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Tiverton Town vs Hayes & Yeading FC Report

Tiverton Town vs Hayes & Yeading FC Report

What an advert this game was for non league football and to be honest at times you would have thought it was Tiverton Town who were unbeaten in the league and Hayes were the team sitting in a mid table position. Tivvy went on the attack straight from the start. A move down the line involving Craig Woodman who's pass found Dan Hayfield who put Nelson Iseguan through and his cross fizzed across the box and struck a Hayes defender which led to a early penalty appeal by the Tivvy fans but the referee wasn't interested and waved play on. On four minutes Tivvy were awarded a free kick out near the corner flag which was taken by Hayfield but his kick blasted into the one man wall and was cleared away. Tivvy had their opponents pinned in their own half and another good move saw Iseguans shot saved by Dickinson in the Hayes goal. On ten minutes Hayes had their first real attack but they were stopped in their tracks by the offside flag. Another Tivvy attack involved a great one two between Shephard and Iseguan but the cross was put out for a Tivvy corner. The resulting corner was cleared by the visitors. In the twelfth minute kyle Egan stormed down the line and cut inside leaving the defender stranded his cross was met by Jordan Lam who's low shot was saved by Dickinson in the visitors goal. Tiverton continued to pile on the pressure and Lam played the ball to Shephard who returned the ball back to him in the box and the tackle from the Hayes defender left him on the floor which led to another penalty shout from the home fans but again the referee waved play on. In the sixteenth minute Tivvy were awarded a free kick which Woodman floated into the box and found the head of Gary Warren who's header was tipped over by the visiting keeper. Another corner which was cleared away by the Hayes defence. The visitors went on a rare break but a great saving tackle from Warren stopped them in their tracks.On twenty minutes a Kyle Egan shot went narrowly wide of the goal. Nelson Iseguan was fouled and Tivvy had a free kick out near the corner flag. The kick was taken by Hayfield who went for goal curling his shot towards the top corner but a fingertip save from Dickinson kept the ball out and he collided with the goalpost for his troubles but luckily he was not hurt. With twenty five minutes gone Hayes started to see more of the ball and started to create chances of their own and they had their first corner of the match on thirty minutes. The corner was cleared by the fist of Tivvy keeper Lewis Williams. The visitors continued to see more of the ball and a quick break saw Emmanuel fire into the side netting much to the relief of the Tivvy faithful. A Hayes free kick taken by Rowe was flicked on in the Tivvy box but Williams was out quickly to gather the ball. Another chance fell to the visitors on the stroke of halftime but again Williams was at hand to save the ball. A great first half came to a end with no goals but lots of talking points. The second half was only a minute old when Tivvy were awarded a penalty for a foul in the box. Then an off the ball incident saw Hayes player Omar Rowe sent off. Up stepped Louis Morison to take the spot kick but a brilliant save by Dickinson denied Tivvy the lead. Tivvy started to use the space that was now available due to the sending off and had several chances but could not break down the Hayes defence. On fifty six minutes another off the ball incident saw a Tivvy player knocked to the floor but this time the referee decided it was not worthy of a red card. Both teams were now creating chance after chance with both keepers pulling off some great saves. The game was halted while Tivvy defender Alfie Pond received treatment. Once the game restarted it went straight back to the same pattern of end to end attacks. Aaron Dawson received a yellow card in the seventy fourth minute for a late Challenge. Seventy seven minutes gone and both teams made a substitution with Tivvy replacing Iseguan with Koszela and Hayes replacing Shulton with Connors. Four minutes later and Tivvy brought on Matt Wright for Jordan Lam in a bid to find the winning goal. Eighty seven minutes gone and a very late tackle from Amartey resulted in the Hayes player only receiving a yellow card. With just four minutes left Tivvy brought on Joe Belsten to replace Chris Shephard in one last roll of the dice. Both teams had chances in the four added on minutes but neither team could find a way through and a really entertaining game of football which was a great credit to both clubs The Game ended Tiverton Town 0 Hayes & Yeading United 0

