West Midlands SFA – 7 a side
Saturday 8th November 2014
Erdington and Saltley 1 – 1 Kings Norton
Erdington and Saltley 2 – 1 Dudley
Erdington and Saltley 0 – 2 Solihull
Erdington and Saltley 1 – 3 Aston
Team: Harvey, Shaun, Brandon, Kane, Jermaine, Troy, Tyrese, Shilo, Tristan, Kruize
Scorers: Tyrese, Jermaine x2
On a morning more suited to swimming, The Ton experienced a number of differing emotions ranging from utter elation to frustration. Along the way there were a fair few cups of hot chocolate drank, more hot dogs than you could shake a stick at and one or two shivers. The Ton’s quest to win the West Midlands 7-a-side for the first time goes on for another year at least.
Although many of my memories of yesterday morning were washed away in the torrential downpour, I can recall a couple of sublime finishes from Jermaine, a sterling performance from Tyrese and a great morning for the young nippers Troy and Kane.
It’s certainly worth reminding ourselves that Troy and Kane are only in Year 5 and playing against bigger, older and stronger boys. It’s worth reminding ourselves of this fact because you wouldn’t have been able to tell this fact from yesterday’s performance. The young Villa and Blues boys had an almost telepathic understanding of each other’s game, constantly teaming up to cause the opposition no end of problems. Plus neither of them were bothered about the rain! Not once did they moan or give up, even for a split second. That’s not to say that the rest of the lads didn’t do things during the morning to be proud of, because they did. There was loads to be proud of. However I just wanted to make a point of our two youngest team members. Well done boys!
Back to the action on the pitch…it was ultimately a morning of ‘what ifs’. What if we’d played against Solihull in the same manner that we did against Dudley. What if the heavens hadn’t opened and almost drowned us all! Despite the disappointment, there’s still a great deal of valuable lessons. The experience of missing out on a tournament that we could have won on another day will make us all stronger and wiser.
Well done boys. We can’t wait until next week when we get to put these lessons into practice against Wolverhampton.
Man of the Match – Kane
Up The Ton!