Competition: MFL Premier

Tividale vs Haughmond

Midland Football League

Premier Division
Saturday 18th September 2021
Tividale 1-0 Haughmond

Tivi have to earn the points

After two successive away defeats and conceding three goals in each of them. It was nice to get back to The Beeches, pick up a clean sheet and most importantly pick up the three points. But Tividale were made to work hard for them against a Haughmond side that certainly did not look like they were without a league win so far this season. Playing like this and that statistic will soon disappear.

With the Boss back from his short break, it was a case of a couple of changes. The first change was switching to a back four from the three centre backs that we had played all season, with Dan Bryson the man rested. Cameron Milne also came into the middle of the park and that was the only personnel change in the lineup.

It was the visitors that started the brighter as Tividale just could not get into the game in the opening exchanges but although they threatened with a string of early corners they could not find the breakthrough and it was the home side who posed the first real goal threat against the run of play on 5 minutes when Dan Smith was able to get a shot in but it was comfortably saved by away keeper Sam Jones. Haughmond should have gone ahead on 10 minutes when a free kick towards the back post was headed back into the danger zone by Calum Bennett and Josh Thomas met it on the volley, but Adam Harrison pulled off another stunning save and beat the ball away.

It had taken Tividale 15 minutes to really get into the game and Smith and Elliott Hartley were now posing a real threat up front for the men from The Beeches. Smith found some space down the Tividale right and played the ball into Hartley, but his shot was blocked and there where appeals for handball turned down by referee Bradley Tonks. Haughmond then went straight down the other end and their own appeals for a handball are also turned down.

As the game begins to liven up Milne rolled in Hartley on 20 minutes, but his shot is turned around the post by Jones. Three minutes later and a Haughmond free kick at the edge of the Tividale penalty area is played short to Scott Ryan by Bennett completely fooling the Tividale defence that were expecting the shot, but Tividale closed him down and cleared the threat.  Ryan then tried his luck from a fair way out that Harrison takes with no problem. On 34 minutes a Hartley cross is headed clear for a corner by Haughmond defender Finn Sansom. From the resulting Bustin corner to the back post Matt Hunt heads it back across the goal but Harley could only fire it over Jones’s bar.

Five minutes before the break and a poor clearance from Jones falls at the feet of Smith but Jones’s made immediate amends touching the Smith shot over the bar and that was the end of the first half action

Half Time: Tividale 0-0 Haughmond

Haughmond’s Thomas had the first sight of goal in the 48th minute but again could not hit the target sending his effort high and wide. With Tividale’s first attack of the half in the 50th minute they went ahead. Harrison again trying to turn the Haughmond back line with a punt up field that caused a mistake by the defence and Hartley was left one on one with Jones and he steered the ball past the keeper and into the net. Hartley went close to doubling the Tividale lead in the 57th minute when from a Milne cross, he hooked the ball goal wards only to see it skim the top off the crossbar and go over.

Two minutes later and it was Haughmond’s turn to hit the woodwork, when a Ryan corner evaded everyone and hit Harrison’s back post before Tividale cleared. With 61 minutes on the clock Ryan was given too much room to get his shot in but Harrison turns it away for a corner. Smith is then put through, but Jones beats away his shot and Bennett completes the clearance putting the ball out for a corner. Smith then flicked the ball on for Milne, but his strike was well saved by Jones. But the assistant blew for offside.

Thomas and Ryan again joined forces to create another chance for the visitors in the 71st minute but again Harrison was equal to Ryan’s shot. In the 82nd minute Smith again won the flick on, this time for Bustin who smacked the ball home but again the assistant’s flag was raised and offside was given. Bustin had another chance with four minutes of normal time to go but this time Jones was able to save the shot with some comfort.

Tividale then decided to batten down the hatches and take the 1-0 win as Haughmond struggled to get hold of the ball and launch any meaningful attacks on the Tividale goal.