Farnborough vs Tiverton Town Report

Farnborough vs Tiverton Town Report

This was always going to be a tough game against top of the table Farnborough. Tivvy went into the game without two of their main defenders Gary Warren and Austin Booth both ruled out through injury. And with Olaf Koszela still ruled out with an injury the yellows were looking a bit lightweight up front also. The home side started brightly and within the first minute they went close with a shot going just wide. With only three minutes on the clock, Lewis Williams in the Tivvy goal pulled off a great save from a long range effort from the Farnborough striker. Four minutes later and a great block from Aaron Dawson stopped a near certain goal. In the ninth minute Tivvy finally had a decent effort on goal as a good run down the line followed with a great cross by Andy Watkins was met by the head of Matt Wright but his header was well saved by Baptiste in the Farnborough goal. This seemed to give Tivvy hope and Andy Watkins met a low cross into the box but his volley went just wide of the goal. On thirteen minutes Lewis Williams in the Tivvy goal went down off the ball and the game was halted so he could get some treatment. Thankfully he was ok to carry on. Farnborough continued to pile the pressure and Tivvy was struggling to get out of their own half. A foul by Dan Hayfield gave the home side a free-kick about ten yards outside the box in a central position The resulting free-kick was played short and when the shot came in it was well saved by Williams. Alex Moyes was booked in the twenty-fifth minute for a late challenge. A minute later and Louis Morison cleared the ball of the goal line to keep the Tivvy goal intact.
The game became very bitty and was littered with fouls as the referee seemed to blow up every time a Farnborough player fell to the floor. With thirty minutes gone and Kyle Egan was shown a yellow card for a late challenge. Farnborough continued to put pressure on the Tivvy defense and Williams was called on yet again to pull off a great save. The home side felt they should have had a penalty in the thirty-seventh minute but the referee waved their appeals away. Farnborough were having chance after chance but Tivvy were holding on and their defence stayed strong and they held out to make the halftime score 0-0. Farnborough started the second half like they finished the first and they forced another great save out of Williams in the Tivvy goal. On fifty-four minutes Tivvy was awarded a free kick on the edge of the Farnborough box but the resulting kick came to nothing. Tivvy were seeing more of the ball and a Dan Hayfield cross was met by Mat Wright but his header was straight at the goalkeeper and was saved with ease. Farnborough thought they had taken the lead in the sixty-fourth minute but the goal was ruled out for offside. Two minutes later and a Farnborough cross was deflected onto the Tivvy post by Dan Hayfield and cleared away. In the sixty-eighth minute Farnborough finally made the breakthrough when a deflected shot from Seth Owen's found the back of the Tivvy net to put the home side 1-0 up. Tiverton made two substitutions on came Nelson Iseguan and Jordan Lam and off went Kyle Egan and Andy Watkins. Jordan Lam had a great chance with virtually his first touch but his header from close range went wide of the goal. On seventy-three minutes Alex Moyes was replaced by Chris Shephard as Tivvy went looking for an equalizer. Farnborough made two substitutions as they tried to run down the clock. Lewis Williams was called into action again to pull off another great save. With just a minute left of normal time, Farnborough was awarded a penalty which seem a very soft decision by the referee. Up stepped Louie Paget to make the score 2-0. Tiverton were not happy with the penalty and Aaron Dawson was booked for protesting too strongly to the ref. Farnborough made one more substitution in the last minute but by then the game was over and the final score was Farnborough 2
Tiverton Town 0. Att 454
Teams Farnborough
Baptiste, Saunders, Oyenuga, Watts, Orlu, Owens, Holmes, Deering, Pratt, Hodges, Saied.
Tiverton Town
Williams, Egan, Woodman, Dawson, Pond, Moyes, Morrison, Hayfield, Wright, Watkins, Belsten. Report Written by Paul Gray

FA Trophy Game Postponed

FA Trophy Game Postponed

This afternoon's fixture (October 30th) in the Buildbase FA Trophy has been postponed due to bad weather after a pitch inspection. Watch out for news pertaining the revised date.

