Mangotsfield United 1-2 Tiverton Town
The Yellows away form so far this season is only bettered by high flying table topping Hereford and another 3 points on the road last Saturday has them only a handful of victories away from securing a shot at promotion via the play offs. Jamie Price returned to the starting XI after his suspension, as did Levi Landricombe and Scott Rogers from those who began in the previous midweek cup victory over Devon neighbours Bideford.
Owen Howe had already had a glorious chance go begging, his touch letting him down, before he fired Tivvy into a 13th minute lead. This time his control was instant after Levi Landricombe had flicked on Jamie Prices throw and before defenders could recover, Howe unleashed a vicious shot into the top corner for his 15th league goal, much to the delight of the supporters who had made the short trip to Mangotsfields Cossham Street stadium. The hosts should have been back level minutes later though. After penalty appeals had been waved away, referee Kevin Morris awarded a corner (rather than the free-kick that should have been awarded for simulation) and eventual scorer Ryan Batten blazed over from close in with the
goal at his mercy.
The rest of the first half whistled by without further incident and the Mangos made the better start to the second period, Joe Perry doing well to tip over Matt Groves effort after Liam Monelle had sent him away. Save of the day though was from Mangos Steve Phillips, his oustretched leg made just enough contact with the ball to divert Jamie Shorts effort wide after a neat one-two with Price as Tivvy looked to turn the match back in their favour.
Man of the Match Tom Gardner had been colossal in defence, although an error of judgement allowed Lewis Powell to race through on goal, but his blushes were spared as the returning Jamie Price found himself perfectly positioned to head Lewis Powells` goal bound effort off the line, minutes before Nick Hurst sealed all 3 points. Levi Landricombe sent him scampering away down the left flank before he cut inside and fired an effort on goal which took a sizeable deflection off Ryan Batten to completely wrong foot Phillips. Mangotsfield were not finished though, Ryan Battens direct free kick flew into the top corner deep in to stoppage time and they had Tivvy hearts racing as they piled forward in search of an equaliser with a late corner, all which proved to be too little too late.
Tiverton: Perry, Price, Hurst (Rosenquest 86), M Landricombe, Kingdon, Gardner, Short, Norrish, Howe (Bath 89), L Landricombe, S Rogers
Subs not used: Carter, Walton, G Rogers. Goals: Howe 13, Hurst 82
MoM: Tom Gardner. Attendance: 141
Report by: Simon Ellis