Competition: FA Cup

Tividale vs Spalding United

Emirates FA Cup
1st Qualifying Round
Saturday 4th September 2021
Tividale 0-1 Spalding United

What if’s & Maybe’s

With the previous wins against Shifnal Town and AFC Wulfruniuns both teams playing in our division. The next round saw us against Spalding United from the Northern Premier League and playing their football at a level above us.

With the 2 Dan’s, Bryson, and Smith unavailable and Manager Dave King made three changes to the side that beat Bewdley Town on Bank Holiday Monday. In came forwards Lewis McPike for his first game of the season and Jordan Edwards who had been out since the Romulus game.

Dave also made a tactical change. Relieving Elliot Hartley of his striker’s role and putting him back into his more natural wing back role and replacing Hayden Reeves who is still not 100% fit with Tom Hurdman in the centre of defence.

It was Spalding who had the first decent chance in just the 3rd minute. When forward Greg Smith tested the capabilities of the Tividale keeper with a long-range looping shot that Adam Harrison had to scrambled back for and tipped the ball over the cross bar. Tividale’s first real attack came in the 10th minutes when a telling Hartley cross evaded Michael Duggan in the Spalding goal, but full back Glenn Yala headed the ball out for a corner at the back post.

Spalding had a spell of three corners in quick succession as they began to exert some pressure on the Tividale back line, but the home side came through with their goal intact, ending with a Scott Floyd effort that flew wide. On 27 minutes Tividale had a great chance to open the scoring. A Cameron Milne free kick was knocked down by Matt Hunt at the back post and McPike’s shot was well saved by Duggan.

A minute later and Spalding had a sniff of a chance. Tividale defender Ben Birch’s attempted pass back to Harrison was going to fall well short but the keeper was alert to the situation and raced out to lash the ball clear from the advancing Chris Assombalonga.

On 31 minutes Spalding’s Stefan Broccoli tried an effort that was blocked. A Tividale free kick on 38 minutes from the edge of the area and taken by Brad Welding forced Duggan into an excellent save. And then on 44 minutes a long throw from Welding was flicked on by Birch but Edwards could only send his cushioned volley wide

Half Time Tividale 0-0 Spalding United

The second half could not have started any worse for the home side. On 47 minutes the ball is played across the Tividale box Harrison can only palm the ball away to Floyd and his cross back into the box is deflected up in the air. The deflection flat foots the Tividale defence and the ball is not cleared, and Broccoli is there to nod the ball home from 4 yards.

Spalding were now again looking to take the upper hand and half-time substitute Marcus Maddison was looking dangerous with a couple of shots saved by Harrison. The first on 50 minutes when Assombalonga played the ball out to him on the right, he cut in and hit it forcing Harrison into a decent save and the second on 55 minutes but this one never troubled Harrison.

The game was then held up for about 8 minutes from the hour mark when Spalding defender Hugo Atkinson went down and had to be stretchered off with what we all hope was not a serious injury.

Broccoli then had a great chance when after some great work from Assombalonga on 71 minutes. The forward played the ball into Broccoli, but he shot wide from 12 yards. Tividale’s Cameron Milne was unlucky in the 74th minute when a Tividale corner landed nicely for him, but his half volley was blocked by Duggan who knew little about it.

On 75 minutes Assombalonga created another great chance for the visitors. Again, he attacked the right side of the Tividale box, gets to the bye line, pulled the ball back to Floyd who in turn rolled the ball into the path of Broccoli who again missed the target with his shot. This time blazing it over the bar.

On 84 minutes a Tividale free kick was played into the Spalding United penalty are. Tividale’s appeals for a penalty were turned down. I think VAR would have reversed the decision on the photographic evidence provided on the following page.

On 92 minutes a Spalding free kick into the box and Harrison is unable to hold the ball under pressure from Assombalonga but he was able get up and block the shot from Floyd.

Tividale had the last decent chance of the game in the 95th minute when Hunt is unable to get his header on target from a Welding free kick

Full Time Tividale 0-1 Spalding United

So Tividale bowed out of this season’s FA Cup with a battling performance that deserved at least a replay and maybe on another day they could have been in the hat for the 2nd Qualifying Round.

But best of luck to Spalding United in the next round. And the rest of their season

The news on Spalding’s Hugo Atkinson was that he was taken to hospital with possible ligament damage. We hope he makes a full and speedy recovery

Tividale: – 1. Adam Harrison, 2. Tom Hurdman, 3. Brad Welding, 4. Luke Carter (14. Brogan Halpin 76), 5. Ben Birch, 6. Matt Hunt, 7. Curtis Cocking, 8. Cameron Milne (15. Ryan Grosvenor 76), 9. Lewis McPike, 10. Jordan Edwards (12. Hayden Reeves 54), 11. Elliott Hartley.

Unused Subs: – 13. Peter Hawks.




1Adam Harrison Goalkeeper
2Tom Hurdman Defender
3Bradley Welding Defender
4Luke Carter 27 Midfielder
6Matthew Hunt Defender
9Jordan Edwards 5 Forward
10Lewis McPike Forward
11Elliott Hartley Midfielder
12Curtis Cocking Midfielder
15Cameron Milne 7 Midfielder
18Ben Birch Defender
5Hayden Reeves 9 Defender
7Private: Ryan Grosvenor 15 Midfielder
13Private: Peter Hawk Goalkeeper
22TJ Munthali Defender
27Brogan Halpin 4 Midfielder


Tividale vs AFC Wulfrunians

The match report below is based on the excellent The Footie Post football blog. Tividale FC would like to thank Ben at The Footie Post for his kind permission in allowing us to use his report. A more detailed post including histories of both teams can be seen here on The excellent Footie Post blog.