Tiverton Town v Kings Langley Report

Tiverton Town v Kings Langley Report

It’s hard to believe that the Yellows would have to wait until the end of September/beginning of October to register back to back wins for the first time this season but that’s what is now recorded in the history books. The second victory in five days though, over a Kings Langley side that had beaten Poole Town 3-0 in their midweek match, was nothing more than they deserved. The Rogers management duo, back together at the Ian Moorcroft Stadium for the first time since Martyns short retirement came to an end recently, named an unchanged starting XI from those that had come from behind to win at Merthyr last time out which meant Jimmy Weeks kept his place in goal, with Lewis Williams still recovering from a knock. As starts to matches go, the Yellows got off to a flier. On loan winger Nelson Iseguan measured a pass perfectly for Egan to run on to and his centre from the dead ball line found eventual Man of the Match Dan Hayfield in space inside the area and he drilled his shot past Langley keeper Liam Studley at his near post just as five minutes had registered and only a very tight offside decision denied the home side a second, Koszela adjudged to have gone fractionally too early on seventeen. In recent weeks the Yellows Achilles heel has been a failure to convert periods of superiority into goals, thus allowing their opposition avenues back in and come the half time whistle with no further additions to the score, home fans would have been forgiven for thinking ‘here we go again’. But the start to the second period was even better than the first as Austen Booth smashed home a volley from about twelve yards after Hayfields delivery had only been part cleared with less than three minutes played. Two nil became two one on fifty-five when the visitors were awarded a spot kick, for what and against who I couldn’t say, but nonetheless Rod Collins despatched his kick despite Weeks guessing correctly which way he would go and all of a sudden Langley tails were up and sensed that the unlikely comeback was on. Comeback thoughts continued to linger until seventeen minutes from time when Gary Warren headed home a Dan Hayfield free kick and they were firmly put to bed in the last minute of the ninety when Player of the Month for September Matt Wright sent second half substitute Theo Simpson scampering through on goal and the striker bagged his third goal in as many appearances to give the score line a look more befitting of the Yellows overall performance. Tiverton Town: Jimmy Weeks, Kyle Egan, Craig Woodman (Joe Belsten 36), Aaron Dawson (Alex Moyes 63), Gary Warren, Austen Booth, Louis Morison, DAN HAYFIELD, Matt Wright, Olaf Koszela (Theo Simpson 70), Nelson Iseguan. Goals: Dan Hayfield 5, Austen Booth 48, Gary Warren 73, Theo Simpson 89. Attendance: 252

