Thanks to Lee McGahan for this match report.
DivIsion Two Cup.
Christ Church Coseley 3 vs 2 St Thomas Aldridge
After last weeks game getting called off we headed back to home this week to face St Thomas On a fresh rolled and painted Churchfields pitch. With 3 games in League and Cup against these bringing a win each and a draw we knew today would be a tough contest.
Both sides started bright with chances either end but nothing really troubling either keeper, around 15 minutes in St Thomas had a 5 minute spell which saw us concede 2 goals from nothing and see the bar get rattled twice in 30 seconds. With the madness settled down that seemed to spark us into life, with Craig winning a midfield battle he found Chambers out on the wing who delivered a dangerous ball into the box between keeper, cb and Craig who came out on top prodding the ball into the net, 1-2.
Shortly after this and with a hat full of chances for us we finally pulled level when a ball through found Bob onside and 1 on 1 to slot past the keeper. 2-2.
With the last 10 minutes of the half we again had chances that on another day could easily have seen us go in at half time with a 4 or 5 goal margin. However ht came and it stayed at 2-2.
2nd half Christ Church lads came out stronger but we knew we would have to convert 1 of our chances at least this half as St Thomas are dangerous on the attack, we found this out when the number 9 found himself bearing down on Lewis but before he could shoot Dan made a last ditch tackle (probably the best tackle he has put in for us) the ball was cleared and the danger was gone. Christ Church then set about patiently building up attacks with a period of 20 minutes or so St Thomas couldn’t get near the lads to form any sort of attack for themselves, moving the ball around and using every inch of the field Dean set Chambers off an as he went into the area he was sandwiched between 2 defenders, the ref pointed to the spot but then (and fair play to him as not many refs seem to do this) he went and spoke to the linesman (it was clear for those closer that it was outside the box) and he overturned the decision and gave a free kick, correct call. With more chances and good possession we finally got a deserved 3rd goal. New signing and man of the match Jordan had been none stop causing issues down the left all game and after a melee in the box he managed to get a shot on goal which was cleared out (var wasn’t needed for this as it was clearly over the line, and fair play to St Thomas manager who was running the line as he put the flag up to signal the ref to say it was a goal) 3-2. Comeback complete. The last 15 minutes the lads dug in and put in the overtime to make sure we walked away with the win. With the last minutes ticking away we controlled the play and didn’t allow St Thomas any more chances. The ref blew and it was smiles all around.
Fantastic effort and character shown by all today. The lads deserved the win from start to finish. Even at 2 down we still didn’t panic or make rash decisions we was patient and it payed off. That’s 3 from 3 in the Div 2 cup with 12 goals scored 4 conceded and max points. Couldn’t ask for much more than that. Onto next week when we face Delph. A win is a must if we want to keep in touch with the top because a win for Delph puts us 6 points behind with 4 games left, it would almost certainly not see us finish 2nd unless those above lost all remaining games and we won ours.. we keep going though as everyone knows with football, anything can and will happen.