THE FACTS

West Midland Regional League

Premier Division 

Black Country Rangers FC v Tividale FC

Saturday 13th April 2019

Kick off at 3pm

 

Well we are now closing in on the Premier Division’s finishing line with this our last away game of the season and a trip back to the famous Garden Walk Stadium.

Last Saturday’s hard fought win against Wem Town has left it all in our hands and now we come up against the side that we have had limited success against over the years.

A couple of months ago this could have been the title decider. While Tividale have had a bit of a tough time getting over the line.

Due to off field occurrences, Black Country Rangers have nosed dived down the league, only winning one of their last ten league games.

This is a far cry from that glorious summers Bank Holiday back in August when both our 100% starts to the season were on the line and it was Black Country who took the honours in a 2-1 win.

We can expect a much changed but just as challenging Rangers side from that day.


THE HISTORY

As mentioned before, this is the reverse fixture to our August Bank Holiday clash when a Kieran Clarke free kick and something special from Roland Agbor put the visitors 2-0 up. By this time Tividale’s Demetri Brown had already missed from the spot. Dan Smith made it a nervy last 10 minutes for the visitors when he halved the deficit but Rangers held out.

The end of last season produced another thriller when we met in the semi final of the league cup. After a month of both teams playing up to 4 games a week. This was just two tired teams in a toe to toe slugfest. Lewis Archer opened the scoring for Rangers, but Tividale were ahead at the break courtesy of a Demetri Brown brace. Jason Chilton put Rangers back level just after the break and Brad Welding restored Tividale’s lead but Matthew Vaughan sent the tie into extra time. The extra period could not divide them and so it went to penalties were Rangers held their nerve to go through 4-3.

Tividale took 4 out of the 6 points in the league last season. It started with a 2-2 draw at their previous home at Halesowen Town. Shaquille Whittingham put Rangers ahead but Brown levelled. Joe Lawley put Tividale ahead from the spot but Shaquille McDonald earned Rangers a share of the points.

The reverse fixture ended with a 3-1 win at The Beeches which sealed the runners up spot for Tividale. Lee Smith, Darragh Bustin and Brown put the game out of sight before Whittingham got Rangers a consolation goal from the spot.


THE RECENT LEAGUE FORM

Black Country Rangers – LLLDLL

Tividale                  – WWLWDW


THE SQUAD NEWS

Apart from the long term injured of Freddie Watts, Rion Francis-Mills and Tyree Clarke. Dave King has a full squad to select from


THE SPECTATOR DETAILS

Gornal Athletic FC
Garden Walk,
Lower Gornal,
Dudley,
West Midlands
DY3 2NR

Admission prices: Adult £5, Concessions £3

Match programme £2