Kynoch 2 - 2 Yardley
YARDLEY gained a well-earned away point as the second half of the West Midlands Division 2 programme finally got underway, following the winter snows.
In spite of having to re-shuffle the team due to a late cry-off, Yardley started well, and moved the ball around with promise.
Mid-way through a fairly even first half Yardley forced a short corner. Zach Jarvis’s shot was parried by the keeper and good work by Andy Elves set up Ismail Mutlib to give Yardley the lead.
Yardley’s lead was short lived though and they will claim that a harsh decision led to Kynoch equalising from their own short corner.
During the second half Yardley continued to exert pressure on their hosts, but in spite of several good chances, another goal seemed very difficult to come by. Eventually, however, a right wing break by Luke Menzel set up Ismail Mutlib who scored his second.
Kynoch managed to scramble an equaliser and for the remainder of the half both teams became rather edgy, but neither could find a winner.
Old Sils 5 - 3 Bromsgrove
SILS took the lead early on through man-of-the-match Mike Thorpe, on his return to the club, who flicked a short corner into the roof of the net.
The Sils soon doubled their lead thanks to another Thorpe drag flick and just before the break Liam Cole scored a reverse stick shot from the edge of the D. Bromsgrove pulled one back off a break away just before the break.
The second half started with Bromsgrove in the ascendancy and they had soon pulled back to within a goal off a well worked short corner routine. But the Sils soon regained control through Jamie Clapham in the middle of the pitch and after a scrambled goal mouth incident were awarded a penalty flick, which Mike Thorpe converted for his hat-trick.
The Sils managed to score their fifth through Salman Whittaker, and despite Bromsgrove getting a third goal, ended up comfortable winners.
Kidderminster 1 - 3 Old Sils
FROM their first short corner, Mike Thorpe flicked into the bottom right hand corner of the goal to give the Sils a deserved lead.
As the half progressed Kidderminster came back into the game, but on the counter-attack Keith Leeson won another short corner, which Mike Thorpe dully finished off.
The second half continued in much the same fashion with Kidderminster controlling the game and the Sils countering them. After a well worked attack from Liam Cole and Chris Thorpe, Max Levenger calmly slotted the ball home for his 8th league goal of the season.