TEVERSAL 2 - 1 SCARBOROUGH ATHLETIC
To mark the occasion the 300 travelling supporters created a carnival atmosphere with a large number of them wearing shirt and ties to mark the fact that the Supporters Trust are now the owners of the club. In addition Teversal Chairman Shaun Massey presented Simon Cope (Scarborough Chairman) a framed Teversal shirt and certificate to demonstrate the honour bestowed on the Tevie Boys in holding such an historic occasion.
The game started at a lively pace and it was the home side who had the better of the play, with some smart football being played. So when the early initiative was reward when the Tevie Boys took the lead on 9 minutes, Dean Short clearly beat the offside trap to latch onto Rhodes clever ball into the space left by the advancing Boro defence, Short calmly lobbed the stranded Bramley who tried to close the Teversal marksman down with no real effect.
Even going behind didn't dishearten the travelling Scarborough support, but this didn't deter Teversal neither who continued to dominate proceedings and nearly doubled there lead when Woodcock seized on a defensive uncertainty to squeeze an effort past Bramley only for the post to come to Scarborough Custodian's rescue. Scarborough's only effort of note in the first period came on 29 minutes when some excellent work by Lightowler saw him create an opening for himself, but this was blocked by a Teversal defender, but fell nicely to Griffin who had time and space but fired his effort wide of the mark.
Teversal could and possible should have at least doubled their lead, but Bramley produced a top draw save to deny Townroe's speculative effort that surprised everyone and the Scarborough Keeper did well to tip it onto the bar on 33 minutes. A more clear opening came when a precise ball from Giles calved open an opportunity for Stokes who set himself superbly before unleashing a thunderous effort that beat Bramley but smashed into the side netting to the relief of the Scarborough camp.
If Teversal had dominated the first half, Scarborough came out and took the initial control of the second, but they came up against a resilient Teversal rearguard with Gavin Short and Sam Holmes holding firm at the heart of the Tevie boys defence. But 5 minutes into the second half delight for the travelling Sea Dogs when Dave Thompson managed to find space for Chadburn to pick him out to allow the lively Thompson to calmly finish to make it 1-1 and become a local hero being the first ever scorer for the new club.
With the bit now firmly between their teeth, Scarborough continued to apply the pressure and control proceedings, but the home side showed they could roll up their sleeves when required and to that fact for the dominance the visitors were showing, Wilson in the Teversal goal didn't have to make any save of note. In addition Andy Woodcock was a superb outlet for the Tevie Boys and numerous occasions held the ball up well to allow the home rearguard to re-organise after a period of pressure.
The last 15 minutes seemed to see the visitors run out of steam and the Tevie Boys started to have the lions share of the play again and started to calve out openings for themselves, firstly a well worked corner saw Tighes delivery find Woodcock attacking the near post to powerfully head goalwards only to be denied by an alert Bramley. Then a well worked move down the Scarborough left saw Tighe again whip in an excellent cross along the six yard box that just eluded the onrushing Teversal strikers.
So the signs were there, and when a series of corners in the dying minutes saw a tentative period for the visitors and their worries were justified, when in the 89th minute Tighe drilled in yet another near post corner that Walker superbly flicked on to the far post for Gavin Short to hit a thunderous half volley into the back of the net to the delight of the home support. The added on time saw Teversal keep any come back Scarborough may have had at bay and the outcome never looked like being threatened.
In Summary, both sides put on an excellent spectacular for a first game of the season, plus add on the size of the occasion, so credit must be given to both sides for not allowing the occasion to overall the game.
Teversal's next game is an F.A. Cup Sponsored by E-On Extra Preliminary Round tie against Coventry Sphinx of the Midland Football Alliance, a level above the Tevie Boys in the National League System. So a giant killing act is required if the Carnarvon Street club is to progress on Saturday (18-08-07) with the kick off being at 3.00pm.
Match Report by Teversal General Football Secretary, Kev Newton.
TEVERSAL – Wilson, Tighe, Townroe, Holmes, Short G., Giles, Rhodes (Hauton 81), Scott, Short D. (Walker 77), Woodcock, Stokes. Subs Not Used – O'Callaghan.
SCARBOROUGH ATHLETIC – Bramley, Hyam, Phillips D., Davis, Kennett, Widdowson, Griffin, Thompson, Hogg (Chadburn 65), Lightowler (Reveley 80), Smethurst (Phillips S. 45). Subs Not Used – All Used.
REFEREE – Mr S. Smith from Grassmoor.
MAN OF MATCH –Teversal – Andy Woodcock, Scarborough Athletic – Dave Thompson
ATTENDANCE - 427
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