Season: 2022-23

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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Tividale vs Wednesfield FC (Tivi win on Penalties)

JW Hunt Cup
Semi Final
Tuesday 2nd May 2023
Tividale 1-1 Wednesfield

(Tividale win on penalties 7-6)

The Penalty Lottery

After the disappointment of missing out on two semi-finals. The first the Walsall Senior Cup due to playing an ineligible player and then the Birmingham Senior Cup after a penalty shoot-out defeat against Aston Villa’s Under-21s.This was a happier ending and Tividale will compete in the JW Hunt Cup Final at The Molineux on Tuesday 30th May after defeating a gallant Wednesfield side after a penalty shoot-out.

With Joe Hawkins now available and Arman Khoshkhoo and Cody Mullan cup tied. Boss Dave King switched to a back three with Hawkins replacing Harry Lewis and Reinaldo Forbes in for Khoshkhoo from the defeat at Darlaston 11 days ago.

Tividale and the better of the early exchanges, but Wednesfield were making sure that their opposition from a higher level were not going to have an easy ride. On 8 minutes Jack Fletcher fired over the bar but Wednesfield’s Dimitri Dunkley tested Tividale keeper Louis Connor with a shot that he collected comfortably on 11 minutes. In the 16th minute Louis Ezewele then strode forward for Tividale and unleashed a shot that Wednesfield keeper Craig Pain pouched.

Wednesfield went ahead in the 20th minute when Tividale gave away a needless free kick on the edge of their box and Harry Cunningham stepped up and found the back of Connor’s net via a deflection.

The lead lasted just 4 minutes when in the 24th minute Dan Smith was pushed in the back in the penalty area and were awarded a penalty. Jason Wood stepped up and although Pain went the right way, he could not stop Wood levelling the scores.

Smith then tried an audacious scissor kick that went straight at Pain in the 29th minute and on 32 minutes Dunkley headed over a James Griffiths cross as the game became an end-to-end affair.

Kourouyianni then whipped in a wonderful cross that Smith just failed to get on the end of and then in the last action of the half Wednesfield’s Jack Dew caught a volley perfectly from about 25 yards out and Connor had to be at his best diving full length to turn the ball over the bar.

Half Time :-Tividale 1-1 Wednesfield

Dunkley had two great chances to put Wednesfield ahead in the 48th minute. First his shot was deflected for a corner and from the resulting corner his shot struck the cross bar.

On 58 minutes Tividale themselves had a chance to take the lead. This time Forbes was brought down by Sam Paddock in the area, but this time Pain guessed right and saved Wood’s penalty.

Dunkley again tested Connor in the 67th minute but again Connor was equal to his effort. Kamol Campbell then made Pain work as he struck a Forbes cross, but the keeper was never troubled by it. Fisher then played in Smith, but he blasted over.

The last few minutes of the 90 was littered with chance after chance as both teams looked to win the game before the lottery of penalties. But in the end the two teams could not be separated

Full Time :-Tividale 1-1 Wednesfield

And so on to penalties

Harry Lewis (Tividale) – Missed – Saved 0-0
Harry Cunningham (Wednesfield) – Missed – Over 0-0
Louis Ezewele (Tividale) – Scores 1-0
Jake Sharman (Wednesfield) – Scores 1-1
Zac Kourouyianni  (Tividale) – Missed – Over 1-1
Aaron Handley (Wednesfield) – Missed -Wide 1-1
Joe Hawkins (Tividale) – Scores 2-1
Dimitri Dunkley (Wednesfield) – Scores 2-2
Ryan Snape (Tividale) – Scores 3-2
Jack Dew (Wednesfield) – Scores 3-3
Dan Smith (Tividale) – Scores 4-3
Connor Parker (Wednesfield) – Scores 4-4
Jakob Burroughs (Tividale) – Scores 5-4
Sam Bennett (Wednesfield) – Scores 5-5
Kamol Campbell (Tividale) – Scores 6-5
Ashley Billingham (Wednesfield) – Scores 6-6
Jason Wood (Tividale) – Scores 7-6
Sam Paddock (Wednesfield) – Missed – Saved 7-6 (Connor the hero)

Penalties Result:- Tividale 7-6 Wednesfield

Tividale: – 1. Louis Connor, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 3. Kamol Campbell, 4. Joe Burroughs (16. Ryan Snape 83), 5. Louis Ezewele, 6. Joe Hawkins, 7. Malcolm Melvin (15. Jakob Burroughs 58), 8. Jason Wood, 9. Dan Smith, 10. Reinaldo Forbes (12. Harry Lewis 78), 11. Jack Fletcher.

