TIVERTON TOWN 2-1 WEYMOUTH
The lightning striking twice theme continues. The last time Weymouth visited fortress Ladysmead was for a Southern League cup match back in January 2014 and they were sent on the short journey home to Dorset on the back of a 2-1 defeat and for the opening goal of the evening, read the second goal report versus Hitchin Town. Yes, the visitors probably did trudge home feeling slightly hard done by, but football is simple, make the most of your superiority and put your chances away when they come along. Levi Landricombe opened the scoring early in to the second period, Jamie Short doubled the advantage midway through before Jordan Rose halved the deficit eight minutes from the end.
With the latest victory for the Yellows came their 13th straight win in 13 successive home matches, the best run of form for almost 20 years and with the upcoming fixture versus Basingstoke Town, if they can extend that run to 14 they will find themselves top of the Premier Division for the very first time. Tivvy were made to work extremely hard for win number 5 of the season by a well disciplined and organised Weymouth side, who had the better of the opening exchanges but could not find the breakthrough, thanks mainly to some stout defending and the odd last-ditch challenge, particularly from Man of the Match Ben Mammola, and the Yellows taking their time to get into their stride. As soon as they did though, chances quickly followed. Levi Landricombe dragged a right foot shot wide, Owen Howe had his blushes spared by an offside flag after blazing over from close range before firing another decent chance high and wide as the visitors started to struggle with the pace and movement of Tivvys forwards, the interval coming at the wrong time as Tivvy were turning the tide.
The second half was only four minutes old though when Tivvy finally opened the scoring, Michael Landricombes ball out of defence split the Terras backline and gave brother Levi the chance to run in behind, the understanding between the two almost telepathic, and finish high in to the net for his fifth in his last three matches, as near as makes no difference to an identical replica of the goal that doubled the advantage recently versus Hitchin Town, much to the delight of all in yellow that braved the evenings wind and rain. Not as spectacular nor memorable as his equaliser at Chesham but equally as vital, Jamie Short added number two midway through the second half, cutting in off the right wing and beating Weymouth keeper Mark Travers low at his near post after exchanging passes with Nick Hurst.
Weymouth rang the changes and sent giant centre half Jordan Rose to play up front to try to find a way back in to the match and eventually, albeit with eight minutes remaining, reduced the arrears. Sean Stewart sent a long ball forward which Rice misjudged allowing Rose the simple task of bundling home into an unguarded net from close range and in the blink of an eye, game on. Jordan Rogers, still searching for his first competitive goal for Tivvy, almost added a third late on after replacing Howe, a fine save from Travers tipped his left foot pile driver over the bar.
Whilst slightly at fault for the Weymouth goal, Rice certainly ensured there would be no late comeback for the visitors with two outstanding saves deep into injury time, the first as a towering header from scorer Jordan Rose seemed destined for the top corner until a flying Rice diverted the ball away and another very smart save down low as a shot squeezed through a crowded penalty area.
Other results from the evening saw Tivvy join 3 other teams on 16 points and sit in fifth place on goal difference, only 2 points behind current league leaders Slough and Kettering.
Tiverton: Martin Rice, Nick Hurst, Callum Hall (Liam Gregory 79), Jamie Price, BEN MAMMOLA, Tom Gardner, Jamie Short, Ollie Knowles, Owen Howe (Jordan Rogers 74), Levi Landricombe (Scott Rogers 85), Michael Landricombe.
Goals: Levi Landricombe 49, Jamie Short 67.
Report by: Simon Ellis