Newcastle Town vs Tividale

NPL, Div 1 South
18th August 2015
Score: 2 : 0

Match Report

Evo-Stik Northern Premier 

First Division South 

Tuesday  18th August 2015 

Newcastle Town FC 2-0 Tividale FC 


New Tividale fail to topple this town’s castle

For the second game in succession Tividale’s valiant efforts came to nothing as once again a vital lapse in concentration proved to be the difference between the two sides. With not a lot a great deal separating the two sides in a cagey opening few minutes, that saw Castle with the majority of the possession but most of it in their own half as Tividale pressed the ball. It was Tividale who had the first effort on goal through lone striker Demetri Brown but his shot was gathered comfortably by Castle keeper Dan Read.

The game sprung into life on 19 minutes when Jason Chilton was penalised for bringing down Newcastle forward Jordan Cole in the area in what looked to be a harsh decision. It was Cole who got up to take the spot kick. But Tividale keeper Tom Turner dived full stretch to parry the kick and then had the presence of mind to get up and deny Cole the rebound in what was an amazing double save. On 24 minutes Turner was back into the action when he had to tip a James Askey header over the bar from a Castle corner

On 29 minutes it was the visitors turn to go close when a Milligan effort just cleared the crossbar. Then a minute before the half time whistle a great passing move involving Chilton, Chris Rabone and Brown, culminated in a Brown effort that flew just wide of the Castle post.

Half Time: Newcastle Town FC 0-0 Tividale FC 

The second half began with Castle having the majority of the possession with their neat passing but  they were unable to cause Tividale any major problems. Whilst as an attacking force Tividale always posed a threat and Rabone may have done better with an effort that cleared the Castle bar on 48 minutes.

Castle’s right winger Tom France was the major threat for the home side and he had a great chance on 52 minutes when he cut inside Chilton and curled a shot just wide of Turner’s far post. Tividale were not to be outdone and right back Lewis Wright raced into the Castle third and forced Castle keeper Read into a fine save 5 minutes later. Castle’s Neville Thompson then saw his effort strike Turner’s bar via a deflection.

For the second game in succession and just as Tividale had seemed to have ridden the storm and looked like they may have got something out of the game. They made an unforced error. On 72 minutes with the Tividale back four pushing up, a wayward pass into the middle of the park while under no pressure resulted in a long ball back that split the visitors defence and the lively Tim Sander’s latched onto it and steered it past Turner.

Tividale should have equalised on 80 minutes when after great work from Jamhel Taylor he rolled the ball into Brown whose shot was scrambled off the line and the rebound fell to Rabone but somehow keeper Read got back to clear Rabone’s shot with his legs.

With time running out and in an attempt to win the ball back the impressive France was brought down by Jesse Race in the penalty area and this time Cole made no mistake from the spot on 86 minutes.

Full Time: Newcastle Town FC 2-0 Tividale FC 

We know that at this level your mistakes will be punished. So Tividale must make sure they punish the opposition mistakes and take their own chances. This is why once again all the hard work over the 90 odd minutes produced nothing in the point’s column.

But the performances so far have been impressive in what is as tougher start to a campaign as could be and based on these displays the points will very soon come.

Tividale: 1. Tom Turner, 2. Lewis Taylor, 3. Jason Chilton 4. Martin Hill (14. Shaquille Whittingham 75), 5. Jesse Race, 6. Jacob Barnes, 7. Ashley Jackson, 8. Craig Milligan (c), 9. Demetri Brown, 10 Jahmel Taylor, 11. Chris Rabone.

Unused subs: 12. Scott Devlin, 13. Tom Cox, 15. Aaron O’Neill, 16. Anton Caines- Powell


Tom Turner
Chris Rabone
Craig Milligan
Jacob Barnes
10. Demetri Brown
Jesse Race
Jason Chilton
Martin Hill
Lewis Wright
Ashley Jackson
Jahmel Tayor


Shaquille Leachman-WhittinghamSub