West Midland Regional League
Monday 7th May 2018
Tividale 1-3 Stone Old Alleynians
Stone’s day in the sun
Tividale rounded off their home league campaign with a a well below par performance against a Stone side who were determined to make sure that they were not going to be a side show in the end of season fun in the sun.
With having to expect Bank Holiday absentees especially for one that is about two weeks after the original end of the season, Tividale went into the game without Ben Birch, Nathan Jones, Chris Bladen, Curtis Cocking, Elliott Hartley and the injured Tom Hurdman but welcomed back TJ Munthali after injury.
The visitors themselves arrived at The Beeches on a 7 match unbeaten run in which they had won 6 of them. But really Tividale should have pressed home their first advantage and possibly leaving Stone a mountain to climb in the second half.
On a roasting afternoon that was absolutely perfect if you were watching from the stand or terraces, it was understandable that the players would struggle and mid half water breaks were agreed.
Tividale had the first decent chance when Lee Smith fired wide after 4 minutes and were ahead on the quarter hour when Tyree Clarke finishes an interchange of play with a slight toe poke pat stone keeper Callum Hope. Clarke had the next decent chance on 17 minutes but did not trouble Hope with his shot. At this time were comfortable in possession but were never giving the Stone back line any major problems’
Stone’s first chance of the half came just after the first half water break, when Dan Bryson mis-controlled a pass and let in Sam Wilson who played the ball into jack Tomlinson but he was denied by a last ditch Liam Smith tackle. The rest of the half just petered out as the red hot conditions took their toll.
Half-Time:-Tividale 1-0 Stone Old Alleynians
The second half started brightly for the home side and they were unlucky with a couple of chances that Hope dealt with. Slightly against the run of play though Stone equalised on 55 minutes. Sam Hodgkinson the provider and Wilson made no mistake, beating Cheshire with his shot.
From then on it was Stone who were the better side as their attacks carried more threat and the home side found themselves on the back foot. Stone went ahead on 75 minutes with Tomlinson beating substitute keeper Lewis Handley with a subtle finish.
By now Tividale were definitely not at the races and for the first time in a while the opposition finished the stronger and they netted a third in the closing minutes, when Tomlinson again gave Hadley no chance with another shot that found the bottom corner.
Full-Time:-Tividale 1-0 Stone Old Alleynians
Tividale:-1.Ryan Cheshire (13. Lewis Handley 70), 2. TJ Munthali (16. Joe Lawley 59), 3. Darragh Bustin, 4. Karl Gardner, 5. Dan Bryson, 6. Liam Smith, 7. Lee Smith, 8. Liam Wilkinson, 9. Tyree Clarke (15.Dan Smith 70), 10. Demetri Brown, 11. Darragh Bustin
Unused Subs:-12.Freddie Watts
|9. Demetri Brown|
|5. Karl Gardner|
|3. Darragh Bustin|
|8. Liam Wilkinson|
|14. Liam Smith|
|16. Bradley Welding|
|18. Daniel Bryson|
|15. Tyree Clarke||Goal|
|1. Ryan Cheshire|
|6. TJ Munthali|
|11. Lee Smith|
|12. Frederick Watts|
|10. Daniel Smith||Sub15|
|24. Lewis Handley||Sub1|