Friday, 22 March 2019

2019 Stadium #8 - Litherland Sports Park

Date: 9th March 2019
Stadium: Litherland Sports Park
Location: Litherland, Merseyside

My eighth stadium of 2019 was on Saturday 9th March at Litherland Sports Park in Litherland, Merseyside. The match was Litherland REMYCA vs. City of Liverpool in the North West Counties League Premier Division.

The football arena forms part of the a sports park in the Litherland area of Merseyside. In addition to the main pitch the complex has grass and artificial pitches, a cycle track and a main building containing fitness suites and conference rooms. These features combined with several schools on the parcel of land border the football field to the south, east and west with a cemetery on its northern flank. The area is well served transport wise with four Merseyrail stations (Seaforth & Litherland, Orrell Park, Aintree and Old Roan) within two miles of the complex.

The venue is as athletics venue so has a track encircling the pitch varying between six and eight lanes. A number of structures have been added to the western side of the ground starting in 2014 when a 50 seat structure was added to comply with Step 6 gradings. Adjoining this is an additional section of the same size consisting of uncovered terracing - this stand does have the frame of a roof in place so should become covered in the future. Just to the south of this is a covered terrace stand, once again of the same size as the all-seater one. The western side is a long way from the pitch as it is separated by the widest part of the running track (at eight lanes) as well as the long jump area.

The remainder of the ground is uncovered standing. There is a strip of hard standing the whole way round with wide expanses of grass behind this to accommodate spectators. The two dugouts reside on the eastern side while the northern side has a food outlet building. More facilities are contained within the main leisure building.

City of Liverpool went into the game top of the table - with their rivals, and landlords, Bootle FC winning the early game of the day they knew another win was required to keep their lead at five points. There was very little to say about the the opening half other than it was a poor show. The first meaningful chance came after 25 minutes when Litherland's Declan Gregson went on a good run down the left, advanced into the area and shot straight at City of Liverpool goalie Ben Ascroft. As the game ticked past 45 minutes Paul Foy smashed a speculative shot at the City goal from 25 yards. On the way through it hit the arm of namesake Francis Foy and the referee pointed the spot. Paul Foy was on penalty duties and sent the keeper the wrong way to put the hosts into a surprise lead. Just after the hour mark the away side got on level terms. A Francis Foy corner was punched away by Litherland goalie Travis Wilson but landed at the feet of Daniel Dalton who smashed the ball through the crowd and into the back of the net. A couple of minutes later the hosts went close to restoring their lead when they were awarded a free-kick 30 yards from goal. Everyone was expecting a cross but Jamie Britt went for goal seeing his effort come off the top of the crossbar. In the 72nd minute the visitors got their noses in front for the first time in the match - Kevin McEllin lofted a ball from midfield which put Karl Clair in on goal. Clair had time to control the ball and shoot past Wilson in the home goal. After this the game became a bit tetchy and there wasn't too much more in the way of goalmouth action with City of Liverpool securing a 2-1 win.

Result: Litherland REMYCA 1-2 City of Liverpool
Division: North West Counties League Premier Division
Attendance: 574

Friday, 15 March 2019

2019 Stadium #7 - New Bucks Park

Date: 9th March 2019
Stadium: New Bucks Park
Location: Bootle, Merseyside

My seventh stadium of 2019 was on Saturday 9th March at New Bucks Park in Bootle, Merseyside. The match was Bootle vs. Ashton Athletic in the North West Counties League Premier Division.

New Bucks Park is at the southern edge of an industrial estate/business park in the east of Bootle. With this complex bordering the ground on the northern, eastern and western sides the remaining southern side sees a railway line running adjacent to it. This line runs up to the nearest railway station at Aintree. The station, which serves Aintree Racecourse, is a half mile walk from New Bucks Park. As the name suggests this is not the first venue to carry the Bucks Park name with the club playing at the original location between 1977-2002. After this closed in 2002 a four-year spell without a permanent home followed before the club moved to their present home in 2006.

The northern side of the ground has uncovered hard standing for its length but in the middle has a large clubhouse which has wooden decking extending out towards the pitch. There are a number of picnic benches on this decking offering a good spot to watch proceedings from. The clubhouse building also contains the player dressing rooms. The opposite side of the ground also has uncovered standing for its length with flat grass behind the concrete strip next to the pitch. Further beyond this side are some additional cage pitches which were being used for walking football while the game was underway on the main pitch.

