Sikh Hunters 3-6 Tipton Town
By Aaron Muffett
Hunters on wrong end of goalfest
Sikh Hunters suffered consecutive League defeats for the first time in 17 months on Saturday as they fell to a 6-3 defeat to local rivals Tipton Town.
The Hunters line up showed four changes from their defeat against Droitwich Spa 7 days earlier. Ashley Justin and Dan Jones made their first starts for the club while Sammy Whitehouse and Jason Jeffreys also came into the side.
Hunters came out of the blocks quickly yet found themselves behind early on, the visitors seizing on a misplaced back pass to take the lead. The home side hit back instantly however when Hinesh Patel was fouled in the box and Sanjay Malhi stepped up to dispatch the penalty.
The parity was short lived as Tipton regained the lead before a quarter hour was on the clock and after the early flurry of goals, it remained 2-1 at the break despite Hunters dominating for the rest of the half with chance after chance going begging.
Into the second half and Tipton made it 3-1 almost straight after the resumption which appeared to knock the wind out of Hunters sails. They went on to extend their lead to 6-1 with the hosts shell shocked although to their credit, they managed to pull a couple of goals back late on through Patel and Nathan Hathaway.
6-3 it finished in a somewhat strange encounter and more lessons learned for a Hunters still acclimatising at this level.
This Saturday Hunters face their first away game of the season as they travel to Bromyard Town. Kick off is at 3pm.