Araglen Premier Division.
Sunday 28th September '03
Double Top

Kings Heath united
    Martyn Allen (2)
Marc Jeffery

"After a delightfully long and hot summer, it was evident that no-one had told gaffer Ivey that autumn was here. With the drizzling showers and a crisp breeze in the air, would Iveys colourful combination of shorts and t-shirt brighten up the morning on Racecourse pitch one?"

Newly-promoted Double Top were an un-known quantity to the Heath before today's clash. A battle between two of last years divisional champions that saw a misty and damp Racecourse as the setting.
From the very first whistle, it would be fair to say that Double Top are not individually the most gifted set of players, nor are they the most tactically astute team in the land, but they proved to be frustrating opposition for The Heath.
Martyn Allen opened the deadlock early on with a neat finish, surely this would be the signal for the floodgates to open? But alas, the Double Top keeper Pete Munns had other ideas, thanks to luck, judgement, arse and elbow, further efforts from Allen, Billingham, Davies, Robinson and Tansley were all thwarted. Allen came closest with an audacious 40-yard volley from a tight angle, that one skimming the woodwork.
Before the half-time whistle came, a rare attack from Double Top nearly got them back in it. A terrific strike from Gary Maynard crashed against the cross-bar of Urquharts goal.
The second half followed much the same pattern, non-stop Kings Heath attack with out a final product. Enter Mark Jeffery into the equasion, a neat cross from the right saw Heath's lead doubled with a calculated Jeffery header. A 60-yard ping from Chris Davies created the next oppertunity. This time it was Billingham who latched onto it only to see a clever finish bounce just wide. Martyn Allen then doubled his tally for the morning, beating 2 defenders and placing a low drive into the corner of the net.
The score stood at 3-0 and that's how it finished. Had it not been for the determination of the Double Top back four, or if Heath would have got one or two lucky breaks, the score could have been double figures.

Kings Heath United (4-4-2):
L.Morin, R.Paige, N.Blenco, J.Allen
C.Davies, B.Tansley (S.Ivey), J.Anger, G.Billingham
M.Allen, D.Robinson (M.Jeffery)
Venue: Racecourse
K.O.: 10:30am
Report By Glenn Billingham
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