For 50 minutes this game was like watching paint dry but sparked into life in 2 minutes of mayhem. This game played at Warley Sports , the same place I saw top of the Midland Junior U18 league Romulus travel to Mid Table side Tipton.
I had intended to go to the Cradley game in this league but as I approached junction one of the M5, I decided to come off and see if Romulus were really worthy of their lofty position.
I arrived five minutes before kick off, and the weather was cold but the sun was shining. Tipton played in their black and white stripes. The first half was rubbish in truth, Tipton looked decent though defending resolutely and were up for the challenge. Romulus struggled to play any of the football they are used to playing on a dusty hard pitch. Tipton turned up with just one substitute and were forced to use him after a few minutes when they lost a player to a knee injury.
Half Time- Tipton Town…..0 Romulus….0
Romulus made their intentions clear in the second half, hitting the bar and wasting a hatful of chances including dragging the ball across the face of goal when it was easier to score. Tipton then had a twist of bad luck when the substitute that came on went off holding his ankle. The ten men of Tipton shocked Romulus by shooting from the edge of the area. Romulus hit back straight away though, from a corner Tipton’s keeper parried the ball out ,but the ball fell straight to the captain who volleyed home.
Tipton then made a huge error, with the keeper rushing out and kicking his clearance against a Romulus player, Tipton’s keeper then fell over leaving Romulus to roll the ball in. Romulus then scored the goal of the game when the number 8 , collected the ball about 15 yards out and sent a screamer that flew into the top corner. The final nail in the coffin, came when Romulus sent a smart bending ball beyond the keepers reach.
Admission- Free Attendance- Around 20 Match Rating- 5/10