Araglen Premier Division.
Sunday 21st September '03
Kings Heath United

Martyn Allen (2)
Golden Horse
    Charlie Wixon
Luke Dickens

"With our pre-season campaign being the definition of 'mixed bag', how would we fare in the first competitive match of the season? Pretty much mixed bag again, this was a game of two halves if ever there was one. Awful first half and superb second half..."

To some people, the words 'Golden' and 'Horse' can conjure up classical elegant images, sparkling gold jewellery or majestic racehorses competing in the sport for kings. On this baking hot day in Kings Heath, Golden Horse were anything but elegant and suave in their style of football.
They came to the Heath with a game plan and stuck to it, and to their credit, they done well. The Heath's trademark flowing football wasn't allowed to flow, the jiggery-pokery of a quick-footed midfield was bullied out the game and the rock-like back four were under constant pressure.
There were few surprises when Golden Horse took the lead, Charlie Wixen pouncing on a loose ball just inside the area. Heath took to the game with a more physical approach, it was a battle of determination, not wit, that saw us through to the half-time whistle. Debutant keeper Olly Urquhart wasn't in the good books of lady luck, his punch from a dangerous cross landed at the feet of Luke Dickens who half-volleyed Horse into a 2-0 lead. That was the half-time score.
Kings Heath re-emerged looking like a different team for the second period, and they were soon back in the game. Martyn Allen took off on something that hasn't been seen since 1995, a pacey solo run. Paul Crick in the Horse goal made Allen's mind up about his finish, Crick decided to line himself up centrally between the post and the corner flag. Heath were back in it at 2-1.
Everything looked to be going the home side's way as Allen earned the tag 'prolific' with his second goal and Heath's equaliser. This Allen guy was everywhere, on the receiving end of a clumsy challenge in the Horse area was his next location. Chris Davies stepped up to despatch the penalty, only to see it graze the pose on its way out for a goal-kick.
Golden Horse had been let off and a draw looked a fair outcome. Heath could have had another chance from the spot, but a good call following Julian Anger being tumbled was flatly refused.
Final score was 2-2.

Kings Heath United (4-4-2):
D.Robinson, L.Morin, N.Blenco, J.Allen
C.Davies, B.Tansley, J.Anger, G.Billingham
M.Allen, M Jeffrey
Venue: North Oval Ground, Kings Heath
K.O.: 10:30am
Report By Glenn Billingham
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