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Tiverton's stutter continues as they drop points to Bishop's Cleeve

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 07, 2013

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Tiverton Town slipped to fifth place in Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West following a 1-1 home draw with second-from-bottom Bishop's Cleeve.

Jules Emati-Emati fired former divisional leaders Tiverton into a 52nd-minute lead at Ladysmead.

The Yellows' joy was short-lived, however, as the Villagers levelled within three minutes to claim their first point since December 1 and a 1-1 draw at Yate Town.

Tiverton's next opponents are Yate next Saturday. Town will visit Lodge Road seeking their first win since mid-November and trying to improve on a run of four successive draws.

Yate – in 15th place – will be buoyed by a surprise 3-2 win at second-placed Poole Town, where Matt Groves scored a stoppage-time winner.

Tiverton remain five points clear of sixth-placed Paulton Rovers, who have two matches in hand over their play-offs rivals.

Taunton Town – who kicked off 2103 with a 0-0 New Year's Day home draw with Tiverton – lost 2-1 at Cirencester Town despite taking a 28th-minute lead through Craig Herrod.

Cirencester, who visit Yate tomorrow, levelled before half-time and went ahead on 57 minutes.

In the Premier Division, Bideford suffered another 2-0 defeat against Gosport Borough in Hampshire.

The Robins – who boast a four-match winning home run – lost by the same score at Gosport in the FA Cup last September.

Borough also beat Bideford 2-0 at the Sports Ground in a League fixture at the start of the season.

The victory hoisted slow starters Gosport up to eighth in the top flight while Bideford are 15th ahead of next Saturday's home return against 16th-placed Banbury United.

Former Weymouth midfielder Adam Wilde scored both Borough's first-half goals while Bideford's Matt Andrew – denied early on by a superb Nathan Ashmore save – hit the bar in the second half.

Striker Chris Wright scored four goals as Buckland Athletic – who have not played for a month – kicked off 2013 with an emphatic 9-2 Toolstation Western League home win over Radstock Town at Homer's Heath.

James Mudge, Mike Booth and Wright were all on target to give the 11th-placed Bucks a 3-0 half-time advantage.

Danny Gaze, debutant Ethan Phillips, top scorer Gavin Hammon and Wright (three) added to Athletic's second half goal haul.

Willand Rovers won 1-0 at Odd Down to move further away from the basement thanks to Danny Jee's 42nd-minute winner, while Ross Middleton's 13th-placed Ilfracombe Town upset visiting Bishop Sutton, in third, 2-1.

Steve Holland fired the Bluebirds ahead in the first half while 78th-minute substitute Shaun Copp scored with his first touch, a 30-yard winner.

Bottom club Barnstaple Town lost 3-0 at Melksham Town ahead of next Saturday's home clash against leaders Brislington, 3-1 home winners over League newcomers Winterbourne United.

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