Match report

Tiverton Town 0 - 1 Yeovil Town

   Monday 31/07/2006   Friendly
Sam Lear


1. Rock
2. Booth
3. Vinnicombe
4. Gardener 12. Kelly 84´
5. Rudge 17. Raybould 81´
6. Ampadu
7. McConnell
8. Bale
9. Flack 16. Beddow 88´
10. Pepperell 14. Skinner 46´
11. Harris


13. Behcet 23. Barker 70´
22. Clarke
20. Alcock
28. Bowles
21. Smeeton
19. McCallum
29. Brooks
26. Maher 00. Unknown 74´
27. Welsh
24. Morris 25. Ormrod 67´
18. Webb

Tiverton welcomed League One outfit Yeovil Town to a rainy Ladysmead on Monday evening. It was a casual game with 0-0 written all over it with a last minute goal from Clarke for the Glovers.

The game was pretty even when Welsh ran down the left hand side and cut inside Booth and crossed it to Morris whose shot scuffed wide from ten yards out with eight minutes played.

Minutes after that‚ trialist Nathaniel Pepperell hit the cross bar after good build up play to open Tiverton´s account of decent attempts.

Ten minutes later Welsh made Booth look like a fool after‚ in Ronaldo-esque style‚ flicked his way past the Tiverton right-winger and played a ball once again to Morris but his shot blazed over the crossbar.

After 25 minutes McConnell on the edge of the area curled it past Behcet‚ the Yeovil custodian‚ but his shot cannoned against the cross bar and over for a goal kick.

Five minutes later Chris Bale dribbled with the ball down the right flank and cut inside Smeddon but his shot wasn´t powerful enough to beat Bechet who made a comfortable safe.

Half time came as a relief to many as neither side produced any real attempts at goal. The game was well poised at half time with Tiverton perhaps had the better over the youthful looking Yeovil side.

Ten minutes into the second half‚ a neat one-two by McCallum to Morris allowed Morris to smash a shot inches over the bar to commence the second half´s attempts at goal. Moments later‚ Alcock played a ball to Morris‚ but once again‚ he missed the target.

With nine minutes to go‚ Liam Raybould came on for the ill Nathan Rudge who had contained the Yeovil frontline excellently and reminisced the performances he put in before his career-threatening injury.

Tiverton´s luck was perfected summed up in the 92nd minute when Yeovil snatched a late winner when Booth was unfortunate to lose balance and Clarke managed to take advantage and cruelly snatched a winner with the last kick of the game with a low shot into the right post from 15 yards out.

The game contained very few chances and had 0-0 written all over it until the late out of the blue winner. The youthful team of Yeovil gained some valuable experience at men´s level whilst Tiverton gained experience from a decent up and coming League One side.

This report ©2006 Sam Lear

Tiverton Town 0 - 1 Yeovil Town

   Monday 31/07/2006   Friendly
Alan Reidy

Come gather round people‚ wherever you roam
And admit that the waters around you have grown
And accept it that soon youll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you is worth savin
Then you better start swimmin or youll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin.

Dylan had a vision way before most‚ and his lyrical twist on globalisation may not have echoed too loudly amongst the handful of working-class Englishmen who spent their Saturday afternoons watching their local football team‚ but some forty years on‚ and these words can be loosely applied to the Tiverton Town defence. For too long now a hideous run of injuries has left holes in the Yellows´ backline‚ and the problems have needed addressing. With Rudge and Gardner well and truly back in the fold the time had arrived for the defenders to sink or swim‚ and against a young and sprightly Yeovil Town side the new look familiar faces rose to the challenge‚ swam into the tide and acquitted themselves as admirably as one could have hoped for.

But the times‚ they are a-changin´‚ and now that the rearguard are stepping up to the plate‚ the area of concern has shifted‚ not by design‚ fifty yards forward‚ and the Tivvy attack completed their fifth pre-season match that is seven-and-a-half hours and have netter only once‚ from trialist Elliot Benyon against Port Vale in a 6-1 hammering.

Against the Glovers it wasn´t through a lack of trying that Tiverton failed to score‚ and another trialist‚ Nathaniel Pepperell caught the eye on his first appearance at Ladysmead. The young Taunton based Swansea City player cracked a twenty-yard shot against the frame of the goal‚ showed willing to run at players‚ used his tall frame to good effect‚ linked play nicely and was awarded the man-of-the-match award despite being withdrawn at the interval. But alas! No goals. Not for Pepperell or anybody else in Yellow. Barry McConnell was also denied by the crossbar in the first half‚ having benefited from Chris Vinnicombe´s quickly taken free-kick‚ Mike Booth squandered a golden opportunity‚ opting to shoot from a tight angle rather than play a relatively simple pass into the feet of the onrushing Chris Bale‚ and midway through the second period Steve Flack was denied by a combination of brave goalkeeping from Darren Behcet and the linesman´s raised flag.

Tiverton put in perhaps their best performance throughout the pre-season fixtures. The passing was crisp‚ at times inspired‚ and mention should be made of the encouraging performances of Jamie Skinner who replaced Pepperell‚ and Danny Harris too.

Yeovil seemed content to come through the game without risking even minor injury‚ and so the home side tended to dominate in the tackle‚ although the visitors still showed a sharpness when moving forward in possession. Lee Morris shot badly wide when under no pressure‚ and later on saw another effort sail over Mark Rock´s crossbar.

In the dying minutes‚ in fact the fat lady had already taken a large intake of breath‚ Tom Clarke rampaged through the inside left channel‚ rode a brace of challenges and shot low into the far corner of the net to steal a victory for Yeovil that was perhaps a harsh reflection on what was a very closely contested game.

By this stage both Tom Gardner and Rudge had been substituted‚ so there is not a great need for concern as what will probably prove to be the first choice back three had already played their part without being breached. But without Jamie Mudge Tiverton look barely a shadow of the team they have in the opposition´s defensive quarters‚ and maybe another revolution is needed. The times need a-changin´ again‚ so soon.

This report ©2006 Alan Reidy

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