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Tiverton continue their title assault with trip to Wimborne

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 21, 2014

By Ross Reid

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TIVERTON Town travel to Wimborne Town today just three points off the Southern League Division One South and West summit with only two matches remaining.

As anticipated, John Clarkson’s side took their win tally to four in a week with Saturday’s 2-0 home success over basement side Guildford City following victories over Stratford Town (4-2 away) Cinderford Town (2-1 at home) and Clevedon Town (4-0 away) in recent weeks.

Already assured of a play-off berth at the very least, Tiverton’s tremendous end of season run has seen them climb to third in the table, level on 83 points with second-placed Merthyr Town.

The Martyrs were knocked off top spot 1-0 at sixth-placed Swindon Supermarine on Saturday.

New leaders Cirencester Town, who lead the way on 86 points, edged a five-goal thriller 3-2 at 11th-placed Mangotsfield United to put themselves in the box seat as the league’s edge-of-your-seat promotion race enters its final week.

Today Cirencester host fifth-placed Shortwood United, who are level on 75 points with Supermarine in the chase for the final play-off spot, although they have a better goal difference of eight.

Tiverton – whose Saturday scorers were Max Kowal and Michael Nardiello – face a Wimborne side who remain 12th following their 1-1 draw at Cinderford on Saturday.

Merthyr host 16th-placed Evesham United.

Bideford are assured of a top-ten Southern League Premier Division finish whatever happens in their final two matches despite Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Biggleswade Town, who edged up to ninth, five points behind Sean Joyce’s eighth-placed Robins.

Joyce’s side are at Hungerford next Saturday so he will be urging his team to secure eighth spot today with a home win over Frome Town, managed by another Torquay United old boy, striker Adrian Foster, who also had a loan spell with Exeter City.

Bideford will also want to level the scores following a 2-0 midweek defeat at Frome in the last week of January.

There will also be a sense of revenge in the air at Weymouth, who will be anxious to overturn their recent 2-1 defeat at 17th-placed Truro City, who did not play on Saturday and so will be well rested going into the Bank Holiday fixture.

Weymouth start the day in 11th, buoyed by Saturday’s 4-0 win at Redditch United and anxious to secure a top-ten place of their own. Steve Colwell, Jake Green, on-loan Plymouth Argyle striker Isaac Vassell and George Rigg scored their goals.

Truro – who beat Weymouth just 13 days ago and are managed by ex-Terra Steve Tully – will be anxious to bounce back from last week’s 2-1 defeat at Biggleswade.

In the Western League Premier Division, Willand Rovers play their second Devon derby in five days when they host relegation-haunted Ilfracombe Town at Silver Street.

Buckland, who drew 1-1 with fifth-placed Willand on Thursday, visit fourth-placed Street today.

It does not get any easier for Ross Middleton’s Bluebirds, who remain third from bottom following Friday’s 2-1 home defeat by sixth-placed Bitton.

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