After losing 0-2 to ground-sharers, Bustleholme, in late December 2017 in that club’s home fixture, Tipton Town responded today with energy and style, albeit assisted by some quite slipshod defending from the opposition, the home club literally cantering to a most welcome 5 goal victory.
Indeed, Tipton’s over-exuberance quite probably cost them not just one, but several damaging strikes upon the opposition’s goal,such were the sheer volume of scoring opportunities that befell them. On the charge from the kickoff, Tipton’s will-o’-the-wisp forward, young TJ Davies, was in
action from the outset, leaving Neal Oakley floundering in his wake down the right before driving for goal, the ball squirming so narrowly past the opposition’s post.
The home club’s strong opening continued apace, Ebey Marango gaining a 5th minute flag-kick through a deflection off Elliot Handley, the ball subsequently veering into the path of Davies who promptly elicited an effort at goal, visiting keeper, Phil Billingham doing well to save low down. Bustleholme re-grouped quickly, good movement seeing them threaten the Tipton goal until Michael Miller’s effort blazed well over the home crossbar from a promising position.
On 7 minutes young newcomer, Chad Freeman, did his confidence no damage at all when he made fine inroads down the left for Tipton until halted by Chetan Patel’s cleverly timed interception. On the charge in the 11th minute, Bustleholme threatened with Chris Brown cleverly outwitting the Tipton midfield, a goal opportunity the prize until Rob Hill’s fine covering blunted the developing threat. Tipton, by and large however, continued to force the issue, their sheer persistence paying dividends in the 14th minute after young Freeman was illegally felled near goal, the resultant undisputed penalty proving decisive for Tipton seeing them breeze into the lead following a confident strike home by Rob Hill. 1-0.
Visibly stung Bustleholme immediately countered but a wild finish then simply ballooned the ball high over the home bar. On 19 mins, Bustleholme launched a more likely response but Michael Miller’s effort suffered a similar fate. The home club’s Davies showed his undoubted skills in taunting the Bustleholme defence midway through the half but deft covering by the alert Chris Norton took the sting out of the attack. Thoughtful play by newcomer, Desean Martin soon gave Tipton the advantage again, slipping in Marango, a second strike for the home club so close.
Bustleholme, refusing to be cowed, however, struck back in the 24th minute, Rob Hill initially stifling the threat before the visitors came again, fine play and movement creating a more than reasonable chance for Chris Brown but he lifted his effort well over the top. Brown featured again soon afterwards only for the home club’s Mark Cartwright to intercept his through ball, the latter player a little later, on 33 minutes, firing a direct free-kick at the Bustleholme goal, the ball drifting a foot or so wide.
The visitors rallied, Miller and Jack Whittall combining cleverly to almost forge an equaliser, clearly illustrating that Tipton’s lead, at that point at least, was fragile. Brown was next to impress for the visitors as they forged a smart attack once more on 37 mins until he was dispossessed by the workaholic Sam Hesson. Not to be outdone Brown was soon in the picture again shortly afterwards winning a flag-kick from which Leon Brown headed home in style. 1-1.
Tipton opened the second period full of vim and went so close to raising the score in their favour when Marango’s early direct free-kick cannoned off the visitor’s bar before another raid upon the Bustleholme goal fell foul of an offside flag. Clearly in a more determined mood now the home club began to attack far more, Sam Hesson’s 53rd minute drive for goal deflected away only for an unproductive flag-kick. Bustleholme countered shortly afterwards, Callum Gibson bursting through but losing out to Tipton’s Martin who them played in Davies, the wily forward, however, unable to turn home the close range chance.
Back came Bustleholme, responding well when Jack Whittall’s neat shimmy created space in the 56th minute, his subsequent drive for goal, however, drifting narrowly over the home bar. Straightway Tipton surged back into the lead, young Davies’s great work and inch-perfect cross from the right finding Desean Martin who smashed the ball home from close in. 2-1.
On the hour, Hesson’s surge promised much against the now rattled visitors but the midfielder’s effort, at the death, curled off-target. Bustleholme, however, doggedly refused to bend and quickly equalised the scores on 62 minutes with Jack Whittall ramming home from close. 2-2.
The fireworks continued apace, for just a couple of minutes later it was all change yet again as Tipton once more got their noses in front, Chad Freeman’s arcing cross headed classily home by Ebey Marango. 3-2.
One again Tipton took up the initiative, Marango again at the forefront, forcing an excellent save by keeper, Billingham before young Davies then let Bustleholme off the hook uncharacteristically fluffing a great 66th min opening. The home club were mighty fortunate mot to pay dearly for this miss, subsequent poor defending letting in Callum Gibson, his drive towards the home goal seemingly an equaliser once more only for Archie Alatalo to splendidly parry the ball aside.
On 72mins, a Bustleholme attack petered out, Tipton taking possession to stretch their opponents to such an extent that keeper, Billingham was suddenly bereft of any defence, Marango drilling the ball home at will and hoisting the score now to 4-2 in Tipton’s favour. 4-2.
To their credit the visitors battled back into the game, Michael Miller’s drive seemingly ye another goal until Alatalo saved splendidly. Impish play down the left flank by Davies on 79 mins put Tipton in the box-seats again, Mark Cartwright firmly heading home for 5-2 before Davies, just a couple of minutes later, missed a gilt-edged chance to ram in goal number six on 86 minutes. 5-2.
In the dying seconds Bustleholme’s worthy attitude almost won it’s reward, the Tipton goalpost being struck but then a reversal of fortunes saw the ball soon back in the visitor’s penalty area with the home club squandering yet another gilt-edged opening to raise the score even higher.
Tipton most clearly deserved their emphatic victory, the calm assurance of skipper, Dan Patrick, at the heart of their defence a constant stumbling block upon which Bustleholme’s attack so frequently foundered.
President, Tipton Town F.C.
Next Fixture Saturday 3rd March 2018 WREN’S NEST (Home) k.o. 3-00pm.