The stands at the venue are all behind the two goals. At the western end there is a two-level covered concrete terrace taking up the middle half of this side. Either side of this is more uncovered standing with adjacent shipping containers shielding fans from the wind. The eastern end has two separate structures - the larger of the two is an 109 seat stand towards the northern side. The smaller one is a split stand with 42 seats assigned to one half and a 4 level metal terrace assigned to the other half.

Bootle came into the game in the midst of a fantastic run of form which had seen them win their previous 13 league games en route to 2nd place in the league. It was no surprise therefore to see the hosts open the scoring in the 11th minute. They had a helping hand from the visitors as Ashton's Luca Defreitas-Hansen misguided a header letting in Carl Peers on the right side of the area. Peers drilled a low shot across goal into the bottom corner to put his side 1-0 up. After a quarter of an hour Ashton went close to a quick equaliser when Adam Gilchrist played in Joshua Nicholson on the left of the box and his shot hit the outside of the post. Bootle extended their lead in the 19th minute when Carl Peers smashed a 25-yard effort into the top corner. The away side were a bit stunned with this goal out of nowhere but managed to peg the deficit back just four minutes later. A quick break down the left saw Adam Howard square for Adam Gilchrist to poke under the keeper from six yards. Though Bootle were the best side in the opening quarter of the game this reversed in the second quarter and the away side were a whisker away from going in level at the break - in injury time a ball found Adam Gilchrist in the area and he spun and drove a shot just wide of the post. The visitors continued their good play into the second period and within five minutes of the restart were level. A swift free-kick was laid off to Charlie Munro who shot into the bottom corner from just outside the D. It wasn't until after the hour mark that Bootle got on the front foot again - a goal nearly arrived in the 63rd minute when a ball was crossed from the right with an attacker stretching at the back post to prod the ball inches wide. Nine minutes later the scoreline did change to 3-2 in favour of the home team. Carl Peers had a shot from 20 yards out which was spilled by Ashton keeper Martin Pearson allowing Ryan Cox to knock in the rebound. In the 79th minute Cox should have grabbed a second when he capitalised on an air kick by away defender Defreitas-Hansen to go in on goal. However in this instance Cox was only able to shoot straight at Pearson. As the game entered the final minutes Ashton pushed forward leaving space at the back and in the 90th minute this worked against them. Carl Peers found space out on the right before putting it across the area for Steven Jones who had all the time in the world to pick out the bottom corner of the net to secure a 14th straight win for the Merseyside team.

Result: Bootle 4-2 Ashton Athletic
Division: North West Counties League Premier Division
Attendance: 391

Monday, 4 March 2019

2019 Stadium #6 - Bodieve Park

Date: 9th February 2019
Stadium: Bodieve Park
Location: Wadebridge, Cornwall

My sixth stadium of 2019 was on Saturday 9th February at Bodieve Park in Wadebridge, Cornwall. The match was Wadebridge Town vs. Bude Town in South West Peninsula League Division One West.

Bodieve Park lies on the northern outskirts of Wadebridge with the site having fields followed by the A39 to the north. To the west is a secondary school and leisure centre with a hotel and industrial site to the east. The south is bordered by a road with an industrial estate beyond this. The town's railway station closed in the 1960s so the nearest one today is Bodmin Parkway some 11 miles south-east of Wadebridge. The venue has been home to the club since 1949.

Bodieve Park slopes markedly downhill from east to west. On the eastern side the grass bank is staggered into three sections. It is sufficiently steep that the top of the bank allows spectators to get a near-perfect view of the pitch from their cars. On my visit this is what a significant proportion of attendees were doing. Behind this is an additional grass area as large as the pitch itself which is used for training and warm-up sessions. The middle of the bank consists of an area of uncovered standing - this is mostly on grass though there is a section of hard standing towards the northern end. There are two dugouts built in this area as well. A staircase then leads down to the pitch at the bottom of the bank.

The western side of the pitch has an all-seater stand by the halfway line. This stand has 109 seats across 3 rows and the seating area is elevated above the pitch with the dressing rooms contained in the interior underneath. The area running from this stand to the northern end of the field is uncovered hard standing while the area running from this stand to the southern end of the field us uncovered grass standing. The other stand at the complex is the Ron Williams Stand behind the northern goal. This covered stand has one row of seating for most of its length with a standing area in the eastern end of the stand. There were initially 48 seats in this stand but a handful of these have fallen by the wayside since they were installed with only the backrest still in place. There is a strip of hard standing all the way along this side with an area of grass and gravel in the north-east corner just beyond the stand. The north-west corner has a clubhouse with a smart bar area. With this sitting at the bottom of the gradient you cannot see any of the game from here but it provides a nice place to be during half-time. The southern end is a simple affair with uncovered grass standing only.

