YOUTHFUL WADERS SIDE BEATEN AT TIVERTON
TIVERTON TOWN 3 BIGGLESWADE TOWN 1
Report by David Whiteman
The Waders put on a brave performance at Tiverton last Thursday evening but ultimately lost to a stronger and more experienced Tiverton team.
Fortunately, there was only one breakdown on the long journey to Devon (the bus) but a few of us were wavering as the journey time reached 6 hours and kick-off time was getting ever nearer.
Manager Chris Nunn played 5 youth team players for the full 90 minutes and all of them acquitted themselves well, particularly Robbie Buchanan who was lively all evening and had a number of attempts at goal. There is not a lot of him at the moment and Becky winced each time he was tackled by the big Tiverton boys but no harm came to him and he was safely back on the coach with the rest of us for the journey home. On this showing, a bright future awaits young Robbie.
Tiverton were 2 nil up inside half an hour, both goals scored from crosses that found Tom Bath in the penalty area and he made no mistake with either chance. Patrick Sinfield could do nothing to prevent either goal but on 33 minutes he made an excellent save to prevent Tiverton from adding to their score.
The best efforts from the Waders in the first half were two shots from Buchanan, both of which were saved by Liam Armstrong in the Tiverton goal, and a shot from Nathan Hicks which was just wide of the goal.
The Waders started the second half on the offensive and Liam Brooks (twice), Hicks and Buchanan all had shots either saved or blocked. Somewhat against the run of play, Tiverton increased their lead on 71 minutes through Jamie Short.
Jack Bowen replaced Tony Burnett on 72 minutes and he should have reduced the arrears a couple of minutes later, but he trod on the ball when well placed. However, he did win the Waders a penalty on 87 minutes, Nathan Hicks giving Armstrong no chance of saving.
In stoppage time, Robbie Parker shot wide and Bowen had a goal disallowed for offside.
So after a shaky first 30 minutes, the Waders matched their opponents and came off the pitch with a lot of credit
Man of the Match: Robbie Parker – the captain for the night never stopped running.