Boldmere St Michaels 3-0 Bridgnorth Town
Baker Joiner Midland Football Alliance Match Report:
This was Bridgnorth’s second visit to Church Road this season and they were looking to repeat their earlier 3-1 FA Cup success.
Boldmere restored Richard Gregory to the starting line up with Mark Rose dropping to the bench.
The game started at a fast pace with both teams looking to strike early. Bridgnorth had suffered just one league defeat to date and they came closest on the quarter hour mark when Lewis Fenney saved well from Anwar Olugbon.
Shortly afterwards Bond shot wide when well placed after being set up by Guryn as the visitors continued to look the more menacing side. Boldmere responded and a Will Perkins cross fell to Richard Gregory whose effort from the edge of the box effort was collected by the Bridgnorth keeper Chris Crook.
Moments later the visitors Simon Gregory fouled Simeon Maye and was yellow carded for his effort.
The resulting free kick from Kirk Smith was dealt with comfortably by Crook. Maye limped off minutes later to be replaced by Lyndon Weller. Olugbon was causing the Boldmere rearguard problems with his direct running and should have done better than shoot wildly over the bar after Karl Griffiths played a delightful one two with him.
As the interval approached Stuart Capaldi for The Mikes and Griffiths for Town both failed to convert when well placed leaving the game scoreless for the half time pep talks.
Bridgnorth retained the ascendancy in the second period with efforts by Griffiths, Bond and Olugbon with Fenney equal to the task on each occasion, whilst a Capaldi long range effort was the best response by the homesters.
However, as so often happens against the run of play the Mikes opened the scoring; Capaldi who had looked the most likely to break the deadlock did so in the 67th minute clipping home a great strike at the near post from Kirk Smith’s corner. Three minutes later it was two-nil and game over, Joe Smith was fouled in the box and Richard Gregory hammered the resultant penalty powerfully past Crook before being replaced by Mark Rose. The visitors Richard Golding was booked for a foul and then with a few minutes remaining before another penalty earned by the hard work of Rose saw Capaldi repeat the penalty dose to give the scoreline an emphatic but rather flattering look. Golding’s afternoon got worse as he conceded the second penalty, but escaped punishment for that offence. A comment to the assistant referee endured he received his second yellow anyway. Boldmere’s Capadi, Andy Lewis and third substitute Andy Malcolm also went into the notebook, but at the conclusion it was a very happy Boldmere dressing room as the earlier FA Cup defeat was suitably avenged.