Match Report

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West Midlands (Regional) League, Premier Division
Saturday 7 March 2020
An uneven playing surface made it difficult for passing football, and it took both sides a while to settle down. Although the visitors made most of the running in the first half, only one goal separated the sides at the break. Angelo Franco and Jake Lloyd both saw early chances pass over the crossbar, before Shifnal took the lead in the 14thminute from the penalty spot. Kyle Montague was tripped in the area as he made for goal, TOM HILL sending Josh Bennett the wrong way from 12 yards. 3 minutes later, it looked as if the scores were levelled as the ball hit the back of the Shifnal net following a goalmouth scramble, but the referee, after discussion with his assistant, signalled for offside. Hill went close a couple of times before the interval, and Rees Wedderburn forced a good save from Bennett as the visitors tried to add to their lead.
Jake Lloyd was inches wide with a 25-yard free-kick 3 minutes into the second half, before Town doubled their lead after 53 minutes. A loose ball fell to substitute JAY HOLDCROFT, whose pass inside was deflected back to him, and he drove low into the far corner of the net from an acute angle. The home side stood their ground after the second goal until the last 10 minutes, when they fell apart against an onslaught from their visitors. MONTAGUE won the ball on 81 minutes, then drifted past a defender before firing low into the corner from 15 yards. 2 minutes later, Jake Lloyd picked out Jordan Uppal with a fine crossfield ball, his low cross being swept home by HOLDCROFT from close range. It was UPPAL who made it 5-0 in the 87th minute with a shot from the edge of the penalty area. Then as the game moved into stoppage time, Montague threaded the ball through for substitute HARRY CUNNINGHAM, who drilled past Bennett from 15 yards to round off the scoring.
SMETHWICK: Josh Bennett, Owen Elson, Sanjeev Johal (Oliver Buchanan 90mins), James Croft, Reece Campbell, Oliver Hartland, Bartosz Walczak (Shaikul Islam 52mins), Anthony Cox, Scott Broadway, Romano Graham, Omar Jagne.
Subs not used: William Rawlins; Daniel Whitehouse.
SHIFNAL: Jake James, Jordan Uppal, Jamall Pinnock, Angelo Franco (Sam McCarthy 77mins), Daniel Lloyd, Ben Perks, Jake Lloyd, Brad Sharman, Tom Hill (Jay Holdcroft 42mins), Kyle Montague, Rees Wedderburn (Harry Cunningham 72mins).
Subs not used: Craig Radford; Jordan Jones.
Referee: Niall Felton (Wolverhampton).
Assistant referees:Phil Felton (Wolverhampton).
Martin Swinscoe (Bridgnorth).
Shifnal Star Man: Jordan Uppal.