Full Time: Tividale 1-0 Haughmond

Tividale: – 1. Adam Harrison, 2. Tom Hurdman, 3. Darragh Bustin, 4. Luke Carter, 5. Hayden Reeves, 6. Matt Hunt, 7. Lewis McPike (14.  Dan Bryson 72), 8. Curtis Cocking (15. Brogan Halpin 87), 9. Dan Smith, 10. Cameron Milne, 11. Lewis McPike

Unused Subs: – 12. Jordan Edwards


Click this link to see game photographs by Focus Dunn Sports Photography.


1Adam Harrison Goalkeeper
2Tom Hurdman Defender
4Luke Carter Midfielder
5Hayden Reeves Defender
6Matthew Hunt Defender
7Darragh Bustin Midfielder
10Lewis McPike 20 Forward
11Elliott Hartley Midfielder 50'
12Curtis Cocking 27 Midfielder
14Daniel Smith Forward
15Cameron Milne Midfielder
9Jordan Edwards Forward
20Daniel Bryson 10 Defender
27Brogan Halpin 12 Midfielder

Boldmere St Michaels vs Tividale

Midland Football League

Premier Division
Tuesday 14th September 2021
Boldmere St Michaels 3-1 Tividale

The Saints March On

After Saturday’s no show, Tividale had the chance to immediately forget about the performance and the result with an away fixture at table topping Boldmere St Michaels.

First of all we have to mention the new changing room and hospitality facilities at The Boldmere St Michaels Football & Athletic Club. We had heard a bit about it but as due to Covid we have not played there for 2 seasons. So we never really had chance to see it. Well all we can say is. It was worth the wait.

Anyway back to the football. With Manager Dave King taking a well earned break. Assistant manager Kieran Bustin was in charge for the night and he made four changes. Tom Hurdman had recoveered from the injury that kept him out of Saturday’s game. Curtis Cocking, Hayden Reeves and Lewis McPike all returned to the starting line up. All in place of the injured Brogan Halpin and Jordan Edwards and the rested Ben Birch and Cameron Milne.

The first half started at a frenetic pace with both sides on the attack. Boldmere were at Tividale’s goal in the 2nd minute but the visitors just managed to clear their lines. Then on 10 minutes a spate of Tividale pressure ended with Elliott Hartley firing wide. On 20 minutes there was a break in play after Boldmere full back Ben George was on the end of a crunching tackle. (He eventually had to go off 15 minutes later). Tividale skipper Matt Hunt then just got in the way of a Alex McSkeane effort to divert it wide as the full throttle action continued.

There was no relenting to the speed and high tempo of the game and Darragh Bustin will feel he should have done better in the 32nd minute when he put his free kick way over Dan Crane’s bar. Boldmere came the closest to opening the scoring on 38 minutes when a Danny O’Sullivan cross fell to McSkeane but his snap shot was straight at Harrison.

Tividale took the lead in the 41st minute when a Bustin long throw caused all sorts of chaos in the home defence and after a scramble Dan Smith rifled the ball into the back of the net. In the 43rd minute Boldmere’s O’Sullivan with great work again down the right but he could not match it with his cross come shot and it flew past Harrison’s far post. Tividale could have doubled their lead on the stroke of half time but Hayden Reeves headed a Hartley corner wide.

Half Time : Boldmere St Michaels 0-1 Tividale

Within nine minutes of the second half,  the game had been turned on it’s head. In the 53rd minute, the flying O’Sullivan got to the bye line and his cross was met by an unmarked McSkeane and his downward header beat Harrison to put Boldmere level. A minute later and the home side were in front. For the second game running an unforced Tividale defensive error, this time a short back pass left the alert McSkeane one on one with Harrison and he rolled the ball past the onrushing keeper.

