Tipton Town fell to a narrow defeat against recently resurgent visitors from Telford, Wellington Amateurs, whose recent form has helped propel them to a mid-table placing. The home club’s cause was most certainly chastened following their midweek efforts when defeating Team Dudley in their WMRL Div.One Cup-tie which required 30 minutes extra-time to conclude, considerable efforts expended by all and, most assuredly a telling factor today..

The incessant strong wind was to prove a vital factor too, blowing from goal to goal and mighty difficult against to make any headway. However the visitors settled rapidly, aided by their opening goal on just 3 minutes, the weather conditions, in truth, hardly a factor at this early stage. A high cross from Dan James proved problematical for the home defence when their half-clearance only found the visitor’s ROSS JONES who duly rammed the ball home. 0-1.The same player may well have doubled his personal tally shortly afterwards when the visitors burst through again, his resultant effort on goal whistling narrowly past the home post.

On just 9 minutes Tipton at last surged into action, pressure upon the visitor’s goal clearly unsettling them and allowing TEEJAY DAVIES to rip home a glorious equalizer 1-1. Not to be quelled for long at this reverse and attacking at every opportunity, Wellington were soon driving forwards again, against the strong wind too, with the unfolding prospect of the home club more than likely facing a difficult afternoon. Ryan Perry all but converted at close range for the Telford club, fortunately for Tipton, denied by keeper, Chris Thomas’s worthy efforts.

Further ominous moves towards the home goal clearly helped the visitors underline their increasing authority, another scare arriving in the 26th minute when keeper, Thomas was drawn out of his goalmouth in order to parry clear an alarming-looking cross. On the half-hour Tipton began to knuckle down to much greater effect, their courage amply rewarded when DAVIES rattled home his second of the afternoon after colleague, Scott Broadway had unselfishly played him in on goal, visiting keeper, Ryan Asson quite unable to intercede. 2-1.

Confidence now rising, the home club began to dictate terms at last, a heavy assault upon the visitor’s goal culminating in Scott Broadway being forced wide in the act of shooting, the ball veering harmlessly outside. On 39 mins. a well-constructed response by the visitors pierced Tipton’s midfield and rearguard culminating in Ross Jones driving for an equaliser only to visibly gasp when seeing Luke Johnson, assisting his club’s defence, head to safety over Tipton’s crossbar. Strong activity soon followed in Tipton’s goalmouth. keeper, Thomas injured in the melee, but Tipton just possessed enough to keep their noses in front. As half-time neared Davies’s wiles resulted in him out-foxing the visiting defence before cutting the ball back, the visiting defenders, however, far too alert to be caught out.

On the stroke of half-time, Tipton almost increased their lead when committed challenges by Broadway, Michael Bridge and Jamie Saidler plundered the ball off the visitors, recipient Davies, however, from an acute angle unable to beat keeper, Asson.

Wellington commenced the second half full of vim, rapidly earning a free-kick on the edge of the Tipton penalty area, three efforts at goal repelled before Tipton belatedly managed to clear upfield. Most certainly intent on earning an equaliser, the visitors were soon attacking in force again, three efforts at goal repelled before Tipton were able to relax. The home club, however, were certainly not out of it, Broadway leading their charge on 53 mins., his fine effort clearing the visitor’s crossbar, but only just ! Cub skipper, Sam Hesson, nursing a thigh strain, came on as sub. for Tipton, straightway into the action in dispossessing Ross Jones as Wellington sought redemption again.

The visitors, however, were looking gradually more ominous, another bout of attacking pressure pushing Tipton right back, Harry Reuben’s determination denying them in the nick of time. But the tables quickly turned again, Davies slicing through the Wellington defence again, his low cross setting up Broadway but the prolific Tipton scorer, in an attempt to avoid a tackle could only scuff the ball harmlessly wide, this on 57 mins. Most clearly relieved at this let-off Wellington came strongly again, skipper, Steve Faux’s powerful drive deflected clear by Kieran Smith. Ominously the visitors were now back in the driving seat, Tipton really hard-pressed to contain them.

Suddenly, however, the home club found a chink of light in the 73rd minute, sub. Ross Harris just a smidgeon away from equalising as they battled against the wind in an effort to see out the game. Just a couple of minutes later, all Hell let loose when GRAEME HUMPTON smashed the ball into the Tipton net, equalising the scores at 2-2. Revitalised, resurgent visitors, Wellington Amateurs  took home all three points when skipper, STEVE FAUX fired in a direct free kick at the home goal, the ball taking a huge deflection before curling inside of the goalpost with home keeper Thomas,  utterly powerless to intervene. A desperately sad manner in which to go under and, in all honesty, sheer rough justice !

John A. Cross

President, Tipton Town F.C.

Next Fixture    WMRL. Divn. One    Saturday 9th March 2019     WMRL Div. One  OLD WULFRUNIANS ( Away at WOLVES CASUALS)

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