Competition: MFL Premier

Tividale vs Congleton Town

Midland Football League
Premier Division
Tuesday 16th April 2024
Tividale 0-5 Congleton Town

Five Star Champions.

The newly crowned league champions were Tividale’s final visitors of the 2023-24 season and although Tividale battled for over an hour, but the gulf in final league positions showed as Congleton Town ran out 5-0 winners.

Again, a number of changes were made as Joel Harrison, Jack Till, Ryan Snape, and Ewan Edwards came in for Lewis Wright, Callum Powell, Tom Cole, and Lewis Taylor-Boyce.

As expected, the visitors did the majority of the early running and Brian Barton goal was ruled offside after just 3 minutes. A minute later and good Tividale defending denied a Marco Fregapane shot on goal. Tividale’s Joe Burroughs was on hand in the 9th minute to intercept a Max McCarthy shot as he was teed up by Thomas Hampton.

In the 11th minute the ball was popping around like it was in a pin ball machine and it took some great defensive work from Craig Gregg to complete the clearance. Louis Connor then came to the rescue on 17 minutes when he turned away a thunderbolt from McCarthy. Then 4 minutes later he denied both Hampton and then McCarthy with a brilliant double save. As Congleton kept up the pressure George Sankey fired over from the edge of the box in the 23rd minute.

Tividale would have a major gripe on 34 minutes when a Congleton player ran into Callum Gillies from an off side position and stopping him from intercepting the pass. The assistant gave nothing, the ball ran through for Marcus Allen at the edge of the box he fired a low driving shot but Tividale got back in numbers to defend it.

Gillies tried his luck with a free kick on 40 minutes but it never troubled Congleton keeper David Parton and that was the end of a half that Congleton had been on top but Tividale were well organised and defended very well.

Half Time:-Tividale 0-0 Congleton Town

Hampton struck Tividale’s crossbar a minute into the second half and then 10 minutes later he was denied by another brilliant Connor save, this time the keeper denying him in a one on one situation.

Tividale finally cracked after 54 minutes when McCarthy got on the end of a Hampton flick on and slots the ball  home. On 57 minutes a Tividale free kick was well defended by the visitors. But on 65 minutes they were 2-0 up. Hampton with a neat finish flicking the ball into the top corner from a Congleton corner.

Tividale had a great chance to half the deficit in the 70th minute when Ewan Edwards got himself into the box but fires his shot into the side netting.

With 10 minutes to go McCarthy made it 3-0 with his second of the game and on 90 minutes substitute Daniel Cocks netted the 4th and Congleton’s 100thy league goal of the campaign. The rout was complete in the 92nd minute when Allen hit a beauty from the edge of the box that flashed past Connor and into the bottom left hand corner.

There can be no complaints as Congleton fully deserved their victory Tividale competed well up until the second goal then Congleton took complete control.

Full Time:-Tividale 0-5 Congleton Town

Tividale:- 1. Louis Connor, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 3. Callum Gillies (12. Kamol Campbell 69), 4. Jakob Burroughs, 5.Joel Harrison, 7. Craig Gregg (15. Jack Bate 69), 8. Max Morris, 9. Jack Till, 10. Ryan Snape, 16. Joe Burroughs 17. Ewan Edwards

Unused Sub :- 13. Roman Davies 14. Tom Cole, 19. Lewis Taylor-Boyce



Tividale vs Shifnal Town

Midland Football League
Premier Division
Saturday 13th April 2024
Tividale 0-2 Shifnal Town

The unbeaten run ends.

Tividale were back in action just 48 hours after they kicked off against Stone Old Alleynians in their 0-0 draw and the strain of a long season was now showing as they struggled against a very good Shifnal side.

Once again manager Stuart How rang out the changes bringing into the starting line-up Callum Gillies, Lewis Wright, Joe Burroughs, Craig Gregg, and Callum Powell for Nashawn Blake, Ryan Snape, Kamol Campbell, , Jack Pearlman and Tarryl Davies.

Shifnal had the home side under pressure from the off and keeper Louis Connor had to make a number of saves in a first half assault and he made two great saves after just 4 minutes. A ball into the box is scrambled out to Brandon Tanomjit and his shot is parried away by Connor and half cleared by Kourouyianni but it fell to Shifnal skipper Joe Cuff but his shot was well saved by Connor. A minute later and Connor again was equal to a Tanomjit shot. Then he was out to deny Ash Fallon with his feet in the 6th minute but from the resulting throw in taken by Jamie Melbourne, the ball was nodded down by ex-Tividale striker Dominic Dell to Tanomjit who gave Connor no chance with a crisp shot into the bottom corner.