Emirates FA Cup
Preliminary Round
Saturday 21st August 2021
Tividale 2-1 AFC Wulfruniuns

A game of two Tivi’s

Tividale came into this game on the back of three different results and three different performances. The win against Shifnal Town in the previous round was an excellent result and performance. They followed it up with a shocking display against Whitchurch Alport in a game that somehow they scrambled a draw out of, purely down to the never say die atitude of the lad’s. Something that this squad of players will always have. Then on Monday night even though we were on the wrong end of a 1-0 result against a very good Romulus side. There was a marked improvement in our performance.

For today’s game with Jordan Edwards injured and Tom Hurdman returning. Elliott Hartley was pushed up as the second striker alongside Dan Smith, in the only changes to the side that started against Romulus. Elliott was put up top due to Tyree Clarke also unavailble and Lewis McPike still out injured.

The opening exchanges were quite even and it was Ryan Grosvenor who had the first decent chance with a free kick that just went wide of Wulf’s keeper Tom Haywards left hand post. A minute later and Wulf’s had the first shot on target when a Craig Gregg shot was comfortably fielded by Adam Harrison.

Harrison had to be quick off his line in the 23rd minute to deny Wulf’s Jack Till and then Grosvenor tried nother long distance effort that again did not trouble Hayward. Back came Wulf’s, this time an Aaron Bishop shot providing catching practice for Harrison

On 32 minutes a James Hill corner caused panic in the Tividale defence. Ben Birch could only clear it as far as Adam Meacham who headed over the bar. But Tividale were back at it in a see saw half when on 36 minutes Grosvenor found Smith and his shot was turned around the post by Hayward for a corner.

It was Wulf’s that went ahead after 38 minutes when Jamie Meddows threaded the ball through to Gregg and he pulled it back for Bishop to beat Harrison from close range. In what was the last piece of decent action in the half.

While the first half performance was a lot better than that 45 minutes against Whitchurch. Everyone at Tividale knew that the performance was nowhere good enough at this level.

Half Time:- Tividale 0-1 AFC Wulfrunians

Once again we have no idea what was said at the break but Tividale were a different side after the break. On 47 minutes a Brad Welding corner was met with a deft touch by Luke Carter but the ball spun agonisingly the wrong side of Haywards far post. It was now all Tividale and on 55 minutes they were level. Hartley closed down Wulf’s defender Matt Johnson disposseses him, out paces the Wulf’s defence, rolls the ball into the path of Welding who gives Hayward no chance from 8 yards.

Tividale were now enjoying the majority of the posession but Wulf’s were still dangerous on the counter and Harrison had to be on his toes to race out and clear any danger.  On 69 minutes the game was turned on its head. Haywards kick is shanked and it goes out for a home throw. The quick throw sends Smith away and when left one on one with Hayward the keeper was beaten by a neat crisp finish.

Hartley could have rounded off his superb performance with a goal on 73 minutes. Tividale sub Cameron Milne gets to the bye line and cuts the ball back but the striker just fails to get close enough to get the ball under control and it runs away for a goal kick.

Tividale then showed excellent game managemen in the final 15 minutes as they ran down the clock until the final whistle.

So for the second season in succesion Tividale go into First Qualifying Round and the draw paired us with Spalding United to be played here at The Beeches on Saturday 4th September

Full Time:- Tividale 2-1 AFC Wulfrunians

Tividale: – 1. Adam Harrison, 2. Tom Hurdman, 3. Brad Welding, 4. Ben Birch, 5. Dan Bryson, 6. Matt Hunt, 7. Curtis Cocking (12. Cameron Milne 70), 8. Ryan Grosvenor, 9. Dan Smith, 10. Luke Carter, 11. Elliott Hartley

Unused Subs: – 13. Peter Hawk, 14. Hayden Reeves



1Adam Harrison Goalkeeper
2Tom Hurdman Defender
3Bradley Welding Defender
4Luke Carter Midfielder
6Matthew Hunt Defender
7Private: Ryan Grosvenor Midfielder
11Elliott Hartley Midfielder
12Curtis Cocking 15 Midfielder
14Daniel Smith Forward
18Ben Birch Defender
20Daniel Bryson Defender
5Hayden Reeves Defender
13Private: Peter Hawk Goalkeeper
15Cameron Milne 12 Midfielder

Tividale vs Shifnal Town

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



1Adam Harrison Goalkeeper
2Tom Hurdman Defender
3Bradley Welding Defender
4Luke Carter Midfielder
6Matthew Hunt Defender
7Private: Ryan Grosvenor 15 Midfielder
8Private: Liam Wilkinson Midfielder
9Jordan Edwards 21 Forward 29'
11Elliott Hartley Midfielder
14Daniel Smith Forward 64'
18Ben Birch Defender
13Private: Peter Hawk Goalkeeper
15Cameron Milne 7 Midfielder
20Daniel Bryson Defender
21Tyree Clarke 9 Forward
22TJ Munthali Defender


Images from the game can be seen -> HERE <-, courtesy of Focus Dunn Photography.