This was the first of five matches in eight days for the Young Moors. It had been a warm day, but by the kick off time of 7pm, there was a chill in the air.

On a pitch that was both bumpy and rather long grass, the Moors got off to the best possible start. In the first minute, Mikkel Hirst sent a speculative ball into the Town area, the bounce was too much for goalkeeper Owen, and the ball found the net. Moors were set up with a 3-5-2 formation in contrast to Town’s more defensive 4-5-1.

A feature of the Moors game on this evening, were some wonderful cross-field passes of forty and fifty yards. Bloxwich tried to respond to the Moors superioty, but it was just not there. On seventeen minutes with Moors camped around the home area, Keziah Martin let fly from distance. It was a wonderful effort and doubled the Moors lead.

The match continued with the visitors well on top. Ashanti Pryce was an inch wide from sixteen yards, before Dylon Bennett passed to Josh Parsons, who made it three. It could have been four in the first half, when Mahmood danced into the area, but his shot was saved.

Right on the half time whistle, Dylan barkers was adjudged to have fouled in his Area, and a penalty to the home side was the result. Kelly scored from the spot. It was the only way the home side were ever going to score, and they knew it as their play in the second half showed.

From the re-start, Pryce and Mahmood caused panic on the home area, but the goalkeeper got the ball eventually. Town were putting a great deal of pressure of referee Wylie, but he seemed unmoved by it.

As the match progressed, Town managed to drag Moors to their level. Every tackle was claimed as a foul, every foul awarded against them was contested loudly. Although getting dragged into this morass, the Young Moors did not crumble, but kept trying to play the kind of football that is pleasing on the eye, and takes its toll on the opposition.

With a minute to the end of ninety minutes, Moors produced a truly great move from their own area to Town’s area. Blessing, Adam Bourne and eventually Rivel Mardenborough, who made it four.

This was a comprehensive victory for Moors Academy and takes them up to sixth in the Division Two Table.

On Saturday 5th May, MAFC travel to play Barnt Green Spartak for a 7:45pm KO.

Spartak play at Highgate United’s Ground, Tythe Barn Lane, B90 1PH.

Moors: Maxwell, Clarke (Nhundu), Sephton, Bennett, Chisholm, Barkers, Parsons (35), Martin (17), Pryce (Mardenborough 89), Mahmood (Bourne), Hirst (1). Sub not used, Hough & Meacham.

Officials: Ian Wylie, Stuart Hale & Stuart Reed.

Monday 7th May 2018 MAFC v Droitwich Spa at DAMSON PARK, KO 3pm

Wednesday 9th May 2018 Hampton v MAFC at Field Lane, Solihull. KO 7:15pm.

Thursday 10th May 2018 NKF Burbage v MAFC at

Barwell Sports Ground,

Kirkby Road Sports Complex,

Kirkby Road,



KO 1945