Competition: FA Vase

Tividale vs Ashby Ivanhoe

Isuzu FA Vase
3rd Round Proper
Saturday 16th December 2023
Tividale 1-2 Ashby Ivanhoe

Tivi bow out. 

.In a very tight game played on a very heavy pitch two instinctive finishes, sandwiching a superb strike ended Tividale’s FA Vase journey for the 2023-24 season.

This game was actually played at the third attempt of asking after it had been postponed on the previous 2 Saturday’s It was tough on Ashby Ivanhoe that according to the competition rules the game had to be switched because there was no way The Beeches would have been playable either.

Once again Tividale Boss, Stuart How rang out the changes from the side that last played 18 days ago, with Louis Connor, Callum Gillies, Lewis Wright, Joe Burroughs, and Cody Mullan replacing Trevor Beech, Cameron East, Kamol Campbell, Jakob Burroughs and Max Morris, respectively.

Tividale had the best of the opening half hour, and it took a great challenge from Macauley Holmes to prevent Ewan Edwards  the opening goal after just six minutes, and later in the half, Sam Taylor produced an outstanding save, flying to his right to instinctively turn a goal bound Lewis Wright strike over the crossbar.

Ivanhoe took the lead with virtually their first sight of goal. Jake Conkay’s corner was poorly dealt with and Will Groocock was first to react to the loose ball, stabbing it home from no more than a couple of yards.

The goal settled the visitors down. Buoyed by their lead, and they  looked the more likely to get the next goal in the final 10 minutes of the half.

Half Time:- Tividale 0-1 Ashby Ivanhoe

Tividale made a change at half time bringing on Ryan Snape in place of Taylor-Boyce and inside 10 minutes , he brilliantly equalised, cutting inside from the left an unleashing a perfect strike into the top corner.

10 minutes later in the 65th minute and Ashby were back ahead After a flick-on from Taylor’s long goal kick, Grouse found himself beating Tividale’s high line and he unleashed a perfectly weighted half volley, beating Connor over his head and into the net.

Tividale were left stunned but had the majority of the possession in the final 25 minutes. but  Ashby’s back four though remained disciplined and held firm, as the home side pressed for a second equaliser.

Full Time:-Tividale 1-2 Ashby Ivanhoe

Tividale:- 1. Louis Connor, 2. Zac Kourouyianni (12. Cameron East 70), 3. Callum Gillies, 4. Lewis Wright, 5. Joe Hawkins, 6. Joe Burroughs, 7. Taylor Townsend, 8, Cain Smith (16. Max Morris 46), 14. Cody Mullan, 17. Ewan Edwards, 19. Lewis Taylor-Boyce (11. Ryan Snape 46).

Unused Subs:- 10. James Douglas, 13. Roman Davies, 15. Kamol Campbell


1Louis Connor Goalkeeper
2Zacharias Kourouyianni 12 Defender
3Callum Gillies Defender
5Joe Hawkins Defender
6Joseph Burroughs Defender
7Private: Taylor Townsend Midfielder
8Private: Cain Smith 16 Midfielder
11Lewis Wright Defender
14Private: Cody Mullan Midfielder
17Ewan Edwards Forward
19Lewis Taylor-Boyce 20 Forward
10Private: James Douglas Midfielder
13Roman Davies Goalkeeper
12Private: Cameron East 2 Defender
15Kamol Campbell Defender
16Max Morris 8 Midfielder
20Ryan Snape 19 Midfielder 55'

Tividale vs Shirebrook Town

Isuzu FA Vase
2nd Round Proper
Saturday 11th November 2023
Tividale 2-0 Shirebrook Town

Tough for Tivi but Two for Townsend,

You would think that Tividale are now becoming a bit of a cup team, winning their last four cup matches. Truth be known is that their last four games have all been cup games. But the manner that they got over the line in this one showed a mentality that is needed in their league campaign.

Make no mistake this It was not a game for the puris and the heavy pitch condition ensured that. We don’t know enough about Shirebrook to comment, but Tividale will play a lot better this season and come away with nothing.

Manager Stuart How had to make a number of changes, with not only losing both centre backs (Joe Hawkins and Taryll Davis) from the starting line up against Wisbech Town but also Cody Mullan to injury. This meant switching Zac Kourouyianni to centre back alongside the returning Joe Burroughs. Giving a start to the returning Lewis Wright in place of Zac at right back and Jakob Burroughs came in for Mullan.

The good news was the first appearance this season (since he got injured in pre season) of Malcolm Melvin who started on the bench. Also on the bench after returning from long term injuries was Lewis Taylor-Boyce and Nashawn Blake.

The first half never really got going and the first of the decent chances came in the 6th minute when Shirebrook’s Josh Devereux fired wide. On 11 minutes Tividale’s first effort on goal came via a james Douglas free kick that sailed wide.

