A keenly contested local derby at York Road, Oldbury, previous home of defunct Oldbury Utd, saw the visitors, Tipton Town withstand a spirited fightback from the hosts in the 2nd half, after the visitors had stormed into a 2-0 lead with less than a quarter-hour played. Immediately on the front foot from the outset, Neil Perks’s charges were foiled when Scott Broadway’s 2nd minute effort was bettered by home keeper, Ben Holden. Teejay Davies, very soon afterwards, was quite blatantly chopped down when making tracks for the home goal, the subsequent free-kick resulting in an unproductive flag-kick.

Bustleholme responded, Chris Brown making inroads into the visitor’s half before being coolly dispossessed by Leyton Gould which set the visitors on the charge once again, gaining ground via successive home infringements. Davies’s clever chip shot only marginally cleared the home bar, Tipton quite clearly making much of the early running. Still forcing the issue, Tipton stormed into the lead on just 8 minutes when Davies was brought crashing to the floor, Scott Broadway emphatically smashing home his spot-kick. 0-1.

Energised and seeking further rewards,Tipton straightway won the ball again, Seth Jordan fully extending himself to break up another ominous move from the visitors. All Tipton at this stage, Davies yet again taunting the home club before being felled by Owen Sprigg, the hosts sent reeling as a result with the following free-kick creating havoc in the home goal area, allowing the alert Broadway to literally chip the ball to Luke Johnson, who calmly picked his spot, doubling the visitor’s tally. 0-2.

Further clever feints by Davies resulted in him being heavily felled by home skipper, James Hawthorne, another booking ensuing after which Ben Store’s drive at the home goal, unfortunately a little hurried, the ball subsequently arcing well over the host’s goal. A good response by Bustleholme on 19 minutes posed a clear threat to the Tipton goal, a subsequent marginal offside decision deflating Bustleholme’s aspirations of some rapid improvement. On 21 mins.,however, Bustleholme were clearly unfortunate when Danny Wood’s smart chip-shot curled away just off target. Still advancing and endeavouring to seek some meaningful respite, Bustleholme were repelled midway through the half, Mark Cartwright’s strong header forcing Jason Nettleford’s ominous chip away from the visitor’s danger area before Myles Nettleford quickly fired over another, narrowly clearing the visitor’s bar.

Still striving for some success of their own, Chris Brown fired goalwards for the hosts, the ball beaten away but only to Nettleford  for him to play in Brown, dogged and committed defending by Leyton Gould and Sam Armstrong allowing Tipton to escape unscathed before the hosts pressed again, Danny Wood’s 29th minute drive for goal well defended. Visiting skipper, Sam Hesson, a tireless worker was also bringing out the best in his defensive colleagues before being felled by a nasty challenge by Iain Beavon, the visiting midfielder receiving attention, the home defender an obvious booking.

On 33 mins.Broadway came so near to chalking up his second strike, and Tipton’s third, when, cutting in from the left he fired with venom at the home goal, bravely charged down by Seth Jordan. Three mins. later Bustleholme made fine inroads towards the visitor’s goal, James Thompson cutting in and firing for goal but Tipton keeper, Thomas remained unbeaten. On 38 mins. Chris Brown extricated the home club from a difficult looking situation, calmly intercepting Tipton’s forward response.

Just 3 mins before the break, Danny Wood tried his luck for the hosts from fully 25 yards, the ball piercing Tipton’s retreating defence before curling away from goal. Bustlehome began the second half far more determined and motivated, Mark Cartwright cleverly robbing the home club’s Myles Nettleford as the latter jinked his way into the penalty area. Clearly revitalised after their interval team-talk Bustleholme pressed forward, Chris Brown forcing Tipton keeper, Thomas to save splendidly, before forcing the issue, the visitors simply able to defend doggedly only.

On 53 mins Kieran Smith’s well-timed clearance blunted the home club’s charge, helping transfer another spell of pressure upon the home goal before this faltered, Bustleholme quickly regrouping to switch the action towards the other end, Sam Armstrong hooking clear followed by Smith turning the ball aside for a corner from which Owen Sprigg’s fine downward header was splendidly held, low down, by Tipton keeper, Thomas. On 61 mins.Bustleholme attacking in force now, Wood driving narrowly over the bar as Tipton were forced backwards, skipper, Hesson marshalling his defence splendidly.

70 mins arrived Kieran Smith stifling another home sally before the visitors broke forwards earning a free-kick by Rob Hill, Mark Cartwright thence having to receive lengthy attention after being felled. On 77 mins. Teejay Davies fired both high and wide of the home goal before Bustleholme hit back, a promising move running foul of an offside decision, thus easing Tipton’s concerns. On 84 mins a fine response by the home club saw Wood outstrip the Tipton defence before crossing low into the penalty area, sub Rikki Danton agonisingly close to educing the arrears.

In the closing seconds it was Tipton on the charge for the final time and almost increasing their lead when full-back Connor Scott came so very close to netting after a final assault upon the home goal was hooked clear but then immediately played right back into Bustleholme’s penalty area for the final time.

John A.Cross

President, Tipton Town F.C.

Next Fixture  Saturday 8th December 2018  WMRL Divn. One  DARLASTON TOWN  (Home)   k.o.  3-00pm