Hellenic League Division One West: Tuffley Rovers 1 Tytherington Rocks 1
8:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Thornbury Sport
THE first league meeting between these clubs resulted in a hard fought draw, played at break neck speed, but without Tytherington Rocks playing their normal passing game.
It took until the 27th minutes before the Rocks created their first real chance when from a free kick on the right came to Toby Colbourne, who fired high and wide of the goal from inside the six yard box.
Play continued from end to end, with the ball mostly in the air.
On 46 minutes a cross from Justin Bishop found Sam Taylor, whose shot was turned away for a corner.
Rocks were now doing most of the attacking with Bishop working hard on the right, creating the few chances that went their way, however Tuffley packed their penalty box and Rocks could not find a way through.
On 55 minutes Tuffley took the lead when a misplaced header from defender Dale Emery found Shane Bradley, who made no mistake, hammering the ball past keeper Kevin Freeman from close in.
With Rocks manager Gary Powell making substitutions, Andy Criddle, who had previously been unavailable , came on for his first appearance this season.
They began to look more dangerous and on 75 minutes got a well deserved equaliser when a shot by sub Tom Andrews was handled inside the box and Rocks were awarded a penalty, with Stuart Nelson stepping up to hammer the ball home.
Having been promoted from the County League, Tuffley proved their worth and gave Rocks a hard game, with a draw being a fair result.
On Saturday Rocks face Letcombe Regis at home, 3pm.
Tytherington Rocks 2 Malmesbury Victoria 0
TYTHERINGTON ROCKS beat Malmesbury Victoria in the first ever floodlit game at The Hardwicke Playing Fields.
After ten minutes a shot from Sam Taylor was cleared off the goal line by a Vic defender.
Rocks kept the pressure on Malmesbury for most of the first-half and the opposition only looked like scoring once.
Tytherington scored after 32 minutes when a good header from Toby Colbourne from close in found the back of the net to put them one up at half-time.
On 50 minutes a free kick from the left taken by Stuart Nelson was met by Justin Bishop, who took just one touch to turn the ball into the net.
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