Last Sunday 7 October, under-13’s football teams Gunners FC (Bloxwich) and Blakenall Harriers (Blakenall Heath) played an exciting match at Leamore Park.
The final score was Blakenall Harriers 2, Gunners FC 8.
The following match report has kindly been provided by Daren Fellows, Chairman of Gunners FC, who are based at the Gunners Club in Bloxwich. Team photo (above) supplied courtesy Gunners FC.
The Gunners next match will be played next Sunday at Leamore Park against Lane Head Raiders. Kick-off is at 10.30am. New members are welcome.
Finally, at the fourth time of asking, on a crisp October morning, Gunners FC recorded their first league win of the season against Blakenall Harriers who put up a valiant effort in a match which was evenly matched apart from the Gunners finishing which came right on the day.
Blakenall kicked off but the Gunners gained possession with Jake Bailey having the first shot of the game which was saved by the Blakenall goalkeeper. A minute later the Gunners had a corner which produced a header which just went over the bar by Leon Powell. Was this the sign of things to come?
For the next few minutes Blakenall started to get into the game and started to pressure the Gunners defence but crucial tackles by Adam Stephens, James Hale and Aston Billiard stopped any real efforts until Gunners keeper Dion Patterson was called into action after 5 mins.
On 6 mins a Gunners free kick taken by captain Harry Fellows came to nothing except a goal kick to Blakenall. But after 8 mins good work by Ryan Wain, Jacob Kirwan and Harry Fellows provided a pass to Billy Cartwright who calmly slotted the ball home 1-0 to the Gunners.
Blakenall then stepped up a gear with Adam Stephens and Joe Tennant in the Gunners defence having to make some good challenges. Midfielders Jacob Kirwan and Leon Powell were then involved in a tough battle with Blakenall having the slight edge. This then paid off for Blakenall who from a corner levelled the scores as the Gunners failed to clear the ball after 14 mins 1-1.
Gunners from the kick off then came back at Blakenall with a shot going wide from Ryan Wain after 16mins. Then on 18 mins Harry Fellows passed to Ryan Wain who’s shot was cleared off the line. For the next 10 mins both teams were evenly matched in midfield but the Gunners had the edge with shots from Jake Bailey, Ryan Wain and Harry Fellows all missing the target.
Then on 31 mins Blakenall shot just wide of the Gunners goal and the resulting goal kick sent the Gunners into attack which resulted in a cross being handled in the area, penalty to the Gunners. This was slotted home by Harry Fellows to make it 2-1 to the Gunners. The Gunners then produced one more attack with Billy Cartwright and Jacob Kirwan involved but nothing came of it. Half Time.
The Gunners kicked off the second half with a couple of changes, Henry Jones coming on for Jacob Kirwan and a couple of changes tactically which seemed to make a difference to the shape of the team. This had Jake Bailey shooting just wide on 37 mins then a minute later after good work from Henry Jones and Harry Fellows who put a pass through to Ryan Wain who shot and scored making it 3-1.
Blakenall then produced several shots but failed to hit the target and it seemed as though they were starting to turn the game. Another substitution on 42 mins saw Michael Price replace Jake Bailey , and this forced another team formation change but it paid off after 53 mins when a Leon Powell pass to Harry Fellows who’s shot was saved but the loose ball was smashed home by Michael Price 4-1 to the Gunners.
The heads then dropped on the Blakenall team and Gunners pressure from midfield by Henry Jones passing to Harry Fellows who passed to Ryan Wain who shot and scored his second and the Gunners fifth on 57 mins 5-1. A minute later good work from Billy Cartwright and Henry Jones ended in a Harry Fellows shot being saved by the Blakenall keeper. Then on 60 mins a pass from Henry Jones to Michael Price who was in the clear made it 6-1.
Blakenall from the kick off forced a save from Gunners Keeper Dion Patterson who fed the ball to Harry Fellows who passed to Ryan Wain who shot just wide. On 63 mins Leon Powell passed to Henry Jones who spotted Harry Fellows free but his shot was weak and straight at the Blakenall keeper.
After 66 mins a Blakenall free kick was intercepted by Henry Jones who’s through ball went to Michael Price and he smashed it home for his hat trick and the Gunners seventh 7-1. Two minutes later after a Ryan Wain shot was cleared Blakenall broke away on their left and scored their second after some good work by them 7-2.
From the kick off the Gunners attacked with Michael Price passing the ball to Harry Fellows who made no mistake scoring his second making it 8-2. In the final minutes play was held up due to an injury to Ryan Wain but no more chances were created and the ref then blew.
This was a much better performance by the Gunners, with them never giving up and trying to play the football they have been taught.
Dion Patterson in goal made some good saves and was really not at fault for the goals conceded. The defence on the day – Aston Billiard, Joe Tennant, Adam Stephens and James Hale – stuck to their guns and played well as a unit .
The midfield of Jacob Kirwan, Billy Cartwright, Leon Powell, Jake Bailey and captain Harry Fellows all battled hard and never gave up.
Subs Henry Jones and “hat trick hero” Michael Price slotted into the game well and made a difference second half.
But striker Ryan Wain just edged it as Gunners star man on Sunday due to him chasing everything and putting in a good all round performance. Let’s hope the boys can now build on this impressive performance as they play Lane Head Raiders next Sunday at Leamore Park hoping to reverse the defeat they suffered last week.DAREN FELLOWS CHAIRMAN, GUNNERS FC