Emirates FA Cup
Saturday 29th August 2015
Tividale FC 1 – 0 Hanley Town FC
Tividale defeat a pretty handy Hanley
Tividale moved into the first qualifying round of the FA Cup and a local derby against Stourbridge in two weeks time after defeating North West Counties Division one side Hanley Town by a single goal.
Tividale reverted to a 4-4-2 formation for this tie and made full use of the pace and power of Chris Sterling and Demetri Brown who kept the Hanley defence on the back foot for most of the game.
Tividale produced the first chance in the 2nd minute when Brown laid off the ball to Aaron O’Neill but his shot was saved by Hanley keeper Joe Hemmings. On 16 minutes Tividale were ahead when right back Lewis Wright sent Brown down the right flank. Brown beat his marker and sent in a low cross that Sterling controlled and produced a composed finish that gave Hemmings no chance.
While Hanley’s defence were struggling to hold off the Tividale attacks. At the other end they did produce the best chances of the rest of the half. On 20 minutes a Hemmings clearance was flicked on by Aaron Johns to Oliver Mellor who’s shot from about 30 yards flashed wide of Tividale keeper’s Tom Turners left hand post. Four minutes later they had another chance when a Johns cross was put well wide by Martin Stanyer.
On the stroke of half time Hanley skipper Theo Stair looked to have only to tap home a Leigh Skellern cross but Wright cleared the ball just as Stairs was about to pull the trigger.
Half Time: Tividale FC 1 – 0 Hanley Town FC
Tividale started the second half the stronger and on 47 minutes Barnes held off his marker and raced to the edge of the box but his shot went wide.
On 65 minutes Tividale had to make major changes to their personnel and formation when keeper Turner and centre back Jacob Barnes both went for an aerial ball on the edge of the box and it ended in a sickening head on collision and both players could take no further part in the game and both needed hospital treatment. Tom with what looked like a broken nose and a deep cut down it.. While Jacob had a lump as big as a pool ball and also a cut to his forehead. They were replaced by Scott Devlin and joint manager Phil Male who took over between the sticks.
On 72 minutes a pass from Tividale sub Ashleigh Granville found Sterling and his lay off was met by Brown but his shot looked to have beaten Hemmings but was deflected wide. In the dying minutes Sterling had another two great chances to wrap up the game but saw both his efforts saved by Hemmings.
Full Time: Tividale FC 1 – 0 Hanley Town FC
With the league game against Market Drayton in 48 hours on Bank Holiday it was vital that Tividale kept the momentum going after getting off the mark in the league in midweek against Rugby Town.
The update on Tom and Jacob is that they were both discharged later on Saturday night. Tom had a number of stitches in his nose and has to report back to hospital later in the week and could be out for a month. While Jacob did not need stitches but his cut required sterile strips and regular icing to take the swelling down and he maybe out for up to two weeks.
Tividale FC would like to express their gratitude to Hanley Town physio’s Sam Stonier and Kyle Fairgreave for the outstanding work they did in helping out in the aftermath of the collision
Tividale: 1. Tom Turner (17. Philip Male 65), 2. Lewis Taylor, 3. Jason Chilton 4. Martin Hill, 5. Jesse Race, 6. Jacob Barnes (14. Scott Devlin 65), 7. Ashley Jackson, 8. Craig Milligan (c), 9. Chris Sterling, 10. Chris Stirling, 11. Aaron O’Neill (16. Ashleigh Granville 60).
Unused subs: 13. Tom Cox, 15. Desean Martin
|10. Demetri Brown|