Birmingham travelled to Coleshill to play a 9 a side game in The Ray Usher Cup series on the impressive Packington Avenue all weather pitch. Due to last minute drop outs, Ewan and Roger were recruited from the Tuesday session at the club for their competitive debuts and both acquitted themselves with credit. Coleshill started in dominant fashion building up attacks from the back with some slick passing moves and were close with a couple of efforts. Birmingham began to get into the game and were awarded a penalty following a pass back infringement which was coolly despatched by Dave W. Following a tactical discussion at half time it was decided that we would press much higher as a team and disrupt the possession enjoyed by their defenders. This change did the trick and Birmingham dominated much of the second half and scored three more times from Dave W, Frank and John C. Coleshill threatened at times but the defence stood firm and worked hard to keep their skilful players under control. A game played in good spirit with very few fouls with a good performance from the referee. Excellent team performance from Birmingham once they gelled as a team and sorted out tactics. MOM Larry Hackman for cool display in defence with excellent distribution.
Tommy B, Paul F, Ewan K, Roger M, John C, Steve W, Frank H, Dave W, Larry H