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Tividale boss Dave King demanding a positive response

By Joe Edwards | Grassroots | Published:

Tividale are hoping to get their title charge back on track with a big victory over table-toppers Malvern Town tonight.

Dave King

Dave King’s side are third in the West Midlands Premier table – seven points off Malvern, with four games in hand – ahead of the 7.45pm clash at The Beeches.

They go into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat at Wednesfield on Saturday.

Tividale were 1-0 up at half-time at The Cottage after Demetri Brown’s strike, with Scott Sandland and Reece Mason netting for the hosts in the second half.

“We scored early doors and had a couple more chances to put the game to bed,” said King on the defeat. “It could have been game-over at half-time, but it wasn’t.

“In fairness to Wednesfield they came out for the second half pretty sharp and we just panicked. Wednesfield worked really hard so credit where credit is due.

“It was one of those days where we wouldn’t have got the equaliser had we played another hour.”

Tividale are hoping to clinch promotion following back-to-back relegations.

On tonight’s encounter, King added: “They’re a very good team – we’ve watched them, they’ve watched us.

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“We want to bounce back and we’ll have to be on our mettle.

“We have come so far this season, and on limited resources it has to be said.

“We’re all disappointed after Saturday but now there’s the opportunity to bounce back.”

Also in league action tonight, at Shifnal Town, are title rivals Wolverhampton Sporting.

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They beat Cradley Town 2-0 at the weekend, Jak Barnes and Dan Scragg getting the goals.

Andy Paddock’s charges are fourth – nine points behind Malvern, with seven games in hand.

They are looking to bolster their squad with some new signings this week.

Cradley Town will aim to bounce back from the loss to Sporting as they take on Smethwick, who are reeling following a 7-0 thrashing at Malvern.

Wolverhampton Casuals have their sights set on a Dudley double.

After seeing off Dudley Town 4-0 on Saturday, they travel to Dudley Sports, who drew 2-2 with Bewdley Town.

Also at the weekend, second-placed Black Country Rangers won 3-1 at Wellington.

Shag Whittingham, Kieron Clarke and Jake Healy were on the scoresheet.

Bilston Town were 4-1 victors at rock-bottom Wellington Amateurs.

Wednesfield will look to build on Saturday’s big victory against AFC Bridgnorth tomorrow night, at home.

Dean Gill’s men have won all four of their league games in 2018, scoring 16 goals in the process.

They are seventh following promotion as Division One runners-up.

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Sports reporter for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

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