Southam hit the rocks as Tytherington come to town

Southam continued their poor run of form at home to Tytherington Rocks in this Easter Hellenic League Division 1 fixture.
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Early on, Josh Dixon, deployed in an unfamiliar role at fullback, stood up a hanging cross that was met by Ed Kostiuk, the forward failing to make the requisite quality of contact to seriously trouble the Tytherington keeper. Dixon was involved again shortly after, sending an arcing centre into the box that sailed narrowly over the bar. Further efforts from Ben Sallis and Kostiuk saw hopes of a Southam opener go unrealised.

Shane Osbourne rattled the upright just before half time. This was as close as the home side came in a first half littered with mistakes and errors of control as both sides struggled to impose themselves on an uneven, bobbly surface.

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The second period saw the home side on the back foot early on, Hudson having to be smartly off his line to deny Tytherington the opener. The away side would have been cursing their fortunes shortly afterward, unable to capitalise on a four-man overload after an uncharacteristic mistake by an out-of-sorts Dixon. On sixty three, it was Southam's turn to reflect on their bad luck, Shane Osbourne blazing over after brilliant work by Kostiuk down the right, forcing a turnover that Osborne proved ultimately unable to convert.

Players and fans welcomed sunshine back to BHP this Easter MondayPlayers and fans welcomed sunshine back to BHP this Easter Monday
Players and fans welcomed sunshine back to BHP this Easter Monday

The home side's misery was compounded just seven minutes later when Tytherington wide forward Kyle Head ghosted in on the right to rifle past Lewis Hudson for the opener. Southam rallied and saw good efforts to retaliate go begging, Josh Turton and captain Andy Yeates both nodding serviceable looking opportunities wide. Southam's search for an equaliser saw a smattering of set-pieces as Tytherington clung on, defending deeper and inviting the Warwickshire side onto them. Home keeper Lewis Hudson would surely have seen the headlines writing themselves as he pushed forward late on, a loose ball breaking to him on the edge, but his powerful effort was charged down to deny a dramatic ending, the visitors seeing it out to complete a league double over the dejected looking home side.

Manager Lee Petch had this to say: 'It was a hard one to take today, we were the better side, we created enough chances to win the game comfortably and unfortunately they were able to take the one that they had'. It gets no easier for Southam as they go away to champions Hartpury University on Wednesday in the first of three away fixtures to see out the league campaign.

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