Saturday 8th February 2020 @ Vale Stadium, Castle Vale
Birmingham Primary Schools’ FA League
Erdington and Saltley 11-2 Aston
Team: Danny, Ethan, Hughey, Reo, Jahkadi, Oscar, Kayden, Ebrima, Markie, Joshua, Chase and Kyle
Goals: Markie x 8, Kortney x 2 and Oscar
Man of the Match: Markie – with 8 goals and 3 assists, it’s hard to look past our captain who led by example from the first whistle to the last
With a 100% record to date in the league, the stage was set for the boys to retain the Birmingham Primary Schools’ FA league title as they locked horns with Aston for the first time since losing to them in a pulsating futsal final a month ago.
Twenty-four hours before the predicted chaos of storm Ciara, it was the collective ferocity of storm Ton that blew Vale Stadium away following our best performance of the season. The opening 40 minutes was near to perfection.
After 13 minutes, Markie and Kortney had combined to notch two goals apiece and give the boys a start they could only have dreamed of. All four goals had a touch of class about them, with Markie bagging a brace of stunning free kicks and Kortney finishing two fine team moves of fast, intricate passing and movement.
The start of the second period saw a raft of changes. This came with an obvious health warning and the boys were told to be alert to a possible dip in performance. However, the four boys who entered the field of play (Kayden, Jahkadi, Oscar and Ebrima) helped push the performance to greater heights.
A further five goals from Markie and a poacher’s strike from Oscar saw the scoreline grow to 10-0 as the second period ended. Yet despite the one-sided nature of the score, Aston were playing well. The boys in claret were creating chances but even when they did get past the superb Ethan, they were thwarted by Danny. The boys from B6 continued to give their all for their district but they simply came up against a Ton side at the peak of its powers.
As the final third ticked over, Aston scored a second goal to add to the first they netter at the end of the second period, with Markie netting his eighth and final goal on a morning of scintilating football.
The three points earned means we are 8 and 11 points clear of South and Sutton, who have 2 and 3 games left respectively.
This has been a season of utter joy. One where the whole squad has played its part, including Cory, Lennon and Keon who were absent today. The unity amongst the boys has made it a season to remember and there’s still plenty more to play for yet!
Well done boys!
Up The Ton!