All square in Devon
Hartley Wintney made the 260 mile round trip across to mid Devon for the second time this season, having suffered a heavy defeat at Tiverton in the FA Trophy replay a few weeks earlier but this time returned home with a point.
The Row arrived on the back of a dip in form which had seen them pick up just three points from their last seven league games, with a particularly disappointing defeat coming last Tuesday at home to Met Police. Row ‘keeper, Adam Desbois, pulled off a superb save on 12 minutes when Cameron Allen picked out Tiverton’s prolific goalscorer, Levi Landricombe, whose volley was tipped over the bar. The same two players combined five minutes later when Allen released Landricombe. He took it on himself but fired wide from the edge of the area. The visitors had to sustain some pressure but exerted some of their own. Nic Ciardini’s cross was palmed away by Tivvy ‘keeper, Liam Armstrong, and Englefield, following up, was unable to find the target. A good spell of Hartley pressure was eventually relieved, and when the home side won a corner on the half hour, it led to the opening goal.
HT: Tiverton Town 1-0 Hartley Wintney Row ‘keeper Desbois was the first called into action, three minutes into the second half. He rose well to palm away an Allen cross, but it fell into a dangerous area and the visitors were relieved to see Levi Landricombe fire wide. Hartley then had a good spell, winning three corners in succession, and although unable to make them count, their tenaciousness paid off on 63 minutes when, from another Ty Smith corner, Jack Ball stole in at the back post and chested the ball in from close range. [1-1] Play was end to end going into the final minutes, with the Row looking the more likely to find a winner. Another Ty Smith corner caused Tiverton’s defence problems, but Jack Ball flicked his header just over the bar. Ben Mammola did very well to deal with a Louie Paget delivery, then play switched to the other end and Tom Bath played Levi Landricombe in on goal, but the usually dependable striker fired over with only Desbois to beat. As the game moved past the 90 minutes, there was still one last chance for Hartley to find the winner, but a free kick was curled wide. The final whistle saw the Row travel back with a much deserved point from a gritty, encouraging and spirited performance that will have helped them shrug off their recent dip in form. FT: Tiverton Town 1-1 Hartley Wintney