Handsworth GSOB 1 Silhill 4
IN this their final Birmingham AFA Premiership game of the 2011-12 season, Silhill shrugged off their recent topsy-turvy form to storm to a comprehensive victory to finish one point above their opposition.
Accordingly Silhill finished their campaign in ninth place on 32 points.
Sils goalscorers on an evening to remember were Joe Constable, Lee Powell (2), and their man-of-the-match, David Icke.
On the night Sils were absolutely straining at the leash, fully kitted out and warmed up whilst manager Nav Ashraf’s Old Boys were still parking up across the railway.
And, within 50 seconds of the whistle Constable had given them the lead.
On 33 minutes Powell made it two yet there was work to do at the other end too, as Sils’ golden goalie Andy Masters palmed a certain score onto his crossbar three minutes into the second 45.
Handsworth pulled one back but on 63 minutes, Icke launched onto a blistering run to supply Powell, who made it 3-1.
Then the hands-like-flypaper Masters saved a whining direct freekick howitzer with a save of which Joe Hart himself would have been proud.
On 76 minutes Icke came through the centre like a train to whip the ball off the toe of an awestruck and bemused centre back for 4-1. The Old Boys were visibly relieved when Jeff Shaw eventually blew the final whistle to bring an end to their suffering, in the very moment that Powell’s piledriver bounced off the enormous frame of shot-stopper Crosby in goal.