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

Stourbridge FC
Evesham United FC
J Welch (5', 55'), D Harvey (50')
Full time
Sat 1 Apr 10:30 - League

Stourbridge too strong for Evesham

No fools to be seen as April got off to a winning start for Stour.

No fools to be seen as April got off to a winning start for Stour. With a full squad present for pictures at War Memorial, only Oli Cooper sat out the action as we had 16 players for the first time in a while in a game that saw 4th play 5th. Maybe we take for granted how far we have come this season as last time out we scraped a last minute 3-2 win. This time it was a solid and rather comfortable 3-0 win.
We started by resting both youth team regulars Tom Hunt and Hayden Reeves as the lads did so well last week in their absence. We got off to a perfect start when after 5 minutes a move down the left involving Kyle Peters and James Fletcher saw the ball drop to James Welch on the edge of the box who hit a well placed drive into the bottom corner. Evesham had some big powerful boys and looked to hit them. A high ball caught Liam Hurley by surprise on 10 minutes as the striker went through only to find the big frame and clever positioning of Joe Collingridge. Only one save to make in the game but another vital one. We got through the opening spell (understandably a little nervous with a decent crowd on the main pitch). We asked the boys to look after the ball a bit better and to use wide areas behind their wing backs.
An improvement came about as Lewis Allen started to cause problems down the right. James Fletcher went close and had one disallowed for offside before move of the match saw Jimmy almost double the lead. Some neat, flowing football saw Jimmy bend one from 25 yards that just missed the top corner. At the other end the back four looked assured and tried to play out with Tom Trevis and Will Bishop continuing to show fine form and making clear decisions. 1-0 half time.
The subs all got into the action within 5 minutes of the re-start and after some sustained pressure and a number of corners that Hayden Reeves went close from we got the breakthrough. A couple of blocked shots off a set piece saw the ball at Dan Harvey's feet from 12 yards. Lovely technique saw the ball rifle low and hard into the far corner. Lewis moved centrally and got in behind a couple of times only for last ditch defending to save Evesham. It was the Stourbridge striker who won a free kick centrally that set up the 3rd goal. Corey Sheaf took the direct kick which was spilt. Skipper Welch was the only player to react from either side following in and slotting coolly with his left foot.
3-0 after the third period - the game was done but we wanted a clean sheet and to try and enjoy the final spell. Credit to Evesham they tried to get forwards and pressure the lads but we stood strong. The game was a little broken in the final period with a number of injuries and substitutions.
Pleasing to get another clean sheet and get the result we deserve. How many of them have gone the other way this season. Good to see midfield boys contributing to the goals tally and taking pressure off the strikers. 30 points reached. 40 is the target with five games remaining

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James Welch

Player of the Match

James Welch

Key moments

5:00
Goal James Welch scores for Stourbridge FC
50:00
Goal Dan Harvey scores for Stourbridge FC
55:00
Goal James Welch scores for Stourbridge FC

Highlights

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75:00 Sub Off
Kyle Peters is substituted off for Stourbridge FC
75:00 Sub On
Charlie Morris is substituted on for Stourbridge FC
70:00 Sub On
James Fletcher is substituted on for Stourbridge FC
70:00 Sub Off
Dan Harvey is substituted off for Stourbridge FC
65:00 Sub On
Callum Swain is substituted on for Stourbridge FC
65:00 Sub Off
Lewis Allen is substituted off for Stourbridge FC
55:00 Assist
Corey Sheaf makes an assist for Stourbridge FC
55:00 Goal 3 - 0
James Welch scores for Stourbridge FC
50:00 Goal 2 - 0
Dan Harvey scores for Stourbridge FC
45:00 Sub On
Oliver Hartland is substituted on for Stourbridge FC
45:00 Sub Off
James Fletcher is substituted off for Stourbridge FC
45:00 Sub On
Corey Sheaf is substituted on for Stourbridge FC
45:00 Sub Off
Charlie Morris is substituted off for Stourbridge FC
40:00 Sub Off
Callum Swain is substituted off for Stourbridge FC
40:00 Sub Off
Liam Hurle is substituted off for Stourbridge FC
40:00 Sub On
Hayden Reeves is substituted on for Stourbridge FC
40:00 Sub On
Tom Hunt 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
45:00 +35:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Joe Collingridge keeps a clean sheet for Stourbridge FC
5:00 Goal 1 - 0
James Welch scores for Stourbridge FC
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As it happened

  • Stourbridge FC
  • Evesham United FC
  • 0
  • James Welch Goal 5:00'
  • Liam Hurle Sub Off 40:00'
  • Callum Swain Sub Off 40:00'
  • Hayden Reeves Sub On 40:00'
  • Tom Hunt Sub On 40:00'
  • Charlie Morris Sub Off 45:00'
  • Corey Sheaf Sub On 45:00'
  • James Fletcher Sub Off 45:00'
  • Oliver Hartland Sub On 45:00'
  • Dan Harvey Goal 50:00'
  • Corey Sheaf Assist 55:00'
  • James Welch Goal 55:00'
  • Callum Swain Sub On 65:00'
  • Lewis Allen Sub Off 65:00'
  • Dan Harvey Sub Off 70:00'
  • James Fletcher Sub On 70:00'
  • Charlie Morris Sub On 75:00'
  • Kyle Peters Sub Off 75:00'

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