Solihull Borough 0 v 2 Coleshill Town

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Solihull Borough 0 v 2 Coleshill Town

Postby Alan Beckett » Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:00 pm

Saturday 5th December 1981
Midland Combination Division One
Solihull Borough 0 v 2 Coleshill Town
Scorers: Gary Jones, Barry Canning.

P19 W10 D4 L5 F29 A24 Pts24 Pos4/22

Team: Mark Hollins GK, Steve Pollack, Ron Cartwright, Mark Bishop, Barry Tempest, Bob Dyer, Brad Russell, Gary Jones, Kevin Tipton, Nigel Burrows, Micky Calvert. Sub Barry Canning. Confirmed.
Mark Bishop's debut?

The first 15 minutes were very even with both sides taking a cautious approach in the slippery conditions. Coleshill built up several good attacks and a free kick was headed home by Burrows but disallowed for offside. Evans made a good save from a Calvert snap shot and then saw a terrific drive from Dyer just clear of the bar. Borough's attacks were rare but Joe Burnett went close with a clever chip taken with some difficulty by Hollins. Coleshill were frustrated by numerous off side decisions but generally were on top throughout the half which ended without any score. Coleshill's first attack after the interval tore Borough apart down the left side as Cartwright found Tipton with a great ball. Mathews saved the day for Borough, clearing for a corner with Evans in deep trouble. From a corner, two successive shots by Mason forced Hollins to save under pressure as Borough hit back. From a corner Mason hit a vicious shot which beat the goalkeeper but was cleared off the line by Pollack. Coleshill looked much the stronger side and Borough were forced to defend for long periods but Howard Knight, in the centre of the defence, held firm.
And later the Sports Argus wrote:
Coleshill Town are still showing the improved form expected under the drive of Colin Holder, they appeared to be heading for a draw against Solihull Borough but two goals late in the game by Jones and super sub Canning was to much for the Boro. This was Solihull's first game with new manager Ronnie Mason fully in charge and it would appear that a few changes could be on the menu.
The Sports Argus also wrote:
Keith Signs

Coleshill Town h.ave been given FA permission to sign Walsall Sportsco defender Keith Shrimpton. The ex - AP Leamington centre back has already played for two club's this season - Boldmere and Sportsco.

Late Assault And Borough Crack

Solihull Borough spent most of this hard fought game with their backs to the wall - but Coleshill broke through in the last five minutes. Coleshill scored in the only spell when Solihull looked convincing. With five minutes left, Borough goalkeeper Evans found his defence missing as a cross came from the right and Gary Jones, unmarked, kept his head and steered the ball away frI'm the keeper. With Borough committed to attack, substitute Barry Canning exploited gaps on the right and scored a splendid goal.

Late Lapses

Solihull Borough spent most of this hard fought Midland Combination game with their backs to the wall and ended disappointed and the stronger and better organised Coleshill side cracked a stubborn defence in the final minutes. As so happens in football, Coleshill succeeded following the only period in 90 minutes when Borough were able to sustain a long period of attack. Borough could quite easily have gone ahead in this period when goalkeeper Hollins was forced into two successive saves from new player, manager Ron Mason, who in a hectic period saw a goal bound effort kicked off the line by a desperate defender. Joey Burnett went close with a clever volley while Leroy Memans caused chaos with some tricky runs into the Coleshill penalty area. Then suddenly, a defence that had looked impenetrable melted away leaving Gary Jones with only Borough keeper Evans to beat and the trap was sprung. Borough reacted in typical fashion and pushed forward with determination but gaps were left in defence and Barry Canning, a late substitute, exploited this brilliantly to score a killer second goal for the visitors.

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