Tipton Town 1 Stratford Town 0

FA Cup Qualifying Round

Last Updated: Sep 5, 2013 07:55am
Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford-on-Avon
By Tipton Town
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Tipton Town 1 Stratford Town 0 (FA Cup Qualifying Round)

Facing a daunting home tie against last season’s Midland Alliance League champions, now handily placed in the Calor League Southern Div.One South & West League, Tipton Town found a team full of heroes responding to the planning and tactical grooming of Manager, Ian Rowe, and his support staff to record a most worthy victory.

Early pressure and inroads by Stratford were confidently repelled by the home defence before the home side began to generate some attacking prowess of their own, the unlucky Marvin Nisbett seeing his point blank header superbly turned aside by visiting keeper, Sam Brady,in the 23rd minute Tipton, growing ever more in confidence, began to take the game more and more to Stratford.

Mensah Kinch then tested Brady with a lofted header before stronger attacks upon the visitor’s goal involving Lee Wherton, midweek hat-trick hero, Danny Ashton, and Nisbett again tested the visitor’s resolve before the half came to a close.

Team Manager, Ian Rowe, and his support staff had clearly instilled into their charges that thy had the beating of their more senior opponents during the half-time break and, in fact, the home side continued to dominate much of the second period.

Mike Perks forced a spectacular save from Brady straightway into the 2nd half and from the resulting corner kick the midfielder drove home in exuberant style to put Tipton firmly in the driving seat in the 47th minute. Stratford rallied as they surely would, a splendid 25 yard drive by Sam Adkins forcing a breathtaking flying save from home keeper, James Pemberton minutes later.

Tipton wide-man Chris Rabone, benefitting from increasing support from Wherton and skipper, Chris Waterhouse was creating growing problems for Stratford who were being pushed further back as their goal came under increasing threat more often. A storming free kick by mid-week hat-trick hero, Danny Ashton, in the 68th minute clipped the visitor’s side netting with ‘keeper Brady well beaten.

In the 72nd minute a sharp retort from Stratford saw Matt West almost profit from a dangerous left wing cross, his clever flick a certain equaliser but for the acrobatics of home ‘keeper, Pemberton. In the closing moments Tipton missed their chance of enhancing their victory even further when Danny Ashton saw Brady deny him with a fine penalty save.




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