Solihull Academy FC welcomed Cradley Town to Rumbush Lane for the first time as the clubs had not played each other before.
With both squads depleted due to injuries and sickness it was always going to be a tough game in cold wet conditions & a sticky pitch.
The first period kicked off with Cradley pushing forward at every attempt, they adapted to the conditions quickly & immediately put pressure on Solihull. Both teams were struggling to get the ball down & play due to the conditions, however, it was Solihull who took the lead against the run of play following a mix up in the Cradley defence which allowed Teigue Hopewell to sneak in & score into an empty net. Despite going a goal down, Cradley started to win the battle in midfield, Solihull then made a subtle change by moving Josh Hateley into midfield which galvanised the team & allowed some of our creative players to get more into the game.
The second quarter saw Solihull gain a 2-0 lead following good work from Lewis Roberts, he showed great strength out on the left wing & the chipped in from 25yards over the top of the advancing keeper.
Billy-Ray Stanley pulled a goal back for Cradley in similar fashion with a great strike from distant which unfortunately Joe Sidwell couldn’t do anything about. Joe had once again been in fantastic form making several tremendous saves throughout the course of the game.
Although the 3rd quarter didn’t produce any goals, it did create chances that were dealt with fantastically by the defence and keeper, Joe Sidwell.
The 4th quarter Solihull started to create more chances, however, it was Lewis Roberts who scored the only goal of the quarter running through & a nice ball through from Teigue Hopewell, Lewis powered his shot into the near right post.
Both teams were a credit to their coaches as they didn’t stop working despite missing key players & limited subs, we look forward to playing Cradley Town away next Saturday.
|1||Joseph Sidwell (GK)|
|33||Brandon Bird (GK)|