West Midland Regional League
Saturday 24th February 2018
Wednesfield 2 -1 Tividale
Wenny well worth win
Sometimes you have to admit it has not been your day and all you can do is roll your sleeves up and go again. Tividale can have no complaints with this result against a side that battled their way through a tough first half and then took the game to the visitors in the second and not only ran out worthy winners but put a dent in Tividale’s title hopes.
Wednesfield like nearly all of our teams at this level, pride themselves on bringing through their youth level players. But their is an old saying that if “your good enough, your old enough” and the performance of Wednesfield especially in the first half was testament to this.
Tividale went into this game without Curtis Cocking, Nathan Jones and Dan Bryson all unavailable and then Freddy Watts broke down in the warm up and so manager Dave King had to draft in new signing TJ Munthali as an emergency centre back.
It was the home side that had the opportunity to open the scoring in the 9th minute when the referee spotted a Tividale handball in the area from a Wednesfield corner. Skipper Josh Jones stepped up to take it but Tividale keeper Ryan Cheshire guessed the right way, got down to his right and made a comfortable save.
Two minutes later and Tividale were ahead. From a Liam Smith shot the ball pin-balled around the Wednesfield penalty box and when it landed to Demetri Brown he turned and lashed the ball past Wednesfield keeper Tom Whitehouse and into the back of the net. Wednesfield’s Scott Sandland had a chance to level the scores on 15 minutes when he broke free down the right, but with the angle decreasing he could only find the side netting with his shot.
Wednesfield keeper Whitehouse did well to turn a Joe Lawley free kick around the post on 22 minutes, and he was in action again 6 minutes later, this time with his feet to save a Darragh Bustin shot. Tividale were now looking good to add to their score but despite the possession apart from those two saves, they never really threatened Whitehouse’s goal as the home side defended their 18 yard line and while Wednesfield threatened on the break, Tividale were quite comfortable in defence and the half just petered out
Half-time:-Wednesfield 0 -1 Tividale
The second half though was a completely different matter. Wednesfield came flying out the block’s, as if they had decided OK we have seen what you have got let’s see how you cope with us on the attack. On 49 minutes a Reece Mason shot just drifted wide of Cheshire’s post but 10 minutes later at the end of some neat play by Wednesfield, Sandland delivered a neat finish to draw the home side level.
Wednesfield were ahead 5 minutes later with another neat strike. With the home defence appealing in vain for a hand ball in the build up Wednesfield fed the ball out to Mason and somehow with a multitude of players blocking the goal he arrowed his shot into the only available area of the goal he could see and that was straight into the bottom right hand corner of Cheshire’s goal.
The goal had the confidence flooding into the home side and Cheshire did well to turn a James Quarry shot out for a corner as they pressed for a third. Tividale brought on Elliott Hartley and Chris Bladen in an effort to get something from the game and on 78 minutes Bladen was sent away from his marker and down the right and his shot looked in all the world to be heading across Whitehouse and into his top right hand corner, but somehow at full stretch the keeper clawed the ball away in what was a brilliant save and possibly summed up Tividale’s afternoon.
Wednesfield had the last good chance of the game when Mason fired a cross across the box put no home attacker could get a touch to the ball. In the dying minutes Tividale threw everything to get the equaliser but just could not break down a well organised home defence and in the end Wednesfield collected all the three points.
As was said at the beginning of this report there is no use pondering on this result, there are big games coming twice a week now. So we have to move on.
Full Time:-Wednesfield 2 -1 Tividale
Tividale:-1.Ryan Cheshire, 2. Tom Hurdman, 3. Darragh Bustin, 4. TJ Munthali, 5. Karl Gardner, 6. Liam Smith, 7. Dan Smith (14. Elliott Hartley 70), 8. Liam Wilkinson (17. Harvey Walker 85), 9. Tyree Street (15. Chris Bladen 70), 10. Demetri Brown, 11. Joe Lawley
Unused Subs:-.12. Freddie Watts, 16. Connor Rich
|24. Demetri Brown||Goal|
|2. Tom Hurdman|
|5. Karl Gardner|
|3. Darragh Bustin|
|20. Liam Wilkinson|
|14. Liam Smith|
|10. Daniel Smith|
|15. Tyree Clarke|
|8. Joseph Lawley|
|1. Ryan Cheshire|
|6. TJ Munthali|
|12. Frederick Watts|
|19. Harvey Walker||Sub20|
|9. Chris Bladen||Sub15|
|7. Elliot Hartley||Sub10|
|26. Connor Rich|