Erdington and Saltley (Sahib )1 – 2 Kings Norton
Saturday 20th October @ Braemar Road
For the third week in a row. The Ton fell victim to a late goal. Football can be a the greatest game in the world but it can also be the cruelest.
Kicking off against the early season favourites, Kings Norton, The Ton looked to exert their authority on the game during the early stages. However, after losing the toss and being asked to play uphill in the first half, The Ton found it tough going. Kings Norton were the first to almost every ball and were generally sharper all round. The Ton just couldn’t get going, despite wearing their new Premier League quality kit, and found themselves defending deeper and deeper as the half went on. Despite this slow start, The Ton once again proved they were made of sterner stuff and took the lead when Sahib rifled home a near-post corner midway through the half. The remainder of the first half continued in the same vein as Kings Norton continued to press forward, whilst The Ton sat deep. The half-time whistle was met with relief all round from the Erdington and Saltley contingent.
The half-time team talk remained positive and the message delivered to the players was to ‘snap out of it’. Despite winning, we were playing with our heads slightly down and at times looked as if we were losing. Kings norton were once again the sharper of the two districts but it was Erdington and Saltley who had the first clear chance. A delightful far post corner from Trey was put agonisingly wide by Ellis-Jay. The score remained 1 – 0 to The Ton. With the clock ticking down, The Ton looked set to snatch the unlikeliest of victories. However, as I said earlier, football is cruel. Kings Norton poked home the ball when a dangerous corner was not cleared. There was only 5 minutes remaining with the scores level at one-a-piece. With the game hanging in the balance, Kings Norton fired in a shot from the left hand corner of the area, forcing Alex into a low save. Unfortunately the ball rebounded out and the Kings Norton striker reacted first, stabbing home from a yard out. Ironically, this seemed to be the wake up call that The Ton needed all morning! With a handful of minutes left on the clock, Jayden moved into midfield and The Tone threw everything, including the kitchen sink, at Kings Norton. Several chances came their way but unfortunately the lads were unable to convert them.
We must learn some lessons from the past two league games, against South and Kings Norton, and move on. We are an exceptionally talented team and if we can cut out the odd costly mistake the season will still be a hugely successful one. The league is only three games old and nothing is won or lost in the first few weeks of the season. With one trophy already in the cabinet, I am hopeful that we’ll add another one or two as the year progresses.
Enjoy your rest lads but tell your parents to keep checking their phone as you never know what will come up for next Saturday. If we do not play next week, may I take this chance to wish the lads who are representing Birmingham the best of luck. Do us proud lads!
Team: Alex T, William, Sam, Jayden, Sahib, Ethan, Ellis Jay, Treymaine, Josh S, Cedric (Zane), Bailey.
Referee’s M.O.M – Jayden Ward
Up The Ton!