West Midland Regional League
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Tividale 1-2 Ellesmere Rangers
Rangers power past Tividale
Sandwiched in between Saturday’s thrill a minute win, and a visit to high flying Wolverhampton Sporting this Saturday. A team who hold a 100% record in their 10 league games so far this season and are scoring on average over 5 goals a game. This performance and result was definitely not required.
All credit must go to Ellesmere though, who came and won most of the 50/50’s, 2nd balls and were the better side in all aspects and all departments.
Although it was not the poor showing Tividale served up in their other league loss at Hereford Lads Club. They needed to be on top of our game against a very good Ellesmere side and they wasn’t.
With the three games in a week in mind, Manager Dave King did a spot of rotation bringing into the first eleven Karl Gardner, Chris Hill, Tyree Clarke and Nathan Jones. With Dan Bryson unavailable and Chris Bladen, Dan Smith and Freddie Watts dropping to the bench.
Unlike their last couple of games Tividale actually started the better and pressed the visitors defence almost immediately. So to go behind after just 5 minutes was really against the run of play, when from a Ellesmere corner the ball was cleared to the edge of the box and Liam Armstrong took one touch and rifled in a low shot through a crowded penalty area and into the back of the net.
That was the lift the visitors required and 7 minutes later Tim Jackson should have done better with a free kick that he put over the bar. Two minutes later and it should have been 1-1, when from a free kick Gardner at the back post fired against the bar, the rebound landed nicely for him but he could only watch as his follow up shot struck the post. On 18 minutes Tividale were on the attack again and Jones was thwarted by former Tividale keeper Tom Turner. In the 25th minute it was Ellesmere’s turn to go close Matt Hardiman’s free kick was met by George Taylor and though his header beat Ryan Cheshire, Chris Hill was there to clear off the line.
Both sides failed to make either keeper work for the rest of the half with Ellesmere happy to give up possession but looking dangerous on the counter, until the 40th minute, when after a patient build up Jones was put through but again Turner denied him with an excellent save.
Half-time: Tividale 0-1 Ellesmere Rangers
The second half was much of the same with chances far and far between but Ellesmere always looking the more likely and on 55 minutes Armstrong had another great chance from around the same distance but this time his shot went wide.
Ellesmere were now asking all the questions and on the hour Cheshire had to be at his best to produce a brilliant double save to keep the home side in the game. But that was only a slight reprieve because 2 minutes later the Tividale defence allowed the ball to bounce from a Ellesmere clearance and Hardiman made them pay, nipping in and smashing a first time shot past Cheshire to put Ellesmere 2-0 up.
Tividale never really had an answer to a well organised visiting defence and it was not until the entrance of Dan Smith and Elliott Hartley that Ellesmere looked troubled and on 87 minutes they paved the way for a grandstand finish with Hartley heading home a Darragh Bustin cross.
Tividale threw everything at the visitors and right at the death, Street was put through one on one with Turner. The keeper bravely dived at the feet of the forward and smothered his shot, the ball came back off Clarke’s leg and the ball bounced slowly towards goal. But the final bounce took it agonisingly off the post and away for a goal kick and then the final whistle blew.
Full Time: Tividale 1-2 Ellesmere Rangers
Tividale:- 1 Ryan Cheshire, 2.Tom Hurdman, 3. Darragh Bustin 4.Chris Hill, 5.Karl Gardner, 6. Liam Smith, 7. Joe Colley (16. Jack Lee 71), 8. Joe Lawley, 9. Tyree Clarke , 10. Nathan Jones (15.Daniel Smith 64) , 11. Harvey Walker (17. Elliott Hartley 64)
Unused Subs:-12. Freddie Watts, 14. Chris Bladen.
|2. Tom Hurdman|
|5. Karl Gardner|
|3. Darragh Bustin|
|14. Liam Smith|
|11. Nathan Jones|
|19. Harvey Walker|
|36. Chris Hill|
|15. Tyree Clarke|
|8. Joseph Lawley|
|1. Ryan Cheshire|
|22. Joe Colley|
|10. Daniel Smith||Sub11|
|9. Chris Bladen|
|7. Elliot Hartley||GoalSub19|