Silhill 3 Old Wulfrunians 2
IN a battle royal at Sharmans Cross Road, Silhill clung heroically to a 3-2 lead to beat opponents Old Wulfs by a single point to fourth spot in the Premier Division to qualify for a Birmingham County FA Vase place, for the first time ever.
Silhill owed so much during the season’s campaign - as on the final day - to their new centre forward Ross Jackson. Over the season he netted 22 league goals of the their total of 58, constituting the third highest ‘goals for’ in the Premier Division. On this occasion he netted twice.
Silhill stormed to a 2-0 lead in the opening 11 minutes. First man-of-the-match Tom Sutheran scored and then five minutes later Rikki Badger received a great ball from skipper Darren Lea who crossed to Jackson who scored the second.
However, 29 minutes before halftime, Adam Burns pulled one back for Old Wulfs, then six minutes before the interval, Silhill’s leftback Keith Conway was red-carded for bringing down an Old Wulfs’ forward.
Undaunted, the ball found its way to Jackson who gleefully hammered in the 3-1 from the left of the net.
Nevertheless, two minutes later, Burns intercepted a clearance from Sils’ defence to score.
Sils though dug in and survived a late bombardment on goal to run out winners.