It was a joyous contingent of players, fans and Club Officials too that travelled to the Tipton environs after the Black Country club had completed the double over Wyrley, to end their recent series of defeats on the road, and help. too,to consolidate their mid-table League position.
A frenetic opening saw both teams testing each other’s resolve, the elusive TJ Davies, clearly an early target for the home defence, felled virtually straight from the kick-off, heavily too, by Oliver Butler, a free-kick only resulting, the deserved caution not materialising. Sam Hesson’s good movement was halted at the expense of a corner out on the left, Jack Braid comfortably clearing his lines. After being freed by Mark Cartwright’s incisive pass, Sam Armstrong fired narrowly wide of the home goal before Wyrley retaliated, Liam Sandland driving at the Tipton goal with exposed keeper, Archie Alatalo just able to turn the ball aside for a flag-kick on 7 minutes.
With Wyrley beginning to build up some worthwhile forward momentum Tipton were indebted to the doggedness of Armstrong and Hesson who combined to help defuse Wyrley’s advance. On 15 minutes the home club were denied an early lead when only a quite stunning save by Alatalo denied Joe Dace with the home forward clearly odds-on to put his club ahead. TJ Davies soon became a focal point for Tipton. nicking the ball off a surprised home skipper, Reis Nadat, and thence haring for goal only for Braid’s superior challenge to out-muscle him.
Still the visitors pressed, just a few minutes later Davies’s wickedly swerving drive at the home goal was equally well saved by keeper, Joe Williams. A good response by the home club shortly afterwards with Jarrod Grant winning the ball back before laying off to Zico Agyemang enabling Tipton to resume attacking. On 23 minutes Ash Murray’s canny drive fully tested Alatalo, the visiting keeper remaining unbeaten however. Tipton were clearly the better of the two sides, driving forward again shortly afterwards forcing keeper, Williams to be alert to deny efforts from the increasingly impressive Sam Armstrong before David Kabanda, also growing by the minute in stature, crashed his drive barely inches over the Wyrley crossbar. The home club hit back, however, driving Tipton well back and creating space for Scott Gill and Chris Geldart to fire at goal, though without reward.
Kabanda and Hesson’s neat interplay then almost did for Wyrley, Tipton hitting back with gusto. Both sides were now giving their all before, on 32 minutes, home skipper, Nadat’s quite disgraceful foul on Tipton’s Davies was surely deserving of something far more punitive than a mere talking to by the lady referee. Soon Hesson’s weaving run was countered by Ryan Wilkins’s smart anticipation , the ball rapidly played incisively to colleague, Liam Sandland on 38 mins., his scorching drive skimming Tipton’s crossbar.
Zico Agyemang was denied advancement upon the Wyrley goal on 40 mins., straying marginally offside. A great chance presented itself to Wyrley just a couple of minutes later, Scott Gill’s chip from the right into the Tipton penalty area almost finding Joe Dace and Sandland only or visiting keeper, Alatalo to narrowly claim possession of the ball. Just prior to half-time Tipton’ Grant found the target but home keeper, Williams remained undefeated.
50 minutes arrived, Grant finding Davies as the visitors took up the initiative again, the move, however, squandered with home keeper Williams embarrassingly stranded out of his ground too. Yet another sortie upon the Wyrley goal a few minutes later saw Hesson slip a neat inside pass to wide man, Tarrike Thomas, whose progress to goal, however, was taken care of by Ryan Wilkins’s canny interception. Very soon afterwards Tipton’s, influential Kabanda needed lengthy attention from the club’s trainer before tentatively resuming. The visitors were dominating much of the action now, more fine work by Jarrod Grant putting the hosts to the sword on the hour, sadly without the hoped for reward.
On 63 mins. Wyrley responded through Oliver Butler, his accurate drive at the Tipton goal capably held by Alatalo. Hitting back again, Tipton confidently swept forward, Hesson and Agyemang combining to scythe through the Wyrley defence before TJ Davies was played in on goal, the home club fortunate to survive. Tipton were most certainly in the driving seat now, Davies yet again taunting the rapidly back-pedalling home defence. 70 mins arrived and with it shots in from Agyemang and Davies, home keeper, Willams still unbowed to his credit.
Wyrley at last broke free, foundering when confronted by the determined Cartwright. On 73 minutes the visitors finally made it count, the very influential DAVID KABANDA arrogantly, it seemed, side-footing home Davies’s accurate cross. 0-1.On the charge now, Tipton, full of vim, surged ever forwards, Kabanda’s deep cross only just failing to be swept home by Thomas, the home defence simply spread-eagled !. All Tipton now, another flag-kick testing the harried home defence with visiting skipper, Dan Patrick free from defensive duties in support of his attack, driving for goal on the turn and rattling the Wyrley crossbar.
Mark Cartwright next bedevilled a by now over-run home club, accurately finding the elusive Agyemang, only desperate defending preventing Wyrley conceding once more. The unrelenting pressure, however, was clearly too much for the home club, their general play now becoming very ragged and leading to Kabanda being literally chopped down again in the penalty area, Rob Hill ramming home the spot kick. 0-2
Tipton were running riot now, the Wyrley players volubly arguing with each other all to the visiting club’s advantage. On 85 mins. Agyemang’s inch perfect cross into the home penalty area saw TJ Davies almost make it 0-3 before Tarrike Thomas’s showboating body-swerve attracted no less than 3 tackles in order to quell his antics.
Visiting skipper, Dan Patrick abandoned his deep defensive position to join his forwards, after which he aimed a header at the home goal, well held by keeper, Williams before mid-fielder, Hesson played in Davies who slotted unerringly home, now certainly making it 0-3.
With just seconds remaining Agyemang slalomed through the moribund home defence before the full-time whistle blew, almost certainly denying Tipton a fourth goal.
John A. Cross
President, Tipton Town F.C.
Final Fixture of this Season TUES 1ST MAY 2018 WMRL. DIVN. ONE OLD WULFRUNIANS ( AWAY) K.O. 6-45 PM