Match report

Tiverton Town 0 - 1 Barnstaple Town

   Wednesday 26/07/2006   Friendly
Sam Lear

Tiverton Town v Barnstaple Town

1. Mark Rock
2. Mike Booth (Adam Kelly 46)
3. Chris Vinnicombe
4. Tom Gardener (Liam Raybould 72)
5. Nathan Rudge (Richard Lammacraft 58)
6. Kwame Ampadu
7. Barry McConnell
8. Chris Bale
9. Steve Flack (Tom Beddow 46)
10. Jamie Skinner (Shawn Bowden 72)
11. Danny Harris

1. Ian Jones
2. Danny Tapp
3. Gavin Meecham
4. Dom Ribbons (Dominic Rivons)
5. Steve Avery
6. Mark Thomas (Ricky Marinaro 75)
7. Arron Harper-Penmdu (Jordan Copp 51)
8. Perry Carpenter
9. Shaun Goff (Karl Melch 51)
10. Kevin Squire
11. Lee Langmead (Jake Crush 75)

Even the most optimistic supporter would fail to praise the finishing‚ if not the performance given by Tiverton Town as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat by minnows Barnstaple Town.

Twelve minutes into the game‚ Shaun Goff ran down the left wing and played a low ball to the near post where Lee Langmead side-footed it wide from two yards out to send warning signals to the Tiverton players of the presence of the Barnstaple side.

Chris Bale intercepted the ball 30 yards out and chipped it wide to Flack who held the ball up and laid it across to Jamie Skinner whose shot sailed over the bar with 18 minutes played.

A minute later‚ Chris Vinnicombe delivered a ball to the far post which met the head of Mike Booth whose header was parried away by the Barnstaple keeper and cleared to safety.

The pressure was telling on the Barnstaple players when Bale intercepted the ball twenty yards out and powered a shot in which the keeper tipped over the bar to keep the scores level.

The resulting corner by McConnell was whipped to the far post where the head of Danny Harris glanced the ball into the bottom corner but Shaun Goff cleared the ball off the line to the disbelief of the Tiverton players.

With half an hour played a punt by Barnstaple keeper Ian Jones met the head of Kevin Squire who flicked it on with his head to the rushing Langmead whose shot glided wide of Mark Rock´s goal.

The half time whistle blew bringing an end to a nonentity. The defence was strong as was the build up play but Tiverton lacked the clinical finishing of Jamie Mudge as was shown in the previous pre season games.

A moment of madness for Jones when Chris Vinnicombe´s cross was deflected by Danny Tapp and the bounce of the ball completely eluded the keeper but thankfully for him‚ the ball was cleared off the line to save his blushes with two minutes gone in the second period.

The 58th minute stroke when a corner was delivered to the far post where unmarked Jordan Copp gave Barnstaple the lead over their two league higher opponents when his header nestled into the back of the net from three yards out to send animated manager Pete Buckingham into raptures.

Tiverton came close in the 67th minute when good build up play with a neat one-two between Tom Beddow and Chris Bale allowed Bale to slot it to Jamie Skinner whose shot was well parried by Jones for a corner.

In the 77th minute Chris Bale cut inside and dribbled across the pitch and played it to Tom Beddow who laid it off for Adam Kelly but his shot was blasted wide summing up Tiverton´s poor clinical shooting.

Tiverton were wondering what they had to do to score when two two yard efforts from Beddow failed to go past the line.

The first one was a goalmouth scrap with the ball dribbling to Beddow whose shot was held by Jones to the dismay of the 221 crowd.

The second was a great ball from the right by McConnell which met the head of Beddow but his header was cleared off the line to conclude the game on a frustrating note for the Yellows which was well signalled by the face of manager Martyn Rogers at the final whistle.

Shots on Target 10-1
Corners 7-5
Offside 0-1
Yellow 0-0
Red 0-0

This report ©2006 Sam Lear

Tiverton Town 0 - 1 Barnstaple Town

   Wednesday 26/07/2006   Friendly
Alan Reidy

If fortune favours the brave then Peter Buckingham and his merry charges from this County´s fine Northern coast must have balls of steel‚ for‚ despite their placing a couple of leagues below that of Tiverton‚ they came‚ saw and... well they didn´t so much as conquer‚ but left with their tails wagging‚ on the end of a 1-0 victory‚ and one that was justified more by the lack of firepower from the home team than anything else.

Matters opened drolly enough for a low-key‚ last minute arrangement between two teams who contested a relatively poor County Cup final just ten weeks earlier. Tiverton edged the exchanges showed marginally more creativity‚ and an equal amount of willing‚ but then ran out of ideas when they reached the final third. Beyond a few half-chances there was little to trouble the carbon in my pencil until beyond the midway point in the first half.

And then things really came alive. Three gilt-edged chances in as many minutes‚ all at the same end of the pitch‚ all not converted. The pencil scribbled down Mike Booth´s header as the first missed opportunity. It was a genuine chance too‚ but Booth would be the first to admit he didn´t make the contact he would have wished. The ball was scrambled out for a corner‚ the attack was effectively over.

Chris Bale was denied by a fine diving save from Ian Jones‚ the Barum glovesman‚ after the dynamic midfielder had ridden a plethora of challenges to open up the space. In fact‚ Bale did this on numerous occasions‚ but more often than not he let himself down with the final ball. Can´t ever question the lad´s work-rate though‚ nor his uncanny knack of being able to control the seemingly uncontrollable‚ but the most important ball is the last one‚ and it just wasn´t there.

Danny Harris met McConnell´s corner to bring an end to the frantic few moments‚ but his far-post header was hacked away by Shaun Goff. Lee Langmead may have done better as the interval approached‚ but having done well to bring under control a long ball from Jones he saw his shot sail a foot wide of Mark Rock´s left upright‚ and powerfully into the side netting.

Tivvy pressed barely at all in the second period until they were losing‚ and that came about just before the hour mark. Barnstaple‚ on a rare foray into dangerous Tiverton territory won a corner on the left. Karl Madge swung in a deep cross‚ Jordan Copp was devoid of pressure to head home what ultimately proved to be the winning goal.

There was time enough for the home team to pepper the Barnstaple goal‚ but a combination of good goalkeeping‚ and sheer good luck prevented the equaliser which seemed imminent. Jamie Skinner blazed high‚ wide and not-so-handsome‚ Bale did the same‚ Richard Lammacraft had a futile effort‚ Tom Beddow had several. Even Liam Raybould‚ and Harris‚ up from the back again did everything but put the ball in the back of the net. It was simply one of those nights. If we were still playing now the score would still be 1-0 to Barum.

The crux is‚ though‚ that the goals have dried up‚ and the desperate need for a player with the instinct that is possessed by a natural goal-scorer has not been more apparent for some time that this night at Ladysmead‚ when Barnstaple returned home with their luck just about used up‚ but their goal still intact.

Bale´s power‚ McConnell´s unquenchable appetite for the game‚ and Booth´s particularly impressive first half showing will be the plus points to take from this game. And pre-season, we all know, is about building on the positives, not about score-lines.

This report ©2006 Alan Reidy

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