Tiverton Town vs Gosport Borough Report

Tiverton Town vs Gosport Borough Report

With the 3-1 defeat by Sholing still prevalent in the minds of the Tiverton Town squad we were all hoping the 3 hour trip down to the South Coast would be a worthwhile one. And any Yellows fans in attendance would be able to easily note the massive differences in attitude and mentalility in the lads from one weekend to the next. And it was this different-minded Tiverton team that had the first opportunity in the third minute, after a lovely spell of liquid football, Olaf Koszela found himself in some nice space and got the shot off which the keeper easily saved. However Gosport was going into the day 2nd in the table and wasn't going to allow themselves to get downed in the first twenty, in the sixth minute Tivvy Fullback Joe Belsten caught in possession which allowed Gosport number 19, Rory Williams, get in behind and put a cross in, thankfully stalwart defender Woody was there to turn it behind for a corner. The resulting corner was easily cleared by the Tiverton defenders. The next chance fell to our favourite on-loan Torquay striker, Olaf Koszela in the 8th minute; we had a free-kick around the halfway line after Matt Wright was fouled by Rory Williams. The free-kick was floated in by Dan Hayfield and floated straight to the Pole in the middle and his resulting shot was a ruler's length away from putting Tiverton one-nil up. Gosport kept going on despite the run of play. With a shot from their striker being flagged for offside. However the boot of the striker didn't just go through the ball, it also went straight through Lewis Williams' head, with the goalkeeper needing to receive treatment from physio Riggsy. Aaron Dawson clearly felt that the striker should've been awarded at least a yellow card for his actions as Dawson proceeded to have some handbags with someone who he was teammates with during his spell at Gosport. One player who Gosport couldn't keep quiet all afternoon was Nelson Iseguan, the young winger on loan from Exeter City who was causing trouble all over the pitch for the Gosport players. And on the 20th minute once again he had broken through with some Cristiano-Esque dribbling taking it past 3 defenders. All he had to do was slot it in the corner rather than blast it at the keeper and it would've been one-nil tivvy. And it was the play again from Nelson which led to Tivvy's opener in the 27th minute. Some fantastic dribbling from the young winger allowed him to put Matt Wright in some space on the byline. Matt proceeded to take it round the keeper and put his laces straight through the ball to send it into the roof of the net. Finally, Tiverton had the lead they had so sorely deserved in this game so far. In the next 5 minutes, we should've, would've, and could've been three-nil up. The next big opportunity came on the 33rd with Olaf finding himself out wide and pulling one back to Nelson who tried his luck the first time despite having no defenders around him, which resulted in the ball entering orbit. And on 35th minute Louis Morison tried his luck from 25 yards, the resulting block from the defender led to Joe Belsten having the ball on the edge of the box and his shot ended up being inches wide of the goalpost. Gosport wasn't down and out for the count though and on the 44th they had a counter-attack, their attacker was nearly clean through on goal when Austen Booth decided he had to do what was necessary and brought him down just outside the box. You could definitely say this was a game of 2 halves as Gosport, who looked out of sorts in the first 45 minutes came out of the doors swinging for the next 45 ahead. Tivvy nearly conceded the equaliser in the 51st minute after Gosport winger Joe Lea took the ball around Sweeper 'Keeper Lewis, after his attempts to clear the ball, but fortunately, he only managed to find the side netting. Gosport wouldn't have to wait much longer for their equaliser, after some lovely play from Theo Widdrington; like his brother Kai from strictly he danced his way through the Tivvy defence, nutmegging a defender before blasting it into the top corner. Tivvy's luck would only worsen, as 20 minutes later the ref gave Gosport a, rather lucky, penalty. Joe Lea was through on goal and Lewis went to claim the ball, both players went down and the Ref was very eager to point straight to the spot. Widdrington stepped up to take. And Widdrington cha-cha'd his way to his second of the day after slotting the penalty to Lewis' left. Scott seemed to be very unhappy with the decision and received a Yellow for dissent. And the misery kept coming in the later stages of the game with the hosts adding a third goal on eighty-seven minutes when Dan Wooden met a cross down the left, controlling and firing a shot into the bottom right to make it 3-1 with just moments remaining. One silver lining from todays fixture was seeing Theo Simpsons long awaited first goal in a Yellow shirt, just seven minutes after he came on. Some quick passing led to the ball being at the feet of Simpson who turned and produced a shot that was sweet as a nut from twenty yards out! And Tiverton's deserved equaliser nearly came just moments later with a goalmouth scramble leading to Kyle Egan's shot being blocked on the line by Olaf Koszela. But in the end Gosport hung on for their 3 points.

Martyn Rogers Returns!

Martyn Rogers Returns!

