Riding high in the Divn. One table, Old Wulfs. consolidated their position, mainly as a result of their quite dominant first-half display which left Tipton Town fearing even worse to come after the interval. Not to be, as it eventually transpired, for it was Tipton Town themselves who most clearly made a game of it in the second period, alarms aplenty issuing from the home penalty area as the Black Country club stormed back.

Throughout the game, the match referee gave a weak, erratic display with the visitors, it most assuredly has to be said, more often the victims of his unpredictability. Old Wulfs forced the issue from the outset, Tony Agrello, receiving from Nathan Lodge, blazing well over the visitor’s bar, less than 5 minutes having elapsed. Still pressing forwards, Old Wulfs stormed into a 7th minute lead, skipper, TOM RAY’S powerful header defeating visiting keeper, Chris Thomas’s brave attempt to save. 1-0.

Still congratulating themselves, the home side were rocked within a minute, Tipton’s well-constructed response finding it’s outlet in LLEYTON GOULD who drove unerringly home to equalise. 1-1. Back stormed Old Wulfs., Lodge and former Tipton stalwart, Dan Patrick, linking up to threaten the visitors only for Scott Broadway’s winning challenge to release the pressure on Tipton. Visiting skipper, Sam Hesson, thankfully fit once again, next broke up a home sortie before he created an opportunity for Tipton, Broadway’s resultant effort not too far away.

The encounter was taking place at a frenetic pace, Old Wulfs beginning to edge the issue and , on 18 minutes they surged into the lead once more through the competitive efforts of NATHAN LODGE who was ideally placed to convert a pin-point cross in the visitor’s penalty area 2-1. Soon afterwards Tipton came back into the picture, Teejay Davies crossing to colleague Connor Scott but a little indecision robbed the move of any likely impact. On 24 mins.with the home side clearly growing in confidence, visiting skipper, Sam Hesson neatly outwitted Tony Agnello on the edge of the visitor’s penalty area. This reprieve, however, was to be short-lived, AGNELLO curling home a delightful effort from 20 yards after an earlier attack had been repulsed. 3-1 after 27 minutes.

Tipton came back, a neat headed pass by Gould setting them going but the attack’s menace, was read perfectly by the home club, whose numbers simply overwhelmed the Tipton attackers.Tipton keeper, Chris Thomas pulled off another worthy save in the 34th. min.to deny the home club who, some four minutes later, suffered the indignity of having Chris Farnell red-carded for persistent foul play, mainly focusing on Tipton’s Davies

Reduced to ten in numbers, Old Wulfs began the second half understandably in more defensive mode, having to protect a 3-1 lead with but 10 players. Naturally Tipton were transformed with Davies so often being their outlet. Combining to very good effect with Broadway,Hesson and Lleyton Gould in the main, the initiative was gradually being wrested from Old Wulfs. On 56 mins. pandemonium in the home club’s penalty area after a typical Davies sortie outwitted the home defence, his searching cross was simply ‘meat and drink’ for SCOTT BROADWAY who powered home a trademark header past home keeper, Jamie Bostock’s flailing arms. 3-2.

Just a couple of minutes later and Tipton all but drew level, another attack repelled at the expense of a flag-kick, craning heads aplenty striving to nod home the equaliser, sadly just failing ! Tipton were, for a spell at least, now dominating the contest, Broadway rattling the home crossbar with a direct free-kick, the ball somehow avoiding everyone, defenders and attackers alike., this after 74 minutes.

Again the visitors tormented their hosts with Luke Johnson, Gould, Hesson and Davies all attacking at will, Heeson indeed, finding the net but ruled controversially offside. All Tipton’s efforts at endeavouring to draw level began to wilt a little, Old Wulfs claiming a fourth goal on 81 minutes, TONY AGNELLO forcing the ball home despite defensive efforts to turn it aside. 4-2.

In the closing moments Sam Hesson’ looming cross-shot was headed clear of the home goal, Old Wulfs overjoyed at the end to secure a victory which, at least for parts of the second half seemed in some doubt.

John A.Cross

President, Tipton Town F.C.

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