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MARINE vs TIVERTON TOWN
Match Report by Nick Taylor

Swindon Supermarine tasted defeat in their opening day Southern League Premier Division South fixture at The Webbswood Stadium against an experienced Tiverton Town side in a match in which the hosts deserved at least a share of the points, writes Nick Taylor.

Tiverton under the guidance of vastly experienced manager Martyn Rogers, finished in sixth place last season and, with the vast majority of their squad retained for this campaign, it was always going to be a tough, physical encounter for Lee Spaldingís squad. Spalding gave a debut to recent signing Luke Williams in midfield, who impressed in the opening exchanges played at a frantic pace.

On 10 minutes, Marine winger Joe Selman volleyed over Liam Armstrongís crossbar after full back Michael Hopkins had floated in a dangerous cross. The visitors then almost grabbed the opener when Exeter City loanee Josh Key tricked his way to the by-line before squaring back for Tom Bath to guide the ball agonisingly just wide of  Josh Hillís near post.

Tivvy did find the net on 24 minutes, only to see referee Andrew Sheppard rule Mike Landricombeís header  from River Allenís cross offside. Just before the interval, Marine centre forward Stuart Fleetwood, who received a lot of physical attention by the visitorsí defence, wriggled through and fired his shot into the side netting, with a section of the 247 supporters believing at first that his effort had gone in.

With no changes at half time, Tiverton made the brighter start in the second half, the busy and bustling figure of Levi Landricombe. Last seasonís top scorer for the away side, causing the Marine defence concerns with his clever running off the ball.

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