Ground sharing at The Venue, Oswestry, with the much higher standing New Saints F.C., St.Martins made full and expert use of their 3G artificial surface to finish with a runaway victory, Tipton’s resolve markedly ebbing away the longer the contest lasted.

The early momentum was clearly with the Shropshire contingent, Rob Hill helping ease the visitor’s concerns in the 6th minute when he found the strength to hustle Callum Graybrook out of his ominous stride towards the visitor’s goal.

Hardly had the dust settled, however, and another incisive home sortie forced Jamie Moore to upend Graybrook, Dave Hartshorn ramming home the resultant penalty kick. 1-0. Immediately thereafter, Tipton’s Ebey Marango gave way to Lewis Collins but, for a spell, the home side continued to call the tune. On 17 mins. fine positive play by Sam Hesson lifted the visitor’s spirits before he was brought down, but Zico Agyemang’s subsequent drive for goal from the direct free kick sailed over the top.

On 23 mins. skipper, Paul Henley was forced to step in to avert further misadventures, created by a spell of wayward passing from the Black Country club. TJ Davies hit back for Tipton, twisting and turning to great effect, a flag-kick subduing him, but subsequent poor delivery of this did the visitor’s cause no earthly good, this with 24 minutes elapsed.

Davies, however, featured again soon afterwards, cleverly out-smarting the home club’s offside trap to fire at goal but keeper, Austin saved competently. Tawanda Melussi was, by now, becoming the home club’s most influential outlet and, on 29 mins he sent Hartshorn skittering through a gap in the Tipton defence but the centre-forward’s shot selection was found wanting. Soon afterwards with the visitors somewhat moribund in midfield the influential Melussi fully tested Tipton’s young keeper, Josh Morgan, without reward.

The visitors were now very much on the receiving end for a spell but broke clear to win a free kick on 33 minutes, beaten away by home keeper, George Austin only for the visitor’s Agyemang to spear in an accurate overhead kick for a near equaliser but denied by keeper, Austin. Another attack by Tipton promised much but a woeful delivery from Tarrike Thomas fell short of Agyemang who was clear on goal. On 42 mins young Morgan came to Tipton’s rescue, diving bravely at the marauding Hartshorn’s feet to unflinchingly claim the ball, with a further goal for the home club so near.

Tipton rallied, however, good probing work by Hesson all to no avail, sadly, as recipient, Thomas crossed to a home defender. On the stroke of half-time further woes befell Tipton after conceding possession, the increasingly influential Tawanda Melussi driving quite superbly home. 2-0. Early in the 2nd half Agyemang’s drive for the home goal was quite brilliantly beaten clear by home keeper, Austin. With 52 minutes elapsed Hatrshorn’s threatening run into the Tipton penalty area was nipped in the bud by Tipton captain, Henley’s well timed tackle.

An illustration of Tipton’s increasing malaise was shown on 54 minutes when, Davies, one of their really skilful performers this season, drove a direct free-kick at least a dozen feet over the home crossbar! However, Tipton came forward again soon afterwards, sadly with similar results after Lewis Worsey’s effort had been cleared but only to Agyemang who also wastefully blazed high over the top. Jamie Moore featured for Tipton soon afterwards, keeping Callum Graybrook at bay before, at the other end, young Worsey, looking a likely scorer for Tipton was denied by keeper, Austin.

However, calamity was soon to raise it’s head once more for Tipton, 63mins elapsed and Melussi brilliantly converted Hartshorn’s finely judged through ball. 3-0. On 73 mins, Zico Agyeman pulled a goal back for Tipton, picking up a chipped pass down the right flank before shoulder-dropping and cutting in to smartly arrow his drive past the exposed Austin. 3-1. Thereafter tigerish play by Hesson won the ball off Jay Stoker to keep Tipton in some sort of contention, followed  by another sortie  from the visiting camp leading to sub. Harry Woodbine curling a more than reasonable effort at the home goal, keeper, Austin, however, remaining unbowed.

Agyemang’s direct free-kick pierced the home defensive wall but had not the beating of keeper, Austin. At the other end Tipton conceded a clear penalty, Melussi converting comfortably on 82 mins.and, in so doing, chalking up a ‘hat-trick’. 4-1.  TJ Davies was so close to pulling a goal back for Tipton on 88 mins, the ball just curling shy of a post before sub. Elliot Howes bagged a fifth for the home club, 5-1  and, well into injury time, Dave Easthope drilled home a spectacular free-kick to complete Tipton’s heavily unwelcome defeat. 6-1.

John A. Cross    President, Tipton Town F.C.

Next Fixture   Sat 30th Sept. 2017   WMRL Divn. One   TEAM DUDLEY  (Home)   3-00pm