SHIFNAL TOWN 4 DUDLEY TOWN 1
West Midlands (Regional) League, Premier Division
Saturday 14 December 2019
This game was more difficult for Shifnal than the scoreline might suggest, against a Dudley side that hassled and fought for every ball. Indeed, the visitors should have scored after only 40 seconds, as Terence Davies broke swiftly, but his final shot took a deflection off a defender for a corner. The game swung from end to end, but Dudley were undone in the 11th minute from a set piece. The hosts were awarded a free-kick wide on the left, and Brad Sharman’s kick was deftly flicked home at the near post by DAN WESTWOOD. The visitors barely had time to recover from this when Shifnal doubled their lead on 17 minutes. Kyle Montague’s header fell for TOM HILL, whose 15-yard volley crashed against the underside of the crossbar and into the net. Westwood came close to extending the lead on the half-hour, as Montague headed on a through ball, but his 30-yard volley was just too high. As half-time approached, Dudley came back into the game. A fine run by Hinesh Patel in the 37th minute ended with his shot lacking power. Then as the game moved into stoppage time, a free-kick from the left was deflected against the upright, the loose ball being blazed over the crossbar from 5 yards.
The visitors continued after the break where they left off the first half, and they pulled a goal back after 47 minutes. Dan Jones played a free-kick from the right expertly for centre back BEN LAWLEY to dive and head home at the far post. 3 minutes later, Shifnal restored their 2-goal advantage from another free-kick from the left touch-line, MONTAGUE’s looping header beating Shane Maydew in the Dudley goal. Hill should have grabbed his second after 77 minutes after Jake Lloyd had freed Montague on the right. His cross was touched past Maydew by the striker, but a defender cleared off the line. The game was made safe in the 82nd minute as Dudley were caught out by a short corner routine, Sharman’s cross being headed home at the near post by ASHLEY BELLINGHAM.
The only negative from Shifnal’s point of view was a somewhat over-zealous referee who appeared to have had an early Christmas present of a new yellow card, which he brandished at virtually every opportunity – six times in the case of the hosts, but only once for the visitors.
SHIFNAL: Jake James, Jordan Uppal, Jamall Pinnock, Ben Perks (Jake Lloyd H-T), Ashley Bellingham, Jordan Jones, Kyle Montague, Brad Sharman, Tom Hill, Dan Westwood (Harry Cunningham 68mins), Angelo Franco (Sam McCarthy 77mins).
Subs not used: Craig Radford; Brad Smith.
Cautions: Perks (27mins); Bellingham (45mins); Jones (66mins); Montague (69mins); Lloyd (72mins); Hill (90mins).
DUDLEY: Shane Maydew, Lewis Mitchell, Rhys Boswell, Todd Perry, Ben Lawley, Mitch Lawley (Jason Hewitt 71mins), Dan Jones, Owen Massey, Justin Nisbett (Kieron Berry H-T), Hinesh Patel (Sanjay Malhi 88mins), Terence Davies.
Subs not used: Will Fellows; Nathaniel Graham.
Caution: Mitchell (49mins).
Referee: Richard Booth (Wolverhampton).
Assistant referees: Martin Corrigan (Wednesfield). Phil Felton (Wolverhampton).
Shifnal Star Man: Kyle Montague.
SHIFNAL TOWN 5 ELLESMERE RANGERS 0
TJ Vickers Shropshire Premier Cup, Quarter-final
Tuesday 3 December 2019
Shifnal eased into the semi-finals of the competition with a comprehensive victory against a strong Ellesmere side. The first half hour was fought out predominantly in midfield, as Shifnal, showing five changes from the weekend, adjusted to these changes. The first real danger to either goal came after 32 minutes, when Craig Radford’s header from Brad Sharman’s corner came back off the crossbar. Sharman was instrumental in the opening goal in the 40th minute, his free-kick being driven home at the far post by KYLE MONTAGUE. Montague almost doubled his tally 3 minutes later, heading against the crossbar from a right wing cross. A defensive error at the other end could have resulted in an equaliser, but Jake James dived to save from Stuart Dickin’s 20-yard drive. Sharman then came back into the action a minute into stoppage time, his through ball picking out DAN WESTWOOD, who coolly slotted past Chris Worrell from 15 yards. Rangers hit back and Jack Briscoe made a fine 50-yard run, only for his final shot to be straight at James.
The third goal came after 57 minutes, when Sharman played the ball out wide for TOM HILL wide on the left. He outpaced his defender as he cut in, then fired an unstoppable shot into the far top corner of the net. Shifnal again struck the woodwork in the 63rd minute with an Ashley Bellingham header from a free-kick. A minute later, it was 4-0 as HILL converted from the penalty spot following a foul in the area. Then followed a good period of play for the visitors. Briscoe forced a fine save by James from a well-struck 25-yard effort on 66 minutes, then shortly afterwards, the ball was played through to put Tawanda Melusi one-on-one with James. The forward slid the ball past the keeper, but watched as it passed agonisingly the wrong side of the upright. James again distinguished himself in the 77th minute to save a close-range diving header by George Taylor from a cross from the left. A minute later, Hill played a delightful ball over the top for MONTAGUE, who took a touch before steering inside the post from 20 yards to wrap up the scoring.
