I feel sad to start this report with the news that influential skipper Tom Pencheon played his last game today for his beloved Corinthians SK, before moving on to pastures new……. However, he signed off his time with an excellent all round performance topped with 2 classy goals in a dominant 4-0 Corinthians victory against a decent Renewal Solihull side
Changes were made as the returning Rob Leachman moved into centre midfield to partner Mick Finn, Mike Hale moved to Centre back along side Tom Bostock and Jerome Greaves made his debut on the right. This gave SK a solid and balanced look and with the gaffers words still fresh in their ears SK went at Renewal from the word go. Finn and Rob Leachman dominated the middle of the pitch, winning every challenge and in the 6th minute SK were awarded a somewhat fortunate penalty. Skipper Tom Pencheon stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way 1-0 to SK. With the impressive Mike Hale organising the defence well and the outstanding Rob Leachman bossing midfield SK were looking good for their lead. Playing some good football SK were looking more dangerous by the minute. However, despite having the lions share of possession, it took until the 44th minute for SK to double their lead as the marauding Leachman shot hopefully from 25 yards and the ball bounced over the flapping keeper, a fortunate goal but a well deserved one…… Half time and Corinthians deservedly led 2-0.
‘More of the same please’ was the half time message from the gaffer and SK dished up just that. A great team move on 58 mintues saw SK add a third, when Pencheon slid a slide rule pass to the on rushing debutant Jerome Greaves who lashed home an unstoppable shot. Corinthians continued to look solid with every player working extremely hard. Renewal were pressing forward and a few dangerous corners were dealt with excellently by SK keeper Dale Roberts. However, this did mean that Renewal were starting to leave a few gaps at the back which SK looked like exploiting with every move. A deserved 4th goal finally came in the 88th minute as Mike Hale was put clear by substitute Phil Bostock before squaring the ball to Tom Pencheon who dispatched with aplomb.
Full time a long overdue victory 4-0 to SK, a pleasing clean sheet with Dale Roberts rarely troubled and a very impressive performance with plenty to build on for next weeks game against Selly Oak Methodist