Saturday 27th October 2018
Eco-Stik Southern League Division One Central
Coleshill Town 2 v 3 Peterborough Sports
Town: Joe Halsall, George Washbourne.
Sports: Paul Malone, Richard Jones, Jake Newman pen.
Supporters Club Man Of The Match, Sponsored by Greensleeves: George Washbourne.
Coleshill: Paul Hathaway, Craig Deakin (Kyle Hayden), Matt Jackson, Gio Dainty, Guy Clark, Joe Smith, Liam Molesworth, Joe Halsall, Tony Clarke, Reece Leek (Ryan Edmunds), George Washbourne. Subs not used Chris Gibson GK, Kane Baldwin, Josh Webb.
Peterborough: Lewis Moat, Andre Williams, Daniel Bucciero, Paul Malone, Richard Jones, Lewis Webb, Adelina Vieira (Stuart Wall)Mitchell Griffiths, Spencer Weir-Daly (Jake Newman), Lewis Hilliard, Joshua Moreman (Jordan Brown). Sub not used Liam Marshall.
SUNDAY MERCURY WROTE
Late Penalty Heartache For Colemen
Coleshill's rousing fightback ended in disappointment after they conceded an 89th minute winner in their Division One Central fixture. The Colemen had rallied from 2-0 down at half time to level matters, only for Sports to snatch the points. Ryan Edmunds handled a cross in the penalty area and was duly sent off and Sports sub Jake Newman slotted home. Paul Malone powered in a header from a corner to give Peterborough the lead on 28 minutes and Richard Jones outjumped keeper Paul Hathaway from a long free-kick and headed into an empty net for 2-0 eight minutes later. Coleshill were denied a penalty when George Washbourne went down in the box and then Washbourne shot just wide as the half ended. But Coleshill midfielder Joe Halsall signalled the comeback, forcing home on 51 minutes after Joe Smith's header had been saved by Leon Moat. And it was 2-2 on 77 minutes when Washbourne rifled home a left foot shot from 25 yards into the corner of the net.
*It seems it was Liam Molesworth's header that led to the first goal and the eventual scorer is unsure.
THE NON-LEAGUE PAPER WROTE
Sports Have Too Much As They Edge Past Colts
Coleshill found themselves two goals behind at half-time only to level the scores and then still lose. On 28 minutes Paul Malone was unchallenged at a corner, while on 36 minutes Richard Jones finished. Coleshill were denied a penalty when George Washbourne went down. Coleshill got back into the game on 51 minutes as Joe Halsall was on hand to force the ball home. The scores were level on 77 minutes thanks to Washbourne, but with just a minute on the clock Ryan Edmunds handled a cross and Sports substitute Jake Newman scored the penalty. There was still time for a red card to be shown as Daniel Bucciero was sent off for a second yellow.
STAR MAN: George Washbourne.
Coleshill found themselves 2-0 down at half time with headed goals from Sports’ two giant centre backs. Town had competed well and played some neat football and had the better chances, particularly from Reece Leek who made visiting keeper Moat earn his penny's on several occasions. The best chance coming after a fine run down the left, cutting back on to his right foot and shooting powerfully which Moat could only parry. Leek was injured from that attack and was never as dangerous and was replaced at half time. Josh Moreman hit the side netting before the visitors took the lead on 28 minutes when Paul Malone was unchallenged at a corner and powered a header home. Home keeper Paul Hathaway was quickly off his line to save at the feet of Weir-Daly then on 36 minutes a free kick within their own half was pumped up into the box and Richard Jones outjumped Hathaway to head into an empty net. Coleshill were denied a penalty when George Washbourne went down in the box and then Washbourne shot just wide as the half came to an end.