A mix up in the home defence on 14 minutes allowed Kieran Watson to have a crack at goal but again it was off the target. Watson had an effort that bounced off the top of the cross bar, and a Wright free kick on 35 minutes that forced Shirebrook keeper Warren Squires into a regulation save was the last of the decent first half chances.

Half Time:- Tividale 0-0 Shirebrook Town

After a fairly eventless first half, dominated by defences their was hope that the second period would be better and for the first 15 minutes it was business as normal until on the hour a Wright  throw in, into Taylor Townsend and from the edge of the box, his shot beat Squires at his near post and put tividale 1-0 up.

Just like buses, you wait ages for one and all of a sudden two come and that is what happened here. From a 68th minute Callum Gillies throw, Cain Smith helped the ball on into the danger area and with Squires hesitating on the edge of his area, Townsend nipped in and headed the ball home.

Tividale now looked like the side that would stretch their lead and shot’s from Wright and Townsend threatened the Shirebrook goal.

Shirebrook had a great chance of getting back into the game when Shirebrook’s Watson went down under the slightest of touches by substitute Cameron East



Full Time:- Tividale 2-0 Shirebrook Town

Tividale: – 1. Louis Connor, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 3. Callum Gillies, 4. Jakob Burroughs (12. Cameron East 57), 5. Lewis Wright (16. Max Morris 87), 6. Joe Burroughs, 7. Taylor Townsend, 8. Cain Smith (11. Malcolm Melvin 83), 9. Dominic Dell, 10. James Douglas, 17. Ewan Edwards

Unused Sub:- 14. Cody Mullan, 15. Nashawn Blake, 19. Lewis Taylor Boyce


1Louis Connor Goalkeeper
2Zacharias Kourouyianni Defender
3Callum Gillies Defender
4Jakob Burroughs 21 Midfielder
6Joseph Burroughs Defender
7Private: Taylor Townsend Midfielder 60', 68'
8Private: James Douglas Midfielder
9Private: Dominic Dell Forward
12Lewis Wright 16 Defender
15Private: Cain Smith 22 Midfielder
17Ewan Edwards Forward
14Private: Cody Mullan Midfielder
16Max Morris 12 Midfielder
19Lewis Taylor-Boyce Forward
21Private: Cameron East 4 Defender
22Malcolm Melvin 15 Midfielder
24Nashawn Blake Forward

Wisbech Town vs Tividale (Tivi win 4-3 on Penalties)

Isuzu FA Vase
1st Round Proper
Saturday 28th October 2023
Wisbech Town 2-2 Tividale
(Tividale win 4-3 on Penalties)

Connor the pen hero

Tividale made it three cup wins on the bounce in another closely fought game this time away at a particularly good Wisbech Town. In the end it was Louis Connor’s three penalty saves that was the difference between the two teams.

Tividale dominated the first period and could have been three up had it not been for the woodwork. Yet it was Wisbech who had the first threat on goal when Toby Allen headed over a 2nd minute free kick. On 15 minutes Tividale hit the post through Ewan Edwards, the ball then came to Cain Smith who saw his shot come back off the cross bar and landed at the feet of James Douglas who shot over. Wisbech full back Sisa Tuntulwana then whipped a cross that took a deflection that sent it just went wide of Louis Connor’s far post.

Tividale struck the woodwork for a third time on 24 minutes when Edwards’s shot beat Wisbech keeper Daniel George, but this effort also come back off his far post. Tividale made the breakthrough five minutes later on 29 minutes when a driving run from Cody Mullan enabled an unmarked Townsend to finish off the move by stroking the ball past George.

Wisbech ended the half the better side and had three golden chances First on 32 minutes Allen brought a comfortable save out of Connor. On 37 minutes Tuntulwana thrashed the ball high and wide when through on goal and a couple of minutes later Amir Ward’s cross was headed over by Christian Assombalonga

Half Time :- Wisbech Town 0-1 Tividale

Wisbech started the second period as they started the first with a great chance. But this time they took it in the opening minutes. When Ward stroked the ball home after being set up by  Aaron Hart in the 46th minute.

Wisbech continued to press but Ward blazed his shot over the bar when well-placed and the home side also hit the post and had two chances to score in an almighty goalmouth scramble. It seemed certain that the Fenmen would go on to win but the visitors then took advantage of the back pass to restore their lead.

The turning point in the match came after 73 minutes when, with Wisbech in command, a disastrous attempted back pass by defender Kern Miller resulted in a gift for striker Dom Dell, who slotted into an empty net to put his side 2-1 up.

Wisbech continued to press and equalised when sub Rob Conyard found the net with an angled shot, with his first touch of the ball, after 83 minutes and that is how it ended. Then to penalties.

