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

Stourbridge FC
Sutton Coldfield
D Harvey (30'), J Fletcher (45')
Full time
Sat 29 Apr 10:30 - League

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Two strong sides battled it out in entertaining draw

Two strong sides battled it out in entertaining draw. Sutton will probably be the slightly happier with the result but we have no complaints after stealing a victory in the reverse. Both teams were missing players but with both our goalkeepers missing and three centre backs away some would have been a little nervous. Under 14s keeper Josh Lee stepped up and we welcomed back Amari Richards to the squad from a mini break.
We started really brightly with James Welch and Oli Hartland setting the tempo in midfield. Fletch went close in the 2nd minute. It was against the run of play that Sutton took the lead on 10 minutes when a loopy corner was headed home by Max McNulty with little challenge. The boys responded well with some excellent football. None more so than a great move that started in defence before Callum Swain put a delightful ball into Kyle Peters. An early cross saw James Fletcher hit the bar and Lewis Allen head over with the goal gaping. We were looking good down the flanks and defending with good shape so when we went into the break the plan was to keep going wide.
Lewis Allen terrorised the left back in the second period with excellent support from Will Bishop. A number of dangerous crosses came from the right which Sutton had to defend well. A free kick on the right from Jimmy fell to Dan Harvey. The makeshift centre back controlled and smashed the ball low to make it 1-1. Sutton had one real chance in this period, young Josh saving well with his feet.
We had definitely had the best of the first half but it was all evens at the break. Credit to our opponents who recognised the danger of Lewis and adapted their tactics in the third period.
We started really well again and James Fletcher got a deserved goal. A ball over the top from Jimmy dropped for the powerful striker. The keeper tried to clear but smashed the ball against Fletch and into the goal. Sutton responded with their best spell of the game. They played with pace and power and Dan Harvey and Tom Trevis were brilliant in stopping Kye Hemans whilst Will Bishop had a great tussle with Asa Crosling. It was another set piece that saw Sutton draw level. An unbelievable save from Josh kept the scores level. I don't think any of us could quite understand how the Stour shot stopper kept it out (save of the season).
The final period was pretty even - we had a number of half chances and crosses but headed wide or over. Sutton defended really well against the additional threat of Corey Sheaf and Amari Richards. We also defended equally as well against the counter attacking threat of Sutton.
The game ended 2-2. To take 4 points from Sutton shows what a good side we have become. We wish Adam, Darren and the lads all the best for their remaining games. We have had two really competitive, proper games of football against opponents that conduct themselves very similarly to us. It has been a pleasure to play them.
Todays MOM could have gone to a number of players but skipper James Welch showed great discipline in his performance. He covered so much ground and created both goals. A proper Saturday player in the making.
Good luck to the lads in their cup final tomorrow.

Key moments

30:00
Goal Dan Harvey scores for Stourbridge FC
45:00
Goal James Fletcher scores for Stourbridge FC

Highlights

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70:00 Sub Off
Oliver Hartland is substituted off for Stourbridge FC
70:00 Sub On
Callum Swain is substituted on for Stourbridge FC
50:00 Sub Off
Callum Swain is substituted off for Stourbridge FC
50:00 Sub On
Amari Richards is substituted on for Stourbridge FC
45:00 Sub Off
Charlie Morris is substituted off for Stourbridge FC
45:00 Sub On
Corey Sheaf is substituted on for Stourbridge FC
45:00 Assist
James Welch makes an assist for Stourbridge FC
45:00 Goal 2 - 0
James Fletcher scores 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 Assist
James Welch makes an assist for Stourbridge FC
30:00 Goal 1 - 0
Dan Harvey scores for Stourbridge FC
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  • Stourbridge FC
  • Sutton Coldfield
  • 0
  • James Welch Assist 30:00'
  • Dan Harvey Goal 30:00'
  • James Welch Player of the Match 45:00 +35:00'
  • Charlie Morris Sub Off 45:00'
  • Corey Sheaf Sub On 45:00'
  • James Welch Assist 45:00'
  • James Fletcher Goal 45:00'
  • Callum Swain Sub Off 50:00'
  • Amari Richards Sub On 50:00'
  • Oliver Hartland Sub Off 70:00'
  • Callum Swain Sub On 70:00'

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