Competition: FA Cup

Tividale vs Rugby Borough

Emirate Sponsored FA Cup

Extra Preliminary Round

 Saturday 5th August 2023

 Tividale 1-4 Rugby Borough

Tividale Fall at the First Hurdle

Tividale started their new campaign with a home, Emirate Sponsored FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie against Rugby Borough FC.

With Stuart How now in the manager’s hot seat, a re-formed back room staff and the squad formed after the usual arrivals, departures and retained players. On the back of a pre season that posed more questions than answers, we went into the new season with the usual optimism and after 20 minutes it was looking good, but then the wheels literally fell off.

The following match report is courtesy of The Footie Post.

It was almost a dream start for Rugby Borough as in the first minute a ball over the top was misjudged, by Tarryl Davis putting Rugby striker Jim Smith in on goal, fortunately for Tividale Davis recovered well and got back to put the ball behind for a corner.

Tividale thought they had taken the lead after 4 minutes when Arman Khoshkhoo turned home a Taylor Townsend cross, however, the goal was ruled out for offside. The game then went into a period of the two teams figuring each other out, Rugby went close on 14 minutes with a shot going just wide of the Tividale post.

The first goal came on 17 minutes as Tividale worked the ball forward before pulling it back to Dom Dell, who found the bottom corner of the Rugby goal, putting the host 1 up. This goal just sprang Rugby Borough to life more than anything else, as they ramped up the pressure and began to take control of the game.

3 minutes later a Halim Halim shot from the edge of the box left Louis Connor rooted to the spot as it came off the inside of the post and Connor was able to push it away to the edge of the box before the Tividale defence cleared the ball away.

Rugby had a freekick on 24 minutes, which was crossed into the box, and a header was flicked just wide of the post by defender Max Proudlock. Rugby again went close from a corner on 28 minutes as the initial cross was headed into the ground and Lockley with his back to goal could only help the ball over the bar. Rugby went close again from a corner on 34 minutes. This time, a short corner was then crossed to the back post where the ball was headed straight at Louis Connor. Rugby went even closer on 38 minutes, Smith working the ball into the Tividale box before forcing Louis Connor into a smart save low down to his right.

Rugby Borough did get their first ever FA Cup goal right on 45 minutes, with a ball played into the box Smith got a touch but it took a deflection off a defenders past a helpless Connor into the corner of the Tividale net.

Rugby scored again 3 minutes into first half stoppage time when a low cross came in from the right and Dan Childs lifted the ball over Louis Connor and into the far corner, again leaving Connor with no chance.

Half Time Tividale 1-2 Rugby Borough

It was an even contest for the opening 20 minutes with both teams battling and competing. Once Tividale took the lead, Rugby Borough took complete control of the game and ate fully deserving of their lead at the break. And the home side are lucky to only be one behind and needed to find something for the second half.

The second half started how the first ended with Rugby Borough finding the back of the net on 48 limited to extend their lead as a Gerard McGahey shot from the edge of the box was rifled past Connor who again could do nothing to keep the effort out. Rugby then took complete control of the game, and it was played at their pace and tempo.

Tividale went close on 62 minutes when out of nothing, Dom Dell unleashed an effort from outside the box, which forced Rugby keeper Jake Bull into a good save to turn the effort around his post. Another Tividale defensive error in which they gave the ball away on the halfway line on 71 minutes, in which it left Rugby 2 on 1 and Smith slide the ball past Connor to seal the tie and make it 4-1 to the visitors.

Ewan Edwards got in behind the Rugby defence for Tividale 5 minutes later. However, the defender was able to recover well and put the ball behind for a corner. Rugby had a chance to extend their lead 5 minutes from time to time when Adam Shaw beat the offside trap, but somehow, he missed the target and failed to extend their lead. The final chance of the game went to Tividale on the 3rd minute of stoppage time as the ball was pulled back from the byline, and an effort was sent goalwards by substitute Ryan Snape, which Bull saved well with his feet.

Full Time Tividale 1-4 Rugby Borough

Tividale: – 1. Louis Connor, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 3. Callum Gillies, 6. Joe Burroughs, 7. Taylor Townsend, 8. Jason Wood, 9. Dominic Dell (10. Ryan Snape 79), 11. Arman Khoshkhoo (19. Lewis Taylor Boyce 66) 14. Cody Mullan, 17. Ewan Edwards, 18. Taryll Davis (12. Elliot Sumnall 59)

Unused Subs:- 4, Danny Cartwright, 5. Kamol Campbell, 15. Marcus Beckford, 16. Nashawn Blake.



