As all the usual writers of our reports had other things on their mind on Saturday, not least Tim, who never left the bar after watching his Under 16 girls team lift their league cup in the morning (Well Done by the way), it seems you are left with the briefest of reports from me.
With a number of injuries and the Danny Patterson serving his last match suspension, the Ambers were looking a little stretched and drafted in emergency signings Liam Flynn to cover the missing Poulter and welcomed back Lewis Carr, who is currently studying at Birmingham University. Both went straight into the team to give a starting line up of Flynn, Johnson, Wes Hill, Colliver, Griffiths, Carr, Gwindi, Roebuck, Sam Smith, Broadbent and Ward with subs Dan Smith, Hindley, Torr, Bates and Tootle making this the youngest team we have fielded to date. The Athletic Team had young keeper James Jenkinson who started his football career here at Handsworth as an Under 8.
The first half was a goalless affair with both teams treating the sun-baked crowd of 154 , swelled with the success of the girls and the number of Handsworth youngsters coming to watch their first team, to some good football, Handsworth doing much of the pressing but Worsbrough always dangerous on the break.
Having hosted the hospitalities for our guests and sorted a couple of other things that secretaries have to do at half time, by the time I made it down to watch the second half, Luke Broadbent had already put us one goal up, those that I stood with said they expected that the referee was going to blow for a challenge in the goal area but credit to Luke for playing to the whistle and adding to his already increasing tally in the NCEL. It seemed once again to be all Handsworth pushing on and Worsbrough were hard pressed but it wasn’t until the 71st minute that Gaz Griffiths out jumped everyone to give us what should have been a comfortable lead. Comfortable that is until a poor tackle on the edge of the area on one of the rare Briggers forays into the Handsworth half, breathed new life into the away team when a free kick by James Young somehow evaded everyone to beat keeper Flynn which all the Handsworth faithful were disappointed with, not least manager Eagle, who I do believe for at least one minute was speechless. Somebody at the side of me made the famous comment ”Squeaky Bum Time”, well he was right, whilst we still looked dangerous going forward, so did Worsbrough on the counter. Let’s not forget, they were on a good run themselves and had already beaten all of the other top sides in this division and were a real threat. Fortune favours the brave and we held on to complete the double over our guests and move six points clear at the top with five games to play. Another quote – Don’t count your chickens--- and all that.