"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.
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)