Overall Shifnal will be satisfied with their win, marred only by a serious-looking ankle injury to Rees Wedderburn.
SHIFNAL: Jake James, Ryan Hadley (Jordan Uppal 63mins), Ashley Evans, Sam McCarthy, Ashley Bellingham, Craig Radford, Kyle Montague, Brad Sharman (Brad Smith 60mins), Tom Hill, Dan Westwood, Rees Wedderburn (Ben Perks 25mins).
Subs not used: Jamall Pinnock; Jordan Jones.
RANGERS: Chris Worrell, Alex Hall (Charlie Fletcher 56mins), Emmanuel Williams, Dave Howells, Owen Lloyd, George Taylor, Tawanda Melusi (Richard Chamberlain 82mins), Stuart Dickin (Seth Ellis H-T), Karl Bailey, Jack Briscoe, Brendon Price.
Sub not used: Connor Courtney.
Cautions: Bailey (25mins); Williams (64mins).
Referee: Jamie James.
Assistant referees: Mark Hounsell. Mark Reilly.
Shifnal Star Man: Brad Sharman.
SHIFNAL TOWN 2 DARLASTON TOWN (1874) 1
West Midlands (Regional) League, Premier Division
Saturday 30 November 2019
Prior to today, Shifnal had not played for three weeks, and it showed, as they took a long time to get into the game against an impressive Darlaston team. The hosts actually created the first chance of the game after 10 minutes, when Rees Wedderburn’s cross found Tom Hill, who lobbed Connor Hopkins. Unfortunately for Shifnal, the keeper managed to recover and scrambled the ball away. The visitors deservedly took the lead 2 minutes later, EZEKIEL AGYEMANG heading home from Aiden Blackham’s left wing cross. The same player could have doubled the advantage in the 18th minute, but his header from Sam Causton’s cross was wide of the target. Shifnal slowly started to come to terms with the game, and they equalised on 29 minutes. Jordan Uppal made a fine run down the right, and his low cross was steered past Hopkins by DAN WESTWOOD on his debut. The goal seemed to settle the home side, and Westwood was close again in the 34th minute from a superb Jake Lloyd pass, Hopkins saving with this feet. Hopkins again came to Darlaston’s rescue 2 minutes before the break. Uppal played the ball to Wedderburn, who put Westwood through one-on-one with Hopkins, but again the keeper saved well.
Following some stern words from the management at half-time, Shifnal came out after the break on the front foot, and they took the lead in the 48th minute. Jamall Pinnock made ground on the left, and his cross found Westwood, whose header was kicked off the line, only for TOM HILL to fire home the loose ball. Hopkins distinguished himself once more with a fine save from Pinnock’s piledriver after 54 minutes. Shifnal were agonisingly close to a third goal on 62 minutes after Wedderburn won the ball and crossed for Hill, whose 20-yard shot struck the inside of the post. 3 minutes later, Westwood rounded the keeper, but left himself too narrow an angle, and fired into the side-netting. It was not all one-way traffic, and visiting captain Leon Taylor was foiled by Jake James in the 71st minute as he controlled a free-kick and swivelled and shot from 15 yards. As the game moved into stoppage time, Agyemang’s powerful 20-yard shot was too close to James, ensuring the hosts did not have to rue missed chances during the game.
SHIFNAL: Jake James, Jordan Uppal, Jamall Pinnock, Ben Perks (Sam McCarthy 68mins), Ashley Bellingham, Jordan Jones, Jake Lloyd, Brad Sharman, Tom Hill, Dan Westwood (Ben Novis 79mins), Rees Wedderburn (Craig Radford 90mins).
Subs not used: Ashley Evans; Ryan Hadley.
Caution: Westwood (15mins).
DARLASTON: Connor Hopkins, Sam Causton, Luke Wilson, Connor Fellows (Tyrone Clarke-O’Connell 58mins), Ricardo Ricketts, Lucas Hough, Ezekiel Agyemang, Liam Smith, Leon Taylor, Aiden Blackham (Romano Graham 68mins), Luke Charlton.
Subs not used: Liam Cox; Jamie Holder; Liam Whittaker.
Caution: Wilson (90mins).
Referee: Aaron Atherton (Walsall).
Assistant referees: Peter Fewtrell (Shrewsbury).Kevin Murray (Shrewsbury).
Shifnal Star Man: Ashley Bellingham.
BILSTON TOWN 4 SHIFNAL TOWN 6
WEM TOWN 0 SHIFNAL TOWN 3
SHIFNAL TOWN 5. Worcester Raiders 1. Seven wins now on the bounce in the WMPL for AC-DC and the boys. Things are on the way up at STFA.
What a great gesture by Kyle Montague today giving a young Shifnal supporter today a birthday present before the game and then after scoring the 1st goal running the length of the pitch to the lad dedicating the goal to his birthday, Well Done Kyle.Think the young lad was stuck for words.