Tividale now had to chase the game and Huint just failed to get on the end of a Bustin free kick. While the visitors were pressing for the equaliser there was always the chance that they would get punished on the counter and on 67 minutes Harrison pulled of a fine save to deny Kyle Byrne. Then a minute later O’Connor broke away again but his shot was comfortably saved by Harrison. A minute later and Smith was sent to the Sin Bin a culmination of frustration of the little if any protection he was getting from the officials and the epic battle between him and Boldmere’s centre back Pedro Lima.

The game went into a bit of a lull at that point with Boldmere seemingly happy with the 2-1 lead while the visitors with a man short could not raise the momentum to trouble the Boldmere back line. As the game went into the last 5 minutes there came a moment of brilliance.  Boldmere won a free kick, outside the box and to the right of Harrison’s goal.

Up stepped O’Sullivan and his screamer of a shot beat Harrison all ends up and into the top left hand corner. An effort I doubt 2 keepers would have saved.

Click here for that Danny O’sullivan free kick


Full Time : Boldmere St Michaels 3-1 Tividale

Tividale: – 1. Adam Harrison, 2. Tom Hurdman, 3. Elliott Hartley, 4. Hayden Reeves, 5. Dan Bryson, 6. Matt Hunt, 7. Curtis Cocking (12.  Cameron Milne 84), 8. Luke Carter, 9. Dan Smith, 10. Darragh Bustin (14. Corey Howe 58), 11. Lewis McPike (15. Tyree Clarke 65)

Unused Subs: – 14. Ben Birch, 16. Corey Howe


1Adam Harrison Goalkeeper
2Tom Hurdman Defender
4Luke Carter Midfielder
5Hayden Reeves Defender
6Matthew Hunt Defender
7Darragh Bustin Midfielder
10Lewis McPike 21 Forward
11Elliott Hartley Midfielder
12Curtis Cocking 15 Midfielder
14Daniel Smith Forward
20Daniel Bryson Defender
15Cameron Milne 12 Midfielder
18Ben Birch Defender
21Tyree Clarke 10 Forward
26Corey Howe Forward

Tividale vs Lye Town

Midland Football League

Premier Division
Tuesday 7th September 2021
Tividale 2-2 Lye Town

Draw but no Bore

After a tough to take FA Cup defeat against Spalding United. Maybe a local derby clash against Lye Town 3 days later is just what the doctor ordered. No time to mope or lament on what could have been as this will be one of the toughest games of our season.

Manager Dave King made 4 changes to Saturday’s starting lineup. With Tom Hurdman out injured, Hayden Reeves returned to the centre of defence. Both Jordan Edwards and Lewis McPike had started sgainst Spalding after long term injuries and so were rested and replaced by the returning Dan Smith and the re-signing Darragh Bustin. The 4th change saw the first start for new signing Brogan Halpin who came in for the rested Cameron Milne.

As probably expected, the opening minutes were a case of the two teams cancelling each other out in the middle of the park with neither side able to create a clear-cut chance and both defences dealing with whatever little threat there was. It also did not help with the temperature touching a ridiculous 30 degrees C at 7:45pm on the 7th September

The first bit of action came on 16 minutes. A poor Lye corner was missed at the front post by Brad Welding, but it caught Lye forward Jayden Owusu Nepaul by surprise and it came off him and out for a goal kick. On 18 minutes a Tividale long throw from Bustin fell to Luke Carter, but he could not keep his shot down and he put it over the bar.

The first piece of quality produced the opening goal on 22 minutes. A quick Lye throw down their left found ex Tividale player Shaquille Whittingham who had been kept quiet up until now. He proceeded then to beat two Tividale defenders and then curled the ball past Harrison and in off his far post.

Whittingham was now causing Tividale all sorts of problems on both flanks, especially with his ability to go either side of his marker and on 25 minutes Lye should have gone 2-0 up. Whittingham now on the right flank was able to whip in a cross that Nepaul managed to head over the Tividale bar.

With the temperature still in the mid 20s. The game was halted for mid-half drinks break. Despite the break Lye were soon back into their stride and twice had Tividale scrambling to clear Joe Lawley corners. On his third corner in the 36th minute Nepaul again headed over.