There looked no way that Tividale could relieve the pressure and it looked as though they were going to get a hammering as  Mikey Nelson shot wide in the 16th minute, But they slowly got a foothold in the middle of the park, and although they did not create much at least stemmed the constant Shifnal attacks and it was not until the 39th minute that Connor was called upon again, this time pushing a Cuff volley around the post for a corner. The resulting corner was met with a thumping header from Keefe Williams, but fortunately for Connor it went straight into his arms.

In the 41st minute and another corner to Shifnal, another unchallenged header and another save from Connor, this time denying Dell. Tividale did have the last attack of the half and it was a very good move, when Wright found Powell who in turn laid the ball off to Gillies but his shot lacked the power to trouble Yankuba Colley in the Shifnal goal.

Half Time:-Tividale 0-1 Shifnal Town

The second period started as the first ended with Tividale creating a decent chance, this time Powell forcing a save from Colley in the 46th minute. But it was normal service soon returned as Shifnal kept the pressure on. A Cuff shot was saved by Connor on 50 minutes and then a Melbourne cross was headed wide by Jordan Jones from the middle of the goal. Dell then did well to work an opening for himself in the 65th minute but put his shot wide.

5 minutes later and Shifnal doubled their lead with a deserved second goal. With the home side pushing forward for an equaliser Colley found Cuff with a long ball and he calmly lobbed the oncoming Connor.

The second goal literally ended the game as a contest as Tividale never posed much of a threat and Shifnal were quite happy to see the game out. They should have added a third at the death when Cuff and Lewis Jameson exchanged a one-two that cut through the home defence, but again Cuff failed to hit the target.

Full Time:-Tividale 0-2 Shifnal Town

Tividale:- 1. Louis Connor, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 3. Callum Gillies, 4. Jakob Burroughs, 5. Lewis Wright (12. Kamol Campbell72), 6. Joe Burroughs, 7. Craig Gregg, 8. Max Morris (9. Jack Till 56), 11. Callum Powell (10. Nashawn Blake 62) , 14. Tom Cole, 19. Lewis Taylor-Boyce

Unused Sub :- 13. Roman Davies 18. Tarryl Davies


Tividale vs Stone Old Alleynians

Midland Football League
Premier Division
Thursday 11th April 2024
Tividale 0-0 Stone Old Alleynians

Stone Stalemate

Tividale were back at The Beeches for this game and despite a state of panic due to our game against Congleton Town being postponed on Tuesday 9th April.

While Congleton only had a chance of winning the league, all their games had to be played by Saturday 13th April. That meant we would have had to play them today. But Lichfield’s defeat on Tuesday night meant Congleton were crowned champions and their game against them was now a dead rubber and could now be played in a weeks time.

I hope you were able to follow all that.

Anyway onto the game. With a number of players returning from injury and suspension, manager Stuart How made a total of seven changes from the team that started against Highgate United including the three youth team players who had played so well when called upon.

In came goalkeeper Louis Connor for Roman Davies. Jakob Burroughs for Joel Harrison and Lewis Taylor-Boyce for Callum Powell. And the other changes were Callum Gillies, Lewis Wright, Craig Gregg and Joe Burroughs rested for Kamol Campbell, Jack Pearlman, Max Morris and Nashawn Blake

After a cagey start on 7 minutes Jakob Burroughs tried an insane effort from the centre spot that beat Stone keeper George Hill but the ball crashed off the crossbar and to safety. Stone’s first chance came in the 11th minute when Sam Bowater cut in from the left and shot wide.

The game never really sparked into life and the next chance fell to Stone’s Sam Wilson who headed an Ethan Newton Taylor cross into the arms of Connor. A long ball on the half hour saw Jack Bowater outpace the Tividale defence but he smashed the ball wide. Ryan Snape had Tividale’s next chance when his shot was deflected wide in the 35th minute.

On 36 minutes Tividale could have no complaints when Tarryl Davis brought down Wilson in the penalty area and referee Mr Lindsay pointed straight to the spot. Matt Thomas stepped up to take the spot kick and chose power, but Connor pulled off a fine block and the Tividale defence completed the clearance. Jack Bowater again did well up front on his own working himself into a shooting position but the shot lacked power and Connor saved comfortably.

Deep into first half injury time and Stone were nearly handed the lead. From a Tividale attack that broke down, Stone won the ball through Wilson and his pass set Jack Bowater free but again the striker failed to find the target.

Half Time:-Tividale 0-0 Stone Old Alleynians

The second half was an even cagier affair as both sides struggled to make clear cut chances and it was not until the 53rd minute when we had a string of chances, the first came when Stone’s Charlie Batho shot wide. A minute later it was Tividale’s turn from a Harrison free kick but Tom Cole also put his header wide. Then immediately after a Stone free kick forced another brilliant save from Connor turning the ball around the post for a corner.

