|February 7, 2023||7:45 pm||MFL Premier||2022-23|
Midland Football League
Tuesday 7th February 2023
Tividale 2-2 AFC Wulfrunians
A goal and a deserved point.
Tividale ended their goal drought and actually got something their play has deserved in this pulsating 2-2 draw.
After Saturday’s disappointing display and result. Manager Dave King rang out the changes. In came the returning, Joe Hawkins and Jason Wood after his one game suspension, with Andre Robinson and Ryan Snape missing out. With Hawkins teaming up with Joe Burroughs at centre back. Zac Kourouyianni was moved to right back in place of Robinson. Woods and Snape were a straight swap.
The game started at a frightening pace with both teams on the front foot. Wulf’s had the first chance on 4 minutes. Tividale conceded a free on the edge of their box and possibly the one player keeper Peter Hawk did not want to stand over it was ex Tividale player Brad Welding, who the Tividale keeper has watched score quite a few of these on many occasions from the opposite end of the pitch. This time Welding beat Hawk with it but the ball cannoned off the cross bar.
A couple of minutes later and Dan Smith tested Wulf’s keeper Jake James with an effort. Jay Holdcroft then saw his header cleared by Hawkins. With both sides committed to attack the only thing the game had missing was a goal (Welding had an amazing four free kicks in the half and Tividale still kept a clean sheet)
On 32 minutes Tividale were adamant they had scored. A Smith effort crashed off the crossbar and down. Smith and many of the spectators were certain it had crossed the line, but the officials ruled that it had not.
Half Time :-Tividale 0-0 AFC Wulfrunians
Within the opening seconds of the second half a great Tividale move ended with Smith just failing to convert the chance.
The Tividale defence had not put a foot wrong throughout the first half but 3 minutes into the second period Wulf’s Kai Adams was brought down by Joe Burroughs and the skipper Jumaane Meggoe sent Hawk the wrong way from the spot.
Smith did brilliantly to find the by line in the 57th minute and cut back a great ball but Khoshkhoo just could not reach it. Fletcher then tried his luck from range on 61 minutes but James did not have to move for it as it hit him in the midriff.
In the 65th minute and after over 500 minutes of football. Tividale scored. After great work from Kourouyianni. James could only parry his shot into the path of Smith who fired home.
In the 68th minute Meggoe was through and just as it looked like he only had Hawk to beat, across came Joe Burroughs with a brilliant tackle. A brave tackle that had he misplaced it, He would have conceded another penalty and definitely received a second yellow card.
Tividale were now the side looking to win the game and a superb David Solademi cross in the 70th minute was met by Smith but his overhead kick flashed wide. Smith then laid on a glorious chance for Harry Lewis, but he blazed over the bar.
As the game moved into the closing stages and a 1-1 draw looked on the cards, In the 88th minute Ryan Bright showed good feet on the right and crossed in to the middle where Aaron Bishop turned and stooped to head home.
After such a performance where Tividale gave everything it looked like it would end in heartache again with the home side getting nothing out of the game, but as the 90 minutes were up a deep free kick from Snape on the Tividale left was powerfully headed home by Kourouyianni to level the scores.
Tividale could have won it in injury time when Snape hit a volley from the edge of the box that flew over James’s bar.
Full Time :-Tividale 2-2 AFC Wulfrunians
Tividale: – 1. Peter Hawk, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 3. Kamol Campbell (16. David Solademi 55), 4. Jakob Burroughs, 5. Joe Hawkins, 6. Joe Burroughs, 17. Harry Lewis (12, Ryan Snape 78), 8. Jack Fletcher, 9. Dan Smith , 10. Jason Wood, 11. Arman Khoshkhoo.