Date: Saturday 16th September 2017
Venue: Butts Park Arena
Well hello one and all. After United’s mid-week defeat away to AFC Wulfrunians in atrocious conditions, we today welcome Bromsgrove Sporting to the Butts Park Arena to contest what is surely going to be a cracker of a game.
Sporting have finally managed to get themselves into the Premier division after three near misses and would I’m sure to many be one of the teams likely to be in the mix come the end of the season. They have had a decent start to their campaign playing 6 games, winning 4, drawing 1 and losing 1 game to Coventry Sphinx a few weeks ago.
United’s manager Terry Anderson will have to keep his team focussed for this game and he is going to be hampered with injuries and suspensions while deciding on his starting line-up. That said though, this game is primed to be a great advert for the MFLP division.
The referee gets the game under way and united start the game brightly when they break forward in the 3rd minute. United’s Craig Reid plays in debutant Dave Moli but his powerful low drive goes just wide of the post. They keep the pressure on BSFC and win a free kick just outside the area in the 5th minute. Joshua O’Grady lines up to take it and promptly sees his looping shot go just over the bar.
United continue to force the early pace and are soon pressing again looking for that all important opening goal. Good approach play by United sees another chance present itself when a deep cross is headed back across the area by Joshua O’Grady for Dave Moli to send his tame effort straight to BSFC’s keeper Brendan Bunn for an easy save in the 8th minute. United need to make this early pressure count as this could come back to haunt them against a good quality side like BSFC.
Another chance falls to United when they break down the left, where Joshua O’Grady pings in a delightful cross into the heart of the area but United’s Craig Reid just failed to connect with the ball for what would have been a certain goal in the 18th minute.
BSFC seemed to have held off United’s early pressure and are now venturing forward themselves without causing the United keeper Richard Morris any problems.
Both teams are battling hard in what’s turning out to be a very tense game with neither side wanting to make a mistake. In a period of 6 minutes BSFC have two players going into the referee’s book when the No7 Liam Spink gets a yellow card for a challenge on Joshua O’Grady in the 27th minute and then the No3 Josh Quaynor getting his yellow for a body check on O’Grady as well in the 33rd minute.
BSFC soon after win a free kick in a great position on the left hand side of the area. The No3 Josh Quaynor stands over the ball before sending his powerful drive just wide of the post in the 38th minute. Minutes later United’s Lewis Rankin is booked for diving in the 41st minute before BSFC create their first chance on target of the half in the 45th minute. They push forward and the No10 Wade Malley did well before getting in a good shot that United’s keeper Richard Morris did well to gather. Soon after the referee blows his whistle for half time with the scores still level.
UNITED 0 BSFC 0
The second half gets under way and BSFC have made a half time change taking off the No7 Liam Spink and sending on the No17 Sam Wills.
BSFC waste no time in going at United when they move the ball quickly forward in the 47th minute. The ball is crossed into the area and United’s keeper Richard Morris clears the ball out but the loose ball falls nicely to the BSFC No8 Robbie Bunn who coolly smashes the ball back in through a crowd of players and into the net for the opening goal.
UNITED 0 BSFC 1
The Red and Green faithful are stunned with that and now have a mini mountain to climb to get themselves back on level terms. United soon after are forced into a change when the injured Brad Jones has to be replaced with Jeff Woodward in the 51st minute. Then minutes later BSFC make another change of their own when they take off No10 Wade Malley and send on the No15 John Pykett and United making another change too taking off Joshua O’Grday and sending on Ryan Quinn in the 60th minute.
This game has been devoid of many clear cut chances as both teams continue to cancel each other out. United though go looking for that all important equaliser when they win a corner taken by Lewis Rankin in the 63rd minute. His pass to Craig Reid sees a high ball into the area met by the head of Robert Prinzel but sadly is attempt goes just over the bar.
This game is a real battle of attrition and nothing is being given up lightly. BSFC break forward with pace in the 66th minute with the No4 Max Loveridge hitting the side netting when it looked like he had in fact scored much to the relief of the Red and Green army.
The 67th minute sees another BSFC player go into the book after a foul on Lewis Rankin with the No2 Aaron Roberts picking up a yellow for his troubles.
Another double substitution takes place in the 68th minute with BSFC taking off the No11 Connor Deards and sending on the No16 Sean Brain and United taking off Lewis Rankin and sending on Aaron Opoku.
The last 10-15 minutes have been a bit scrappy with the changes and bookings and that continues in the 75th minute when the BSFC’s No17 Sam Wills is booked for his tackle on Dave Moli.
The game moves into the last 10 minutes and United still trail. From a loose ball by United’s Tommy Glasscoe in the 81st minute, BSFC break forward but fortunately Their No9 Jason Cowley sends his shot high over the bar when a lay off to a teammate wide on the right may have been a more fruitful option. BSFC seem quite happy now to sit on their lead and park the bus. United see more of the ball but are finding it very hard to break down a very well organised outfit and resort to the more direct option of pumping balls into the area. A United corner in the 82nd minute sees Robert Prinzel head over the bar. The game is now into added time and the BSFC No4 is also shown the yellow card for a foul on United’s Craig Reid in the 90+3 minutes. The resulting free kick taken by Richard Morris sees Robert Prinzel head the ball straight at the keeper Brendan Bunn. That was the final act of the game as the referee blows up for full time and United fall to another 1-0 defeat in a very tense affair.
UNITED 0 BSFC 1
In summing up this game it was a real battle of attrition. Both of these teams are tipped to be at the right end of the table come April 18 and the way this game panned out confirmed that. United started the game much the better but BSFC did very well in holding them at bay and restricting United to very little in the way of clear cut chances. With both teams cancelling each other out it was little surprise the half time score was still 0-0.
The second half saw BSFC come flying out of the blocks and stun United with a crisp finish to open the scoring. From then on it was all about United’s ability to break BSFC down to enable themselves to get something out of this game. For all their fight and hard graft, BSFC held on manfully to claim the 3pts and make the trip back to Bromsgrove a happy one.
Players worthy of a mention today would have to be the BSFC scorer No8 Robbie Bunn. Apart from his winning goal he played a massive part in his teams resolve and seemed to enjoy his midfield battle with United’s Gift Mussa and Tommy Glasscoe.
For United, they all battled hard and never gave up. On the day they didn’t have enough to break down a stern and defiant BSFC. Kyle Barnett once again had a steady game along with Robert Prinzel who seem to be forming a solid partnership at the minute. The debutant Dave Moli looked bright in the first half and showed some neat touches before tiring in the second half. Tommy Glasscoe covered some ground and had to dig in deep but for me today my man of the match must go to Gift Mussa. Gift was everywhere today and had to be with the absence of his skipper Chris cox. Gift was on and to break many attempts by BSFC to break forward and in games like these, Gift is the type of player you need so very well played Gift Mussa.
With another good attendance for the early kick off, I’m sure most people would of enjoyed a very enthralling game of football played out by two very good footballing sides.
Match stats (United) (BSFC)
On target (3) (2)
Off target (3) (5)
Corners (2) (2)
Free kicks (14) (8)
Yellow cards (1) (5)
Red cards (0) (0)
Offside (1) (3)