Moors Academy 0 Boldmere 1
Moors fall short at home - by Ronald Crane
Moors Academy Manager Sam Manoochehri said after this match “It is disappointing to lose, but to be fair, the best team won.” This was a different Boldmere side that Moors Academy defeated on their own patch a few weeks ago. A close game, was always going to be decided by the odd goal.
As it was, the Moors were first on the attack, but without a goal. Boldmere caught Bobbie Biddle in possession and the goalkeeper was fortunate to escape without conceding a goal. Yet it was the Moors who were spending more time in their opponents half of the park.
Around the 30-minute mark, the Moors suffered three blows. First the impressive Jordan Clarke had to limp off with a hamstring injury. A few minutes later, Charlie Jones needed treatment by Michael Barrett the Moors Physio. He too limped off, and while he was being assessed, Boldmere noticed that the Moors left flank was exposed. They cleverly played the ball down that left flank and crossed for Timmins to score with ease.
Although the midfield was to be held by the visitors for most of the rest of the first half, restored to 11 men the Moors never looked like conceding again. Indeed the visitors managed only two shots on target in the whole match, although there were a couple of occasions when the Moors defenders needed to make last ditch challenges deep on their own area. But they did, and without any suggestion of a foul.
At the other end, there were two, possibly three, really loud shouts for a penalty, but referee Shutt was unmoved.
The second half was a different match. Boldmere forays forward were few and far between. As the half worn on the Moors became more and more dominant, spending time camped deep in their visitors half of the field. They did not help their own cause when giving away a silly foul when in that position.
Boldmere were prepared to put their bodies on the line to prevent the home side scoring. Many a Moors shot was either saved or blocked.
There were a few times when referee Shuut needed to give a Boldmere player a lecture, and times when he called in their captain, but no cards were issued. There were lots of injuries to Boldmere players, and their physio was on the pitch rather a lot. They knew how to run down the clock, and did so in a clever way that could not be challenged.
Moors on the other hand were ponderous in going forward, and there were many times when having got forward passed the ball back to their own half. There was little sense of urgency.
At the end, as we all suspected at the start, one goal was enough, and Boldmere were well worth their victory.
Moors: Biddle; Jerome Clarke; Jones (Gill); Binner; Kendrick; Thomas; Martin; Bennett; Mahmood; Jordan Clarke (Campbell); Sephton (Khooshkoo). Subs unused: Mbuti & Maxwell
Moors Academy FC next match: Saturday 12th January 2019 v Hampton at Hampton Sports Club, Field Lane, Solihull, B91 2RT, KO 2pm.