The Peacocks claimed the derby honours after deservedly coming out on top to claim a third win from their opening five Premier Division matches. Saturday’s late salvage operation against Hendon had highlighted the repercussions if Town were not on their game at their new level but there was no danger of a repeat at Ladysmead following a thoroughly solid display.
The early exchanges were harmless with neither side posing a threat and both keepers untroubled. It wasn’t until the quarter hour mark that the first real sniff came, River Allen swinging in a cross for the home side which fell messily for Tom Bath who scooped the ball towards goal but Shane White lunged to clear off the line. Another Tivvy break saw Levi Landricombe flick on to Bath who was unable to stretch enough to connect and Lloyd Irish collected.
Town’s first opening came soon after when Matt Wright was brought down around 20 yards out. Home keeper Liam Armstrong touched over Ben Adelsbury’s free kick and from the ensuing Ryan Brett corner Adelsbury headed in at the far post. However referee Martin Underhay had already blown for an infringement, Jamie Price hauling down Wright who got to his feet to steer the spot kick down the middle as Armstrong dived to his left, and the Peacocks were ahead after 23 minutes.
Wright headed wide from a White corner while Brett tried his luck from 25 yards but saw his effort fly over as Town looked to build on their advantage before the hosts drew level somewhat out of the blue on 38 minutes. Levi Landricombe’s whipped cross from the right deflected off White and fell for Allen to drill a perfectly placed volley into the left-hand corner from 25 yards.
Adelsbury flicked a header just over the bar from Brett’s flag kick as the break approached which was the last real chance until the Peacocks regained the lead after 59 minutes. Up until then play had been very untidy but Town’s second goal was nothing of the sort, White finding Wright down the left channel and he ushered the ball to the left edge of the box to deliver a perfect cross for Ollie Chamberlain to leap and plant a great header past Armstrong.
The Peacocks continued to threaten when Adelsbury sent a flying header across goal and narrowly wide of the far post from a Brett corner before sub Andrew Neal, injecting extra pace up front, just failed to connect with White’s free kick and then tested Armstrong with a snapshot from the edge of the area. The Town defence meanwhile coped with what Tiverton had to offer, the closest threat coming when former Peacock Jordan Rogers crossed from the left and Nick Hurst returned the ball back across the face of goal, and then Ethan Phillips curled a pass forward and Allen stole in but was unable to get much on it and Irish made a relatively straightforward catch.
Neal fired a strike over the top direct from a Nuno Felix throw but with the clock ticking away Town focused on seeing the game out. There was still time though for the cherry on the icing. Four minutes into stoppage time Chamberlain put Neal away down the left and after racing into the box, he teed up the tireless Matt Buse to pick his spot in the corner past the despairing dive of Armstrong. Players celebrated ecstatically with fans and the Peacock journey continues.
Match: Tiverton Town v Taunton Town
Date: August 27, 2018
Competition: Evo Stik League | Southern Premier
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Tiverton: Liam Armstrong, Josh Key, Nick Hurst (Harry Evans 84), Jamie Price, Ben Mammola, Tom Gardner (Harrison Davis 14), Jordan Rogers, River Allen, Tom Bath (Ethan Phillips 77), Levi Landricombe, Michael Landricombe. Unused subs: Callum Hall, Archie Reay
Taunton: Lloyd Irish, Pierce Mitchell, Nuno Felix, Ben Adelsbury (Josh Nelmes 84), Keith Emmerson, Shane White, Ollie Chamberlain, Ryan Brett, Matt Wright (captain), Dan Sullivan (Andrew Neal 69), Matt Buse. Unused subs: Craig Veal, Tom Stone, Brett Trowbridge
Referee: Martin Underhay (Weymouth)
Referee’s Assistant 1: Alastair Francis (Beaminster)
Referee’s Assistant 2: Nicholas Eckland (Crewkerne)
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