Unused Subs:13. Peter Hawk, 14. David Solademi

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Darlaston Town 1874 vs Tividale

Midland Football League
Premier Division
Saturday 22nd April 2023
Darlaston Town 1874 4-1 Tividale

Darlaston avenge first day defeat

Tividale travelled to the Paycare Stadium home of Darlaston Town 1874 for their final game of the 2022/23 season. It was also the venue of our first game of the season where we beat the host ‘s 4-0 in the FA Cup.

This time though there was to be no repeat as the home side eased to a 4-1 victory and the three points.

Tividale only made the one change from the win at AFC Wulfrunians a week ago with Malcolm Melvin coming in for David Solademi.

The following match report is courtesy of Darlaston Town 1874.

Darlaston Town started the game very much on the front foot, attacking at every opportunity from out wide, putting their visitors under pressure. Making sure Tividale’s defensive line was stretched. Darlaston were unlucky not to take the lead in the 12th minute a Rivel Mardenborough snapshot just shaving the outside of the far post following and angled drive.

As the game progressed Tividale found their feet with the impressive Jack Fletcher working hard always trying to get the visitors moving forward along with his midfield colleagues Jason Wood and Malcolm Melvin who were starting to break up giving their defensive partnership of Boroughs and Ezewele some rest bite.

Darlaston Town, took the lead on 26 minutes with an outstanding finish from Rivel Mardenborough, who restarted play with a quickly taken throw in, the ball fell to Mitch Botfield who’s well weighted through ball was met by the advancing forward, Mardenborough’ s powerful finish gave Tivi’s keeper Connor no chance and found the far side of the net giving Darlaston a deserved 1-0 lead.

The visitor’s response was to keep attacking the home side Dan Smith was starting to hold off the home defence, bring his teammates into play, Ellis and fellow forward Arman Khoshkhoo benefitting with efforts on Clarkson’s goal.

With just 8 minutes left to the interval the dominance of the game changed. Darlaston doubled their lead the busy Mason sending a 45-yard raking diagonal pass to fellow full back Jones, who just on the by-line pulled the ball back to ex Tividale man Downing, his sublime cross was met with a Reece Mason bullet header beating the static Connor.

Three minutes later after efforts on goal by Podmore, Mardenborough and Botfield following a corner, Mason’s shot was adjudged to be handled by Melvin by Referee Sudbury. Mardenborough who scored a hat-trick on Wednesday saw his effort save by keeper Connor.

Despite the disappointment the home support did not have to wait long for a third goal, and this was another outstanding finish by another ex-Tividale player Liam Wilkinson. Mardenborough after beating the offside trap had seen his effort save by the now busy Connor, he collected the ball out wide on Darlo’s left, and played the ball into the path of Wilkinson, his rocket of a shot went in via the inside of the left hand post to raise even more cheers from the home supporters giving Darlaston a three goal advantage two minutes before the half time interval.

.Half Time: Darlaston Town 1874 3-0 Tividale

The second half started much the same as the first, but both managers made substitutions starting around 55 minutes. Tividale scored in the 61st minute to give them a lifeline, the impressive and busy Arman Khoshkhoo took advantage of some unusual space on the edge of Darlaston’s box, his well struck right foot finish flew past Clarkson giving the visitors some hope of extending their five-game unbeaten run.

