Tulips Back To Winning Ways
A first-half brace by 'His Majesty' Gary King was enough to see the Tulips home 2-1 at home to Bedworth United on Saturday 9th September!...
The Gary King double brought a five-match winless sequence to a relieved end for the Tulips at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field last weekend.
Both of King’s goals (he's pictured second from right after notching his first) came from deadball situations: the first being a 25-yard free-kick followed by a penalty in a lively encounter which saw two red cards and a host of cautions issued by referee Edward Cook.
Tulips’ midfielder Matt Varley saw red after his two-footed challenge created a fracas in the 69th minute; Bedworth's ‘keeper Rhys Bills, who had earlier been cautioned for a foul on King which resulted in the penalty, was the other player sent for an early shower after he had raced 30 yards from his area to join the mass brawl and swing a punch.
The Tulips got the early goal they so desperately needed following their disappointing run, in the 15th minute. Cenk Acar, who was to be constantly involved up and down the pitch won a free-kick 25 yards out and Gary King stepped up to drive the ball hard and low into the sacking, giving ‘keeper Bills no chance to save, despite the youngster's valiant effort.
Shortly afterwards Devante Reittie, who had scored on his debut at Stamford AFC a few days earlier, worked hard to create space inside the Bedworth area only to be denied by the legs of Bills.
At the other end home custodian Michael Duggan caused a few hearts to flutter when failing to grasp a looping cross shot, but he reacted quickly to smother the loose ball amid a gaggle of feet.
The Tulips’ advantage was increased on 33 minutes. Acar, Reittie and King were proving to be a deadly trio and forced a shaky defence to lose control on the edge of the 18-yard area. The ball ran free and King took full advantage, expertly drifting away from goal but enticing the ‘keeper to commit rashly to a challenge he never looked like winning. Wily fox King duly stepped up to rifle in the resulting penalty!
As Bedworth fought back they found the home defence, in particular central defender Neal Spafford, in unrelenting mood.
King was only inches away from completing a hat-trick in the opening minutes of the second period. Chasing a long through ball he weaved past a defender to get in a shot, only to see his effort slip inches past the far post.
Nathan Whitehead missed out from a promising position moments before the fracas which resulted in the sendings-off of Varley and Bills.
The visitors fought back to get on the scoresheet albeit it from the outstretched arm of Tulips’ young Coalville Town loanee Bradley Maslen-Jones whose inexplicable folly earned him a caution and plenty of puzzled looks from teammates.
In added time the Tulips were twice denied by the woodwork, with shots from Acar and young Doncaster Rovers work-experience debutant (his fellow Yorkshire clubman, Keegan Townlow remained on the bench) Jacob Fletcher crashing against a post.
Team: Michael Duggan, Jack Fixter, Adam Jackson, Matt Varley, Bradley Maslen-Jones, Neal Spafford, Conor Marshall (Jordan Lemon, 69mins), Nathan Whitehead, Gary King (Jacob Fletcher, 77 mins), Devante Riettie (Jonny Lockie, 62 mins), Cenk Acar. Subs (not used): Jamie McGhee, Keegan Townrow
Tulips' Man-of-the-Match, awarded by Match Sponsors Reeves Tyres: Neal Spafford