12:54pm Thursday 8th August 2013
TIVIDALE kicked off their Midland Alliance campaign in style with a 5-3 success over Highgate United.
A bumper Packwood Road crowd saw Tividale come from a goal down to clinch the points with Nathan Waite and Stuart How both netting twice after new recruit Mark Smith had levelled matters when heading home from a corner.
However, the victory was soured by an unpleasant off the ball incident involving goalkeeper Charlie Price who sustained an ankle injury as a result.
Tividale boss Stuart Scriven claimed: “It seems one of the Highgate players lashed out and kicked Charlie.
“I didn’t see the incident — neither did the officials — because we were all following play at the time.
“But I knew something had happened by the reaction from the crowd behind the goal. “There was a commotion that followed on the pitch and between the two benches, but I couldn’t react to something that I didn’t see.
“Charlie showed me the injury after the game and I’m hoping he’ll be OK to face Dunkirk this Saturday.”
Scriven gave neighbours Dudley Sports a helping hand this week by lending them Dan Evans, Mark Wardell and Masimba, who has been recruited from Hereford United’s youth side this summer.
Scriven said: “Both Dan and Mark are about 80 per cent fit for Alliance football at the moment and it was better for them both to be playing than sitting on the bench.” n Gornal Athletic were given a few home truths after crashing 4-0 at home to Coleshill Town in their opening Alliance match.
Boss Brian Knight said: “We were like rabbits in the headlights for the first-half and you could tell most of the players hadn’t played at this level before.
“Coleshill should have been out of sight by half-time.
“I had to have a word with the players during the interval and from that point we were much better. “In fact we missed a couple of good chances which should have brought the score back to 3-2.
“If we can take our second-half performance into the next game, we’ll do much better.
“I only met two of the players for the first time on the Thursday before the game.
“Josh Webb, who we got from Racing Club Warwick and Frederick Owani, who responded to an appeal in the Dudley News.”
It’s been a baptism of fire for Knight since taking over at Garden Walk this summer.
He said: “I knew what I was letting myself in for. The club told me the previous manager had gone and there was a likelihood that most of the players would leave as well. “In fact only one of them, Ravi Sangha, has stayed.”
Gornal host favourites Shepshed Dynamo on Saturday.
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