Competition: J. W. Hunt Cup

Tividale vs Wyrley

JW Hunt Cup
1st Round
Tuesday 10th October 2023
Tividale 2 -3 Wyrley

It doesn’t get any better

Just as you think we have turned the corner we come up with another disappointing result. Not a lot can be said regarding the manner of this latest defeat. Although we had the majority of the possession and huffed and puffed, we never really laid a glove on an opposition who plain and simple wanted it more than us.

The night got off to the worse start when forward Lewis Taylor-Boyce pulled up in the warm up and had to be withdrawn from the squad. and it got from bad to worse when on 12 minutes Tividale keeper Louis Connor could only parry a shot from James Appleby Tividale’s defence could only clear it to the edge of the box and Alex Arrowsmith was quickest to react and he fired home.

The exact opposite happened 10 minutes later when Wyrley keeper Lee Garghan failed to hold onto a Ryan Snape shot but he was able to comfortably grab the ball at the second attempt with no Tividale player within yards of him.

tividale were level on 32 minutes when full back Cameron East went on a run at the heart of the Wyrley defence and finished like a forward with a great strike. Then right on the stroke of half time Wyrley were back in front when another ball into the box was not dealt with. The shot came in and crashed off the crossbar and again a Wyrley player was quickest to react, this time it was Joshua McGregor who was there to stab the ball home.

Half Time:- Tividale 1 -2 Wyrley

Within three minutes of the restart, Tividale had a great chance to draw level when Kamol Campbell and Taylor Townsend exchanged passed down the left flank but Campbell’s shot was wide of the target. Five minutes later and it was Townsends turn to shoot wide after creating the shooting chance for himself.

Tividale were now bossing the game and should have drawn level in the 68th minute when a Snape free kick headed over by Elliot Sumnall. Tividale did draw level in the 77th minute when Dominic Dell rose and thundered home his header from a Townsend corner.

The game then began to meander and looked as though it was heading for a penalty shoot out when a Jadent Henry-Dean long ball forward had to much on it and Connor came out to clear it back up field. But as the keeper came out to meet the ball and pump it back up field he slipped and the ball rolled under his foot and into his net. So after reaching the previous season’s final. Tividale went out at the first attempt this season.

Full Time:- Tividale 2 -3 Wyrley

Tividale: – 1. Louis Connor, 2. Cameron East (14. Ashley Oliver 81), 5. Joe Burroughs, 6. Kamol Campbell (3.Callum Gillies 58), 7. Taylor Townsend, 8. Callum Powell (9. Dominic Dell 58), 10. James Douglas, 11. Ryan Snape, 12. Elliot Sumnall, 16. Max Morris (4. Jakob Burroughs 58), 17. Ewan Edwards

Unused Sub:- 13. Roman Davies

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Tividale vs Lichfield City

JW Hunt Cup
Final
Tuesday 30th May 2023
Tividale 0-1 Lichfield City

Tividale not at the Races

Tividale will feel they could have done better with their performance in this cup final and Dave King’s last game in charge, but congratulations must go to Lichfield City who made the most of their chance and are the 2023 JW Hunt cup winners.

Tividale made just the one change to the side that edged past Wednesfield in the semifinal. With Nashawn Blake replacing Reinaldo Forbes as Dan Smith’s strike partner.

Tividale had the first chance on goal when a Malcolm Melvin through ball to Dan Smith, saw the forward put the ball into the back of the net but he was adjudged offside. City’s Liam Kirton was then denied by Louis Connor in the Tividale goal. Melvin then had a free kick hit that hit the bar and went over with City keeper James Beeson rooted to the spot. After a surging run by Jack Fletcher his pass found Blake and his shot was turned away for a corner by Beeson.

On 28 minutes City went ahead and Tividale’s defence will feel they should have done better in the build-up, allowing City left back Joe Haines to run unchallenged deep into the Tividale area and fire home from 8 yards. Kirton then fired past Connor, but the ball had gone out for a Tividale goal kick in the build-up. Minutes later and Kirton then fired wide.

Half time:- Tividale 0-1 Lichfield City

The second half started poorly with neither side able to keep hold of the ball and apart from a Fletcher run and shot there was nothing much to write home about. Leighton McMenemy then struck the cross bar from a corner.

City were now in the ascendancy and Childs blasted the ball into the side netting after again seeing off a number of Tividale challenges. Patterson then thought he had put City 2-0 up when the ball fell to him unmarked in the Tividale box, but he was adjudged offside. Melvin then saw another free kick flash wide, before City’s Jack Edwards also hit the side netting. That was the last of the goalmouth action as Lichfield ran out deserved winners.

Full Time:- Tividale 0-1 Lichfield City

Tividale: – 1. Louis Connor, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 3. Kamol Campbell (15. Ryan Snape 83), 4. Joe Burroughs (14. Jakob Burroughs 46), 5. Louis Ezewele, 6. Joe Hawkins, 7. Malcolm Melvin, 8. Jason Wood, 9. Dan Smith, 10. Nashawn Blake (12. Reinaldo Forbes 46), 11. Jack Fletcher.

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