Back to winning ways…
Tipton Town heaved a welcome sigh of relief after halting a run of three consecutive defeats by ousting their Telford-based visitors by 3-1 although the opposition did pose their fair share of problems. After the home club had opened positively, Nigel Penney arrowing a dangerous cross from which a flag-kick resulted, the visitors launched a response of their own, Jack Fishman seemingly heralding the opening goal only to see Tipton’s young keeper, Archie Alatalo bravely and so smartly venture off his goal-line to thwart Allscott.
Still with their tails up, Allscott continued to force the issue with Tipton defending in depth and Alatalo twice making splendid saves, this with but 6 minutes only elapsed. With Tipton struggling to cope in these early stages, Liam Buttery cleverly exploited an opening to allow him free passage towards the home goal only for Alatalo again to foil the visitors.
Tipton’s confidence finally began to grow and, indeed, they were rather unfortunate not to surge into the lead on 13 minutes, Zico Agyemang’s close range effort denied by visiting keeper, Dan Pilkington. Buttery soon featured strongly again for Allscott, fully extending Alatalo with a searching drive, thankfully for Tipton, to no avail. Nigel Penney, endeavouring to break the deadlock in Tipton’s favour, was halted at the very death by keeper, Pilkington as the home side were now beginning to match their impressive visitors.
Harry Woodbine’s 20 yard effort caused problems for Pilkington, the ball squirming through his grasp and only just failing to cross the goal-line before the visitor’s keeper gratefully retrieved it.! On 26 minutes the deadlock was finally broken when Sam Hesson, midfield workhorse, eyed a goal opportunity from the right hand side of the visitor’s penalty area before gleefully whipping the ball home. 1-0.
Back surged Allscott, home skipper, Paul Henley covering splendidly to foil John Scragg with a ramped-up visitors so close to evening up the score. Tipton weathered this response forcing the ball towards the visitor’s goal again, Zico Agyemang skipping clear of a couple of challenges but unable to defeat visiting keeper, Pilkington. Tipton were now displaying much better movement, forcing Allscott to defend ever deeper and a three-pronged attack involving Penney, Hesson and Agyemang on 38 minutes was a danger Allscott did well to negate.
Back, however, came Allscott in the 42nd minute, Hesson and Mark Cartwright combining to see off Jay Evans’s thrust before worthy defending by Matt Payne and Jamie Moore helped keep the visitors at bay. Right on the stroke of half-time home skipper, Paul Henley was hard pressed to deny Ryan MacLean as the visitors strove to seek parity.
Barely had the second half commenced – 47 minutes, and Tipton forged further ahead Ebey Marango sprinting clear and holding off the attentions of Kane Thomas before forcing the ball past stranded keeper, Pilkington. 2-0.
Revelling in a little period of dominance, Tipton, tails up, now might well have surged further ahead soon afterwards, Harry Woodbine fully extending keeper, Pilkington. Hitting back with skilful play, Allscott then launched a fine attack through Jorge Gomes, Matt Payne’s brave headed clearance denying the visitors any reward. However on 54 minutes visiting substitute, Joe Harper reduced the deficit to 1-2, crashing home a quite brilliant header with Alatalo powerless to intervene.
Tipton responded rapidly, Agyemang squirming into the visitor’s penalty area, his on-target effort finally hoisted clear although with difficulty. Allscott, re-awakened after their goal began to press Tipton right back, their fluid attacks carrying much menace. On 71 minutes Tipton found some respite when Agyemang, cutting into the visitor’s penalty area from the right flank drove for goal, the ball only just curling shy of the target. The home club on the surge now, Marango driving across the face of the visitor’s goal and, thereafter, Hesson denied too.
Matt Payne gave way to Rob Hill’s fresh legs on 75 minutes and just a couple of minutes later Tipton recovered their two-goal lead when Penney’s clever footwork, so much in evidence today, opened up a pathway for Marango to motor forward before driving the ball home. 3-1. Ryan MacLean briefly featured for Allscott on 80 minutes. Alatalo standing firm. Seeking to further improve upon the score-line Marango broke through a tiring defence but drove over the top.
Substitute Tarrike Thomas jinked his way through the Allscott defence on 85 minutes, a further goal surely looming but denied by visiting skipper, Chris McIntosh’s timely intervention. In the 88th min. Scragg broke into the Tipton penalty area only to be denied by young Alatalo, the latter then forced to receive lengthy treatment but the visitors failed to make any further worthwhile inroads, the points garnered thankfully by the Black Country club.
John A.Cross President
Tipton Town F.C.
Next Fixture Sat. 9th December 2017 WMRL Division. One TELFORD JUNIORS (Away) k.o. 2-00pm