TIVERTON TOWN 2 BASHLEY 1 (MANAGER'S VIEW)
By Graham Speechley-Price | Sunday 24th August 2014
We started the long journey down to Tiverton missing five regulars and the usual
bank holiday delays. Two new signings made their debuts for us, Ronan Moore a 16
year old left back and Blane Lewis a holding midfield player from Southampton.
Before training on Thursday neither was in my plans for Saturday but both performed
so well during our session they earned themselves a starting place. Both started
nervously but once they settled completely vindicated my decision and made
The first half we both teams played attractive football with Tiverton leading 2 1
deservedly at half time. We felt the balance of the game needed changing so we
changed our shape for the second half. This flipped the game on its head as Bashley
became dominant and creating numerous chances to no avail.
I must mention what a fantastic job Ryan Brading has done as our lone striker since
the season started and also mention how well Leighton Speechley-Price has done in
an unfamiliar holding role since the second half against Merthyr. The addition of
Blane Lewis should now allow us to move players back into familiar positions, having
said that Matt Oldring is unavailable for our game against Wimbourne tomorrow due
to work commitments.
August was always going to be a tough month for us as we had numerous holiday
commitments and we are and still are building our squad but all things considered
we expect within the next three weeks to be somewhere close to where we want to
At the moment we have Thoroughgood (dislocated shoulder) Ferguson (injured foot)
Morris (personal) Oldring (work commitments) Cullingford (holiday) Hall (holiday)
Field (injured hip) Drodge (injured thigh) Petty (holiday) leaving us more than a little
stretched for the Wimbourne game so credit must go to our reserve management
Martin Spears and Joe Turner for their 5-0 victory yesterday.
The club has come a long way in a short period and credit must go to the hard
working fans that are still pulling together and the new committee that have helped
saved the club from extinction, for me personally I have been disappointed that some
people seem to be negative to all we do, but that’s human nature.
The word support appears in supporter for a reason, so if they genuinely cared about
their club, they must realise that damaging its image is what put the club where it is
now so if they don’t wish to support it anymore then allow those that wish to, to do so.