York Road, Oldbury, formerly the home of Oldbury Utd but now hosting Bustleholme’s home fixtures was the venue for this early season fixture, the hosts creditably most amicable with their welcoming exchanges. Rather a different tenor quickly unfolded shortly after the kick-off when the home side attacked from the outset, Nathan Derrick rightly punishing shoddy defensive play in only the 7th minute to put the home club an early goal to the good. 1-0. Barely had the dust settled when, just a minute later, the home side cantered further away when Oliver Hayden’s flag-kick was smashed unerringly home by James Hawthorne, the ecstatic home contingent literally in seventh heaven. 2-0.

Clearly crestfallen, Tipton sought to make amends but twice in succession fell foul of an offside flag before, in the 15th minute, Adam Callinswood  drove into the home club’s side-netting. Tipton, thereafter, fashioned a couple of promising attacks only for the home side, with their confidence now so high, to comfortably deny them. Another likely sortie developed soon afterwards down the left, courtesy of Myler Nettleford before his low cross into the Tipton penalty area was thankfully hacked clear. Visiting skipper, Sam Hesson responded in the 24th minute, homing in on the home club’s goal until unceremoniously felled, the resultant free-kick being turned aside for an unproductive flag-kick.

Bustleholme continued to force the issue, remaining the more dominant outfit but on 35 mins, Tipton’s Callinswood broke through the home ranks and into their penalty area, his measured effort well on target but unable to defeat keeper, Jack Bowser. On 39 mins calm play by Mohammad Manzoor shored up the visitor’s defence in the face of another strong raid before the home side quickly regained possession, Nathan Derrick unlucky not to add to their tally. On the stroke of half-time, Tipton came very close to pulling back a much-needed goal, Callinswood’s goalbound header, defeating the home keeper but bundled away off the very line by Callum Lawton.

Visiting keeper, Chris Thomas confidently saved home skipper, Andy Arnold’s deft header on goal with just a couple of minutes elapsed into the second half. Another offside flag proved to be Tipton’s undoing quickly afterwards as an inviting pathway towards the home goal was marred by a thoughtless ball. Tipton were coping somewhat better now and might well have reduced the arrears soon afterwards when Matt Hogg freed skipper, Hesson down the right, his resultant cross simply begging to be converted.

All to change shortly afterwards, however, Tipton’s brief resurgence brushed aside in the 53rd minute, James Hawthorne stabbing home the third and putting Bustleholme most firmly in command. 3-0. Tipton regained some credit thereafter for a short spell, a deep swinging cross from the left defeated the home defence allowing Connor Garratt to head firmly goal-wards but the Bustleholme keeper, Bowser saved in splendid fashion. From the resultant flag-kick, just on the hour, Bowser did well to reclaim the ball under pressure.

Five minutes later, Tipton skipper, Hesson’s header at the home goal failed to defeat Bowser and shortly afterwards, substitute, Shaquille Ologitere quickly settled in to try his luck from just outside the home penalty area. Just as Tipton were seeming to build up a response it all went wrong when Adam Callinswood was rightly dismissed for a two-footed tackle on a home player. Ebey Marango came on for Tipton at the expense of Manzoor before another effort upon the home goal was so very near to reducing the deficit.

Back with Bustleholme again, Oliver Hayden denied by Kieran Smith as the likelihood of a fourth goal for the home club loomed before , at the other end, Marango quickly saw action but, in endeavouring to break through to fashion an effort at goal he was cleverly dispossessed by Owen Gwilliams. With time winding down Ologitere did well to bypass a couple of home tackles before slipping the ball into their penalty area but Bustleholme, with some difficulty, scrambled the ball clear.

Following last weekend’s narrow but deserved victory this performance would have given Manager Neil Perks very much food for thought upon his return to the U.K. from a business trip out

John A.Cross

President, Tipton Town F.C.

Next Fixture   Sat. 24th August 2019  WMRL. Divn.One     WELLINGTON AMATEURS  (Away)   k.o. 3-00pm