Stourbridge FC U14's 3-2 Redditch Utd U14's
A deserved win after a few weeks of disruption
Stourbridge 3 Redditch 2
Once again the sun engulfed the Lea Castle Arena, penetrating through the trees as it tried to soak up the early morning rain.
Stourbridge got off to a positive start trying to uphold and live up to their philosophy game play. They played with a possession based approach. Good quality passing was seen with intelligent movement and support of the ball.
Redditch decided to interject this flow and struck the first blow with number 19 making a good strike to see it finish in the right corner of the net. Stourbridge remained calm and unruffled as they continued with business as usual. Maintaining good structure and moving as a unit. James Welch decided to express himself as he intercepted a pass and went on a incontestable run down the right side before firing it in the box to Emlyn Tudgay, who put himself into a good position to neatly place it pass the goal line leaving the first half 1 - 1.
In the second half James Welch continued to impress himself upon the opposition as he took on three players and just hitting it over the bar. Redditch were also stepping up the tempo as they tried to penetrate the centre of the playing field. They passed some good through balls to their number 9 on a number of occasions, luckily for Stourbridge Jack Clarke was always there to greet number 9 with open arms.
Redditch's number 19 acquainted himself with most parts of the pitch and was a continuous thorn in the side of Stourbridge, so it came as no surprise that his determination earned him a goal. However there was another thorn that was being just as prickly. It was James Welch as he continued his assault on the opposition releasing some shots, one of which rebounded on the foot of Emlyn Tudgay which he finished of nicely.
This remained much the same as both sides tried to play some good football. A couple more bursts of pace were seen from Joshua Beard as he streamed down the left hand side taking on players and crossing it into the box only to be denied by Redditch's defence. With only 5 minutes to go it was looking as if a draw was imminent. The ever intense Tom Trevis making a tackle and putting the defender under pressure forcing a error to win Stourbridge the game 3 - 2.
Credit to both teams for playing some good football and good luck to Redditch for their future games.
By Patrick Holness