Sat 17
Walton Casuals
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N Grimes (63'), R Allen (68'), J Lewington (87')
Walton Casuals 1-3 Tiverton Town

Walton Casuals 1-3 Tiverton Town

By Simon Ellis
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Yellows come from behind again to secure all three points

There’s something very pleasing about the Yellows start to the season and that pleasure comes from seeing them play great football and win games, although that said no one is getting carried away just three games in but seven points out of a possible nine is reason to be cheerful as is back to back League wins on the road for the first time since the start of last season, at Swindon Supermarine and Beaconsfield Town in case you were wondering. For the second win on the road in five days again the Yellows found themselves a goal down at the interval as they had at Poole in midweek, Cheyce Grant curled home a beauty on seventeen minutes and only some excellent saves from Man of the Match Lewis Williams kept the deficit at one but the Yellows rallied after the break and a Nick Grimes tap in restored parity on sixty three, River Allen volleyed home with the help of a post to put the Yellows in front five minutes later and Jared Lewington, who was denied a goal moments earlier by the thickness of a coat of paint on the post, sealed the three points three minutes from the end.

There will undoubtedly be sterner tests of the Yellows credentials over the coming weeks and months, notably in upcoming fixtures against last seasons high flyers Taunton Town and Salisbury, but as is said in football from time to time you can only pit your wits against what is in front of you. Last season the Yellows picked up three crucial points at the Elmbridge Stadium on the banks of the River Thames to all but guarantee their safety with goals from Levi Landricombe and Josh Key before the hosts pulled one back to set up a grandstand finale but this time the Yellows had to come from behind to win. Cheyce Grant had already drawn a smart save from Williams before he curled home the opener just after quarter of an hour played while Tokarczyk in the Casuals goal produced an equally smart save to prevent Lewington from opening the scoring beforehand. The hosts had been forced in to a last minute change prior to kick off, Nathan Webb withdrawn after picking up an injury in the warm up and Brendan Murphy-McVey stepped up from the bench and the replacement was the first to find his path to goal blocked by an excellent Williams save as did lively left winger Rohdell Gordon moments before the interval and the hosts looked good for their lead at the break and on course to pick up their first point/s of the season.

Again Williams ensured the deficit remained at one after the break with an excellent block from Grant before the Yellows turned the screw. Tokarczyk did well to keep out a Shephard shot from twenty yards and as Lewington seemed destined to tap in the rebound an outstanding tackle denied him but from the resulting corner the Yellows were back level. Grimes ghosted in unnoticed to tap in from close range after Lewington was denied again with Casuals defenders waiting for an offside flag that was never coming and just five minutes later River Allen fired the Yellows in front with a left foot volley that dropped in of a post. Cue the usual `throwing of the kitchen sink` as the hosts poured forwards in search of an equaliser of their own but as they did greater gaps were appearing at the back and three minutes from time Jared Lewington, who had seen a shot cannon across the face of the goal after hitting the inside of a post moments earlier, sealed the victory with a calm finish after Allen had sent him through.

Tiverton Town: LEWIS WILLIAMS, Jordan Dyer, Jordan Bentley, George Nancekivell, Michael Landricombe, Nick Grimes (Isaac Furness 90), Steve Colwell, River Allen, Jared Lewington, Olaf Koszela (Jordan Bastin 64), Chris Shephard (Tyler Elliott 81).

Goals: Nick Grimes 63, River Allen 68, Jared Lewington 87.

Attendance: 186.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 17, Aug 2019






Premier Division South

League position

Tiverton Town
Walton Casuals