No newsletter last week due to the Beast from the East. Not long to go now in the season and all three men’s teams with 2 games this weekend. There will be some tired legs Monday morning.

Here is how we all got on last weekend and the fixtures for this weekend.

Mens 1 v Wolverhampton, WON 2-1
Match Report by Lukey Walker

This week saw KHHC play hosts to promotion chasing Wolverhampton. The Heath knew it would be a hard game but also that if the team played as well as they can an upset could be caused. The intention of Wolverhampton was made clear at the very start when they loss the coin toss telling the KHHC skipper that would be all they were losing today.

From the very start of the game Wolverhampton pressured and came at pace but the Heath kept it tight and soaked up the first 10 mins. The game began to settle and Kings Heath began to take hold with some very quick counter attacking seeing the ball get pinged from one side of the pitch to other resulting in a couple of near misses. Finally a breakthrough came from a well executed penalty corner and Kings Heath appeared in control. However, the lead was short lived with a well finished strike from Wolverhampton. The Heath were still having the majority of the play and at half time Kings Heath felt confident. In the second half Wolverhampton’s frustrations began to show all over the pitch and more pressure for Kings Heath resulted in the second goal coming from a quickly taken free hit to catch the Wolverhampton defence sleeping/sledging that Jack “had no shot”, only for Jack to slot home as soon as he entered the D.

As the game played out the Kings Heath defence limited Wolverhampton’s chances as they had done all game and the whole team dug deep to work hard to keep the pressure on Wolverhampton. A disallowed goal saw Wolverhampton’s frustrations boil over on and off the pitch, including Jason and their coach paying tribute to the Jerry Springer Show.

Some cards were shown, some toys were thrown. A few more chances went by for Kings Heath to put the game out of reach but some good goalkeeping kept the game alive.

A great result for the Heath in the end with the 2-1 victory.

Ladies 2s v Droitwitch, WON 3-0
Match report by Jackie

A third consecutive league win for a young 2nd team. The 2s totally dominated play, encamped in Droitwich’s half of the pitch, but found it difficult to score with Droitwich defending with all 11 players in their 23m and their goalkeeper making brave saves from our numerous shots at goal. Jayne, in our goal, didn’t get a touch of the ball in the second half.

Jane Fellowes had a blow to the head from one of our players but showed Scots grit and played on. Our final goal of the game came from a short corner. The whistle had already blown. End of game drama, a reoccurrance this week.

An impressive first game from Alissa.

Scorers: Amity, Carina, Georgina Wilmot

Mens 3s v Redditch, Lost 0-9
Match report by Matt Minshall

The 3s supported the 2s this week by asking Sam Pearce to step up. Mike Nash and Liam Harris stepped in to help us because they couldn’t make the 2s game and thankfully Fin Hay and Matt Wilmott stepped up from the badgers so we had a full side and they gave a good account of themselves. Redditch were their usual charming selves and arrived with a full side of experienced adult players and subs, some might say reinforced somewhat, but that is conjecture. We were soundly beaten in the first half 5 nil so resolved to win the second half. At 7-nil down one of their players got a yellow probably for being a moaning old git but we sadly ended well beaten by a much superior side 9-nil.

Badgers vs Solihull Blossomfield, Lost 0-4
Match Report by Jez Higgins

This really was a thoroughly enjoyable game to watch. Everybody on the team worked so hard and so well throughout the whole of the game, but try as we might we just couldn’t quite score. In the end, Blossomfield’s apparently non-stop stream of substitutes provided them that extra bit of energy in the last few minutes, resulting in a late flurry of goals. The score line really doesn’t reflect the balance of the game.

Our Badgers season has been characterised by good performances that haven’t had the result they deserved, and so it again proved at a wet and rather chilly Lode Heath School.

I’d like highlight George’s efforts as a novice goalkeeper, Zayd and Umar’s great work on the wings and Zainab’s unexpected turn as a striker. Fin and Matt put in a great effort in midfield, having both arrived direct from having played in the Mens 3s. Finally, welcome to Roger, a debutant Dad making his first outing for us.

U16s Boys vs Old Sils, Drawn 2-2
Match Report by Jez Higgins

Our U16s Boys team, consisting of Harry, Sam, Nick, Tom, John, Liam T, Kiren, and Fin (in his third game of the weekend), together with Nathaniel D, Nathaniel P, Jake, and Ollie from Harborne, and emergency goalkeeper Reece took on an assortment of U16s from Old Sils and Stratford in a really enjoyable game at KE Five Ways on Sunday.

Having penned Sils into the their half for almost the whole of the first 35 minutes we went into half time 1-0 up. At the restart, Sils caught us napping and scrambled a goal almost immediately. Then we hammered on the door, but we just couldn’t get in. I think we had eight short corners, and I don’t know how many shots, but the Sils keeper was having a blinder and we just couldn’t seem to get another goal.

In the last few minutes of the game, Fin pressuring a sideline forced an error, the ball fell to Jake who charged into the D to wallop home what should have been the winning goal. Then, unbelievably, in the final seconds of the game, Old Sils got a break away, but a sterling defensive effort from Tom, sprinting back from attack, and Harry meant in ended in
nothing. Harry’s aerial restart was, inexplicably, called for danger from where he took it. From the subsequent free hit, Old Sils with the last touch of the game fluked an undeserved equaliser to level the game. Sometimes life is rubbish.

I know all the players involved will have gone home from this disappointed, but they really shouldn’t. They were ace, and it was a pleasure to run up and down the side line shouting at them.

Thanks to Josh for umpiring. It wasn’t his wonky decision.

THIS WEEKEND

Saturday
Mens 1s vs Beta WM1 Away
10:10am Ladies 2s vs Stourport 5s Home
11:40am Mens 2s vs Shrewsbury Home
2:00pm Mens 3s vs Wolverhampton Aldersley
3:30pm Ladies 1s vs Bournville Ladies 2s Doug Ellis Sports Centre
4:00pm Badgers vs Atherstone Vipers QE Academy, Atherstone
Sunday
12:10pm Mens 2s vs Solihull Blossomfield Home
3:00pm Mens 1s vs Newtown Maldwyn
3:30pm Mens 3s vs Solihull Blossomfield Lode Heath School

AOB

  • Training – Thursday night training we go to 1 hour from Thursday 15th February
  • Awards Night – 7th April in the Cartland Room. Details to follow
  • Lewis Powis Memorial Trophy Game (FA Cup Day) – 19th May. Details to follow.
  • Membership was due for renewal at the start of the year. If you have not paid your subs please do as soon as possible. We need the funds to pay for pitches, coaches, insurance, league fees etc. If you need a membership forms or any other details please ask your captain or me.

The newsletter is a work in progress so if you have any suggestions or want to contribute a section please let me know.

Good luck at the weekend to all teams and players representing the Heath. Lets finish strong!

Thanks
Chris Jones