Tiverton Town 1-1 Harrow Borough
By Simon Ellis
Yellows forced to settle for a point
On any other day the Yellows would have been over the hill and far away by the time the visitors registered with one of the few, if not their only shot on target all afternoon and as the Yellows have found on several occasions this season, if you don’t make the most of the opportunities then you get punished by decent opponents and should they succumb to relegation, which is highly unlikely although not mathematically out of the question, this result will be seen as two points dropped rather than one gained. Callum Hall fired the Yellows ahead ten minutes after the interval with his second goal of the season but they then went on to miss a host of opportunities to extend their lead further before they were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal as Frank Keita ensured the visitors, on their first ever visit to the Ian Moorcroft Stadium, made the three and a bit hour trip home with a share of the points with a simple close range finish seven minutes from time.
Ben Mammola and Scott Rogers filled the voids created by the absence of the Landricombe brothers in the two starting line-up changes from those that had secured three points at Walton Casuals previously while the visitors also changed two, Josh Andrew and Excellence Muhemba replaced Ryan Moss and Adam Pepara, from those who had lost to Wimborne previously and but for the glut of chances the hosts passed up, they would have suffered another defeat. Neither goalkeeper was overly troubled during the opening forty-five and clear cut chances were few and far between, that said Stewart Yetton had a close range free kick cleared off the line early on after Al-Droubi, the Harrow `keeper, had picked handled a back pass before the returning Mammola bravely blocked a viciously struck Ant O`Connor effort and a rasping drive from Harrow full back Ryan Haugh whistled narrowly past the angle of post and crossbar.
Had the Yellows been three up by the time an hour had been played though, it would have been no unfair reflection on what had gone before. Callum Hall, though, was the only one to convert as he arrived at the back post to tap home Harrison Davis` cross after Man of the Match Josh Key had sent the former Southampton man away before Yetton miscued the first of several golden opportunities to fall his way and Bath headed inches wide from another Davis centre. Yetton, as he was in the first half, was again denied by a border line miraculous goal line clearance minutes before the visitors broke upfield after defending a corner and the ball was eventually fed to Frank Keita who tapped home from close range to secure a share of the spoils.
Tiverton: Liam Armstrong, Josh Key, Callum Hall, Jamie Price, Ben Mammola, Jordan Dyer, Max Smallcombe, Scott Rogers (Steve Colwell 86), Stewart Yetton, Tom Bath, Harrison Davis.
Goal: Callum Hall 55.