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Tiverton Town overtaken after first loss in six

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 26, 2012

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Tiverton Town manager Mark Saunders felt a draw would have been a fair result as the high-flying Yellows were pipped 1-0 at Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West title rivals Hungerford Town on Saturday.

Left-back Diak John scored the game's 70th-minute winner that enabled the Crusaders to overtake Tiverton and return to the top of the table on a day when only two matches in the division beat the wet weather.

Saunders said: "Given the weather conditions and the fact it rained throughout the match, it was good that both sides tried to play some decent football.

"We got up there, saw what it was like and gave it a good go. We didn't play as well as we have done in recent weeks but still gave them a game and, at the end of the day, I think a draw would have been the right result, really, because just one slip has cost us."

Hungerford have moved three points clear of Tiverton with a match in hand after ending the Yellows' six-match unbeaten run.

The rain wiped out four Southern League Premier games – including Bideford's home match against Cambridge City – and all but one match in the Toolstation Western League.

In the only Western League game to beat the deluge, the goals rained in for Bristol side Cribbs Friends Life as they beat Warminster Town 7-1 in the First Division. The entire Carlsberg South West Peninsula League programme was washed out.

Taunton Town's Southern League One trip to Bishops Cleeve was postponed early to prevent the Peacocks from making a wasted journey.

Tomorrow's League match for Taunton, at Merthyr Town, has also been postponed as the Martyrs seek to play their postponed FA Trophy tie against Tonbridge Angels instead.

Also tomorrow, Bideford are due to host Kettering Town in the Premier Division while Tiverton are set to welcome Paulton Rovers in the Red Insure Cup second round.

However, Saunders said: "Given the amount of rain we've had and the state of our pitch the last time I saw it, I'm not sure the Paulton game stands much of a chance of going ahead.

"You can see from looking around the leagues how many games were off.

"As for the League, we've lost at Hungerford and now we have a chance to put it right at home to Poole next Saturday. That's what we will be looking forward to. We've been on a good run and we'll be looking to bounce back."

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