A spicey encounter at the Paycare Stadium concluded with the visitors, Tipton Town, defeating hosts, Darlaston Town by a solitary goal and, in doing so, significantly improving their League standing.

To any great degree, Tyrone Clarke-O’Connell was the first to seriously threaten in the 5th minute, breaking speedily down the left before neatly cutting inside and driving at the visitor’s goal where ‘keeper, Archie Alatalo, saved in some style albeit with a degree of difficulty.

Pressure upon the Tipton goal in the 7th minute resulted in a flag-kick for Darlaston which was headed forcefully clear by Jamie Moore. Still Darlaston made the running, Sam Giles sadly spoiling a most promising opportunity on 11 minutes by blazing well over the visitor’s bar. Tipton countered, a clever inside ball by Desean Martin setting TJ Davies free, the latter’s cross smartly intercepted by the home defence allaying their fears of conceding at such an early stage. The combined efforts of the visitors midfield, slowly began to gain momentum, moving forward at every opportunity.

Gradually the home club began to force the issue more, however, Tipton were certainly not visiting just to make up the numbers and were slowly, but surely, making their own presence count too, amply illustrated in the 21st minute when a sparkling low drive by Sam Hesson pierced the home rearguard in some style, simply leaving keeper, Aarron Morris, a helpless spectator.  0-1

Darlaston responded with determination as befitting a local derby encounter, visiting skipper, Dan Patrick and Jamie Moore combining well to
thwart a strong home response on 26 minutes before Patrick featured again, driving just over the home bar with keeper, Morris, comfortably beaten. Almost immediately, the visitors took possession once more, Hesson battling through but failing at the death to create another scoring opportunity for the visitors. End to end now, it really was. Clarke-O’Connell so very close to squaring matters for the hosts, his worthy effort only just curling over the Tipton crossbar.

Scott Broadway and Leon Taylor then made inroads towards the Tipton goal, halted cleverly by Mark Cartwright, this on 32 minutes. The home club won a free-kick soon afterwards, not too far outside the Tipton penalty area but Clarke-O’Connell’s effort sailed way over the visitor’s bar, such a waste!

Just on the hour Moore executed a fine clearance for Tipton when dealing with Luke Charlton’s menacing low cross. Tipton skipper, Dan Patrick, remained rock-like at the heart of their defence, his fine example being mirrored by similar stints from Lewis Collins, Rob Hill, Moore and Cartwright.  Desean Martin battled well to win the ball, before slotting it through to Davies, only for a late challenge on the edge of the home penalty area to result in a Tipton free kick in the 75th minute. Rob Hill’s strike forcing the home keeper to make a finger-tip save at full stretch.

Young Alatalo was clearly badly hurt in a crowded goalmouth melee in the dying moments before being able to continue and then breaking Darlaston’s hearts with a quite superb point blank range save with his legs to prevent Clarke-O’Connell grabbing an injury-time equaliser.

A worthy effort by a young Tipton side, leaving them with a hard, but well-earnt 3 points.

John A.Cross

President, Tipton Town F.C.

Next Fixture    Sat 17th March  2018    WMRL  DIV. ONE LEAGUE CUP  RND.ONE    BROMYARD TOWN ( Away)   3-00PM