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Tividale vs Stone Old Alleynians

Midland Football League
Premier Division
Thursday 11th April 2024
Tividale 0-0 Stone Old Alleynians

Stone Stalemate

Tividale were back at The Beeches for this game and despite a state of panic due to our game against Congleton Town being postponed on Tuesday 9th April.

While Congleton only had a chance of winning the league, all their games had to be played by Saturday 13th April. That meant we would have had to play them today. But Lichfield’s defeat on Tuesday night meant Congleton were crowned champions and their game against them was now a dead rubber and could now be played in a weeks time.

I hope you were able to follow all that.

Anyway onto the game. With a number of players returning from injury and suspension, manager Stuart How made a total of seven changes from the team that started against Highgate United including the three youth team players who had played so well when called upon.

In came goalkeeper Louis Connor for Roman Davies. Jakob Burroughs for Joel Harrison and Lewis Taylor-Boyce for Callum Powell. And the other changes were Callum Gillies, Lewis Wright, Craig Gregg and Joe Burroughs rested for Kamol Campbell, Jack Pearlman, Max Morris and Nashawn Blake

After a cagey start on 7 minutes Jakob Burroughs tried an insane effort from the centre spot that beat Stone keeper George Hill but the ball crashed off the crossbar and to safety. Stone’s first chance came in the 11th minute when Sam Bowater cut in from the left and shot wide.

The game never really sparked into life and the next chance fell to Stone’s Sam Wilson who headed an Ethan Newton Taylor cross into the arms of Connor. A long ball on the half hour saw Jack Bowater outpace the Tividale defence but he smashed the ball wide. Ryan Snape had Tividale’s next chance when his shot was deflected wide in the 35th minute.

On 36 minutes Tividale could have no complaints when Tarryl Davis brought down Wilson in the penalty area and referee Mr Lindsay pointed straight to the spot. Matt Thomas stepped up to take the spot kick and chose power, but Connor pulled off a fine block and the Tividale defence completed the clearance. Jack Bowater again did well up front on his own working himself into a shooting position but the shot lacked power and Connor saved comfortably.

Deep into first half injury time and Stone were nearly handed the lead. From a Tividale attack that broke down, Stone won the ball through Wilson and his pass set Jack Bowater free but again the striker failed to find the target.

Half Time:-Tividale 0-0 Stone Old Alleynians

The second half was an even cagier affair as both sides struggled to make clear cut chances and it was not until the 53rd minute when we had a string of chances, the first came when Stone’s Charlie Batho shot wide. A minute later it was Tividale’s turn from a Harrison free kick but Tom Cole also put his header wide. Then immediately after a Stone free kick forced another brilliant save from Connor turning the ball around the post for a corner.

Stone came even closer still on 74 minutes when after Davis was adjudged to have fouled Jack Bowater the resulting Thomas free kick struck the base of the Tividale post. With 5 minutes to go Wilson flashed a cross into the Tividale area but no Stone attacker could get a touch on it and in the end Tividale cleared it for a corner.

Full Time:-Tividale 0-0 Stone Old Alleynians

Tividale:- 1. Louis Connor (13. Roman Davies 80), 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 4. Jakob Burroughs, 8. Max Morris (5. Lewis Wright 70), 9. Nashawn Blake (11. Callum Powell 70), 10. Ryan Snape, 12. Kamol Campbell, 14. Tom Cole, 16. Jack Pearlman (15. Joel Harrison 40), 18. Tarryl Davies 19. Lewis Taylor-Boyce (16. Jack Bate 70)

Unused Sub :- None

Tividale

1Louis Connor 13 Goalkeeper
2Zacharias Kourouyianni Defender
4Jakob Burroughs Midfielder
8Max Morris 11 Midfielder
10Ryan Snape Midfielder
12Kamol Campbell Defender
14Tom Cole Defender
16Jack Pearlman 30 Defender
18Taryll Davis Defender
19Lewis Taylor-Boyce 32 Forward
24Nashawn Blake 26 Forward
11Lewis Wright 8 Defender
13Roman Davies 1 Goalkeeper
26Callum Powell 24 Midfielder
30Joel Harrison 16 Defender
32Jack Bates 19 Midfielder
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Tividale vs Highgate United

