Through sheer hard work, Tipton won their second Cup-tie in the space of just three days with a doughty and valiant performance against an equally committed home club, each team member exhibiting ardour and zeal, deserving of victory and, most certainly putting a well-merited feather in the cap of Manager, Neil Perks. The wide open spaces of the Alvis Sports & Social Club were a fitting venue, facilities exemplary and hosts praiseworthy of their opponent’s performance in winning. A major blow for Tipton was the temporary loss of skipper, Sam Hesson, injured in the midweek home fixture with Darlaston Town with what strongly appears to be a hamstring strain and, if so, will need expert attention and care to correct.

A frenetic opening greeted Tipton in this B-ham County FA sponsored tournament, the home side showing their mettle straightway and setting the tone for a strident afternoon which, to their credit, the Black Country club met head-on. Ben Store was unlucky to see his early effort at the home goal charged down after which Coventry mounted a threatening counter-attack, Mark Cartwright’s well-timed interception preventing any early embarrassment for the Black Country club.

Coventry, in their familiar surroundings, were just shading the volume of attacking  before being pegged back themselves when Store  again had the misfortune of seeing his drive for goal deflected clear. Coventry responded in numbers, a brave and timely challenge from Luke Johnson puncturing  their ominous-looking progress, Tipton happy to clear their lines with a quarter hour elapsed. Nathan Cadby’s wild challenge earned him a booking immediately afterwards, the free-kick at most producing the opening goal for Tipton, Scott Broadway so very close to converting.

Midway through the half Nathan Cadby’s cross into the Tipton penalty area was diverted away for a corner-kick, signalling a mass invasion of almost the whole Coventry team into the visitor’s penalty area, but the latter gave not an inch. A splendidly timed interception by Kieran Smith stifled Ryan Murphy of making any appreciable progress into the visitor’s penalty area, the passion now being displayed by each and everyone on the field, was little short of staggering !. Jamie Saidler’s quickly taken throw to Teejay Davies resulted in the latter promptly and contemptuously chopped down, the resultant free-kick, just outside the home penalty area culminating in Johnson driving just inches wide of the crossbar angle,a huge let-off for the home club.

Further clever play by Davies brought the inevitable foul from the opposition, the culprit, on this occasion escaping the referee’s wrath. Tipton continued to force the issue, at this stage, and, on 29 minutes almost rang the bell when Johnson’s free-kick accurately found Store’s head, the ball cannoning narrowly over the home club’s crossbar, this with almost a third of the contest elapsed.

Showing increased mettle now, Tipton took the lead on 31 minutes, TJ Davies breaking at speed down the right before crossing accurately to Scott Broadway who fired home through a crowded posse of defenders. 0-1. Searching for some immediate response, Lewis Ludford sent Ryan Palmer scampering clear, Johnson and Harry Reuben combining with commitment to nullify the developing threat. On 37 mins. Davies’s hurried effort tsimply soared well over the home goal following receipt of Sam Armstrong’s measured cross. Coventry were undaunted by their reverse, ramping up the pressure towards the Tipton goal but, equally finding the stiffest of opposition  in their opponent’s defence.

On 42 minutes it may well have been 0-2 when Davies put Store clear, Danny Purvin rescuing the hosts with a smart interception. Just prior to the half-time break Davies again all but burst through the home rearguard, his impossibly clever movement hastily halted by the combined attentions of Danny Purvin and Simon Hicks. So began the second half with Coventry storming forward, penning Tipton right back into their goal area, Sam Armstrong gratefully relieving pressure following a well-timed challenge. Mark Cartwright, supporting Tipton’s attack on 51 mins, saw a fine snapshot test home keeper, Jack Hartopp before Coventry launched another assault goalwards, only just failing to succeed too.

Aaron Dickens was hurt following Tipton’s Smith’s challenge in the 55th minute, the subsequent free-kick stoically defended. Jamie Saidler’s direct free-kick at the home goal was beaten away by Hartopp allowing Coventry to pressurize Tipton once more, Ryan Murphy unlucky not to defeat  visiting keeper, Thomas in the 58th minute. Further pressure upon the Tipton goal ensued, the ball cannoning off their crossbar before being hurriedly hooked well clear. Another home assault was soon in the offing, Aaron Dickens’s fine curling effort on 61 mins. only marginally clearing the Tipton bar.

Two minutes later Tipton found themselves under great pressure once more, splendid teamwork extricating them from a most awkward situation. Yet another home attack heralded a likely equaliser a few mins. later but massed and committed defending saw the Black Country club weather the latest storm. With the home club. in the main, now producing much of the attacking, another goal-bound effort, courtesy of Lewis Ludford, was gratefully turned aside.

Having survived several serious scares of conceding, Tipton managed to dig even deeper and make, as quickly as possible, tracks towards the home goal where Luke Johnson’s cross found Davies whose miscued effort sailed well over the home bar. The closing moments were now becoming quite unsavoury and heated, several very more questionable refereeing decisions playing their part here too. After Armstrong had seen his header at the home goal drift away from the target on 86 mins., Coventry bounced back, forcing a corner at the other end, Ryan Murphy heading past the post.

Injury time arrived with the home club still surging forward, endeavouring to take the tie into extra-time but Tipton’s dogged and tenacious defending  eventually triumphed , seeing them through to the next Round on the back of their midweek League Cup triumph against local rivals, Darlaston Town.

Team Manager, Neil Perks, has clearly brought much more stability and attacking verve to this 1ST XI and everyone here most certainly trusts that it continues.

John A.Cross

President, Tipton Town F.C.

Next Fixture   Sat. 24th November 2018   WMRL Div. One  BROMYARD TOWN  ( Home )   3-00pm