SHIFNAL TOWN 5 WORCESTER RAIDERS 1
PERSHORE TOWN 1 SHIFNAL TOWN 2
SHIFNAL TOWN 0 HAUGHMOND 1.
Buildbase FA Vase, 2nd Round Qualifying
Saturday 14 September 2019
Shifnal were made to pay for not taking any of the chances they created, failing to score for the first time this season. An onlooker would have been hard pushed to say which of these teams play at the higher level, as the hosts had more of the game, but were up against a well-drilled defence. After a cagy start, Town had the first real chance on goal from Brad Sharman’s 14th-minute corner, which somehow reached Jake Lloyd at the far post, but he screwed the ball wide. A minute later, Sharman’s through ball found Kyle Montague, but his cross for Tom Hill was intercepted by a defender. Mond’s only effort on goal in the first 45 minutes came when Matt Fletcher tried his luck from 30 yards on 25 minutes, but Jake James saved comfortably. 2 minutes before the break, Town’s Sam McCarthy saw his low 25-yard drive pass the wrong side of the upright. Hill was unable to get any power into his shot as the game moved into stoppage time following a good break by the home side.
Shifnal’s best chance to date fell after 53 minutes, when Hill won the ball at the by-line and pulled it back for Lloyd, who sidefooted against a defender’s shins from close range. It was all Town now, and on the hour, McCarthy played the ball down the line for Montague, who crossed for Hill to volley narrowly wide. Jordan Uppal picked up a crossfield ball in the 70th minute and played it low into the penalty area, but substitute Declan Arber’s close range shot was blocked by the keeper with his feet. As the hosts pressed for the elusive goal, they were caught on the break in the 78th minute. The ball was played quickly down the right, and as Jordan Jones lost his footing, the ball was crossed for HARRY MORRIS to tap in. The setback caused Shifnal to press even more strongly, and they were desperately unlucky not to equalise after 82 minutes. Sharman crossed the ball from the right, and Lloyd’s 10-yard volley came back off the underside of the crossbar. Somehow, this indicated that it was not going to be their day!
SHIFNAL: Jake James, Jordan Uppal, Jamall Pinnock, Lewis Mackenzie (Ben Perks 79mins), Craig Radford, Jordan Jones (Ben Novis 83mins), Jake Lloyd, Brad Sharman, Tom Hill, Kyle Montague, Sam McCarthy (Declan Arber 64mins).
Subs not used: Ryan Hadley; Nathan Gray; Giles Harvey; Brad Smith.
Caution: Mackenzie (20mins).
HAUGHMOND: James Hawkins, George Carpenter, Matt Fletcher, Arryn Simms, Jack Griffiths, Carl Rogers, Charlie Musselwhite (Sam Yeardley 72mins), Jack Leask, Scott Ryan, Louie Irvine, Harry Morris.
Subs not used: Louis Millington; Sam Jones; Dan Williams; Charlie Williams.
Cautions: Simms (Sin bin 55mins); Simms (67mins).
Referee: James Astley (Telford).
Assistant referees: Gabriel Dasca (Telford).
Robert Cliff (Telford).
Shifnal Star Man: Craig Radford.
The club have appointed Andrew Carrier and Danny Cater AC-DC for those of you that can remember the band?
Danny and Cazza will be joint managers for the new season. Also joining then as assistant George Williams a great addition for his local knowledge.
The club would like to wish Mark and Kevin all the best for the future and thank them for all their hard work last season. Mark has been posted away by the RAF for four months with only a few weeks notice so we both agree a change of management is for the best. Stay safe Mark and we hope to see you back at the club after your posting.
Shifnal Town 1 – 3 Cradley Town.
In the words of a visiting ground hopper…
The visitors were at Shifnals’ throats straight from the off and it took the hosts at least 10 minutes to gradually work themselves into the game albeit without any direct threat on goal but at the same time not being under any pressure themselves.
At the 20 minute mark there had been plenty of effort but little sign of any serious goalmouth action from either side;for the hosts,No7 (Heath) was a big influence in midfield while the visitors’ No 5 was letting little past. Shifnal were by now playing a prominent part in proceedings and by the half-hour mark they’d had the only real goal threat with a header going wide.
Within 5 minutes of the restart Cradley took the lead with a ball over the top which fooled everyone,the forward basically needing to prod it over the line. Less than 5 minutes later they increased their lead when the keeper seemingly had the ball covered only to be beaten by the bounce; tough luck on him.
On 75 minutes Shifnal got a deserved break and reduced the deficit; it looked to all intents and purposes we were in for a tight finish as they were enjoying the lions share of possession but the visitors were to have the final say in proceedings by snatching a late 3rd goal. Game over.
The result was tough on Shifnal who,if truth be told,didn’t deserve to on the receiving end of a 3-1 defeat but you have to say fair play to Cradley for taking the chances when they arose.
Same story as the previous six games and I am fed up of saying we have played well for large spells and come away with nothing. All three Cradley goals came from our own errors. Nothing disappoints me more than an opposition scoring s goal without having to work hard for it.
