A most profitable short trip to Wednesfield F.C’S Cottage Ground in Amos Lane culminated in Tipton Town outperforming their hosts, Willenhall Town and rattling in four goals into the bargain. In the opening seconds young Abdul Abubaker was injured, a strong challenge clattering into him by a home defender, the Tipton youngster only able to gingerly continue after several minutes treatment. The home side, thereafter, mounted the first attack which petered out after skipper, Richard Wharton had sent centre-forward Ross Fox on towards the Tipton goal, lack of control spoiling the attack.

Tipton responded with Mark Cartwright’s aerial Crossfield pass just a little too strong, the ball finding touch to the host club’s advantage. Visiting keeper, Chris Thomas did well to thwart Stefan Stearn in the 9th minute following a seemingly dangerous low cross into the visiting club’s penalty area. On 11 mins. with Tipton continuing to press forward, Jamie Saidler lofted his effort at the home goal, however somewhat too high, but, still forcing the issue, Tipton took a 13th min. lead when TJ DAVIES, currently in rich goal-scoring form,drove a curling left-footer home with home keeper, Chris Adamson quite unable to intercede. 0-1.

Still on the front foot Tipton quickly turned the screw again, skipper, Sam Hesson’s smart low cross into the home penalty area turned aside for another flag-kick. The home club were able to withstand this awkward period, fighting valiantly back on 18 minutes only to falter when Alex Norris halted Nathan Griffiths’s smart progress. Another more than useful effort by the hosts came to nought, however, following  Hesson’s interception, helped on by Mark Cartwright as Tipton sought to pierce the home club’s defence once more, this with 24 minutes having elapsed.

TJ Davies’s forward momentum was halted by Connor Fellows before the Tipton forward regained possession in the 28th minute, his right wing cross being hooked clear by home skipper, Richard Wharton. On the half-hour Tipton spurned a fine chance to increase their advantage, young Abubaker receiving from Davies but requiring too many touches in trying to seek an opening. Tipton, however, continued to carry the most threat in the main, Scott Broadway’s inside pass setting up Davies whose effort curled away from the target, a third of the encounter now having elapsed.

However, Willenhall were still competing valiantly both Tom Rayson  and Ross Fox firing at the Tipton goal albeit without reward. Lleyton Gould frequently proved a stumbling block for Willenhall, the Tipton central defender coping admirably with any danger in his vicinity.

Broadway’s overhead kick, following TJ Davies’s clever build-up play, failed in it’s quest to trouble Willenhall but, soon afterwards, in the 38th minute, SCOTT BROADWAY doubled Tipton’s advantage, spinning round to fire superbly home through a congested goalmouth. 0-2. Desperately seeking to shore up their defences, the home club survived yet another foray by bundling influential Tipton skipper, Hesson, to the floor before keeper, Adamson brilliantly turned aside Jamie Saidler’s almost certain score.

Willenhall began the second period with more resolve, Stearn quickl;y winning a flag-kick following which prodded efforts by Ross Fox and Tom Rayson might just have reduced the deficit with a little more good fortune. However, on 50 mins. SCOTT BROADWAY profited from a smart counter-attack, the home defence split asunder with the Tipton forward’s accurate drive far too good for home keeper, Adamson. 0-3. Hitting back for the hosts,Liam Cox’s effort at the visitor’s goal only just veered off target following a spell of resolute pressure, at last, from the hosts, this after 53 minutes.

Skipper, Hesson and Luke Johnson combined effectively to negate another home threat in the 57th minutes before, just four minutes later, Tipton sailed further ahead when Davies’s inch-perfect chip found JAMIE SAIDLER whose spectacular effort left the home keeper without any hope. 0-4. Stearn responded for the chastened hosts on 68 minutes, however unable to puncture the visitor’s defence. TJ Davies’s confidence, clearly sky-high, was clearly a major factor in his colleague’s efforts too, mirroring his own as the visiting team continued to dominate these latter stages.

Willenhall were, indeed, most fortunate not to concede once again,Tipton sub James Thompson so very close to pushing them even further adrift. With 75 mins elapsed a beleaguered home side almost conceded yet again, Davies’s effort somehow bundled clear. On 82mins Scott Broadway was denied a deserved hat-trick as his club simply ran amok and, right on time, sub. Rich Smith was denied too, his close-range stabbed effort squirming just millimetres wide of the visitor’s goal.

John A.Cross

President, Tipton Town F.C.

Next Fixture   Sat 6th October 2018     WMRL Div.One   WYRLEY  ( Home)  k.o. 3-00pm.