|August 16, 2021||7:45 pm||MFL Premier||2021-22|
Midland Football League
Monday 16th August 2021
Romulus 1-0 Tividale
The Rom’s have it
Tividale arrived at the Castle Vale Stadium on the back of a fortunate point gained on Saturday against Whitchurch Allport.
Manager Dave King was able to welcome back Adam Harrison in goal and Dan Bryson in defence. He also gave a start to the returning Curtis Cocking. These changes meant that Peter Hawk, Hayden Reeves and Liam Wilkinson started this game on the bench.
Once again Tividale were slow out of the blocks and Romulus dominated the early play and should have been ahead after just 7 minutes when Umar Zaman put Trea Bertie through but Harrison was quickly off his line to block Bertie’s shot and Elliott Hartley completed the clearance. Two minutes later and Harrison was on hand again to block a Bertie shot. This time the rebound fell to strike partner Kory Burke but Harrison was back up and able to turn his shot around the post.
Tividale had a great chance in the 14th minute when Dan Smith took the ball off Zaman who played it into Ryan Grosvenor who in turn laid it off to the overlapping Brad Welding, whose first-time shot was pushed away by Romulus keeper Stuart Parsons. On 21 minutes from a Dan Bryson free Smith was first to react but again Parsons was equal to his shot. Parrying it away and skipper Cameron Lee hooked clear
On the half hour mark it was back to the Bertie-Harrison show. Once again Bertie was put through but Harrison saved. Tividale were back at it on 39 minutes when a Welding free kick was pushed away by Parsons. Tividale forward Jordan Edwards was then replaced by Tyree Street. Edwards had gone down earlier in the game with a hamstring issue but despite trying to carry on in the end he had to go off.
The home side could have gone into the lead on 42 minutes through Bertie, but this time it was Tividale defender Ben Birch who got in the vital block. From the resulting corner the deadlock was broken on 43 minutes when Lee met Jonathon Haynes corner with a bullet header that gave Harrison no chance.
Half Time: – Romulus 1-0 Tividale
After a cagey start to the half with Romulus dominating possession but Tividale defending well. Tividale had the first real chance on 55 minutes when from a Welding free kick Smith headed over. Bertie then had another chance on 71 minutes, but this one was never going to trouble Harrison. On 75 minutes from a Romulus free kick Lee again rose to head it back across goal. Somehow the ball came back to Lee but this time he headed over.
Tividale had a great chance in the 83rd minute when Hartley was sent away he outpaced Romulus defender Tyreace Brown but Parsons was there to block his shot at his near post. The ball then fell to Tividale substitute Cameron Milne and his half volley was blocked by a Romulus defender. Milne was first to the rebound on the edge of the box but was brought down By Romulus’s Dalintin Ticha. From the resulting free kick Welding just cleared the bar.
In the end on the balance of play Romulus’s the tree points but Tividale had their fair share of chances and it was a massive improvement on Saturday’s performance.
Full Time: – Romulus 1-0 Tividale
Tividale: – 1. Adam Harrison, 2. Dan Bryson, 3. Brad Welding, 4. Luke Carter, 5. Ben Birch (12. Liam Wilkinson 65), 6. Matt Hunt, 7. Curtis Cocking (16. Cameron Milne 71), 8. Ryan Grosvenor, 9. Dan Smith, 10. Jordan Edwards (14. Tyree Clarke 30), 11. Elliott Hartley
Unused Subs: – 13. Peter Hawk, 15. Hayden Reeves