PHIL Male said everyone connected with Tividale should be proud of their team following Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Loughborough Dynamo after the visitors played near on an hour with just ten men following the dismissal of Jordan Cullinane-Liburd for denying a goalscoring opportunity.

Male himself replaced Ashley Jackson on 34 minutes, playing alongside Jacob Barnes at the heart of Tivi’s defence, and the 36-year-old said it took a fantastic effort to come from behind three times, two of which were scored by former Rocester striker Chris Sterling.

“I thought the response from the players was terrific, and confidence is growing in the dressing room” said Dale’s Joint Manager.

“We went a goal down, Malachi (Farquharson) has levelled things up on his debut and then we go down to ten men almost immediately.

“Jordan had already been cautioned but that became immaterial. We have no complaints about the sending off at all but I did feel the referee showed inconsistency throughout the game and that was disappointing.

“But this team never gives up and ‘Sterls’ was very good. He will score goals at this level and could have had a hat-trick on another day. Without the sending off, I think we would have won the game.”

Farquharson signed from Rushall Olympic on Saturday morning, and scored 23 times for Harrogate Railway Athletic last season with Male confident he will add to Tivi’s firepower.

“Malachi can play as a striker, or in midfield. He’s a good player. It was nice for him to get a goal on his debut.

“He’s physically strong, got good balance but he’s not played much football so far this season. The more he plays, the better he will get. I think he will make a difference for us as the season progresses.”