Old Meads Ease Their Way Into Next Round With Comfortable Win
Amateur Football Alliance Senior Cup Old Meadonians 3 Wake Green A.F.C. 1
Old Meadonians eased their way into the next round of the A.F.A. senior cup with a comfortable win over Wake Green, modest visitors from the Birmingham and District Amateur Football league, at Riverside Lands on Saturday.
There might have been more tangible comfort if the score-line had reflected the lion’s share of play which Meads seized but the visiting keeper’s form, particularly in the first half kept the score-line down to two when it might have been at least doubled. Meads had to wait twenty five minutes for their first which came as a result of a neat interchange of passes by Nick Jones and Chris Thomas on the right. Thomas’ low cross was dummied by striker Colin Hawkins for mid-fielder Andy Thomson to volley low into the corner of the net.
The second came ten minutes later following more careful build up. In form striker Alex Jones who was to torment the visitors throughout now proved opportunist by slotting in a loose ball from the edge of the area. Half-time talk was about giving nothing away and keeping pressure on but inevitably there was a slackening of their grip by the hosts and this allowed the visitors to pull one back. However, the hosts were never in any real danger and with fifteen minutes to go restored their margin of advantage when Jack Costello put the ball over a square defence for Alex Jones to run onto.
Wake Green’s excellent goalie successfully closed Jones down but Hawkins snapped up the rebound. In form Alex Jones was named MoM. In their post-match briefing coaches Paul Rumley and Rory Vermeulen could not fault the team’s measured and immaculate approach work, adding that controlled possession in enemy territory was the key to feeding the score book.
Team: Robinson, Graham, (Quinn), Pointer, McCombe, N. Jones, Costello, Watson, Thompson, Thomas, (Eguae), Hawkins, A. Jones.
December 15, 2010