Teversal’s inconsistent form continued on Saturday as they again failed to reach the FA Vase First Round Proper, something they have only managed to do once in their 97-year history, with a 3-1 home defeat by Radcliffe Olympic.
Credit to Radcliffe as they deserved their victory, playing some excellent counter-attacking football along with some solid defending that saw the visitors control the game from start to finish.
To be fair to the hosts, they started brightly before being hit in the fifth minute when Connor Moore broke down the left flank to deliver a low cross into the corridor of death.
Gregory tried to intercept the cross but could only wrongfoot West in the Teversal goal and smash the ball into the back of the net to give Radcliffe the early lead.
It was visible to see the impact on the home side and an uncharacteristic schoolboy error by West saw the Teversal keeper mis-hit an attempted pass across his goal to Williams that fell to Davies, who fired a first time effort at the empty goal but guided it wide of the target.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the hosts, who had plenty of possession. But the stubborn Radcliffe defence was not tested to a level that caused concern for the visitors.
This was the platform that again saw Moore and Martin causing problems down the left flank with full back Moore picking out Smith to set the ball for Smallwood to send a power drive that was only denied by a superb block by Staniforth.
Radcliffe really should have been 2-0 up when Smallwood headed on a defensive clearance that sent Jan Yoemans in behind the home defence to break clear to go one on one with West, but the striker over-ran the ball, allowing West to gather.
On 30 minutes the home side looked to have levelled when it was their turn to have success down the left with Williams and Carter combining before the latter delivered a low cross that Cox ran onto to guide past Munton into the goal.
But the effort was disallowed for offside, which looked a strange decision as the ball was played across the penalty area and Cox ran onto the ball.
Up to the break the Tevie Boys had their best spell in the game when Munton produced an excellent full length save to deny Atkins, who had been found in space by Cox’s well weighted pass.
A patient build-up saw Sargent with time and space to fire an effort from the edge of the 18-yard box that just cleared the frame of the goal.
Radcliffe also had another opportunity on the break when Martin managed to get in to fire an effort that was partially saved by West but needed the help of Williams to chase back to fire a clearance from off the line.
Whatever was said in the home changing room didn’t work because within five minutes of the restart it was game, set and match to Radcliffe Olympic.
Within one minute of the restart again the frailties down the Teversal right saw Moore again with the time and space to pick out a low cross into the feet of Yeomans, who took one touch before firing a well-deserved goal for the striker to make it 2-0.
On 50 minutes it was 3-0. This time it was an attack came down the Teversal left when substitute Motson held the ball up before picking out Smith, who simply delivered a far post cross that looped over everyone including the stranded West, who couldn’t do anything as the ball dropped into the net.
Teversal did manage to regain their composure and had a large share of possession, but the visitors held firm with the result never in doubt after that third goal
The Tevie Boys did manage to gain a consolation goal on 77 minutes when Sargent played an excellent through ball that allowed Atkins to drive a low effort past the advancing Munton to make it 3-1.
But that was simply too little too late to have an impact on the outcome of the game.
Olympic put in an excellent disciplined performance, which was built on a solid defensive display led by Liam Parsons and the work rate of lone striker Yoemans, whose tireless running allowed the hard-working midfield to control the game.
For Teversal it’s back to the drawing board to find answers to find out where the early season form has gone with it looking like it was going through peaks and troughs.
But this result is turning a trough into a valley and will need addressing if the Tevie Boys are not going to drift into a long hard dark winter for a third season running.
With a free midweek the Tevie Boys have a week to address the issues that look like de-railing the early season optimism before the difficult trip to face Penistone Church on Saturday (3pm) in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Division One at Church View Road.
TEVERSAL: Neil West, Keiran Coupe (Tom Moody 60), Danny Williams (Jacob Tittley 75), Jason Gregory, Paul Staniforth, Brett Watson, Khyle Sargent, Gary Atkins, James McCann (Richard Guest 60), Mark Carter, Brad Cox Subs not used: Dean Short, Jake Morris, Craig Charlesworth.
RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC: Ed Munton, Alex Hales (Jake Morris 75), Connor Moore, Liam Parsons, James Spence, Ian Marley, Kieron Davies (Liam Motson 45), Liam Smallwood, Jack Smith, Jan Yoemans, Aaron Martin. Subs not used: Steve Morris.
REFEREE: Neil Allsop.
TEVERSAL MAN OF MATCH: Brad Cox.