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Last Updated: Thursday, 31 July, 2003, 11:37 GMT 12:37 UK
Tivvy stun Torquay
Tiverton Town were crowned 2003 Devon Bowl champions after a shock 1-0 win in the final against Torquay United at Plainmoor.

Tivvy's match-winner was Richard Pears, who capped a livewire performance with an unstoppable diving header midway through the second half.

It means Tiverton have won the Bowl for a record eighth time.

For Torquay, there was concern when striker Martin Gritton was stretchered off shortly before Tiverton's goal.

Gritton suffered a badly gashed leg in a collision with Tivvy 'keeper Stuart Fraser and Town's former Torquay defender Steve Winter.

The incident happened as United had a goal disallowed for handball by Gritton.

United had a number of chances to level the score late on, but could not find a way past man-of-the-match Fraser.

And the Dr Martens side should have gone 2-0 up, but Steele could only hit the side netting from six yards.

While Tivvy's fans celebrated the win at the final whistle, Torquay coach Leroy Rosenior faced criticism from an angry fan over United's disappointing display.

The verbal altercation took place as Tiverton were being presented with the trophy.

Tiverton boss Martyn Rogers was delighted with the result: "I was very pleased with how we played. We played some attractive football. It was an entertaining game."

He was particularly pleased with the form of Fraser, Pears, and skipper Jason Rees - who was playing against his former club.


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