West Midland Regional League
Saturday 17th February 2018
Tividale 1-1 Wolverhampton Sporting CFC
Spoils shared with Sporting
Tividale extended their unbeaten league run to 13 games with a battling draw against league title favourites Wolves Sporting. It also meant that Tividale have taken 4 points from a side that would not be out of place at the business end of the MFL Premier. Which is testament to how far this squad of players have progressed in the last 12 months.
With Liam Smith unavailable from the win at Wellington, Manager Dave King had Dan Bryson available to slot straight into the back three alongside Karl Gardner and Freddie Watts. The only other change was the natural rotation of the front two, with this time Dan Smith and Demetri Brown occupying the positions with Tyree Clarke on the bench.
The first half was a cagey affair as both teams struggled to take charge of the game, the midfields tried hard but made little leeway and the forwards were starved of service and when their was a sniff of a chance both defences were alert to the danger.
Each side had one decent first half chance. The first fell to Tividale when Sporting keeper and new signing Americk Virdee did well to put over the bar a fierce drive from Darragh Bustin. Sporting then had the ball in the net on the stroke of half time when from a corner Tividale’s defence hesitated and Dimitri Dunkley fired home the loose ball from 8 yards but the offside flag had been raised.
Half-time:-Tividale 0-0 Wolverhampton Sporting CFC
Sporting started the second half like a house on fire and on 46 minutes a Tom Hill header from a Jon Letford cross went straight into the arms of Cheshire.
On the hour mark Sporting brought on Chadd Birch and he became the driving force as Sporting exerted more pressure on the Tividale back line.
From a Sporting corner on 71 minutes Alex Moore headed wide and then two minutes later Birch was allowed to run unchallenged, but again his shot was saved by Cheshire.
On 78 minutes Sporting took the lead when Kyle Delaney whipped in a cross and Hill steered his volley past Cheshire and into the bottom corner of his near post.
Tividale must have thought they had levelled on 83 minutes when from a Joe Lawley free kick that looked to be heading into the bottom corner, Virdee flung himself full length to turn it around the post.
But Tividale were not to be denied a share of the spoils and on 88 minutes a rare error from Delaney letting the ball drop and Demetri Brown nipped in and in one stride lashed the ball past Virdee for the equaliser.
Full Time:-Tividale 1-1 Wolverhampton Sporting CFC
Tividale:-1.Ryan Cheshire, 2. Tom Hurdman, 3. Darragh Bustin, 4. Freddie Watts, 5. Karl Gardner, 6. Dan Bryson, 7. Liam Wilkinson (15. TJ Munthali 79), 8. Curtis Cocking, 9. Demetri Brown, 10. Daniel Smith (12. Tyree Clarke 72), 11. Joe Lawley
Unused Subs:-.14. Elliott Hartley 16. Lewis McPike, 17. Connor Rich
|24. Demetri Brown||Goal|
|2. Tom Hurdman|
|12. Frederick Watts|
|5. Karl Gardner|
|3. Darragh Bustin|
|20. Liam Wilkinson|
|10. Daniel Smith|
|4. Curtis Cocking|
|18. Daniel Bryson|
|8. Joseph Lawley|
|1. Ryan Cheshire|
|21. Lewis McPike|
|7. Elliot Hartley|
|15. Tyree Clarke||Sub10|
|6. TJ Munthali||Sub8|
|26. Connor Rich|