Araglen Premier Division.
Sunday 7th March '04
Kings Heath United

Paul Pickering (4)
Bugbrooke Five Bells

"New-signing Paul Pickering had a debut to remember at the North Oval today, smashing in all four goals in the 4-2 league victory over Bugbrooke Five Bells."

Kings Heath started slowly and went one-nil down to a Gavin Richardson strike. It was all one-way traffic from that point though, going a goal down proved to be the wake-up call that was so badly needed. Despite beating the Bugbrooke offside trap on numerous occasions, a lack of composure and an element of bad luck saw the scoreline remain 1-0 at the break. Davies, Jeffrey, Sampson, Hamill and Pickering all going close. A nasty injury to Wayne Lancaster meant that Glenn Billingham was introduced as a half-time substitute.
Billingham slotting in at sweeper. After some better football, with a more disciplined shape, the inevitable came in the 53rd minute. Debutant Paul Pickering smashed home a loose ball to level the scores. Pickering was at it again just 6 minutes later to give Heath the lead. Some hesitant Kings Heath defending let Bugrooke back into the game just after the hour mark. An attempted block from Billingham deflected a Gavin Richardson strike past Olly Urquhart in the Heath goal. The scores now level again. Heath showed strong character to finally come back and finish Bugbrooke off for good. Again it was Pickering at the centre of the action, smashing Heath back into the lead with another clinical finish. The game was put beyond the reach of Bugbrooke with a fourth for Pickering and Kings Heath. The scores could have been more if it wasn't for some bizarre decisions from the linesman, turning down a blatant penalty and giving numerous dodgy offside.
All in all, Heath made hard work of an average Bugbrooke side. Final score 4-2, when it quite easily could have been double figures.

Kings Heath United (4-4-2):
L.Morin, R.Paige, W.Lancaster (G.Billingham), J.Allen
C.Davies, B.Tansley, C.Sampson, W.Hamill (M.Arzu)
P.Pickering, M.Jeffrey
Venue: North Oval Ground, Kings Heath
K.O.: 10:30am
Report By Glenn Billingham
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