Boldmere St Michaels
Well hello one and all. After the disappointment of going out of the FA Cup last week at home to Rugby Town, we today travel away to Birmingham to start our league campaign off against Boldmere St Michaels FC. United are fully aware that in this division there are no easy games and having played and lost a cracker of a game at the end of last season to BSMFC 4-3 reiterates that assumption.
United manager Terry Anderson will no doubt be looking for his team to bounce straight back after last week’s performance and hopefully register their first 3pts of the season. Terry should have a full squad to choose from but with the depth and quality in his squad ATM, the starting line up is a mystery for many?
The referee gets the game under way and United couldn’t have wished for a better start as they power forward from the off. They break forward with a fantastic precise long through ball by Lewis Rankin for Craig Reid to latch onto. Craig races into the area before cutting inside his marker and superbly despatches a curling shot past the BSMFC keeper Lewis Fenney for a welcome early lead in only the 2nd minute.
BSMFC 0 UNITED 1
What a great start to the game for United, they have certainly showed their intentions from the off. BSMFC try to rally and force a couple of early corners in the 5th minute that are both easily dealt with. BSMFC are dealt another blow in the 9th minute when their influential playmaker No6 Joe Lyng is forced off with what looked like an ankle injury that required him being taken to hospital in an ambulance. All at United hope he is not seriously injured and soon makes a full recovery.
With BSMFC’s Joe Lyng having to go off, they send on the No14 Ryan Shaw to slot into the midfield.
The game resumes and United have settled into the game really well. They are pressing forward at every opportunity and BSMFC are struggling to get hold of the ball. When they do get it United are soon snapping at their opponents heels in their quest to win the ball back. That effort pays off once again in the 21st minute when after more great inter passing between Mitch Piggon and Lewis Hudson sees Joshua O’Grady put through. Joshua sees a gap in the BSMFC’s defence and seems to toe poke the ball into the back of the net from 12yrds out for a 2-0 lead that’s definitely deserved.
BSMFC 0 UNITED 2
What a great start to the game and a contrast from the game last week. United are moving the ball around with ease and purpose and BSMFC are just holding on at the minute. United waste no time in going looking for more goals and Mitch Piggon shows great determination when winning the ball on the edge of the BSMFC’s area before racing into the area. Mitch steadies himself before seeing his fine shot superbly saved by the BSMFC keeper Lewis Fenny in the 28th minute.
BSMFC are still finding it hard to get any sort of a hold on the game and are being restricted to long range free kick opportunities that do not materialise. Their frustration shows in the 36th minute when their No10 Jack Skinner is shown the yellow card for hacking down United’s Lewis Rankin.
BSMFC finally have their first half chance so far when their No9 Stuart Capaldi finds his way through but sends his shot well wide of the target in the 38th minute. The next minute in the 39th, United race straight up the other end and from a Lewis Rankin free kick a goalmouth scramble ensues with Craig Reid looking to have scored his second of the game and his team’s third. But with the Red & Green army still celebrating the goal was chalked off for an infringement.
As the first half draws to a close, BSMFC win a corner that keeper Richard Morris does well to gather cleanly in the 44th minute. Soon after the referee blows up for half time.
BSMFC 0 UNITED 2
The second half gets under way with neither side making any half time changes. United start the half in pretty much the same fashion as the first and they break forward with Geoff Woodward down the right. Geoff does well and sends in a great low cross that Mitch Piggon meets and steers the ball coolly into the back of the net to make it 3-0 in the 49th minute.
BSMFC 0 UNITED 3
With United now holding a 3-0 lead surely that should be the points in the bag now? Not at all, United know that the game is not over till the final whistle is blown and must stay focused. They continue to do just that and it’s not long before another chance comes along when United’s Craig Reid brings out another fine save from the BSMFC keeper Lewis Fenney in the 51st minute.
The United pressure is relentless and further BSMFC’s frustrations come out when their No2 Brad Lindsey gets himself a yellow card for a foul on United’s Joshua O’Grady in the 53rd minute. The resulting free kick on the edge of the area was taken short through Lewis Rankin’s legs for Captain Chris Cox to unleash a powerful low drive that nestles into the back of the net for a great fourth goal.
