Team Men’s 1st Team
Opponent Bournville 2
Date February 10, 2024
Result Loss
Score 0 – 3

CoB Men’s 1stXI 0-3 Bournville Men’s 2s

Fielding the bare XI, CoB were in for a tough afternoon against their visitors. However, to their credit they did begin brightly enough with perhaps the better of the early exchanges and creating a few chances.

Bournville soon found their feet and worked their way into the game. A smart move led to a good goal to give them an early lead. The visitors continued to look dangerous each time they progressed forward.

Sohail and Ash were working hard to stem the danger and move the home side forward. Junaid too was instrumental in cutting out dangerous attacks and also helping to create good play. On one occasion Jeevan surged forward towards the D looking for a positive end-product. Unfortunately, his cross was well cleared and danger avoided. The visitors had at least five very useful youngsters on their side and the home side had to work hard to contain them.

On a breakout from defence Bournville hit a long ball forward into the D. No-one was able to cut it out. The hopeful ball forward found its way into the D, an alert forward got a touch on the ball, enough to divert it past Neal into the goal. This was enough to give the visitors a 2-0 lead at the interval.

The second half saw the home side make a positive start, but Bournville were able to mop up any serious threats. At half time the home side had made a couple of positional adjustments which helped for a while. Increasingly, Bournville continued their threat, CoB showed signs of indiscipline and lack of togetherness at times. Neal was called upon to make some timely saves and interventions. Bournville made the game safe with a third goal. A cross from the right found a forward at the head of the D. His shot on goal was partly saved but found its way into the goal. CoB’s heads seemed to drop even further and Bournville claimed the three points, leaving CoB still in the danger zone.

A bad day at the office, so to speak. With no game next week, CoB have a little time to work out a response before their next game, away at Edgbaston.

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