Ahead of this weekend’s crunch six-pointer at home to Tiverton Town, we have a double View From The Oppo as we speak to Tivvy fans Simon Ellis and Jay Richardson.
Tell us about yourselves
Simon – I’ve been a Tivvy fan since the late eighties, I’ve vague memories of watching Martyn Rogers playing ! Then on through the glory years of the mid-nineties then work moved me away so I lost touch with the club until the family and I moved back to Tiverton in 2011.
Jay – My name is Jay Richardson I am joint Programme Editor, Press Officer, After Match Presenter, Deputy Kit Man & occasional Tannoy Announcer, Gate Man. etc etc. Jack of all trades master of none. ?
What were your aims for the club at the beginning of the season?
Simon – After finishing just one place outside of the play-offs last season in our first season back in the Premier Division expectations were understandably high at the start and there was a real buzz about the place and the thought we could maybe go one better.
Jay – After our first season in the Southern Premier and nearly reaching the play offs. The aim was to reach them this year but it hasn’t quite panned out like that for a number of reasons. As they say football is a funny game.
It’s unbelievably tight at the bottom with everyone 15th and below in with a chance of falling through the trap door. With just four games left, a lot of people see this as a ‘must win’ game for us with it being at home. Would you be happy to head home with a point?
Simon – As a fan, sometimes optimistically, I go with the mindset of hoping we can get all three points in our matches, but that said with our current form a point wouldn’t be the worst result ever.
Jay – A point is the least we would be happy with but a win is a must. The league is so tight a few wins would be like Xmas but a few losses would be like a horror movie.
What do you believe to be the main reason for your struggles this season?
Simon – We lost a couple of excellent players early on, River Allen, Nick Hurst and Jordan Rogers all moved on and we’ve struggled with injuries to key players. All three of our central defenders were out for a few weeks at the same time, that would hurt any side.
Jay – Truro stripping out three of our best players has been huge (not bitter at all ?) along with Injuries to all of our reliable defence at key periods of the season has not helped. I am not one for excuses though and I am sure that we will be ok.
How many points do you think will be needed to stay safe?
Simon – More than the bottom three teams haha. Really difficult to call because all the sides are capable of beating anyone on their day.
Jay – Another six taking us to 52 points should see us survive another season.
Any particular highlight of the season so far?
Simon – Michael Landricombes goal early in the season, 25 yard volley that crashed in off the underside of the crossbar at Ladysmead. I forget who it was against ?
Jay – The big highlight was the home wins over Basingstoke, Salisbury & the Met Police. Three excellent performances that were achieved in very different circumstances but they were all very important.
Who’s been your player of the season so far, in your opinion?
Simon – I don’t like to single out any players for special praise, they all give 100% every week and the team spirit amongst the group is always really good.
Jay – For me the player of the season has to be Josh Key who has excelled at Tiverton on a season’s loan from Exeter City. He has exceptional pace and has showed maturity in playing as a wing back not his natural position. He has been our shining light this season and a smashing lad off the pitch as well. Josh also has a very talented family, check out his musical sisters and cousin on YouTube under the band name Wildwood Kin.
How do you see the game going on Saturday?
Simon – Goals, goals, goals. Your striker seems to be scoring for fun and we’re not shy when it comes to finding the back of the net too. Saying that, watch it be a goalless draw haha
Jay – I can see a nervy start by both teams. We will probably go 2-0 down and then come back to win 3-2. I don’t think my heart could take it but I have a funny feeling about this one.
What can we expect from the travelling support?
Simon – We’re a friendly bunch who love a drink and following our team home and away.
Jay – You can expect about ten of us who enjoy a good day out and we are a very friendly bunch.
Simon – 3-2 Tiverton win
Jay – 3-2 to Tivvy
Lay your cards on the table… Who’s going down?
Simon – Staines, Frome & Gosport ?
Jay – Staines, Frome & Wimborne (Shame its not Taunton)
Simon – Walkers Salt & Vinegar
Jay – Hula Hoops Big Hoops BBQ Beef.
Thanks to Simon and Jay for answering our questions this week.