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FOOTBALL: Tiverton Town target home tie in play-offs
1:01pm Friday 25th April 2014 in Sport
TIVERTON Town need just one point from their final game of their league campaign tomorrow to secure a home tie in the Calor Southern league play-offs.
A defeat by strugglers Fleet Town would open the door for Paulton Rovers to pip them for third place.
But the Yellows should have too much firepower for their lowly visitors in a match which kicks off at 3pm.
And that’s just as well as the last time Tivvy beat Paulton was in 1999. They have now gone ten games since without a victory.
On Monday Tivvy lost 2-0 at Wimborne Town – a disappointing result after their battling 2-0 defeat of bottom club Guildford on Saturday.
The kick-off against Guildford was delayed as some City players were stuck in traffic.
Indeed City played the first 22 minutes with only ten men before an extra man arrived, then had no substitutes for the entire game.
As much as Tivvy huffed and puffed they didn’t really create an opening, efforts from Matt Wright, James Richards and Dan Smith failing to trouble Antony Hall in the City goal.
The one moment of class saw the only goal of the half, a sharp turn and shot by Max Kowal beating Hall at his right hand post.
The second half saw City come into the game more. Tivvy keeper Mike Searle was at his brilliant best to stop Joe Thoroughgood and Joel Hughes’ point blank efforts.
At the other end Wright should have broken his goal drought but Hall saved with his feet.
The killer goal came in the final minute as Wright poked the ball through for sub Michael Nardiello to nudge the ball past Hall, his eighth goal in his last seven appearances.