A hugely disappointing opening half culminated in the home club deservedly trailing by 0-2, their visitors, Sikh Hunters at that stage joint bottom of the League table and winless too. However, for effort the visitors took most of the plaudits especially in the opening half which they comfortably saw out with a that advantage.

Opening in positive fashion the visitors tested Tipton’s resolve as early as the 4th minute, a long range direct free-kick by Oliver West barely inches over the home crossbar.Continuing to display more energy than Tipton a splendid opportunity arose for the visitors to take the lead just a couple of minutes later, Chris Brown’s direct free-kick just failed to nestle in Tipton’s net. Thereafter,Tipton  fashioned some menace of their own just on 10 minutes, Sam Armstrong’s goalbound effort beaten clear by ‘keeper, Sean Butler, the visiting stopper most alert just 4 minutes later in denying the home side again.

However, the pattern of play was more frequently towards the home goal and,on 19 minutes, a clever dummy by Troy Wallen threw the home defence, Ryan McAllister, at full stretch, just able to drive the ball clear. Coming more into the picture now Tipton hit back soon afterwards, Connor Scott making inroads into the visitor’s penalty area, his cross earning a flag-kick but, sadly for Tipton, nothing more sinister. Within a minute, however, Sikh Hunters had skated into the lead, weak defending being rightly punished by Troy Wallen who surged through a threadbare defence before deftly slipping the ball home. 0-1 Catastrophe followed soon afterwards, Tipton conceding a penalty from which Oliver West confidently drove home. 0-2 with just 25 minutes played.

Now clearly dictating terms Sikh’s confidence grew ever more, Tipton thankful to defend at the expense of a corner from which Luke Pinnock was so very close to netting a third ! Home centre-forward Ross Harris gave way to substitute Connor Garrett in an effort by Team Manager, Neil Perks to plot a different approach in the home club’s efforts to , by now, save the game. Most certainly for a decent period of ten minutes of so Tipton dominated the forward play, a strike at this time would surely have sparked much more than just hope.

On 42 minutes with Tipton faring somewhat better now they came close to reducing the arrears, Ryan McAllister’s brave interception winning the ball against the odds before creating an opening for Adam Coliinswood whose subsequent effort was not far away. Collinswood featured again very soon after the half-time break when, on 47 mins. he was forced to drive wide of the visitor’s post at the second attempt. Tipton were thankfully much more determined now, Andy Dicken’s experience far more than helpful here and only a determined interception by Adam Keogh helped negate his efforts.

This brief change in Tipton’s outlook was all to change soon afterwards however, Gerrick Lusambra literally haring through the home club’s defence to collect Luke Pinnock’s clever chip before confidently putting the visitors three goals to the good. 0-3  Expectations clearly soaring Sikh Hunters attacked menacingly again, Tipton glad to concede a flag-kick which was thankfully beaten clear.

On 65 mins. Tipton, endeavouring to win back some pride, at least, launched a heavy assault upon the visitor’s goal, a chink of light appearing for them when Adam Callinswood found the visitor’s net reducing the deficit to 1-3. Some good stuff coming from a revitalised home side now, Scott Stevenson so close to netting when his cross from the left drifted just over the flailing fingertips of visiting keeper, Sean Butler, before just arcing past the far upright.

Back with the visitors again and on 72 minutes Chris Brown came so very close to netting a fourth for them before substitute Nat Levers really missed a fine chance after home keeper, Ryan Pratt had been drawn out of his ground, the Sikh player missing the target woefully. Tipton’s Collinswood was denied from close in on 80 mins, striking the visitors crossbar through a crowded goalmouth.

On 88mins Connor Scott’s penalty kick for Tipton was beaten aside by keeper, Butler, only for Connor Garrett to react quickest to turn the ball back into Connor Scott’s path, the home striker then forcing the ball home. 2-3.

John A.Cross

President, Tipton Town F.C.

Next Fixture   Saturday 14th September 2019     WMRL Divn. One    BUSTLEHOLME  ( Home)  3-00pm