A bad day all round for Tipton Town as a much more robust and inventive Newport contingent deservedly proved victorious. The visitors from Shropshire were quick to make their presence felt at the outset, creating a scoring opportunity in the game’s opening attack but Rob Millington’s accurate prod was hooked off the home goal-line in the nick of time. Sam Hesson responded for Tipton in the 5th minute, his clever inside pass, however, expertly cut out by an alert Tom Horton before Hesson soon featured again, the close attentions of Jay Russell winning the day for the visitors.
Newport, however, were soon in threatening mode again, Jordan Turton’s speedy turn of pace blunted by Alex Jacenko’s finely judged challenge following which the Tipton youngster was able to manoeuvre the ball upfield and into space but the Tipton forward line was unable to capitalize. The visitors were soon threatening once more, Jordan Turton’s ominous cross finding Simon Jackson whose 17th minute effort was well held by young Alatalo. On 19 minutes, however, Tipton broke free of the shackles to surge into the lead after Jacenko fed Hesson who, in turn, released Jon Patrick, the latter then slipping in Ebey Marango who drove home in style. 1-0.
Marango was in the thick of the action again on 22 minutes, making ground down the right before launching a fine lob that deceived visiting keeper, Andy Heal, but arcing so narrowly over the visitor’s crossbar. However, just a couple of minutes later Newport tied up the scores with Jamie King cutting in from the left wing before firing across young Alatalo into the far corner of the net. 1-1. On 25 mins. with the home club fighting back once more, Hesson’s cross from the left spelt trouble for the visitors until a supreme effort by Jack Davies turned the ball aside.
On the half-hour fine inventive play by Matt Payne helped stretch Newport but subsequent determined defending ensured they remained unscathed any further. Lewis Collins then tested Newport’s resolve on 32 minutes until Craig Stevens intervened and parity was restored.Newport’s more inventive footwork, however, was gradually taking it’s toll and another surge towards the home goal just a couple of minutes later seemed certain to help propel them into the lead but Alatalo saved in style. Just a minute or so later, on 35 mins., Simon Jackson tucked away a perfect cross from Jamie King, thus putting the Shropshire outfit 2-1 to the good.
Tipton, to their credit, hit back immediately, Hesson slipping in Lewis Collins, an equaliser beckoning, but denied by keeper, Heal. And then came a quite stupendous moment for Newport on 42 minutes, Rob Millington spotting home keeper, Alatalo some yards off his goal-line, effected a quite stunning strike by launching a perfect drop-kick type effort over the head and flailing arms of the young Tipton stopper from easily 40 yards, maybe even more, the astonished keeper so helpless and way out of his ground his next piece of action being to turn and retrieve the ball out of the back of his net. 1-3.
Alatalo had received a head injury in the 1st half , and so Dan Patrick, Tipton’s goal-scoring centre-forward of the last couple of seasons had very recently rejoined the club and stepped into the breach as a substitute goalkeeper. Astonishingly, although presumably this position was totally unfamiliar to him, he defied all odds producing literally a 5star display for Tipton although the deficit was too much to overcome.
Dan’s brother, Jon, tested Newport’s resolve on 49mins with a rising drive of some merit but visiting keeper, Heal clung on. A fine forward movement by home skipper, Paul Henley and Alex Jacenko opened up pathway towards the Newport goal but the home side failed to exploit this.Ebey Marango stretched the visitors with an eye-catching mazy run on 57 mins, stretching them but Tipton were simply unable to capitalize against a well-marshalled defence. Another Dan Patrick stylish save from Tom Bradley on the hour was completed by the combined attentions of skipper, Henley and Rob Cartwright. But in the 63rd minute Liam Bould’s expertly judged lob saw the visitors chalk up their fourth goal of the afternoon. 1-4.
Zico Agyemang made a substitute appearance, almost reducing the arrears in the 73rd minute but visiting keeper, Heal, turned aside his point blank range effort. Sam Hesson then wrested possession from an opponent, squaring to Jon Patrick whose goalbound drive was beaten clear by Heal. Dan Patrick starred again on 85 minutes brilliantly turning aside visiting sub., Tom Bradley’s almost certain goal. Full time loomed ever nearer, Dan Patrick the centre of attention yet again when he effected a stunning save beating away another likely score from Jamie King.
John A. Cross
President, Tipton Town F.C.
Next Fixture Sat 29th January 2018 West Mids.Regional League Divn. One KINGTON TOWN ( Away) K.O. 2-00PM.