|September 15, 2020||7:45 pm||MFL Premier||2020-21|
Midland Football League
Saturday 15th September 2020
Tividale 1-7 Stourport Swifts
Swifts go seven up
If it is at all possible, even after a result like this there are some plus points. First you appreciate it when you are on the other end. We remember beating Smethwick 11-0 a couple of seasons ago when like tonight everything just seemed to go in. We have a game on Saturday so no time to dwell on it and finally. Michal our videographer was ill for this game (not Covid related) and so it is not on video. So, every cloud has a silver lining.
On a serious note we give full credit to Stourport for taking their chances but on the whole, we were never 6 goals worse than Stourport, but we had two awful spells and then throw in a few terrible mistakes and there you go.
Our curse of central defenders continued with skipper Matt Hunt unavailable for this one, joining Dan Bryson and Freddie Watts. Manager Dave King had just Colum Nugent and an injured Jacob Barnes to call on. So started with a back four. Luke Carter came in for Matt Hunt as the only change from Saturday’s win at Market Drayton.
Tividale were two down after just 16 minutes. First a Mark Danks corner found an unmarked Aaron Brett at the far post and he did not have to move and just nodded the ball into the back of the net on 10 minutes. The second came after a Bailey Fuller run down the right wing beat the Tividale offside trap and his ball into the box was tapped home by an unmarked Jack Watts. A minute later and it could have been 3-0 as a Kirk Layton header was touched over the bar by Adam Harrison.
It was in the 20th minute that Tividale had their first goal threat but Ryan Grosvenor could only drag his shot wide. A minute later a Stourport cross-field ball found Harrison Yates, but his stinging drive was touched around the post by keeper Harrison.
Tividale again failed to find the breakthrough in the 24th minute when a Dan Smith shot was blocked and out for a corner by keeper Dominic Richards and from the resulting corner Grosvenor also had his shot blocked. On 26 minutes Brad Welding then saw his free kick graze the side of the post.
On 32 minutes Watts who now was full of confidence tried to hook one over his shoulder but it cleared the bar. Then a couple of minutes later Fuller had all the time in the world to lay the ball back for Watts but Harrison saved his shot well with his legs.
Luke Carter who had now moved into a back three then released Elliott Hartley in the 38th minute with a lovely through ball, but Hartley was unable to hit the target with his shot and put it wide Richards’s far post. With Tividale finishing the game much stronger Smith sent an effort over the bar.