Thursday, March 14, 2013
Wellington Town 2, Tipton St John 2
Tipton came into this Match off the back of a fine win last week, but were initially thwarted by the weather, there being a cloudburst just as the Teams were going to kick off, writes Richard Williams.
This delayed the kick off by 45 minutes and required a change of pitch before the match could be played.
Tipton started well and had most of the possession until the tenth minute when, against the run of play, Wellington broke away and scored from a well struck 20 yard shot.
Tipton went right back on the offensive and went close from efforts by Lee Strawbridge, who shot just wide, and Mark Oke who shot high.
On 23 minutes the Wellington keeper made a great double save, firstly from Jody Freeman who was put through by Matt Daley. The saved shot rebounded to Barry Wood, whose follow up shot was also well saved.
Wellington then went close with a header on 32 minutes, but Tipton broke right back with Nick Feeney playing a fine ball through to Wood who scuffed his shot wide.
Three minutes later Feeney was again involved playing a fine ball to Wood who laid it on to Freeman, whose shot was brilliantly saved by the Wellington keeper.
On 41 minutes the keeper again did well to save a shot from Wood.
A minute later it was the turn of Dale Strawbridge in the Tipton goal to pull off a great save when the Wellington striker was through on goal in a one on one situation.
Three minutes into the second half Strawbridge again made a fine save diving low to his right from a free kick.
A minute later Tipton were awarded a free kick 25-yards out from the Wellington goal and Jody Freeman rifled the direct kick home for a well deserved equaliser.
This spurred Wellington into action and three minutes later they regained the lead when a super cross from the right went beyond the far post where a Wellington player did brilliantly to hit the ball first time on the half volley from a narrow angle into the back of the net.
Wellington then started to put the pressure on and in the next ten minutes they went close with a header, were thwarted by a fine save with his legs by Strawbridge from a couple of yards out and they also hit the post.
Tipton then regrouped, having rode out this period of pressure and on 65 minutes Feeney had a shot saved.
A minute after this Jody Freeman did brilliantly to get onto a through ball and calmly slot the ball past the onrushing keeper but the goal was incorrectly ruled out for offside.
Two minutes later Lee Strawbridge hit a fine shot from all of 40 yards which the keeper did well to catch just under the crossbar.
On 88 minutes Tipton put together a fine attack with Wood laying the ball across the box to Freeman who hit a blistering first time shot only to see the Wellington keeper pull off an unbelievable save, knocking the ball behind for a corner.
From the ensuing corner, Dale Strawbridge, who had been replaced in goal by Jack Walker, hit a shot which was blocked on the line by a defender.
On 90 minutes Wellington almost closed the match out, but Walker pulled off a fine save tipping the ball around the post for a corner.
As the Match went into added on time Freeman was hacked down about a yard outside the Wellington area.
He got up off the floor and took the kick himself, which was almost a carbon copy of his first goal, smashing the ball low into the back of the net to give Tipton a more than deserved equaliser.
The final whistle sounded shortly afterwards.
This was another fine all round Team performance from every member of the Tipton side but for the second week running Man of the Match honours went to Jody Freeman for a fine individual performance and two brilliant goals.