Studley F.C.

Studley F.C.

Cox the hero as depleted Bees lose the first leg.

by Bob Fletcher

All set up for second leg push as Bees rearguard almost hold out.

The Beehive was the venue for the 1st leg of the semi final of the League Cup against

Tipton Town on Tuesday.The Bees missing 3/4players were put under pressure almost

straight away as Tipton took the game to the hosts.However it was 27 mins before I

wrote anything on me pad,I think I was still in a state of shock after being given the

news I had won the super six.Back to the report it was Dave Bate who was responsible

for my first imput when he stuck the bar with a fierce shot from some 20yds.Turner

almost scored for the Bees when his lob over the keeper only just cleared the bar on 32

mins,Clark-O'Connell was causing the Bees defence problems with his pace down the

right,and on 35mins one of his crosses was met by a Waite header and Cox was forced

to pull off one of his many good saves.Westwood then tried his luck but Cox was again

equal to it on 40 mins .A minute later a McFarlane effort from inside the six yard box

was somehow clawed away and put over the bar by Cox.The Bees bought the half to a

close when a fine Turner 20yd effort just cleared the bar.The Bees had to reshuffle at the

start of the second half when Carter failed to show and O'Brien took his place.An event

as rare as rocking horse muck took place in the 55min when Hicks was cauntioned for a

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foul.Tipton did not reach the hieghts of the first half as the Bees upped their game

slightly although Clark-O'Connell was stil causing all sorts of problems.Cox showed his

class again pulling off another fine save from Clark-O'Connell on the hour ,and again

five mins later from a Westwood shot.Tipton rung the changes as they tried desperatly

to score a goal which their play deserved,and although suprisingly taking off Clark-O'Connell

they did eventually score when old boy and subsitute Leigh Downing found the back

of the net on 85 mins after a sleek move.So Tipton take a deseved 1-0 lead into the

second leg to be played on the fourth of April.M.O.M.Perry Cox

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