Midland Football League
Romulus FC v Tividale FC
Saturday 12th October 2019
Kick off at 3:00pm
The games are now coming thick and fast. It seems a month ago since the loss at Walsall Wood. A defeat that although disappointing we cannot praise the lad’s enough for their effort.
The togetherness of the squad was tested even more the following Tuesday night (8th October). when we travelled over to Rocester in the Walsall Senior Cup. At 7pm due to work and traffic we had 6 players in the dressing room but credit to the lads those who could make it they made the most of the warm up and the game kicked off on time and although maybe the game should have been over at half time. Rocester made the most of their reprieve and will feel unfortunate they did not at least get it to penalties.
Hopefully our preparation’s will be a lot better for this game as we face another of the fancied sides for this season’s championship. At present they sit a couple of places and one point behind us in the table having played a game less. They also meet us on the back of an impressive 3-2 away win at Sporting Khalsa last weekend. So another tough afternoon is in store for us.
There have been quite a few league and cup games between the two sides in recent years going back to our Northern Premier League days. Back in the 2014-2015 season our first in the NPL, Romulus beat us 2-1 at their then home of Sutton Coldfield Town. With the game looking to be heading for a 0-0 draw James Reid put the home side ahead in the 81st minute. Rikardo Reid made it 2-0 with 5 minutes to go before Jazz Luckie got our consolation goal. Later in the season we met in the quarter final of the Walsall Senior Cup again at Coles Lane and after a fairly eventless 0-0 draw after 120 minutes, it went to penalties. At least there was a little excitement here as both teams missed one of the initial 5 pens. But in sudden death Ashley Jackson blazed over for the home side and Nigel Penney put Tividale through.
The reverse league fixture was played a week later at The Beeches on a heavy pitch in the middle of February and the conditions definitely suited the home side as they ran out 4-1 winners. Jordan Archer put Tividale ahead, before Luke Keen levelled the scores at half time. Second half goals from Archer again, Karl Edwards and Nigel Penney wrapped up the points.
The following season The Rom’s won both league games 2-0. A Joel Grandison goal and a Jason Chilton own goal assured them of the points at Coles Lane. While at The Beeches ex Tividale man Malachi Farquharson and a Luke Keen penalty saw them come away with the points.
THE LAST 6 GAMES LEAGUE FORM
Romulus – L W D W L W
Tividale – D W L W D L
THE SQUAD NEWS
Cameron Milne was a unused sub against Selston last week so he will be in the squad again. So apart from Curtis Cocking and Tom Garratt who are still recovering from their long term injuries. It is a full squad
THE SPECTATOR DETAILS
Castle Vale Stadium
West Midlands B35 7LQ
Match programme £?