Bolehall Swifts Under 21s 2 Silhill 3
IN their own stadium at Rene Road, Tamworth, the Under 21s team of Midland Combination Premier outfit Bolehall Swifts thought they were home and dry with a 2-0 interval lead over Silhill in the Birmingham County Junior Cup.
Lively striker Rhys Brade had made no mistake with shots in the 11th and 18th minutes.
Yet an impassioned interval harangue by Sils’ player-manager Tommy Smith in the mould of Winston Churchill sent his team roaring out for the second half believing they could beat any team on the planet.
Within two minutes of the restart, Ross Jackson’s mighty cannonball twanged the underside of the Bolehall crossbar and came down over the line. Goal! Suddenly Jackson, Steve Powell and Richard Atkinson started to play like men possessed, strafing the home net with missiles from all angles.
Then, midway through the half, a “route one attack” from keeper Andy Masters via Jackson reached Steve Powell, who unleased a lethal left rocket in a one-on-one against the Bolehall keeper. So, amazed to be pegged back to 2-2, Bolehall Swifts were suddenly wobbling.
On 79 minutes, Scott Tanser fired across a pinpoint corner from the Silhill right to goal ace Powell, whose glancing header outfoxed the home keeper for the winner.
Ross Jackson then saw a free kick tipped around the post. He need not have worried because Sils’ rock-steady back four crew, with the dauntless duo of lantern-jawed Simon Bradbury and Sheffield steelman Karl Rogerson at its heart, were in no mood to allow Bolehall back into the game.
On Saturday Sils play Boldmere Sports & Social in the AFA Premier at Sharmans Cross Rd, kick off 2pm.