West Midland Regional League
Premier Division Cup
Tividale FC v Dudley Sports FC
Tuesday 16th April 2019
Kick off at 7.45pm
Well we roll into the second leg of our “Complete a Cup Competition in one Month” game. After our epic battle with Dudley Town in round two, we now face their namesakes and neighbours Dudley Sports.
This could well be the start of a bit of a nightmare scenario for us with the league title decider going down to the last game of the season. We have to for the first time look ahead because if we win this game on Tuesday 16th April we are due to play the semi final against Wolves Casuals on Thursday 18th April and then our final league game and league title decider against AFC Bridgnorth on Saturday 20th April.
But we will concentrate on one game at a time and we welcome back “Sweeney” and his team to The Beeches what should be another fascinating cup tie. Dudley Sports are in the same position as us in a way as they are involved in a relegation battle and so they will also be thinking about their last 2 league games against Black Country Rangers and Wem Town. But they did their chances of survival no harm when they took a point off us here a month ago in the league fixture and on Saturday they gained another vital point in their 2-2 draw with Hereford Lads Club
In the league fixture Dan Smith cancelled out a Luke Green strike and although Tividale were literally camped in the Sports area they were unable to find a winner. Our away fixture against Dudley Sports back in December ended in a comfortable 5-1 win with Darragh Bustin brilliant free kick See the goal on Tividale’s twitter feed here , Rion Francis Mills Demetri Brown, Dan Bryson and Alex Cameron the Tividale scorers. While Emile Beckford scored sports consolation.
In the 2017-2018 season Tividale completed the double of their local rivals. The first was a hard earned three points at Sports’s High Ercal ground. Tividale were 2-0 up at half time through two Dan Smith goals but Sports were always in it and Romano Graham goal with 15 minutes to go made it a nervy last 15 minutes but the visitors held out.
The fixture at The Beeches was a different matter as the home side ran out 6-2 winners. Two goals apiece for Bustin and Dan Smith and one each for Brown and Hartley put them in charge. A Keiron Price penalty and a Ronnee Hendricks strike were Sport’s scorers.
THE RECENT LEAGUE FORM
Tividale – WLWDWW
Dudley Sports – LDLLLD
THE SQUAD NEWS
The management will assess the squad based on availability for these 3 games in less than 5 days
THE SPECTATOR DETAILS
Admission Prices Adults £5, Members, OAP’s & ALL local Season ticket holders £3, Under 16’s FREE
Match programme £1:50p