Tipton refuse to be blown away
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.