Match report

Tiverton Town 4 - 0 Chesham United

   Saturday 14/01/2006   Southern League Premier Division
Chris Bell

Tiverton Town completed a routine 4-0 victory over a poor Chesham side but should have had more if it had not been for a strangely lacklustre showing in the second half. The visitor´s financial problems off the pitch were reflected on it with a mix of youngsters and veterans including ex Exeter favourite Danny Bailey.

It only took a couple of minutes for Tivvy´s first serious threat on goal to materialise when a Mudge cross was met by Bale but his shot was blocked. The weakness of the visitor´s defence was exposed as Tivvy mounted continuous attacks and within five minutes Booth easily beat his attacker and launched a ball down the wing to Pears on the right. With the visitor´s off side trap in disarray his cross was about to land at Mudge´s feet in front of goal when Stamp intervened to fire the ball into his own net. Winters then made a timely interception to put Mudge through but his attempt to lob the keeper from 25 yards just cleared the bar. Amapdu threaded a precise pass to Pears who left his defender with a great turn and crossed to Mudge but a defender just managed to intercept for a corner.

It was twenty minutes before Chesham mounted anything like an attack but it was only a momentary interruption to Tivvy´s dominance. A Tivvy corner fell to Mudge in the corner of the area‚ facing away from goal with two defenders challenging. No apparent danger‚ but Mudge engineered a turn and diagonal cross that everyone missed and the ball nestled in the far corner of the net to put Tivvy 2-0 up. From the kick off Bale was put in but had his shot well saved. Tivvy´s pace and passing were too much for the visitors and this was highlighted when a pass was played down the right wing for Mudge to run onto. He started a couple of yards behind the defender but in no time had swept past him‚ turned and left him on his backside and crossed for Davies‚ who had sprinted 50 yards‚ to score. With half time approaching an Ampadu free kick into the Chesham box resulted in a shot that was blocked but only to Gardner for him to score his first goal for the club. 4-0 up and cruising.

Unsurprisingly Chesham made two substitutions for the second half and tightened up their midfield. Whether this changed the game or whether Tivvy took their foot off the gas was hard to determine but the second half degenerated into a drab affair. Tivvy´s cause wasn´t helped by a nasty tackle from behind on Booth that put him out of the game but failed to earn its perpetrator a yellow card. With Holloway and Pears also being replaced‚ no doubt to rest them for Tuesday´s game at Rugby‚ this only served to further disrupt their game. Not that they were ever in any danger from the visitors who to their credit showed great spirit to the end. The game was almost over before Bacon finally slipped the defence but was denied a goal by an Ovendale block. All that was left was for Mudge to beat the keeper with a shot that eased past the far post‚ and a Chesham defender to almost qualify for goal of the match when he intercepted a Milsom cross to blast the ball just wide of his goal.

Davies celebrated his permanent move by being named MOM and the crowd of 536 was the second best in the league‚ which may have something to do with Tivvy now being the league´s leading scorers. Something from the Rugby game and a win against Cirencester next Saturday would set the Ambers up well for a difficult run of away games.

This report ©2006 Chris Bell






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