Date Time Competition Season
August 14, 2023 7:45 pm MFL Premier 2023-24


Midland Football League
Premier Division
Monday 14th August 2023
Romulus 4-3 Tividale

Tividale suffer stoppage time heartache

Manager Stuart How made three changes from the previous game. He had injuries to Zac Kourouyianni and Jason Wood who were replaced by Elliot Sumnall and Ryan Snape and Callum Gillies came in for Kamol Campbell who dropped too the bench

The following match report is courtesy of Rhys Beardmore for the Midland Football League

The opening 20 minutes of the match were eventful with both teams having a number of chances. Tividale had an early chance with Dom Dell getting into a good position near the edge of the box before shooting straight at Lewis Gwilliams. Romulus opened the scoring minutes later with Luke Keen scoring from a header in the box in the 4th minute to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

Stephen Palmer had a brilliant strike moments later that was well saved by Louis Connor in the 6th minute. The save was a crucial moment in the first half as it allowed the visitors to settle into the match and build a bit of momentum as the half went on.

None the less, Romulus were still building good attacks throughout the first half with Jordan Francis standing out on the left wing and making things happen for the Roms. He constantly delivered good balls into the box for the hosts.

A player who stood out throughout the first half for Tividale was Dom Dell who had a few half chances for the visitors and was linking up play well going forwards prior to the equaliser. He managed to score from a corner through a shot at the far post in the 22nd minute to make it 1-1.

The remaining period of the first half was cagey and an interesting battle in a competitive match. Jakob Burroughs played an important role for Tividale in holding midfield and helped the visitors grow into the game as the half went on and build a bit of confidence.

Tividale had a good chance to take the lead on the half-hour mark when Ryan Snape had a shot that was tipped over the bar by Lewis Gwilliams in the Romulus goal. The hosts managed to hold on to Tividale growing into the match and went into HT 1-1 in an intriguing match.

Half Time: Romulus 1-1 Tividale

​The second half started in a similar fashion to the first with Romulus managing to take the lead early and settle into it. Jordan Francis was on hand to score and put the ball into an empty net following a shot that hit the post and came to the winger. He calmly finished into the bottom left corner to make it 2-1.

The hosts managed to score again to make it 3-1 in the 64th minute when Fin Douglas played a brilliant ball to Luke Keen who finished well into the bottom right corner. It was an excellent passage of play from Romulus that underlined what they can do going forward this season.

Just as Romulus were starting to control the match, Tividale managed to get a goal back. Substitute Joe Hawkins scored from a corner in the 67th minute to set up a nervy finish. Romulus responded by creating a brilliant chance of their own with Harry Goode striding forward and playing a quality through ball to Luke Keen who had a shot on target well saved by Louis Connor in the Tividale goal in the 71st minute.

Tividale started to put a sustained run of pressure on the Romulus goal throughout the next 15 minutes of the match with the hosts looking to hold on and get a result. The visitors managed to score a late equaliser in the 85th minute through an excellent header by substitute Ewen Edwards following a good cross into the box to make it 3-3.

Following the equaliser Tividale were going forward with purpose looking to get the win with Romulus defender Cameron Lee doing a great job at the back and heading key balls away from danger when it mattered for the hosts late on.

As Romulus were able to withstand the pressure, the match looked like it was heading for an eventful draw until a dramatic finish to the match in the final few minutes. A moment of inspiration from Stephen Palmer deep into injury time gave Romulus a huge win following an outstanding strike from the edge of the box that sent the home supporters ecstatic.

Full Time: Romulus 4-3 Tividale

Tividale: – 1. Louis Connor, 3. Callum Gillies, 4. Jakob Burroughs (19. Lewis Taylor-Boyce 80), 6. Joe Burroughs, 7. Taylor Townsend, 9. Dominic Dell (15. Kamol Campbell 90), 10. Ryan Snape (17. Ewan Edwards 55), 11. Arman Khoshkhoo, 12. Elliot Sumnall (6. Max Morris 59) 14. Cody Mullan, 18. Taryll Davis (5. Joe Hawkins 55)

Unused Subs:- None