Doughty fighters, as ever, Old Wulfrunians, hailing from the Castlecroft area of Wolverhampton, proved a tough nut once again, deserving of their eventual victory, aided in no small measure by the home side’s generally passionless second half display. It was the visitors, indeed, who forced the issue from the kick-off, home full-back, Jon Patrick, doing well to repel their initial charge. Tipton responded, Lewis Worsey’s probing run nipped in the bud, however, by the alert Tom Rowley.
After Ebey Marango was forced to receive attention following a mid-field clash, Sam Hesson’s cross into the visitor’s penalty area on 9 minutes was a concern for the visitors until keeper, Jamie Bostick eagerly claimed the ball. Billy Morgan then chipped a worrying cross deep into the home penalty area, partially cleared but only for Jake Pearson to repeat the dosage quickly afterwards before Jamie Moore eased Tipton’s worries with a fine interception and subsequent clearance.
Despite lacking the fluidity of previous games this season, Tipton had the early bonus of winning a penalty on 14 minutes, awarded quite emphatically when Sam Hesson was unceremoniously brought down but Wulfs keeper, Bostick, excelled in brilliantly turning Jon Patrick’s effort aside. Striking back immediately after this let-off, Old Wulfs literally scythed through a tentative Tipton rearguard, Michael Hancox desperately unlucky not to chalk up the game’s opening goal, his splendid drive beating young Tipton ‘keeper, Josh Morgan only to cannon clear off a goal-post.
With 20 minutes or so elapsed a raid by Tipton chiselled out an opportunity for Zico Agyemang, his header, however, simply lacking the venom to defeat Bostick. Again Sam Hesson’s thoughtful approach play failed to engender an end product against the more committed visitors before Tipton were back-pedalling themselves yet again, Jake Pearson deftly slipping the ball through to Noah Diallo, thankfully an alert Mark Cartwright coming to the home club’s aid. On 26 mins. a fine opportunity was spurned by Tipton, Ebey Marango chipping to Agyemang before the latter lost his footing at the death allowing the visitors to escape unscathed.
Some three minutes later, Agyemang might well have broken the deadlock for Tipton, his rasping drive – seemingly a goal, for sure – quite superbly saved by Wulfs keeper, Bostick. But the visitors were clearly growing in confidence, Noah Diallo shamefully squandering a fine opening after colleague, Jake Pearson, had previously driven only just wide of the Tipton goal. On 36 mins Jon Patrick excelled for the home club, denying Billy Morgan as he seemed likely to open the Wulfs account.
After the break TJ Davies’s low cross into the Wulfs penalty area promised much for the home club until well snaffled tightly to his chest by keeper, Bostick. Old Wulfs, however, were clearly in more confident mood than their hosts and were soon on the charge again with home skipper, Paul Henley driving clear Andy Broom’s curling cross, Hesson regaining possession for Tipton only to be halted by Broom’s carefully judged scything tackle.
Quite clearly it was apparent that the home club had lost much of their earlier zest with, as a result, the visitors now clearly intent on taking all three points available. Home skipper, Henley was hard pushed to divert Michael Hancox’s chip for a corner just on the hour. Five or so minutes later Henley was left prostrate on the pitch after an unfair over the top challenge by Diallo. Tipton were visibly losing their grip on the contest to the notable discomfort of the home dug-out and their fans too, inevitably falling behind in the 69th minute when a messy goal – no lesser description qualifies – was converted by Michael Hancox. 0-1.
Ageymang responded for a deflated Tipton but it was barely more than a token gesture and visiting keeper, Bostick remained unmoved. The home club’s distribution now began to frequently suffer in their anxiety to equalise, fortune favouring them on 77 minutes when their defence was again comfortably breached, Nick Jones forcing young Morgan into performing another superlative save. Shortly afterwards Morgan again starred as his dispirited defence gave the ball away once more, the young goalkeeper, turning aside Jake Pearson’s thunderous drive, the game, by now, having already been won and lost.
John A. Cross
President, Tipton Town F.C.
Next Fixture WMRL Divn. One ST.MARTINS (OSWESTRY) Away Sat.23rd Sept. 2017 k.o. 3-00pm