Coleshill got back into the game on 51 minutes when Liam Molesworth’s powerful near post header from a Washbourne corner was brilliantly saved by keeper Lewis Moat but with bodies everywhere the ball crossed the line, Joe Halsall claiming the final touch. Joe Smith's diving header from a Liam Molesworth cross flew wide before the scores were level on 77 minutes. Coleshill took a quick free kick and George Washbourne rifled a left foot shot from 25 yards which avoided the full length dive of the keeper and into the corner of the net. Coleshill were the superior side now and almost snatched the lead when young debutant Kyle Hayden had a foot race with keeper Moat for a long ball. Moat won but his clearance came to Tony Clarke who tried to lob the ball into an empty net but his effort went just the wrong side of the bar. Hillard had a goalbound shot deflect wide off his own player but then, with just a minute on the clock Ryan Edmunds handled a cross in the box. A Red card for Edmunds and a chance to win the game for Sport's sub Jake Newman who made no mistake. There was still time for a Red card for Peterborough's Daniel Bucciero for a second yellow and a goal bound shot from Washbourne blocked.
Another defeat that sent Town further down the league table but Coleshill did not deserve to lose this game!
A View From The Other Side
A Match Report taken from Peterborough Sports web site
Sports returned to winning ways after something of a roller-coaster of a game in the outskirts of Birmingham on Saturday and leapt back up to 3rd in the table as a result. The Turbines were without the injured midfield pair still of Dan Lawlor & Josh McCammon, as well as the holidaying Jim Stevenson and the suspended Mark Jones, but did bring in striker Spencer Weir-Daley for his debut to try and address the lack of goals in the Turbine’s attacking ranks.
It was a wet and miserable afternoon, with the temperature gauge at just 4 degrees and a biting wind making it feel even colder than that. Thankfully the rain abated during the game, but left a zip on the 3G surface that both teams struggled to contend with, as balls along the ground ran away from the intended target, while those hit long could pop up and stop on the rubber crumb.
It is not a surface that in general Sports particularly enjoy playing on, though have now won on their 2 games on it thus far, with just Sutton Coldfield to come. In McCammon and Lawlor they have players perfectly able to play on the surface, but of course they were not available to the city side.
Coleshill strangely enough have not got a great home record, albeit it is early in the season, even though they had players who looked completely at home on the 3G, particularly early on Reece Leek who gave Sports emergency right back Andre Williams an absolute torrid first 30 minutes. It was Leek that had the games first opportunity on 15 minutes with a shot from 15 yards on the angle that Lewis Moat beat away for a corner and was then grateful to collect the ball as it bounced around from the subsequent corner.
The game’s central character unfortunately was the referee (who was also being assessed!), and certainly would have had more enjoyable days in the middle than this. On 20 minutes Coleshill centre forward Tony Clarke was played in down the left hand channel and appeared to have been impeded by Williams for what would have been a probable yellow card rather than red given the distance from goal, but nevertheless looked a clear foul. The home side number 11 George Washbourne took particular cumbrance at the waving away of a foul and sprinted fully 50 yards across the pitch to remonstrate with the ref right in front of his face. Eventually he was rightly booked but continued to chunter away pretty much for the rest of the half and was walking something of a tightrope.
The home side, bench and supporters were all up in arms and the ref was now on a hiding to nothing as Coleshill saw demons in every decision, including those that were clearly correct. The pacey Leek got right around the back of the Sports defence and Moat had to smoother his effort and that of Clarke on the rebound. For some reason Williams was booked for clearly trying to pull out of a challenge as Leek went by, though he did clip the home player, who then became a passenger to the break and was replaced at the interval.
By then Sports had settled into the contest, with Hilliard and Weir-Daly combining after Sports had robbed the home defence, who not for the first or last time, got into trouble trying to overplay from the back, but Hillard’s shot bobbled wide. The visitors went ahead on 28 minutes when a Hillard corner was met by Paul Malone who in splendid isolation powered home a header from 6 yards for his 6th goal of a lucrative season. Just 8 minutes later the lead was doubled as a Williams free kick from half way was met 15 yards from goal by Richard Jones with Malone's centre half partner getting up above home custodian Paul Hathaway, who made an ill judged dash from his line, and the header looped into an empty net.
