MONDAY 27th AUGUST 2007
MIDLAND COMBINATION PREMIER DIVISION
COLESHILL TOWN 2 v 0 HEATHER ST JOHN
Scorers:Michael Campbell, Josh McPherson.
Joint caretaker Managers, Colin Strong and Neil Kitching were hoping to play the same team and the same formation for this their second game in charge. The 4-4-2 remained but Ray Scandrett came in for the unavailable Kristain Kelsall with Sam Chatwin switching to full back. Otherwise the team was unchanged. A healthy crowd of over 70 came to see what is happening at Coleshill on and off the pitch including some familiar faces who hadn’t been to Pack Meadow for some time.
Coleshill enjoyed most of the possession and the best chances in the first half, a Brush free kick deflected for a corner, a Simon Volante shot just over. Danny Carter almost got to the ball before the outrushing keeper and Volante had a shot blocked and Josh McPherson had the follow up saved. Heather hit back when McPherson had to be alert to clear a dangerous cross and Greg Allen got his fingertips to a cross and was helped out when Rob Hipkiss cleared. Brush and Dance between them sent a Sam Chatwin cross goalward then Dance crossed for Brush to head into the danger area but the effort was blocked. Coleshill were well on top at this stage and got their reward on 25 mins when a Dance corner was cleverly back heeled by Ray Scandrett and Michael Campbell swept the ball home from eight yards. Campbell had more time when he sent a harmless shot at the keeper and Carter set up Brush for a volley that was saved. Campbell flicked the ball round his marker and was only just beaten to the ball by the keeper and the same thing happened when Campbell chased a header from a defender back to the keeper.
Coleshill started the second half positively enough with McPherson shooting wide and a Dance shot cannoning off the bar but they lost their way and a decidedly average Heather side came more and more into the game. Simon Volante got back sharpish to clear for a corner and Allen punched the kick away under pressure. Allen fumbled a free kick and the follow up goal bound shot was blocked by one of Heather’s own players in a massive let off for Town. Coleshill just couldn’t keep the ball and St John kept coming back and back but luckily their end product was poor. Their only player to look capable of scoring, Russell Hawksley was upended by Ryan Gardiner on the edge of the box but from a good position Allen saved easily. One of the few outstanding performances was by Simon Volante and it was his persistence that forced a free kick that led to Town increasing their lead. David Brush sent the dead ball into the danger area and Josh McPherson somehow got his leg up near horizontal to volley into the net with little more than ten minutes remaining. Heather huffed and puffed but never troubled Allen further and the game petered out with little goalmouth action.
Two games and six points for the stand in management but the job is to be advertised this week so who will be in charge for the games to come against better opposition, who knows!
Team: Greg Allen, Sam Chatwin, Ray Scandrett, Rob Hipkiss, Ryan Gardiner, David Brush, Josh McPherson, Simon Volante, Michael Campbell (Dan Greaves), Danny Carter (Oluweseyi Morgan), James Dance. Subs not used Neil Kitching, Ant McManus, Chris Butler.
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