Despite taking an early lead, Beaconsfield were left to rue a succession of missed chances to put the game to bed in the first twenty minutes. Tiverton, however, made the most of their opportunities for the following twenty minutes and went in with a comfortable 4-1 lead at half time only for the hosts to strike back in the second period to set up a tense finale that almost saw them snatch an unlikely point.
The Rams were on the front foot right form the start and the first ten minutes saw Toby Little have an effort come back off the bar and Nathan Minhas slicing one over after some great build up play by Andrei Chiriac. They finally made the breakthrough on ten minutes – Olly McCoy saw his shot saved by Tiverton’s James Weeks (the first of many good stops) but Scott Donnelly, following up, took his time to place a fine curling effort past the stranded keeper.
They should have had a second two minutes later when Nathan Minhas had two stabs at a loose ball that ricocheted around the visitors goal mouth. McCoy then went close when he got on the end of a free kick before Tiverton made The Rams pay for the missed chances on 19 minutes when Andy Watkins found space to send an effort past Mike Neish in The Rams goal.
Weeks then made a great stop to deny a fine solo run and shot by the busy Chiriac and this was followed by a Scott Donnelly effort that came back off the post.
The Rams then found themselves a goal down on 24 minutes when a hit and hope effort by Chukwuka Iseguan, with the help of a post and almost in slow motion, somehow trickled over the line. Two became three on 31 minutes when a long range effort by Dan Hayfield left Neish rooted to the spot and it got worse three minutes later when The Rams custodian conceded a penalty that was calmly converted by Louis Morrison.
Despite being shell-shocked The Rams still continued to create chances but McCoy saw two good efforts met by equally good stops by Weeks. Half time, 4-1 to Tiverton but it could have been four each!
Highly rated U18 keeper Lawson Clarke was brought on at half-time as was Aldershot loanee Josh Fawole as The Rams regrouped and set about their opponents. Toby Little clawed one back on 50 minutes and all of a sudden a comeback seemed possible. It seemed even more so on 73 minutes when Little got his second after his free kick deceived everyone and went in off a post.
Tiverton had the jitters for sure but still looked dangerous on the break and Clarke made a fine confidence building save on 77 minutes to deny Theo Simpson. Ten minutes later it was the turn of Weeks to make a fine save as he turned a looping goal bound header from Nathan Minhas over the bar.
In time added on Matty Harriott was harshly adjudged to have caught a Tiverton forward in the area and Morrison tucked away his second penalty of the game, in turn cementing all three points for the visitors.
The Rams created more than enough chances to have comfortably won this game. Frustratingly for all concerned they didn’t take them so let’s hope that they have their shooting boots back on for this Saturday’s visit of Merthyr Town.
Come On You Rams
Subs Not Used: 14. Wes Daly / 15. Kayne Connor
Subs Not Used: 12. Joe Belsten
Assistants: Damian Mirzadeh / Ronald Albert