With the two sides at opposite ends of the table it was little surprise to see Wadebridge race into a commanding lead before the 20 minute mark had even been passed. Their first goal came in the 5th minute when Keiran Rowe drilled the ball low into the bottom corner from six yards. In the 13th minute the second goal arrived as the ball was sent through to Kyle Flew on the right side of the pitch and in on goal he smashed into the bottom corner from 15 yards. In the 20th minute the home side went 3-0 up when Kyle Flew picked up the ball and under no pressure played in Dan Jennings who smashed the ball into the roof of the net from the left side of goal. The Bude defence was all over the place and were very lucky not to concede a fourth in the 23rd minute when a Dan Carne effort was fumbled by the Bude keeper and Dan Jennings smashed the rebound over an open goal from six yards. Recognising a change had to be made Bude made a defensive substitution and this had the desired effect of stemming the tide. The visitors even managed forays into the opposition half to create a few half-chances as they rode out the rest of the half without conceding again. After the break Bude continued to improve and went close in the 55th minute as they hit the post from the edge of the area after lackadaisical defending from the home side. A couple of minutes later they did manage to net after a penalty was awarded for a trip in the box. Harry Hopcroft was on penalty duties and his excellent spot-kick into the corner of the net was well out of the reach of Wadebridge keeper Jim Vernon. The home keeper did prove his worth in the 61st minute though as he produced a great stretching save to stop a shot from the edge of the area finding the back of the net. This proved crucial as rather than seeing their lead cut to one Wadebridge ended up extending it to three just a minute later. A really nice sequence of pass and move football culminated in Sam Gerken poking a shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards. Bude were matching their opponents in attacking endeavour and almost had a second when a shot at the back post was saved by Jim Vernon at point blank range. However, the visitors were proving their own worst enemy defensively and straight after this an appalling back pass went straight to Dan Jennings who rounded the keeper only to roll the ball onto the outside of the post. The let-off was Bude was brief though as Wadebridge grabbed two more goals in the space of three minutes. First Sam Gerken grabbed a second in the 74th minute and then in the 76th minute Wadebridge overran the away area - Kyle Flew's effort was saved but Dan Jennings was there to smash in a rebound from a couple of yards out. Jennings then went close to notching up a hatrick in the 86th minute when he nipped in front of a defender at the near post to poke a cross just wide of the goal. There was time for one more goal and this came from the boot of Ben Joyce who curled a 25 yard free-kick towards the top corner with the away keeper only managing to palm the ball into the side of the net.

Result: Wadebridge Town 7-1 Bude Town
Division: South West Peninsula League Division One West
Attendance: 47

Sunday, 24 February 2019

2019 Stadium #5 - Bolitho Park

Date: 6th February 2019
Stadium: Bolitho Park
Location: Plymouth, Devon

My fifth stadium of 2019 was on Wednesday 6th February at Bolitho Park in Plymouth, Devon. The match was Plymouth Parkway vs. Cadbury Heath in the Western League Premier Division.

Bolitho Park is in the Manadon area of Plymouth in the north of the city. The ground sits within an island of green space surrounded by housing on all sides. With trees marking the distinction though the ground does feel pretty contained from the nearby residential areas. The venue is just under 3 miles north of Plymouth railway station and has been home to the club since it was built in 2003.

The entrance to the ground is at the northern end. On my visit this area was undergoing construction work with a new clubhouse being built by the entrance hut. Without a clubhouse at present the remaining club building in the north-west corner houses the dressing rooms, toilets for spectators and a food outlet facing towards a concrete area with cover from a gazebo. The north-east corner has a demountable with a couple of picnic benches on an area of concrete. This had a gazebo frame but no cover so was not in use during a very wet night. Directly behind the goal there is a strip of hard standing with grass behind this.

The west side has the sole all-seater in the ground - the Bolitho Stand is a 50 seat structure is just to the south of the halfway line with the other building being a gantry for filming just to the north of the halway line. The rest of this side consists of a strip of hard standing with grass behind it. On the opposite side of the field is a covered two-level concrete terrace by the halfway line. The two dugouts are either side of this and once again there is hard standing for the entire length of the field with grass behind. The southern end is the most sparse with the same format of hard standing with grass behind repeated. There is a decent amount of space on most sides to build additional stands which the club will have to do should they gain promotion to the Southern League.

