Saturday 21st November 1981
Midland Combination Division One
Coleshill Town 1 v 1 Bridgnorth Town
Town: Bob Dyer.
Bridge: Steve Francis.
P17 W9 D4 L4 F26 A21 Pts22 Pos3/22
Team: Mark Hollins, Steve Pollack, Ron Cartwright, George Hackett, Barry Tempest, Bob Dyer, Brad Russell, Gary Jones, Nigel Burrows, Kevin Tipton, Barry Canning. Sub Roy Woolley. Confirmed.
SPORTS ARGUS WROTE
The home side did most of the attacking in the first half. Gary Jones had a good shot well saved by Seals after a through ball from Canning. In the tenth minute Bridgnorth had a corner which was headed home by S. Francis. Coleshill continued to attack and had three shots saved off the line in five minutes. Coleshill constantly pressed the Bridgnorth defence and in the 75th minute were rewarded with the equaliser from Dyer.
And the Sports Argus later wrote:
Coleshill Town's revival under manager Colin Holder has been hit by an injury jinx. On Top Of The recent news that striker Roy Rencher could be out for the rest of the season with cartilage trouble, Coleshill have now been dealt a double blow with both Micky Calvert, a recent acquisition from Knowle, and Dominic Rooney also are suspected to bethe ssuffering from the same trouble. Both were due to see a specialist this week.
The Sports Argus also wrote:
Coleshill shared the points with Bridgnorth in a match of two half. Steve Francis gave Bridgnorth the lead but in the second half it was Coleshill who ran the game and a goal from Bob Dyer was a just reward for all the attacking the Coleshill forwards had carried out.
SUNDAY MERCURY WROTE
In the tenth minute Bridgnorth had a corner headed home by S. Francis. Coleshill continued to do all the attacking and had three shots in the space of five minutes. Coleshill consistently pressured the Bridgnorth defence and in the 75th minute they were rewarded with the equaliser from Bob Dyer.
CHELMSLEY NEWS WROTE
Testing Time For Second Placed Town
Coleshill produced an infuriating display of total territorial dominance, mixed with dreadful finishing, to torment their manager at Pack Meadow. They managed to grab a point through the whippet like Bob Dyer 15 minutes from time, cancelling out a 10th minute smash and grab raid by Bridgnorth. But the rejuvenated Coleshill side, who last week reached their all time high in the Combination, retained their piece de resistance for the final 10 minutes. A total miskick from a goal clearance left Burrows clear on the edge of the area. But he blazed wildly as the ball bobbled to him and sent it crashing against the bar. Barry Canning, last week’s hero at Cradley, also weighed in with his own contribution. Just three minutes after the Burrows gaff, he hammered the ball against an upright as Town staged a frenetic finale. Boss Colin Holder obviously had mixed reactions to a point from a game Coleshill should have won. “We always take a long time to settle down, but that was a particularly bad goal to give away. There was no challenge at all at the far post for the cross and the lad was allowed a free header.” Holder said. But the man who has injected fresh hope into the club this season was able to temper his criticism. “We have got where we are by getting things right in the dressing room and then going out and getting it right on the pitch. That’s why we are second in the league,” he added. “True, a point at home against the champions of two season’s ago and last year’s runners-up is always welcome.” But Holder is keenly aware of the make or break period his side embarks upon this week. They face Knowle, another surprise package and this game heralds the most testing time of the season for Town. With the injury tally beginning to rise - Micky Calvert joined Roy Rencher in the treatment room last week - the run in to Christmas has taken on a foreboding look. Chipping Norton, Mile Oak Rovers and Solihull provide some of the best the league has to offer and Coleshill play them on consecutive Saturdays. Holder remains optimistic. He has a useful reserve side which can readily supply talent in a crisis. And the disciplinary problems at Pack Meadow are minimal with only two bookings this season. So the stage is set for the club’s first real test of fire - and Holder doesn’t intend that it will be his reputation which gets burned. So the stage is set for the club’s first real test of fire - and Holder doesn’t intend that it will be his reputation which gets burned.
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