We’re delighted to announce that former joint manager Martyn Rogers has decided to return to the club. Here’s what Martyn and club chairman Ian Moorcroft have had to say. MR: “It’s probably not a decision that will surprise anyone that has been working in football for as long that I have. I have certainly missed the involvement in the job I was doing with Scott and after talking to both Ian and Scott we have agreed for me to come back in the role that Scott and I shared with a lot of success”. “I would like to thank them for letting me back to do the job I love doing, I can’t wait to see you all again soon”. IM: “As we all know Martyn left the club in the summer after many, many years as manager for personal reasons. However, in the last few days he approached us to return in any capacity”. “Following talks with Scott who was appointed overall manager and has done a great job, he was totally agreeable for Martyn to return as joint manager as they have a brilliant working relationship”. “So with immediate effect Martyn will be returning as joint manager and all that’s left for me to say is welcome back Martyn”. #COYY #WeAreTiverton

Tiverton Town v Sholing Report

Tiverton Town v Sholing Report

Tiverton’s current ‘stale’ league form could be ‘put aside’ for one Saturday as the FA Cup came around again for the Yellows, who would look to try and avoid three successive 2nd qualifying round defeats in as many years. You have to go back as far as March 2015 the last time The Boatmen were in town as the Yellows were 2-0 winners on the day, however this would certainly be no easy tie, Sholing currently sitting in 2nd place of Southern League Division 1 having won their last six games. The Yellows were off to a dream start when inside the first five minutes, Alfie Pond whipped in a delicious cross, picking out Wright who simply nodded home the opener, putting the Town in front. Moments later the dream start almost continued as it was almost two, Morison’s shot curling just wide from the edge of the box. However a quick break on 15 minutes from the Boatmen which would be a common theme of the afternoon, found them level as Joe Adams fired passed Williams into the bottom corner. Chances continued for both sides in an evenly fought half but with Tiverton’s disjointed performance, eight minutes to go before the break the visitors were once again quick to break down the left, picking out an unmarked Claudio Herbert who fired the visitors in front. Yellows fans around the ground may have felt ‘bemused’ moments before half time when Koszela appeared to be unjustly brought down in the box but claims were quickly waved away and the half came to an end thereafter. The Yellows got the second half underway and straight from kick off, Wright was unlucky not to bring the sides level, heading just wide from a Jordan Lam cross which really would be there best effort for sometime. Tiverton continued to press but the final ball lacking enough quality to bring the game level, notably running out of fresh ideas to break down a stern visitors defence. On the hour mark, new loan signing from Exeter City; Nelson Iseguan was introduced, impressing on the wing but again no end product could be produced. With the game petering out and the rain beginning to fall, just like our Summer ending; Tiverton’s ‘moment in the sun’ would be brought to an end when Dan Mason for Sholing fired home their third and all but booked their place in the 3rd qualifying round of the FA Cup. With moments to go, it was almost four for the Boatmen, Williams this time equal to the shot and to deny further heartache for Tiverton. As the clock ticked down and fans visibly began to leave the ground, an Austin Booth header destined for the goal to reduce the deficit was denied by a fine save from Gosney who was superb all afternoon and deservedly helped Sholing book their place in the next round of the FA Cup. Tiverton return to Southern League action next as they travel to high flying Gosport Borough on Saturday 25th September.

