Stourbridge v Heath Hayes
By JOHN DANKS
Stourbridge left feeling that they had let this one slip.
The sky was clear from the morning rain and all was calm as everyone stood still
in respect to a minutes silence.
Kick off commenced and Stourbridge quickly set in motion their usual fluent
passing game that denies the opposition easy access. Heath Hayes however would
not be tolerant of this as they soon clocked on to the sequential play from the
back as number 16 swooped in and intercepted the pass before going on to score.
Just minutes later Stourbridge answered back when Corey Sheaf found himself on
the end of a sweeping through ball, penetrating the defense with acceleration
and force, ending his run with an excellent strike that found the bottom left
corner to equalize.
Meanwhile Corey was up front enjoying his newly found vocation: Joseph
Sims-Woodhouse and Tom Williams were forging links that reflected Hadrian's
wall. As Heath Hayes continued to press with number 4 streaming down the left
flank and linking well with number 14 and 18 they were constantly cut short and
cut out as Tom and Joseph intervened.
Corey soon found himself in a similar position in front of goal, this time just
hitting it wide. Number 15 responded with taking on 3 players and hitting a shot
that was denied by Luke. Heath Hayes continued to press and had one last effort
just before half time with a free kick taken by number 11 which hit
The second half was much of the same with Stourbridge passing well at times,
spreading out and using the full width of the field. Heath Hayes also turned up
the heat and increased the tempo especially with number 14, 16 and 11. Tom
Trevis stood tall in the middle of the field as he continued to battle all three
Heath Hayes conceded another free kick that was taken by number 14 who
pinpointed number 4 who neatly put it away with a gently flick to the back of
the net. Conscious that time was against them Stourbridge tried to increase
their efforts with a dashing run from Aaron Bishop taking on 3 players before
laying it off to Olise Priest who also went on a run down the left side before
trying to cross which was cut out. Soon after the whistle blew with Stourbridge
probably feeling that they let that one slip.
Author: Patrick Holness