A well contested Cup-tie saw Tipton Town travel to Bedworth, Warwicks where Woodlands, currently occupying second place in the Coventry Alliance Premier Divn, were their more than useful opponents, On the front foot from the outset, Tipton might well have opened the scoring with less than a minute played, Scott Broadway thrusting for goal before being sufficiently harried, forcing him to screw his shot for goal only just past the home post. Just a couple of minutes later and Woodland’s Craig Long was an early booking following his wild, over the top challenge upon Tipton’s Mark Cartwright

Woodlands reacted smartly, Luke Johnson’s clever progress allowing him to set up Tyson Knight, the latter’s subsequent effort, however, of little concern to Chris Thomas in the visitor’s goal. Woodlands attacked impressively again in the 9th minute, Gavin Harding so close to giving them the lead after receiving from Craig Henderson. On 12 minutes, with Woodlands still pressing forwards through Ben Johnson and Harding, in the main,Tipton were indebted to Alex Norris, his perfectly timed interception thwarting the home club’s efforts to take the lead.

Mark Cartwright pegged the home side back somewhat, soon afterwards, his accurate long range effort well gathered, however, by home keeper, Lukasz Szach. In the 15th minute, Scott Broadway’s close range effort upon the home goal was pushed clear by keeper, Szach, the rebound falling to Terry Davies, his effort at opening the scoring only just failing in the 15th minute. Three mins. later saw Tipton in the ascendancy once more, Broadway forcing home keeper, Szach to parry away an almost certain opening goal for the visitors. Breaking the shackles for a time, Woodlands struck back, gaining a flag-kick from which  visiting keeper, Thomas did well to deny Ben Thackery.

Tipton skipper, Sam Hesson, encouraging his team-mates at all times, then quelled the ominous progress of Ben Johnson as Woodlands now began to exert more authority. Luke Johnson was next to be of concern for Woodlands, his 27th minute wickedly curling cross just narrowly clearing the home crossbar. Still forcing the issue, more often than not, Tipton advanced goalwards again Broadway felled in full flight, the subsequent direct free-kick having few devils however to concern the home club. On 32 mins., however, Woodlands came very close to taking the lead, visiting keeper, Chris Thomas only just able to turn Craig Henderson’s ominously curling effort away for a flag-kick. Weathering this response Tipton hit back, Leyton Gould’s lofted effort, however, proving just a touch too high.

Alex Norris’s fine anticipation and winning tackle robbed the home club’s Tyson Knight as he made tracks towards the Tipton goal. On 35 minutes eye-catching interplay featuring Broadway and DAVIES saw them carve out a splendid opening , allowing the latter to nonchalantly slip the ball past keeper, Szach  0-1. Young Abdul Abubaker was growing far more in confidence, clearly a concern of some magnitude for Woodlands, the wide-man’s 43rd minute searching cross in front of the home goal  simply begging to be converted.

As the interval neared Tipton successfully defended a free kick deep into their penalty area before breaking clear, a final attack upon the home goal almost producing a second goal for the visitors, Davies so very close to converting.

On the second half resumption, Woodlands came out with increased determination, Alex Norris thwarting them immediately in their rapid search for an equaliser, although Tipton were forced to concede a couple of flag-kicks – Gavin Harding going close for Woodlands for the second – until the imminent danger dissipated. Still exerting some authority Woodlands came forward again, Tipton countering through skipper Hesson’s example when he expertly dispossessed Ben Johnson in the act of firing at the Tipton goal. Davies’s 53rd min, cross from the right seemed ominous for Woodlands until Lee Puggea’s strong headed clearance eased the pressure upon the home goal.

Hesson again set the Tipton attack going , his right wing ball aimed for Davies, intercepted by Connor Corden, allowing Woodlands to regroup. Young Abubaker diverted a cross by Puggea away for a Woodlands flag-kick following which Gavin Harding executed a drive at the Tipton goal, gaining too much height however. Splendid work by Davies again resulted in him turning Ben Thackeray inside out, following which his chipped cross was gleefully smashed home by ABUBAKER, 0-2. Too quickly afterwards, however, on 61 mins. questionable defending by Tipton allowed the alert GAVIN HARDING to slip the ball home reducing the arrears to 1-2, this on 61 mins.

Falconbridge optimistically fashioned  an overhead effort at the Tipton goal on 63 mins, not far away either !!  Hesson and Davies then swept forward to pierce the home defence once more on 65mins, DAVIES sprinting clear to rifle home right footed  1-3. Just a minute later as the visitors continued to congratulate themselves, and throw caution to the wind, they were stung when CRAIG LONG  brilliantly rifled home from range, reducing the score to 2-3 and re-setting nerves on edge again !!

Another fine home attack on 69 mins, foundered on Luke Johnson’s stoic defending before Tipton picked up the pieces again, Jamie Saidler’s driven free-kick for goal, stoically defended before Woodlands came back strongly, Alex Norris’s expert defending blunting their attack as they sought to rescue the tie. In the closing minutes Chris Thomas’s fine keeping denied the home club the equaliser they sought but it was the Black Country club that prevailed at the death and now await the 2nd Round Draw to discover whom their opponents will be.

John A. Cross

President, Tipton Town F.C.

Next Fixture   Saturday  27th October 2018   WMRL  Divn. One   WELLINGTON  AMATEURS  (Away)  k.o. 3-00pm