Games away at Rowley have never been easy at Lion farm and we anticipated a similar game at their new venue just across the M5. We went into the game down to 12 regular players due to injuries and holidays, drafting in Perkins to provide us with 13.
We started well and put Rowley under pressure, whilst being unable to break the deadlock until Sheward cut in from the left and his shot was blocked to Locke who hit a crisp left foot bullet into the bottom corner. We continued to push with Rowley trying to hit us on the break. Having an extra sub paid dividends as Harris had to go off with a recurrence of his hamstring injury from last week with Buller coming into the backline and Green moving back into his usual midfield position. HT 0v1.
Rowley started the second half brightly and kept the ball much better than in the first half, creating a couple of half chance without making Phil work. However we finally got the 2nd goal to make the game more comfortable when a corner was headed up into the air and I (Myatt) found myself facing away from goal 6 yards out and managed to connect with what would technically be an overhead kick into the bottom corner, but let’s just say it was hardly Rooney vs Man City! Following this we gained a bit more control and had at least 3 (in our eyes) good shouts for a penalty turned down, finishing the game when breaking from a Rowley attack Locke played an inch perfect through ball to Coleman who rounded the keeper nicely to finish. We then did get awarded a penalty when Perkins (on for the final 20 minutes) was tripped in the box following another good ball through. However Coleman’s penalty was well saved to keep the score at 0 v 3. The Rowley keeper also pulled off another brilliant save tipping a Locke shot around the post before the end. FT 0 v 3
Overall a good result, but we need another one next week away at Halesowen Zion prior to the Semi Final.