MIDLAND COMBINATION PREMIER DIVISION
SATURDAY 19th AUGUST 2006
COLESHILL TOWN 1 v 1 HIGHGATE UNITED
Scorer: Kevin Wagstaff.
P1 W0 D1 L0 F1 A1 Pts1 Pos
Team: Chris Butler, Alan Wright (Dan Greaves), Rob Hipkiss, Lee Colvin, Ryan Gardiner, James Mace, Rob Ellis, Carl Smith (Des Wilkes), Raddy Richards, James Dance, Kevin Wagstaff. Subs not used Ian Bluck, Steve Lees, Chris Gray.
A new season, a new era in the history of CTFC and the first goal in the new goals from Kevin Wagstaff, but still no win over Highgate at Pack Meadow in seven seasons.
Following an unbeaten, five game pre-season Mick Beadle was hopeful of a good start to the current campaign but despite a large squad he was down to the bare bones due to holidays, injuries and suspensions. The biggest miss was last years leading scorer David Brush who had to serve a one match suspension carried over from last season. Greg Allen, Josh McPherson and Simon Valante were away on holiday, and Shaun Kidson and Carlos McKintosh are both still a few weeks away recovering from injuries.
Coleshill just can't seem to beat Highgate even when they have been struggling over the last couple of years but this season under Peter Frain, they are expected to do well. Pack Meadow looked a picture in the glorious sunshine and even the pitch had greened up over the last couple of days. This was a game of solid defences and a mid-field battle with very few clear cut chances created by either side. Coleshill started brightly with James Dance, in a more advanced role than he is used to, going close with a 25 yard effort. Chris Butler in the Coleshill goal had a very quiet afternoon but then again the visitors keeper wasn't exactly run off his feet. Town stepped up the pace in the opening minutes of the second half and were finally rewarded when Kevin Wagstaff curled a left foot shot into the bottom right corner on 55 minutes to be the first person to hit the back of the net in the new goals that were only installed on Thursday. With chances few and far between that should have been enough to secure the points but on 65 minutes James Mace was shepherding the ball with an attacker breathing down his neck. A big boot would have done or leaving it for the advancing Butler but the defender decided to take a touch which let in the United forward who squared for an easy tap in to level the scores. Neither side could muster up the killing pass to carve open two solid defences so the game ended in a tame draw that both managers would have been fairly pleased with, if a little disappointed.
Mick Beadle said "Given the players we had missing a point is not a bad start but with players returning on Tuesday against Copsewood three points is a must. Highgate were difficult to break down and are a much improved side to last season, so they will win more than they lose. I am pleased with the progress we are making and expect us to be up amongst the front runners".
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