Tipton Town quite deservedly booked their place in the Final of this Competition with a deserved victory made even more emphatic as the tie wore on. Trailing by a solitary goal at the interval, Village A were dealt three more hammer blows in the second half, Tipton running out much more than comfortable victors, to book their place in the Final.

A very strong wind greeted the players from the outset, favouring the home side initially. Fine interplay between skipper, Sam Hesson, Scott Broadway and Mark Cartwright quickly opened up a pathway towards the Birmingham club’s goal for Teejay Davies to exploit, the wind’s assistance, however, in ‘keeper, Paul Braithwaite’s favour as he gathered the ball in the nick of time with just 4 minutes elapsed. To their credit, most certainly, Village were coping assuredly against the elements, three attacks upon the Tipton goal a measure of their desire to progress to the Final.

Mike Robbs fired an effort at the home club’s goal, the ball sailing over the top, On 12 mins. good progress by the home club’s Max Pashley was cleverly countered by the visitor’s Mike Lamb and soon afterwards Tipton’s Scott Broadway suffered a similar fate, losing out to a committed challenge from  James Bird. Broadway was soon back in the hunt, however, chasing a weak back pass into the visitor’s penalty area, losing out to visiting keeper Braithwaite who flykicked the ball against him which then careered to relative safety.

Tipton were gradually looking the more assured outfit and, on 18 minutes surged ahead when Teejay Davies’s splendid cross into the visitor’s penalty area was quite powerfully headed home by CONNOR SCOTT. 1-0. Very shortly afterwards Tipton’s Davies was woefully hauled down by Bird just shy of the visitor’s penalty area, the resultant free-kick at goal far too high. Striking back Village’s Mo Iqbal wasted a fine opportunity to level, shooting straight at home keeper, Chris Thomas from a fine position near the Tipton goal, 27 mins. now elapsed.

Mark Cartwright’s smart interception prevented a dangerous Village counter-attack from developing to it’s full potential soon afterwards but , on 33 mins, Tipton went desperately near to adding to their tally when Teejay Davies’s effort wide of the visitor’s penalty area out-foxed keeper, Braithwaite, before crashing against a goalpost with no other home player near enough to tuck the ball away. Just a couple of mins. later, Village responded when Ben Hess’s smart snapshot was held, with some difficulty, by home keeper, Thomas.

On 38 mins, Village broke through the home midfield, crossing into the home penalty area, Cartwright rising highest to head well clear. Soon afterwards the visitors wasted a developing opening, Mark Maloney firing high over the home bar. Just prior to the interval whistle a right wing cross from Matt Hogg found Tipton’s Davies whose header was a foot or so wide.

Upon the second half resumption a more committed Tipton were soon on the hunt again, Broadway, played in by skipper, Hesson topping his shot over the bar. A quick response by Thomas, at the feet of Hess in the 48th minute saw him bravely save with an equaliser more than a possibility. For his sins the home keeper required attention from Tipton’s trainer before he could resume. A splendid leaping header by home skipper, Hesson, outfought visiting skipper, Andy Murphy as Tipton continued to force the issue.the incessant gale now carrying pockets of sheeting rain too.

In the 51st min.Tipton were fortunate not to concede in a concerted attack upon their goal all but bringing an equaliser for the visitors. However, on 59 mins. Max Pashley and skipper, Hesson combined to fine effect, creating an opportunity for TEEJAY DAVIES whose sparkling drive doubled Tipton’s score 2-0. Scott Broadway, soon put through clear by Davies, was forced away from goal by the attentions of Mark Maloney.

With 73 mins elapsed Tipton shunned the opportunity of further riches, Davies and Hesson linking up to play in Luke Johnson , the latter, however, firing well over the visitor’s bar. Next minute, however, a by now well-beaten Village outfit were so lucky to survive again, Jamie Saidler, when well placed, seeing his effort across the visiting keeper pass just outside the far post too.

All Tipton now, even facing the strong wind and rain of increasing intensity, Teejay Davies once again bedevilling the visitors where a minimum of two defenders would be despatched in an effort, almost always forlorn, to quell him. Broadway’s snapshot on the turn only just wide of the mark, visiting keeper, Braithwaite already beaten as a result of poor positioning. The briefest response by Village, by now looking well beaten, saw the home club’s Max Pashley cleverly rob a visiting attacker before setting Tipton on the charge once more. Broadway was next to be denied as Tipton simply ramped up the pressure, Lamb again the visitor’s saviour.

On 86 mins. yet again Broadway was unlucky, chipping the advancing keeper, Braithwaite, from a wide position, the ball passing just outside. In added-on time home skipper, Hesson was on the receiving end of a very nasty jump tackle, for which he had to receive medical attention, the weak referee just woefully speaking to the offender. This simply served to make the home club even more committed  and with the few minutes remaining Tipton drove in a further two goals, SCOTT BROADWAY powering through to fire past a rapidly back-pedalling defence, 3-0  and well into injury time CONNOR SCOTT literally hanging up the visitor’s net with a rocket-like drive for his second of the afternoon and recording a fine, thumping 4-0 victory by the hosts putting them safely into the Competition ‘s Final.

John A. Cross

President, Tipton Town F.C.

Next Fixture  Saturday 23rd March 2018   WMRL Divn. One    BROMYARD TOWN  ( Away)   3-00pm