BSMFC 0 UNITED 4
The game is definitely won now surely? United are totally dominating this game. BSMFC are not throwing in the towel and get a chance to edge themselves back into the game when they win a fortunate penalty that to me looked outside the area for a start. United’s Gift Mussa was adjudged to have committed the offence inside the area and got a yellow card for his troubles in the 58th minute. With the penalty awarded, their No4 Joe Smith (Captain) steps up and sends keeper Richard Morris the wrong way as the ball smashes into the back of the net.
BSMFC 1 UNITED 4
Well the clean sheet has gone so now it’s still to stay focussed and see the game out. A flurry of changes soon follow in the 62nd minute when United take off the hard working Mitch Piggon and send on Robert Prinzel and at the same time BSMFC make a double change when they take off No11 Charlie Morris & No7 Cameron Shaw and replace them with the No15 Max Black & No16 Ryan Nesbitt. Then 5 minutes later United make another change when they take off Lewis Rankin and sending on Courtney Cameron in the 67th minute. More changes come in the 71st minute when United make their final change by taking off the injured keeper Richard Morris and is replaced with No17 Ash Molhata.
The game is now going into the last 15 minutes and to their credit BSMFC are still not giving up. United have shuffled their pack a little and seem to be inviting BSMFC onto them and are just soaking up any pressure. That’s fine but now and again you are bound to get caught out and that’s exactly what happens BSMFC break down the left and the No16 Ryan Nesbitt is left to race into the area and slide to ball past United’s keeper Ash Molhata in the 76th minute.
BSMFC 2 UNITED 4
Well now the deficit is halved so United have to be on their guard and make sure all their hard work does not end in vein during these final minutes. The 80th minute though deals BSMFC another blow when their No3 Remi Bell has to go off injured and with all their subs being done they have to finish the rest of the game with ten men.
With that advantage United find the time to carve out another great chance when a good turn and shot by Craig Reid brings out yet another fantastic save from the keeper Lewis Fenney in the 81st minute. The final act in the game comes in the 87th minute when the BSMFC No9 Stuart Capaldi is booked for kicking the ball away. Soon after the referee blows up for full time and United claim their first 3pts of the campaign.
BSMFC 2 UNITED 4
In summing up this game what a difference a week can make!!!!!! United today were awesome and went about getting at BSMFC right from the start. They knocked the ball around with consummate ease for most of this game. The passing was crisp and the movement off the ball was a massive improvement. BSMFC tried in vain to gain possession of the ball for any length of time but United restricted that with some great chasing down of the ball from the whole of the team.
United got that early goal and went in at half time with a comfortable and well deserved 2-0 lead. They then came out with all guns blazing for the second half and soon increased that lead twice more before conceding a very suspect penalty and getting caught out on the break for their second goal to prick a few ears in the crowd before finally seeing the game out.
To their credit BSMFC never gave up and had their best player on the day in keeper Lewis Fenney to thank for keeping the score down with a string of fine saves throughout this game.
United players worthy of a mention today would have to the whole team. They all played their part in a fantastic team performance that if it wasn’t for their keeper it could well have been double figures in my opinion. Craig Reid and Mitch Piggon both worked hard up front and took their goals superbly. Gift Mussa had a great first half and was always in and around everything that United did. Jamie Coleman, Kyle Barnett and Geoff Woodward also played their part dealing comfortably with anything that was sent their way. But for me today, the man of the match must go to young Lewis Hudson. Lewis defended manfully when required and was a constant attacking threat when powering forward to supply his forward players with plenty of piercing through balls or crosses so very well played Lewis Hudson.
Well a big mention should also go to the expanding travelling Red & Green army. The numbers are starting to grow and the atmosphere is getting better and better and I’m sure the players and staff really appreciate your loyal support so well done to all concerned.
Next up for the Red & Greens is another away trip on Tuesday night to play Loughborough University so hope to see a few of you there. PUCU
Game Stats (UNITED) (BSMFC)
On target (11) (2)
Off target (3) (3)
Corners (3) (5)
Free kicks (16) (7)
Yellow cards (1) (3)
Red cards (0) (0)
Offside (2) (4)