|January 18, 2020||3:00 pm||MFL Premier||2019-20|
Midland Football League
Saturday 18th January 2020
Haughmond 2-1 Tividale
No one at Tividale thought that this season would be easy and after two relegations and a promotion it would be fair to say that we are a much more resilient club as a whole. This game would test what we have achieved so far. Up against a club whose fortunes over the last couple of seasons have been similar to ours. A side that will battle until the final minute and beyond.
We went into this one with 2 debutants. Adam Harrison a loan signing from Bedworth in goal and Jakob Burroughs younger brother of our full back Joseph in a central midfield role.
From previous encounters between the teams Tividale must have known about the threat of Carl Rogers at throw in’s literally anywhere in our half and in the first few minutes a couple of those throws called some dodgy moments in the Tividale penalty area but somehow they survived and settled into the game. The first Tividale attack on 7 minutes could have produced a spectacular opener when Darragh Bustin volleyed a Brad Welding cross wide. Then Welding himself fired an effort goal wards but was deflected out for a corner.
Everyone in the ground will wonder how Tividale did not score in a first half were on two occasions either side of Haughmond’s 20th minute opener they peppered the home goal, but some inspired defending and goalkeeping by Sam Jones denied the visitors.
As mentioned previously Haughmond did have their chances and with a bit more composure in their finishing could have worked Harrison a little more. But they did score from their first shot on target when Matt Hunt was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. It did look a harsh decision considering how close the two players were together. Anyhow the prolific Steve Hole stepped up and gave Harrison no chance from the spot. Zac Hartley then tried an effort from distance but Harrison held it comfortably before half time.
But Tividale will feel that despite conceding the penalty the amount of chances that Bustin, Welding, Dan Smith amongst others had not converted in that half may return to haunt them.
Half Time:- Haughmond 1-0 Tividale
Full Time:- Haughmond 2-1 Tividale