Stourbridge too strong for Evesham
By Simon King
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