Match report from Martin Ogbourn, City Church
City Church’s 199th competitive match ended in a 6-0 scoreline to move City into third place, (on goal difference). It was a beautiful crisp winter’s day in south Birmingham for football as we gave thanks to God for his blessings and Jesus.
It was a strange game today as it didn’t have a lot of rhythm. This was not helped by a boggy central area. Early goals from Obi twice via his head and Atkins gave City 3-0 half time lead.
The second half was fairly scrappy again and City extended their advantage from a trademark Sheppard strike in the box before City suffered a rare red card, (for one of our new players swearing at himself in frustration). We all know the rules so we have no complaints. City stayed calm though and even improved their passing and created further good chances.
We added to our tally through an Atkins penalty and the goal of the game from a Hunter run and lofted finish. This concluded a good all round performance by Hunter. Obi got back to scoring ways, and Thomas, Sheppard and Henry had equally strong performances. All the squad are playing their parts including both used and unused subs on the side, as well as other non-playing squad members who are supporting the team.
It was good to see Rob and his Aldridge boys again. The game was played in good spirits and they kept pressing forward throughout. As for City, we played well in parts, but have room for improvement moving forward. It was our eighth unbeaten game since our opening day setback, first clean sheet and we look forward to our 200th (official league and cup) match next week vs Amblecote. The league appears really strong again this year, and there’s a long way to go in the campaign.”