I’ll put it out there – not enough lads care and they take playing at Step 6 for granted. With nine new signings made this week I’d expect to see a different line up next Saturday.
Tividale 6-0 Shifnal Town.
I was upset with this result for two reasons; we gave them four goals on a plate and the score line did not reflect the game (there were positives).
The first half was evenly contested and saw us create several chances, which we have struggled to do in recent weeks. Tividale had two chances and scored both. The first, a split second in which we switched off and their striker went clean through. The second an absolute screamer from 20 yards.
We came out for the second half with a belief we could get back into the game. Again we matched the opposition, until a cross from the right sailed into the top corner of the goal. We then capitulated and the way in which we conceded the next three was a disgrace.
Unfortunately during the game we had a possible ACL injury, two twisted ankles and a player brought off with sickness. The footballing Gods may look favourably on us soon.
Shifnal Town 0 – 1 Bewdley Town.
Copy and paste the last two match reports.
I thought we were the better side and did enough to win the game, but didn’t put our chances away. Apart from a fifteen minute spell at the start of the second half, Bewdley did not pause any threat.
We have looked a more solid side in recent weeks, but just have not put the ball in the net. I make that 18 points given to the opposition this season and that is the difference between us currently being 15th and not potentially 7th. Very fine margins in this league.
Onto next Saturday and an away trip to top of the league Tividale.
Black Country Rangers 2 – 1 Shifnal Town.
Not sure how we lost that one? A dominant opening 30 minutes saw us one nil up, before their centre half traveled twenty yards into our half unopposed and smashed it into the net. 1 – 1 at half time. The second half was very similar, with us playing good football for large spells. We created and failed to convert several chances, including one which somehow stuck between the outstretched keeper’s legs on the goal line. We then switch off for a second and find ourselves 2 – 1 down.
There are positives to take away from the game. We defended as a team very well, from front to back. BCR had two chances and scored both. We showed a desire to win that I have questioned recently and we created chances. The only thing missing now is to put those chances away.
I have to mention Jaime Russell who made a good debut for the club today. He partnered man of the match Lewis McKenzie in a very dominant midfield duo this afternoon.
Shifnal Town 0 – 3 Haughmond
Despite the result (against the best side in the league in my opinion) I was happy with a performance that was a massive improvement on Saturday’s loss.
We had a game plan which the lads carried out to good effect for large periods of the game. Should the penalty have been awarded for the first goal? I thought so to be honest, but quite a few nearer the incident suggest not. A wicked deflection saw the ball loop over the keeper for the second, rather than smash a window in the house behind the goal. The third came from a save, which fell to the Haughmond player to put in.
The better side won, but it gives us confidence going into the final ten games of the season. A couple of new faces recently added to the squad will lift the competitiveness within the group.
Big game at the Acoustafoam Stadium tomorrow evening, as we host high flying Haughmond in the TJ Vickers Shropshire Premier Cup.
It was quite a close game last time the two sides met and after Saturday’s defeat the lads are itching to put in a performance.
7.45pm kick off. Come down and support the Town.
Shifnal Town 1 – 2 Dudley Sports.
A bit of a strange one today. I don’t think our performance was poor, but we didn’t create many chances. Although I thought we had control of the game, the longer we went without scoring, the more likely the visitors were to nick a goal.
Then they did. The only Dudley player who looked like he might cause a problem got on the ball in acted of space and bent one into the goal from the corner of the 18 yard box. They then hit the post, before Aida Jones scores a fantastic goal from the edge of the box. 1-1 with five minutes to play. Then a miss-pass, followed by a couple of failed clearances led to a second for the visitors in injury time.
Positives to take from the game were a solid debut for Alex Hall; a debut start for U17 striker Nathan Day; further experience for 16 year olds Charlie Baker and Jack Sharpe.
Big quarter final against Haughmond on Tuesday to plan for now.
Wednesfield 4 – 0 Shifnal Town.
It was good to be back at it after not having a fixture for two weeks, but despite the extra training sessions we just didn’t get into gear today.
I thought we played really well for the first 30 mins and managed to nullify Wednesfield’s dangerous attack. We kept a good shape and restricted space in behind us. Then we gave away a free kick and everyone switched off. By the time the lads woke up, former Shifnal striker (and still our top goal scorer this season) Montague was clean through and it was 1-0. Minutes later and we switched off again and we are 2-0 down.
I thought we picked up a little in the second half and managed to create two good chances, but Wednesfield scored a further two goals and fully deserved the three points.
To be honest, it was a reminder of where we are as a team. Wednesfield currently sit in fifth place in the West Midlands Premier League and they were fitter, stronger, faster and outworked us over the 90 mins.
We regroup and go again next Saturday, at home to Dudley Sports.
Shifnal Town 3 – 1 Wem Town.
Overall, a deserved three points this afternoon.
We got off to an awful start, finding ourselves 1-0 down after a minute. There somehow seemed to be twenty yards between our defenders and the Wem striker ran straight through the middle of them. Charlie Baker made a good save, but we didn’t follow the runners and they had a simple tap in. Five minutes later Ben Novis levelled with a cute finish from the left side of the area. In my opinion we just didn’t look at it for the remainder of the half, although we did have a couple of half chances, mainly from set pieces.
