Having already defeated Bromyard at home and away in their League programme this season, Tipton’s hopes of flagging up a hat-trick of victories at this most presentable venue were dashed, in no small part too, with Team Manager, Ian Guy, being forced to cope with one or two important absentees from the club’s normal line-up.
That said, too, the Match Referee, hailing from nearby West Bromwich, engendered some very questionable decisions, most appearing to favour the hosts, all in all leaving Tipton with an uphill task in their endeavours to forge a victory. Hardly had the game settled down and after Dave Holloway had subdued Andy Hudson’s progress down the left, Ryan Glenister opened the scoring for Bromyard in the 5th minute after visiting keeper, Archie Alatalo had, erred badly in his weak placement of a goal-kick, the home no.7 requiring minimal effort to find the net. 1-0.
Tipton responded but saw their effort driven well clear by Sam Cupper, Sam Armstrong then taking up possession before Luke Hollylee turned his cross aside for an unprofitable corner kick. In the 10th minute, however, Tipton caught the home club napping somewhat, Sam Armstrong denied as he motored on in search of goal, Luke Hollylee conceding a flag-kick which Desean Martin’s downward header was all too good for keeper and skipper, Alan Rhodes. 1-1. Just a couple of minutes later Alatalo redeemed himself with Bromyard threatening again, the Tipton keeper thwarting the effort of Adam Gwilliam with the home club seeking to take the lead again.
Shortly afterwards Martin’s ground shot for Tipton was driven clear by Cupper before David Kabanda intercepted the clearance and then driving for goal without reward. On 17 minutes Nathan Myers was next to spark for Bromyard, his forceful drive through a retreating Tipton defence drifting a little outside the visitor’s post. A couple of minutes later saw TJ Davies carve out for himself a half-chance, Luke Hollylee’s strong challenge enough to take any sting out of the effort, but at least, at this stage, the Black Country visitors appeared to have settled down well.
Midway through the half, however, Tipton suffered a scare, Andy Hudson’s direct free-kick curling oh, so narrowly over their crossbar. Tipton responded stoically, Davies cleverly defying Reece Wager near the touchline, his subsequent menacing low cross clearly of concern to Bromyard before being scrambled away, somewhat untidily, by Hollylee. Kabanda responded for Tipton, opening up a pathway towards their goal, the ball cleared at full stretch by the redoubtable Cupper but countered again by Tipton’s Jon Patrick with some 30 minutes now played.
Still Tipton sought ways to advance forward, although seemingly lacking the fluency of recent games, Martin sending Davies away down the right, gaining a flag-kick but, to no avail, as Hollylee, unchallenged, cleared comfortably. Again Tipton sought to press forward, Jarrod Grant and Davies’s progress smartly halted by Hollylee’s timely interception. On 34 mins. a fine chance fell TJ Davies’s way when the home defence faltered badly, home keeper, Rhodes and Reece Wager crowding him out at the death.
Bromyard, urged forwards by their vocal following were now beginning to up their game again, most clearly assisted on several occasions by some highly questionable refereeing decisions in their favour. Ryan Glenister fired over the visitor’s bar after Sam Armstrong had previously thwarted an effort on goal by Adam Gwilliam. Alatalo next denied the home club, clinging onto Gwilliam’s accurate effort, the home centre-forward soon featuring strongly again, however, forcing his way through, his resultant drive for goal only just wide of the mark.
Bromyard were now doing much of the pressing, most certainly assisted in no small measure by some whimsical decisions by the referee before the half-time whistle intervened allowing the visitors time, somewhat hopefully, to rethink their strategy for the second half. Immediately on the charge, Bromyard’s Andy Hudson put Glenister clear at the commencement of the second half, his fine cross-shot seemingly a winner but, to the visitor’s good fortune, just curling wide of their post.
Visiting skipper, Dan Patrick then sent Davies motoring away down the right as his club endeavoured to build up a response of their own, Reece Wager forced to concede a free-kick but the home club dealt with this without further alarm. A fine passage of play involving Tom Riley and Hollylee helped create momentum for the home club again, the latter’s eventual effort on goal just curling wide of the visitor’s post. Still Bromyard came forward, denied no longer on the 54th minute when Andy Hudson smashed the ball home to give them a 2-1 advantage.
With Bromyard in the ascendancy for a spell, at least, the visitors were fortunate not to concede again just a couple of minutes later, a left wing cross from Riley finding Adam Gwilluam whose precise header was all too good for young Alatalo. 3-1. Zico Agyemang responded for a dispirited Tipton, driving for goal on the hour but, inevitably, on this type of evening, without due reward. Terry Davies went near to reducing the arrears on 71 mins, screwing his shot just wide from an oblique angle before he was then quite blatantly manhandled to the floor by Cupper in the home penalty area, most certainly a spot-kick for all to see and award except for this ever worsening referee.
Driving forward once more in late endeavour to save the game, Tipton forced home keeper, Rhodes to save smartly low down on 76 mins, Desean Martin the unlucky Tipton striker. Tarrike Thomas came on for the visitors soon afterwards following which Dan Patrick’s attacking header only just careered over the home bar. On 89 mins. another chance was spurned by Tipton, Agyemang’shalf-struck back-heel lacking the power to deceive home keeper, Rhodes before Sam Armstrong’s right wing cross was eventually hacked off the very goal-line by a harassed home defence.
John A. Cross
President, Tipton Town F.C.
Next Fixture Thursday 26th April 2018 WMRL Div. One ALLSCOTT ( Away) K.O. 6-45 p.m.