Still smarting from their 0-3 defeat in Oldbury just a few weeks ago against today’s near neighbours, Bustleholme, Tipton Town’s young side rightly avenged that failure with a clear, well-earned victory at Tipton Sports Academy to record their second win of this new season. Early pressure in actuality came from Bustleholme, Oliver Hayden’s 2nd. minute effort just curling away from the home goal. Tipton responded, two likely-looking build-ups seeming promising but actually coming to nothing.

Stepping up the pace and determination the home club, even at this early stage, were beginning to show far more mettle than in previous tussles in this fledgling part of the new season. On 11 minutes a low cross into the Bustleholme penalty area most clearly threatened their goal, Callum Lawton driving firmly clear to dispel the burgeoning danger and, just a couple of minutes later Tipton were knocking on the door again before visiting ‘keeper, James Hawthorne took the sting out of the issue.

Bustleholme responded well, thereafter, Nathan Turner surging down the right before cutting in ominously towards the home goal before he over-ran the ball, home keeper, Ryan Pratt then gathering though under some pressure, On 21mins.the visitors fashioned a strong response too, Oliver Hayden firing for goal although a touch wide before home skipper, Kieran Smith and Sam Armstrong combined quite splendidly  to deny the visitors from posting an early lead. Pressing back hard Tipton soon had their visitors on the hop before a weakly struck effort, from a good position, simply drifted outside.

The stalemate was soon to change for both clubs, however, Tipton breaching their visitor’s defence through Danny Bell in the 24th minute with Bustleholme equalising the scores just three minutes later when Shaquille Ologitere tapped home the equaliser in the 27th minute,woeful defending by Tipton leaving the door wide open.1-1 Bell soon took up the charge again for Tipton, bursting through the visitor’s defence, another score seemingly on the cards, but sadly for the home contingent, not to be.

On 35 minutes it seemed most certainly a case of ‘harum scarum’ in the Bustleholme penalty area with wild and reckless challenges on Dan Bell and Connor Scott just managing to keep the ball out of the visitor’s net. Having weathered this storm finally, Bustleholme then found the temerity to almost take the lead, only a quite astoundingly judged tackle by Ben Styles denying Ologitere before the interval arrived, allowing the partaking of deep breathing together with a lessening throb of player’s pulses.

Tipton commenced the second half with vigour, their positive efforts reaping due reward on 48 minutes, Connor Scott cottoning onto Luke Johnson’s deft pass to joyfully pick his spot before slipping the ball home 2-1. Further assaults upon the visitor’s goal kept them scampering to somehow assuage the menace as they became more and more hard pressed to stay in the game. On 58 mins.,Tipton in full cry once more, Scott starring again, bringing out the best in visiting keeper, Worton-Guy. The home club wasted a great opening just past the hour, Scott’s weak chip so easily gathered by visiting keeper, Worton-Guy.

All soon to change again with the hosts rattling in a third strike in the 65th minute, Connor Scott ringing up his second of the afternoon. 3-1. Tipton sub. Ebey Marango now joined the fray and, indeed, looking a likely scorer too until bustled out of the chance with just a quarter-hour left to play. Bustleholme countered briefly, Matt Hogg breaking up their attack before Tipton surged forward again forcing Bustleholme’s Owen Gwilliams into a lofted back-pass, an own-goal only just avoided. Shots in now, the visitors goal yielding no more , the final result much more than hopefully a spring-board from which Team Manager, Neil Perks and his squad can fashion and build a team worthy of many more stirring deeds.

Sadly there appears no improvement in Captain, Sam Hesson’s ongoing injury and we all trust that much better times for him are just around the corner, and, at some stage he can reclaim his rightful place at the heart of this team.

John A. Cross

President, Tipton Town F.C.

Next Fixture    Saturday 21st September, 2019     WMRL Div.One    OLD WULFRUNIANS ( Home)  K.O. 3-00 PM