We stressed the importance of getting the ball down and getting it into wide areas in the second half and we began to create chances. Man of the match Ben Novis pulled back for Ryan Joseph Bright to fire in from fifteen yards. A good ten minute spell followed, before Lewis McKenzie made it 3-1. We then seemed to switch off and Wem started creating chances. Ryan James Hadley cleared off the line from a Wem corner before Wem then saw chances blaze over the bar and wide of the post.
After winning three of our last four games, we now go into a run of games that provide us with different challenges, but confidence is high and we can beat anyone on our day.
1. Charlie Baker
2. Sam Wilde
3. Zac Vale
4. Aida Jones (c)
5. Jeffrey Agyeman
6. Lewis Mckenzie ⚽️
7. Ryan Hadley
8. Liam Palmer
9. Ben Novis ⚽️
10. Ryan Bright ⚽️
11. Alex Margina
12. Jordan Bailey
14. Ryan Mountford
15. Tom Kenny
17. Brad Smith
Shifnal Town 1 – 0 Pershore Town
Before the match I said this was a Cup Final and I’d take a win any way we could. I knew this wasn’t the same Pershore side that we beat 6-0 earlier in the season and they came to the Acoustafoam Stadium in a good run of form.
I don’t think anybody could argue with the fact that we were poor in the first half and young Charlie Baker made four good saves to keep us in the game. Pershore also blazed a couple of good chances over the bar. We clung on, dug in and somehow found ourselves 1-0 up. Ben Novis pulled the ball back from the byline to a waiting Ryan Joseph Bright who found the net via a deflection off the goalkeeper.
Our shape was much better in the second half and I felt we had the better half. Again, Baker made two saves to ensure we kept a clean sheet, but apart from that Pershore didn’t really threaten any further. We simply closed the gaps that they exploited in the first half. We looked dangerous going forward, especially in wide areas.
I just hope we can take the second half performance into next week’s home fixture against Wem.
Ellesmere Rangers 1-2 Shifnal Town
An evenly matched first half saw very few chances created by either side and it looked like we had not moved on from Saturday’s game. I didn’t feel we had gotten out of second gear, yet for a ten minute spell before half time we got the ball down and took a grip of the game. We went into half time at 0-0, but I had seen enough in that 10 min spell to give me confidence in the group.
We came out for the second half and finally started dominating the game. We enjoyed possession of the football and began creating chances and on 60 mins Zac Vale curled one from the edge of the box into the far corner of the net. The pressure continued and on 73 mins Ben Novis took advantage of a great through ball to make it 2-0, firing across the keeper into the bottom corner.
I was disappointed to concede in the 88th minute and just shows that if you switch off for a second you get punished.
Into the next round of the Cup and a confident performance to take into Saturday’s home game against a resurgent Pershore.
Smethwick Rangers 1-0 Shifnal Town
It was never going to be pretty on possibly the worst pitch in the league. Sometimes you just have to roll your sleeves up and work harder than your opponents to grind out a result, but unfortunately we couldn’t do it today. In the first half we struggled to keep hold of the ball in the final third and our only glimpse of success was Aida Jones hitting the bar from a free kick, swiftly followed by the rebound being blazed over from three yards. Charlie Baker made a save in what was Smethwick’s only chance of the first half.
The second half had a bit more action, mainly through some tasty tackles going in. Then out of nowhere, an error led to Smethwick’s striker being clean through and making it 1-0. That was their only chance of the second half. Their second of the game. But we couldn’t create anything either. We seemed to jump into life in the final ten minutes and were denied a last minute penalty when Lewis McKenzie was hacked down in the box. It was an obvious penalty – their bench were in hysterics when it wasn’t given. We shouldn’t be relying on last minute penalty decisions to win a game like that and we let ourselves down today.
Onto Tuesday and a cup fixture away to Ellesmere Rangers.
Shifnal Town 5 – 2 RAF U23s
(Simpson, Mountford x2, Brindle, Day)
Absolutely made up for several reasons tonight!
We used the opportunity of this fixture to look at a couple different things. In the first half we set up in a 1-4-1-4-1 formation, with the focus on both the shape of the team out of possession and counter attacking. I thought we were fantastic and dare I say, possibly the best 45 min team performance of the season, finding ourselves 3-1 up at half time.
In the second half we made changes and set up in a more attacking focused 1-3-4-1-2. I thought we lost our positional discipline and it took a good 25 minutes to get it back, but I was very impressed with the final 20 minutes. After soaking up early RAF pressure, we won the second half 2-1.
Every player deserves a pat on the back, but I have to mention two of our U17s who made their senior debut tonight and both on the scoresheet – Nathan Day and Archie Simpson.
With twelve goals in the last two games, the challenge is to now take this form into our next league fixture; Smethwick away on Sat 12th Jan.
Pegasus Juniors 0-7 Shifnal Town.
Not a bad way to end 2018! I decided on a very attacking set up (Pegasus have conceded lots of goals this season), gambling with a back three (one of which was our goalkeeper due to availability issues), a midfield
three and four attacking players.
