Tynewydd kick off 2013 with a win
7:30am Thursday 10th January 2013 in Sport
SHIP INN 1 TYNEWYDD 5
THE Tynny went into their opening Vale League First Division game of 2013 hoping to build on the back of some good performances in the first part of the season. And it was the away side who quickly got into a rhythm, knocking the ball crisply around the Maslin Park pitch.
After 15 minutes, a looped ball from the left found Ross Smith's head and he cushioned the ball for onrushing Andrew Colburn to slide home for a 1-0 lead. Soon after, a corner for the Tynny was whipped over and, after Colburn's header was blocked, George Pycroft was on hand to swivel and smash home to double the advantage.
The Tynny were really dominating now, with Nick Haincock at centre half marshalling the back four and shutting down the speedy Ship forwards, and it was no surprise when the Tynny grabbed another.
The manner in which it came was spectacular, Colburn connecting with the bouncing ball on the half volley and unleashing a rocket straight into the top corner from 30 yards; fans on the sidelines compared it to Cameron Jerome's recent last-minute equaliser for Stoke.
Tynny rounded off a great first-half performance with another goal from a corner when, after some head tennis between Jodie Shepherd and the Ship defenders and goalkeeper, the ball eventually found its way into the back of the net. The final touch was debatable at best to everyone bar Shepherd!
As is usually the case with games like this, the second half failed to live up to the first, with the Ship coming more into the game and forcing three or four excellent saves from Callum Coleman. They grabbed a consolation goal with 20 minutes to go when a mistimed challenge resulted in a penalty which the Ship striker duly converted.
Virtually straight away though, Smith capitalised on a fumble by the Ship 'keeper to restore the four-goal advantage. There was even time for a run out for 'gaffa' Gareth Union and Steven Eveleigh in the middle of the park.
The Tynny could and maybe should have grabbed a few more goals, missing some gilt-edged chances in the second half, but the damage was done before the break so it was not to be costly.
A great team performance meant man of the match was close but it was Haincock's commanding display at the back that won out.
Squad: C Coleman, G Pycroft, N Haincock, J Shepherd, S Bellamy, D Miller, M Hesp, A Colburn, L Union (c), J Clissett, R Smith, J Reed, S Eveleigh and G Union.