Plymouth Parkway have adapted well to the Western League after promotion from the South West Peninsula League and entered the game in 5th in the standings with aspirations of back-to-back promotions. Cadbury Heath were sat in mid-table but have suffered on the road with a 9-0 and 7-0 defeats within their last three away games. It was a very wet night in Devon and the early minutes saw very little action as the players acclimatised themselves to the conditions. The first incident of note arrived in the 21st minute when a Ryan Lane free-kick was met by the head of Jordan Annear whose close effort was straight at the Cadbury Heath keeper. A minute later Plymouth took the lead as the ball was threaded through for Shane Krac who slotted past the visiting keeper with the ball just creeping over the line as it slowed down on the saturated field. It should have been 2-0 on the half-hour mark when a mis-hit pass by the away keeper went straight to Plymouth's Mikey Williams who raced into the area, rounded the keeper but a last ditch tackle from a Cadbury defender prevented a certain goal. The hosts didn't have to wait too much longer to extend their lead though and Williams was again at the centre of thing laying the ball off for Shane Krac who drilled a shot into the bottom corner from just outside the area. A third goal arrived in the 39th minute when Mikey Williams winning a penalty after being tripped on the left side of the box. Jordan Annear went to the keeper's left, sending him the wrong way, to get himself on the scoresheet. Cadbury had offered little in the game so it was no surprise to see Plymouth extend their lead to four in the 57th minute. Jordan Annear crossed the ball from the right to Sam Hillson who produced a lovely dinked finish over the keeper from the edge of the area. The best it got for the visitors was in the 63rd minute when they had their closest effort of the evening - a deflected shot left the home keeper Kyle Moore stranded but the ball went just wide with Cadbury's luck not in on the night. Plymouth went close again the 73rd minute when a cross from Sam Hillson on the right fizzed across the area and Mike Smith hit the post with a shot from close range. Smith did manage to get a goal in the end though rounding off the scoring with five minutes to go knocking in from inside the six yard box. Another heavy away defeat to add to the list for Cadbury Heath as Plymouth continued their hopes of reaching the 8th tier for the first time in their history.

Result: Plymouth Parkway 5-0 Cadbury Heath
Division: Western League Premier Division
Attendance: 157

Sunday, 10 February 2019

2019 Stadium #4 - Poltair Park

Date: 23rd January 2019
Stadium: Poltair Park
Location: St Austell, Cornwall

My fourth stadium of 2019 was on Wednesday 23rd January at Poltair Park in St Austell, Cornwall. The match was St Austell vs. Falmouth Town in the South West Peninsula League Cup Quarter-Final.

Poltair Park is located in a largely residential area close to the town centre so has housing to the east, south and west of the ground. There is also a bowling club to the south with a secondary school to the north. A quarter of a mile north-west of the town's railway station, the venue has been home to the club since the early part of the 20th century after they departed their original home at Rocky Park.

The northern side of the ground has a large gap between the pitch and the spectator areas. The sole stand at the venue is an unusual concrete structure with an elevated seating area of 5 rows of concrete with wooden benching appended to it. The interior of the stand has the dressing rooms and the two dugouts and placed in front of this. Directly behind this stand is a neat little clubhouse and with a small decking area outside with a picnic bench on it. To the east of the stand is a narrow strip of hard standing which is limited in space due to a fence separating the field area from the car park behind. To the west of the stand the strip of hard standing resumed but with no car park there is space for a grass area behind this. Towards the western end there is a tea hut which includes a small covered standing area.

The rest of the ground was previously very basic with a wooden barrier separating grass areas from the pitch. Over the years since the turn of the century the venue has been upgraded on the remaining three sides as well the installation of floodlights which were turned on in 2012. The southern side has a strip of hard standing for its length with a large grass area behind this. The eastern and western ends are similar with both having hard standing for their length and grass banks behind these. There is then netting at the top of this in light of Poltair Road at the eastern end and housing at the western end. Despite the upgrades the club were denied promotion to the Western League in 2015 after they failed ground grading requirements.