We found ourselves 4-0 up at half time, with goals from Ryan James Hadley, Ben Novis, Sam Wilde and Aida Jones. Despite the score line, I didn’t think we had gotten out of third gear.
The second half started quite slowly with the home side getting into the final third on three occasions (twice more than the first half!). We then got the ball down and started to play some decent football, particularly in wide areas through Jordan Bailey and Alex Margina. Goals soon followed through an Aida Jones worldy, Ryan Hadley and Jordan Bailey.
A disciplined performance with glimpses of what the group are capable of. We just need some consistency to start 2019.
(I have to mention the three 16 year olds in today’s squad. Charlie Baker (90 mins) Jack Sharpe (25 mins) and Archie Simpson. With player development at the heart of what we are trying to achieve as a club, it is great to be able to involve them.)
Malvern Town 4-0 Shifnal Town
A broken down car left us with eleven players and no goalkeeper as we approached kick off.
A fantastic first half saw large parts of the game in Malvern’s half of the pitch, but we just couldn’t create a clear chance. Malvern tried their luck from range on two occasions, before scoring just before the break, taking advantage of a cross from a free kick that we didn’t deal with.
The second half was not so good. A couple of heads went in the poor weather conditions and Malvern seemed to have an unopposed attack every time they won the ball. What upset me was players walking back once they lost the ball. Completely unacceptable.
Next up sees us away to Ellesmere on Tuesday, followed by training on Wednesday AND Saturday.
Shifnal Town 2-5 Wolverhampton Casuals
The first half was a disgrace. We had a decent opening ten minutes and went 1-0 up, with Ben Novis heading in from a Jordan Bailey throw-in. Thirty seconds later and we are picking the ball out of our goal. By half time we were 4-1 down, with all four goals complete gifts.
The second half was a completely different story. We pressed together, were first to the ball, moved it quickly and began creating chances. Ryan Mountford headed in at the back post to make it 2-4. We kept pushing and put a couple over the bar from close range. We then got caught out on a counter attack and found ourselves 5-2 down with five minutes to go.
Although there were positives to take away in the second half, the first half was so poor it can’t be ignored.
There have not been any first team match reports recently as our last two games have been postponed due to water logged pitches.
We are at home against an in form Wolverhampton Casuals next Saturday.
Shifnal Town 1 – 2 Haughmond
We are still working on shape out of possession and I was happy with the general shape of the team yesterday. Haughmond, who I believe to be the best footballing side in the league, struggled to break us down and we frustrated them for large spells of the game. A red card for both sides led to a 10 v 10 for a large chunk of the game.
We went 1-0 down half way through the first half, with Aida Jones equalising after a spell of pressure early in the second half. Haughmond went three up front and hit continuous long diagonal balls, which eventually led to a second goal. As we pushed for an equaliser we were caught on the counter and Haughmond hit the bar late on.
Cradley Town 3 – 1 Shifnal Town
Probably a cracking game for the neutral and mixed feelings for me personally. We continued a theme of a decent opening 5-10 minutes, then we concede, the heads drop and we concede again. Our keeper then gets sent off for colliding with the Cradley striker as he raced towards goal. The referee and his assistants then failed to spot our fullback get stamped on, followed by a kick in the face. Disappointing first half in which we looked well out of our depth.
The second half was completely different. We grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and took it to Cradley. We dominated for 35 minutes. We scored (Ben Novis), missed a penalty and missed several chances (another common theme) to put the game to bed. Cradley looked completely shot, but then caught us on the counter in the final ten minutes to make it 3-1.
Unacceptable performance in the first half, fantastic team effort in the second. We now look forward to four very difficult fixtures. If we play like we did in the second half, we can pick up points. If we play like we did in the first half, it’s going to be a real test of character.
11th November 2018.
Shifnal Town 1-3 Bilston Town
Overall a poor day at the office. We seemed to lack the same tempo as the previous two games. I thought in general our defensive shape was good in the first half and our goalkeeper didn’t have a save to make, whilst at the other end we did create three or four half decent chances.
A debatable penalty (the referee admitted he wasn’t 100% sure after the game) awarded to the visitors put them 1-0 up and a sloppy back pass led to a second. Ben Novis won and converted his second penalty of the week and we seemed to finally kick into gear. Good pressure led to a succession of corners, before one was cleared to their one outlet on the halfway line. Although we had a 2v1 overload in our favour, we backed off and seemed to invite him to have a shot. He did and it was 3-1 to the visitors.
Bewdley Town 2-2 Shifnal Town.
Today was all about being hard to beat and showing a bit of desire as a group. Having quite a young, inexperienced squad, I sometimes feel the heads drop too easily at times and so we have worked on being difficult to break down this week, which would hopefully instill confidence.
The discipline with keeping a shape and playing to instruction was fantastic today and we deserved our half time 1-0 lead. Bewdley, a good top six side, threw the kitchen sink at us for 25 minutes and a went 2-1 up. We showed a great determination to get back on top of the play and we scored a deserved leveller with five minutes left in the game.
