Competition: Walsall Senior Cup

Rushall Olympic vs Tividale

Walsall Senior Cup
Round Two
Tuesday 3rd December 2019
Rushall Olympic 3-1 Tividale

It has been a tough few weeks for the lad’s with us not being able to get even one game a fortnight in. So on the back of that, this performance against a very good step 3 should put us in good stead.

Apart from  Freddie Watts, Tyree Clarke and Jake Webb all unavailable, Manager Dave King had a full strength squad to select from. He went for a 4-3-3 line up with Curtis Cocking making his first start since limping off against Lye Town on August Bank Holiday Monday.

It was a difficult start for Tividale as Rushall were soon in their stride with some neat interchanging of passes and they created the first decent chance after just 2 minutes but Tividale keeper Louis Connor gathered Jon Letchford’s shot. On 10 minutes the powerful Levi Rowley showed a brilliant piece of finesse when curling a beauty just wide of Connor’s right hand post and 10 minutes later he had another chance that just cleared the bar.

Tividale were now slowly getting into the game and had a couple of decent chances themselves through Darragh Bustin and Dan Smith before Connor saved again from Retford on the half hour. The reprieve meant that the visitors could springboard into attack and from a 32nd minute long ball, Smith’s flick on found Bustin and he calmly lobbed Rushall keeper Jonathon Flatt. Smith then saw his shot blocked on the line and a Brad Welding effort was well saved as Tividale looked for a second but Rushall held firm and on 42 minutes they were level. From what looked like a comfortable position on the halfway line, Tividale give the ball away and within two passes the ball is bundled into the Tividale net by Danny Waldron to make the scores level at half time.

Half Time:- Rushall Olympic 1-1 Tividale

Tividale had a great chance to go back into the lead at the beginning of the first half but failed to hit the target. On the hour Rushall went ahead when Letchford showed great strength in holding off the challenge of Matt Hunt and sliding the ball past Connor and into the back of the net. 5 minutes later and Tividale were close to drawing level in unexpected circumstances, when Dan Smith charged down a Flatt clearance but the ball just bounced wide. 7 minutes later and it was 3-1. A long throw was flicked on at the near post and Letchford reacted first and nodded the ball home from a yard out.

Tividale now had to go for broke and with 10 minutes to go a great spell of play ended with Welding heading over a Tom Hurdman cross. Then Liam Wilkinson had two good chances within a minute. The first under pressure he steered the ball over the bar from 5 yards out, then he fired a rasping drive that just cleared Flatt’s bar. It was Letchford who had the last chance of the game and his chance of an hattrick when he powered in on the Tividale goal but Jacob Barnes forced him wide and his shot could only find the side netting.

So in the end it was Rushall that on the balance of play deserved their win but Tividale can be pleased with their effort and their part in a tremendous cup tie.

Full Time:- Rushall Olympic 3-1 Tividale

Tividale:- 1. Louis Connor, 2. Joe Burroughs (15. Tom Hurdman 71), 3. Lewis Probert ||(12. Dan Bryson 70), 4. Jacob Barnes, 5. Lue Carter, 6. Matt Hunt 7. Darragh Bustin, 8. Liam Wilkinson, 9. Dan Smith, 10.Brad Welding, 11.Curtis Cocking (16. Cameron Milne 71)

Unused Subs:- 14. Lee Smith

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Rocester vs Tividale

Walsall Senior Cup
Round One
Tuesday 8th October 2019
Rocester 0-1 Tividale

This game could have been over in the first 15 minutes as Tividale led after 2 and then missed 3 great chances to go 4-0 up. Instead Rocester were allowed to grow into the game and in the end wiil feel they deserved at least penalties.

A trip up to Rocester on a Tuesday night was not going to be fun logistics wise but games like this are the reason we are involved at this level. With the kick off at 7:45pm, we had 6 players at 7:05pm and 14 at 7:20pm. With a shortened warm up we were still ready to go on time.

With Lewis Probert, Liam Wilkinson, Tyree Clarke and Richard Hanson unavailable and Brad Welding injured. Boss Dave King had to shuffle personnel and formation. He reverted back to three centre backs in a 5,3,2 formation with starting debuts for Cameron Milne and Kyle Bramley plus to bolster the midfield, the return of Lee Smith re-signed 24 hours earlier.after his spell at Wolves Sporting

Tividale got of to a dream start when Darragh Bustin intercepted a poor Rocester pass, sent Dan Smith away with a pass that split the home defence wide open and one on one with home keeper and the striker gave keeper Kallum Whale no chance with a fine finish. Four minutes later and the visitors has a great chance to make it 2-0. Again Bustin’s ball over the top landed beautifully for Bramley, who in turn tried to chip the keeper but he put to much on it and it cleared keeper and the crossbar. Lee Smith then headed a Bustin corner wide.

Despite Tividale dominating the play the facts were that they were only a goal ahead and on 11 minutes a Tom Hurdman mistake allowed Macauley Rowe in but he put his shot wide. Milne and Dan Smith worked an opening between them in the 13th minute culminating in a Smith shot that Rowe collected at the 2nd attempt. Milne then released Bramley in the 16th minute but his shot was well saved by Rowe. Hunt also had a header well saved by Rowe.

After the mad start to the game it had to calm down and that it did with Rocester getting back into the game and their defence dealing quite comfortably with the Tividale attacks.

Half Time:- Rocester 0-1 Tividale

Rocester’s Elisio Francisco had the only decent chance of the second period but Tividale keeper Louis Connor got down and turned it around the post. With 15 minutes to go a Barnes header from a Bustin corner was well saved by Rowe.

For the remainder of the game Rocester gave as good as they got but just never were able to put enough pressure on a Tividale side who were never pushed to step up a gear.

Tividale:- 1. Louis Connor, 2. Tom Hurdman, 3. Darragh Bustin, 4. Dan Bryson, 5. Jacob Barnes, 6. Matt Hunt (15. Freddie Watts 81), 7. Kyle Bramley, 8. Lee Smith, 9. Dan Smith, 10. Cameron Milne (12. Jake Webb 60), 11. Luke Carter (14. Luke Brookes 81)

Unused Subs:-

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