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MAFC 1 (0) Pelsall Villa 1 (0)
*Goals please! Ronald Crane reports from Tally Ho!*
PUBLISHED: 8th Oct 17

This was a very different Pelsall Villa side to the one that had amassed just one point in the previous six league matches. It was announced this week that Walsall Wood Reserves had resigned from the Total Motion MFL Reserves Division, and Pelsall Villa FC will in future play at Walsall Wood’s Lichfield Road Ground, with the Walsall Wood’s Reserves Team manager becoming Pelsall Villa’s manager. Draw your own conclusions.

Even so, Moors Academy were well on top in this game. It was clear from the outset, that the visitors would only score as a result of a Moors mistake, and so it proved. For most of the first half, this young Moors side were the better side. Time and again they made it to the Villa Penalty Area, only for the attack just to fizzle out. Blessing Nhundu on the right got behind the Villa back line regularly, and Mullally and Andrews did the same on the left. All this attacking activity though came to nothing.

At the back, Moors defence held firm and were just not troubled by Pelsall Villa’s forwards. Harvey Meacham had just one save to make, and that an easy one. Mind you, Moors could only trouble the Villa ‘Keeper on three occasions. What Villa lacked in technical ability, they made up for in aggression. Their bench claimed every Moors tackle a foul, and every foul a booking. Villa committed twice as many fouls as their hosts during the game and took three bookings.

However: technical ability and possession football do not win matches, and for all their possession and ability, the Moors were goalless at the break, as of course were their visitors.

Moors Manager Sam Manoochehri obviously had words at half-time for the home side took the field with renewed vigour for the second period. Blessing Nhundu won the ball and passed to Mullally deep in the Villa half. The move was only stopped when Referee Anand awarded The Moors a free kick right on the edge of the Villa Area. Villa managed to prevent a goal at the expense of a corner. This was far too strong and long to be dangerous. Yet another opportunity was lost. This was the re-occuring story of this game.

The impressive Callum Coyle was involved with Kyle Mullally in another great move by The Moors, but as with all the others, it fizzled out in the Villa Area. Then: disaster. A mistake by Oli Hough allowed Wainwright an easy chance, which he took with glee to give the visitors a surprising lead.

The response from this young Moors side was immediate. Blessing Nhundu did well out wide and sent the ball to substitute Pryce who made no mistake. This sparked the Moors to life and the final twenty minutes were played in the Pelsall Villa half of the pitch, with the visitors making the occasional foray into Moros territory. Blessing Nhundu had a glorious chance to win the game late on, but was wide from six yards! Ashanti Pryce had a shot blocked, another saved, he hit the post and was also an inch wide. He deserved better. If only the Moors had played the whole game as they did the final twenty minutes. During the game Villa had just three attempts on target, two of them gifted by The Moors. This produced one goal. The Moors had seven shots on target, also for one goal. Oh please, more goals Moors!

Next Saturday, 14th October, Moors Academy are away to Fairfield Villa, who chalked up their second win in eight league matches last Saturday. KO is at 3pm at Tally Ho!.

Moors: Meacham; Chisholm; Sephton; Martin (Clarke); Hough; Endall (Hirst); Nhundu; Coyle; Mullally; Bourne (Pryce 72); Andrews. Sub not used: Ntiri.

Attendance: 54

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