Latest news from Ladysmead
Tivvy travel to Sholing in the FA Trophy on Saturday hoping to build on Tuesday evenings 4-0 win over Bishops Cleeve. Jamie Mudge is hoping to be fit but the game looks to be too soon for Ed Weeks. £2,700 awaits the winners, should the game end in a draw the replay would be at Ladysmead this coming Tuesday meaning the scheduled trip to Torquay in the Devon Bowl would be cancelled. The winners of that Devon Bowl tie face a trip to Willand Rovers in the next round. Our free scoring reserve side travel to Seaton town tomorrow for a league game which kicks off at 2.15pm
St Luke's Challenge Cup 2nd Round
Tivvy travel to Plainmoor on Tuesday 4th November for this second round game. Kick-off is 7.30pm
Latest news from Ladysmead
Following Tivvy's disappointing 2-0 defeat at Fleet Town they travel to Swindon Supermarine on Saturday. Last season goals from Matt Wright and Tom Gardner secured a 2-1 win there in front of 135 spectators. However, prior to that result they had been us nine times in eleven games, the other two matches were drawn. James Richards is suspended for this match but Owen Howe will be available.
Our under 18 side drew 3-3 at Ladysmead against league leaders Gillingham Town on Tuesday evening, that despite twice having a two goal lead. Matt Watts (2) and Caspian Aplin scored for Tivvy. Tivvy, unbeaten in three games now, travel to Weston super Mare next Tuesday for a league game.
Our reserve side continue to lead the way in the Devon & Exeter League Premier Division, but this weekend they are in Devon Premier Cup action at Beer Albion in a game that kicks off at 2pm
Evo-Stik to sponsor Southern League again
The Southern league have announced a 21 month deal with Evo-Stik to sponsor
the league again. This deal is worth a six-figure sum and provides a much needed boost to the league who lost sponsors Calor in the summer. New advertising boards will appear at the ground shortly and the players shirts will soon have the Evo-Stik brand displayed on them.
Under 18's news
Jason Rainey's Under-18 side beat Plymouth team Lakeside in the Devon County cup at Ladysmead on Sunday. The only goal of the game came midway through the second half when Caspian Aplin crossed for Jack Rainey to head the winning goal. The Under 18's are in action on Tuesday evening with a home game at Ladysmead v Gillingham Town in the Somerset Floodlit Youth League
Player of the Month winners
Tiverton Hotel will present the Player of the Month awards tomorrow for August and September. The management team have decided that James Richards picks up August and Dan Western wins for last month. Well done to both lads, they each win a bottle of bubbly and a voucher for a meal for 2 in the Gallery restaurant at the hotel.
Reserve team news
Three more points gained.
The first 55 minutes of the game was like groundhog day from two weeks ago with the team creating chance after chance and also missing a penalty, but with the team playing some excellent attacking football the deadlock was broken after a fantastic cross field pass from Luke Passmore to Tom Tricker who finished off in style with low shot past the home keeper. The relief of scoring and taking the lead was felt by all of the players and staff. This seemed to relax the players and within three minutes an in swinging corner from Tricker was met by Danny Jones to double our lead. The third goal came 2 minutes later after an excellent move between Passmore and Keiran Rapo who found Keiran in space in the box to smash the ball home. The last goal was fired into the bottom corner of the net by the hard working Passmore. This was an excellent performance by the whole team from the back line winning every tackle, every header and showing a desire not to concede a goal and to keep a clean sheet. The midfield/forwards worked non stop trying to break down a well organised team and got their rewards they desired. Its been an good start to the season with only conceding 5 goals and scoring 38 in 9 games. Team: Wannell, Furness, Goff, Groom, Searle, Tricker, Jones, Skinner, Passmore, Bradford, Howe. Subs: Rapo(Howe), Kewley(Goff) & Crook(Searle).
Devon Premier Cup: Frustrating afternoon at the office...
A very frustrating afternoon yesterday away at Beer in the Devon Premier cup. On a sunny afternoon, the team experienced a problem with the post, crossbar and an inspired home goalkeeper. Having the majority of possession throughout, we created enough chances to win any game. A excellent solo goal by Luke Mortimer made the score all square after the home side had gone one nil up. After 90 mins and in extra time the score remained at 1-1. The match went into penalties but unfortunately we lost 4-2. A real shame with the result, I couldn't fault the effort and work rate by all of the lads yesterday. On another day we could have won by double figures but it wasn't meant to be.
Team: Wannell, Searle, Ashford, Goff, Frazer, Tricker, Jones, Skinner, Mortimer, O'Connar, Groom. Subs: Bradford(Frazer), Crook(Jones) Howe(Groom) Kewley not used.
Another good away win...
A very professional performance by the lads yesterday and a well deserved three points gained.
The first of our three goals scored in the first half was scored by the head of Richard Groom after an excellent cross by Luke Mortimer. The second was a strange goal, a long kick from the hands of our goalkeeper John Wannell carried the length of the pitch with only one player reacting to the ball travelling was Groom again, with a neat left foot shot into the corner of the net. Fantastic cross from Isaac Furness from the left hand side of the pitch was met with strong powerful header from Groom again. The second half started badly as we gave away an early penalty which was converted by the home side. Our fourth goal was scored by Dave O'Connor after he intercepted a bad back pass. Good work by recent signing James Skinner down the right hand side of the pitch, he delivered a inch perfect cross for Groom to score his forth and the teams fifth goal. A great result as we do not have a league game for couple of weeks. We are travelling to Beer for the Devon Premier cup next Saturday.