This was soon extinguished just two minutes later. A needless foul on Darlaston substitute Tyler Bruck proved costly. Mitch Bitfield’s free kick was met 12 yards out by the forehead of Liam Smith, his outstanding header from 12 yards out beat the again static Connor to give Darlaston a 4-1,

Full Time: Darlaston Town 1874 4-1 Tividale

Tividale: – 1. Louis Connor, 2. Zac Kourouyianni (16. Oliver Fluke 77), 3. Kamol Campbell, 4. Joe Burroughs, 5. Louis Ezewele, 6. Harry Lewis (17. Ryan Snape 33), 7. Malcolm Melvin, 8. Jason Wood (14. David Solademi 68), 9. Dan Smith (12. Nashawn Blake 54), 10. Arman Khoshkhoo (12. Reinaldo Forbes 77) , 11. Jack Fletcher.

Unused Subs:- None.

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AFC Wulfrunians vs Tividale

Midland Football League
Premier Division
Saturday 15th April 2023
AFC Wulfrunians 1- 2 Tividale

Five on the bounce

Five league wins in a row is not easy at any level. But when they come from a side with relegation hovering over them at the start of the run and in the space of just 15 days. It is proof of the togetherness of the management, coaching and playing staff.

It is always an enjoyable trip to our friends at the Castlecroft and a win makes it an even better day. With so many players in the Wulf’s side that Tividale are familiar with, including Curtis Cocking and Brad Welding who have both made over 100 appearances for Tividale in their ranks this was always going to be a strategy battle and in the first half we struggled but in the second half we dominated.

With defenders Joe Burroughs, Louis Ezewele and David Solademi returning after missing the Market Drayton win. Tividale reverted back to a 5-3-2 formation.

The first half was fairly poor from both sides as Tividale failed to put any real pressure on the home side and Wulf’s failed to take advantage of it and put the game out of sight.

It did not help with some awful officiating that due to the inconsistencies and poor decisions. It meant frustrated players on both sides and the game never flowed.

Tividale were already under the cosh when an Ethan Jarrett cross was somehow turned into his own net by Louis Connor in the 9th minute. Connor lost his bearings when trying to palm the cross over away and did not get the ball over his bar.

Welding had a sight of goal on 16 minutes, but his shot sailed wide, and Jake Webb saw his shot on 31 minutes parried by Connor and although Webb was first to the rebound Solademi blocked his follow up.

Tividale’s only chance of the half was also the best move of the half. Jason Wood fired a pass into Dan Smith whose neat touch put in Arman Khoshkhoo, but he failed to hit the target with his shot..

Half Time: AFC Wulfrunians 1-0 Tividale

You felt that the second half had to improve and for Tividale it did. Tividale switched to a 4-3-3 formation at the beginning of the half with Reinaldo Forbes coming on in a wide right position replacing centre back Solademi and the switch brought dividends within the first 10 minutes.

In the 55th minute Tividale with more width to their attacking play got in behind the Wulf’s defence and worked the ball out to Wood on the edge of the box who fired home past the despairing dive of Wulf’s keeper Jake James.

On 72 minutes a Jordan Davies shot after he was put in by Jarrett was brilliantly turned over by Connor, but to the surprise of everyone in the ground a goal kick was given.

Tividale should have taken the lead on 79 minutes when somehow Wulf’s kept out efforts from Smith and Khoshkhoo in what was a mad scramble in their area.

Wulf’s had a chance to get back in the lead on 81 minutes when a Jacob Gwilt cross was turned over the visitor’s bar by Tom Poole. But it was Tividale who hit the winner on 90 minutes.

A Smith break down the Tividale right attracted 3 Wulf’s defenders leaving Khoshkhoo unmarked racing down the left. All Smith had to do was find him with a pass in which he obliged and Khoshkhoo with just James to beat made no mistake.

Full Time: AFC Wulfrunians 1- 2 Tividale

Tividale: – 1. Louis Connor, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 3. Kamol Campbell, 4. Joe Burroughs, 5. Louis Ezewele, 6. David Solademi (14. Reinaldo Forbes 46)  , 7. Harry Lewis, 8. Jason Wood, 9. Dan Smith (12. Nashawn Blake 92), 10. Arman Khoshkhoo, 11. Jack Fletcher.

Unused Subs:- 15. Ashley Oliver, 16. Callum Powell

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