With a minute of the half remaining Tividale had their first real sight of goal. Elliott Hartley broke on the counter, but young Lye keeper Alfie Brooks did well in blocking the initial shot. It fell to McPike (who had replaced the injured Welding) but he could only find the side netting from an acute angle. As the half came to a close. both sides had chances. First Brooks was again forced to save from Hartley.  Then from Brooks’s clearance Whittingham found Nepaul but again the front man failed to hit the target.

HALF TIME Tividale 0-1 Lye Town

Once again, we don’t know what was said at half time, but it made an immediate impact. From a Bustin corner from the left, Lye cleared behind for another from the other side. Hartley stepped up to take this one and he found Carter unmarked in the box on 47 minutes and his header gave Brooks no chance. On 52 minutes Smith literally mirrored Wittingham’s glide past defenders 30 minutes earlier but while the former ended his run with a sublime finish. Smith tried to tee up McPike and the Lye defence intervened and cleared.

On 59 minutes came another touch of brilliance and after thinking Lye’s opener may not be bettered at The Beeches this season Bustin proved us all wrong. He collected the ball in his own half outpaced 3 Lye players and from about 30 yards unleashed a thunderbolt that flew past Brooks into the top right-hand corner clipping the inside of the post on the way into the back of the net.

Bustin went close to extending the lead in the 65th minute. When from a free kick from a mere 25 yards he left Brooks rooted but the ball just went wide of his far post. Tividale were now in the ascendancy and really needed that third goal and it almost came in the 69th minute when a McPike shot was blocked by Brooks.

With the home side not getting that two-goal cushion. This Lye side were always capable of getting back on level terms and in the 73rd minute Whittingham found himself in about the same position as he did when he scored the opener, but this time he pushed the ball wide. But 6 minutes later the visitors were on level terms. Tividale failing to clear their lines on a couple of occasions, the ball fell to Wittingham who found Ben Billingham who lashed the ball into the back of the net.

Tividale sub Jordan Edwards was denied by the alert Brooks in the 88th minute just a couple of minutes after coming on. And in injury time a Bustin long throw had Lye’s Musa Ceesay in all sorts of trouble and somehow, he shanked the ball over his own bar and that was the last action of the game

FULL TIME Tividale 2-2 Lye Town

Tividale: – 1. Adam Harrison, 2. Hayden Reeves, 3. Brad Welding (15. Lewis McPike 27), 4. Luke Carter5. Ben Birch, 6. Matt Hunt, 7. Darragh Bustin, 8. Curtis Cocking9. Dan Smith, 10. Brogan Halpin (12. Cameron Milne 79), 11. Elliott Hartley (14. Jordan Edwards 84)

Unused Subs: – 16. TJ Munthali.


1Adam Harrison Goalkeeper
3Bradley Welding 10 Defender
4Luke Carter Midfielder 48'
5Hayden Reeves Defender
6Matthew Hunt Defender
11Elliott Hartley 9 Midfielder
12Curtis Cocking Midfielder
14Daniel Smith Forward
18Ben Birch Defender
27Brogan Halpin 15 Midfielder
9Jordan Edwards 11 Forward
10Lewis McPike 3 Forward
15Cameron Milne 27 Midfielder
22TJ Munthali Defender
35Darragh Bustin Midfielder 59'

Tividale vs Bewdley Town

Midland Football League

Premier Division
Monday 30th August 2021
Tividale 4-0 Bewdley Town

Tivi Go To Town

In the past Tividale have come up against team’s who have been in a poor run of form and gifted them points and so the visit of so far pointless Bewdley Town must have set off alarm bells for the Boss and his management team, especially as the reports coming in was that although pointless, they were putting in much improved performances.

Once again Dave King had to make a change with Ben Birch absent Hayden Reeves started his first game since coming back from injury and midweek signing young Corey Howe was on the bench.

