West Midland Regional League
Saturday 2nd December 2017
Cradley Town 3-5 Tividale
Chilly not hot enough for Tivi
This game was always going to be a one of those were you will have to dig in and in football terms “want it more than the opposition” and that is exactly how it turned out.
On a difficult pitch not helped by the heavy overnight rain. Tividale were able to extend their winning streak and with league pace setters Wolverhampton Sporting on FA Vase duty went to the top of the table.
Tividale welcomed back Joe Colley and Freddie Watts in place of Nathan Jones and Curtis Cocking as the only changes to the side that demolished Bilston a week ago and in a first half that Tividale had the lion’s share of the possesion they were ahead after just 9 minutes. From a Darragh Bustin long throw, Cradley could only clear to the edge of their box, where Joe Lawley was situated and by just the way the midfielder shaped himself up, you knew this was going to end only one way and he obliged with an absolute screamer that Cradley keeper Richard Kennedy could only watch hit the top right hand corner of the net.
Former Tividale striker Lee Chilton was then foiled by some great defending from Tividale’s Freddie Watts and Karl Gardner on 16 minutes and 2 minutes later Tividale doubled their lead. Dan Smith latched onto a through ball and attacked the area and although Cradley’s Adam Meacham looked to have nipped the ball from him, it rolled into the path of strike partner Demetri Brown and he calmly swept the ball past Kennedy.
Cradley then had their best spell of the half and it culminated in a goal on the half hour when from a Tividale corner Joseph Drake-Cervantes broke away to the half way line played the ball out to Josh McKenzie out on the wide right his first time cross was turned home by Chilton.
Tividale restored their two goal advantage on 36 minutes when Bustin played in Brown, who held off the challenge of Meacham, rolled the ball into Smith who again gave Kennedy no chance as he in turn rolled the ball past him.
Tividale were now in the ascendancy and a minute before the break scored the goal of the game when Lawley found Smith with a peach of a pass to the right side of the Cradley area and just as Drake-Cervantes went across to get some sort of block on him , without even breaking stride Smith clipped the ball past the onrushing Kennedy and into the back of the net.
Half-time:-Cradley Town 1-4 Tividale
Cradley came out of the gates much the stronger at the beginning of the second half and reduced the deficit within 5 minutes of the restart. Again a ball clipped down Tividale’s left was sent into the box and Chilton swept the ball home. Tividale had a chance to extend their lead once again when Joe Colley did well to win a header that fell nicely to Smith, but his volley was acrobatically saved by Kennedy.
As in the first half, the middle of the half saw the home side getting the upper hand and looking like they could still make a game of it and on 65 minutes it was game on as another right wing cross resulted in Chilton on the end of it and although keeper Ryan Cheshire saved his first shot he found the back of the net with the follow up to cut Tividale’s lead to one.
Just as it looked although Cradley had dragged themselves back into the game, Smith was brought down by Chris Rabone in the box two minutes later and Lawley restored the two goal cushion from the resulting spot kick.
Tividale comfortably saw out the last 20 minutes as Cradley could not find a way through the Tividale rear-guard. The closest they came was a free kick by Chilton that Cheshire watched go wide.
Tividale should have added to their score late on as they finished the stronger. First Bustin’s cross was met by Brown and though his shot beat Kennedy it was cleared off the line and with a minute to go Brown won the ball on the edge of the area but his turn and shot was well saved by Kennedy.
Full Time:- Cradley Town 3-5 Tividale
Tividale:-1. Ryan Cheshire, 2. Tom Hurdman, 3. Darragh Bustin, 4. Karl Gardner, 5. Dan Bryson, 6. Freddie Watts (12. Nathan Jones 75), 7. Joe Colley, 8. Demetri Brown, 9. Tyree Clarke (14. Liam Smith 60), 10. Dan Smith (15. Elliott Hartley 77), 11. Joe Lawley.
Unused Subs:-.13. Lewis Handley, 16. Bradley Welding.
|24. Demetri Brown||Goal|
|2. Tom Hurdman|
|12. Frederick Watts|
|5. Karl Gardner|
|3. Darragh Bustin|
|10. Daniel Smith||GoalGoal|
|18. Daniel Bryson|
|15. Tyree Clarke|
|8. Joseph Lawley||GoalGoal|
|1. Ryan Cheshire|
|22. Joe Colley|
|14. Liam Smith||Sub15|
|11. Nathan Jones||Sub12|
|7. Elliot Hartley||Sub10|
|13. Lewis Handley|
|16. Bradley Welding|