Old Tiffs slumped to their third successive cup defeat in as many weeks, to Old Malvernians at a blustery Grist’s. After getting off to a solid start, OTs gave away two cheap goals. First, Dave Harry found his own onion bag after a series of accurate corners finally brought telling pressure on a creaking defence. Shortly afterwards, Jon Youl was picked off by a sniper in the crèche. As he collapsed clasping his hamstring, the OMs striker stroked past an exposed Rose.
Cue an uncharacteristic Tiffin fightback. Dirty Harry whipped-in devilishly from the right. The ball broke to Joe Matthews 12 yards out and he picked out the roof of the net with a right-footed shank. Two minutes later and Matthews dragged OTs all square with a dipping 25 yard half-volley. Unfortunately, momentum swung back to the visitors – a well-worked set piece split the defence and was neatly finished.
Tiffs were dominant at the beginning of the second half, despite conceding a suspect penalty. They were undone cruelly by two routine corners. Rose decided the best course of action was to gently pat the ball into the path of the striker… Twice.
Pete Osborne was voted man of the match for a virtuoso display up front. His entertaining and boisterous performance was not rewarded with a goal. The final whistle heralded the welcome news that the boys in purple will be returning to league football next week. They will look to keep up their 100% record in front of a partisan crowd.
Final Score 2-5