Billy Behan Cup Group A.
Sunday 2nd November '03
Northampton United

Kings Heath united
    Marc Jeffrey (2)
Dave Robinson
Craig Sampson

"In similar fashion to a fine wine, the 2003/2004 campaign seems to be
getting better as time goes on."

After a decidedly shaky start to the season, a few subtle changes from gaffer Ivey have pathed the way for a 3 match winning streak. The Billy Behan "group of death", as its affectionately become known, will be a tough, nerve-jangling and a cagey affair. Heath did themselves nothing but favours in re-paying Northampton United for the league defeat four weeks ago.
On a Dallington Park pitch that had more curves than an episode of Baywatch, the battle commenced. Marc Jeffrey got things off to a dream start applying the finishing touch to a crisp Bob Tansley cross, Kings Heath were up 1-0 early on.
As monsoon season hit Dallington, Heath were taking their time to apply any real quality to their football. This wasn't a problem though. Northampton United seemed shell-shocked by the early goal, and a second looked inevitable.
After a scramble from a corner, Dave Robinson was on hand to double the Heath's advantage. Both teams then began to adapt to the conditions, a rare slip in defence allowed the lively Bob Wager in on goal. An un-lucky intervension from Nick Blenco saw the referee award a penalty in Northampton United's favour. This was to be the turning point in the game.
Olly Urquhart proved his class with a strong save from the spot-kick, denying N'pton Utd a way back into the game. For the remainder of the half, Kings Heath never looked back. An inch perfect Glenn Billingham cross was converted by Craig Sampson for 3-0. Heath carved out half-chances at will, but the half-time score remained 3-0.
The tropical rainstorm had cleared up by the second-half, and so had the attacking impotus. The second period started brightly enough with Marc Jeffers adding his second and Kings Heath's fourth. The prolific Jeffers showing fantastic awareness to tuck home a rebound. Being denied a chance of a hat-trick, Jeffers was then rested and made way for Martin Allen.
The second-half was played out as a formality, N'pton Utd knew they were beaten and Heath looked happy with what they had. Agile keeping from Olly Urquhart meant Heath had kept a rare clean sheet. One save at full stretch from centre-half Nick Blenco, and one athletic save from a Luke Jones effort kept Urquhart busy.

It was then party time at the Rifle Butt, with many players excused from the public house proceedings, it was left for 8 brave players to eat for 16 men. This was accomplished with few problems.

Kings Heath United (4-4-2):
G.Billingham, N.Blenco, R.Page, W.Hamill
D.Robinson, A.Blenco, J.Anger, B.Tansley (C.Davies)
C.Sampson, M.Jeffrey (M.Allen)

Venue: Dallington Park
K.O.: 10:30am
Report By Glenn Billingham
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