Full Time :- Wisbech Town 2-2 Tividale

And so straight to penalties.

Robert Conyard (Wisbech) – Saved 0-0
James Douglas (Tividale) – Scored 0-1
Sam Murphy (Wisbech) – Scores 1-1
Dominic Dell (Tividale) – Saved 1-1
Christian Assombalonga (Wisbech) – Scores 2-1
Taylor Townsend (Tividale) – Saved 2-1
Sisa Tuntulwana (Wisbech) – Saved 2-1
Ryan Snape (Tividale) – Scores 2-2
Daniel George  (Wisbech) – Scores – 3-2
Jakob Burroughs (Tividale) – Scores 3-3

Sudden Death
Amir Ward  (Wisbech) – Saved – 3-3
Cody Mullan (Tividale) – Scores 4-3

Penalties Result:- Wisbech Town 3-4 Tividale

Tividale: – 1. Louis Connor, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 3. Callum Gillies (15. Kamol Campbell 60), 5. Joe Hawkins, 7. Taylor Townsend, 8. Cain Smith (4. Jakob Burroughs 70), 9. Dominic Dell, 10. James Douglas, 14. Cody Mullan, 17. Ewan Edwards (11. Ryan Snape 70), 18. Taryll Davis

Unused Sub:- 6. Joe Burroughs, 13. Roman Davies, 16. Max Morris


1Louis Connor Goalkeeper
2Zacharias Kourouyianni Defender
3Callum Gillies 23 Defender
5Joe Hawkins Defender
7Private: Taylor Townsend Midfielder 30'
8Private: James Douglas Midfielder
9Private: Dominic Dell Forward 76'
14Private: Cody Mullan Midfielder
15Private: Cain Smith 4 Midfielder
17Ewan Edwards 20 Forward
18Taryll Davis Defender
13Roman Davies Goalkeeper
4Jakob Burroughs 15 Midfielder
6Joseph Burroughs Defender
16Max Morris Midfielder
20Ryan Snape 17 Midfielder
23Kamol Campbell 3 Defender

Tividale vs Shawbury United

Isuzu FA Vase
2nd Qualifying Round
Saturday 23rd September 2023
Tividale 1-0 Shawbury United

Edwards put’s Tividale in the bag

As normal games against lower ranked oppositions have all the possibilities of an upset and going down to 10 men in the 44th minute made it very likely. But the Tividale of the last couple of weeks are made of sterner stuff and on chances it should have been a lot more comfortable.

Tividale made four changes to the side that gained a point against Stourport swifts 11 days ago. Zac Kourouyianni, Kamol Campbell. Jake Lloyd and Ewan Edwards coming in for Callum Gillies, Nashawn Blake, Max Morris, and Joe Hawkins.

Tividale’s Evans was a constant menace to the Shawbury defence down the right throughout the first half and but for last ditch defending and some smart keeping from Shawbury custodian Max Williams the home side would have wrapped this game up at half time. Williams did exceptionally well to tip a thunderbolt of a shot from Dom Dell onto the bar in the 24th minute. 15 minutes later and Shawbury’s Cody Rimmer gets through on goal, but Tividale keeper Louis Connor denies him with a fine save,

Right at the end of the half the gam hit a new level. On 44 minutes Tividale’s James Douglas was shown a red card for what the referee interpreted as violent conduct. His explanation was that Douglas raised his hands to an opposition player. An action after a challenge that Douglas does not recall and there seemed to be no reaction from the opposition player.

The dismissal was the spark that Tividale needed and in the 3rd minute of added time Evans again broke down the right but instead of cutting the ball back into the danger area, he drilled the ball past Williams at his near post and into the back of the net.

Half Time:-Tividale 1-0 Shawbury United

Throughout the second half Shawbury with the extra man became more of a goal threat, but the Tividale back line was fairly comfortable in containing them and the hard-working Dell could have extended the home sides lead on a couple of occasions. 

But in the end, it is the home side that make it through to the next round and the draw gave Tividale an away trip to Cambridgeshire where we will face Wisbech Town on Saturday 21st October.

Full Time:-Tividale 1-0 Shawbury United

Tividale: – 1. Louis Connor, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 5. Kamol Campbell, 6. Joe Burroughs, 7. Taylor Townsend, 8. Jake Lloyd, 9. Dominic Dell 10. James Douglas, 14, Cody Mullan, 17. Ewan Edwards (11. Ryan Snape 76), 19. Lewis Taylor Boyce (4. Jakob Burroughs 57)

Unused Subs:- 3. Callum Gillies, 12. Nashawn Blake, 13. Tim Beech, 15. Marcus Beckford, 16. Max Morris