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Date Time Competition Season
January 13, 2024 3:00 pm Midland Football League Cup 2023-24


Midland Football League Cup
4th Round
Saturday 13th January 2024
Tividale 0-4 Highgate United

Second Best

Tividale’s slump continued with another disappointing defeat, this time in the league cup and at the hands of high flying Highgate United.

Due to both club’s going out of the FA Vase in the previous round, both had a free Saturday and so this game was arranged, which was unusual for a cup fixture normally played in mid-week.

As with all their cup games manager Stuart How made a swarth of changes, actually 8 in total for this game with Tim Beech, James Douglas, Arman Khoshkhoo, Kamol Campbell, Cody Mullan, Ryan Snape, Max Morris, and Lewis Taylor-Boyce replacing Louis Connor, Callum Gillies, Jakob Burroughs, Joe Burroughs, Taylor Townsend, Jack Till, Lewis Wright, and Ewan Edwards

Highgate were literally on top from the 1st to the 90th minute in this game and could have gone ahead as early as the 5th minute when a long throw was not dealt with by the Tividale defence and Douglas had to clear the ball off the line. But there again Tividale could have gone ahead in the 9th minute when a poor defensive pass allowed Khoshkhoo in and he played the ball into Snape, but Highgate keeper Reece Francis spotted the danger and was quickly out to stop Snape’s shot with his legs.

Highgate continued to press and may feel they should have done better in the 12th minute when a James Wilcock cross was met by Connor Mooney, but his header was straight at Beech who took it comfortably.

It was on the half hour when the next chance came, and it was a rare one to the home side when a Morris shot was deflected wide of Francis’s post. Highgate then deservedly took the lead 3 minutes later when a mishit Zac Kourouyianni pass fell to Mooney, who in turn played the ball into Basset Mandey who’s shot beat Beech from 5 yards out.

Khoshkhoo tried his luck from distance in the 41st minute but it was deflected wide for a corner, but it was the visitors that finished the half the strongest when they had two great chances in the last 5 minutes of the half. First when Nehemia Zazi just failed to get on the end of a Wilcock cross and then Liam Cairns headed over a Kartel O’Neil-Martin corner.

Half Time:- Tividale 0-1 Highgate United

Tividale could have gone two nil down in the 48th minute, when somehow, they survived a period when the ball was flashing around the home area like a pin ball, but Tividale cleared the ball in the end. In the 53rd minute the visitors were 2-0 up when another long throw was again not dealt with, and the ball came out to O’Neil-Martin who fired home.

Dom Dell had a chance to cut the deficit in the 61st minute when Francis parried his original shot, but he put the rebound wide. On 67 minutes it was back to Highgate with the chance, after a neat Mandey pass to substitute Tom Cole but Cole fired over.

With 15 minutes to go the game was over as a contest when Aaron Williams cut through the Tividale defence, picked his spot, and fired past Beech to make it 3-0. With 85 minutes on the clock another sweeping Highgate move ended with Josh O’Grady skimming the crossbar.

As the game moved into second half injury time on 91 minutes Jake Collins was adjudged to have been brought down in the area and it was Collin’s himself who stepped up and beat Beech from the spot. This put an end to the misery for Tividale.

To be brutally honest the majority of the replacements in this game have done their cause of getting into the starting lineup of the next game no good at all with this display.

Tividale:- 1. Tim Beech, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 5. Joe Hawkins, 9. Dominic Dell, 10. James Douglas, 11. Arman Khoshkhoo (8. Nashawn Blake 61), 12. Kamol Campbell (3.Callum Gillies 69), 14. Cody Mullan (7. Taylor Townsend 69), 15. Ryan Snape, 16. Max Morris (4. Malcolm Melvin 61), 19. Lewis Taylor-Boyce (6. Joe Burroughs 53),

Unused Subs:- None


33Tim Beech Goalkeeper
2Zacharias Kourouyianni Defender
5Joe Hawkins Defender
9Private: Dominic Dell Forward
10Private: James Douglas Midfielder
14Private: Cody Mullan 7 Midfielder
15Kamol Campbell 3 Defender
16Max Morris 22 Midfielder
19Lewis Taylor-Boyce 6 Forward
20Ryan Snape Midfielder
23Arman Khoshkhoo 24 Forward
3Callum Gillies 15 Defender
6Joseph Burroughs 19 Defender
7Private: Taylor Townsend 14 Midfielder
22Malcolm Melvin 16 Midfielder
24Nashawn Blake 23 Forward