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Tiverton Town 3 - 2 Staines Town

Saturday 03/11/2018   Southern League Premier Division
Simon Ellis

After an impeccably observed minutes silence in honour of those involved in the tragedy at Leicester City on the previous weekend, a five-goal forty-five and a bit minute salvo followed. New signing for Staines Town Wilson Chingoka fired them in front twice only for Levi Landricombe and Tom Bath to draw the Yellows level and a horrible own-goal from goalkeeper Max Harris, who had come on as substitute to replace the injured Loius Dixon, on the stroke of half time, handed the hosts the lead and ultimately all three points. Scott Rogers deputised for the suspended Harrison Davis in midfield and Tom Gardner was deemed fit enough for a place on the bench while the visitors handed debuts to two of their three new signings, goal scorer Wilson Chingoka and Tanasheh Abrahams in Robert Easom`s first match in charge of the Blues.

Easom would have been delighted with his sides start to the match as they led as early as the fifth minute, as Chingoka reacted quickest to a forward pass and a split-seconds hesitation in the Yellows backline to flick over a stranded Armstrong and give Staines the lead. What will not have pleased Easom though was the speed, but in fairness the Yellows have done this on numerous occasions, and the manner of the hosts response. A route-one ball out of defence from brother Michael found Levi Landricombe sprinting in behind the Staines defence and with a swing of his trusted left foot, the ball flashed past Dixon for the equaliser just four minutes later. With twenty minutes on the clock, a mixed bag of emotions for Staines. Two-one in front after Chingoka had bagged his second of the afternoon, after getting on the end of a delightful Abrahams cross but already forced in to two substitutions. Captain George Barker was withdrawn, through injury and replaced by Ruudi Clarke, as was keeper Louis Dixon and on in his place, Max Harris.

Without it seeming like a player being solely responsible for the next two goals, replacement goalkeeper Max Harris will not have enjoyed some of his afternoons work and the long bus journey home that followed. It was he that fumbled a Michael Landricombe header behind for the corner that drew the sides level on thirty-five minutes, a goal eventually given as Tom Bath`s effort was deemed to have crossed the line after Man of the Match and Player of the Month for October Nick Hursts delivery had caused chaos in the visitors penalty area before he went someway to redeeming himself with a fine save to deny Bath a second of the afternoon. Harris then suffered another horrible moment right on the stroke of half time as he dropped another Nick Hurst corner from the left in to his own net to hand the Yellows the lead for the first time.

The Yellows looked the more likely to further extend their lead in a rain laden second period, Harris fumbled a long range Josh Key effort before bravely blocking the rebound before a superb flying save from Levi Landricombes outside of the boot, curling effort and an even better save to tip over a Jordan Rogers header would have gone a long way to restoring Harris` confidence in goal while at the other end, in a rare attack that breached the resolute Yellows backline, Armstrong carefully fielded a Chingoka, looking to seal a debut hat-trick, skidding effort on the slippery surface.


Tiverton Town: Liam Armstrong, Josh Key, NICK HURST, Jamie Price, Ben Mammola, Michael Landricombe, Scott Rogers, Max Smallcombe, Tom Bath, Levi Landricombe, Jordan Rogers (Callum Hall 84)
Goals: Levi Landricombe 9 Tom Bath 35 Max Harris OG 45

Attendance: 261


This report ©2018 Simon Ellis