A trip to Shropshire outfit, Wellington Amateurs presaged the feeling in the Black Country camp that the garnering of all three points was far more a probability than a possibility. Not so, however, as an ever fussy referee gave far too many decisions , often contentious ones, to favour the home club spawning chagrin in the visitor’s ranks. Bright sunshine helped lift the mood of recent days but was tempered, however, by a very cold blustery wind from which there was no escape, particularly for the viewing attendance.

An early sortie towards the home goal by Teejay Davies looked likely to give Tipton an early lead, stymied at the death by the advancing keeper, Stephen Faux. Quick to bounce back Wellington responded with substance, home skipper, Jaton Vernon driving for goal through Tipton’s rapidly back-pedalling defence, passing just a yard, maybe less, wide of the Tipton post. Tom Overfield, thereafter set the home club going again on just 8 minutes, Tipton quite happy to force the ball into touch.

In the 11th minute, Wellington, still on the offensive, made considerable ground down the right, Tipton’s Luke Johnson alert to the impending danger, denying the home attacker with a smart challenge. Before long, however, Wellington were forcing the issue once more, Lester Alderson creating space for himself to drive for goal, far too high in the outcome. Teejay Davies and Sam Armstrong responded for Tipton, sadly the final ball into the home penalty area of little concern to home keeper Stephen Faux.

On 15 minutes Davies featured again for the visitors, climbing highest to power his header at the home goal, sadly, however, drifting over the top. Hitting back Wellington came again, home skipper, Jaton Vernon forced his way through the visitor’s defence failing however to best skipper Sam Hesson who rescued the Black Country club from falling a goal behind. Chris Thomas, in the Tipton goal, saved splendidly at point blank range from Tom Oldfield who had literally hared through the visitor’s defence, just 20 minutes now elapsed.

Battling work by Scott Broadway helped Tipton stem the tide as Wellington threatened to take the initiative. Thereafter  Davies was subjected to harsh over the top treatment by the home defence, a passive referee inviting howls of derision from the visiting club’s Management and fans alike, To no avail, however, as more phases of this nature would further transpire in the second half. On 31 mins. visiting skipper, Hesson helped break the home club’s stranglehold, sending Armstrong away but his subsequent cross held no qualms for Wellington. Tipton suffered another injury thereafter, Alex Norris being heavily felled in the act of helping defend his club’s goal, further howls of derision ensuing with the referee simply indicating play to continue.

35 minutes arrived, the home club powering forward, Tipton keeper, Thomas truly excelling with a spectacular flying save to deny home skipper, Jaton Vernon as Wellington continued to exhibit a considerable threat. And then Tipton broke the deadlock in the 40th minute, Scott Broadway seemingly chasing a lost cause before just keeping the ball in play, crossing deep into the home penalty area where LUKE JOHNSON bravely battled through to turn the ball home. 0-1 Immediately afterwards it may well have been two  to the visitors, Broadway only just unable to make his fine cross an even more telling one.

Just prior to the interval whistle, Teejay Davies’s splendid volley stung the palms of home keeper, Faux, a narrow escape for Wellington. Still on the front foot  Tipton began the second half with intent, centre-forward, Broadway so close to netting a second. The home club struck back straightway, Lester Alderson driving with venom for goal, however, without reward. Another likely assault upon the visitor’s goal on 52 mins. was effectively dealt with by Sam Armstrong, smartly seeking his own ‘keeper as an outlet.

Tipton keeper, Chris Thomas saved quite splendidly from home skipper, Vernon but Wellington, now in full cry, pushed Tipton ever backwards before, on 57 minutes, JATON VERNON tied up the scores at 1-1, his splendid drive simply a winner all the way. Thereafter  an incident occurred in midfield from which Tipton’s Adam Skeldon was given a red card to the acute vexation, even chagrin of the Tipton defence. From the touchline too, the referee had clearly lost much respect, such were the growing number of times his decisions were bordering very much as questionable.

Thomas did well in the visitor’s goal to cling onto Tom Worthington’s fine drive midway through the half. On 79 mins. Hesson was badly fouled and bundled to the floor by Lester Alderson, a word of advice and a booking simply bringing forth howls of derision, and rightly so, from the visiting spectators but, notably from a few home supporters too !

84 minutes arrived, Leighton Gould’s superbly-timed interception preserved Tipton’s hard-earned point as Wellington sparked again. The home club proceeded to win three consecutive corner kicks in the closing minutes , going very near to grabbing a winner twice, however, without reward with the Black Country club’s doughty and valiant defending ensuring they took home a point.

John A. Cross

President, Tipton Town F.C.

Next Fixture   Saturday 3rd November 2018      WMRL Divn. One    OLD WULFRUNIANS  ( Home)  k.o,  3-00pm