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BWFC 2 V 0 HARTSHILL on 1/9/19

Birmingham still smarting from their recent League defeat travelled to the Black Country to take on perennial rivals Hartshill for a place in the National Finals Day. In the past three seasons Birmingham had twice exited the tournament on penalties and once to a narrow single goal defeat to today’s opponents.

Birmingham started in confident mood and began passing the ball around well and breaking up any danger from the opposition before they could get anywhere near the goal. The team was rewarded when Dave W found space near the Hartshill goal and slotted the ball away in cool fashion. Pete G and Roger ensured that Les was protected in goal breaking up their attacks and feeding the midfield of John, Roy and Steve. Clive came on up front and kept the pressure on the home defence.

Hartshill were becoming more frustrated as the game went on and were giving free kicks away on a regular basis. Les had a few long shots to contend with but Hartshill were unable to break the Birmingham defence to get any space near the goal. With less than five minutes to go Roger seized on a deflected ball and one on one with the Hartshill keeper hit a strong shot to make it 2-0 and secure the victory.

A professional and accomplished performance from a very strong Birmingham squad and credit to Hartshill who battled to the end and I am sure will be out for revenge on our next meeting.

Thanks to Paul who organised an excellent warm up session pre match and Mark who was an unused substitute. Man of the Match was Roger for an assured performance. Thanks to “Percy “Parfitt for an excellent game as referee.

The team now progress to the National Finals on September 22nd at Worcester and confidence will be high that Birmingham will be a force to be reckoned with.

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