MATCH REPORT: TIPTON TOWN 4-3 OLD WULFRUNIANS
Tipton Town secure progress to the next round in the Saturday Vase Competition after an entertaining encounter against Old Wulfrunians.
Old Wulfrunians began as the better team and took the lead after Jake Webb was fouled in the penalty area and the forward made no mistake from the resultant spot kick.
The visitors had a huge chance to extend the lead. Tom Harley, who was a threat throughout, showed excellent skill to beat a defender before his cross found Leo Gill but his close range effort went wide.
Simon Marsh’s side were dominant and had another chance to extend the lead after Curtis Ellis made a precise pass to release Harley. However, he was denied with a smart save from Ben Holden.
Old Wulfrunians doubled the advantage after Oscar Searle made a delightful pass and Harley displayed composure with a delicate chip over the helpless Holden.
Tipton Town went close when Myles Nettleford made a brilliant run and beat several defenders but his shot was weak. Meanwhile, Nataniel D'Jalo had a long range attempt which was well saved by Aden Taylor.
The hosts halved the deficit before half time after captain Sam Heston struck a superb shot into the bottom corner from outside the penalty area.
Neil Perk’s side had a strong start to the second half and were level when a dangerous cross fell to Nettleford and his accurate attempt from an acute angle found the bottom corner.
Old Wulfrunians began to regain control and were awarded another penalty after Ryan Williams challenge was penalised. However, Holden made a superb save to stop the spot kick.
The visitors was made to regret the miss minutes later when Connor Scott had a shot which was parried to Daniel Bell who converted from close range to complete the comeback.
Tipton Town should have added to the advantage after substitute Nathan Turner almost made an immediate impact although Taylor made another excellent save.
However, the hosts increased the lead after a dangerous cross was met by Bell and his first time finish deflected past Turner.
Simon Marsh’s side pulled a goal back before full time after Callum Cottee capitalised on a mistake and took the ball around the goalkeeper before a simple finish. However, Neil Perk’s side survived late pressure to secure progress to the next round.