"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)