Witton Albion vs Tividale

Emirate Sponsored FA Cup

Preliminary Round

Saturday 20th August 2022

Witton Albion 4-1 Tividale

Tividale no match for Albion on the day

Tividale made the journey to Northern Premier League side Witton Albion in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup and though the lads were much improved in the second half, against a quality side that where better than us on the day, the unenforced errors that we made in the first half would have seen us struggle against much lesser sides.

Tividale had to make three enforced changes from the side that beat Studley in mid-week. Taylor Townsend starting a three-game ban with Lewis Ezewele and Jason Wood both unavailable. In came Jacob Wedderburn for Ezewele, Alex Woodhouse for Wood and young Jack Fletcher making his first start of the season in place of Townsend.

Witton where immediately on the front foot and after just 2 minutes full back Jack Tinning bombing forward fired a shot over the bar. On 5 minutes Tividale keeper Louis Connor was forced to parry a Prince Haywood shot from about 30 yards, when the ball was rolled to him from a Witton free kick. The ball landing nicely for a Tividale defender to complete the clearance.

The home sides pressure got the goal it deserved in the 14th minute when Joe Duckworth got on the end of a Haywood cross and he fired it into the net from 6 yards out, this after Tividale had failed to clear their lines. Tividale’s first effort came after 16 minutes, when Jamie Hunt won the ball in the middle of the car park, played in Dan Smith but his shot was comfortably fielded by home keeper Ollie Martin. A minute later and Witton were two nil up. Again, Witton causing all sorts of problems down Tividale’s left, Duckworth’s cutting the ball back for an unmarked Taylor Kennerley to slide the ball home from about 8 yards out.

On 22 minutes it took a fine save from Connor to deny Kennerley from adding his second blocking with a boot after the wide man connected with Haywood’s deep cross on the volley. A poor Tividale clearance nearly gifted Witton a third in the 27th minute but Haywoods shot was saved by Connor. 5 minutes later and the home side were three nil up. Somehow with Tividale in comfortable possession mid-way in their own half, they succeeded in conceding a corner and from Kennerley’s ball into the box, Ollie Hitchcox helped the ball on and again a Witton player, this time Tinning was the quickest to react stabbing the ball home from inside the 6-yard box.

Tividale had the last decent effort of the half when from a Welding free kick Curtis Cocking failed to keep his effort on target

Half Time Witton Albion 3-0 Tividale

Tividale had to make a change at half time with Cameron East replacing Fletcher, and East was soon into the action assisting with Tividale’s first effort on target. His throw found Kourouyianni and Witton keeper Ollie Martin could only claw away the full back’s fierce drive. The ball then fell to Smith but he could not generate any power in his shot and Martin saved comfortably. 9 minutes after coming on East went down injured and he himself had to be replaced by Ryan Snape.

Witton again threatened on 62 minutes when Connor had to pull off another fine save. This time denying Cameron Fogarty. At the other end Kourouyianni headed a Welding free kick wide on 65 minutes. Tividale were still living dangerously at the back and on 67 minutes could have conceded again from a mix up, but this time Witton sub-Elliott Rokka could not benefit from it steering his shot wide. Kourouyianni then found Cameron in the 68th minute and the forward did well to make himself the space for a shooting opportunity but he couldn’t find the target.

Tividale made their final substitution in the 71st minute with Melvin Malcolm replacing Hunt and he made an instant impact. Within a minute of coming on he benefited from Cameron cashing in on a defensive uncertainty. The forward winning the ball he then unselfishly rolled the ball across the box into Malcolm and with his first touch of the game stroked the ball past Martin to make it 3-1

If this was the spark for an unlikely comeback it was immediately extinguished. On 74 minutes with Tividale’s defenders appealing for offside Duckworth ran onto Rokka’s pass, rounded Connor and restored the Witton three-goal advantage. The game may have been over as a contest but Tividale still created chances and in the 88th minute they came close to getting a consolation goal when a Cameron glancing header came back off the Witton bar.

Although we were never going to win the FA Cup and at the end of the day, there was no denying the difference in class between the two teams. Those first half errors gave us a mountain to climb and the host’s where never going to let that happen.

Full Time Witton Albion 4-1 Tividale

Tividale: – 1. Louis Connor, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 3. Brad Welding, 4. Alex Woodhouse (16. Malcolm Melvin 71), 5. Joe Burroughs, 6. Jacob Wedderburn, 7. Jack Fletcher (14. Cameron East 46) (17. Ryan Snape 55), 8. Curtis Cocking, 9. Dan Smith, 10. Alex Cameron, 12. Jamie Hunt

Unused Subs: – 13. Peter Hawk., 15. Lewis Taylor Boyce, 18. Ashley Oliver, 19. Ibrahim Almane