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West Midlands (Regional) League, Premier Division
Saturday 28 September 2019
A convincing performance by Shifnal saw them run out comfortable winners against physical opponents, who fought all the way. The visitors came very close to taking the lead after 9 minutes, when a corner was half-cleared to Kyle Belmonte, whose 20-yard drive thundered against the underside of the crossbar. Roland Krol headed the loose ball into the net, but he was denied by an offside flag. 3 minutes later, the home side did take the lead. Jay Holdcroft chased a ball down the right from Jake Lloyd, and his cross was deflected by a defender against KYLE MONTAGUE’s chest and in to the net. 2 minutes later, Tom Hill expertly controlled a cross and slid the ball into the path of HOLDCROFT, who beat Lewis Pinches with a low shot from the edge of the penalty area. The quick goals knocked some of the stuffing out of the visitors, and Pinches managed to save with his feet from Hill on the half-hour. A minute before the break, Town were stunned as Raiders pulled a goal back in bizarre circumstances. There appeared little danger when full back SAM CAREY picked the ball up on the left touchline, midway inside the Town half, but he deceived Jake James as he floated the ball into the top corner of the net.
Following some harsh words from the management team during the interval, the hosts came out for the second half on the front foot, and they regained their two-goal advantage in the 49th minute. Brad Sharman took a free-kick from 10 yards inside the visitors’ half, and slack marking allowed the ball to fall to BEN PERKS, who sidefooted home from close range. Shifnal should have extended their lead after 68 minutes, when Montague latched on to a long ball and rounded the keeper, only to fire against a defender. 2 minutes further on, they did grab a fourth, courtesy of the unfortunate ARRON DRAKE, who headed a cross past his own keeper with Montague waiting to pounce. Town had a near miss a minute from time when Hill played the ball out to Sharman on the left, his cross being headed against the upright by Perks. Moments before the end of the 90 minutes, the ball fell to substitute REES WEDDERBURN on the corner of the penalty area, and he took a touch before smashing the ball into the far corner of the net.
SHIFNAL: Jake James, Jordan Uppal, Jamall Pinnock, Ben Perks, Tom Taylor (Jordan Jones 75mins), Giles Harvey, Jake Lloyd, Brad Sharman, Tom Hill, Kyle Montague (Sam McCarthy 82mins), Jay Holdcroft (Rees Wedderburn 74mins).
Subs not used: Lewis Mackenzie; Ben Novis.
Caution: Holdcroft (45mins).
RAIDERS: Lewis Pinches, Arron Drake, Sam Carey, Kyle Belmonte, Alex Marsh, Gavin Podmore (Dale Goddard 67mins), Matt Andrews, Kirk Layton, Ryan Rowe (Josh Farnsworth 71mins), Roland Krol, Dave Reynolds.
Sub not used: Tim Beattie.
Cautions: Carey (30mins); Drake (45mins); Marsh (64mins).
Attendance: 108.
Referee: Ryan Price (Hereford).
Assistant referees:Robert Cuff (Telford).
Rebecca Scott-Mullen (Stafford).
Shifnal Star Man: Brad Sharman.