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Tiverton Town 2 - 0 Swindon Supermarine

Saturday 19/10/2019   Southern League Premier Division
Simon Ellis

Records are always there to be broken and the Yellows have now occupied the head of the Premier Division table for the longest time ever in their one hundred and six year history. Of course, for fear of sounding like a stuck record, where teams are in the standings at the end of October means relatively little but the Yellows ninth win of the campaign from thirteen matches is more than reason to be cheerful with regard to the way the Yellows have started the 2019/20 campaign.

Two second half goals in eleven minutes from Jordan Dyer and Jordan Bastin ensured the Yellows were quickly back to winning ways and took all three points against an in-form Swindon Supermarine side, which maintained top spot on the Southern League table and quickly banished the memory of the disappointing midweek two-nil defeat at home to Yate Town.

Pierce Mitchell made his debut after joining from Taunton Town and was drafted in to the starting eleven in place of the suspended Tyler Elliott for the only change to the personnel that had started in midweek, while the visitors made one change to the side that had beaten Met. Police by the odd goal in five in midweek as Ryan Campbell replaced Louis Spalding.

A goalless but entertaining half saw the visitors, who had won five out of five in all competitions previously, enjoy the lions share of possession and territory but rarely threatened Lewis Williams` goal and were caught offside on several occasions such was the determination of the Yellows backline, who had been given somewhat of a defensive masterclass by the midweek victors Yate Town and actually it was the Yellows who came closest to breaking the deadlock before they eventually did as a Michael Landricombe header, destined for the top corner, was brilliantly cleared off the line by `Marine forward Ryan Campbell and stopper Martin Horsell made a fine low save to deny Josh Key after he had burst through.

The second half was just twelve minutes old when the Yellows took the lead. Jared Lewington did well to hold the ball up on halfway and win a free kick, although the first delivery from Allen was cleared Jordan Bastin picked up the ball on the Yellows right and whipped in a delightful cross which Man of the Match Jordan Dyer headed on and in for his third goal of the season and eleven minutes later Bastin went from provider to scorer to double the lead. Josh Key scampered down the right past `Marine full back Hopkins and his delivery, again from the right, was smashed into the roof of the net from close range by Bastin for what was also his third of the season.

More superb defensive work withstood the pressure from the visitors as they sought a way back in to the match in the final twenty or so minutes and only a questionable decision from referee Campbell denied the Yellows a third of the afternoon. Colwell struck a shot goalward from the edge of the area, which deflected up and over the `Marine backline and Lewington tucked home the loose ball but despite the absence of an offside flag from the linesman, Campbell chalked the goal off.


Tiverton Town: Lewis Williams, Pierce Mitchell (Jordan Bentley 86), Noah Smerdon, George Nancekivell (Brad Riggs 87), Michael Landricombe, Jordan Dyer, Steve Colwell, River Allen, Jared Lewington, Josh Key, Jordan Bastin (Chris Shephard 75)
Goals: Jordan Dyer 57 Jordan Bastin 68

Attendance: 278


This report ©2019 Simon Ellis