Really happy with the group today and with a tough run of fixtures leading into Christmas, it’s important to keep that determination within the group.
Dudley Sports 2 – 7 Shifnal Town.
I think that result has been coming for a while if I’m honest. Despite losing the last few, we have created enough chances to win games (with exception to last Saturday) and today they went in the back of the net. I thought we were well organised as a group, which is something we have worked on recently. Disappointed to concede two, but it does make having to sit through Strictly more bearable with 3pts in the bag!
Wednesfield 4-0 Shifnal Town.
In a game that was evenly matched for 65 minutes, the opposition’s experience and fitness levels led to a late flurry of goals. I took a team with an average age of 22 and I thought the lads played well against a well drilled Wednesfield side. Quite a few positives to take into Saturday’s game away to Dudley Sports, which is a game we need to get something from.
Apologies for the delay – Shifnal Town 0-2 Dudley Town.
Having won 7-1 in their previous game, Dudley Town came in confident mood, especially with us conceding nine in our previous two outings. Our plan was to pressure them from the start and changed the formation to do so. We started really well, but could not keep up the tempo and fell behind. Their high wide players forced our wingbacks deep and they just could not get forward. We changed it at halftime and got back into the game, without creating many chances however. An inject of fresh legs lasted a matter of minutes when an over keen challenge by the substitute resulted in a red card and we were down to ten men. I actually thought we did well with ten, but a second Dudley goal killed the game.
My personal disappointment is that we didn’t create many chances, whereas in previous loses I thought we had created enough chances to win the game.
AFC Bridgnorth 5 – 2 Shifnal Town.
Despite being fuming with our performance after the game, on reflection I don’t think the score line reflects the game. We were defensively naive getting caught by the same ball over the top on four occasions. We created chances throughout the game which is a positive to take away from the afternoon. Ultimately, I think we looked a little inexperienced yesterday, we lacked pace in defensive areas and were very quiet as a team. That will change for next week’s game.
Despite losing 4-2 away to Shawbury last night, there were lots of positives to take away from the game. I’m sure those in attendance will agree the score line didn’t reflect the game, but sometimes that happens.
I asked for a reaction after Saturday’s loss and we got at Shawbury from the whistle, deserving our 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. Although we got into good defensive shape out of possession, I felt we have them too much time on the ball and this resulted in two Shawbury goals coming from 20-25 yards (one shot parried to a striker, the other a worldy!).
We fell asleep for 20 mins in the second half, and fell behind at 3-2. We then created six good chances to put the game to bed, plus a disallowed goal for a very close offside. Finally, we got caught on the counter in the last minute to lose 4-2.
Unfortunately I wasn’t at the game yesterday. We lost 2-0 to Wem Town and the report I received from Thomo (assistant) was not good. It sounds like we didn’t deserve anything from the game. We didn’t wake up until it was too late, after conceding two sloppy goals.
Wednesday’s game away to Shawbury Utd must see a better performance.
So proud of the boys last night. To put on a performance like that after a full days work and then stuck in traffic for 90 minutes is testament to the character of the squad. 6-0 and it could easily have been more.
The most pleasing thing for me was the shape of the team out of possession. They moved together as one big unit, making it compact and shutting off passing lanes. They pressed and won the ball in good areas. Our GK didn’t have a save to make in the first half, then only a couple in the second, which is testament to how he ten lads in front of him.
Up the Town!
Mixed feelings after today’s game. I thought we played quite well in the first half and was disappointed to go into the break at 0-0, after having three good chances to take the lead.
The second half seemed to be flat for a large spell after goals from both sides (fantastic goal by Bridgnorth!). It’s as if the game was waiting for someone to grab it by the scruff of the neck, but it didn’t happen. I was grateful to see the Bridgnorth penalty smash off the bar towards the end.
The lads said it felt like a defeat in the changing rooms after and I feel it was two points dropped. We need to start taking our chances in games.
Proud coach moment today. After last weekend’s defeat, we worked on a couple of specifics in training and the lads got their rewards this afternoon with a solid 3-0 win against an in-form Smethwick. We kept a shape throughout the 90 mins, got the ball forward well and applied pressure on the opposition throughout. I think they deserve their squad night out in Shifnal tonight!
Well that was poor. A 3-1 loss to a poor side. Lethargic at times and a lack of desire to win a football match. After our last two performances, I feel it’s one step forward and two steps back. We train hard on Wednesday and put things right next Saturday.
Shifnal Town 4 – 0 Pegasus Juniors.
Yesterday morning I had eleven players and at 5pm tonight we had three points! Funny how football works sometimes. We showed a bit of desire today, got the ball forward and applied pressure. Two goals disallowed and several other chances created. Our first clean sheet too.
Simmo’s First Team back at the Acoustafoam Stadium.Sat 25 Aug PEGASUS JUNIORS.⚽
3.00PM kick off.
This weeks Programme notes from Simmo.
Good afternoon and welcome to the Acoustafoam Stadium. It has been two weeks since the last match programme and we have been involved in three fixtures since, with mixed performances.
