|August 7, 2021||3:00 pm||FA Cup||2021-22|
Emirate Sponsored FA Cup
Extra Preliminary Roned
Saturday 7th August 2021
Tividale 2-0 Shifnal Town
Tividale have to put a put a Shift in
Tividale kicked off in what we all hoped would be an uninterrupted 2021-2022 campaign with a Emirates Sponsored FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie against newly promoted Shifnal Town.
After a mixed pre session where we started slowly but ended it with a decent final performance maybe the draw pairing us with the all conquering and deservedly promoted side following two frustrating seasons from Shropshire was possibly not the ideal start. But we have to start somewhere so it was a case of so be it.
It is now the norm to kick off our season with the FA Cup on the first Saturday in August and with the final next May it has to be one of the longest annual competitions in the country.
Manager Dave King gave a debut to new signing Jordan Edwards and also started Ben Birch and Ryan Grosvenor who both came back to the club in pre season. The rest of the squad was the lad’s who had been with the Boss for many of this his 5 previous seasons.
For the first 15 minutes it was the visitors that had the better of the possession while Tividale looked dangerous on the counter but neither keeper was troubled and just as Tividale had seemed to seen out the storm. The game took a dramatic turn in the 29th minute. Shifnal centre half Jake Lloyd was penalised for a challenge on the half way line. Referee Thomas Johnson deemed it a yellow card but it was immediately followed by a red card much to the bemusement of every one in the ground.
From the resulting free kick the ball was played back into Edwards who opened his Tividale account with a neat finish.
Shifnal adjusted immediately to the loss of Lloyd and were soon back on the front foot and 0n 30 minutes they had a great chance to level a Rees Wedderburn cross was met by Tom Hill but he headed wide. The rest of the half was a mirror image of the first 15 minutes. Shifnal knocking but Tividale not letting them in.
Half Time :- Tividale 1-0 Shifnal Town
Shifnal were at Tividale from the start of the second half and had the first decent chance of the half when captain Tom Taylor headed over a Jay Holdcroft corner and a couple of minutes later Tividale keeper Adam Harrison parried a Hill shot and Matt Hunt completed the clearance. Then on 59 minutes Shifnal’s Brad Sharman wqs put clean through but his unconvincing shot was smothered by Harrison
A couple of minutes later Tividale showed there clinical side. Jones in trying to play the ball out whilst maybe putting his foot through it was the better option, was dispossessed by Dan Smith and once left with a one on one with Shifnal keeper Jake James he cooly slotted the ball past him to double Tividale’s lead.
The second goal seemed to end the Shifnal resistance and for the first time in the game Tividale were in the ascendancy and should have added to their score.
On 71 minutes Tividale had a golden chance to go three up when another unforced error by the Shifnal defence led to Smith racing in on goal only to be brought down in the area by Shifnal defender Brandon Taylor. From the resulting spot kick James pulled off a great save to deny Luke Carter. Carter also failed to convert the rebound.
Tividale saw out the rest of the game with no real scare apart from a Shifnal free kick in the dying stages but Tividale were in no mood to concede and the wall did it’s job.
So in summary it was a good start to the season against decent opposition. Although it is ua that now meet AFC Wulfruniuns in the next round. Watch out for this Shifnal Town team. They will be there or there about this season
Full Time :- Tividale 2-0 Shifnal Town
Tividale Team :- 1. Adam Harrison, 2. Tom Hurdman, 3. Brad Welding, 4. Luke Carter, 5. Ben Birch, 6. Matt Hunt, 7. Ryan Grosvenor (14. Cameron Milne 70), 8. Liam Wilkinson, 9. Dan Smith, 10. Jordan Edwards (15. Tyree Clarke 75)
Unused Subs :- 12. Dan Bryson, 13. Peter Hawk, 16. TJ Munthali
Images from the game can be seen -> HERE <-, courtesy of Focus Dunn Photography.