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Tipton Town
Droitwich Spa
Full time
J Lemon (21', 85'), B Tilbury (58'), m oliver (74' Sent Off), J Davies (78')
Sat 16 Feb 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One

Tipton Town 0-4 Saltmen

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10-man Spa victorious over stubborn Tipton

Tipton Town proved tough opposition for Droitwich Spa, and the eventual score-line flattered the visitors a bit.

Throughout the game chances were at a premium, and whilst Droitwich did merit the victory, they were more clinical in front of goal than their hosts in a game which will not live too long in the memory.

The Saltmen took the lead after a 20-minute midfield battle with the first piece of real quality in the game. A wonderful cross from deep by winger Brad Burgess found James Lemon, whose looping header beat Chris Thomas in the home goal into the top corner.

Tipton then created several chances for Connor Garrett and Captain Terrence Davies, but their efforts were straight at Spa 'keeper Matty Oliver as Spa defended well.

For the visitors, Haydn Morris, Brad Burgess, Ben Tilbury and James Lemon had further half chances in the first half, but missed the target.

Spa came out on top in the second half and looked more dangerous going forward, albeit without creating a great deal of chances.

Ben Tilbury doubled the advantage just before the hour, as Tipton didn't convincingly clear their lines and the forward hit a low drive into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

The introduction of Jack Davies gave left-back Luke Johnson more problems as the game wore on, and he created opportunities for both Tilbury and Rudd who fired wide, whilst Morris's long range effort also missed the target.

Tipton then introduced Ross Harris who rustled the feathers of the Spa defence. With 15 minutes left on the clock, he raced clear one-on-one with matt oliver, and the Droitwich number one brought him down on the edge of the area with Jonny Brookes in close attention, and the referee deemed the challenge a straight red card to give the hosts a great chance to take something from the game.

Droitwich stalwart Andy Crowther donned the goalkeeper shirt & gloves for the remainder of the game, however he wasn't troubled as much as the hosts would have liked. Crowther has now played in every position for Droitwich Spa!

Instead of Tipton making their extra man advantage pay off, the Saltmen further added to their lead in the last quarter of an hour.

Jack Davies made an excellent run down the right hand side, cut inside and finished well to make it 0-3 on 81 minutes, and more good work from him and low drive went under Chris Thomas for James Lemon to tap home on the goal-line, despite the best efforts of Harry Reuben to keep it out as Droitwich rounded off another good win.

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Ben Tilbury

Player of the Match

Ben Tilbury

Key moments

21:00
Goal James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa
58:00
Goal Ben Tilbury scores for Droitwich Spa
74:00
Red Card matt oliver is sent off for Droitwich Spa
78:00
Goal Jack Davies scores for Droitwich Spa
85:00
Goal James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Ben Tilbury is awarded player of the match for Droitwich Spa
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
matt oliver keeps a clean sheet for Droitwich Spa
85:00 Assist
Jack Davies makes an assist for Droitwich Spa
85:00 Goal 0 - 4
James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa
78:00 Goal 0 - 3
Jack Davies scores for Droitwich Spa
74:00 Sub On
Joshua Szikora-Warmington is substituted on for Droitwich Spa
74:00 Red Card 0 - 2
matt oliver is sent off for Droitwich Spa
74:00 Sub Off
Haydn Morris is substituted off for Droitwich Spa
71:00 Sub Off
Max Crisp is substituted off for Droitwich Spa
71:00 Sub On
Jack Allerton is substituted on for Droitwich Spa
63:00 Sub Off
Bradley Burgess is substituted off for Droitwich Spa
63:00 Sub On
Jack Davies is substituted on for Droitwich Spa
58:00 Goal 0 - 2
Ben Tilbury scores for Droitwich Spa
End of period 1
21:00 Goal 0 - 1
James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa
21:00 Assist
Bradley Burgess makes an assist for Droitwich Spa
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As it happened

  • Tipton Town
  • Droitwich Spa
  • 0
  • James Lemon Goal 21:00'
  • Bradley Burgess Assist 21:00'
  • Ben Tilbury Goal 58:00'
  • Bradley Burgess Sub Off 63:00'
  • Jack Davies Sub On 63:00'
  • Max Crisp Sub Off 71:00'
  • Jack Allerton Sub On 71:00'
  • matt oliver Red Card 74:00'
  • Joshua Szikora-Warmington Sub On 74:00'
  • Haydn Morris Sub Off 74:00'
  • Jack Davies Goal 78:00'
  • James Lemon Goal 85:00'
  • Jack Davies Assist 85:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Darlaston Town (1874) 31 75
2. Worcester Raiders 30 73
3. Droitwich Spa 31 66
4. Sikh Hunters 31 61
5. Team Dudley 32 59
6. Old Wulfrunians 32 49
7. Wrens Nest 30 48

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