Against Hereford Lads Club I thought we were off the pace and really struggled to get into the game. Although we improved slightly in the second half, the 3 – 0 score line was probably a fair reflection of the game. We then welcomed Wednesfield to the Acoustafoam Stadium and I thought our performance greatly improved. I asked the lads to give a good account of themselves after the previous performance and I believed they did. We applied and maintained pressure for a large part of the game, but just didn’t create enough chances. Two mistakes led to goals for Wednesfield and they ran out 2 – 1 victors. Finally, last week we travelled to Dudley Town and after the Wednesfield performance I was hoping to kick on and get something from the game. Unfortunately we could not match our midweek performance and although we came away with a point from a 2 – 2 draw, I did have the feeling that it was a wasted opportunity. We looked sluggish and lacked that simple desire to win a game of football.
Onto today’s fixture and I am pleased to welcome Pegasus Juniors to Shifnal. Coming off the back of two losses I’m sure Pegasus will be up for it today and we must ensure that we are up for it from the first whistle and not wait until thirty minutes have passed. We trained well during the week and worked hard on moving the ball forward, whether direct or through the thirds and so I am expecting us to create chances today. If we can start creating chances then we will begin to score goals and if we begin to score goals, we will begin to pick up points.
The Gaffer Simmo.
Dudley Town 2 v 2 Shifnal Town. Overall not good enough, but a few positives to build on. Again, we gifted their goals with silly mistakes. I’d take a point away from home, but feel we lost two points today. On to Pegasus next week.
The Gaffer Simmo.
Being presented the new club shirt from
Morgan Tranter, Granddaughter of Mike & Maureen Tranter of Acoustafoam limited the club main sponsor.
Morning all. I thought we were much better last night. All I asked was that the lads gave a good account of themselves and to prove they are better than the last performance suggested.
We applied and maintained pressure from the first whistle. I do think both of their goals came from our own errors and in the end I think it was fitness that let us down as our tempo began dropping in the final 15 minutes. That will come in time. Very happy overall and we go again on Saturday.
Morning all. Well that wasn’t great. We made an average team look fantastic yesterday and we were dominated from the first whistle to the last.
After working on getting the ball forward quickly, I don’t think we did it at all. We had also worked on defensive shape, which again, didn’t really happen yesterday.
We identified their threat early (centre mid drops to get on the ball and clips it into a wide area), but we couldn’t deal with it. Free headers on set pieces seemed to be a common theme also.
We now move onto a tough game on Tuesday evening at home to a good Wednesfield side, who will be buzzing after their FA Cup win yesterday. The challenge is set.
It is Saturday, the sun is shining and Shifnal Town are at home this afternoon. Today we welcome a good Hereford Lads Club outfit to the Acoustafoam Stadium, who will be bang up for it (it’s a long return journey if you have not picked up points).
Again, we lose a couple of players, but we also welcome a couple back so the team looks slightly different to last week. We worked very hard at training on moving the ball forward quickly and getting a compact, defensive shape out of possession. The lads were very impressive and I just ask them that they take that into today’s fixture.
Up the Town!
Part of tonight’s session. Creating space to play forward early. The lads were playing some fantastic football and I hope we can take that into Saturday’s game.
Shifnal Town 2 – 2 Shawbury Utd
I think it is fair to say that we did not start the game well and found ourselves under constant pressure for a good 30 minutes of the first half. The red cards (given to the wrong players according to quite a few?) were an ugly distraction, but didn’t effect the tempo of the game. After conceding I thought we finally woke up and started applying pressure ourselves, resulting in a neat finish by Ben Osei just before the interval.
The players were honest with themselves at half time and a slight tweak to how we should approach the game saw us more forward thinking in the second half. A fantastic strike by Harrison Barrett put us 2-1 up and I thought we had a good spell for around 25 mins. Shawbury created several chances (Jake James was fantastic in goal) and it was soul destroying to concede a penalty in the last seconds of the game (no blame on the player – he had to challenge).
Overall, disappointed with the first half, really happy with how they got back into it in the second half and a point on the board looks better than none.
We are finally here – the start of the 2018/19 season.
I was extremely proud to be offered the job by Pete, Ron and Kev (that pint in Jaspers must have swung it!) and my staff (Kev Thompson, George Williams and Sean Greening) and I have worked extremely hard to build a new squad, ready for today.
Today we welcome Shawbury Utd to the Acoustafoam Stadium, who after relegation from Step 5, will be experienced, well drilled and eager to gain promotion back out of the WMRL Premier.
Despite several notable players missing this afternoon, I feel we have enough about us to compete and it should make for an entertaining game. We worked on defensive shape (v Lye Town – they struggled to break us down) and attacking shape (v Market Drayton – I thought we matched them for 45 mins), so today I would like me to see a mix of good defensive shape and quick attacking football.
Finally, I have to say a massive thank you to Mick Tranter for everything he and his family have done this summer. The vision he has for not just the club, but the community as a whole is fantastic. If everyone chips in, this club can be head and shoulders above any other club in the area and something Shifnal, as a town and community, can be extremely proud of.
Up the Town!