|November 19, 2022||3:00 pm||MFL Premier||2022-23|
Midland Football League
Saturday 19th November 2022
Shifnal Town 2-0 Tividale
No Shiftin home side
(Report courtesy of Shifnal Town)
After the 6-1 midweek win against Coventry United. Tividale were buoyant going into this game against a Shifnal side looking to move into the top two.
The only problem was that the squad was now feeling the effects of 6 weeks of two games a week.
With Jakob Burroughs and Jamie Hunt suspended joining Curtis Cocking, Joe Burroughs, Louis Ezewele, Lewis Taylor-Boyce all unavailable due to injuries
If the home side had taken all of the chances that they created, the game would have been over as a contest by half-time.
As it was, after an early goal, Town supporters were on the edge of their seats until the 89th minute, when they finally put the game to bed.
A cagey start saw both sides sparring for a breakthrough, until the hosts opened the scoring in the 15th minute. Keanu Cooper’s crossfield ball was retrieved by Kane Lewis, who laid it off for Jeremy Abbey. He turned and slotted the ball inside the far post from 12 yards.
Shifnal were close to doubling their lead after 19 minutes, when Mikey Nelson’s cross was half-cleared to Abbey, whose header was turned onto the top of the crossbar by Pete Hawk in the Tividale goal. The resulting corner came to Abbey again, but Hawk dived to turn his low shot round the post for another corner.
The visitors’ first effort on goal came in the 27th minute, when Jason Wood’s 25-yard shot was deflected for a corner. The hosts really should have extended their lead on 35 minutes, when Josh Green’s superb cross found Tyrone Ofori unmarked in front of goal, but his header was too high.
Half Time: – Shifnal Town 1-0 Tividale
Town had a scare 3 minutes after the interval with a quick break which ended with Dan Smith’s 20-yard effort beating Adam Whitehouse, only to come back off the crossbar.
Shifnal were awarded a penalty after 57 minutes when Hawk brought down Nelson in the area, but the keeper atoned for his mistake by saving Abbey’s spot-kick.
A minute later at the other end, Malcolm Melvin had a 20-yard shot turned round the post by Whitehouse as Tividale pressed for an equaliser. 2 minutes later, a low cross from the right was ballooned over by Smith from 10 yards.
Green was unlucky after 62 minutes with a 20-yard free-kick which glanced off a defender’s head for a corner.
The visitors’ substitute Ryan Snape brought a good save from Whitehouse with an angled effort in the 65th minute. Shifnal grabbed the all-important second goal after 89 minutes, when Jack Kelly played the ball out to substitute Luke Walsh, who dribbled across the edge of the penalty area, checked and turned before his shot took a massive deflection and looped over Hawk to decide the game.
Full Time: – Shifnal Town 2-0 Tividale
Tividale: – 1. Peter Hawk, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 3. Brad Welding, 4. Jason wood 5. David Solademi, 6. Matt Hunt, 17. Taylor Townsend, 8. Cody Mulan (14. Jack Fletcher 74), 9. Dan Smith, 10. Malcolm Melvin (15. Cameron East 86) 11. Jack Downing (12. Ryan Snape 63)
Unused Sub: 13. Louis Connor