Tiverton Town v Salisbury Report

Tiverton Town v Salisbury Report

Salisbury achieved what they set out to do and exacted revenge on the Yellows in a defeat that was difficult to stomach, conceding a devastating own goal in the final minute. Plymouth Argyle loanee Finley Craske, brother of former Yellow Billy, came straight into the starting line-up as Gary Warren and Jordan Lam recovered from knocks to be able to start. Marvin Brooks started in place of Dan Fitchett in Salisbury’s only change from their weekend victory at Kings Langley and it was them who started on the front foot. Antonio Diaz was causing problems down the left virtually every time he had possession. He was involved in the 4thminute move that saw Sam Ashton’s shot deflected onto Lewis Williams bar. Ashtons shot was then blocked following yet more Diaz trickery. In the 11th minute Diaz had a diving header just over then saw his shot well saved by Williams. On 19 minutes Diaz again just cleared the bar with a header as the Whites dominated proceedings. In the 25th minute Craske produced a great cross that was blocked then totally against the run of play Lams shot was cleared off the line by a retreating Charlie Davis. On 34 minutes Salisbury should have taken the lead, a Davis free kick found the head of Ashton who should of scored but put it wide. Three minutes before the break came the Whites deserved goal, Joe Belsten and Lam were in the process of swopping sides which left Manny Odubade in acres of space and the ex-Yeovil and Weymouth man finished with aplomb shooting across Williams. The second half began with Aaron Dawson switching to right back and Tivvy began to show a bit more urgency, Hayfields free kick almost catching out Beauchamp in the visitors goal. Two minutes later they equalised as Warrens header from a corner found the net despite the keeper getting both hands to it. Kyle Egan replaced the struggling Andy Watkins. Austen Booth then should have put Tivvy ahead, a free header from a Hayfield free kick going agonisingly wide. Lewis Williams dreadful 77th minute clearance fell straight to Davis but he shot tamely wide. Olaf Koszela then caused mayhem down the right beating three men but his pull back eluded the onrushing forwards. Salisbury substitute Benga started causing problems with his powerful running as both sides chased a winner. With two minutes to go Hayfield unleashed a screamer from 25 yards that cleared the crossbar. With the referee looking at his watch a dangerous low cross into the box gave Belsten all sorts of problems under pressure from Ashton and in trying to clear the ball it bounced off his thigh and beyond the desperate reach of Williams in the Tivvy goal. A horrible way to end the evening in front of a seasons best crowd. In truth Tivvy didn't deserve to win but then they didn't really deserve to lose either. An improved second-half display promised much but in the end its just one win from seven league games Attendance: 326

Tiverton Town v Swindon Supermarine Report

Tiverton Town v Swindon Supermarine Report

Tiverton have lost just once in the last twelve meetings of today’s opponents; Swindon Supermarine who before today, have started the season brightly, winning their last three league fixtures. Before kick off, our player of the month was presented to much deserved; Joe Belsten who has been immensely impressive since joining pre-season. The first 20 minutes, few chances were created as what seemed two very well matched sides came together. Andy Watkins coming close, hooking a volley goalwards only just zipping over Horsell’s crossbar. Moments later Kotwica bent an effort that was arrowing into the top corner, Williams with a fine save to tip it over. The game opened up into an ‘end to end’ affair but both defences remaining resolute. On half an hour a wayward shot caught a ‘Marine fan in which we send our best wishes and a speedy recovery. Despite both sides pressing to break the deadlock, the referee brought the half to an end at 0-0. Eight minutes into the second half, a delayed free kick eventually delivered by Dan Hayfield found Gary Warren, heading straight at Horsell who could only parry it into the path of Koszela who smashed home the opener and his 7th of the season. The Yellows clearly still in ‘celebration mode’ from the visitors kick off, Harry Williams promptly went up the other end to equalise, all of 30 seconds after Tiverton going into the lead! Seven minutes later, the Yellows were inches away from retaking the lead. Hayfield again with the delivery, this time finding Watkins who fired just wide. With 15 minutes to go, a warm applause around the ground welcomed back Kyle Walker (Egan) following a preseason injury who calmly slotted back into left back. The Yellows soaked up pressure with the clock ticking down, two successive corners from the visitors that Tiverton worked hard to defend. It was then the hosts turn for successive corners with three minutes to go, neither that overly troubled the defence or Horsell. Aaron Dawson was today’s Man of the Match who was undoubtedly a worthy candidate, working hard all afternoon and continues to impress each match day but a player of note also today in my view was Matt Wright. His control and hold up play was instrumental in most attacks for the Yellows this afternoon. When the referee brought the game to an end, a draw was probably a fair result in an exciting end to end game that both teams had plenty of chances. Tiverton will next face Salisbury on Wednesday evening at the Ian Moorcroft Stadium, who I’m sure will be keen to have revenge from last weekends defeat in the FA Cup. Tiverton Town: Lewis Williams, Alfie Pond (Kyle Egan 75), Joe Belsten, AARON DAWSON, Gary Warren, Austen Booth, Louis Morison (Theo Simpson 75), Dan Hayfield, Matt Wright, Olaf Koszela, Andy Watkins (Jordan Lam 66). Goal: Olaf Koszela 54 Attendance: 307

