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Strong start is key to an emphatic win

BOLDMERE should have taken a first minute lead when Tom Law was given the freedom of the box only to despatch his header against the bar.

Midland Football Alliance
Highgate United 0 - 4 Boldmere St Michaels

BOLDMERE should have taken a first minute lead when Tom Law was given the freedom of the box only to despatch his header against the bar. Gate were soon behind though when Jason Holmes converted a cross in the 12th minute.

Tom Giddings and Tobias Salmon had both failed to make the most of headers inside the box and although Terry Carpenter saw a ten-yard effort cleared off the line, Gate failed to get a shot on target throughout the whole of the 90 minutes.

With the visitors bossing play after the break, with a simple brand of attacking football, goals came at regular intervals. Lyndon Weller and Lee Osbourne (2) were the visitor’s other goals.

Coalville Town 7 - 1 Highgate United

HIGHGATE suffered a second comprehensive defeat in less than a week as they crashed to second placed Coalville on Tuesday night.

The hosts raced into a three goal lead after just 15 minutes and scored twice more before the half time whistle.

With just pride to play for, Gate more than matched the home side after the break, deservedly scoring through Tobias Salmon’s 85th minute penalty. They did however concede twice as they crashed to their heaviest league defeat in more than four seasons.

AFA Senior Cup - Quarter Final
Silhill 0 - 2 Inter Vaughans

OVER confidence and a weakened team spelt doom for Silhill in their game on Saturday against highly motivated Division 1 frontrunners Inter Vaughans.

In the 14th minute, visiting centre forward John Healey scored the first of his two goals that put Silhill out of the cup. He rifled the ball from outside the box under home goalkeeper Andy Masters.

On 82 minutes, livewire Farrell was the supplier, having broken through the middle, and Healey beat Masters in an unstoppable one-on-one against him.

AFA Premiership
Shirley Athletic 5 - 1 Walsall Phoenix

SHIRLEY got back to winning ways as Mike Mountford opened the scoring within the first two minutes, with a controlled 20-yard strike.

A rare Walsall attack resulted in a penalty for the visitors and the equaliser, but just five minutes later Steve Ruck finished off a Shirley attack to see them take the lead again.

The second half began scrappy with both teams cancelling each other out, before Jez Tweede finished coolly after going one -on-one with the ‘keeper.

Ruck then fired home before being awarded a penalty, which he duly dispatched for his hat-trick and a win which puts Shirley back on top of the Premiership.

AFA Division 2
Silhill (2nds) 2 - 0 Old Nortonians

TWO goals by lethal left midfielder Oliver Parry lifted Howard Yates’s Silhill Reserves to ten points from ten league games.

The springboard for Silhill’s success was provided by their rock-steady back four crew of left back Paul Bradley, right back Simon Graham and the centre half pairing of Mark Pigott and man-of-the-match Daniel Ebbutt.

AFA Division 3
Shere Punjab 1 - 3 Shirley Athletic (2nds)
CPA Smethwick (2nds) 4 - 2 Silhill (3rds)

AFA Bill Hill Cup - Semi Final
Shirley Athletic (3rds) 0 - 4 St George’s Warriors


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