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Conor Bursnell24 Dec 2023 - 14:32
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Atherstone Town pick up another home win.

Atherstone Town treated their fans to an early Christmas present with a 3-1 home win against Tividale on Saturday afternoon.

Jake Brown gave the Adders the lead inside a minute, before Gabe Webster opened his account for the club.

The visitors pulled a goal back before a fortunate Ryan Quinn restored the two goal lead Atherstone would keep until the end of the game.

Next up in the busy Christmas period is a visit to Romulus on Wednesday 27th.

As ever, the festive fixtures will coming thick and fast over the next week or so, which means momentum will be crucial with little prep time between game. Atherstone have started to gather some momentum over the last couple of games and were looking to maintain that against Tividale.

The visitors had been a tough nut to crack in the 0-0 draw played out in August, but it took the Adders less than a minute to find the back of the net in this game. The first corner of the game caused chaos, and in the mayhem Jake Brown was able to stab home at close range.

Atherstone then settled into a pattern of controlling the ball, with Tividale looking to run in behind on quick counter attacks. The visitors had a couple of penalty appeals waved away early on as they worked a path back into the contest.

At the mid way point of the half, the Adders sprung their own counter attack with some excellent work from Brown and Lewis Collins set the hosts bearing down on goal. The ball eventually made its way to Gabe Webster, who took aim and just managed to beat the keeper with a shot into the bottom right corner.

With a two goal buffer, Atherstone found themselves fully on the front foot, with captain Ryan Quinn popping all over the park and causing issues. Tividale did however manage to pull themselves back into the game with a well worked goal.

There were a couple more chances for Tividale before the Adders struck back with a third goal. Quinn got himself in behind again and swung in a cross which caught in the wind and lobbed the keeper at the far post.

A stroke of fortune saw the Adders well in control when the half time whistle went, but a professional performance would be needed to see the game out. The second half had much less action, but still saw chances for Atherstone to extend the lead.

Collins and Brown both went mightily close to a fourth with one on one chances. At the other end, Finn Osborn had to be on his toes on a couple of occasions to thwart the visitors. The result was in little doubt in all honesty, and the final whistle brought about a chance for the fans and players to celebrate a job well done.

The win sees the Adders start to look up the table, in 12th on 20 points and starting to think about the low hanging play off sides. The Adders are next in action on Wednesday night as they make the trip to take on Romulus.

That will be followed by back to back home games against Dudley Town on the 30th December and Bewdley Town on 6th January. Results and performances are improving at a key time in the season, and the next few games could prove crucial in the long run.

Playing in front of big crowds always makes a difference, so continue to get down and show support for your Atherstone Town.

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