Preseason match reports
Some of you may not have been able to get to all the pre-season games so far, so Simon Ellis (half of the programme editorial team) has kindly put together reports on the 4 games played so far.
Wed 15th July 2015. Tiverton Town 2-3 Torquay United Att: 352
Goals from debutant Andrew Neal and on trial winger Danny Smith were not quite enough to prevent the Yellows from falling to defeat in their first pre season friendly. Torquay were not taking this game lightly, evident from their line up and `rugged` approach. They were however behind as early as the 13th minute, Steve Kingdons knock down from a corner was bundled home by Neal.
Torquay responded quickly and were soon ahead as goals from James Hurst and Tyrone Marsh gave The Gulls a half time lead. An expertly taken free kick from winger Danny Smith just before the hour restored parity, only for a defensive mix up minutes later allowed Ashley Yeoman to race clear, round keeper Moore, and tap in to the unguarded net.
Sun 19th July 2015. Tiverton Town 2-0 Ivybridge Town Att: 90
Two goals from striker Owen Howe were the difference for Tivvy on an exceptionally warm Sunday afternoon. His first on 12 minutes was after Scott Rogers was sent through and his square ball bounced up for Howe to volley home from close range.
His second, on the hour mark, was a delightfully controlled lob over the advancing keeper into the far corner after Jake Wannell had sent him through on goal.
Tues 21st July 2015. Exeter City XI 3-5 Tiverton Town
The news that the blossoming striker pairing of Owen Howe & Andrew Neal will already be striking fear into visiting defences, between them they accounted for all 5 goals, 3 for Neal and 2 for Howe. Tivvy were 2-0 up after 14 minutes, Neal’s first was a header into the top corner from Danny Smiths pinpoint free kick and his second was tapped in from close range after the keeper failed to deal with Jamie Hatch`s long range effort.
The young Exeter side still refused to lie down and just before half time managed to pull level. Their parity lasted barely a minute, Howe this time on the scoresheet after exchanging passes with Neal. Early into the second half Exeter drew level again, a wonderful free kick that left Tivvy keeper Moore grasping at thin air.
A penalty comprehensively despatched by Howe put Tivvy ahead again just after the hour mark and the scoring was completed by Neal after he managed to stab home Luke Aldens cross.
Fri 24th July 2015. Axminster Town 0-7 Tiverton Town
In form striker Andrew Neal continued to enhance his glowing reputation, scoring 4 times and assisting 2 others on a wet and windy evening at Axminsters delightful new ground. Barely 4 minutes on the clock and Tivvy were ahead, Neal reacting quickest to Danny Smiths parried shot and Neal had completed his hattrick inside 28 minutes. His second came after his initial shot was parried and his third came after he latched onto Jake Wannells through ball.
Youngster Brad Kelly, brother of former Tivvy midfielder Adam, made his first team debut replacing Wannell with 20 minutes remaining.
Danny Smith added 2 goals and Jamie Hatch curled in a fine effort from the edge of the box, before Neals fourth of the night rounded off the scoring after some delightful wing play from Danny Smith.