Managers Update -
23rd October 2007
Our Foleshill Charity Cup campaign began and ended last weekend. Having beaten Folly Lane Reserves in the CET Junior Cup two weeks before it was their turn to win at this repeat encounter. We had our opportunities but did not capitalise on them and even though we played with ten men for most of the match we were never out played. Good luck to Folly Lane in the next round of the competition. Exiting from one competition will let us maintain our focus on the league. The only league match of last weekend saw third place Jaguar Daimler lose to Coventry University, as a consequence of which we remain in fifth place but now have three games in hand on Jaguar. Next weekend we take on Triumph Athletic Reserves in the second round of the Major Boyd Carpenter Cup. All supporters welcome, especially anyone willing to run the line.
Foleshill Charity Cup - Folly Lane Reserves 3 Brinklow 0
20th October 2007
Report from Paul Huddlestone:-
What a strange game this was! With Brinklow fielding a very under strength side due to work and family commitments, it appeared that it was going to be a very difficult game. However with a re-shuffle of personnel, the Brinklow side managed to control the first exchanges going close on two occasions before our hosts got into the game. The game started to become a mid-field affair with both sides giving no quarter in a very niggley half and when either side did break through good keeping prevented the opener. A misunderstanding in a defensive wall then saw Brinklow’s chances of victory take a swift blow. An altercation between two Brinklow players culminated in one of them leaving the field of play, and with Brinklow having no substitutes due to Club Policy, it was a case of lets see what we could get. This seemed to bond the lads, and with great effort from all over the park Brinklow forced the best chance of the half with Chris Bedder glancing a header past the static Folly keeper but unfortunately, also the wrong side of the post. The second half was an uphill battle, but Brinklow stood firm and even created the better chances before Folly Lane opened the scoring with a superb strike which went in off the underside of the bar. As there were only 25 minutes remaining Brinklow started to push on, again having two superb opportunities for an equaliser and at this point should have been a couple of goals to the good. However as Brinklow surged forward, the inevitable gaps appeared with Folly hitting hard on the break, pushing the extra man up front at their leisure. In the final period of the game superb defending by Martin Bunning and excellent last ditch Keeping by Dale Huddlestone kept the rampant home team at bay until the final few minutes when Brinklow’s never say die attitude was broken for the home side to post a very unjust score line indeed.
Report from Gordon Betts:-
Our second Cup match against Folly Lane Reserves was likely to see our Alliance 1 opponents keen to make amends for their loss in the CET Junior Telegraph Cup. With several regular players missing and only 11 names on the team sheet it looked as if we would struggle but the early stage of the game saw us making strong breaks from defence and applying pressure on the hosts, but unfortunately not finding the finishing touch. A tense moment whilst building a defensive wall led to a difference of opinions and a reduction to ten men for the remainder of the match. As is often the case the team played as if we had the extra man advantage and Folly Lane had to work hard to find any way through. Eventually they were able to capitalise on their advantage and took three second half goals to allow them to progress to the next round.