Salisbury v Tiverton Town Report

Salisbury v Tiverton Town Report

Without too many references to a previous 2-0 win for Town at the RayMac stadium some four-and-a-bit years ago, when the FA Cup draw was made and an away trip to Salisbury was announced, like myself, I’m sure many feared the worst before even a ball was kicked, especially after last years visit in the FA Trophy, when the Yellows lost 6-0 to a side that was bang in form. Tiverton had several injuries to contend with and also two players, Woodman and Warren missing through suspension, so Neil Martin and Theo Simpson returned to the starting eleven and new signing Lennie Pegg was part of the squad. It’s fair to say that the first half an hour was fairly uneventful, with no more than a few half chances falling to both sides, the hosts coming closest to breaking the deadlock when the Yellows back line was beaten with a deflection but Blair, when through on goal, was superbly denied by Williams. Blair was quickly back in the action again moments later, but for the wrong reasons this time, when he was invited to take an early shower after a pretty gruesome challenge on Yellows captain for the day Aaron Dawson and the referee was left with little choice other than to show a straight red to the former Dorchester forward. Six minutes before half time (the exact same time that Michael Landricombe opened the scoring in THAT match) the Yellows fashioned their closest opportunity to registering after an outstanding flick by eventual opening goal scorer Matt Wright set Olaf Koszela free but the in form strikers run was brought to a premature end with the linesman’s flag correctly raised for offside. Eventually after three minutes stoppage, the half time whistle was blown for both sides to re-group. The Yellows got the second half underway but still seemed to struggle to make their numerical superiority count, with the extra man and maybe even the hosts could have taken the lead eleven minutes into the half, Marvin Brooks was played through on goal with only Williams to beat but the Yellows ‘keeper managed to scramble the ball away from his feet. Just before the hour, new signing Lennie Pegg was introduced in place of Simpson and comfortably played the ball in midfield, passing simply which quickly spread calm throughout a so far frustrated Town team. The Yellows continued to press and started to find confidence and opportunities started to present themselves, Matt Wright fizzed a ball across the box but Koszela was just unable to reach it and provide the decisive touch. With eight minutes to go and a replay on Wednesday at the Ian Moorcroft Stadium looking more than likely, Man of the Match Joe Belsten had clearly not read that part of the script and his cross from the right found Matt Wright, fresh from his brace at Weston last time out and he calmly slotted the Yellows in front for his third in two games. The Yellows weren’t done though and when Tiverton won a corner Hayfield, who got better and better as the game continued delivered a superb cross to find Koszela at the back post who nodded in Tiverton’s second and secured a hard fought win for Tiverton, nothing more than they deserved based upon their second half performance and with that a place in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup. Tiverton Town: Lewis Williams, JOE BELSTEN, Neil Martin, Aaron Dawson, Austen Booth, Louis Morison (Isaac McCue 90), Jordan Lam, Dan Hayfield, Matt Wright, Olaf Koszela, Theo Simpson (Lennie Pegg 58). Goals: Matt Wright 82, Olaf Koszela 87. Attendance: 399.

