Banbury United 4~2 Tiverton Town FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round 2nd September 2017
If the football cliché “A Game of Two Half’s” could be used in a match report this season then this game would be the ideal opportunity to use it. Tiverton Town on the back of an unbeaten three game run and lying seventh in the Southern Premiership travelled to Oxfordshire to play Banbury United who themselves were on an unbeaten five game run and were at the summit of the Southern Premiership table.
The FA Cup would be the first match of a sequence of at least three further matches against the Puritans this season. Tivvy with Ben Mammola away for a wedding, started with the versatile Mike Landricombe dropping back into defence to partner Tom Gardner and captain Jamie Price. The rest of the team was the same personnel who started against Frome Town on Bank Holiday Monday.
The game plan of allowing Banbury the ball in their own half but tracking back and harrying when Banbury were in possession worked a treat. Banbury were restricted to plenty of possession and they could only muster long range efforts in the first ten minutes. Tivvy however looked confident on the ball and were creating chances. The first came to Levi Landricombe who was played in by Owen Howe but the shot was smothered by Jack Harding in the Banbury goal. Banbury came back and the impressive Ravi Shamsi who was once on the books of Fulham F.C ran across the Tivvy box before letting go a fierce shot that just went over the bar of Martin Rice. Another Banbury raid came and went when a corner from Tom Winters flashed across the box and after evading the majority of players Banbury’s Ricky Johnson narrowly failed to put the ball in the back of the net.
Tivvy responded with another chance for Levi Landricombe who was a menace throughout the match when he latched onto a long ball but shot straight at the keeper Jack Harding. Banbury then nearly opened the scoring when Tom Winters sent another precise corner over and big centre half Luke Carnell’s header was cleared off the Tivvy line. That was as good as it was to get for Banbury in the first half. On thirty minutes Tivvy broke the deadlock with a great flick header from Owen Howe to Levi Landricombe and he finished with a swerving 20-yard shot that flew into the bottom left corner of the goal beating Jack Harding all ends up. Tivvy nearly doubled their lead just before half time when Nick Hurst sent a gorgeous ball across the box but Levi Landricombe and Owen Howe got tangled together and the chance went begging. Tivvy deserved the half time lead and were more than a match for the Puritans.
The second half team talk in the Banbury dressing room must have been inspirational and they brought on Connor McDonagh to add some guile to their attacks. Tivvy under increasing pressure at the back and the ball not sticking up front were fighting a rear-guard action. It was no surprise that on 64 minutes the equaliser came and it was Charlie Hawton who burst forward on the right flank who delivered a delicious cross that was begging to be put away and the experienced Jefferson Louis didn’t need to be asked twice and he obliged with a header past Martin Rice into the corner of the net. Things got worse for Tivvy two minutes later when the tricky Tom Winters set up Darren Pond to thunderbolt a strike from twelve yards through a gaggle of players giving Martin Rice again no chance. The goal of the game came on 78 minutes when that man Ravi Shamsi (remember that name as the lad is going places) received the ball on the half way line, jinked past numerous players then unleashed a stunning shot into the roof of the net. That goal was worth the admission price alone.
Tivvy this season have a never say die attitude and with Levi Landricombe in the side the game is never over. On 81 Minutes Michael Landricombe played another quality ball through to his brother who lobbed Jack Harding from outside of the box. This should have resulted in Tivvy throwing the kitchen sink at the Puritans defence but this was not to be the case. Banbury on 86 minutes had a corner that was missed at the near post and the ball looped up to Connor McDonagh who’s flick header was dispatched into the net to seal the game for the home side. Tivvy’s dismal FA Cup form continued for another season.
Martin Rice, Nick Hurst, Callum Hall, Jamie Price ©, Mike Landricombe, Tom Gardner, Jamie Short, Ollie Knowles, Owen Howe, Levi Landricombe, Scott Rogers.
Subs: Tom Bath (72 for SR), Harry Horton (78 for JS), Jordan Rogers (78 for OH),
Unused: Liam Gregory, George Rogers
Report by: Jay Richardson