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Farnborough 0 - 7 Tiverton Town

Saturday 28/09/2019   Southern League Premier Division
Simon Ellis

To find the last time the Yellows won away from home by seven goals you have to go back to January 2006 to an eight-nil win at neighbours Elmore in a Devon St. Lukes cup tie when the likes of Chris Bale and Kurt Nogan were on the scoresheet. Fast forward to the present and the Yellows fourth league victory of the season away from home is their biggest ever Southern League win on the road and goals in the first half from Tyler Elliott, Noah Smerdon and two from Jared Lewington had the visitors four goals to the good at the break and cruising towards collecting all three points before Elliott added his second and the Yellows fifth in the second half, Lewington completed his hattrick and George Rogers (honestly !) completed the rout with his first ever league goal for the club.

Steve Colwell captained the side in place of the unwell River Allen otherwise it was as you were from those that had crashed out of the FA Cup to Bristol Manor Farm seven days earlier while the hosts, who had also exited the competition on the previous weekend, made two changes from the five-nil defeat at home to Wealdstone as CJ Fearn and Chris Flood replaced Perry Coles and Joe Felix. The Yellows record at Farnborough in previous seasons of two wins in five attempts wasn`t the greatest yet in the same breath the hosts recent form also made for relatively grim reading as they had lost their last three league matches but it was them that started the better and the returning CJ Fearn rattled the frame of the goal with a well struck free kick from twenty five yards with just five minutes on the clock after he had, somewhat theatrically, gone over a Michael Landricombe outstretched leg. Soon after though the traffic was largely one way and there was only ever going to be one winner.

The first of the seven goals arrived on twenty minutes with the Yellows first meaningful attack of the afternoon. Seth Owens was penalised for handling a Josh Key cross on the edge of his own area and from the resulting free kick, that Bastin delivered for the first of his four assists, Tyler Elliott headed home from close range for his first ever Tiverton goal. One became two on thirty-four minutes as Noah Smerdon tapped in his third of the season after Liam Beach had pulled off an excellent save to deny Lewington before the number nine struck twice in three minutes at the end of the half, Bastin providing the sort of crosses on both occasions that are a defenders nightmare and that deserved to be finished, which Lewington duly did tapping in a left wing cross on forty-one before heading home a corner from the opposite side on forty-four and the half time whistle was met with a chorus of boos from disgruntled home supporters, a few of which had seen enough already.

Beach had spectacularly denied Key almost straight from kick-off before Lewington turned provider eight minutes in to the second half as the fifth of the afternoon arrived and a second of the day for Elliott as he volleyed home his strike partners left foot cross with the help of a post. Forward forages by the hosts thus far were few and far between but still needed to be well dealt with as they sought to repair some of the damage done and a perfectly timed Jordan Bentley interception denied Reggie Young to ensure the clean sheet remained in tact before Lewington completed his treble on sixty-seven minutes tapping home, at the second attempt, yet another Jordan Bastin delivery from the left before a real collectors item and an `I was there moment` arrived eight minutes from the end as George Rogers completed the scoring with his first ever league goal for the Yellows when he smashed home a River Allen cross in off the underside of the crossbar.


Tiverton Town: Lewis Williams, Jordan Bentley, Noah Smerdon, George Nancekivell, Michael Landricombe, Jordan Dyer, Josh Key, Steve Colwell (Bradley Riggs 76), Jared Lewington (River Allen 69), Jordan Bastin, Tyler Elliott (George Rogers 80)
Goals: Elliott 20, 53, Smerdon 34 Lewington 41, 44, 67, Rogers 82

Attendance: 289


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