Araglen Premier Division.
Sunday 14th March '04

Kings Heath United
    Rob Page

"Injury woe and a lothargic first half performance had player/boss Steve Ivey thinking the worst at Abington Park, but thanks to a powerful Lee 'Chopper' Morin header, Kings Heath claimed a point in this top of the table clash. A much-improved second-half performance should have seen all three points in the bag, but thats football...."

A bright start by Kings Heath saw Josh Urquhart nearly open the deadlock inside 3 mins. After latching onto a couple of speculative through-balls, Urquhart was thwarted by the keeper on one occasion, then saw his second effort graze just past the post. Sadly, the first-half performance was downhill from there. Heath looked un-fit and ragged while trying to play too much football. Dynamo's main threat was David Stone who was always threatening. The makeshift front-line of Jimmy Leah and Andy Blenco weren't recieving any service so chances were few and far between. Chris Davies was working hard down the left flank, but conviction in the final third was sadly lacking. Enter Lee Morin into the fray. A corner fizzed over from the left saw Morin rise like the proverbial salmon to beat his marker, and smash the ball downwards towards the bottom corner of an empty goal. Just as the ball seemed to cross the line, Rob 'poacher' Page got a toe end on the ball to claim the goal as the stunned Dynamo keeper could do nothing but watch helplessly. Heath were 1-0 up somewhat against the run of play.
Dynamo were soon back in it though, a winding run from James Smith cut through the Heath defence like a warm knife through butter. The last ditch tackle from Glenn Billingham only sucseeded in deflecting the ball past Marc 'the cat, but only for this week' Jeffery. Dynamo were all square.
Ivey made changes during the break, with John Allen and Rob Page making way for Wayne Lancaster and Nicky Blenco. Glenn Billingham switched to left-back, and suddenly looked 3' 6" lining up alongside the giants of Morin, Lancaster and Blenco! These changes and a few choice words seemed to do the trick as the game errupted into something attractive to Jonny Neutral in the stands. An attacking display from both sides made the game very open and end-to-end. Chances for Davies, Leah, Urquhart and Newton all went begging. Blenco, Ivey and Lancaster all instrumental in keeping Dynamo shut-out.

Kings Heath United (4-4-2):
J.Allen (N.Blenco), L.Morin, G.Billingham, R.Page (W.Lancaster)
C.Davies, B.Tansley, M.Newton, J.Urquhart
J.Leah (S.Ivey), A.Blenco
Venue: Abington Park
K.O.: 10:30am
Report By Glenn Billingham
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