Midland Football League
Premier Division
Saturday 6th April 2024
Tividale 1-1 Highgate United

Even more improvement

Due to The Beeches being waterlogged this game was switched to The valley Stadium home of Redditch United and for the first time tin 2024, Tividale actually put together three successive hard working performances and got their just rewards, and in doing so picked up 5 points out of a possible 9 and conceding 2 goals.
Tividale made one change to the side that were held to a 1-1 draw against Romulus in midweek. Tarryl Davis coming in for Jack Pearlman and with keeper Louis Connor unavailable, youth keeper Roman Davies was once again in between the sticks.
Highgate who are strongly fancied for a top 5 finish and a play off place immediately had Tividale under pressure and Aaron Brown shot over the Tividale bar in the 2nd minute. Then on 11 minutes Davis had to clear off the line after a Highgate long throw.
In the 19th minute Davies had to pull off a save to deny Ryan Harkin’s effort on goal from a Tyler Haddon free kick. Then a couple of minutes later Brown latched onto a long ball that bounced nicely for him, but he hammered it wide.
With Tividale struggling to get a foothold in the game and having to defend with “all hands to the pump” on 25 minutes Davis was adjudged to have brought down a Highgate player in the penalty area. Brown stepped up to take the spot kick, but he put it wide of Davies left hand post. From a 27th minute Highgate corner George Cleet headed over the bar.
It was the 31st minute when Tividale mounted their first attack when Highgate keeper Reece Francis beat away a Ryan Snape shot, but Craig Gregg smacked the loose ball over the bar. a minute later came their second effort. This time Lewis Wright shot wide of Francis’s goal.
On 41 minutes Davies ran out of his box and cleared the ball, but in a unfathomable decision the referee awarded Highgate a free kick and booked the keeper. From the resulting free kick Brown shot wide. Snape then shot wide for Tividale as they began to get a foothold in the game and then in the 2nd minute of first half added time. A long ball found Snape, who beat the offside trap and placed the ball past Francis to put the “home side” 1-0 up
Half Time:-Tividale 1-0 Highgate United
Highgate were immediately on the front foot in the second period and after another long ball split the Tividale defence Nathan Pulisciano couldn’t keep his shot down and fired over the bar in the 53rd minute. Three minutes later a telling Liam Cairns cross was headed wide by Brown. Brown had another chance with his head in the 65th minute but again could not hit the target.
The pressure on the Tividale defence was now incessant and Highgate should have scored in the 72nd minute when after a Pulisciano free kick was blocked George Cleet shot over the bar when it looked easier to score. But two minutes later they were level when Harkin was able to control a ball fired into him and he was able to place his shot past Davies and into the back of the net.
Highgate were now looking for the winner and in the 77th minute Brown missed with another header. Tividale could have snatched the lead with 8 minutes to go when a Max Morris corner was met by Nashawn Blake but Reece-Francis scrambled it away for a corner.
With two minutes to go Highgate substitute Jake Collins dragged his shot wide of Davies goal and deep into injury time Kartel O’Neil-Martin headed a Pulisciano cross wide. Then in the 95th minute Tividale could have pulled off the ultimate smash and grab when a Jack Till shot across goal was deflected of a Highgate defender but fortunately it went wide of a stranded Francis’s upright.

