Competition: Birmingham Senior Cup

Tividale vs Lye Town

Birmingham Senior Cup
3rd Round
Tuesday 20th February 2024
Tividale 1-2 Lye Town

The cup’s run ends

At the third attempt, this game was actually played. On a as expected a very heavy pitch this was never going to be a game for the purist’s. And although the home side put up another battling performance the result was that again Tividale had nothing to show for it.
The Birmingham Senior Cup rules state that only players registered on the date of the original fixture was eligible to play and as a number of players had left since the original date, Stuart How had a bit of a headache with the team selection, so much so that he had to switch to a back three, play our full backs as a couple of wing backs and could only name two subs, one of those was coach Jamie Oliver.
Lye had the first chance when a shot skimmed the base of the post and clear. With both teams struggling with the conditions underfoot it was the 20th minute for the next chance and it went to Tividale. Ewan Edwards was sent away down the left flank and his cross found skipper Zac Kourouyianni playing in a right wing back role. But Kourouyianni could not find the target with his shot. 
Lye went ahead in the 29th minute when once again they try to overplay in the middle of the park, lose possession and the ball is whipped into Ben Billingham who fires home. The rest of the half just petered out apart from some interesting and weird decisions from the man in the middle
Half Time:- Tividale 0-1 Lye Town
Again the half just seemed to amble along with nothing to report about, that was until the 60th minute, when an off the ball incident between Lye’s Nathan Kabeya and Tividale’s Jakob Burroughs resulted originally in two red cards and both teams reduced to ten, but the ref then changes his mind and downgrades the Tividale red to a yellow
The dismissal only seem to have urged Lye on and the 10 men doubled their lead 6 minutes later when a Billingham free kick was met by defender Ryan Bridgewater and his thunderous header gave  Louis Connor in goal no chance.
The goal prompted Tividale into a more attacking force and on 78 minutes, substitute Nashawn Blake tested Lye keeper Ben Newey with a rasping drive that the keeper did well to hold onto. A minute later and Joe Hawkins headed a Callum Gillies corner wide.
On 84 minutes Max Morris continued his run of goals when what looked like a short free kick was rolled to him and from about 30 yards he drilled the ball past Newey and into the back of the net. Edwards then forced Newey into a good save in the 85th minute, but although Tividale pressed in those closing minutes Lye held on and go through to the next round where they will meet Aston Villa.
Full Time:- Tividale 1-2 Lye Town
Tividale:- 1. Louis Connor, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 3. Callum Gillies, 4. Jakob Burroughs. 5. Joe Hawkins  6. Joe Burroughs, 9. Dominic Dell, 16. Max Morris, 17 Ewan Edwards, 18. Tarryl Davis, 19. Lewis Taylor-Boyce (7. Nashawn Blake 62)

Tividale vs Walsall

Birmingham Senior Cup
2nd Round
Tuesday 28th November 2023
Tividale 1-0 Walsall

The cup’s run continues

Tividale continued their cup run’s with another excellent performance from the squad, with this being their 6th cup game in the last 8 and progression in their 4th competition.

Once again Stuart rang out the changes from Saturday’s 2-2 draw away at Stone Old Alleynians, with Tim Beech, Cameron East, Kamol Campbell, Jakob Burroughs, Max Morris and Lewis Taylor-Boyce in for Louis Connor, Joe Burroughs, Callum Gillies, James Douglas, Dominic Dell, and Cody Mullan.

In a very quiet first half where both sides were fairly cautious, there were very limited chances, the best of them both coming from the visitors with both Will Uchenna and Jack Earing failing to find the target.

Half Time:-Tividale 1-0 Walsall

The second half was a different affair chances wise as Tividale stepped up their game and Ewan Evans was the main instigator. First after 47 minutes, going down under a challenge in the Walsall area that the referee waived away all of Tividale’s appeals. Then he was foiled by a brilliant last ditch tackle from Walsall defender Rolin Menayase.

On the hour, Cameron East then tested Walsall’s keeper George Barrett with a shot that he handled comfortably. Then on 64 minutes Tividale took the lead. Keeper Beech, mishits his clearance, but however it turned out to be a great ball as a Dell flick on into the path of Edwards who was left one on one with Barrett and he slid the ball under the advancing keeper.

The final 25 minutes was all Walsall as they pushed forward for an equaliser. First a Piers Juliff cross into the box had the Tividale defence scrambling to clear. Then Beech was forced to turn an effort around the post. A Dylan Thomas free kick then found Menayase, but he headed wide.

Tividale could have made the game safe with two minutes of regular time to go, when a Cain Smith shot, came back off the inside of the post. Still Walsall pressed and as the game went into injury time Beech did well to save a shot from Louie Webb and he was able to claim the ball at the second attempt after stinging shot from Thomas.

In the end after a great game of football it was a win for Tividale against a very good, young Walsall side.

Full Time:-Tividale 1-0 Walsall

Tividale: – 13. Tim Beech, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 4. Jakob Burroughs, 5. Joe Hawkins (6. Joe Burroughs 45), 7. Taylor Townsend, 8, Cain Smith, 12. Cameron East, 15. Kamol Campbell (3. Callum Gillies 82), 16. Max Morris, 17. Ewan Edwards (14. Cody Mullan 65), 19. Lewis Taylor-Boyce (9. Dominic Dell 70)

Unused Sub:- 10. James Douglas