Tiverton Town reach second round of FA Trophy at the expense of Truro City
Devon's top two non-League sides Bideford and Tiverton Town are in Monday’s FA Trophy second qualifying draw following 3-2 wins on Saturday.
John Clarkson’s in-form Southern League Division One South and West side Tiverton Town progressed past Premier Division Truro City thanks to substitute Sam Malsom’s second late winner in a week.
Malsom – introduced on the hour for Josh Concanen against Truro – slid home Tiverton’s stoppage-time winner just a week after claiming the last minute decider in the Yellows’ 4-3 League win over Stratford Town at Ladysmead.
In a classic cup encounter, Saturday’s first qualifying round tie ebbed and flowed, with Tiverton taking a sixth-minute lead through former Truro striker Matt Wright.
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The Plymouth-based former Salisbury City striker has now scored four times in Tiverton’s last three games.
Steve Massey’s City side countered to lead 2-1 thanks to second-half goals from central defender Arran Pugh (51 minutes) and Neil Slateford, who sent a dipping 30 yard shot past Town goalkeeper Jon Viscosi on 80 minutes. Then Tiverton striker Maksym Kowal’s shot went in off Paul Kendall to level the scores on 82 minutes.
There is little respite for either side as – weather permitting – both teams are due to play Red Insure League Cup ties tomorrow night.
Tiverton host Clevedon Town at Ladysmead while former Exeter City, Torquay United, Weymouth and Tiverton full-back Steve Tully is set to make his Truro debut in their tie at Bridgwater Town.
The Paignton-born 33-year-old defender made more than 221 Football League appearances in his seven years at Exeter and over 100 for Torquay, where he began his professional football career.
Bideford – third in the Southern League top flight – carried their unbeaten Premier form into their 3-2 Trophy win at Swindon Supermarine, who are second in Division One South and West, despite being without key players.
Nevertheless, Bideford boss Sean Joyce was able to debut new signing Stephen Reed, in for honeymooning skipper Matt Hockley in midfield.
Fellow midfielder Craig Duff was Bideford’s match-winner, scoring twice and helping to tee up Kevin Squire’s seventh-minute opener.
Duff doubled Bideford’s advantage in the tenth minute and added a 70th-minute winner, with a swerving shot after latching on to Matt Bye’s set-up.
On-loan Swindon Town teenage striker Kayden Jackson scored from two penalties to restore parity by half-time.
Bideford’s Premier Division match at Redditch on Monday night has been postponed because United have to restart their FA Trophy tie on Wednesday.
Redditch’s rain-hit home qualifying tie against Chasetown on Saturday was abandoned after 82 minutes because of a waterlogged pitch and will now be re-staged in midweek, weather permitting.
Bideford’s next match is a home League game against St Neots Town next Saturday, when Truro will play host to Cambridge City.