Weston-Super-Mare v Tiverton Town Report

Weston-Super-Mare v Tiverton Town Report

Before his brace today, Matt Wright’s last competitive goal for the Yellows came in a 2-1 win over Fleet Town on the 26th April 2014, some 2,683 days ago! The Yellows clearly wanting to put last Saturday’s defeat behind them, started brightly and in the opening few minutes won a corner however Purnell was able to comfortably collect. Tiverton continued to be a threat and on 12 minutes a cross by Lam found Wright at the back post but headed straight to the keeper. The hosts were quickly wakened by the visitors early pressure and the next 15 minutes or so Tiverton’s defence were made to work hard, especially on ‘18 when Jagger-Canes cross/shot was clipped goalwards, Woodman did brilliantly to clear it off the line. A few moments later, Williams with a fine save pushing it past his post from a Laird strike heading for the top corner. Mccootie who continued to be a threat all afternoon was unlucky not to open the scoring just before the half hour mark, spinning his defender but only able to prod his shot at a charging Williams. A forced change was made by the Yellows as Shephard was unable to continue which made way for Kaszola who was instrumental in the opening goal. An excellent run down the left before finding Wright in the box who calmly slotted home is first competitive goal this season. Jordan Bastin would always want to prove his worth against his former club and the second half caused the Yellows all sorts of problems at the back. Just before the hour mark he burst down the right before finding Mccootie who drilled his shot into the bottom corner to equalise for the Seagulls. Minutes later he would again be a thorn in our side, this time found in all sorts of space, shooting at Williams near post but an equally good save denied the lead. A thunderbolt strike from Scott Laird would give the Seagulls the lead on 70 minutes. Bastin holding up the ball before finding Laird on the edge of the box before drilling it into the top corner! Both sides continued to create chances and with a few minutes to go, the hosts getting three points were looking likely until Morison’s shot was followed up and tapped in by Matt Wright for his second of the afternoon. Tiverton’s hard fought comeback was almost undone in the dying seconds as Lloyd Humphries was allowed to drive forward and his strike firing back off the post before being cleared and the referee blowing his final whistle being blown to confirm the points shared. The Yellows will now prepare for Saturday as they enter the FA Cup First Round Qualifying away against fellow league opponents; Salisbury FC.

Tiverton Town v Walton Casuals Report

Tiverton Town v Walton Casuals Report

A draw, one loss and a win preceded the Yellows before today’s opponents; Walton Casuals who before kickoff, sat only one place above us in the league and also happened to be our final opposition of the 20/21 season before the Southern League was curtailed after only seven games last October. Both teams searching for their second win of the season but this performance would turn out to be far from the 5-0 victory at our last meeting on home soil. Tiverton should have also been confident having never previously losing to the Stags. An early ball from Belsten gave the home fans hope setting Simpson free but the ball was just too strong and was calmly collected by Forster and really would be his last meaningful action of the first half. The Yellows looked unsettled by Waltons strength and pace, Williams failing to clear an early back pass and the visitors almost capitalised only for the shot to go high over. Moments later a long throw in from O’Halloran fell to a scramble in the box and somehow eventually crept passed Williams far post. The visitors always looked more likely to score and on 19’ Gough rose highest to header from a Walton corner and powerfully fired passed Williams. Tiverton looked lost and unable to gather any real momentum, struggling with the visitors pace down the two wings and with no real sign of an equaliser, when Olaf Kaszola found space to shoot just on halftime, the shot high and over pretty much summed up our opening 45 minutes. The Stags got the second half underway but already Tiverton looked brighter. Dan Hayfield finding Koszela in the box with a great cross which was cleverly flicked goalwards straight at Forster. Any hopes of an equaliser were dashed moments later, a poorly headed clearance by Pond was quickly pounced upon by Liddle who calmly fired home the visitors second. With the outlook looking bleak, Rogers made three changes, bringing on fresh legs in the form of Wright, Morison and Woodman to introduce new ideas and to try and break down a well organised team. It’s fair to say it worked, almost instantly creating options and a looking more of a threat. Koszela’s cross finding Wright at the back post who headed straight at Forster. Finally the breakthrough came on ‘75, the Yellows with a corner met by a goalmouth scramble eventually falling to Kaszola firing home and giving the home fans hope of a point. A few ‘half chances’ fell to Tiverton to equalise, Hayfield’s cross just underneath Forsters crossbar but no one was able to get the final and important touch. However a moment “of madness” would end Woodmans afternoon, initially being shown a yellow for a tackle to then be shown a further yellow seconds later for dissent and given his marching orders. An afternoon the Yellows will want to quickly forget as they travel to Weston-super-Mare on bank holiday Monday.