Champions-Elect + Cup Finalists + Match Report

Congratulations to Amblecote Nomads, who, following Corinthians S.K defeat today are now Champions-elect for Division Two. Also congratulations to both Charlemont Star and Clarendon on reaching this years League Cup Final.

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Match report received from Bob of Christ Church Coseley who also wanted to pass on congratulations to Amblecote Nomads.

Just want to say a massive congratulations to Amblecote for winning the league. It was good to see nearly the entire team make the journey over this morning to watch. Fantastic effort from them.

Christ Church Coseley 3 vs 0 Corinthians S.K
Having lost 2 games to Corinthians this season we went into this full of confidence that no team would beat us 3 times this season.

The first 10 minutes Corinthians had the better of possession and chances but our back 4 of Jordy, Dean, Dan and Amo looked solid and with Lewis in goal controlling his area Corinthians struggled to find a way past with only a couple of chances that never really troubled us. Christ Church then awoke and from 20 minutes in it was us that created the chances and last ditch defending and some poor shooting stopped us taking the lead until 8 minutes from ht when a ball broke in the box, Mitch Mg beating the keeper to the ball and then seemingly having his ankles and legs taken from behind. The ref took a moment to think before pointing to the spot. With 20 goals so far up stepped Lewis B to put the ball firmly in the back of the net, top left, and in his own words “keepers just dont save them kind of penalties” very true. With that breakthrough we didn’t settle and before ht we could have made it it 2 or 3 but we went in at ht leading.
Ht 1-0
Ht team talk was mainly voiced on knowing Corinthians would come out the 2nd half and try to level up and again for a few minutes they had the better chances but some fantastic defending again from the back 4 they was left frustrated. With Corinthians coming forward in numbers it left Craig and Lewis up top with a lot of space, Craig holding the ball up well and bringing others into the game works well for us. He may not score many this season but his strength and effort is worth a goal or 2 a game and normally it’s his strength and hold up play that brings a goal or a chance on goal. With 25 minutes left we won a throw just in line with the penalty spot, Craig throwing it into Bob who flicked it on and over the keeper to make it 2-0.
Now we have had 2-0 leads at this stage in games and walked off with a point but today we stood strong and whatever Corinthians threw at us we dealt with including a fantastic tackle from Josh drew, with the striker ready to pull the trigger 10 yards out Josh made probably the tackle of the game, taking the ball of the strikers toes and away from the goal. With 10 minutes left Corinthians came forward again but running into Jordy an Bob we got the ball back and Jordy split the defence with a fantastic pass into Lewis who 1on1 took his time and placed the ball past the keeper to make it 3-0 and goal 22 of the season.
Even at 3-0 today the lads kept battling and didn’t put a foot wrong. Screeny and Jack both coming on and straight away settled into the pace of the game with some fantastic tackles. With the last minutes passing we could have scored another couple but with the ft whistle blowing we come away with 3 points and a clean sheet.
Today’s man of the match was a tough decision as any 1 of the lads could have been given it. But mubin got the vote, his Tackles won, headers and all round game play today was fantastic and it was his birthday so happy birthday mate

That sees Amblecote Nomads crowned league winners and overall deserved, (edit: not crowned yet but they are Champions-elect). Having seen them myself  come into the league and keep going when results didn’t go their way it shows what hard work can produce. Well done to all at Amblecote

With 1 game left for us a win will guarantee us 3rd place and a slip up from Corinthians may see us end up 2nd, and for a 1st season with some lads who have not played much 11 aside or much competitive football it’s a massive achievement not just for bob Lee an daz but all of the lads. Either way, come next week we can all walk off the pitch proud of what we have done this season.

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