"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
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