Wimborne Town 1-0 Tiverton Town
The Yellows end of season form is becoming much like a rollercoaster, excellent highs at home and disappointing lows away. Add to the latter the latest defeat on the road at Wimborne last Saturday, Toby Holmes gift wrapped 30th league goal of the season shortly before half time after Steve Kingdons back pass had nowhere near the necessary power to reach its intended target of Joe Perry. Also worringly for Tivvy, the sight of Jamie Short hobbling off after only 25 or so minutes with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
After the victory over play off rivals Salisbury last weekend and progression to the Devon St.Lukes final at the expense of Plymouth Parkway in the week, the players and staff (and fans) could be forgiven for feeling confident ahead of the short trip to the Cuthbury stadium, and that transferred onto the pitch early on, Levi andricombes fiercly struck shot from Scott Rogers corner deflected wide and Nick Hurst scuffed a shot straight at Magpies keeper Benfield after Jamie Price had played him in were both encouraging signals of intent.
But until the final minutes of the match, that was about as good as it got. The hosts, on the back of their home defeat to Shortwood the previous Saturday, were clearly keen on making amends and their squad bolstered by the arrivals of Matt Oldring in defence and Bournemouth youngster Matt Neale down the flanks who both had excellent debuts. Neales` pace and trickery got him clear of Jamie Short, who fouled him on the edge of the box but Dan Canns` free kick flew high and when Joe Perry missed Neales` cross soon after, Short was on hand to clear off the line.
Short was then replaced by Rosenquest and the youngster was quickly involved, drawing a smart save from Benfield. Eventual goalscorer Toby Holmes had hardly had a kick all afternoon thus far, but his 30th league goal of the season was put on a plate for him. Steve Kingdons` back pass was woefully short and Holmes sprinted on to it and bent a lovely finish with the outside of his right foot round a stranded Perry only minutes before half time.
Tivvy pressed for an equaliser in the second half which ultimately left gaps defensively, Jack Lovell headed wide when well placed and Holmes set up second half substitute and brother Luke, who blazed over when it seemed easier to score. Tivvy did have the ball in the Wimborne net through Owen Howe late on, his effort chalked off though as Tom Gardner was alleged to have fouled Matt Oldring in the build up.
Tiverton: Perry, Price, Hurst, Mammola, Kingdon (Bath 75), Gardner, Short Rosenquest 26) M Landricombe, Howe, L Landricombe, S Rogers (Carter 79) Subs not used: Storey, Walton
MoM: Teigan Rosenquest.
Report by Simon Ellis