Wright at the death earns Parkway a point on Boxing DayParkway vs Tiverton Town | Match Report
In front of a bumper Boxing Day crowd, Parkway entertained their Devon neighbours Tiverton Town looking to extend their winning run to 5 games. 2 changes were made from Saturday’s win at Hendon with Jack Crago and Callum Hall starting in place of Matt Wright and Rio Garside.
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The game got off to an intense start with Callum Hall having a 25 yard strike deflected for a corner on 2 minutes. Jack Rice-Letharby then broke clear along the left for the visitors with his 20 yard shot being comfortably saved by Adam Parkes.
Play continued at a fast pace with Shane White and Callum Hall linking well to set up Mikey Williams whose low shot from 25 yards was deflected for another corner from which a Cameron Sangster header was cleared off the line on 11 minutes.
Tiverton responded with the clearest chance of the game on 12 minutes. Parkway conceded possession in a dangerous area allowing Niall Thompson to go clear with Parkes deflecting the shot with his feet on to the post and behind for a corner. On 13 minutes White became the first player cautioned after a robust challenge on Bailey Kempster.
Play continued at a pace with both sides prompting and probing but unable to create any clear chances. Parkway forced a couple of corners around the 20 minute mark with Tiverton defending solidly and beginning to dominate the midfield exchanges.
On 22 minutes Thompson again went clear along the left forcing a corner followed by a Tiverton free kick wide on the left which was cleared way. Tiverton continued to apply pressure with Parkway guilty of conceding possession too easily in midfield with the visitor’s defence dealing comfortably with a series of long diagonal balls to the flanks.
On 29 minutes a strong run forward in the left hand channel by Williams saw his dangerous cross well cleared. Play continued to be hard fought and on 31 minutes a Tiverton free kick from River Allen was well defended.
On 34 minutes a long cross field ball from White to Ryan Lane saw the latter go clear only for his cross to be blocked for a corner. Williams continued to make forward runs creating space but Parkway were unable to capitalise as Tiverton remained solid at the back.
On 37 minutes Parkway were forced to reorganise after Lane pulled up with no other players around him with what looked like a hamstring injury with Rio Garside replacing him.
Parkway continued to be guilty of conceding possession too easily in midfield allowing Tiverton to apply pressure and they took the lead on 41 minutes. A short corner routine on the right caught Parkway knapping with Allen delivering a quality cross with the outside of his right foot picking out Jamie Richards who glanced home a header at the far post.
Tiverton continued to win most of the second balls in midfield with Parkway unable to win or retain possession or create too much forward momentum. However on 44 minutes Parkway forced a corner on the right with Toby Down heading just over. In the 3 minutes of added time a Rio Garside free kick was cleared and then recycled with Zak Baker dealing comfortably with a deep cross at the far post.
An attritional half lacking too much quality with Tiverton generally looking the more threatening and just about deserving their half time lead.
Parkway made their second change at the start of the second half with Reece Thomson replacing Jack Bray-Evans. Tiverton made the early running in the second half with Parkway doing well to defend a break along the right.
On 49 minutes a Thomson cross from the right saw a Jack Crago header cleared as Parkway attempted to work their way back into the game. On 52 minutes Carlo Garside displaying no brotherly love was cautioned for a foul on brother Rio who then fired the free kick wildly over. Parkway continued to lack composure in midfield, frequently conceding possession with Tiverton pressing high and winning a number of second balls.
On 57 minutes the visitors created a good opportunity when a long throw in was flicked on into the 6 yard area with Jevan Wright hooking an effort narrowly over. Tiverton continued to control the tempo of the game with Parkway still lacking composure in possession. However on the hour mark Parkway created a good chance with Williams linking well with Crago who fired an angled drive narrowly wide.
Parkway gradually began to get more quality possession and on 65 minutes a cross from Thomson released Hall whose snap shot from around 15 yards was well saved by Baker. Tiverton made their first change on 67 minutes with Jerry Lawrence replacing Carlo Garside.
Play began to become increasingly feisty with Thompson seeing yellow on 68 minutes for a foul with Allen also being cautioned for seemingly disputing the decision. Shortly after, Sangster followed them into the book for a foul as play became scrappy and fragmented with neither side able to take control.
Further changes were made on 70 minutes with Matt Wright replacing Sangster for Parkway and Mitchell Beardmore coming on for Jevan Wright for the visitors. On 72 minutes the impressive Down did well to tidy up at the back after a break forward by Thompson with Rio Garside then seeing yellow as play continued to be scrappy and untidy.
Another free kick on 74 minutes saw a looping header from Down saved under his bar by Baker as Parkway finally began to have some quality possession and create chances.
Going into the last 10 minutes Calum Hall became the next player to be booked with Parkway starting to apply pressure with Tiverton looking to slow the game down with their delaying tactics with Ben Gerring eventually replacing Allen after an issue it seems with shin pads.
Lawrence then saw yellow for a foul as the Parkway pressure increased and on 85 minutes slick build up play along the right saw a cross into the 6 yard area somehow cleared followed shortly after by a Thomson header also being cleared.
With the Parkway pressure increasing, Tiverton continued to look to slow the game down with their game management with a couple of players going down with cramp. Unsurprisingly 8 minutes of added time were indicated as Tiverton looked to hang on and Parkway looked to up the pace and continue to apply pressure.
A poorly delivered Parkway free kick on 92 minutes easily gathered by Baker released the pressure but still Parkway pressed forward forcing a couple of late corners with Parkes now joining the attacks.
On 95 minutes Jack Veale was cautioned for another foul with Baker then saving superbly from Crago with Parkes keeping the ball alive with a cross from the right finding Wright who headed home from close range in a crowded 6 yard area in the 97th minute to grab a deserved share of the points.
A hard fought, attritional local derby lacking too much quality with the draw a fair outcome. Tiverton deserved their half time lead with Parkway battling hard in the second half to claw their way back into the game and take advantage of the 8 minutes of added time with the visitors maybe rueing their late game management tactics.
Parkway’s unbeaten run now extends to 5 games and they remain in 14th place before heading along the South coast on Saturday to face 7th placed Poole Town.
1 Parkes, 2 White, 3 Lane © (injury 37, R Garside), 4 Purrington, 5 Halls, 6 Down, 7 Williams, 8 Sangster (Wright 70), 9 Crago, 10 Hall, 11 Bray-Evans (Thomson 46)
12 Cairo (unused), 14 R Garside, 15 Rose (unused), 16 Thomson, 17 M Wright
1 Baker, 2 D Jones, 3 Kempster, 4 J Jones, 5 Richards ©, 6 Veale, 7 Allen (Gerring 82), 8 C Garside (Lawrence 67), 9 J Wright (Beardmore 79), 10 Thompson, 11 Rice-Letharby.
12 Lawrence, 14 Beardmore, 15 Outler (unused), 16 Gerring
Attendance: 679 (guesstimate 65 away)