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Truro City 3 - 3 Tiverton Town

Thursday 26/12/2019   Southern League Premier Division
Jay Richardson

In a highly entertaining game in atrocious conditions Tiverton Town came away from Treyew Road in Cornwall with a thoroughly deserved point and with a highly contentious decision regarding a throw in it could have been even better with three. With Taunton losing at home to Weston-super-Mare a point gained is an excellent return.

Tivvy got off to a brilliant start playing against a swirling wind when Rob Farkins pinged a sumptuous free kick on seven minutes into the Truro box and it was met by Alex Fletcher who scored a pearler of a goal on the volley that was reminiscent of a young Marco Van Basten for the Dutch past the White Tigers James Hamon. Truro were looking dangerous, however, and the prolific Tyler Harvey was fouled just outside of the box. The impressive Ryan Dickson sent the free kick just over the bar.

On fourteen minutes further Cornish pressure saw Will Dean get the home side back on level terms. With a series of blocks the ball fell kindly to Dean who with the aid of a deflection the on loan Exeter City player somehow squeezed the ball past Lewis Williams who was unsighted.

Truro were only level for three minutes as another free kick was awarded to Tivvy after a foul on River Allen just outside the Truro box. With a free kick masterclass River whipped the ball in and Fletcher rose like a salmon to nod home his second goal of the game and his third in a Tivvy shirt. The young striker was taking a hammering from Ed Palmer and Harlain Mbayo at every chance but was leading the line exceptionally well.

The home side looked for a second equaliser with Dickson who went on a mazy run past four players but he couldnt find his way past Michael Landricombe.

Tivvy's cultured three centre halves, aided by the intelligent powerhouse Pierce Mitchell and the skillful Noah Smerdon, were putting their bodies on the line and when they were breached Williams was there. Just before the break Niall Thompson did manage to unleash a thunderblaster but Williams produced an excellent save to send the visitors in at half time 2-1.

The second half saw Tivvy take a 3-1 advantage on 48 minutes when Allen sent in a 45-yard free kick that evaded everyone including home keeper Hamon. This signaled operation overdrive from Truro with Thompson outstripping the pacy Tivvy left back Smerdon which is no mean feat and then hitting the post on 57 minutes.

On 70 minutes though it was game on as another tantalising cross from Luke Jephcott was headed home by Mbayo who rose at the back post to nod in and reduce the deficit to one.

Tivvy held firm for a further twenty minutes as the rain lashed down and the wind howled. With three injuries, to Fletcher, Jordan Bastin and Allen, there were eight minutes of added time for the hosts to grab an equaliser. With time running out for a throw in was awarded to Truro when it clearly came off a White Tigers player. The inevitable happened and following another melee in the box the ball was stabbed home from close range by Adel Gafaiti. The away team were incensed but the officials were unmoved.

The game ended 3-3 but with the result from up the M5 where Taunton lost to Weston Tiverton were guaranteed top spot in the Southern Premier South going into the New Year.

The management team of Scott Rogers, Martyn Rogers, Colin Nation and all the players should take great pride in top position and fingers crossed 2020 will turn out just as well


Tiverton Town: Lewis Williams, Pierce Mitchell, Rob Farkins, George Nancekivell, Michael Landricombe, Jordan Dyer, Steve Colwell, River Allen (Michael Peck 90+3), Alex Fletcher (Luke Mortimore 77), Jordan Bastin (Tyler Elliott 72), Noah Smerdon
Goals: Fletcher 7, 17, Allen 48

Attendance: 576


This report ©2019 Jay Richardson