Following two very recent long distance away commitments – Kington Town 72 miles distant followed by Bromyard Town some 46 miles away on Tuesday evening, Tipton were dealt a further test of their attitude and resources by having to break new ground by travelling to Allscott, West of the Shropshire town, Telford for an even earlier kick-off, 6-45pm. Notwithstanding this task there just happened to occur the catastrophic water main burst – prominently displayed on television’s National News, which occurred barely a mile from the club’s Headquarters and resulted in wide-ranging traffic problems all around with several of the club’s players finally arriving at their destination in a harried state and with little time to prepare any game-plan with the kick-off time looming ever closer
Allscott’s decent form of late continued, clearly more settled than their ill-prepared visitors, the home club taking full advantage of Tipton’s inevitable lack of preparation time as a result of the latter’s inevitable late arrival, to soar ahead in only the 2nd. minute, indecision in the Tipton defence giving home skipper, Jon Scragg, an opportunity at goal which he took unerringly following Ryan McLean’s right wing cross. 1-0. Even in these early stages TJ Davies’s impish skills were frequently attracting more than one marker In Allscott’s efforts to deter him as the visitors began to fight back.
Indeed, sitting back on their early lead for a spell, the home club may well have paid a price for such laxity with both Davies and Tarrike Thomas reasonably close to squaring matters. Still pressing forward in the 16th minute, Ryan Mattis’s header just lacked sufficient venom to be of concern for home keeper, Dan Pilkington. Still, Tipton were beginning to feature more as the contest progressed, Pilkington next denying Sam Armstrong’s effort before Thomas, feeding off Davies’s clever inside flick, was so very near to squaring matters, only prevented from doing so by a most worthy Pilkington save in the 29th minute.
Reasserting themselves, however, Allscott forced Tipton back, visiting ‘keeper, Archie Alatalo barring their passage to goal by dealing with two difficult high crosses when under great pressure from the home attack. Although the majority of attacking was stemming from the home club, Tipton were certainly making a fight of it, Jarrod Grant’s 33rd minute free kick headed only just over by Mark Cartwright , an equaliser at that stage most assuredly would have worked wonders for the visitors. Just prior to the interval, however, Tipton were most fortunate not to concede again, home skipper, Scragg’s volley for goal being quite splendidly caught by Alatalo.
With deepening chagrin Tipton again commenced the game at the start of the second half, conceding in the 47th minute when home skipper, Scragg, found their net from a tight angle, thus undoing much of the good holding work the Black Country club had exhibited in the first half. 2-0. Hitting back very rapidly, however, Keith Ndlovu’s reply was so very unlucky not to reduce the deficit with home keeper, Pilkington, well beaten. Play switched to the other end rapidly, Alatalo starring again in denying Jay Evans with a cracking save, turning the ball over the top, this with 52 mins. now elapsed. Almost immediately afterwards Alatalo’s hands were stung once more when he turned aside another goalbound effort by Jay Evans.
Tipton rallied and on the hour Thomas, shooting with venom on the turn, drilled a splendid curling effort at the home goal, a surprised Pilkington excelling with a top class diving save to stifle Tipton’s hopes of regaining any notable foothold back in the game. 64 mins. arrived, the home club seeking to extend their lead, skipper Scragg just a strike away from a hat-trick when he was quite expertly denied in the act of shooting by Tipton’s hard working skipper, Dan Patrick. With 67 minutes elapsed Tipton’s joy at finally scoring through Davies was dissipated quite despairingly when, with just no appeals for any infringement by Allscott, the referee, from some distance too, ruled the strike olffside, the linesman only then raising his flag in belated support.
Tipton Manager, Ian Guy had by now given young Charlie Lomas, just 16, his initial taste of senior action, the youngster undaunted by the more senior players in his midst, his young limbs easily capable of chasing lost causes and, at least, harrying the home club as he amply displayed, very hopefully one for the future. However, rubbing salt into their wounds Allscott put Tipton well out of the contest on 77 minutes, Ashley Bowles smashing home a direct free-kick 3-0. Tipton might just have gleaned a consolation goal in the final seconds, TJ Davies being thwarted by Pilkington’s difficult save.
President, Tipton Town F.C.
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