|January 7, 2023||3:00 pm||MFL Premier||2022-23|
Midland Football League
Saturday 7th January 2023
Stourport Swifts 3-0 Tividale
No fun by the fair
Against a very good Stourport Swifts side Tividale were in the game until two goals either side of half time gave us a mountain to climb. Then going down to 10 men and a converted penalty with 25 minutes to go made it game over. So For the second time in a week. Tividale came back from the banks of the River Seven, empty handed.
With Peter Hawk taken ill, Louis Connor was handed the keepers gloves. Kamol Campbell came in at left back. Joe Burroughs replaced the injured David Solademi and with a switch from the Bewdley 4-4-2. Tividale reverted back to their familiar 4-3-3. Meaning Jason Wood back into the engine room at the expense of Matt Funge.
It was the home side who had the first real chance after just a couple of minutes when a Jack Watts shot was blocked by Tividale defender Matt Hunt and from the resulting corner a Jim Hanson header was claimed at the second attempt by Connor.
Tividale could have gone 1-0 up when a Kourouyianni header from a Townsend corner on 5 minutes came off the base of the post. With the game now end to end a Martin Slevin corner on 7 minutes was met by Matty Jackson and this time it was Campbell who cleared the danger for Tividale. Then Watts tested Connor with a long range effort on 14 minutes.
Kourouyianni then put in a neat pass into Jack Downing in the 15th minute but Stourport keeper Josh Bishop was equal to his shot. Straight at the other end Tilbury headed wide and Cain Smith had a shot turned around the post by Connor as Stourport started to exert the pressure on Tividale. From the corner Slevin fired over the Tividale bar.
On 38 minutes the home side did what good teams do, they score when they are on top. Although Tividale will be disappointed with how it came about especially after defending so well. Tividale failed to clear a Stourport corner and a Tilbury cross was turned in from close range by an unmarked Watts at the back post.
On the stroke of half time a ball into the Stourport penalty area caused all sorts of panic but the visitors were unable to put the ball into the back of the net and Stourport eventually cleared their lines.
Half Time:-Stourport Swifts 1-0 Tividale
2 minutes into the second period and another Cain Smith shot was put around the post by Connor. Then a Tividale mistake in the 52nd minute let in Watts and with his shot going wide. Tilbury turned it in again unmarked at the back post.
On 60 minutes Downing saw his shot blocked and deflected for a corner. From a Tividale corner on 65 minutes Stourport break and a ball into the Tividale box sees Cain Smith round Connor but is felled by Campbell in the area and the defender is shown a straight red for conceding the penalty. Watts stepped up and scored from the spot.
With 10 minutes to go substitute Lee Chilton tested Connor with a shot and fellow sub Jordon Annear could not keep his shot on target. With two minutes to go, Tividale’s Dan Smith saw his shot blocked by a Stourport defender and into time added on Chilton lifted his shot over the bar.
Full Time:- Stourport Swifts 3-0 Tividale
Tividale: – 1. Louis Connor, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 3. Kamol Campbell, 4. Malcolm Melvin (16. Jamie Oliver 68), 5. Joe Burroughs, 6. Matt Hunt, 17. Taylor Townsend (14. Ryan Snape 72), 8. Curtis Cocking, 9. Dan Smith, 10. Jason Wood (12. Jack Fletcher 68) 11. Jack Downing (15. Matt Funge 72)
Subs: – 13. Roman Davies.