor again missed everyone and was cleared away from danger. Then Mudge was chasing a ball on the wing with the pressure from Weale but Mudge won but a very tight angle meant that he couldn´t get a shot in so he crossed into the area by was cleared by Guyett.

Tiverton replaced Ovendale at half-time for a young goalkeeper who started nervously and Yeovil capitalised when he came out of his area to try and stop Matt Harrold putting a cross in but he missed and Harrold put in a low cross to Luke Oliver who made no mistake slotting the ball into the open goal.

The young keeper did get into his grove and produced some fantastic saves which prevented even more goals from Yeovil‚ with the pick of the bunch being a double save. However there was no chance of saving a Steve Reed shot after some poor marking from a corner by the Tiverton defence which put Yeovil three up.

Tiverton were tired and were beginning to look a bit sluggish but they did have the last shot of the game in injury time when Stewart Yetton fired one from 30 yards which missed the left post.

Tiverton can take a lot of positives out of that match and can learn a lot from a team like Yeovil‚ although a 3-0 score line was harsh on Tiverton but it proved that Yeovil have plenty of quality in their side with plenty of strength in depth. Tiverton host rivals Weymouth at home on Friday and play away to Witheridge the following Monday before they open their campaign against Evesham United.

Tiverton Town: Ovendale‚ Winter‚ Friend‚ Milsom‚ Rudge‚ Walker‚ Wills‚ Bale‚ Moor‚ Hambly‚ Mudge. Subs: Yetton‚ Nogan‚ Booth‚ Hodge‚ Holloway‚ Kelly‚ Boddly.

Yeovil Town: Collis (Weale 46); Lockwood‚ Guyett‚ Oliver; Lindegaard‚ Davies‚ Reed‚ Williams (Alvares 46)‚ Rose; Harrold‚ Gall (Miles 46).

Attendance: 785

This report ©2005 Sam Lear

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