Silhill 1sts 0 AFC Somers 0
In a hard fought scoreless Premier Division basement battle of the Birmingham & District AFA, a bobbly pitch made it difficult for either side to pass and move effectively.
In his post-match interview, AFC Somers player-manager Ben Foulkes said the ball winning and distribution skills of Silhill first team captain and centre midfielder Darren Lea were crucial in containing the visitors’ attacks.
Nevertheless Somers’ perennial dangerman, centre midfielder Seth Johnstone, was able to twang the home crossbar in the 71st minute with a mighty piledriver shot.
Then, seven minutes from the final whistle, Sils’ leftback hero Malcolm Ward saved a certain score right on his line. The Halesowen outfit’s other efforts, chiefly from long range, were expertly covered by Sils’ all-action glovesman Andy Masters.
Nick Spencer had no luck with a one-on-one chance against the visiting keeper in the first 45. In fact Silhill’s man-of-the-match award was accorded to his fellow striker, Robbie Dowding, whose tireless running, energy and inventiveness kept his side’s hopes alive.
Also, Tommy Smith’s brother Sam, storming on as a forward substitute in the 77th minute, bent a stunning ball goalwards around the Somers defence, but it was hacked away by a last-ditch effort.
Man-of-the-match for AFC Somers was their centre half Tom West.