Walsall Senior Cup
Tuesday 13th March 2018
Bilston Town 4-2 Tividale
Tividale KO’d by Khalsa
Tividale’s 2017/2018 Walsall Senior Cup journey was ended by Midland League Premier side Sporting Khalsa in a game were the home sides quality in the final third was the difference between the two sides.
Tividale showed their strength in depth and went into the game with 7 changes to the side that defeated Bilston Town on Saturday, in came Bradley Welding, Liam Smith, TJ Munthali, Nathan Jones, Curtis Cocking, Connor Rich and Elliott Hartley. Replacing Darragh Bustin, Karl Gardner, Dan Bryson, Liam Wilkinson, Lee Smith, Demetri Brown and Joe Lawley.
In a bright opening spell with both sides getting the ball down and playing on the impressive Castlecroft surface. Neither side really created a chance of note until the 15th minute when Tividale’s Liam Smith’s slip let in Jak Jeys down the Khalsa left and his cross was headed home by Mykel Beckley.
Khalsa had the chance to go two up a couple of minutes later, when a Liam Holt free kick was met again by Beckley, but this time Tividale keeper Ryan Cheshire made a comfortable save. Khalsa were now putting on the pressure with Michael Perks and Dave Meese pulling the strings but Tividale were defending well and were causing their own problems on the counter and had a chance to equalise on 25 minutes when a Tyree Clarke shot was beaten away by Khalsa keeper Sam Arnold and defender Leon Miles’s last ditch tackle prevented Clarke from converting the rebound.
The Khalsa lead was extended on 38 minutes when after some good work from Perk’s near the Tividale byline, he laid the ball back to Alex Melbourne and his cross was headed home by Beckley for his and Khalsa’s second. Straight from the restart Tividale had a chance to cut the deficit but again Arnold was on hand, this time denying Nathan Jones after the Tividale forward had beat the offside trap. Khalsa’s Kyle Brady had the last decent chance of the half on 41 minutes when he went close with a deft strike that just drifted wide of Cheshire’s right hand post.
Half Time:Sporting Khalsa FC 2 -0 Tividale FC
The second half was a much quieter affair with Khalsa doing the majority of the probing but Tividale while dealing on the whole with their threat they were never really able to put the home side under any sustainable pressure. Tividale tried to stretch the game by bringing on Dan Smith and Demetri Brown in attempt to by pass the Khalsa midfield and get in behind the Khalsa back line. But the defence were well disciplined and again dealt with the Tividale switch in tactics.
In the end Khalsa added a third and ended the tie with 15 minutes to go. A quick free kick whipped into the Tividale box looked to have been put home by Craig Bannister although his strike partner Brady claims he had the last touch, off his head. Regardless of who’s goal it was, Tividale were never coming back from that and even at the death were denied a consolation goal when a Dan Smith header was touched over the bar by Arnold.
In the end it was a good workout for some of the lad’s coming back from injuries and it will help to keep the squad match ready when called upon for the glut of big games we have to come in the league. On the other hand all the best to an impressive Sporting Khalsa who now face the all conquering Walsall Wood in what should be a fascinating quarter final..
Full Time:-Sporting Khalsa FC 3 -0 Tividale FC
Tividale:-1Ryan Cheshire, 2. Tom Hurdman, 3. Bradley Welding, 4. Freddie Watts 5. Liam Smith, 6. TJ Munthali, 7. Nathan Jones, 8. Curtis Cocking (16. Darragh Bustin 82), 9. Tyree Street (15. Dan Smith 67), 10. Connor Rich, 11. Elliott Hartley (14. Demetri Brown 73)
Unused Subs:-.12. Karl Gardner, 16. Liam Wilkinson.
|2. Tom Hurdman|
|12. Frederick Watts|
|14. Liam Smith|
|11. Nathan Jones|
|7. Elliot Hartley|
|16. Bradley Welding|
|4. Curtis Cocking|
|15. Tyree Clarke|
|1. Ryan Cheshire|
|6. TJ Munthali|
|26. Connor Rich|
|24. Demetri Brown||Sub11|
|5. Karl Gardner|
|3. Darragh Bustin||Sub4|
|20. Liam Wilkinson|
|10. Daniel Smith||Sub15|