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Highgate fail to end Kirby run

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Kirby Muxloe 2

Highgate made third placed Kirby Muxloe work hard for their three points as the visitors went on to extend their unbeaten league run to ten games.

Having survived early Kirby pressure, the home side enjoyed the better of first half exchanges with Thomas Holyoak keeping out long range efforts from Ian Mitchell, Toby Checketts and Matt Collins.

However just before half time, Gate were caught on the break and Thomas Hill fired home from close range.

A minute into the second half and the home side were caught cold yet again when Pollard somehow found himself clear to round Hoccum for a quick second goal.

A foul on Dan Povey set up Gasziewski to score from the spot to give Highgate a chance at getting something from the game.

Despite long periods of pressure, Gate could not create any clear cut chances, and the home side were left disappointed.

On Saturday Highgate are away to Coventry Sphinx, kick off at 3pm.

AFC Somers 3 Silhill 1sts 1

AN injury hit Silhill side travelled to Oldbury where Somers hit back from their 10-0 defeat last weekend.

It started off well for the visitors, Neil Kitching teeing up Chris Kavanagh to put Silhill in front.

However some wayward finishing proved costly as Somers levelled on the 38th minute, Scott Collett with a goalward header.

Despite some good build-up play, Silhill struggled to make chances count in the second half and Somers netted twice in four minutes to put the game to bed, Seth Johnstone scoring with a brace.

Silhill drop two places to ninth in the table and this Saturday are away at Harborne Town, kick-off 2pm.

Silhill 2nds were put to the sword by St George’s Warriors 2nds, losing 8-1. Silhill 3rds drew 1-1 with Cresconians 2nds and Silhill 4ths won 2-1 away at Parkfield AFC 2nds.

Shirley Athletic 3

Blackheath Town 0

Joe Cole netted a first half brace and the home defence held firm after the break to allow Shirley to progress to the next round of the BCFA County Vase.

Cole’s first goal came after the ball fell to him at the back post and he calmly nutmegged the Blackheath ‘keeper.

The second followed a fine run, as he shrugged off a few half-hearted challenges and sent the ball flying into the back of the net.

Shirley’s drilled defence kept their fifth clean sheet at home this season with a composed performance to keep their side in the game.

The home side looked favourites to add another to their tally, but it was a long time coming. Eventually brothers James and Ben Ince combined with Ben finishing with an overhead kick from 16 yards out to guarantee the win for Shirley.

Shirley host Boldmere F.S. at The Glades this Saturday, kick off 2pm.

Shirley 2nds produced a good draw away at West Hagley after going ahead, 1-1 was the final score. Shirley 3rds had a bad day at the office as they were hammered by Castle Vale 13-1.

Knowle FC 4 Peugeot 0

Knowle FC had a break from their league commitments when they entertained the Coventry League side Peugeot in the third round of the Birmingham Vase.

The away side played keep ball in the early stages, denying Knowle possession while not creating any chances of note for themselves.

The Robins scored with their first real opportunity, Jon Jackson-Berarey netted his 13th of the season with a header.

Knowle went further ahead thanks to Duwayne Mardenborough to give the home side a two goal cushion at half time.

The second 45 minutes continued in much the same way that the first had ended, Knowle looking comfortable and in control.

Lively midfielder Joe Smith extended Knowle’s lead with a well placed low shot. Smith was on hand again to turn in a great cross from substitute Steve Lynch.


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