Silhill 2 Wake Green 0
WAKE Green entered the Sharmans Cross Road bear pit on Saturday with their crushing 6-1 League victory over Silhill seven months before, just a distant memory.
It was a fiercely fought local Solihull derby with a far sharper edge than usual, given the potential threat of relegation hanging over both teams.
Two early quick-fire goals from Darren Lea and Curtis Karim put the hosts 2-0 up after just 15 minutes.
Wakes’ keeper Paul Smith was sufficiently acrobatic and fortunate not to let in four or five more as cannonball shots flew regularly at his net.
After visiting centre half Mark Brady had been cautioned by man-in-black Mr Peter Maisey for a handball offence, Lea struck the resulting direct freekick straight and true into the top corner of Smith’s net.
Barely three minutes later, a flowing counterattack between Neil Kitching and David Johnson supplied Karim for the second.
Still in the first 45, rising star Johnson was blatantly caught by a defender and chopped down, but the referee sternly refused the widespread penalty appeal that followed. The all-skills Johnson had further misfortune on the hour when his neatly headed wgoal, from Justin Perry’s inch-perfect pass, was ruled offside.
Both teams now have one fixture left and are locked together on 24 points, above relegated Ajax United, who have finished their programme.
Shirley 3 Ajax 1
MAN-of-the-match Ben Ince guided Shirley to a comfortable 3-1 victory over relegated Ajax.
The midfielder scored a brace adding to Simon Jamieson’s strike.
In a first half dominated by Shirley, it seemed that it wasn’t going to be their day as they hit the cross bar three times in the first 20 minutes.
Another Shirley attack resulted in a goalmouth scramble, and Ince had three stabs at scoring before finally converting on the 4th attempt.
Ajax changed formation in the second half, and put the Shirley defence under a bit of pressure, but to no avail.
A great move from the back, and down the left, found in-form Jamieson at the edge of the area and the striker’s neat control and turn, enabled him to fire past Ajax’s stand-in keeper.
Ajax pulled one back mid-way through the half but Ince wrapped it up late on.