Stone came even closer still on 74 minutes when after Davis was adjudged to have fouled Jack Bowater the resulting Thomas free kick struck the base of the Tividale post. With 5 minutes to go Wilson flashed a cross into the Tividale area but no Stone attacker could get a touch on it and in the end Tividale cleared it for a corner.

Full Time:-Tividale 0-0 Stone Old Alleynians

Tividale:- 1. Louis Connor (13. Roman Davies 80), 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 4. Jakob Burroughs, 8. Max Morris (5. Lewis Wright 70), 9. Nashawn Blake (11. Callum Powell 70), 10. Ryan Snape, 12. Kamol Campbell, 14. Tom Cole, 16. Jack Pearlman (15. Joel Harrison 40), 18. Tarryl Davies 19. Lewis Taylor-Boyce (16. Jack Bate 70)

Unused Sub :- None


Tividale vs Highgate United

Midland Football League
Premier Division
Saturday 6th April 2024
Tividale 1-1 Highgate United

Even more improvement

Due to The Beeches being waterlogged this game was switched to The valley Stadium home of Redditch United and for the first time tin 2024, Tividale actually put together three successive hard working performances and got their just rewards, and in doing so picked up 5 points out of a possible 9 and conceding 2 goals.
Tividale made one change to the side that were held to a 1-1 draw against Romulus in midweek. Tarryl Davis coming in for Jack Pearlman and with keeper Louis Connor unavailable, youth keeper Roman Davies was once again in between the sticks.
Highgate who are strongly fancied for a top 5 finish and a play off place immediately had Tividale under pressure and Aaron Brown shot over the Tividale bar in the 2nd minute. Then on 11 minutes Davis had to clear off the line after a Highgate long throw.
In the 19th minute Davies had to pull off a save to deny Ryan Harkin’s effort on goal from a Tyler Haddon free kick. Then a couple of minutes later Brown latched onto a long ball that bounced nicely for him, but he hammered it wide.
With Tividale struggling to get a foothold in the game and having to defend with “all hands to the pump” on 25 minutes Davis was adjudged to have brought down a Highgate player in the penalty area. Brown stepped up to take the spot kick, but he put it wide of Davies left hand post. From a 27th minute Highgate corner George Cleet headed over the bar.
It was the 31st minute when Tividale mounted their first attack when Highgate keeper Reece Francis beat away a Ryan Snape shot, but Craig Gregg smacked the loose ball over the bar. a minute later came their second effort. This time Lewis Wright shot wide of Francis’s goal.
On 41 minutes Davies ran out of his box and cleared the ball, but in a unfathomable decision the referee awarded Highgate a free kick and booked the keeper. From the resulting free kick Brown shot wide. Snape then shot wide for Tividale as they began to get a foothold in the game and then in the 2nd minute of first half added time. A long ball found Snape, who beat the offside trap and placed the ball past Francis to put the “home side” 1-0 up
Half Time:-Tividale 1-0 Highgate United
Highgate were immediately on the front foot in the second period and after another long ball split the Tividale defence Nathan Pulisciano couldn’t keep his shot down and fired over the bar in the 53rd minute. Three minutes later a telling Liam Cairns cross was headed wide by Brown. Brown had another chance with his head in the 65th minute but again could not hit the target.
The pressure on the Tividale defence was now incessant and Highgate should have scored in the 72nd minute when after a Pulisciano free kick was blocked George Cleet shot over the bar when it looked easier to score. But two minutes later they were level when Harkin was able to control a ball fired into him and he was able to place his shot past Davies and into the back of the net.
Highgate were now looking for the winner and in the 77th minute Brown missed with another header. Tividale could have snatched the lead with 8 minutes to go when a Max Morris corner was met by Nashawn Blake but Reece-Francis scrambled it away for a corner.
With two minutes to go Highgate substitute Jake Collins dragged his shot wide of Davies goal and deep into injury time Kartel O’Neil-Martin headed a Pulisciano cross wide. Then in the 95th minute Tividale could have pulled off the ultimate smash and grab when a Jack Till shot across goal was deflected of a Highgate defender but fortunately it went wide of a stranded Francis’s upright.

Full Time:-Tividale 1-1 Highgate United

Tividale:- 1. Roman Davies, 2. Zac Kourouyianni, 3. Callum Gillies (12. Kamol Campbell 75), 5. Lewis Wright (8. Max Morris 61), 6. Joe Burroughs, 7. Craig Gregg, 10. Ryan Snape (17. Nashawn Blake 71), 11. Callum Powell (9. Jack Till 57), 14. Tom Cole, 15. Joel Harrison, 18. Tarryl Davies (4. Jakob Burroughs 55)

Unused Sub :- None