This South West Peninsula League Cup Quarter-Final tie was between the two previous winners of the competition. Both sides were also riding high in the Premier Division this season so it was no surprise that the game was a close contest throughout. After a quarter of an hour the away side had the ball in the back of the net but saw the effort chalked off for an offside. In the 31st minute St Austell had their best chance of the half as Jack Calver raced down the left, drilled an effort towards goal and saw his shot deflect off a defender and go just over the bar. The competitive first half gave way to a messy first period of the second half as both sides showed little quality with frequent turnovers in possession. Out of nowhere the only goal of the game arrived in the 69th minute. A nice lofted ball from the middle of the field headed towards the St Austell goal. Falmouth's Tim Nixon got to the ball just ahead of home keeper Jason Chapman and knocked the ball up into the air. It landed at the feet of Jordan Annear who stroked the ball into the empty net from the edge of the area. With a quarter of an hour to go Falmouth had a good chance to scored again after a bad error in the middle of the pitch allowed Annear to be played in on goal. Once again Chapman came out to meet the attack but this time he narrowed the angles sufficiently so that Annear's 20 yard curled effort went just wide. St Austell tried to get back on level terms in the final minutes but let themselves down with some really sloppy passing allowing Falmouth to run down the clock with counter-attacks. The closest the home side came was Martin Watts' header which was saved on the line with six minutes left to go. Falmouth rode out the rest of the game taking a big step towards retaining their League Cup crown.

Result: St Austell 0-1 Falmouth Town
Competition: South West Peninsula League Cup
Attendance: 246

Sunday, 3 February 2019

2019 Stadium #3 - Homers Heath

Date: 22nd January 2019
Stadium: Homers Heath
Location: Newton Abbot, Devon

My third stadium of 2019 was on Tuesday 22nd January at Homers Heath in Newton Abbot, Devon. The match was Buckland Athletic vs. Cadbury Heath in the Western League Premier Division.

Homers Heath is located in a rural area between the towns of Newton Abbot and Kingkerswell. The road to the ground runs alongside its eastern flank with the site surrounded by fields and trees on all sides. There is an additional grass area behind the southern side which is used for training and pre-match warm-ups. The venue is 1.5 miles south of Newton Abbot and its train station. The club have had four different homes since forming in 1977 with the current ground at Homers Heath becoming their home in 2005.

The north-east corner to the ground is where the entrance turnstiles are situated and in this area is a nice spacious clubhouse which has a bar inside and a snack outlet facing outwards. The exterior has a a decked area with picnic benches as well as a separate building for toilets. The players dressing rooms are in the clubhouse with the players emerging out between this building and the toilet building. In terms of spectator areas the northern side is hard standing for its length with a covered wood and metal section from the halfway line towards the eastern end. This structure has nine supporting beams to hold up the roofing but these are thin so do not impede views if standing at the front. Behind this side is a decent sized car park, a requirement given the lack of any on-street parking in the vicinity.

The main stand, the Clive Holmes Memorial Stand, is on the southern side of the venue by the halfway line. This 160 seat stand is built into the natural grass bank and has designated areas for press, officials and sponsors. There are four supporting beams as well as a floodlight directly in front of the stand so there is a little bit of view restriction in some seats. The two dugouts are in front of the stand and the rest of this side is uncovered hard standing. The eastern and western ends are near identical with hard standing areas for their length with flat grass sections behind.

Buckland got off to a quick start opening the scoring in only the 2nd minutes of the game. There was some nice interplay on the edge of the area before the ball was squared to the centre of the penalty area. Cadbury Heath failed to clear and the ball broke to Rich Groves who steered it into the bottom corner. The visitors started the game on the backfoot and almost went two goals behind in the 7th minute when a ball across from the left was cleared on the line. The ball then broke to Charlie Johansen who collided with away keeper Matt Semple and in the chaos Groves smashed wide when he should have notched up his second of the game. A couple of minutes later a free-kick from the right found Tony Radford free in the Cadbury Heath box but he headed over. With Buckland all over the away side it was no surprise to see goal number 2 arrive in the 19th minute. Home goalie Kenny Griffiths launched a long punt upfield, a defender missed an attempted clearance letting Lloyd Gardner in on goal. Gardner rounded Matt Semple and slotted into the bottom corner. The third goal arrived in the 33rd minute as a cross from the right was knocked home by Charlie Johansen in the six yard box. Buckland seemed to take their foot off the gas a little after this and Cadbury had their first chance of the match a minute later when Griffiths palmed over the goalbound header from a corner. The visitors had a decent spell in the ascendancy and this continued after the half-time interval. The game was well contested during this time with Cadbury going close in the 55th minute with a spectacular volley from the left side of the box going just over the bar. For their part Buckland almost netted from a scramble from a corner on the hour-mark with the ball being poked just the wrong side of the post. In the 76th minute the home side scored a fourth as Lloyd Gardner picked up a short corner and went on a mazy run before shooting low into the corner from 20 yards. This goal was the start of a capitulation by the away side and they conceded another three times before the night was over. The fifth goal came in the 82nd minute with Gardner turning provider this time. He produced a lovely dinked pass to Nick Rudge on the left side of the area and he controlled the ball before picking out the bottom corner of the net. In the 86th minute the Cadbury defence went missing as a ball down the left found James Moxon and he advanced into the area before curling an excellent finish into the top corner from 15 yards. A minute before the end of the ninety minutes Lloyd Gardner grabbed his hattrick, helped by Cadbury trying to play offside. When they all moved up Gardner ghosted in and lifted the ball over the advancing Semple to finish the scoring. The scoreline was possible a little harsh on a depleted Cadbury Heath side but their competitive showing in the middle of the game was undermined by an awful start and an awful finish for which they were mercilessly punished.

