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West Midlands (Regional) League, Premier Division
Saturday 21 September 2019.
Despite perhaps their least convincing display of the season, Shifnal still had enough to come away from Worcestershire with maximum points. The points did not come without a battle though, indeed the visitors fell behind for the first time this season in the league, after only 4 minutes. Steve Webb did well on the right, and his cross was turned into the net from close range by SAM CLARK. Shifnal had a chance to pull level after a quarter of an hour, when the ball fell to Kyle Montague on the edge of the penalty area, but his left-footed effort floated wide of the far post. Pershore hit back, and Jordan Hayward had Jake James scrambling across his goal to save his 25-yard drive in the 27thminute. The scores were levelled on 31 minutes when Tom Hill dummied Jordan Uppal’s throw-in, allowing the ball to run on to BRAD SHARMAN, who beat Matthew Gwynne from 20 yards. Both sides pressed to try to grab the advantage, but the first half ended all square.
Shifnal stepped up their game after the interval, and with a little more luck could have scored two or three goals. Jamall Pinnock made ground on the left in the 47th minute, and his cross fell to Hill, who swivelled and shot from 15 yards, only to be denied by substitute goalkeeper Toby Wilcox at the second attempt. 2 minutes later, Hill was unlucky with an angled free-kick which came back off the crossbar. The inevitable goal came on 50 minutes. Jay Holdcroft crossed from the left for Jake Lloyd, whose shot was half-stopped, but HILL pounced to smash the loose ball in off the crossbar. Shifnal were again denied by the woodwork in the 57th minute, when a defensive error allowed the ball to fall to Hill, but he opted for guile over power, and his chip over the keeper struck the crossbar. The home side continued to work hard, and as Shifnal became frustrated, the hosts were a danger on the break. James was called upon to make a fine save in the 73rdminute from Clark’s 20-yard drive after a breakaway down the left. Another left-wing cross on 84 minutes found Clark’s head, but Jordan Jones was on hand to head off the line with James beaten.
PERSHORE: Matthew Gwynne (Toby Wilcox 39mins), Steve Webb, Jordan Hayward, Daniel Noke, Shaun Griffiths, Dan Tustin (Umit Eminoglu 77mins), Zaquib Hussain (James Unwin H-T), Jake Cavens, Nick Seabourne, Charles Anagho-Ntamark, Sam Clark.
Subs not used: Matt Pinder; Jack Mackintosh.
Cautions: Clark (29mins); Seabourne (35mins).
SHIFNAL: Jake James, Jordan Uppal, Jamall Pinnock, Lewis Mackenzie (Ben Perks 63mins), Craig Radford, Jordan Jones, Jake Lloyd (Sam McCarthy 86mins), Brad Sharman, Tom Hill, Kyle Montague, Jay Holdcroft (Ben Novis 77mins).
Subs not used: Ryan Hadley; Brad Smith.
Cautions: Uppal (33mins); Pinnock (35mins); Montague (36mins); Perks (70mins); Radford (79mins).
Referee: Harley McKittrick.
Assistant referees:Cliff Gardiner. Andrew Holdaway.
Shifnal Star Man:Craig Radford.