Sports appeared to be in complete control at the break before the games next major talking point came 5 minutes into the 2nd period. Sports current nemesis has been conceding goals from corners and it came back to bite them here in strange circumstances. A Coleshill corner from the right was met by home skipper Joe Halsall who powered in a header that Moat did well to get his hands to and he pushed the ball up into the air. From the clubhouse side it looked like as it came down, him and Jones got in a right tangle and between them conspired to concede an own goal and this would have been the view of the ref. From the other side it would appear that the reason Jones bumped into Moat was that he received an almighty shove from a home player that both benches saw as did the assistant that side, who did not flag for the foul as he believed the ball had already crossed the line when it happened – by quite a long chalk it hadn’t and the hosts were back in the contest.
The home sides tails were now up and they went onto have the better of the 2nd half, though Sports were still creating half chances – Mitch Griffiths, again used in central midfield, fired over from 15 yards when well placed after being played in by Josh Moreman who was enjoying more success as Sports played on the break. Coleshill almost equalized when a cross from the right was met by the onrushing Joe Smith, but his header at the stretch went wide. Hilliard curled a 20 yard effort into the side netting, but it was Coleshill that struck next to bring the scores level.
Richard Jones was penalised for a push 40 yards from goal on 77 minutes and Sports were guilty of switching off as the hosts played a quick free kick into Washbourne who span and hit a delightful low curling effort into the corner beyond the despairing dive of Moat. Washbourne had been the catalyst for the home sides improved 2nd half showing, finding space between the lines and driving his side on. It was now the turn of the visitors to turn on the referee and Lewis Webb was also rightly booked for his protests against the initial foul. The home side looked the more likely winners now and when Moat came out of his area to clear the ball he did not find touch and Clarke took aim at an empty goal from 40 yards but his effort dipped narrowly over, missing the goal by a matter of inches. Substitute Kyle Hayden then got around Moat out wide but his pull back towards a couple of waiting attackers was cut out by the impressive Malone.
Sports saw off the late pressure and the game seemed to be heading towards an honourable draw which would have been about right, but as the game entered the 89th minute the fun and games really began.
From a Sports set piece the ball found its way out to Avelino Vieira who twisted and turned his man, before floating in a teasing cross with his left peg. Malone had stayed up and looked the most likely to win the header 6 yards out in front of goal, despite the presence of 2 home defenders. Suddenly, and very clearly, an arm appeared and the ball was expertly punched clear. Unfortunately for Coleshill, it didn’t belong to keeper Hathway, but substitute Ryan Edmunds. The penalty award was the easiest decision the ref had to make all game, though it was debatable whether the subsequent red card for Edmunds was a bit harsh with opinions split on the nature of the goal scoring opportunity.
Anyway the home bench again went bonkers, a Coleshill player picked the ball up off the spot and launched it in the direction of the M6 and anarchy appeared to be setting in. Turbine substitute Jake Newman was calmness personified amidst the chaos and he calmly sent Hathaway the wrong way from the penalty to restore the visitors advantage. The home bench were still up in arms and at least one was dismissed. In the closing stages Sports full back Dan Bucciero, who had been correctly booked in the first half for a crude block made a fairly innocuous looking challenge out wide.
The ref produced a yellow card with undue haste and had to turn Bucciero around to see his number before realising that this was a 2nd yellow card and the Sports man would also have to take what was an especially long and slow walk off. This helped contribute to 6 extra minutes that was relatively calm. The final whistle saw home players and what was left of their bench remonstrate further with the beleaguered officials. A home fan had positioned himself where the ref exited the stage and offered the man in black a view on his performance. The ref turned back and made a somewhat ill-advised decision to confront the fan in what became an unseemly incident that the home stewards had to intervene to stop a more serious episode occurring. It didn’t feel like a game that should have had so many cautions and red cards, but most were actually justified and the poor man in the middle had a game where he was often dammed if he did and dammed if he didn’t. There appeared to be 2 big contentious decisions that each side came out the wrong side of one each, but that is not unusual and it was a bitty and somewhat ugly contest.
Not that Sports will mind as they tasted success for the first time in October, and after a run of 3 away games in the league now have 3 on the spin at home, albeit against top half teams that will help define the sides ambitions.
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