Match report

Tiverton Town 0 - 1 Chippenham Town

   Saturday 14/10/2006   Southern League Premier Division
Sam Lear

Tiverton: Clapham‚ McConnell‚ Davies‚ Booth‚ Gardener (Thomas 76)‚ Harris (Flack 55)‚ Ampadu (Skinner 70)‚ Bale‚ Mason‚ Holloway‚ Mudge. Substitutes: Vinnicombe‚ Flack‚ Thomas‚ Skinner.

Chippenham: Snoddy‚ Adams‚ Stanley‚ Milsom‚ Garner‚ Harvey‚ Seavill (Griffin 54)‚ Herring ‚ Gilroy (Allison 70)‚ Badman‚ Halliday. Substitutes: Griffin‚ Paul‚ Mate‚ Allison‚ Robertson.

Referee: Mr. Greenwood

Attendance: 571

Match Rating: ***

Man of the Match: Antony Mason

It was the type of game when at the end of the season‚ Tiverton would look back and wondering how they didn´t get any points from this match.

The opening third was very even with both sides playing some attractive football; however both defences restricted their opponents to shots outside the area‚ with Seavill´s effort for Chippenham testing Clapham the best effort.

However‚ in the 36th minute good build up play ended with a Halliday shot deflecting off Gardener to Herring who cannoned the shot into the top corner from 25 yards: a bolt from the blue.

The second half was similar to the first‚ although with eight minutes gone‚ a long ball from McConnell found Mudge one on one with Snoddy‚ the goalkeeper rushed out of the penalty area and handballed the bouncing ball‚ the referee gave him his marching orders. With no reserve goalkeeper‚ Griffin took on the challenge.

Fine minutes later‚ Mason chipped the ball over to Mudge whose shot was parried away to McConnell whose cross to the far post met the head of Flack‚ who would have been disappointed not to have put away the simple chance.

With 67 minutes on the clock‚ Clapham dropped a simple cross and fell to the ground‚ however Milsom´s first attempt on goal was blocked by Booth off the line‚ and his second shot was blocked Gardener and cleared; a nervous moment for the Yellows.

A moment of madness for scorer Herring‚ who needlessly got himself sent off for a second yellow card‚ for kicking the ball away in protest against a free kick decision on the halfway line.

With seconds remaining, Tiverton were pushing up and creating, with a handball appeal turned down, and a Mason shot from two yards out blocked on the line adding to Tiverton´s misery.

This report ©2006 Sam Lear






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