Amblecote Nomads 0 vs 1 Living Hope Church United
Match Report from Stephen Farley, Living Hope Church United.
I wasn’t at the game on Saturday but nobody’s done a report so I thought what a great idea I’ll send a report in anyway. Always a risky proposition and apologies if I’ve missed something brilliant. Obviously it was a tight game pitting our wits against the unbeaten league leaders but we took the lead in the first half around the half hour mark. We should have had a penalty by all accounts but the referee played on to allow Ashley Turner to rifle home his third goal in two games so well done Ref! Amblecote had their chances to equalise and we had to ride our luck at times, most notably a free kick from twenty five yards that looked to be going over, dipped and hit the bar. Defender Dylan Carter cleared one off the line after a goal mouth scramble and Goalkeeper James Farley parried a shot that saw an Amblecote striker put the rebound over the bar with the goal at his mercy. Still a clean sheet is a clean sheet and a rare commodity in this division. Well done guys on pulling together for a great team effort and commiserations to Amblecote who put up a fine performance.
Game in three words : Was not there
Rowley College 2 Charlemont Star 5
Match Report From Pete Bennett, Rowley College.
Having been forced into a change of pitch this week onto the large 3G pitch we train on at Four Dwellings, we’d hoped to address our poor run of home results. Instead we found ourselves with a mounting list of absentees as the week went on that left us short and then dogged us during the game as players with injuries started to feel the full force of the large pitch. It is a surface for younger legs and this season we have our fair share though sadly not today where work commitments robbed us of Brad, Fin, Hayden and Jack (in addition to full backs Matt and Joe). This meant asking winger Ken to play right back and adding Tom Cartin’s brother Andy as an emergency signing (and he did well). Charlemont looked more than happy with the surface and played very well today.
My view is that we were architects of our own misfortune in the first half leaving us too much to do in the second half with deteriorating resources. We certainly had as much offensive intent as they did and created as many chances but found ourselves two penalties to nil down. At this point we were playing decent football out from the back and through an active midfield which included Mark, Ben Smith and our man-of-the-match Clive and into Connor and Josh who were excellent. We had shots but failed to really test their stand-in goalkeeper until a period of concerted pressure led to a couple of corners the second of which dropped to Connor who skilfully hooked it home. Five minutes to half time and the game was on the turn! Sadly we then shot ourselves in the foot by conceding a scrappy goal just this side of the half time whistle (their lad went through three or four of ours before slotting it home).
Second half was a bridge too far and I have to give credit to Andy’s lads who were terrific as an attacking force, particularly on the break and our back lads (including keeper Lee who was excellent again) who defended earnestly. Our offensive capability was significantly blunted by injuries to Ben , Mark and Shola but we kept going even after they had added a sharp fourth (the lad with a decent head of hair up front is a very good player). Shola stormed onto an attempted clearance to thump in a second for us which opened some hope of a repeat of the 5-4 we enjoyed last year coming from behind. This was further fanned by an injury to their keeper which put in a genuine ‘rookie keeper’ but though we had pressure we couldn’t make it count and they finished it last minute with the perfect breakaway goal. All the best to Andy and his lads: worthy winners.