Buckland Athletic 7-0 Cadbury Heath
Division: Western League Premier Division
Attendance: 92

Sunday, 27 January 2019

2019 Stadium #2 - Ladysmead

Date: 8th January 2019
Stadium: Ladysmead
Location: Tiverton, Devon

My second stadium of 2019 was on Tuesday 8th January at Ladysmead in Tiverton, Devon. The match was Tiverton Town vs. Gosport Borough in Southern League Premier Division South.

Ladysmead is three-quarters of a mile north of Tiverton town centre. Part of a sports area of the town, the stadium has the Exe Valley Leisure Centre to the east and Tiverton Rugby Club to the north. The western flank is bordered by a retail park with the southern side by an industrial estate. The town's railway station was closed in the 1960s with the nearest station at Tiverton Parkway. This station, opened in 1986, is actually located in the village of Burlescombe, some 7 miles east of Tiverton. The venue has been home to the club since 1946 when they left their home at The Elms after it was badly damaged during World War II.

The main stand takes up two-thirds of the northern side of the ground. This all-seater stand has a total of 520 seats including separate sections for officials. There are a number of supporting beams holding up the roof of this stand and it also sits behind three floodlights on this side. The two dugouts are in front of the stand but have been built down into the ground which prevents them causing restricted viewing to spectators. To the west of the stand is a building contains the player changing rooms while the north-east corner has a couple of club demountables with an electronic scoreboard attached to one of these.

The southern side of Ladysmead consists of a two-level shallow concrete terrace for its entire length. There is a covered section in the middle as the roof extends out from the clubhouse behind which includes a well-sized bar. The south-east corner of the stadium houses a small club shop by one of the entrance turnstiles. The western side has a 5 row concrete terrace which is uncovered save for a small section directly behind the goal. The eastern end has a 7 row covered concrete terrace which takes up the middle half of this side. The remaining quarters either side of the stand are uncovered hard standing.

Both sides went into the evening just above the relegation zone so it was an important opportunity for one to pull themselves further from danger. It took until just the 6th minute for the ball to find the net and it was Tiverton who grabbed it. A long ball upfield was met by a lovely flick on by Stewart Yetton and Levi Landricombe smashed a half-volley into the back of the net from 25 yards out. The home side went close to extending their advantage in the 13th minute when a free-kick into the area was met by the head of Michael Landricombe. His looping header was going to sneak over the line until away keeper Patrick O'Flaherty pushed the ball onto the top of the crossbar. Gosport's first real meaningful attack of the match came in the 20th minute when a free-kick found Harry Medway on the right side of the area and his cross from the byline fizzed across goal but there was no-one on the end of it. Tiverton were definitely the better team in the first half and generated a couple of half chances around the half-hour mark with some nice play. Nothing came of these though and Gosport almost made the home side pay with a great chance in the 35th minute. An excellent ball out wide was picked up by Sam Lanahan and racing towards goal he shot just the wrong side of the post. The away side came out on the front foot in the 2nd half forcing a series of corners in the opening quarter of an hour. Tiverton were happy to defend for the most part though they did generate the best chance of the second period when a free-kick into the area was saved by O'Flaherty but only as far as Yetton who had to react quickly and was only able to send the ball wide from close range. It was a half that failed to really get going, Gosport had lots of the ball but didn't really force home keeper Liam Armstrong into making many saves as the 6th minute strike by Landricombe proved to be the sole goal of the match.

Result: Tiverton Town 1-0 Gosport Borough
Division: Southern League Premier Division South
Attendance: 162