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Tiverton Town 1 - 2 Weymouth

Tuesday 16/10/2018   Southern League Premier Division
Simon Ellis

For just the second time this season the Yellows fell to a defeat in the league, table topping Weymouth came from behind to take all three points after Michael Landricombe, who was awarded Player of the Month for September before kick-off and the sponsors Man of the Match, headed the Yellows in front midway through the first half, Terras midfielder Jake McCarthy drew the sides level on sixty-six before Brandon Goodship broke Tivvy hearts, scoring an injury time winner. Kick-off was generously delayed as `keeper Liam Armstrong and Jordan Rogers were delayed by traffic, arriving at the ground with time to get changed and nothing else, in the absence of Levi Landricombe there was a rare start in midfield for Scott Rogers in the only change in personnel from the side that had drew one each with Farnborough last time out, while new signing Jack Rice-Lethaby had to settle for on the bench and the visitors, who had also drew one-all in their previous match, at Swindon Supermarine, made two changes as Carmichael and Wells replaced Bentley and Ngalo.

Both sides were playing neat football in the opening ten minutes without being able to muster any meaningful end product before Armstrong was the first of the two goalkeepers to be tested when he turned behind a fierce Abdulai Baggie drive while at the other end Jordan Seabright comfortably saved Jamie Prices header from a Nick Hurst delivery. Josh Carmichael then fired a twenty-five yard free kick high over the crossbar after livewire winger Baggie had been felled by Landricombe, who more than made amends for his minor indiscretion minutes later when he opened the scoring as he brilliantly headed a Josh Key cross beyond the despairing dive of Seabright and the Yellows were indebted to their own custodian as they lead at the interval after he made several top drawer saves, most notably on the stroke of half time to deny both Wakefield and Goodship with the assistance of the frame of the goal.

Both goalkeepers were on top form and Seabright did superbly well to deny Landricombe and the Yellows their second of the night early in the second half while at the other end the Goodship-Armstrong battle was again won by the latter after Brooks had gone on a mazy run past several defenders to set up the chance and Brooks was again heavily involved minutes later as the visitors pressure told and they drew level. Hurst was penalised and cautioned, with opposing players and fans baying for a stronger punishment, for a strong challenge on him, the resulting free kick was only partially cleared and Jake McCarthy drilled through a crowded area into the corner of Armstrong’s` net and buoyed by their equaliser, the visitors pressed high and hard for the winner.

The Yellows were forced to defend for their lives and try to catch the Terras on the break in the minutes that remained, one such break saw Wells clumsily challenge Bath on the edge of his own area, referee Roberts though uninterested in the claims for a foul and can only have been unsighted minutes before the end as another shot was handled on its way goal-wards before Goodship stole all three points for the visitors, firing low between the legs of Armstrong as the ninety minutes were up to send the travelling fans delirious. More controversy followed deep into stoppage time when, with the Yellows pouring forward to try to avoid defeat, a cross-come-shot from Hurst was turned in at the back post by Josh Key, celebrations though were immediately dashed by a more than questionable offside flag and from the resulting free kick Roberts brought a thoroughly entertaining match to a close.


Tiverton Town: Liam Armstrong, Josh Key, Nick Hurst, Jamie Price, Ben Mammola, Tom Gardner (Joel Randall 90), Harrison Davis, Scott Rogers (Ethan Phillips 74), Tom Bath, Michael Landricombe, Jordan Rogers (Jack Rice-Lethaby 74).
Goal: Michael Landricombe 22

Attendance: 378


This report ©2018 Simon Ellis