The journey to the beautiful Herefordshire town of Bromyard proved a highly profitable one for Tipton Town, enabling them to strike far richer vein of form than of late, and in so doing, collect all three points together with more than hopefully banishing the memories of last week’s hapless effort against Allscott Heath.

TJ Davies had rejoined Tipton following his short sojourn at Darlaston Town of late, comfortably resuming his on-field skills for all to see ,enabling him to play an important role in this well-earned victory. Indeed, hardly had the clock begun to wind slowly down when Tipton burst into the lead, a risky foul by the home club eliciting a 1st minute penalty, Luke Johnson comfortably driving home past keeper, Alex Rhodes. Bromyard responded to good effect, Jake Hollylee receiving a smart through ball and lining up for an effort at the Tipton goal before being smartly dispossessed by Sam Armstrong. 0-1.

Bromyard came again, a short time later, Nathan Myers lofting a free-kick deep into the Tipton penalty area, home forwards rushing to try to take advantage only for visiting keeper, Ryan Pratt to hold firm. Thereafter TJ Davies angled a smart reverse pass through the home rearguard giving the home club another early scare until the danger ebbed away. The home side rallied again, Luke Johnson tracking back for Tipton robbed a hesitant Ryan Derrick with the home club striving for an equaliser.

On 13 mins, a smart reverse pass by Tipton’s Davies pierced the home defence but Tipton failed to capitalise. In truth, however, Tipton were looking far more committed than recently and, on 16 minutes were confident of another penalty decision in their favour when Davies was heavily floored, the Match Official ignoring the incident to vociferous howls of derision by the visitor’s supporters. Up to this point Bromyard had been largely lack-lustre at best, angering the home fans increasingly before the home club fashioned a very dangerous raid on 19 mins.putting Tipton’s goal under threat before being rescued by back-tracking Dan Bell’s committed clearance.

Tipton advanced again, young Matt Hogg in support and driving for goal, the ball turned aside by Ryan Stringer for a flag-kick. 25 minutes arrived and with it another heavy Tipton assault upon the home goal, initially rebutted clear before the ball was returned with a vengeance, Danny Bell smashing home from close range. 0-2 Just a couple of mins.later the score was hoisted to 0-3, Lleyton Gould setting up the attack by finding TJ Davies who sashayed and jinked effortlessly through the dishevelled home defence before driving past the hapless keeper, Rhodes 0-3.

On 33 mins Bromyard’s Ryan Derrick opened up Tipton’s defence, lack of back-up by his colleagues soon rendering the move redundant. But suddenly the home club found some heart, Tipton skipper, Kieran Smith and Gould combining to bravely block an almost certain goal strike from Casey Collins, this with 36 mins. now elapsed. A couple of mins. later with Bromyard again in the box-seat Jason Wellings’s cracking drive was quite magnificently turned over the top by Tipton keeper, Pratt. Still Bromyard strove forwards as half-time loomed, another valiant sortie buffeted away, courtesy of Lleyton Gould.

Almost on half-time the home club spurned the chance of pulling a goal back, Jason Welling missing woefully in front of the Tipton goal as a sure-fire odds-on scorer before he somehow contrived to turn the ball over the bar. After Bromyard had won an early second half corner, Tipton regained possession  on 51 mins, young Matt Hogg split the home defence in style only for recipient, TJ Davies to be ruled marginally offside. Soon afterwards the home club broke free, unhinging Tipton and applying heavy pressure upon the Black Country club’s defence, an open goal for the taking but Ryan Derrick simply contrived to hammer the ball against a post and thence to safety.

Another smart breakaway by Davies down the right flank saw him curl a ball into the Bromyard goalmouth  in the 55th minute, a fourth goal squandered by some wasteful play. A couple of mins. later Davies was again hauled to the floor after weaving his way into  the home club’s penalty area, the referee unaccountably giving a free-kick only and several feet away from where the incident actually occurred. Undeterred, however, Tipton wrested the initiative back again, Ryan Williams’s scorching drive just an inch or so, if that, over the home crossbar, this on 66 mins.

Tipton came again, a left flank cross setting young Matt Hogg free and enabling him to stride forwards before literally hanging up the home club’s net with a scorching drive of sheer class giving Tipton an impregnable 4-0 lead on 68 mins.

Yet another heavy raid upon the home goal might well have hoisted the score even higher, Danny Bell’s sharp cross also spelt danger for Bromyard, the combined attentions of Rhodes and Luke Hollylee defusing the pressure upon their goal as the 8oth minute arrived. Five mins, later home keeper, Rhodes’s acrobatic save denied another strong Tipton retort before just a couple of minutes from the end Ryan Derrick finally netted a consolation effort from a well-flighted direct free-kick, the ball curling away from Tipton keeper, Ryan Pratt’s flailing fingertips 1-4.

John A.Cross

President, Tipton Town F.C.

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