Although not at their best today, SK came away from this game with 3 more points against a very hardworking and decent Brierley Hill side and now move up to 5th in the table
With the news that the skipper Rob Leachman was missing due to the overnight birth of his son (welcome Job to the world) the returning Luke Ellor came back into midfield. Sean Dunne started on the left and Dec Rigby’s last minute withdrawal meant that Tom Bostock returned to partner Mike Hale in the centre of defence and Ben Watts reverted to his more familiar full back role. The returning ‘Dickie’ and James Cornwell were on the bench.
The game started ok for SK as they moved the ball around in patches of excellent football, however they were struggling to make the correct final decision with their passes and Brierley Hill were defending like troopers. Then around about the half hour mark, from a corner. Richardson scored his 10th goal in 3 games when he exchanged passes with Mike Hale and curled in a dangerous looking cross……….. which went straight in past the flailing keepers attempted punch! SK were now pretty much dominating play. Then, out of nothing, from a fully 30 yards out, the ‘experienced’ Brierley Hill centre forward turned an SK player with some expertise and smashed home an unstoppable screamer of a goal. This gave ‘Hill’ confidence and they were now playing some decent passing football. SK were glad to hear the half time whistle. Half time 1-1.
SK were certainly missing a couple of their influential midfield players and struggling to cope in that area…… So the second half started and Brierley Hill continued to show some nice touches and played some decent football, breaking clear on a couple of occasions early in the half, on one of these breaks SK were indebted to keeper Rich Leighton who made a superb triple save to deny the marauding Brierley Hill forward and keep the scoreline at 1-1. These saves, coupled with the gaffer making a tactical change (pulling skipper Chris Freeth back into centre midfield and pushing the pacey and direct Dunne up front to support Richardson) seemed to be a real turning point and SK now started to look dangerous and were creating several opportunities. From one of these Dunne broke and slid in the lethal Richardson to score 2-1. Pretty much the same pattern continued as Brierley Hill tired and struggled to cope with the pace of Dunne and Richardson. The pair combined again and Richardson scored expertly, completing his 4th hatrick in 4 games, a magnificent achievement from ‘Ralphy’, 12 goals in four games now and he is rapidly climbing the leagues top goalscorers table! It was now looking like SK were going to add to their tally with every attack. Then in the 80th minute Brierley Hill scored a deflected free kick to bring it back to 3-2! However, their joy was short lived and any hope of a comeback was dashed, as the dangerous Dunne robbed a Brierley Hill player and danced his way to the edge of the box before drilling home an excellent left foot finish low into the corner……….. Final score 4-2 to Corinthians SK.
There is no doubt that the gaffers recent signings have given SK a more clinical edge in front of goal and a solid look at the back. The more consistent availabilities are also paying dividends, although there were still some important players missing today.
Well played to a very sporting and hardworking Brieley Hill and good luck with the rest of the season. Another mention must be made for the particularly excellent young referee for this game……….. Luke James was very good
One worrying point for Corinthians was a knee injury to the consistent Ben Watts. Here is hoping its not as serious as it looked and we hope to see Ben back sooner rather than later….. fingers crossed
So, we prove (Neil) ‘Kovacs Kolumn’ correct again!………….. Long may it continue! ‘You keep calling it Neil and we will endeavor to prove you right’! ……….We now have a lengthy break until our next game on 3rd January, when we hope our bandwagon ‘keeps a rollin’ as we look for revenge for an earlier defeat, against a very spirited Monyhull Church.