Hope Valley: Tideswell Utd 4-3 Bakewell Town

Tideswell Utd v Bakewell Town (blue)
Tideswell Utd v Bakewell Town (blue)

Tideswell United ended their recent slump and got back to winning ways against a spirited Bakewell Town in this seven-goal thriller.

The hosts started brightly attacking with the wind at their backs, and it was their front pairing of Pete Cope and Rick Whyatt who began brightly in the early exchanges.

The game was only ten minutes old when Tideswell made the breakthrough after Whyatt fired home at the near-post.

Tideswell then started to move the ball well in periods but on 20 minutes they were found guilty of over-playing which allowed Wayne Hudson the easiest of finishes to level proceedings.

The game was then flowing one way and then the other with neither team able to stamp their mark on the contest.

That soon changed when Tideswell failed to deal with a routine corner kick allowing Nick Wilson to prod home and propel Bakewell into the lead.

That lead was maintained until the break, after some stubborn defending by the visitors.

In the second half Tideswell started to enforce their passing game and were helped with the wind behind them.

Bakewell’s Hudson was proving to be a real handful for Tideswell defenders although Joe Muir and Liam Robinson where in no mood to give the striker a sniff at goal.

On the hour mark United were level at 2-2 as Jack Deakin curled in a wonderful 25-yard free-kick.

United then carried out a change of formation with Connor Johnson proving to be the super substitute after his introduction.

It wasn’t long before they took the lead when Wilson’s initial effort was parried away only into the path of Cope who duly obliged by tapping home from three yards out.

With only 15 minutes remaining, dogged Town again drew level as some quick thinking at a throw-in saw the dangerous Hudson roll his man and neatly finish into the corner of the net to pull it back to 3-3.

Liam Robinson then saw his shot saved well as the hosts went in search of a winner.

However, with a draw looking the most likely outcome that winner did arrive, and it came with just over four minutes of normal time remaining.

A goalmouth scramble in Bakewell’s area saw the ball fall kindly to Cope, who hammered home his second of the day and a vital fourth for Tideswell.

Not long after, referee Jack Harrison brought proceedings to an end to ensure a hard-earned three points for United in what was a gripping contest.

The result sees Tideswell move up to fifth on 17 points, whilst Bakewell remain in ninth place on seven points.