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Salisbury 3 - 1 Tiverton Town

Tuesday 23/10/2018   Southern League Premier Division
Simon Ellis

At the site of one of the Yellows finest ever away days (the 2017 play-off final, just in case) an on-song Salisbury handed out some revenge for that defeat and compounded a miserable month of league football for Tiverton, a month in which their form has seen them pick up just two points out of a possible twelve. Jordan Rogers fired the visitors ahead in only the third minute for a perfect start, a Danny Young goal saw the sides go in all square at the break before second half Salisbury dominance was rewarded with goals from Tom Whelan and Darren Mullings to seal all three points for the hosts.

Tom Bath was absent due to illness, so Ethan Phillips was handed a rare starting berth in the only change to personnel from the draw at Chesham last time out, the Whites made six changes to their starting XI after comfortably seeing off Farnborough by three goals to nil previously. It all seemed like it would be so different for the Yellows early on though, Phillips ball forward released Levi Landricombe who in turn sent Nick Hurst scampering down the left, he eventually won a corner which caused chaos in the home defence and the newly announced father-to-be Jordan Rogers smashed home his seventh goal of the season with just three minutes on the clock and only a smart save soon after from Jake Hallett down to his left denied Rogers and the Yellows a second.

From a Tiverton point of view, that was about as good as it got though. Quickly the hosts set about asserting their authority on proceedings and only the brilliance of the travelling fans Man of the Match Liam Armstrong, who spectacularly denied Zak Kotwica and Chris Shephard, ensured they would have to wait until the thirty minute mark for their somewhat fortuitous equaliser, when Danny Young, who had rattled the frame of the goal with a rasping drive from the edge of the area earlier, crossed right footed from the left, a cross which evaded everyone and nestled inside the far post.

Disappointingly, Hallett`s involvement in the second half was minimal to say the least, apart from fielding a Levi Landricombe shot at the start of the half he was a virtual spectator for the remainder of the match such was the hosts control and dominance. Tom Whelan`s superb solo effort on seventy minutes eventually put the hosts in front and Darren Mullings stoppage time header, after the Yellows had played the final ten minutes with ten men after Michael Landricombe was withdrawn with heavy concussion after all three substitutes had been used, saw Salisbury run out as comfortable and deserved winners.


Tiverton Town: Liam Armstrong, Josh Key, Nick Hurst, Jamie Price, Ben Mammola, Tom Gardner (Scott Rogers 56), Harrison Davis, Michael Landricombe, Jordan Rogers (Callum Hall 66), Levi Landricombe, Ethan Phillips (Jack Rice-Lethaby 77).
Goal: Jordan Rogers 3

Attendance: 624


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