Araglen Premier Division.
Sunday 25th April '04
Northampton United
1

Bob Wager
Vs
0
Kings Heath United
     

"Northampton United completed their league campaign with a hard fought 1-0 win over Kings Heath, a victory that ended the title hopes of the under-achieving Heath."


The boys in blue and black started brightly, having Northampton United on the back foot on a couple of occasions. This was as good as it got though...
Bob Wager kept his trend of scoring against Kings Heath, and opened the deadlock after 8 minutes, somewhat against the run of play. Hesitant defending let Wager in for a strike on goal, Heath custodian Olly Urquhart got hands to it, but couldn't prevent the first and only goal of the game.
It took a full 15 minutes for Heath to recover from this set-back, and to start playing some football.
Chris Davies and Josh Urquhart were lively down the flanks, but the equaliser just wasn't coming. The prolific Marc Jeffery forced Steve Ellingham to make a couple of fine saves, the woodwork was hit on numerous occasions, Lee Morin blazed a header over from a swinging Matty Newton corner and still the Northampton United back four of Lewis, Ross, and the McDermott brothers couldn't be beaten.
The second half followed a similar pattern, with Heath trying their best to produce an on-slaught. Although the majority of the half was being played in the attacking third, clear-cut chances were few and far between.
Paul Pickering replaced Jeffers, and Bob Tansley was welcomed back from an injury lay-off in place of Matt Newton. Still the goal wasn't coming.
Northampton United had held on to complete a famous double over Kings Heath.

As Glenn Billingham sits here and types this match report, he interviewed himself, and had this to say... "Ifs and buts, thats all it is now. Everyone, myself included, talked a good game but failed to deliver on the day. Yes we hit the woodwork a few times, but we never really looked a threat and we got what we deserved. Looking back to the poem from the Golden Horse report - meet triumph & disaster, and treat those two imposters just the same - thats what we have to do, take it on the chin and end on a high with a cup double."

Kings Heath United (4-4-2):
O.Urquhart
L.Morin, R.Paige, N.Blenco, G.Billingham
C.Davies, J.Anger, M.Newton (B.Tansley), J.Urquhart
C.Sampson, M.Jeffery (P.Pickering)
Venue: Dallington Park
K.O.: 10:30am
Report By Glenn Billingham
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