Yardley 1 Bromsgrovians 4
Already promoted, Bromsgrovians were looking to clinch the championship in this ENER-G MRHA West Midlands Division 2 match, but they were made to work hard for their victory by a spirited Yardley performance.
Yardley made things difficult for themselves by conceding a soft goal after the first couple of minutes. A partial clearance on the goal-line got a lucky deflection off the oncoming forward’s stick into the net. The young, hardworking and skilful visitors continued to attack at every opportunity but were firmly resisted by some stout defence ably marshalled by skipper Rob McGuigan. The league leaders were not having things their own way by any means as Yardley’s own youngsters were giving an excellent account of themselves. Speedy wingers Jacob Smith and Junaid Ali were causing their own problems ably supported by Gavin Hetherington and Ismail Mutlib in midfield. Yardley deservedly levelled the scores when Jacob Smith scored his first league goal following up from a short corner. Although Bromsgrovians were more persistent in their attacks they could not find any further way through before half time.
It was not until midway through an evenly matched second half when the visitors brought on their ex-international player and team coach to provide a master-class in finishing to score a hat trick to calm his team’s nerves and claim all three points.
Yardley will feel slightly disappointed with the final score, but should take great heart from their overall performance and the progress made this season by their youngsters. They complete their league programme this week with a visit to Bromsgrove.
Peter Brainch (Publicity Officer)