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Result and Match Report from Mill Marsh Park: Bovey Tracey 1-4 Liverton United

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A DERBY DAY SPECTACULAR which brought goals, cards, decisions argued by both clubs as well as entertainment. But for the Bovey Tracey Management team this will be a day to forget.

Liverton United were the side that beat Bovey Tracey prior to them losing only one in their last 11 matches and Bovey will have to do that all over again starting next week home vs Torpoint after a below par performance.

Both sides had chances to put more goals on the board but five registered in the end as Liverton ran out 4-1 winners after Bovey Tracey had taken the lead at the start of the second half after goalless at half-time. Tiverton Town striker Joe Bushin drafted in as an extra attacking threat and he certainly gave the Bovey defence a good game.

Bovey were the happier of the two sides in the first half, pressing on every Liverton ball and forcing many decisions to go their way. But still they could not convert all the chances they had, despite excellent work from striker Dale O'Donaghue.

Hayden Roe and O'Donaghue exchanged passes for the first attack but didn't have enough time to release a shot on goal. On 11 minutes, referee Steve Jones issued his first booking of the game, Bovey's Jared Lewington in the book for a late foul on Oliver Booth, 30 yards from goal. The following attack came to nothing.

Bovey's change in game came as early as the 20th minute when Hayden Roe had to be replaced by Jamie Micklewright following a knee problem. Roe, top scorer for the Moorlanders left Bovey with no height in the box but more importantly, Roe had been bullying the Liverton defence. Another sub was almost needed a minute later when linesman Neil Seymour was treated after a deflected challenge down his side of the pitch forced the match ball to smack into his face. Glad to say play resumed within minutes.

James Tuffry was next to receive a booking after diving late on Lewington. O'Donaghue was in a one on one situation again with 'keeper Ben Hardie equal to the shot. The final 15 minutes was end to end with both sides trying to find a lead to build upon. Bovey captain Dan Taylor and Liverton's Nick Rudge the outstanding players for either side in the first half as the scores remained level.

Out for the second half after a dressing down from both Managers, it was Bovey who pressured Liverton to lose the ball early and took the lead within 2 minutes. Jamie Micklewright latched onto a through ball, getting ahead of both centre-backs before slotting the ball past Hardie for a large cheer for the big crowd. That was short lived as Liverton levelled instantly through Bushin after after excellent pressure from Jordan Lam before he cut the ball across. Bovey looked to comfortable with the ball in the back line which forced a way back for Liverton to push on. Lewington and O'Donaghue had more chances for Bovey as did several Blue's players.

Liverton made a change on 57, Tuffry replaced by George Sava. And what a sub he turned out to be. Liverton were awarded a free kick in their own half before the change which Sava delivered and there was Lam with a free shot on goal to beat the diving Tom Brooks.

Bovey Manager Ryan German had to make changes to his defence and brought off Ryan Stanbridge, suffering with a back problem, replacing him with Alex Sanderson.

With 25 minutes to go Bovey's defence were not getting any service to their midfielders and so were forced to keep on playing long balls, giving possession away too cheaply only to Liverton's advantage. Bushin again free on a through pass to beat Brooks but the 'keeper was equal before giving a stern talking to his defence.

15 mins from time, Bovey had another booking to deal with; defender Kai Fisher, returning from a suspension booked for arguing a referee's decision. Following this Bovey made a change, Lewis Plackett off for Lee Pascoe. All in the space of two minutes a booking was issued; Liverton's George Sava for fouling O'Donaghue.

Fisher was then reverted to play as the target striker to cause problems and soon was he adapting and on goal that he had a chance which looked to have clipped Hardie's fingertips as he dived, but the officials gave the goal kick.

The game was all but over 12 minutes from time when Liverton added a third. Stuart Bowker, son of Manager Tony on the sheet after good control and forward play from Lam.

Bovey had all but lost all chance of a comeback despite trying to restore faith. Liverton had time to bring on Joe Long for Dan Kingscote. Bovey also changing; Lee Pascoe for O'Donaghue, but Bovey's sub was unable to make an impact to change the scoreline, in fact it was Liverton who got the final goal of the game two minutes of time to secure the 4-1 victory, Bushin again for his brace.

Both Managers shook after the game, Liverton's Tony Bowker the more happier. But Liverton took the Devon derby honours for the second time this season as Bovey look to cement a respectable league position with the games left.

Referee: Steve Jones

Assistant Referees: Chris Palmer and Neil Seymour

Attendance: NN

Man of the Match: Lam (Liverton)

Bovey Tracey:

1. Tom Brooks

2. Cliff Walters

3. Jared Lewington (booked 11)

4. Kai Fisher (booked 72)

5. Ryan Stanbridge (Sanderson 60)

6. Ed Plackett

7. Dan Taylor

8. Liam Head

9. Hayden Roe (Micklewright 20)

10. Dale O'Donaghue (Pascoe 83)

11. Lewis Plackett


12. Dejan Maric

14. Lee Pascoe

15. Alex Sanderson

16. Jamie Micklewright

17. Tom Arnold

Liverton United:

1. Ben Hardie

2. James Tuffry (booked 33) (Sava 57)

3. Ryan O'Callahan

4. Simon Laughton ©

5. Craig Fenner

6. Oliver Booth

7. Dan Kingscote (Long)

8. Nick Rudge

9. Joe Bushin

10. Stuart Bowker

11. Jordan Lam


12. Joe Long

14. Alex Narrowmore

15. George Sava

16. Micky Walsh

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