Hereford 2 – 1 Tiverton Town
The Yellows fell to a second successive league defeat at a fully packed Edgar Street after John Mills scored a hotly disputed penalty and Pablo Hayshams fine volley gave the hosts a seemingly comfortable lead, although Man of the Match Tom Gardner reduced the deficit before half time with his first goal for almost 2 years and try as they did in the second half, Tivvy could not find the equaliser that would have been just reward for their efforts.
The Bulls forward pair of Mills and Haysham combined, as they have done numerous times this season, to give the hosts the lead although this time with more than a sniff of injustice. Haysham raced onto a through ball and `went to ground` with Steve Kingdon in close proximity and to the bemusement of all in yellow, the referee pointed to the spot and John Mills despatched the kick for his 24th of the campaign.
Whilst there was much debate, even amongst home supporters, about the `validity` of their first,there was none about their second. Tom Bath`s miscontrol sat up invitingly and Haysham half volleyed a beauty in to the top corner from fully 25 yards to almost put the game to bed before a third of the match had past. That said though, Tivvy had had openings. Jamie Short had raced away only no one had kept up and his cross was cleared and Short released Levi Landricombe whose heels were clipped as he was about to sprint clear, but not in the eyes of the officials.
Tom Gardners last competitive goal came in a 3-0 win over Wimborne in February 2015 but he wiped out that statistic 6 minutes before half time. He volleyed home from close range after Tom Baths knock down had caused chaos in the hosts penalty area much to the delight of the 70 odd fans who had made the trek to Herefordshire and the same said fans were almost delerious minutes later as Jamie Price got on the end of Joe Perrys huge clearance but Price leant back and skied his shot as defenders closed him down.
Herefords home form has seen only Didcot and Taunton come away from Edgar Street with any points this season and Tivvy can count themselves unfortunate to have not added themselves to that list. The stand out chance to grab a point in the second period fell to Tom Bath, after Prices industry got him to the byline, he crossed to Bath and with the goal at his mercy he found the arms of Bulls keeper Harris rather than the back of the net. Hereford had late chances to cement their victory as Tivvy pressed higher but no additions were made and they held on for another three points as they close in on their second successive league title.
Tiverton: Perry, Price, Hurst, Mammola (Carter 64), Kingdon (Rosenquest 84), Gardner, Short, Norrish (S Rogers 77), L Landricombe, M Landricombe
Subs not used: Walton, G Rogers. Goal: Gardner 39
MoM: Tom Gardner. Attendance: 3049
Report: Simon Ellis