Coleshill Utd Res v Faringdon Town A – Match Report
The A team travelled the short distance to Coleshill to complete their seasons fixtures. The Don set up to frustrate their opponents and the game plan almost worked to perfection but for a very dubious refereeing decision with ten minutes remaining. All twelve lads did their jobs and gave 100% effort.
A predictable start to the game saw Coleshill enjoy most of the possession with the Don letting them have the ball in their own half. A rare attack saw a Jason Evans shot blocked. Ten minutes in and the Don should have been 1 down. A cross from the right found and unmarked Coleshill player on the penalty spot. Instead of bringing it down and tapping home he tried a spectacular bicycle kick. 5 minutes later also saw a cross from the right which was tapped home at the far post by Jordon Clark to put Coleshill 1 up. Richard Evans was our loan man up top and he was doing his best to disturb the Coleshill defence. Rich slipped in Jack Green who got in behind but his poor cross came to nothing. Rich then created another opportunity for Jack but his shot sailed over the bar.
Coleshill were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box Lee Murby came to the rescue as he pushed the goal bound effort round the post. Some of the Dons tackles were a bit robust but they were having the desired effect on the Coleshill youngsters disrupting their game and not allowing them any time on the ball once they entered the Dons half. Rich swung in a great corner that was punched away by keeper Dale Head. Rich was being a pain to Coleshill and he picked up a yellow card for a late tackle. This did not put him off and he immediately smashed into 3 consecutive 50/50’s with the ball finally breaking to Nick Wojcik but nothing came of the attack. Late in the half Coleshill had a corner which was headed back across goal to the unmarked forward but he headed over from close range.
The second half – saw plenty of chances and a harsh decision
The second half started a little more even but with no goalmouth action. Lee’s long kick found Rich through but he shot over. Halfway through the half and the Don were level. Rich once again was hassling on the edge of the Coleshill box this time he won a free kick and stepped up to hit it home in the bottom corner. Coleshill were starting to worry and their frustration grew. Lee made a great save from a goal bound header. Jack then had a shot blocked at the other end. Then a stroke of luck as Liam Haines found himself unmarked 5 yards out but he somehow managed to balloon the ball over the Dons bar. Jack then left his opponent for dead with a great turn broke forward but shot over.
Jack was having a good spell and his next contribution was a cross from our left Rich tried to get on the end of it but it was an inch or so to high. For the second-time Liam Haines found himself only 5 yards out and unmarked, surely he would score this time? Nope he put it wide. The Don created another chance a precision pass from Woj put Jack in but his heavy touch went to the keeper.
Murbs then saved another free kick before the ref intervened in the proceedings with ten minutes remaining. Woj was 2 yards away when the Coleshill player attempted a cross Woj turned to his side and the ball struck his arm which was against his body crazy decision, Liam Farmer who had already been booked got a second yellow for his protest. The penalty was well struck by Tom Steele to put Coleshill in front. Murbs blocked another free kick with his feet before Rich broke away and lobbed the keeper only to see his effort drop over the bar.
In the dying minutes the Don were awarded a corner everyone bar Dan Pugh was up including keeper Murby. His presence caused confusion both keepers and a defender ended up in a heap on the goal line. A scramble ensued and our goal-ward effort was stopped on the line by the defender with his hand nothing given. (To be fair to the ref it was a difficult one to pick out.) The loose ball was knocked forward to the half way line Tom Steel managed to avoid Dan’s lunge leaving him prostrate and Tom alone in our half, he advanced and would put the game beyond doubt. But no, he somehow screwed his shot wide much to the large crowd’s amusement.
Final Score: Coleshill Res 2 v 1 Faringdon Town A
Once again good entertainment a great effort from the lads. The A’s finished the season in 4th place after a recent good run of form which is very respectable. A good mixture of youth and experience will hopefully see the side push on next season.