Tipton Town lifted the Saturday Vase Competition trophy after a convincing win in the Final against Enville Athletic. A brace from Luke Johnson and a goal from Max Pashley sealed the victory, despite Tipton finishing the game with 10 men after receiving a red card.
On a day where there were perfect conditions for a game of football at the Walter Goodman Stadium, it was Tipton Town who started on the front foot in this contest. An early shot from Johnson was saved, before a header from a free kick was caught by the goalkeeper.
Enville Athletic grew into the game as the half wore on, experiencing a lot of joy from set pieces. One led to a goalmouth scramble, whilst a subsequent delivery was caught comfortably by Christopher Thomas.
Tipton continued to dominate the match, however, with Johnson proving to be their main threat during the opening 45 minutes. He burst down the left-hand touchline and crossed to Scott Broadway, whose effort was straight at Rheece Dawes.
This pattern continued for Neil Perks’ side, who spurned a massive opportunity before the interval. A ball was played in from the right-hand touchline, but there was no composure on the strike at goal resulting in it travelling over the bar. The main talking point from this was whether a penalty should have been awarded or not, as a Tipton player appeared to be pushed over as the cross came in.
They made no mistake with their finishing in the second half, with Johnson getting on the scoresheet after showing great composure in the box. He picked the ball up on the left-hand side, chopped inside before finishing low past the goalkeeper.
Enville Athletic had a lifeline midway through the half after Tipton were shown a red card. Andrew Dicken was dismissed after a needless lunge on one of the opposition.
This lifeline was instantly taken away after Tipton received a corner. The ball was played in to number two, Pashley, who headed in from close range sparking jubilant scenes.
Johnson, the eventual Player of the Match, sealed the victory after a fantastic finish from outside the penalty area into the bottom right-hand corner. He nearly secured a hat-trick later on, but his long-range effort landed on the roof of the net.
Enville had an effort in the closing stages from number nine, Rhys Morgan, yet he was smothered by the agile goalkeeper at the vital moment.