- THE FACTS
West Midland Regional League
Tividale FC v Malvern Town FC
Saturday 16th February 2019
Kick off at 3.00pm
They don’t come much tougher than this. Malvern Town are always there or there about and are definitely a club destined for bigger things. They arrive at The Beeches on a great run of 8 wins and a draw in all competitions. So we as a club know what to expect.
It was great to get back to winning ways against Shawbury after the Haughmond hammering the week before, even though we made hard work of it and the mid week win against Brocton in the JW Hunt Cup after a two and a half week lay off was just what we needed going into todays game.
This is once again a reverse fixture as we met at the end of September in Malvern. To be honest this was a real smash and grab by Tividale with Ben Birch’s 96th minute header cancelling out Adam Stauntson earlier goal this after the home side had been reduced to 10 men for the last 40 minutes.
In the 2016-17 FA Vase Dan Smith gave Tividale the lead but goals from Nathan Hughes, Matt Turner, Sean Smith and Dene Whittall-Williams sent Tividale crashing out of the competition 4-1.
The following season 2017-18 season Tividale first went to Malvern in the league and earned a mini revenge after their drubbing the season before. A Dan Smith hat trick and a Curtis Cocking worldy ensuring a 4-0 win.
The return fixture was just a freak result in unusual circumstances. The game took place at The Beeches at the end of April with both team having to play two or three games a week to get their fixtures in after last years awful winter.
When Josh Hunt equalised for Malvern after Liam Wilkinson had put Tividale ahead. Nobody could have expected what would happen in the next hour. Unanswered goals from Dan Smith 4, Tyree Clarke 3, Brad Welding and Chris Bladen gave the home side a remarkable 10-1 win.
THE RECENT LEAGUE FORM
Tividale – WWDWLW
Malvern Town – WWWDWW
THE SQUAD NEWS
Dan Smith is unavailable for today’s game. But Jamal Fuller returns to the squad after being cup tied against Brocton.
Freddie Watts is now ruled out for most of the season with a meniscus tear in his knee. He joins Tyree Clarke and Rion Francis-Mills who are our other long term injuries.
THE SPECTATOR DETAILS
Admission Prices Adults £5, Members, OAP’s & ALL local Season ticket holders £3, Under 16’s FREE
Match programme £1:50p