Thursday, October 31, 2013
Beacon Knights 1, Tipton St John 3
Tipton banked another three points to move out of the bottom three of the Fresha Division One table, writes Richard Williams.
The match was played on a heavy sodden pitch with strong winds adding to the difficulty factor from start to finish.
Having made the better start Tipton were then rocked by a fluke when a mishit cross from the right floated over the head of keeper Jack Walker and whilst trying to back pedal he slipped and the ball ended up in the back of the net to give Beacon Knights a very fortunate lead!
Tipton then dominated the play for nearly twenty minutes without creating a clear chance and were nearly caught out when Knights broke away on 25 minutes and went close with a header.
Two minutes later Tipton put together an excellent passing move from their own area to Knight’s area before a superb finish from Jody Freeman levelled the scores.
They nearly took the lead a minute later when Kev Sexton fired in a fine low cross from the right which was just out of the reach of Jake Freeman who was attacking the far post.
Four minutes later Sexton himself went close when he beat the left back before hitting a great shot which was going into the bottom right hand corner of the net before being superbly saved by the keeper who dived full length low to his left to tip the ball round the post for a corner.
Barry Youlden then went close twice with long range shots on 37 and 40 minutes.
A minute before half time Sexton again went close when he was put through with an inch perfect ball from Sam Baker. His shot hit the crossbar and went out for a goal kick.
For the first twenty minutes of the second half Beacon Knights had the majority of the ball without creating much except for an early chance on 48 minutes which Walker did well to save with his legs.
Tipton then got back on track again and competed well, going close to taking the lead on 80 minutes from a 20 yard free kick from Hadyn Banfield which beat the defensive wall but hit the outside of the goal post.
Tipton kept battling and were rewarded on 89 minutes when Jody Freeman latched onto a ball played through the centre of Beacon Knights defence before calmly slotting it past the keeper.
There were then five minutes of added on time played and in the final minute Tipton ensured going home with all three points when Nick Feeney was put through on the halfway line before running past despairing defenders and scoring with a fine shot from 25 yards which went in off the left hand post.
This was a well deserved victory which moved Tipton out of the bottom three of the League Table.
Man of the Match for Tipton was central defender Jamie Connett who was superb throughout the Match.