|September 30, 2023||3:00 pm||MFL Premier||2023-24|
Midland Football League
Saturday 30th September 2023
Tividale 4-1 Uttoxeter Town
At last a home win
Tividale were going into this match in a good run of form in both the league and the FA Vase. They had picked up four points from their last two matches in the league and were through to the first-round proper of the FA vase where they were drawn against Wisbech Town. They beat Shawbury United last weekend in the FA vase and were looking to get a result to move clear of the relegation zone.
The starting line up for Tividale featured Zacharias Kourouyianna leading the team as the skipper and starting in central defence alongside Joe Burroughs. The formation looked like a 4-2-3-1 with Taylor Townsend leading the line and being supported by Ryan Snape and Ewan Edwards on the wings. Jakob Burroughs and Jake Lloyd started in holding midfield for the hosts.There were three changes from the team that started against Shawbury United last weekend with Callum Gillies coming into the team and playing at left back.
Tividale started the match the stronger of the two teams and were in the ascendancy throughout the first half. Ewan Edwards had an early chance for Tividale from the right that was well saved by Charlie Wood in the Uttoxeter goal in the 2nd minute. The hosts were putting sustained pressure on the Uttoxeter goal throughout the early stages of the match and were rewarded with a foul on Joe Burroughs from a corner which resulted in a penalty.
Ryan Snape stood up to take the penalty and finished well straight down the middle to give Tividale the lead in the 10th minute. Ryan Snape had another good chance to make it 2-0 a few minutes later and had a shot well saved by Charlie Wood to keep Uttoxeter in the match. The hosts controlled the first half well and managed to create numerous chances in front of goal.
Uttoxeter were linking up the play well, but it was not quite clicking in the final third throughout the first half and they struggled to get a foothold in the match. Just as they were starting to settle into the match, Tividale made it 2-0 through an excellent move down the right. Ewan Edwards accelerated down the right wing and had a shot saved that fell to Jake Lloyd near the edge of the box who finished well to make it 2-0 in the 33rd minute.
This proved to be a crucial moment in the match as Tividale scored another goal a few minutes later to make it 3-0 and effectively seal the match. Ryan Snape cut inside brilliantly from the left and unleashed an excellent shot into the right corner of the net in the 35th minute.
A common theme throughout the first half was Jakob Burroughs getting into good positions for Tividale to stop promising Uttoxeter attacks and breaking up the play from holding midfield. This allowed Tividale to control the match and was one of the reasons why they were so dominant in the first half.
Ewan Edwards worked the ball well before shooting into the net to make it 4-0 in the 41st minute and it was a clinical first half from the hosts. Tividale managed to see out the half well and went into half time with a 4-0 lead.
Half Time:-Tividale 4-0 Uttoxeter Town
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with Tividale mainly controlling the match and Uttoxeter having a few half chances to get a goal back. The half was not as eventful as the opening 45 minutes and was mainly comfortable for the hosts. None the less, substitute Reuben Kenny had a half chance for the visitors in the 68th minute to make it 4-1.
Ryan Snape had a good chance to make it 5-0 but shot wide when one on one with Charlie Wood in the 72nd minute. Mikey Conlon had a good chance from the edge of the box for Uttoxeter but shot over the bar in the 75th minute.
The visitors showed a lot of effort and endeavour throughout the match and were rewarded with a goal in the 85th minute. Mikey Conlon delivered a threatening free kick from the left which was headed in by Joel Dyche at the far post to make it 4-1 in the 85th minute. Uttoxeter showed a lot of character throughout the second half and battled well despite the difficult scoreline. The match ended a few minutes later and it finished Tividale 4-1 Uttoxeter Town.
Full Time:-Tividale 4-1 Uttoxeter Town
Tividale: – 1. Louis Connor, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 3. Callum Gillies (23. Kamol Campbell 88), 4. Jakob Burroughs, 6. Joe Burroughs, 7. Taylor Townsend, 8. Jake Lloyd (18, Marcus Beckford 78), 10. Ryan Snape (9. Dominic Dell 73), 14, Cody Mullan, 17. Ewan Edwards , 19. Lewis Taylor Boyce (16. Max Morris 66)
Unused Subs:- 12. Elliot Sumnall