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Saturday 15/01/2011   Southern League Premier Division
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Tiverton’s penalty count against continued to increase as for the second time this season Danny Talbot belted one home from the spot to inflict further misery on the Yellows. Talbot’s winner from twelve yards marked the eleventh time a Town goalkeeper had to go one-on-one with the odds against, and the tenth time the Town goalkeeper was called to retreat and pick the ball out of the net soon afterwards.

In the situation Tiverton find themselves in the last thing that is needed is to allow the opponents a free shot on goal and this problem needs to be addressed one way or the other very soon if the team are to have a fighting chance of avoiding the drop. Granted, Chesham’s penalty was harsh of Tivvy but one can only bemoan the decisions of the referee so many times before it starts to sound like a futile search for excuses. By keeping play outside the area it isn’t possible for penalties to be awarded; easier said than done.

By the time Talbot rammed his kick beyond Ryan Draper’s despairing dive and outstretched left hand there had already been a goal apiece to mull over. Steve Wales had put Chesham in front after quarter of an hour with a shot from distance that deflected, looped on the stiff breeze and dipped over Draper as the ’keeper backpeddaled helplessly in a manner not dissimilar to David Seaman when making a mockery of that Ronaldinho free kick. In fairness Seaman didn’t have the wind and a deflection to contend with and it would be foolhardy to point a prolonged finger of blame at Draper in this case.

Tiverton were level six minutes later thanks to a penalty of their own, given against Mark Lambert for a tackle on Ed Palmer that was clumsy in the extreme. Colin Marshall gave Shane Gore the eyes and placed the penalty one way as the Chesham number one guessed the other and the goal was deserved on the balance of play to that point in the game. Chesham hadn’t actually mustered a real chance despite having already scored, and defensively they were cynically kicking everything in yellow that moved with poor Ian Sampson often the target of their aggression.

Unfortunately the game lacked any fluency throughout, perhaps illustrated by the fact that of the three goals scored two were from twelve yards and the other required a great degree of luck. In fact there was almost a second lucky goal on the stroke of half time and a second goal for Marshall, but the Scotsman’s free kick from wide on the left curled onto the far post and eventually away from danger. It was almost certainly not an attempt to score but rather just a cross into the danger zone, but again the elements played their part and helped the ball onwards further than intended, but such is the luck’s evil hand when you need it most that the ball was just wide enough not to hit the upright and nestle inside the target.

Honours were in Chesham’s favour then at the end of the first half despite Tiverton having played the better football for most of the period, but half two was painful for the Ladysmead faithful as the Yellows struggled in the face of the wind to even force their way into opposing territory. The Generals in claret were camped out at the swimming Pool end for almost all of the second half as Tiverton simply couldn’t hold the ball long enough to begin moving it forward with any purpose. But Chesh did very little with the possession they enjoyed, opting to fire in hopeful shots from distance that predictably sailed a long way high or a long way wide. There was one genuine opportunity three minutes from the end but Draper saved well from Chris Bangura. At the other end only an optimistic first-time shot from Ashley Yeoman on a rare Tivvy foray forward called Gore into any kind of action, but the Chesham goalkeeper probably wouldn’t class his comfortable catch as a shot saved.

Tiverton Town: Ryan Draper, Jak Martin (Liam Ellis 73), Alex Faux, Kevin Hill, Ed Palmer, Tom Gardner, Ian Sampson, Colin Marshall, Joe Bushin, Adam Mortimer (Michael Nardiello 59), Ashley Yeoman
Goals: Marshall 21p
Booked: Palmer 66, Hill 77
Sent off: None

Chesham United: Shane Gore, John Kyriacou, Sam Ledger (Danny Gudgeon 35), Mark Lambert, Robert Bartley, Danny Talbot, Dave Fotheringham, Steve Wales, Leon Archer, Aaron Gayle (Chris Bangura 73), Steve Obeng
Goals: Wales 15, Talbot 23p
Booked: Fotheringham 20
Sent: Off: None

Attendance: 235

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