In-form Allscott Heath, from the environs of Telford, simply possessed too much forward fire-power for Tipton, dominating much of this encounter and, in doing so, puncturing Tipton’s recent spell of good form. On the front foot from the outset, the visitors came close to breaking through, an eye-catching move spoilt when the final ball squirmed away with Tipton’s defence seemingly beaten.

Tipton held their own for a spell before, on 8 minutes another dangerous assault towards their goal saw Armando Wood make ominous progress along the bye-line, his astute flick all but leading to an early opening goal. Tipton rallied at the other end, Dan Bell trying his luck with a drive for goal only to see visiting keeper, Ryan Asson make a confident save, ten minutes now elapsed. Back in the home penalty area just three mins.later saw an amazing let-off for Tipton, numerous close-range shots at their goal being deflected back into play before the ball was frantically scrambled clear.

On 19 mins the home side rallied somewhat, Dan Bell’s cross into the visitor’s penalty area only just evading fellow forward, Connor Scott before Allscott keeper, Ryan Asson foiled the move when clutching the ball to safety. Midway through the half a mix-up in the home defence saw the visitor’s Max Marshall break for goal, Tipton only surviving by a hairsbreadth. Still Allscott continued to dictate terms, penning Tipton back frequently with superior skills, eventually culminating in Tom Horton’s cracking header proving all too good for home keeper, Ryan Pratt on 25 mins.  0-1

Storming forwards again Allscott were most unlucky not to double their lead quickly afterwards, Tipton centre-back, Lleyton Gould, at full stretch, hooking the ball clear off Tipton’s goal-line. Tipton countered in the 31st minute, Dan Bell and Connor Scott just shy of breaking through the Allscott’s defence before a smart recovery saw the visitors scramble the ball into touch. On 37 mins.with Tipton rallying impressively, the visitors were most fortunate not to concede an equaliser, Gould twice denied from close in, a header and a shot too, each one a goal-worthy effort !

Seemingly stung by this near reversal, Allscott were soon knocking on the door again, their skilful movement opening up a chink of light into the home defence just prior to half-time. Francis Mpasi’s deadly effort on 44 mins.far too good for home keeper, Pratt to put the Shropshire club two goals to the good. 0-2.

In the 48th minute after a home attack had been repelled, the ball was rapidly switched back into the home club’s half by Kieran Buckley but Allscott were unable to make much of this. Another home free-kick curled into the Allscott penalty area, twice driven clear but at least hopefully signalled a much more spirited second-half response from Tipton.

On the hour, however, Armando Wood’s clever body-swerve propelled him through the home defence, ominously closing in on the home club’s goal until Luke Johnson took much of the sting out of the attack at the expense of a flag-kick. With 73 mins elapsed Allscott were very close to netting again, substitute, Stuart Ellis, denied at the death. Five minutes later, Tipton keeper, Pratt quite astoundingly turned aside a quite stunningly accurate volley by visiting sub. Dan Blackwell. After 83 mins.with the visitors raising the bar once again, substitute, Stuart Ellis seemed an odds-on scorer before home keeper, Pratt quite astoundingly denied him ! Following this a direct free-kick by Tipton’s Jake Walton looked, for all the world, a sure-fire goal but was quite brilliantly headed clear by visiting skipper, Louis Jones.

With time almost up a home attack was broken up, a repartee completely throwing the home club enabling the swiftly moving Tom Horton to outpace the fragmented Tipton defence  before cracking home the third and final goal of the afternoon. 0-3. And so to next weekend when Tipton Town endeavour to recapture some decent form of late when on Saturday 12th October 2019 they visit BROMYARD TOWN  k.o. 3-00pm

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