Tividale were immediately into their stride and dominated for the first 15 minutes, but all they had to show in that time was a Cameron Milne shot that forced an excellent save from Bewdley keeper Joe Sidaway.  After riding out the early storm, the visitors began to get a foothold in the game and on a counterattack, Bewdley’s Callum Allchurch went clean through on 16 minutes, but his shot was blocked by the alert Adam Harrison. 

Nothing much more happened until the 22nd minute when Dan Smith played in Elliott Hartley, and he placed the ball past Sidaway and into the back of the net. Bewdley were nearly immediately on level term 3 minutes later. A complete mix up around the Tividale 6-yard box ended with Reeves playing the ball off Bewdley forward Jordan Graham but it rolled away for a goal kick. Tividale were soon back in the visitor’s penalty area and from a corner, Hunt headed it back into the danger zone. Smith got his boot to it, but it did not cross the line before it was cleared out to Brad Welding, who’s cross was met by Smith but again Bewdley blocked his header and cleared.

Bewdley still posed a threat on the counter and on 29 minutes Zac Kourouyianni tried his luck from distance, but it went wide of Harrison’s post. The visitors were punished 2 minutes later when a Harrison ball found Welding, who beat his man before teeing up Cameron Milne on the edge of the Bewdley box and his pile driver just flew past Sidaway and into the back of the net. Milne tried another long-range effort on 34 minutes, but he could not keep this effort down and it sailed over Sidaway’s bar.

HALF TIME: Tividale 2-0 Bewdley Town

The second half started as the first half ended with Tividale in control. Milne found Smith on 48 minutes, but he shot wide. On 52 minutes a Matt Hunt header was blocked, it came out to Smith, but Sidaway was equal to his shot. A minute later and Hartley found Milne but again Sidaway came to the rescue with a comfortable save.

Bewdley still carried a threat and forward Ben Worthington saw his effort saved by Harrison. Sidaway then pulled off a great double save. First palming away Weldings free kick and then getting down to block Smith’s follow up effort. Curtis Cocking then released Hartley but as he did at Highgate on Saturday, he could not get enough on the attempted chip and Sidaway caught the ball comfortably.
Tividale made it 3-0 on 70 minutes when a cross field ball from Hunt finds Hartley and he cuts inside from the right and fires a shot past the keeper at his near post. Three minutes and it was game over.  A Hartley shot hits a Bewdley defender, loops up in the air and Smith nonchalantly heads the ball over a stranded Sidaway and into the back of the net.  With 15 minutes to go Hartley again tested Sidaway and again he was equal to it.
Tividale brought on young Howe for the last 14 minutes and he could have marked his debut with a goal, but he was unable to get the through ball under complete control and Sidaway blocked his shot Bewdley defender Dan Hardley was able to clear
FULL TIME: Tividale 4-0 Bewdley Town

Tividale: – 1. Adam Harrison, 2. Tom Hurdman, 3. Brad Welding, 4. Hayden Reeves, 5. Dan Bryson, 6. Matt Hunt, 7. Curtis Cocking (Ryan Grosvenor 74), 8. Cameron Milne (15. TJ Munthali 84), 9. Dan Smith (14. Corey Howe 74), 10. Luke Carter, 11. Elliott Hartley.

Unused Subs: – 13. Peter Hawk.


1Adam Harrison Goalkeeper
2Tom Hurdman Defender
3Bradley Welding Defender
4Luke Carter Midfielder
5Hayden Reeves Defender
6Matthew Hunt Defender
7Private: Ryan Grosvenor 12 Midfielder
11Elliott Hartley Midfielder
12Curtis Cocking 7 Midfielder
13Private: Peter Hawk Goalkeeper
14Daniel Smith 26 Forward
15Cameron Milne 22 Midfielder
20Daniel Bryson Defender
22TJ Munthali 15 Defender
26Corey Howe 14 Forward