Monday 30th August 2010
Baker Joiner Midland Alliance
Coleshill Town 0 v 2 Tipton Town
Scorers: Tipton Danny Campbell pen 17, Steve Palmer 42.
BANK HOLIDAY BLUES FOR COLEMEN
Tipton Town inflicted a first defeat of the season on a Coleshill Town side uncharacteristically lacking in creativity in front of goal on Bank Holiday Monday.
It was a poor performance all round for Coleshill, who seemed tired after a draining FA Cup tie just two days previously. A slow start was punished by the visitors when a penalty was awarded on seventeen minutes due to an infringement by skipper Luke Edwards, which Danny Campbell stepped up before converting into the bottom right hand corner, sending Chris Jay the wrong way.
In truth, the home side never recovered from the early setback, as play became scrappy, with Ben Porter going into the referee’s book for a late challenge. Coleshill hearts were in mouths soon after, as Danny Bragoli connected with a fierce shot that rebounded back off the underside of the crossbar, with Ricky Baker’s tame header directly into Jay’s grateful hands as the ball came back into play. Tipton’s brand of long ball football and in-your-face style unsettled Coleshill who were very much on the ropes.
As much as Carl Adams and Jason Lanns encouraged their side from the touchlines, there would be no response as Tipton continued to press and work the fatigued back line. Their reward would come four minutes before the interval as poor defending meant an unmarked Steve Palmer was allowed to pick up the ball in the area from an un-cleared cross, taking a touch to control the ball before curling superbly past the dive of Jay to double the advantage, which was cruel but ultimately deserved.
Warren Miller and Mark Lowe’s introductions in the second half failed to contribute to the cause as still Tipton remained unthreatened by a Coleshill attack missing Matty Robinson. Danny Bragoli’s second effort of the day curled dangerously close to the crossbar as the table-topping Tipton searched for the goal that would end the game, as Luke Edwards worked the ‘keeper for the first time with a headed attempt from a corner which was comfortably saved.
Chris Gumery would have the best chance of the game for Coleshill following another industrious performance on his part, but he would reap no rewards as his headed attempt from a few yards out ended up over the bar due to pressure from the defence when Steven Hakner set up the chance with a flick on from Lowe’s corner. Liam Givans would have a decent 20 yard strike saved, but in all it was a disappointing performance that didn’t warrant a point.
Team: Chris Jay, Leyiso Recci, Luke Edwards, Levi Bailey, Steve Hakner, Jon Powis (Michael William), Ben Porter, Liam Givans, Richard Gregory (Mark Lowe), Chris Gumery, Danny Carter (Warren Miller).
Report by Jack Arkell.
N.B. Coleshill have now played Tipton five times since promotion to the Alliance and unfortunately have lost all five. Tipton must surely be favourites for the title this season along with Coalville Town. Stratford Town would have been one of the pre-season favourites but have started poorly. Loughborough University are the only other unbeaten side and have a chance. Newly promoted Dunkirk and Kirby Muxloe, now in their second season, have both started well and could be outside bets. As for Coleshill, the game against Tipton was a test of their title ambitions and they came up short. Town look great going forward but are always likely to leak goals especially against the top sides. A top six finish is well within their capabilities but they would need to improve defensively if they are to finish in the top two, "In my opinion".
Action from Coleshill Town v Tipton Town
Pictures by Stephen Cave
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