Full Time:-Tividale 1-1 Highgate United

Tividale:- 1. Roman Davies, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 3. Callum Gillies (12. Kamol Campbell 75), 5. Lewis Wright (8. Max Morris 61), 6. Joe Burroughs, 7. Craig Gregg, 10. Ryan Snape (17. Nashawn Blake 71), 11. Callum Powell (9. Jack Till 57), 14. Tom Cole, 15. Joel Harrison, 18. Tarryl Davies (4. Jakob Burroughs 55)

Unused Sub :- None

Tividale

13Roman Davies Goalkeeper
2Zacharias Kourouyianni Defender
3Callum Gillies 12 Defender
6Joseph Burroughs Defender
7Craig Gregg Midfielder
10Ryan Snape 24 Midfielder 42'
11Lewis Wright 8 Defender
14Tom Cole Defender
18Taryll Davis 4 Defender
26Callum Powell 9 Midfielder
30Joel Harrison Defender
4Jakob Burroughs 18 Midfielder
8Max Morris 11 Midfielder
9Jack Till 26 Forward
12Kamol Campbell 3 Defender
24Nashawn Blake 10 Forward

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Tividale vs Romulus

Midland Football League
Premier Division
Wednesday 3rd April 2024
Tividale 1-1 Romulus

Decent back to back performances

For the second time this season, Tividale followed a very good performance with another one even better two days later. Lets hope this is a light of a dark tunnel of a season and not just another train coming in the opposite direction.

Manager Stuart How made a number of changes to the side that beat Casuals, including youth team goalkeeper Roman Davies making his first team debut. The 8th youth team player to make the step up to the first team this season.

The game itself was really short of goalmouth action as both sides cancelled each other out. A Craig Gregg shot that went wide of the Romulus goal after 10 minutes was the first of the chances. Romulus’s Jack Sang then tested young Davies with a shot that he gathered comfortably after 18 minutes.

The next decent chance on goal, brought the opening goal of the game on 34 minutes. A Callum Gillies free kick from wide on the left and Joe Burroughs dives in tom steer it past Romulus keeper Lewis Gwilliams and into the back of the net.

Four minutes later and the visitors are level. Tividale fail to clear a ball into their box, Romulus striker Ryan Nesbitt is given too much time in the area and he pick’s his spot and fires past Davies. Tividale nearly restores their lead a minute later when a Gillies strike whistles past Gwilliams post.

Half Time:- Tividale 1-1 Romulus

Isia Marsilia had the first attempt on goal in the second period but again Davies took it comfortably on 49 minutes. in the 69th minute Tom Cole then found Gregg with a cross field ball but the midfielder couldn’t beat Gwilliams with his shot.

Gregg tried to become provider when he flashed a cross into the 6 yard box on 78 minutes but Gillies at the far post just couldn’t get on the end of it. then 7 minutes later another Tividale attack saw Cole play the ball into Ryan Snape who nodded the ball down to Powell but he put the ball wide.

the last 10 minutes saw the visitors build up a head of steam and Tividale were forced to defend under some severe pressure but they held out for the share of the spoils.

Full Time:-Tividale 1-1 Romulus

Tividale:- 1. Roman Davies, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 3. Callum Gillies (12. Kamol Campbell 70), 4. Lewis Wright (15. Jack Bate 80), 5. Joel Harrison, 6. Joe Burroughs, 7. Craig Gregg, 10. Ryan Snape, 11. Callum Powell, 14. Tom Cole, 16. Jack Pearlman 

Unused Sub :- 9. Nashawn Blake, 15. Louie Preston, 18. Tarryl Davis

Tividale

13Roman Davies Goalkeeper
2Zacharias Kourouyianni Defender
3Callum Gillies 12 Defender
6Joseph Burroughs Defender 34'
7Craig Gregg Midfielder
10Ryan Snape Midfielder
11Lewis Wright 32 Defender
14Tom Cole Defender
30Joel Harrison Defender
16Jack Pearlman Defender
26Callum Powell Midfielder
12Kamol Campbell 3 Defender
18Taryll Davis Defender
24Nashawn Blake Forward
31Louie Preston Midfielder
32Jack Bates 11 Midfielder
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