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Tiverton Town 1 - 1 Aylesbury United

Saturday 08/04/2006   Southern League Premier Division
Sam Lear

Pears (30) Bilal Hassan (75)

The season cannot end any quicker as the nightmare continues. It has been a long 12 games without a win and although there is a gap between Tiverton and the relegation spots‚ this could still end up being one of the worst seasons in Tiverton Town´s relatively short Southern League History.
Tiverton got off to a good start with a delayed kick-off due to Mark Ovendale´s shirt clashing with that of the Aylesbury United players.
Tiverton´s first attempt at goal was a Jamie Mudge free kick on the left hand side‚ whipped in towards the six yard box‚ where Richard Pears‚ with his back faced to goal‚ headed over.
Shortly afterwards‚ a Mudge corner was headed away by Rob Gould on the penalty spot which bounced to Kwame Ampadu´s feet who curled it over the crossbar.
After 30 minutes‚ good build-up play allowed Barry McConnell to cross from the right‚ this was punched away by Reece Kirk‚ who fell to the ground‚ and the ball met Pears´ feet who lobbed it into an empty net from 20 yards.
Tiverton´s tempo increased and the goal really got the adrenaline rushing inside the players; Richard Pears had another effort from 20 yards but this time‚ the keeper was inside his goal and he could catch it well.
Tiverton went into half-time the happier side‚ they had the momentum and Aylesbury looked a trying side with plenty of spirit but from the first half performance‚ it suggests why they are in deep trouble are being sucked towards the relegation door.
Tiverton kicked-off the second half with a gung-ho mentality‚ with the defenders pushing right up to the half way line. This almost cost them dearly when immediately after the re-start‚ Tiverton lost possession which allowed Pringle to dash down the right hand side and was one-on-one with Ovendale; he tried to curl it around the keeper but the former Luton stopper managed to parry the ball away to safety.
Then‚ a miss-of-the-season contender happened when Bale played a lovely through-ball which cut the defence wide open. Jamie Mudge received it and found himself one-on-one with the keeper. However‚ he played it across to Pears‚ who had a near open-goal‚ but his shot cannoned off the bar to safety.
Aylesbury failed to keep their cool under the heavy pressure they were facing. Two players‚ Rob Gould and Matt Hayward‚ were booked for dissent‚ to the fury of the Aylesbury manager.
The game was more open after the two bookings and Aylesbury looked to have pressed the button when Pringle played a cross from the right towards the far-post‚ the ball was dragged wide by Gutzmore who buried his head in his hands.
The kettle‚ however‚ boiled over the top‚ with Rob Gould collecting his second yellow card for a foul on Chris Holloway. That was not all; the manager was also sent off for dissent‚ after abusing the referee. He was sentenced to the stand.
Pears then had a glorious attempt to put the game away from Aylesbury‚ when a perfect Mudge cross from the left found him unmarked‚ three yards out. His header rebounded off the post into the keeper´s hands.
Completely out of the blue‚ Bilal Hassan‚ on as a substitute blasted a shot from 25 yards which swirled past Ovendale‚ who got a hand to it‚ into the back of the net. The manager‚ sitting in the stand‚ was hysterical. Aylesbury carried the momentum now; Tiverton showed signs of a team in dyer form.
Tiverton were‚ however‚ trying new ideas‚ Chris Bale crossed it from the left to Mudge on the right‚ he twisted and turned his marker‚ but his shot was weak and went wide. The sense was that Tiverton´s luck had run out.
The game was drawing to a close. Everyone was holding their breath as Bale played a through ball to Mudge‚ however‚ his first touch let him down and Gordon could clear it away for a corner.
Then, on the break from the corner, Aston Goss ran at the defence, with Ovendale rushing out, he turned past Ovendale, but the angle was too tight to shoot, his low cross was poor and was cleared by McConnell to the relief of most of the 387 crowd. The game drew to a close. Tiverton will be wondering what it takes to win; it appears impossible, but there were signs of promise about them. It seems as though Lady Luck had prior engagements.

Tiverton Town: 1. Mark Ovendale; 2. Barry McConnell, 3. Darren Davies, 4. Mike Booth, 5. Sam Croft, 6. Adam Kelly, 7. Kwame Ampadu Chris Bale, 9. Richard Pears, 10. Chris Holloway, 11. Jamie Mudge. Substitutes: 12. Dave Hambly, 14. Kurt Nogan, 15. Tom Gould, 16. Jamie Skinner, 17. Tom Beddow.

Dave Hambly Adam Kelly (60)

Aylesbury United: 1. Reece Kirk, 2. Dean Powles, 3. Justin Gordon, 4. Rob Gould, 5. Matt Hayward, 6. Matt Butler, 7. Kyle Kilmartin, 8. Damon Ming, 9. Leon Gutzmore, 10. Richard Pringle, 11. Nick Jackson. Substitutes: 12. Bilal Bassan, 14. Aston Goss, 15. David Barratt, 16. Jamie O´Grady, 17. Neil Trebble.

Bilal Hassan Damon Ming (65)
Aston Goss Nick Jackson (86)

Referee: Richard Greenwood (David Bryant and Ian Ibbeson)

Attendance: 387

Man Of The Match: Richard Pears

Shots: 16-8
Corners: 4-3
Bookings 1-2 (Kwame Ampadu 66 Foul) (Rob Gould 51 Dissent, Matt Hayward 54 Dissent, Richard Pringle 73 Foul)
Sent-off: 0-1 (Rob Gould 66 Second Yellow Card)
Offside: 2-1

This report ©2006 Sam Lear