Tipton Town 2 Shepshed Dynamo 5
Shepshed showed strength in character in coming from two goals behind after twenty five minutes to win this Bakers Midland Football Alliance tie at Tipton Sports academy 5-2.
Tipton used their physical presence in midfield earlier on in the game gaining control of the midfield battles and hence providing balls to their advancing wingers. Tipton threatened after nine minutes but Mike Perks effort went wide. Six minutes later Perks was adjudged to have been fouled just inside the box and Danny Ashton stepped up to place his penalty passed Ryan Thacker to give the hosts the lead.
Shepshed looked for an immediate reply from Alun Webb's cross Jonathan Jones's header was saved by James Pemberton.
The balance of play shifted back to the hosts on twenty one minutes Calum Martins rebounded to safety off Thacker's crossbar, but four minutes later Town were two up Martin was fouled right on the edge of the box, Ashton's free kick was cleared by Thacker but Andy Dicken was quickest to the loose ball to scramble home and double the lead. Four minutes later and Martin went close to adding a third which would have made no way back for Dynamo.
Shepshed still believed they could get ba, ck into this game Tommy Cooper-Richards playing a more deeper role than usual shot wide just after the half hour the three minutes later Pemberton produced a good save to deny Steve Chaplins header.
Shepshed best chance of the game so far fell to Jones a ball over the top from Chris Gray found Jones one on one with Pemberton but the keeper was equal to the task.
Shepshed got back into the game and reduced the deficit on forty two minutes after a Shepshed attack the ball fell to Alun Webb who neatly curled into the top corner of Pemberton's net on forty two minutes and were unlucky not to go in at the break level when Webb found Chaplin whose effort was blocked in injury time.
After reducing the score line just before the break Shepshed went in search of the equaliser and took the game to Tipton in the second half.
Ten minutes into the half Rob Mulonga's cross was met by the head of Jones with Pemberton forcing a corner, the resultant corner was met by Captain Louis Guest but it was agonisingly wide.
Shepshed didn't have to wait long for the equaliser to arrive after sixty minutes Rob Mulonga's shot come cross sailed over Pemberton.
Shepshed could now sense they could go and win the game two minutes later Jones's effort was cleared off the line and a further three minutes later Wherton was forced to clear the ball off Tipton's goal line again.
Shepshed took the lead in seventy three minutes with a well executed free kick from Calum Thompson, four minutes later Shepshed were now two goals o the good Jones rising higher than Pemberton with ball dropping to Cooper - Richards to place home.
With time running out Jones was alert to a quick but misplaced free kick to go one on one with Pemberton but this time Jones found the back of the net.
Shepshed showed determination in being two goals down and in the end were comfortable victors.
F-T Tipton Town 2 Shepshed Dynamo 5 att 68
Team; Thacker, Bradshaw, Webb, Gray, Guest, Bennett, Mulonga, Thompson, Jones, Chaplin (Byrne 90), Cooper - Richards Sub Not used Lenahan