Evo-Stik Northern Premier
First Division South
Saturday 15th August 2015
Tividale FC 1-2 Shaw Lane Aquaforce FC
Tividale get a duck as they feel the Force
Tividale went down in this season’s opening league fixture when they conceded two goals in the last minute. But to be fair it was no less than the visitors nicknamed the duck’s deserved as they completely dominated long periods of the game.
The visitors were quickly into their stride and they had the first chance of the game when wide man Jonathan Wufulu’s shot in the 6th minute was well taken by Tividale keeper Tom Turner.
Turner was soon in action again when he had to save from a Grant Darley header. Tividale were now almost playing completely on the counter as they defended in numbers and it was from one of these counters that they made their first chance. The Shaw Lane defence failed to deal with a Tividale long ball and Jason Chilton cashed in on the indecision but his long range effort was turned over by Shaw Lane keeper Ian Deakin.
At the other end it was business as usual with pressure on the Tividale defence but they stood firm and when Shaw Lane did get through they found Turner in top form. Typically when Paul Walker was thwarted by him in the 25th minute.
Still Tividale were still looking dangerous on the counter and on 42 minutes Chris Sterling forced Deakin to parry away his shot and Craig Milligan was first to the rebound but his shot was deflected wide for a corner.
Half Time: Tividale FC 0-0 Shaw Lane Aquaforce FC
The second half was more of the same with Shaw Lane attacking and Tividale defending. On 50 minutes Jesse Race cleared off the line for Tividale. The visitors were now getting a little frustrated with their inability to get that vital breakthrough and they had good reason to be fearful when a minute after Tividale made a substitution, bringing on Chris Rabone for Anton Caines-Powell in the 73rd minute, Rabone raced onto a ball down the right flank, cut in and curled a shot past the right hand of the diving Deakin and into the back of the net.
As expected it was now a complete onslaught on the Tividale goal and it took a bit of controversy that gave Shaw Lane the equaliser with a minute to go. A corner was headed against the cross bar and was half cleared by Martin Hill who went down injured in the 6 yard box. The ball was played back into the box and Shaw Lane sub Adam Priestley latched onto it and slotted past Turner. Tividale appealed that the injured Hill had played Priestley onside but after consulting his assistant referee John Law awarded the goal. With Tividale feeling hard done by with the decision they completely switched off and on the stroke of full time a long ball over the top was met by fellow sub Lee Bennett who fired past Turner.
Full Time: Tividale FC 1-2 Shaw Lane Aquaforce FC
This is still work in progress at Tividale as a completely new squad is put together. But the way they worked for the 90 plus minutes was encouraging and had it not been for those last couple of minutes it could have ended with an unlikely win.
Tividale: 1. Tom Turner, 2. Martin Hill, 3. Anton Caines-Powell (14. Ashleigh Granville 64), 4. Jesse Race, 5. Jacob Barnes, 6. Jahmel Taylor, 7. Ashley Jackson, 8. Craig Milligan (c), 9. Chris Sterling (12. Chris Rabone 73), 10. Demetri Brown (15. Scott Devlin 78), 11. Jason Chilton.
Unused subs: 13. Tom Cox, 16. Aaron O’Neill.
|10. Demetri Brown|