‘9 goal thriller sees Tipton take the spoils’
High jinx at Long Lane Park, Essington where Tipton Town made their first ever visit to the smart home of newly promoted, Sikh Hunters. From the outset Tipton began on the front foot, Scott Broadway clearly a concern for the home defence before Ashley Justin illegally halted him, the resulting free-kick, though, of little concern for the Hunters. However in the 5th minute Scott Broadway literally hared through a hesitant home defence to plant the ball firmly home. 0-1
Clearly stung Sikh Hunters responded positively, Hinesh Patel making ground skilfully down the left before being denied by Harry Reuben. However within just a minute or so Sikh Hunters had drawn level, a pressurized Tipton defence conceding a penalty with Sanjay Malhi giving visiting keeper, Dale Holloway, little chance. 1-1. Holloway was soon in action again turning a home flag-kick away for another one but soon Tipton were back in the frame again, Richard Smith denied at the death by home keeper, Liam Haynes’s brave challenge after TJ Davies had engineered a fine movement down the left, this on 12 minutes.
Just three minutes elapsed further and Tipton were back in front, Davies’s inch-perfect cross simply a boon for Rich Smith who gleefully smashed home his close range header. 1-2 Undaunted, Sikh Hunters responded valiantly, Mitch Lawley’s dangerous curling cross parried away for a flag-kick by visiting keeper, Holloway. The home side came strongly again soon afterwards, Justin Nisbett’s searching header only cleared in the nick of time by James Thompson, preserving Tipton’s narrow advantage, this after 21 minutes.
The visitors soon threatened again, Smith finding Davies but, under the pressure of two home defenders the youngster was unable to capitalize. Home defender Ashley Justin was forced to receive lengthy attention on 28 minutes after falling awkwardly when heading clear a high cross. Taking the initiative at last Sikh Hunters then peppered the Tipton defence with worthy strikes, Sanjay Malhi and Justin Nisbett, to their dismay, seeing strikes at goal turned aside before, wastefully, Hinesh Patel ballooned high over the visitor’s bar with a third of the game over.
Ten minutes later, Rich Smith’s close range strike was expertly defended by Sam Whitehouse as the visitors hit back. Another heavy assault by Sikh Hunters just on half-time saw the visitors survive, Hamish Patel, well-placed but shooting wildly off target. With the resumption but a couple of minutes old Tipton stunned a static home defence, seemingly blind to any impending danger, when TJ Davies jinked his way nonchalantly through the home rearguard before arrogantly slipping the ball home. 1-3.
Sikh Hunters responded well, Nisbett and Malhi’s efforts, however, falling foul of Tom Taylor’s impressive anticipation and subsequent defending.Not to be denied for much longer, however, Tipton soared further ahead on 53 minutes, Davies gleefully smashing home, giving the visitors a hefty 4-1 advantage. Still more to come for just a couple of mins. later Davies slipped through the beleaguered home defence yet again before being shamefully chopped down in full flight, the lady referee ignoring voluble screams of protest and, quite incorrectly, allowing play to continue, now in the home club’s favour, to boot !!
Still very much on a high Davies fired home yet again, recording a worthy hat-trick, when he profited from Chris Price’s drive which cannoned back off the home goal-post, this on 56 minutes and thus hoisting the score to 1-5. Credit however to the home club whose heads never dropped, proof of this being their response soon afterwards, peppering Tipton’s goal where Tom Taylor’s example inspired his fellow defenders to stand firm. On 66 minutes a wild effort high over the Tipton bar clearly helped further deflate any real hopes the home side had of saving the game. 75 minutes arrived, Tipton now confidently soaking up any pressure and protecting their impressive lead although some fine build-up play by the home club almost brought reward, Daniel Jones fluffing a glaring opening !
After a relative breather Tipton swung back into action in the 76th minute, Davies’s clever chip eliciting a crashing volley from Broadway, hoisting the score to 1-6. Connor Scott’s smart tackle then prevented Jones from improving upon the home club’s meagre tally but just a few mins. later the score was reduced to 2-6 when Daniel Jones’s splendidly placed header from Jason Jeffrey’s free-kick found the Tipton net. On 83 minutes the home side creditably fashioned another reply to narrow the score still further to 3-6 when Hinesh Patel did well to force the ball home. With but a minute or so remaining Tipton’s James Thompson was forced to receive lengthy attention after succumbing to a heavy tackle.
President, Tipton Town F.C.
Next Fixture Sat. 25th August 2018 WMRL Divn. One TEAM DUDLEY (Away) k.o.3-00pm