|August 28, 2023||3:00 pm||MFL Premier||2023-24|
Midland Football League
Monday 28th August 2023
Tividale 1-2 Studley
Much better but still no points.
On Saturday night after the horror show against Bewdley. It was difficult to see where the next point was coming from. Fast forward 48 hours and after a Bank Holiday Monday game. The feeling was that if we had showed the same desire and application in our first 5 games of the season, we would have a few more points. And a bit of luck in this game we would have at least got the point the performance deserved.
With an injury to Cody Mullan, captain Zac Kourouyianni was switched to right back and the returning Joe Hawkins joined Joe Burroughs in the centre of defence. Also returning to the starting eleven was Ryan Snape, Jakob Burroughs, and Ewan Evans in place of Lewis Taylor-Boyce. Max Morris and Callum Gillies.
High flying Studley struggled to get a foothold in the first 30 minutes of the game as Tividale dominated the possession and were quicker in all aspects of the game. their first chance came after just 3 minutes when Snape tested visiting keeper Brendan Bunn with a shot that he collected at the second attempt, Snape had a great chance 2 minutes later, but he could only head wide a Kourouyianni cross. Jakob Burroughs then tried an effort that went wide, and Ewan Edwards was denied by Bunn after a goalmouth scramble. All this in the first 15 minutes.
Studley’s first chance came on 21 minutes when Josh Schuck headed over a John Mills corner. Studley’s next chance came on 28 minutes when a Tividale unenforced error presented the ball to the opposition. One ball through the middle of the home defence and Schuck is through one on one with Tividale keeper Louis Connor and he made no mistake placing the ball past the keeper and into the back of the net. Talk about sucker punch!
Tividale were right back on it and Bunn was forced to get down and palm away a Jakob Burroughs shot on 31 minutes and then the keeper comfortably dealt with a Snape free kick in the 33rd minute. Studley’s Zachary Guinan then watched his effort fade the wrong side of the post and Ewan Edwards was unlucky in the 42nd minute when after a superb run his shot just cleared the angle of post and crossbar with Bunn beaten.
Tividale scored their deserved goal in the 4th minute of first half stoppage time when a corner was only partly cleared to the edge of the box and Kourouyianni rifled the ball home.
Half Time: Tividale 1- 1 Studley
The second half started well for the home side and Edwards again brought out a fine save from Bunn. An Ashton De Mulder free kick was touched over the bar by Connor on 50 minutes and then on 53 minutes the first of two second half controversies. Evans is away and looked to be pushed in the back by Studley’s Harry Lake but the referee waived play on with the whole Tividale team and bench pleading for a penalty. Studley was still looking threatening at the other end and on 55 minutes a Mills short corner found Taylor Eades, but he could not find the target and the ball sailed over Connor’s bar.
On 58 minutes Tividale shot themselves in the foot for the umpteenth time this season. Ball lost in the middle of the park. One ball splits the Tividale defence. The forward runs onto it and one on one with Connor places the ball past him and into the back of the net. This time Zachary Guinan was the beneficiary. and Studley regained their lead.
Tividale pressed for an equaliser but never really threatened the Studley goal until the 85th minute when from a long Jakob Burroughs throw Lake headed the ball out for a corner that was taken by Townsend and Joe Hawkins headed over. Another Townsend corner on 88 minutes caused an almighty scramble began and it ended with Bunn sitting on his goal line with the ball under his control. Again, all the Tividale team and bench were appealing for a goal as Bunn seemed to have moved the ball from behind the goal line before getting hold of it. But the officials all agreed that the ball had not crossed the line. This decision had the Tividale players, bench, and supporters behind the goal in uproar.
With the game now well into the now customary 8 to 10 minutes added time Hawkins headed back across goal a Townsend corner. Dominic Dell latched onto it, but his shot cannoned of a Tividale player for a goal kick and Studley saw the game out and took the three points.
Full Time: Tividale 1-2 Studley
Tividale: – 1. Louis Connor, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 4. Jakob Burroughs, 5. Joe Hawkins, 6. Joe Burroughs, 7. Taylor Townsend, 9. Dominic Dell, 10. James Douglas, 11. Ryan Snape (19. Lewis Taylor-Boyce 78), 12. Kamol Campbell (3. Callum Gillies 52), 17. Ewan Edwards
Unused Subs:- 13. Roman Davies, 15. Nashawn Blake, 16. Max Morris