"A squad of 16 players, goals up early,
water bottles filled and chilled, kick-off on time..... no-one knew
quite why everything was going so smoothly, but it was!"
Sunday 11th January 2004, the stars had alligned and the Gods decided that this
was the Heath's day. Ivey welcomed new-signing Delroy Kilborn from Conference
outfit Pierce-Hydro, and had Glenn Billingham back in the squad after a brief
loan spell at Feyenoord Rotterdam in the Dutch league. Also returning to the
squad were Rob Page, Josh Urquhart and Wayne Hamill. Ivey made only one change
from the side that demolished Dynamo, choosing to rest himself and slot
Billingham straight back in.
Double Top were the opposition in this rare league fixture, and allowed Heath
to saunter and swagger their way to a 15-0 mauling. A steady flow of goals at
regular intervals made this a very pleasent morning for Kings Heath. The
defensive partnership of Billingham and Blenco were rarely troubled and allowed
to play some attractive football from the back. This was a trend that carried on
through the team. As usually happens in these games, the shape gets lost and
sillyness creeps in. That never happened as the football machine that is Kings
Heath pressed and pressed.
The goals came in the shape of a five-timer from Marc
Jeffers, a double-brace from Craig Sampson, thats 15 goals in 2 games from the
strike partners. Also on the scoresheet were Nick Blenco & Bob Tansley with
singles, Andy Blenco with a brace and Josh Urquhart maintained his ratio of 2
goals-per-game, his first was the pick of the bunch. A powerful 60-yard run
before an explosive finish that crashed in off the bar.
Named and shamed for NOT being on the list of goalscorers are; Matty Newton
(Bob stole it), Delroy Kilborn (nearly!), Glenn Billingham (Blenc's was
selfish!), Chris Davies (not sure how!?), Julian Anger ("i set up shit-loads!"),
Olly Urquhart (un-lucky with free-kick), Lee Morin (came very close from corner)
and Rob Page (i cant believe he's had his hair cut).
Kings Heath United (4-4-2):
L.Morin (D.Kilborn), B.Tansley, G.Billingham, N.Blenco
C.Davies, J.Anger (R.Page), A.Blenco, M.Newton
C.Sampson (J.Urquhart), M.Jeffrey