United faced fellow strugglers Handsworth Parramore Res at a blustery Old Road knowing that a win could put then 7 points clear of todays opponents.
The significant actions of the game all came in the opening 10 minutes, firstly the visitors took the lead on 5 minutes with what proved to be the winning goal, a ball lobbed over the United defence was met by a visiting forward who was clearly offside but he got his head to the ball first as United stopper Kyle Matthews came out to collect and nodded it past Matthews and into the net, only the assistant referee will know why he did not consider the forward to be offside. A couple of minutes later Ryan Scott and the visitors Tiago Bravo were both shown yellows after a scuffle between the pair and only moments later Bravo lost his head when he lunged into a challenge on Aiden Oakley for which he was shown a second yellow and therefore a red card leaving his side to play 80 minutes with only 10 men.
To be fair to Handsworth the loss of their player did not impede them and they still looked a good passing outfit as United struggled to get their game together with only a couple of shots that failed to trouble the Handsworth keeper while United survived a goal mouth scramble which seemed to take an eternity before it was eventually cleared. The second period saw United push their visitors back somewhat but there was a lack of creativity in the final third and there was no clear evidence that the Reds were playing against 10 men. The main thrust for the visitors in the second period were a series of fast counter attacks though Matthews wasn't really called upon to make any saves of significance. The same could be said for Dunn in the Handsworth goal who, despite United forcing his side back for large portions of the second period, like his United counterpart didn't really have a save to make. The nearest United came to a leveller was a goalmouth scramble of their own with Joe Haydens shot being blocked on the line and at point blank range while Louis McKie might have had a penalty when he was brought down late on but no spot kick was awarded.
As the game came to it's conclusion tempers among players from both sides became frayed as United became frustrated at the antics of opposition players standing in front of the ball at free kicks to slow United down as they attempted to get forward and save the game. Unfortunately time ran out and though United still remain outside the relegation places they found themselves missing out on a great opportunity to put some daylight between the other lower clubs.
United 0-1 Handsworth Parramore Res