Saturday 14th March 1981
Midland Combination Division 1
Coleshill Town 1 v 0 Walsall Sportsco
Scorer: Barry Canning.
P24 W4 D3 L17 F19 A55 Pts11 Pos19/20
Team: Barry Canning.
SPORTS ARGUS WROTE
Coleshill Town got the better of Walsall Sportsco in this bottom of the league meeting. Barry Canning got the all important winner.
SUNDAY MERCURY WROTE
In a defence dominated game, Coleshill scrambled their way to another win. There were no goals in the first half with Sportsco's attack failing to make any impression. In the second period, Coleshill began to get on top and the winner came when Canning was on hand to head home.
SPORTS ARGUS WROTE
Coleshill Winning Survival Battle
Coleshill Town are almost certain to be relegated, but there is still plenty of optimism at Packington Lane. Club Chairman George Davies said: "The important thing is that we are still in existence. We could easily have folded up at the start of the season when we had debts of £6,500. Payments were outstanding to several groups with the VAT people putting us under strong pressure. But we took immediate action and the most important decision was to cease paying any money to the players. Obviously we lost our best players including my son, Chris Davies, who went to Sutton and Barry Canning to Boldmere. Our manager found himself in a very awkward position and he has done exceptionally well in the circumstances. The side is still improving and we picked up two good points off Walsall Sportsco." Coleshill, to their credit, cleared their debts including the penalties imposed by VAT. The little Midland Combination club, however, are surviving. Next season they are hoping to take the Castle Vale League side, Meridan Park, under their wing. They have already applied for membership of the Third Division. Plans are now afoot to improve their facilities and Davies said they hope to obtain a substantial grant from the Sports Council. In the light of their effort in clearing their earlier debts they should be rewarded with the loan.
First Team Match Reports 1980-1981
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