Match Preview – Tividale (A) FA Cup

FA Cup Preliminary Round

Saturday 21st August, 3pm

Tividale vs AFC Wulfrunians

The Beeches, B69 1UL


The Wulfs travel to local rivals Tividale to compete for a place in the First Qualifying round of the FA Cup, whilst also looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat on Tuesday night to Walsall Wood.


How both teams got here


AFC progressed to the preliminary round by defeating United Counties side Heanor Town. Goals from strike partners Aaron Bishop and Dom Dell gave us a hard fought 2-1 victory. Meanwhile, our opponents Tividale faced familiar opposition in Shifnal Town, who were promoted to the Midland League Premier Division last season. Shifnal were down to ten men early on in the contest, meaning it was an uphill battle for them all afternoon. Tividale took advantage of this, eventually claiming a 2-0 victory at the Beeches.


League Form


Both teams have the exact same league record after the first two games, both drawing on opening day and falling to defeat in midweek. Tivi hosted new boys Whitchurch Alport on the opening day, and came back from 3-1 down to level at 3-3 in incredible fashion. The referee had a part to play, with Tividale scoring in the 95th and 98th minute in order to take a point. In midweek they travelled to Romulus, and were unable to respond to going behind on the stroke of half time, losing by a goal to nil.


Our opening day fixture was remarkably similar, also coming back from 3-1 down to level the game at 3-3 late on away at Worcester City. Unfortunately on Tuesday after going two goals down a similar comeback did not prevail, as we lost 2-1 at home to Walsall Wood.


Players to watch


Daniel Smith has began the campaign well for Tividale, netting in their first two fixtures against Shifnal and Whitchurch. Ryan Grosenvor is usually a tricky customer for our opponents also, and is a man Mark Jonesmen will have to look out for during the contest.


Aaron Bishop has been a consistent performer for the Wulfs so far this term, finding the scoresheet in every game so far, including a crucial winner against Heanor in the Extra Preliminary Round. Jack Till and Dom Dell are also constant threats when given the right service going forward.


Head to Head


The two last met as we hosted Tividale in October last year during the curtailed 20/21 league season, it was a very close contest that ended 1-1. In total we are winless in four against our opponents on Saturday, losing on our last two visits to the Beeches in 2019 and 2016. Lets hope we can turn this poor recent record around on Saturday afternoon.


It is all set up to be a classic with the incentive of a place in the first qualifying round at stake, the lads would really appreciate your support so try to get down to The Beeches if you can.


Words – Tom Bird