Manager: Lee Edmunds - Mobile: 07951 713057
Assistant Manager : Andy Jinks - Mobile: 07957 636104
|This Weeks Man Of The Match|
|Player of the Month|
FIXTURES & RESULTS - 2017/18 SEASON
|09/09/2018||Away||Cup/Trophy Playoff||Hednesford Town Newlands||L 0-3||Matt, Ross & Luke|
|16/09/2018||Home||League Div 1||Red Star Rangers||W 7-1||Owen (3), Jack, Elliot, Josh W (2)||Ross|
|23/09/2018||Away||League Div 1||Walsall Phoenix Orcas|
|30/09/2018||Home||League Div 1||Huntington Harriers|
|07/10/2018||Home||Trophy - Group Stage||Chasetown Scholars|
|14/10/2018||Away||Trophy - Group Stage||Colron Rangers|
|21/10/2018||Away||League Div 1||Hednesford Town Newlands|
MATCH REPORTS - 2017/2018 SEASON
Shelfield United 7 Red Star Rangers 1 - 16th September 2018
Our Under 16's, sponsored by Concurrent Engineering Ltd, kicked off their top flight season in style with an emphatic victory against an experienced Red Star outfit. The early exchanges were cagey as SUFC continued to settle into their new formation. It was the visitars who shaded the opening 15 minutes creating several chances before eventually taking the league with a speculative cross come shot. Shades of the bad luck from last week and the spectators probably expected a similar outcome but it was not to be. Our lads settled into a rhythm and were soon level with a fine finish from Owen Bradford. It was soon 2-1 with sub Jack Duggan, who it is sometimes easy to forget is a year younger than the rest of the squad, squeezed a shot home with precision past two converging defenders into the keepers bottom corner. Half time 2-1.
After the break SUFC kicked up another gear and with well timed substitutions keeping things fresh against opponents with only 11 available players the fitness levels started to play their part. Three times Josh Warner went close to extending the lead before Owen made it 3-1 with a cool finish following good work form wingback Jamie. Elliot then scored from a full 40 yards out with his ball forward being misjudged by the keeper and ending up in the back of the empty net to make it 4-1. Josh Warner finally got his reward with a close range finish to make it 5 and then Owen sealed yet another hat-trick with our sixth. Josh Warner completed the scoring in the dying minutes with our 7th and the lads were full value for the result.
Every player who took part was outstanding but man of the match went to Ross for a faultless performance on the left hand side of the back three. There will be harder games coming up but an excellent start to the league campaign nonetheless.
Shelfield United 0 Hednesford Town Newlands 3 - 9th September 2018
Our Under 16's, sponsored by Concurrent Engineering Ltd, travelled to Hednesford Town to kick off the 2018-19 campaign with a Cup/Trophy decider. The winners go through to the League Cup whereas the losers get to compete for the Trophy. Comings and goings during the summer left us with just 12 players signed (to be addressed in the coming weeks - Jack Duggan has already confirmed he will be re-signing with the club in time for next weekend). The coaches have also had to change the formation to suit the skill set of the players availalbe. So today was the first outing for our new 3-1-4-1-1 formation with wingbacks.
To be fair the lads settled into the new shape and held it well. The opening exchanges were sparse of any real scoring chances for either team. The new look back three of Luke, Matt and Ross looked very comfortable with Jamie and Dylan working hard in the wingback positions. Harvey was playing his usual CDM role well and we were limiting a strong Hednesford side to speculative long range efforts. It was from one of these that the hosts got the breakthrough. A looping cross caused problems for our defence and despite Kai parrying an initial shot well he was helpless against the follow up tapped in from a yard out. A fortuous goal for the home team. but they all count. 1-0 was the score up to the half.
SUFC came at Hednesford well in the opening exchanges of the second half but there were no real chances created for Owen who was having a very frustrating afternoon against a strong defensive unit. Hednesford then got their second after we were caught in posession, a quick ball was played inside and hit speculatively first time by their number 11 and he caught it just right to give Kai no chance at all. Hednesford then killed the game as a competition with a cross that somehow evaded everyone and went in the net. Three lucky goals were our undoing, but we really didn't create anything going forward either. There was one decent shout for a penalty towards the end which the ref did not give but that was our only glimmer of hope.
Posititves were our defence of Matt Keating on his debut, Luke Hill and Ross Edmunds, who got the man of the match awarded jointly. Plenty of effort too even at 0-3 down which is encouraging. Our first game since April and no league points dropped so not a massive disaster. Some things to work on in training next week ahead of the league opener against Red Star.