Coleshill Town 1-0 The Mikes
Injury time heartbreak for the Mikes
Although the Mikes were condemned to yet another league defeat the league leaders it was hard not to feel sympathy for the players who more than equalled the table toppers throughout the ninety minutes. To rub salt in the wounds the winning goal came in the third minute of stoppage time and was scored by ex-Boldmere midfielder Joe Halsall.
After a morale boosting win on Tuesday manager Stuart Grosvenor recalled Lewis Fenney in goal, Keenah Rosser replaced the unavailable Nicky Dodd at right back and J’Cee Abraham took over at left back from skipper Craig Milligan. The captain moving into midfield with Ryan Shaw and Jason Holmes occupying more forward roles to the exclusion of top scorer Ryan Nesbitt.
The game was end to end from the first whistle with the Mikes perhaps edging proceedings in the opening quarter, indeed they should have taken a seventh minute lead when Shaw spurned a golden opportunity scuffing his effort past the far post when a goal beckoned. Meanwhile the pacey home forwards Jordan Nadat, Reece Leek and Ryan Edmunds kept the Mikes defence on their toes but with Harry Craven and Joe Lyng forming a solid partnership keeper Fenney was not troubled until ten minutes before half time when Dean Rathbone picked up a loose clearance and fired a dipping cross shot that the custodian tipped away for a fruitless corner. Charlie Morris and Ben Usher-Shipway worked tirelessly on the flanks and were fed regularly by Milligan and Cameron Gayle. Morris in particular caused several anxious moments in the home rearguard and full back Jorna Moulton was perhaps lucky to receive just a yellow card when chopping down the winger in full flight. Although the scoreline remained blank at the interval the fans had been well entertained in the autumn sunshine.
In the second period despite the fact that the Mikes were propping up the table prior to the match they played like anything but that, closing down the Colemen tenaciously and creating most of the better chances. On the other hand speedy breaks by the home forwards meant that the Mikes defenders always had to be on the alert to snuff out raids into their territory. They say when the chips are down every decision seems to go against you and that certainly rang true when another marauding run by Morris was halted by a tackle that everybody on the ground deemed a penalty bar referee Matthew Hopton. Joe Lyng smacked a great header against the bar following a corner and Jason Holmes would surely have taken either of two good chances on another day. The second attempt in fact led to an injury seeing him replaced by Nesbitt whose goal record this season inspired hope of snatching the three points. The best chance at the other end fell to Leek who broke clean away and after all the Mikes efforts a goal seemed certain to break their hearts but Fenney made a stunning tackle on the edge of the box to deny the forward. Substitute Matthew Gardner, another ex-Mike steered a further chance wide at full stretch and it looked as though Boldmere would secure a valuable point that would have been just.
As the game inched closer to the final whistle Coleshill did exert a little more pressure on the visiting rearguard but hardly deserved the winner in the 93rd minute. A free kick midway in the Mikes half snaked through a crowd of attackers and defenders to Halsall who swept the ball home from ten yards. In a late effort to rescue a point Lyng joined the attack but his frustration led to a booking and he joined Fenney who been similarly penalised for time wasting minutes before the deciding goal. Despite this further defeat all of the players can look back on a performance that suggested better things are just round the corner. Hopefully the tide will start to turn when the Mikes face AFC Wulfrunians on Saturday.
The Mikes: Lewis Fenney, Keenah Rosser, J’Cee Abraham, Cameron Gayle, Harry Craven, Joe Lyng, Ben Usher-Shipway (Alister Brauns 90+3), Craig Milligan, Jason Holmes (Ryan Nesbitt 72), Ryan Shaw, Charlie Morris. Subs not used: Alex Forde, Reiss Wagstaff, Anthony Fitzmaurice.