"A warm welcome to this bumper christmas
edition match report. Festive cheer was high on the agenda on this bitterly
cold morning at Victoria Park. After what can only be described as a
heavy night on the Saturday, this NTFA Intermediate cup-tie was nearly
Bob Tansley is the latest addition to the
injured list. On the plus side though, gaffer Ivey was able to weclome back
Wayne Hamill and Nick & Andy Blenco."
After stumbling and giggling their way through the opening 5 minutes, Heath looked absolutley 'cream crackered'. An outrageous dive in the Heath penalty area from Steve Wright resulted in very harsh penalty awarded. Wright managed to stay on
his feet long enough to despatch his spot-kick past a bewildered Olly Urquhart.
This wake-up call took about 10 minutes to fully register. Man of the moment Josh
Urquhart grabbed the equaliser, tucking away a neat finish from a scrambled
corner. Josh then doubled his tally and put Heath in the lead with a hillarious
25-yard header. The facial expression and girlish laughing that persued
confirmed thats not quite what he meant.
The score stayed at 2-1 till the break.
The most appreciated half-time break in the world ever, with many of the squad
saved from collapsing by some refreshing water and a play-fight with Cooper.
The second-half saw a change in attitude, up-beat, high tempo and decisive were
the new deflated, slow and in-decisive. A further 2 goals were added to firmly
place the buttocks of Kings Heath in the driving seat. Second-half sub Andy
Blenco made a golscoring return from injury, and Heath's fourth goal was an
early christmas present. A beautifully gift wrapped own goal courtesy of the
hapless Transport defender. Julian Anger was un-lucky not to add a 5th, his
30-yard bullett flew back off the cross-bar.
Some embarrasing defending, and some even more embarrasing refereeing nearly
threw this cup-tie away in the final quarter of the game. Transport gave themselves a shout
from their second penalty, again despatched by the gravity defiying Wright. Nick
Blenco penalised for what was in truth, a world class piece of defending.
Cleanly taking the ball, but the referee saw otherwise. In what was the maddest
of mad 5 minutes, Heath gave away a second goal and Transport were right back in the
Somehow, Heath managed to weather the storm and sort themselves out to
hang on for the victory. A seven goal thriller at Hangover Central, the return
of Cafu & Carlos and the Heath march on to Round 4.
All thats left now is to wish you all a Merry Christmas and
a Great New Year, from all the players, staff and officials at Kings
Heath Football Club. And for a drunken Glenn Billingham to give everyone
a big cuddle goodbye!
Kings Heath United (4-4-2):
G.Billingham, W.Hamill, N.Blenco, R.Page
J.Urquhart, C.Davies, J.Anger, M.Newton
C.Sampson, M.Jeffrey (A.Blenco)