Perfect sunny skies greeted both Finalists at the Birmingham County F.A. Headquarters in Great Barr, Birmingham together with a playing surface most professional Premier clubs would surely envy. The Black Country club deservedly triumphed over a more than useful, but often blatantly over-physical Staffordshire side, Enville Athletic, with three telling strikes after the interval.

A tensely fought first-half had ended with honours just about even but the Black Country club’s mindset after the interval became a telling factor with more and more forays being factored towards the Enville goal. Luke Johnson broke the deadlock for Tipton in the 53rd minute forcing Enville to pursue an equaliser with some sterling play 1-0. The Tipton defence, closing ranks rapidly, defended splendidly, covering most competently for missing skipper, Sam Hesson who had already booked a holiday in Spain.

As the contest wore on so the tackles became ever more vehement with Tipton’s defence tested to the full, their very nerves frayed but their resolve remained sound. One such raid towards the Tipton goal in the 72nd minute faltered enabling the Black Country club to rapidly counter, a scything move enabling Max Pashley to storm through and drive forcefully home, giving Tipton now a two-goal cushion. 2-0.

Desperation by Enville lead to them endeavouring to drag the tie out of the fire only for a now much more confident Tipton to cleverly exploit another opportunity on 79 mins, Luke Johnson slipping the ball home for his second of the afternoon, thus giving Tipton now an unassailable lead. 3-0. This was a fitting and thankful end to Tipton Town’s efforts this season when their League form had, far too often, flattered to deceive, leaving them closing their fixtures in a much poorer position than was expected. Manager, Neil Perks, however, still retained confidence in the squad, his belief most certainly ringing all the bells today.

John A.Cross

President, Tipton Town F.C.