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Under 16's Boys - JPL (Sat) - Match centre

Evesham
Stourbridge FC
Full time
J Fletcher (30', 67'), J Welch (75')
Sat 10 Dec 10:30 - League

Below par Stour take all 3 points

Skipper given early birthday present

Skipper given early birthday present as James Welch long range effort squirms through keeper to seal a second away win comeback in a row. A number of changes made with players away gave opportunity to a couple of lads to get a start this week. The game started very slowly with Stourbridge struggling to move either the ball or their feet. Evesham were happy to let us have the ball at the back as they dropped deep on a tight and bobbly pitch. We looked nervous and hesitant and at times clueless as we continued to needlessly give possession away and our opponents threatened on the counter attack.
A few gentle reminders of standards expected and that fullbacks needed to be our outlet due to opposition tactics and central defenders needed to be brave and bring ball out improved things slightly in the second period. Liam Hurle drove out from the back before feeding James Fletcher who rolled his man on the edge of the area and fired low into the far corner (lovely finish). We looked in control of the game with Jimmy going close but our decision making was still poor as was pass execution. Just before half time Liam was caught out and a break saw us concede a sloppy goal as Tom Trevis desperately tried to recover for his partner he could only slide ball into his own net.
Half time we were much happier with intensity in our play both in attacking and defensive situations but we needed to take better care of the ball. We started well with Callum Swain in advanced role linking well with Amari and Corey. Then disaster as we conceded after 52 minutes when Charlie and Oli Cooper looked in complete control. Coops had a moment of madness as he needlessly tried to beat the striker and was dispossessed leaving an open goal. The Stourbridge shot stopper made up for it two minutes later when he made a terrific block in a 1 v 1. A number of players went missing but James Welch and Dan Harvey kept trying to drive us on in midfield.
The final break we changed formation to a 3-1-2-4 asking wide players to stay really high to support Swainy and Fletch with Oli Hartland and Amari Richards just behind. Jimmy would play as a quarter back with Dan marshalling the new defence. We would aim to play more direct. Almost immediately the skipper picked out Fletch but he just couldn't get the touch. We started to pressure Evesham with corners and crosses. James Fletcher then scored his second (equally as good as his opener) as Amari flicked on he rifled a bouncing ball into the top corner from 12 yards. 2-2 and game on. We weren't prepared to take a point and 3 minutes later Lewis Nicholls had the goal of his life ruled out for an earlier foul. A goal that would have been worthy of winning any game (not to be today). The boys continued to probe and a nice move down the right saw Oli Hartland catch a sweet one that went straight at the keeper.
With five minutes to go Jimmy got his birthday gift as his 30 yard shot somehow slipped through the Keepers hands. 3-2 we went back to a conventional formation and saw the game out. Some would say we were lucky. I would say you make your own luck. Only one team wanted to win that game today and one team finished bravely. Credit to the lads finishing strongly again. It's not a coincidence that we keep scoring late goals.
Christmas break is upon us - sitting 4th in the league averaging more than 2 points per game. Last 16 of the shield. We have lots to play for over the next four months.
See you Wednesday for a Christmas tournament !!

James Welch

Player of the Match

James Welch

Key moments

30:00
Goal James Fletcher scores for Stourbridge FC
67:00
Goal James Fletcher scores for Stourbridge FC
75:00
Goal James Welch scores for Stourbridge FC

Highlights

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75:00 Goal 0 - 3
James Welch scores for Stourbridge FC
75:00 Sub Off
Callum Swain is substituted off for Stourbridge FC
75:00 Sub On
Tom Trevis is substituted on for Stourbridge FC
67:00 Goal 0 - 2
James Fletcher scores for Stourbridge FC
67:00 Assist
Amari Richards makes an assist for Stourbridge FC
60:00 Sub Off
Will Bishop is substituted off for Stourbridge FC
60:00 Sub On
James Fletcher is substituted on for Stourbridge FC
60:00 Sub On
Oliver Hartland is substituted on for Stourbridge FC
60:00 Sub Off
Kyle Peters is substituted off for Stourbridge FC
40:00 Sub Off
Tom Trevis is substituted off for Stourbridge FC
40:00 Sub Off
Oliver Hartland is substituted off for Stourbridge FC
40:00 Sub On
Lewis Nicholls is substituted on for Stourbridge FC
40:00 Sub Off
James Fletcher is substituted off for Stourbridge FC
40:00 Sub On
Amari Richards is substituted on for Stourbridge FC
40:00 Sub On
Charlie Morris is substituted on for Stourbridge FC
End of period 1
45:00 +35:00 Player of the Match
James Welch is awarded player of the match for Stourbridge FC
30:00 Goal 0 - 1
James Fletcher scores for Stourbridge FC
30:00 Assist
Liam Hurle makes an assist for Stourbridge FC
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As it happened

  • Evesham
  • Stourbridge FC
  • 0
  • James Fletcher Goal 30:00'
  • Liam Hurle Assist 30:00'
  • Tom Trevis Sub Off 40:00'
  • Charlie Morris Sub On 40:00'
  • Oliver Hartland Sub Off 40:00'
  • Lewis Nicholls Sub On 40:00'
  • James Fletcher Sub Off 40:00'
  • Amari Richards Sub On 40:00'
  • Kyle Peters Sub Off 60:00'
  • Will Bishop Sub Off 60:00'
  • Oliver Hartland Sub On 60:00'
  • James Fletcher Sub On 60:00'
  • Amari Richards Assist 67:00'
  • James Fletcher Goal 67:00'
  • James Welch Goal 75:00'
  • Callum Swain Sub Off 75:00'
  • Tom Trevis Sub On 75:00'

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