Boldmere (A) 18/19


Boldmere St Michaels FC v Coventry United FC

Midland Football League Premier Division


Date:                Saturday 2ndMarch 2019

KO:                   3.00pm

Venue:             The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground



Well hello one and all. After the midweek 1-0 defeat to Highgate United, United today are back on the road to take on Boldmere St Michaels.

Boldmere are having a similar season to United so far and are currently sitting in 11thposition with 2pts more than United but with also a game in hand. These games are always a well contested affair and today should be no different.

United’s manager Terry Anderson is likely to make some changes today with some players either not being available and others returning into the squad for selection.

The referee gets the game under way and waste no time in showing Boldmere their intentions. United look up for it and are passing the ball around crisply.

United’s Sam Belcher tries his luck with a long range 40yrd effort that falls well wide of the target in the 3rdminute before Boldmere win their first corner that sees a header from the No7 Ben Usher Shipway also drop wide of the target in the 6thminute.

With the game being played at a frantic early pace, United seem to be settling the better out of the two and are soon on the attack again. They break in the 8thminute and a great through ball from Sam Belcher puts Tyler Haddow through on goal and he coolly slots the ball past the Boldmere keeper Lewis Fenny for a neat opening goal.


That’s a great start for United and a deserved one at that. The game restarts and it’s United again who go close when a Sam Belcher corner sees a Tyler Haddow shot blaze over the bar in the 9thminute.

Boldmere press forward in the 12thminute and register their first attempt on target when the No7 Ben Usher-Shipway’s shot falls nicely for the United keeper Brendan Bunn.

United continue to pile the pressure on Boldmere and a good diagonal kick out from the keeper Brendan Bunn picks out Joe Cairns. Cairns controls the ball well before skipping past a couple of defenders and sends a good low shot into the corner of the net for another good finish to double United’s lead in the 28thminute.


That’s a great start for United and they are dominating proceedings at the minute. Soon after though disaster strikes when Boldmere break into the area and United’s Harrison Sawyer upends the Boldmere No8 Ryan Shaw inside the area and the referee points straight to the spot in the 32ndminute. The No9 Rikardo Reid steps up to take it and coolly sends the United keeper Brendan Bunn the wrong way to put Boldmere right back in the game.


That’s a set back for United, but they will need to stay focussed now and don’t let Boldmere back into the game. The half is now drawing to an end but there is still enough time for the referee to issue a couple of yellow cards. He firstly books the Boldmere No3 Reece Mitchell for pulling Gift Mussa’s shirt in the 35thminute and then in the 41stminute he books United’s Kyle Barnett for what looked like dissent. Soon after the referee blew up for half time.

Half Time


Second Half

The second half get under way with neither side making any changes during the break. After Boldmere got their goal, they have started the second half full of hope as they look to get back on level terms.

Boldmere win a corner in the 46thminute that’s taken by the impressive No7 Ben Usher-Shipway and his cross is fumbled to the ground by the United keeper Brendan Bunn. The loose ball is then pounced on by the Boldmere No9 Rickardo Reid and he duly hooks the ball into the back of the net for the equaliser.


Well it’s a different game now as United have let a two goal lead slip. United decide to make a change in the 52ndminute when they take off Harrison Sawyer and send on Lewis Ison. Then the next few minutes sees Boldmere create a couple of half chances that are easily dealt with in the 53rd& 56thminutes. Boldmere are starting to stamp their own authority on the game and United are struggling to get hold of the ball. The 57thminute sees the Boldmere No2 Brandon Williams shown a yellow card after a tackle on United’s Gift Mussa and is then immediately taken off and replaced by the No15 Cameron Gayle in the same minute. Another booking follows in the 58thminute but this time it goes to United’s Joe Cairns for a tackle on the No11 Luke Shearer.

Soon after United make a change too when they take off Joe Cairns and send on Dominik Alleyne in the 61stminute. United are still under pressure from a very buoyed up Boldmere team. Boldmere break with pace in the 66thminute when the No10 Owen Parry is played into the area with a great pass before he steers a great shot past Brendan Bunn to put Boldmere in front.


That was a great finish and all the goals have been good ones today but more importantly United now find themselves behind for the first time. Boldmere waste no time in getting at United again and do just that in the 69thminute when the No10 Owen Parry plays a neat ball into the No11 Luke shearer who creates some space before seeing his shot cleared off the line by United’s Jamal Clarke.

United decide to make another change in the 75thminute when they take off Kai Williams and send on Sam Lockley. Boldmere make another change too soon after in the 81stminute when they take off the No8 Ryan Shaw and send on the No17 Kyle Byrne.

With the game now in the last 10 minutes, Boldmere are still having the lion’s share of the proceedings and they break forward once again in the 84th minute when the No7 Ben Usher-Shipway played in the No11 Luke Shearer who was through on goal but thankfully keeper Brendan Bunn was on hand to make a good save to deny Shearer when he looked destined to score.

Then moments later in the 85thminute United mount a rare second half attack and after some slick one touch passing between Sam Lockley and Luke Jones before Sam Lockley sends a great low angled drive past the Boldmere keeper Lewis Fenney for a great United equaliser.


That was the best bit of football of the game so far for United in the build up of that goal. The game resumes with only a few minutes left to play and it’s Boldmere who are the ones looking for the winner. They press United again and when the No17 Kyle Byrne fires in a powerful drive from the edge of the area, Brendan Bunn makes a great save to deny a surely match winning goal in the 87thminute.

Then in the 90thminute the game is paused when United’s Sam Belcher is shown a straight red card for his tackle on the No4 Craig Milligan after the referee consulting his linesmen and then duly sends off the Boldmere captain Milligan for his retaliation of the incident.

The resulting free kick is taken after a 4 minute delay and when the ball is pumped into the area, the Boldmere No9 Ricardo Reid is there to power the ball into the top corner of the net to snatch an injury time winner and also grabbing himself a hatrick too.


The game resumes but soon after the referee blows up for full time and what a game that was.

Full Time


In summing up this game I would have to say that this was A DEFINITE GAME OF TWO HALVES. United started the game brightly and went for it straight from the off and deservedly got themselves into a two goal lead. They played some great passing football and maybe could have had more if they could have stayed on side a bit better. Just before the break though they let Boldmere back into the game when they conceded a penalty that was converted and United’s lead was halved.

The second half was a complete contrast to the first as Boldmere came out a different side. They started doing to United what United did to them in the first half and were soon back on level terms. Things then got worse as Boldmere continued to boss the second half and restrict United to very few chances. To be fair Boldmere could and probably should have won by more with the second half chances they created but what a game of football that was. It had everything in it that showed how well both teams could compete and play some great football.

Players worthy of a mention today would have to be Boldmere’s No9 Ricardo Reid who was on fire today and claimed a great hatrick to help his team to claim the points.

For United they all worked hard especially in the first half. Brendan Bunn had a good game and had to make a few great saves to keep his team in the hunt during the second half. Luke Jones playing out of position did really well up against a very tricky winger in their No7 Ben Usher-Shipway. But todays man of the match for me goes once again to the impressive Tyler Haddow. Tyler showed many facets of his game today, more notably his pace and direct style of play that caused Boldmere plenty of problems especially in the first half. He’s also good in the air and won more than his fair share of headers against lads bigger than himself and also scored himself a great goal to round off his performance so well played Tyler Haddow.

Match stats                     United        Boldmere

On target                            (4)                  (9)

Off target                            (4)                  (4)

Corners                               (2)                  (9)

Free kicks                           (12)                (21)

Yellow cards                      (3)                   (2)

Red cards                           (1)                   (1)

Offside                               (7)                    (0)