Tividale Football Club

Season Review Part Four

19th March 2016 to 23rd April 2016

As we moved into the run in. Next up was a trip to Basford United and again we showed that if there was one thing we was consistent at, it was being inconsistent. Basford were play off contenders but at times you would not have been able to tell which was which in a game that went from one way to another but in the end the home side just had enough to see the game out 4-2. We carried the good Basford form into the midweek game against Newcastle Town and gained our third win of the season in another end to end game in which twice Newcastle cut a 2 goal deficit to get on level terms. In the end we ran out 5-3 winners with the game been made finally safe in injury time. We then played well but were never strong enough for the Champions elect Stafford Rangers and they strolled through a 3-0 win in windy conditions. We then lost again put up some brave performances in close defeats at home against Romulus 2-0 and away at Chasetown 2-1 as we moved into April the last month of the season.

There was now a settled look to the side and with relegation now just a formality we were under no pressure and playing some decent stuff and we fully deserved the 3-1 win against Kidsgrove and for the first time all season never looked under any persistent pressure. We carried our form into the game against Loughborough and won back to back games for the first time all season with a best of 5 goal win.
After hitting 6 goals in our previous two games, we hit the buffers again next up against Leek Town. The score or result for that matter could have been anything in this game as both sides attacked and attacked. We were behind after 3 minutes and after a host of missed chances from both sides it was us who drew level on 75 minutes, only to concede again a minute later and again at the death as they chased the game.

For our last away game of the season we now faced a long trip to Barnsley in South Yorkshire against Championship contenders Shaw lane Aquaforce. Now Shaw Lane had to win this game to keep their title hopes alive and must have thought they could not have got an easier fixture to do just that. But bouyed on by a few Stafford fans who had made the journey and wanted to be able to say just in case Shaw Lane slipped up that they were there when the title was won. And how close were they to their wish. We took the lead twice and both times the home side battled back and it was with the last kick of the game that Shaw Lane got their winner.

So unto the final match of a trying season a home against Sheffield FC the oldest club in the world. With relegation confirmed last weekend at Leek Town and a rousing performance at Shaw Lane on Tuesday. Tividale ended their spell in the EvoStik Northern Premier League with a 2-0 home defeat. Before proceedings commenced a minutes applause in memory to ex committee member Ian Peters who sadly passed away the week before was held.

After the game Spiller announced that he has handed in his resignation, and had officially stepped down from his role as First Team manager and so the lookout for another manager starts again. The advantage the next incumbent has is that thanks to Spiller he has something to work with.

Finally in summary everyone associated with Tividale knew before the season started that at this level this would be a tough one for us to be able to compete in. We knew we would not be able to match the talent, experience and sheer physical strength of most of the other sides in this league. But in this squad of young players we had spirit and battling qualities in abundance. Added to that a brilliant set of officials, volunteers and backroom staff plus Old Gougie, Buildbase and all our other sponsors and with the continued support of you the unbelievable folk of Tividale we can be in good stead for years to come.

We hope to see you all next season