A high tempo performance from hosts, Gornal Athletic at their Garden Walk Stadium, condemned Tipton Town to their third successive League defeat. Tipton’s relatively young side were clearly no match for the hosts, the latter’s verve and ability unquestioningly making them superior on the day. Tipton had in fact promised much more when, virtually from the kick-off Jon Patrick speared a searching ball through the home club’s ranks, a rapid opening goal the prize only for the alert Lee Jukes to smartly dismantle the visitor’s early threat.
Responding positively, Gornal hit back with Russell Brooks testing Tipton’s resolve, his fine movement countered by the combined efforts of Patrick and Lewis Worsey. Young Tipton keeper, Archie Alatalo then saw his own first spell of action in dealing quite capably with Liam Morris’s drive from 20 yards or so with some 8 minutes elapsed. Making much of the running the hosts sought to pierce the visiting defence again on 11 minutes, Geoff Hill being denied by the alert Tipton skipper, Paul Henley.
Little was being seen of any advanced attacking by Tipton, a testament to Gornal’s much stronger desire which inevitably produced it’s due reward on 18 minutes when, from a direct free-kick on the edge of the visitor’s penalty area, Morris’s effort was diverted clear but only to centre-forward, Geoff Hill who literally scrambled the ball home. 1-0.
Gornal, tails up and beginning to really motor now, had Tipton at full stretch on 23 minutes, only desperate defending by Matt Payne ensuring the visitors escaped further. During this passage of ascendancy Tipton were most fortunate to survive Ben Podmore’s splendid header at goal with the hosts by now making ever more of the running. On 26 minutes, however, Tipton finally broke the shackles before launching a dangerous attack upon the home goal, visiting skipper, Henley’s well placed drive frantically turned aside by home keeper, Joshua Bennett.
Lewis Collins was next to try to put some vigour into the Tipton attack, his accurate drive at the home goal turned aside by the alert Bennett. Winning possession yet again Gornal pressed ever forward in the 32nd min. only for Lewis Worsey to spoil their forward momentum when he successively robbed both Morris and Hill. Just shy of half-time a fully-stretched Tipton defence erred by bringing down the flying Liam Hickman, Geoff Hill forcefully smashing home the resultant penalty for his second goal of the game. 2-0.
On the restart the hosts immediately picked up the pace again, Hill once more to the fore, testing visiting keeper, Alatalo with a strong accurate drive. Mark Cartwright then denied the hosts with some smart defending before sub.,Nigel Penney sparked a Tipton response when he surged into the home penalty area only to be halted by the alert Jukes. Soon afterwards Hickman was brought down some ten yards outside the Tipton penalty area, substitute Calvin Campbell spectacularly driving for goal, his worthy effort even bettered by young Alatalo in the Tipton goal who turned the ball spectacularly aside for a flag-kick.
Back in the Gornal penalty area a little later, Tipton skipper, Henley’s strong attacking header was certainly not far away from reducing the arrears. On 73 minutes Jon Patrick’s strong direct free-kick became a stern test for home keeper, Bennett but, to the host’s satisfaction, he managed to cling on. More woes for Tipton shortly afterwards on 75 minutes, Geoff Hill rapidly veering in from the edge of the visitor’s penalty area before forcing the ball past the exposed Alatalo and, in doing so, recording a fine hat-trick. 3-0.
Nigel Penney responded for a, by now, hapless Tipton on 89 mins, home keeper, Bennett standing firm however before Gornal launched the final attack of any note, Morris’s fine chip shot barely millimetres over the Tipton crossbar.
John A. Cross
President, Tipton Town F.C.
Next Fixture Sat 2nd December 2017 WMRL Divn. One ALLSCOTT ( Home ) 3-00pm