Tip­ton refuse to be blown away

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS - By JOHN CROSS

TIP­TON TOWN 1 OLD WUL­FRU­NI­ANS 1

A WICKEDLY blus­tery wind failed to dampen the ef­forts of both clubs in this tightly fought en­counter.

An early foray upon the home goal set hearts rac­ing, Ab­dul Abubaker head­ing firmly clear to blunt the vis­i­tor’s am­bi­tious open­ing.

On nine min­utes Jake Pear­son’s clever shimmy opened up a chan­nel to­wards the Tip­ton goal, home keeper, Chris Thomas re­main­ing un­bowed how­ever. Sam Hes­son, Tip­ton skip­per, replied with a drive at the vis­i­tor’s goal from range, the in­ces­sant strong wind a ma­jor fac­tor be­hind the ball curl­ing wide of the vis­it­ing club’s goal.

Keep­ing up the pres­sure upon the visi­tors, Luke John­son’s fine work cul­mi­nated in an ef­fort upon the Old Wulfs goal, beaten away by Louis Harper.

Old Wulfs surged back, close to catch­ing Tip­ton off-guard be­fore be­ing re­pelled down the left where young Abubaker hared through the sud­denly un­bal­anced vis­it­ing de­fence, driv­ing well for the tar­get, his prize a flag-kick only.

All the home club’s good work was soon to be un­done how­ever, for on 42 min­utes Jake Pear­son drove spec­tac­u­larly home, putting the visi­tors in the driv­ing seat, 0-1.

Com­menc­ing the sec­ond Sam Hes­son’s fine cross­field ball put the visi­tors un­der pres­sure, Louis Harper thump­ing clear.

It was most clearly a dif­fer­ent Tip­ton now, twice shots at the vis­i­tor’s goal can­non­ing just wide. Just shy of an hour’s play, with the home side most clearly forc­ing the is­sue, Ley­ton Gould hooked only just over the vis­i­tor’s bar. Tip­ton skip­per, Hes­son, con­tin­ued to set a fine ex­am­ple to his col­leagues, his great re­serves of en­ergy of im­mense value to his team.

Young Abubaker, who had done re­ally well, now gave way to Harry Reuben’s fresh legs and fol­low­ing sev­eral at­tacks,tip­ton won a penalty kick, Tee­jay Davies bla­tantly felled in mid-flight lead­ing to Scott Broad­way em­phat­i­cally driv­ing home the spot­kick.

Rev­el­ling in his sinewy move­ment, Tip­ton’s Davies was soon also quite shame­fully brought crash­ing to earth in mid-flight, the ref­eree some­how see­ing this as a book­ing only, elic­it­ing howls of de­ri­sion from most of the watch­ing spec­ta­tors. Spurred on, young Davies was soon lead­ing the home charge again, foiled at the death after a sparkling, twist­ing run, this on 73 mins.

The visi­tors re­sponded just three min­utes later, Char­lie Turner’s on-tar­get drive turned aide for a fruit­less flag-kick. Back with Tip­ton, Broad­way to the fore again, his ground-hug­ging drive un­able to de­feat goal­keeper Bo­s­tock.

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