Wulfs and Tivi share spoils

AFC Wulfrunians 2-2 Tividale

Midland Football League Premier Division

Tuesday 21st September 2021

 

The CKW stadium was the place to be on this mild Tuesday evening as Wulfrunians and Tividale played out a very entertaining, action-packed 2-2 draw. It was everything a local derby should be, a little bit of feistiness partnered with lots of quality on the pitch. All the goals came in the first half as the Wulfs came from behind twice to equalise on the stroke of half time with the goals coming from Dom Dell and Rob Hanna.

 

Tividale started well and took the lead inside the first ten minutes. The ball bobbled around the edge of the home area before falling to Darragh Bustin who slotted a calm finish past Haywood into the bottom corner.

 

Wulfs have began to make a habit of going behind early so far this season, however they have generally been able to bounce back pretty quickly. That is exactly what happened again on this occasion, as Dom Dell netted an equaliser just seven minutes later. Aaron Bishop has had a superb start to the campaign and it was him who made the decisive pass to find Dell who slid the ball past the keeper.

 

The leveller gave Wulfrunians a bit of momentum that lead to the creation of some decent chances for the hosts. Rob Hanna who impressed on his debut on Saturday was lively once again, having a couple of good chances denied by the Tivi keeper after being played in by Bishop.

 

Despite the pressure it was the visitors who retook the lead just after the half hour mark. This time it was Cameron Milne who found the net for Tivi in what was a very similar goal to the first, finding himself in behind and finishing well, giving Haywood no chance in the Wulfs net.

 

Tividale must have thought they had done enough to take the lead into the break but remarkably Wulfs equalised for the second time right on the stroke of the interval following a bizarre incident on the edge of the box. The away keeper took down Aaron Bishop as he ran through however with tracking defenders behind it was decided that only a yellow card was necessary. The punishment for the error was much more severe however, as from the resulting free kick James Hill struck the bar only for the rebound to fall to Rob Hanna who made it 2-2. A crucial goal at the end of a chaotic half for Wulfrunians.

 

Half Time – AFC Wulfrunians 2-2 Tividale

 

The second half was always going to find it hard to replicate the entertainment of the first. AFC came out well though, and missed a few crucial chances that could’ve seen us take the lead. Firstly Dom Dell had his effort saved before Knight headed just over from a set piece, a very fast start to the second period.

 

The game understandably settled down soon after however as a level of control was brought to proceedings. The referee became heavily involved in what was a good tempered but feisty encounter which could’ve easily gone either way.

 

As the end of the game closed in and players tired Wulfrunians began to dominate and create pressure, seeming to have the legs in the latter stages. Substitute Katega had a good chance after being introduced in the last ten minutes, firing straight at the keeper from the age of the box. Multiple corners followed as well as a strong penalty shout where Bishop was brought down, but nothing seemed to go the way of the attackers as we looked for a an elusive winner,

 

AFC threw everything at it right unto the final whistle but neither side could find a decisive fifth goal and the spoils were shared between the two local rivals. Overall it was probably a fair result and an entertaining game which was a great advert for Midland League football.

 

Full Time – AFC Wulfrunians 2-2 Tividale

 

Words – Tom Bird