Tipton unfortunate to meet a strengthened Civil Service side

For the second time this Season Tipton were unlucky to have to play Exeter Civil Service 2nds on a day when their 1st Team had no game, writes Richard Williams.

Civil Service took the lead on 16 minutes when the striker cut in from the left and shot, which Dale Strawbridge did well to parry but the ball went straight back to the same player who netted from a very narrow angle. Tipton then matched Civil Service for a while and on 27 minutes Ash Small picked up the ball in his own half, passed it to Danny Green and continued his run receiving the ball back from Green before shooting from the edge of the area only to see his effort stopped and knocked out for a throw in. From the resultant throw Greens shot was cleared off the line for a corner by a defender and from that Green had another shot cleared of the line for another corner. Civil Service then went down the other end of the pitch and Dale Strawbridge did well to palm a free kick over the bar. Tipton continued to battle and went close on 44 minutes when Danny Green shot just wide. Just on the stroke of half time Civil Service were awarded a soft penalty, from what looked like a blatant dive, and converted it to make the half time score 2 – 0.

Straight from the kick off Tipton put together a fine move on the right from which Ash Small crossed to Adam Connett who headed on to Jody Freeman who shot into the side netting. Shortly after that Tipton were reduced to 10 men when Freeman was given a straight red card for a late tackle. After this Tipton really dug in and looked the side more likely to score. On 65 minutes Jake Freeman headed just over the bar and on 71 minutes Ash Small hit a shot with the outside of his right foot from the left only for the ball to hit the bar, with the keeper beaten, and bounce back into play. On 83 minutes a overhead kick from substitute, Kevin Sexton, in the box was saved by the keeper and on 87 minutes Lee Strawbridge, who worked tirelessly throughout in midfield, had a header saved on the line by the keeper and two minutes later he made a fine run up the left before putting in a superb cross which unfortunately went inches in front of Sexton and was cleared.

This was a gutsy performance against a very strong Team and Tipton now have to pick themselves up and put things right for their local derby with Feniton next week. Man of the Match for Tipton was midfielder Lee Strawbridge who ran himself into the ground to try turn things around for his Team. Next match Tipton are away to Feniton. Kick off 3.00pm.

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