Team: Wannell, Searle, Asford, Goff, Furness, Mortimer, Jones, Tricker, O'Connor, Groom, Rapo. Subs: Skinner(Rapo), Frazer(Tricker), Townsead(Searle) not used: Cane & Crook.
Another clean sheet....
The reserves went into Saturday's home fixture with Budleigh full of confidence after keeping clean sheets in the last three league games, and scoring a total of 11 goals. The game from the start was really a non event as the away team had no intention of showing any form of attack play, and only sat back and defended their goal. After 45 minutes of possession in the first half we managed to create double figures of goal opportunities but only managed to score three goals. The first two goals where scored by the head of Ben Ashford showing the rest of the lads how to score. The third was goal was finished off by Keiran Rapo after some good work by Tom Tricker. The second had the same feel to it as the first as Budleigh seemed to only try and keep the score down. Our fourth goal was a great turn and strike from Dave O'Conner. Richard Groom a second half substitute scored our 5th goal after a great bit of individual skill riding two strong tackles and smashing the ball home. A fantastic header from Luke Mortimer after a pin point cross from Dan Jones made it 6-0. An in-swinging corner from Luke Mortimer was met firmly from the busy Dave O'Conner making it 7-0. A delightful lob from Luke Mortimer and another headed goal from Richard Groom completed the scoring to make the final score 9-0.
The team: Wannell, Frazer, Ashford, Goff, Furness, Tricker, Jones, Bradford, Mortimer, Rapo, Oconner, Subs: Groom, Searle, Skinner, Townsend & Cane.
The reserves would like to thank Gordon & his staff for the pitch condition, making it a perfect surface for our team to play our passing game.
Back to back wins for the reserves...
Saturday we entertained a very hard working Topsham Town team. A very professional performance by the team which ended with a two goal victory a goal in each half scored by Dave O'Connor and Richard Groom.
Tuesday's home match against our local rivals Elmore, was an entertaining and fiercely challenged match. The first two goals in the game were scored by two ex-Elmore players, 1st one being an unstoppable powerful shot from just inside the 18 yard box by Luke Passmore, and the 2nd was from Kieran Rapo of his own making after chasing a back pass and having a 50/50 foot race with the goalkeeper to get to the ball first and win the challenge, resulting in the ball ending up in the net to make it 2-0 to Tiverton. Change of formation for us in the second half, to counter act their relentless long hopeful balls being played forward. Having a two goal lead we decided to "close up shop" and hit them on the break, which worked twice in the second half, first being John Bradford who went one on one with the goalkeeper, and neatly slotted it past the keeper to make it 3-0. Then good work by John Bradford breaking free again and squaring the ball across the edge of the box for Josh Serle to tap in, making our final score 4-0. Very pleasing to be able to change our system away from possession football to counter attacking football and being successful, the boys thoroughly deserve a pat on the back for their efforts.
The reserve team would like to give a big thank you to the club for our new yellow home kit and also our new polo shirts and tracksuits.
Good away win in the Devon Premier Cup....
The team continued from last week's game against Newtown, by scoring 5 goals in the first half. First goal coming from Kieran Rapo with a close range finish, Beer Alston equalized after Tiverton gave away a penalty. Second goal was scored by Dave O'Connor with a delicate lob over the goalkeeper, the third was 5 minutes later and was a close range header from Luke Mortimer. The fourth goal was a good move which resulted with Isaac Furness slotting the ball home. And Dave O'Connor scoring his second of the game making it 5-1 at half time.
Second half started with some strong fierce tackling from the home side, but two further goals created by Luke Mortimer and scored by Kieran Rapo, this making his tally five goals in the last two games.
Overall a very good team performance away from home, but we are looking forward to having three home games in a row in the coming weeks.
It's great to see the team scoring lots of goals, but that means the report is longer and more work for me to remember!
Team:- Wannel, Furness, Searle, Ashford, Groom, Mortimer, Passmore, Jones, Wakley, Rapo, O'Connor. Subs:- Kewley for Furness, Crook for Searle, Goff for Groom.
Good result after last week's disappointment...
A fantastic response from the team yesterday after the disappointment of last week when we lost 2-0 to Sidbury.
The first goal was scored in the first half by Jake Searle from inside the 6 yard box. The second half produced four further goals. John Bradford scoring after a one on one with the goalkeeper made it 2-0. Then two further goals were scored by Kieran Rapo, his first league goals scored since his move from Elmore. The scoring was completed by Luke Passmore with a powerful 30 yard shot, which made the final score 5-0.
This was an important result and gaining 3 points for the team as we don't have a league game next weekend, as we are playing away in the Devon Premier Cup.
With some separate news, we are delighted to have signed Scott Townsend and also that we have re-signed Darren Goff to the club for this season.
A brief roundup of pre-season and the start of the new season.
The team had a fantastic pre-season, being undefeated and playing some very attractive football, this was very pleasing to the management and coaching staff.
We have managed to keep the majority of last season's squad with the addition of four new players signing for the club.
We have won our first two league games, scoring 9 goals and conceding 2, but unfortunately last weekend against Sidbury we lost 2-0, this was our third game in seven days which might of taken it's toll on the players.
We are away at Newtown this weekend with the players looking to bounce back and get a good result.