A few match reports from yesterday’s matches. Thanks to Gez Mullholland from St Andrew’s Netherton who kicks them off this week.
Clarendon 1 vs 3 St Andrews Netherton
St Andrews Netherton claimed an impressive 3-1 win at Clarendon to send them top of the WMCFL table and extend their perfect start to the campaign.
Eye-catching strikes from Ben Davies, Richard-Thomas Robinson and Lewis McGee were enough to secure a third successive triumph and three well-earned points in Handsworth.
The returning Davies hit the opener early in the first half. Tidy footwork from McGee allowed him to tee up the technician from the edge of the area, with Davies stroking home a curler into the far corner.
Clarendon equalised shortly after but there was more than a hint of fortune about it. An unfavourable bobble resulted in the ball falling to the feet of the forward who slotted it home into the bottom corner.
The visitors were back in front shortly after the restart. Thomas-Robinson, who also notched in recent wins over Chawn Hill and Saint Michael, scored for the third game running to restore St Andrews’ advantage. His strike from inside the area clipping the underside of the bar before nestling in the net.
Clarendon pushed for an equaliser but a combination of solid defending, assured goalkeeping and a wastefulness in front of goal kept the away side ahead.
And with time almost up,McGee sealed the three points with his second goal of the season. The forward delicately lifted the ball over the stranded keeper with seconds left on the clock to send St Andrews top of the tree after three games of the 2020/21 campaign.
Thanks to Pete Bennett for his match report.
Charlemont Star 2 vs 0 Rowley College
No great feast of football today I’m afraid In a second frustrating defeat for us. No offence to Charlemont (in fact the opposite) but I think we had better players today but not the better team. Charlemont lack a little of the flair they’ve had in recent seasons but they were well organised, hard working and it goes without saying difficult to beat. We have good quality attacking players but they were almost completely nullified today by terrific defending from the Charlemont boys. That’s in no way to suggest that we dominated the game because we didn’t or that Charlemont were lucky because they weren’t: frustratingly both teams cancelled each other out and we went in at half time with neither goalkeeper having had to make a serious save.
Mark compared the game to Stoke versus Burnley and everybody got his point. The problem is that once again first half we had been labouring and lacklustre certainly second best. We went out after half time with greater intent and were on the whole much better in the second half than the first ironically since we then proceeded to lose the game. We turned up with a full bench today and we used it though to no avail, though the subs all impressed. Ben Smith came in to deputise for the injured Kev (now in recovery) and did well. The problem was our transition through the departments of the team which kept pour forward players starved of service.
Charlemont weren’t much better at this but they tended more frequently to go directly from back to front and what they did brilliantly throughout the whole game was to press and give our lads little time on the ball. Our former player Dale Smith who’d come to watch told me early on in the game but I already knew that “This feels like a one nil”. I think Charlemont scored with their only shot on target well header in fact that looped into the far corner, that is apart from the penalty we conceded shortly afterwards. Meanwhile I think we had one shot on target when their keeper saved well, one on one with Shola. Shola was once again brilliant and we had decent performances across the team especially in the second half but we were never quite convincing and I never really believed that we were going to get back in the game. This is disappointing but it’s still better than a trip in a mask to the Merry Hill!
Thanks to Josh Prentice from Delph Athletic for the following match report:
St Thomas’ Aldridge 1 vs 2 Delph Athletic
Delph Athletic started to create more going forward and took the lead after about 65 minutes to go 2-1 ahead. Jack F intercepted the ball on the half way line. A nice give and go with Rich and then a ball through to Nat. Nat took the ball under control calmly and a little chip around the keeper saw it end up in the back of the net.
St Thomas started to put the pressure on to get the equaliser but after missing some good chances Delph managed to hold on to see out a 2-1 victory in a good defensive display.
Selly Oak Methodist 1 vs 1 Christ Church Coseley
A tough game today saw us drop points on 1 hand but then on the other hand it could easily have been 3. With a handful of key players missing through injury and losing a player in the 1st 5 minutes, and a few new faces in the team we knew the morning ahead would be tough, and it was. Selly oak started bright but didn’t trouble the Christchurch back line much until around 35 minutes when a corner was met with a volley on the penalty spot resulting in the ball going over the man on the line and hitting the net. 1-0 Selly oak.
Not to be put off by this the lads stuck to the plan and didn’t panic, with the midfield getting more of the ball we started to build up some good attacks only to be stopped by the echo of the ht whistle
2nd half pretty much went the way of the 1st half with both sides creating chances but not managing to finish in the final 3rd, maybe a talking point that selly oak should have been down to 10 men but as we saw and heard the bad word wasn’t that bad and not directed at anyone we wanted this to be 11v11 still and the ref decided a warning was OK. (We no its rules but common sense with what was said and how it was said and how quiet it was said favoured the selly oak player on this) . Selly oak came close when a defensive mistake saw the selly oak striker round the keeper and poke the ball goalbound only for it to be cleared off the line by callum, making up for his error with a brilliant clearance. With the final stages closing in Christchurch threw a lot at selly oak and with 8 minutes left a ball was pumped back into the area with jake cheating a ball through to Jordan who finished brilliantly to make it 1-1. Few more chances came as we pushed for the winner but it wasn’t to be. Overall we could have walked away with 3 points or with 0 points tats how this game went. So a draw was probably a good result for both sides and fair.
Massive thanks to selly oak for the hospitality and game played in good spirit. Look forward to the home game. A mention to the ref also who had a big decision to make in this game and not all refs use common sense and listen to players, but fair play to him on this occasion for doing both.
Christ Church Coseley 1 vs 6 Monyhull ChurchNot much to report on from our side for this, not because we lost, but when you do lose 6-1 and your keeper is given man of the match it says a lot about the performance. but also because we produced nothing to really talk about. By the time we pulled a goal back through nas it was already game over with 5 minutes to go.. all so we thought. But monyhull added 2 more in the last 5 minutes, 1 from the spot and far post header on ft. Take nothing away from the Hull as they fully deserved the win and the scoreline (which could have been 15 or 16 had lewis in goal for us not saved so many shots)
Christ Church Coseley 7 vs 0 Living Hope Church United
After last weeks game we knew another performance like that would be unacceptable. With a few changes made to the 11 we got going from the whistle, by 15 minutes racing into a 3-0 lead with Bob an jordon grabbing goals to settle any nerves. By ht it was 5-0 Jordan completing his hatrick and bob getting a 2nd.
2nd half we added 2 more goals through screeny, a fantastic free kick and a strong run past the lhc defence firing past the statue keeper. Lhc heads dropped and the last 20 minutes we knocked the ball around neatly with little pressure on us. The game ended. Having been on the end of a defeat the week before we all no exactly how cal an the lads can be feeling. Its not nice but its how you react to a defeat that counts. So 3 games in 1 win 1 draw an 1 loss. Not how we planned it but then not much that was planned this year has gone right.