Tipton Town made the long trip down into Herefordshire with every hope of building upon their recent League and Cup successes, sadly all to no avail. Despite reaching the interval on level terms, their hopes of an improved second half showing simply never materialised, leaving the home side worthy winners on the day.

Tipton actually made the game’s first encroachments upon goal, TJ Davies foiled by advancing goalkeeper, Jake Bobo in only the 4th minute, the latter excelling in deflecting the visiting forward’s acute-angled shot after the covering defence had been outwitted. Sam Hesson, visiting skipper, then made good progress down the left only to be timely intercepted by the vigilant Ryan Stringer. Shortly afterwards, with Tipton still making waves, they were awarded a direct free-kick, Davies’s effort upon goal driven clear by Ryan Glenister.

Bromyard countered with pace, Casey Collins’s dangerous cross into the visitor’s penalty area headed away by skipper, Hesson following which Alex Norris blunted the home club’s efforts in the 13th minute. A heavy tackle on Tipton’s Davies saw him forced to receive attention before gingerly continuing. Visiting Keeper, Chris Thomas was next to be called into action, his fine full-stretch ground save denying Jake Hollylee before Tipton responded, Davies once again not far away.

On 20 mins. Tipton were grateful to concede a corner-kick when Collins’s clever reverse shot came so close to breaking the deadlock. Five minutes later, Tipton’s Scott Broadway fired a rising drive at the home goal, smartly held by keeper, Bobo. The home club, not to be outdone, came back strongly, another smart counter-attack in the 28th minute repelled with Luke Johnson deflecting the ball away for another flag-kick. Under mounting pressure Tipton went under 5 minutes later, Alex Norris bringing down Casey Collins resulting in a penalty for the hosts, RYAN GLENISTER sending Tipton keeper, Thomas, the wrong way.  1-0.

On a high now, home full-back, Luke Hollylee soon won another corner-kick leading to additional pressure upon the Tipton goal, before two more flag-kicks in the home club’s favour in the 43rd minute failed to improve their lot. As half-time rapidly neared, Tipton too won a corner-kick, the ball bravely attacked by MAX PASHLEY who forced it home to equalize  before having to receive medical attention. 1-1.

Quickly into their stride following the half-time interval, the home club were soon on the attack again, Tipton keeper, Thomas starring in somehow clinging onto Ryan Glenister’s cracking drive for goal. After Broadway was unceremoniously hauled down by Luke Hollylee, a booking ensuing, fine defensive work by Kieran Smith further stifled the home club’s forward momentum. However they were gradually forcing the pace, Tipton able only to absorb the pressure without, at this stage at least, able or confident enough to reverse the tables.

Connor Scott drove for goal without reward in a Tipton response before Teejay Davies, cutting in from the right, fired low across the home club’s goal, the ball just needing the merest touch to force it home, 59 minutes having elapsed. Broadway next broke through for Tipton, his pass neatly intercepted by Ryan Stringer. Back surged Bromyard, however, only a quite splendid save by Chris Thomas ensuring the visitors stayed on level terms. Yet again, however, it simply has to be related, the game was highlighting a referee whose lack of motivation was a major cause of several very questionable decisions, drawing howls of both derision and laughter from home and visiting supporters alike.

But, on 69 minutes, Tipton had no-one else to blame but themselves for failing to clear in their penalty area, RYAN GLENISTER ramming a virtual gift home from close in. 2-1. Less than five mins. later, home sub. Nathan Myers made considerable ground with an eye-catching run before driving for goal, the ball only just clearing the visitor’s bar. Broadway then gave Tipton some hope with a fine, battling run, breaking into the Bromyard penalty area, sadly for Tipton his resultant lay-off squirming wide of his supporting forwards.

On 76 mins. visiting keeper, Thomas, was forced to receive lengthy attention after bravely preventing the home club from increasing their tally but just a couple of mins. later Tipton came so close to equalising, Connor Scott denied at the death by Bobo’s brave interception. Tipton had more efforts upon the home goal repelled before, in the 85th minute, sub, RYAN DERRICK cracked home a fine strike despite the best efforts of the Tipton defenders to keep out the attack. Broadway curled outside a direct free kick before featuring again just before the end but keeper, Bobo stood firm.

John A. Cross

President, Tipton Town F.C.

Next Fixture    Wednesday 27th March 2019      WMRL. Divn. One    WILLENHALL TOWN  ( Home)     7-45 pm.