|October 19, 2021||7:45 pm||Birmingham Senior Cup||2021-22|
Birmingham Senior Cup
Tuesday 19th October 2021
Tividale 1-4 Stourbridge
Stour turn on the Power
On the back of a heavy defeat at the weekend. The hope was to possibly get something from our illustrious friends and neighbours who had begun their season not the way they would have liked.
But they parted company with their previous manager 5 days before tonight’s game. Brought in a caretaker manager and proceeded to win in the league for the second time this season and against a top 4 side 48 hours later. So, we were now up against a level 3 side with their tails up.
Dubbed the Dave King Derby which was a play on the Dave Moyes Derby of the previous weekend due to his link with Tividale and Stourbridge and as Moyes had a link with West Ham and Everton. In a game that that those that were fit were up for. The Boss decided to make a couple of changes from the weekend. Bringing in Dan Bryson and Lewis McPike for Ben Birch and Cameron Milne.
The visitors were as they say “At it” from the kick off and in the 8th minute Daniel Gyasi played in Montel Gibson but the striker shot wide. Gibson was a little closer with his second shot on goal on 13 minutes. But again, he shot wide after a short corner from James McQuilkin.
Tividale by now had got into the game after those early scares and from a whipped in Darragh Bustin free kick in the 27th minute they could have gone ahead as Stourbridge struggled to clear, but no Tividale player could get a touch to it and the visitors were able to clear their lines. Gibson tried another effort on the half hour mark this time with the outside of his right boot but again he failed to hit the target. Then on 32 minutes a Hayden Reeves clearance struck Stourbridge’s Ethan Moran and the ball bounced off him and into the midriff of Tividale keeper Niall Maher and clear.
Stourbridge were now taking control of the game and again but for poor finishing should have been ahead. Tomiwa Solanke failed to keep his shot down after neat work from Darryl Knights. On 39 minutes Knights himself had a chance but it was taken comfortably by Maher. Then in the 40th minutes Stourbridge broke the deadlock and to no surprise it was that man Gibson. With his back to goal and three Tividale players between him and the goal. He somehow worked his way into a shooting position and clipped the ball past the dive of Maher and into the back of the net.
Four minutes later and it was 2-0. Again, good work from Gyasi down the left and he played the ball into Solanke and he had time to steady himself and fire the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of Maher’s net.
Half Time:- Tividale 0-2 Stourbridge
Gibson was again in the thick of the action within the first minute of the second period. But from a Ben Usher-Shipway pass he could not keep his shot on target. But Stourbridge were 3-0 up after just 49 minutes when Melis Bushaj ran on to a Knights cross and he stroked the ball home.
There was now a chance that the visitors would run away with the game, but Tividale had different ideas and in the 51st minute Stourbridge keeper Charlie Price was in action when he beat out a Bustin’s shot. The ball landed at the feet of Elliott Hartley, but he hit the post with his effort and Price was able to put the ball out for a corner. Three minutes later and Tividale reduced the arrears. Bustin collected a long ball from Luke Carter out on the left, cuts inside Usher-Shipway and drilled the ball past Price and into the back of the net.
In the 70th minute Bushaj again tried his luck for Stourbridge, but dragged his shot wide. On 76 minutes the three-goal lead was restored this time Gibson was a yard out when he deflected an on-target Knight shot past Maher. With three minutes to go Stourbridge substitute Tyler Smith nearly made it five with a sliding effort at the back post that was blocked.
So Tividale bow out of another cup competition. But tonight, they went down to a very good Stourbridge side, who were bubbling with confidence and will rise up their league and will be challenging at the business end come May
Full Time:- Tividale 1-4 Stourbridge
Tividale: – 1. Niall Maher, 2. Tom Hurdman (15. Jordan Edwards 74), 3.Darragh Bustin, 4. Hayden Reeves, 5. Dan Bryson, 6. Matt Hunt (16. Brogan Halpin 80), 7. Luke Carter, 8. Lewis McPike (12. Cameron Milne 55), 9. Ethan Greer, 10. Elliott Hartley, 11. Curtis Cocking.
Unused Subs: – 13. Peter Hawk, 14. Ben Birch