Ahead of the midweek trip to Salisbury City, Tiverton Town recorded a superb 2-1 victory at promotion-chasing Yate Town, and three massive points for the Tivvy bid to move clear of the Southern League drop zone.
A bright start from the Yellows saw a quick free-kick routine worked nicely for Louis Morison to pick out the head of Gary Warren but he was judged to have fouled the Yate defender. Chris Shephard then went close after a flowing Tivvy move.
Andy Watkins demonstrated his passing prowess with a delightful ball for Theo Simpson but his effort was sent flying over the bar. However, Tivvy dominance continued and they got the reward on 20 minutes.
A fabulous team move started with Kyle Egan feeding the ball wide to Simpson, who delivered an inviting cross for Dan Hayfield. His initial effort was blocked by the stretched home defence but Hayfield reacted first to slam home the rebound.
Yate mustered a mild response but Tivvy remained a threat on the counter, Shephard denied by a good save from home custodian Andrew Hannah.
The dynamics of the game changed dramatically when Craig Woodman was shown a second yellow card and Tivvy had to face more than half the match with ten men. A smart turn and finish from James Harding brought Yate level at half-time.
All signs were pointing against a Tiverton victory but the Yellows summoned up the spirit to produce an outstanding second-half display, as they defied the numerical disadvantage to continue with large periods of controlled possession.
Despite the referee continuing to dish out yellow cards, including one for Tivvy boss Martyn Rogers, the Yellows kept their composure and Yate were growing increasingly frustrated with their inability to get their game going.
Ten minutes from time, Tiverton found a deserved winner, and it was another delightful team goal, culminating in a run in behind from Andy Watkins and he calmly flicked a quality finish past the advancing Hannah. A great result for a valiant ten-man Tivvy.
Following the Salisbury challenge on Tuesday night, Tiverton can look forward to a visit from Poole Town on Saturday.
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