Tividale 3 Sporting Khalsa
With two late goals at Molineux on
Wednesday, May 21, Tividale dramatically added the prestigious JW Hunt Cup to
their Midland Alliance title.
Sporting Khalsa had made Tividale pay
for failing to make the most of a string of good chances and led 2–1 with six
minutes to go but Karl Edwards managed to create a chance for himself in a
crowded penalty area to fire in an equaliser.
Extra time seemed certain as the last of
four minutes’ added time arrived but after Khalsa keeper Mariusz KIesel had
turned a Ryan Winwood drive for a corner, the resultant kick saw the ball find
its way to sub Sam Williams who drilled a shot into the corner of the
It had all looked plain sailing as
Edwards had fired Tividale in front after six minutes from a rebound when a Mark
Smith header was blocked on the line.
Sam Pearson glanced a header wide for
Khalsa but Tividale looked more menacing as Zak Foster and Mitchell Plows
brought fine saves from Kiesel. The keeper’s continued defiance was rewarded
when the powerful Mark Habbershaw strode onto a through ball to hammer Khalsa
level on 35 minutes.
Before the break Kiesel defied Tividale
again when he turned a Foster corner onto the bar and ten minutes into the
second half he dived to stop a full-blooded drive from Leigh Downing. Tividale
must have though it was not their night when on the hour Liam Hughes scored from
the spot after left-back Hayden Williams had been sent
Despite all the promptings of man-of-the
match David Bellis, Tividale looked liked going unrewarded as Khalsa looked in
control. Then came the late drama.
Following an incident as Tividale celebrated their winning goal Khalsa player Jon Cordy was sent off.
With two first-time finalists a new name
had to go on the trophy and no-one could argue Tividale did not deserve the
All proceeds from the competition go to
the Beacon Centre for the Blind, whose chief executive Arwyn Jones made the
Tividale: Price, Plows (Parsons 72),
Foster, Field (Williams 72), Smith, Paskin, Winwood, Bellis, Waite, Edwards
Downing. Unused subs How, Huckfield, Beech.
Sporting Khalsa: Kiesel, Uppal, Williams
(Tarbuck 78), Cordy, Forward, Radford, Rob Holdcroft, Boswell, Hughes,
Habbershaw (Lawley 56), Pearson (Campbell HT). Unused subs: Jay Holdcroft,
REPORT FROM STEVE GORDOS.