"Heath Through to Final After Non-Event..."
As so often happens in football, when a good team plays a poor team, the poorer side drags the game down to their own level. That and awful pitch
conditions made way for a very poor semi-final at Stade de Lings Woode.
near full-strength Kings Heath side stumbled their way through the opening
20 minutes, then settled down to play some football. A simple move led to Chris
Davies breaking in from the right, latching on to an Andy Blenco
through-ball and finishing well.
Marc Jeffery doubled the advantage with a
well-taken header from a Matty Newton cross. 2-0 was the half-time score.
The second half was a dreadful spectacle for the brave souls who had
turned up. Grasshoppers, playing with no shape and getting men behind
the ball were beginning to frustrate Kings Heath. 'Hoppers' defender
Stuart Munro was a constant thorn in the backside of the Heath boys'
Eventually though, the onslaught on
Daniel Cocks' goal was in full-flow, but clear-cut chances were hard to come
Nicky Blenco, Lee Morin, Craig Sampson and Glenn Billingham were all
thwarted thanks to deflections, good saves, poor finishing and all of the
Sampson did eventually get on the scoresheet, smashing in a late
volley to give the scoreline a bit more of a realistic appearance.
All in all, Kings Heath will have to be much improved to see off St
Margarets Reserves in the final.
The Maggies comfortabley despatching Mears
Ashby Jackdaws 4-0 at Vitoria Park.
Kings Heath United (4-4-2):
L.Morin, R.Page, N.Blenco, G.Billingham
C.Davies, J.Anger, A.Blenco (J.Urquhart), M.Newton (W.Hamill)
M.Jeffery (P.Pickering), C.Sampson