Tuesday 16th April 2013 @ Braemar Road
Erdington and Saltley 1 – 2 Harborne
After finishing our regular season in a incredibly respectable fourth position, we knew the hard work had only just begun with Harborne the visitors to Braemar Road. With a fierce wind rampaging down the slope, Harborne won the toss and chose to play downhill in the opening half. The wind was like a twelfth man and Harborne should be given a great deal of credit for capitalising on this during the first period. On two occasions Harborne played a long ball forward, slicing The Ton defence in half. Twice they completed two clinical finishes. However, The Ton also had one or two chances of their own during the first twenty-five minutes. The most notable of these chances fell to Ellis-Jay following a direct run and cross from striker Treymaine. His beautiful cross fell to the feet of Ellis-Jay on the back post and the lively winger chose to shoot first time, despite having time on his side. In the end his effort was a sweet strike but unfortunately it fell into the arms of the diving keeper.
I was determined to ensure that the lads kept their heads held high at half time and knew for a fact that the game was far from over, despite the fact that we were two goals down. During the second half we had much more of the ball and kept Harborne penned into their own half for large periods, just as they had done to us during the first half. Chances came and went. Callum found the ball at his feet during a goalmouth scramble but failed to get any power on his shot. Moments later Josh sent a bullet header marginally over from a Treymaine corner. Then it was the turn of the big man himself. Bulldozing his way down the left hand side of the pitch, he evaded the attempted tackles of three defenders before turning and slotting a shot into the right hand side of the goal. With twelve minutes remaining, it was most certainly game on! Unfortunately more chances came and went but Harborne managed to hold on for the victory.
In three meetings this season, we have beat Harborne once, lost to them once and drawn with them on one occasion. You could say the two teams are evenly matched!
I am obviously disappointed with the end result but I am immensely proud to be the manager of The Ton! What a great adventure we’ve all been on this season and what a team we’ve become. We have improved so much since the end of August and I will never forget my very first team as the manager of The Ton!
There is now only one more game remaining – Roll on Aston!
Team: Alex; Sam, William, Jayden, Michael (Cedric); Sahib, Josh S, Ross, Ellis-Jay, Treymaine; Callum
M.O.M – Treymaine – Constant threat throughout the game
Up The Ton!