NTFA Intermediate Cup Round 2.
Sunday 21st December '03
Transport Social

Steve Wright (2)

Kings Heath united
    Josh Urquhart(2)
Andy Blenco

"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 a non-event.
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 game.
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)
Venue: Victoria Park
K.O.: 10:30am
Report By Glenn Billingham
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