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16/09/2018HomeLeagueLichfield Round Table
D 1-1JeveenDylan
23/09/2018AwayLeagueChase ColtsW 0-12
 Dominekus (4), Dionte (3), Ash (3), Gevine, Kamaal
30/09/2018HomeLeagueSutton TownW 5-1
Dionte 3, Justice, Givene
Sam Maydew
07/10/2018HomeLeaugeSutton Ranger FalconsL 5-6Dionte (2), Dom (2), GiveneGivene
14/10/2018HomeLeaugetafford RangersD 2-2Dionte (2)Gabriel Annan
04/11/18AwayBilston CupSilverdaleW 1-10Dionte (5), Ashley (4), Joel
11/11/18HomeLeaugeChae ColtsW 6-1Dionte (4), Dylan (2)
25/11/2018HomeCup QFStafford FalconsW 1-0Dionte (1)Jumari & Charlie
02/12/18HomeLeagueStafford FalconsW 5-2Dionte (3); Ash (2)Joel


Shelfield United Whites 1 v Lichfield Round Table 1 - 16th September 2018
Goals: Jeveen
Man of the Match: Dylan
After the 22-0 rout of Beacon Colts last week, a more realistic test of Shelfield's mettle came today against familiar opponents who finished a place above us in the Premier League last season. A closely contested game from start to finish, there were few clear cut chances in the first half with the defence standing firm and Dylan at centre back in imperious form. Lichfield did however manage to find a goal when the Whites could not clear their lines. Sam Maydew, who saved well initially was just beaten to a ball which rebounded kindly off the post to their striker, who gambled well and bundled the ball over the line under pressure. An improving Shelfield side began to fashion more chances just before half time with Joel starting to have increasing influence down the right and Dionte posing a constant threat with his power and pace. If the away side just about shaded the first half then the Whites clearly had the best of the second half and equalized with a superb header by Jeveen from a well struck Mitchell corner. After this the home side almost went in front within a minute, Dionte firing just beyond the far post, before spurning another chance that Ash might have converted. In the closing minutes the best opportunity to win the game came in a hectic passage of play in which Shelfield twice hit the post before Jeveen's goal bound shot was somehow turned over by the keeper. Round Table just about held out before rallying towards the end. The draw was a reasonable reflection of a good contest that Shelfield arguably had the best of, but Dylan's defending, commitment and leadership at the back was the key to an encouraging early season performance and earned him a deserved man of the match award today.

Chase Colts U14s  0-12 Shelfield United Whites U14s
Man of the match: Dominekus
Another dominant display saw Shelfield run away with this one having laid the foundations in the first half. Playing scintillating football at times, the home side who had battled well in the early stages was blown away by an attacking onslaught in which intelligent passing and team play were often in evidence. Our newest arrival Dom contributed fully to the rout and scored four goals on debut to take the man of the match award.

Playing against the wind it took some time for the Whites to really assert their superiority, but well organised defending and an increasing hold of the midfield were key to getting the upper hand in blustery conditions. Gevine opened the scoring with a well taken shot from just inside the box following good approach play from Charlie, while Justice had a major hand in the second goal which was finished off emphatically by Dionte for the first of his three goals today. As half time approached, Shelfield made things look more comfortable with a beautifully struck left foot free kick from Kamaal finding the corner and on the stroke of half time Ash confidently converted the penalty he had won.

With the wind advantage and against increasingly demoralised opponents, the Whites exerted total control of the game in the second half. Dom scored the first of his four goals from close range following excellent forward play from Dionte. Dionte himself then scored another well struck goal before the floodgates opened. Dom and Dionte both helped themselves to one more each taking advantage of some uncertain defending and finishing unerringly while goalkeeping errors presented Ash with two goals of his own to complete another hat-trick. The pick of the second half goals was probably Dom's third, curled into the top right hand corner and offering the keeper no chance. A well struck fourth, this time on his left foot, finished the scoring but with Shelfield looking able to score every time they brought the ball forward, only the full time whistle ended the agony for the Colts.

On this form the Whites look a match for any side in the division, and every Shelfield player today contributed to the excellent performance and to the emphatic result.

Shelfield United Whites 5 v 1 Sutton Town Utd - 30th September 2018What ended in a fairly comfortable win against traditionally close rivals was in fact an odd encounter in many ways, with the goals compressed at either end of the fixture and Shelfield struggling to finish off the visitors due to a mixture of wastefulness in front of goal and excellent goalkeeping for United. Goalkeepers were in fact frequently stars of the show in this encounter and Sam pulled off a series of important saves in the second half to prevent any chance of an unlikely comeback from Sutton, who fought well to stay in the game until almost the very end.A flurry of goals arrived in the opening minutes of a frenetic first half played in typically autumnal windy and overcast conditions. Justice, with determination drove in from the right wing to finish from close range before Sutton equalised soon after with a well struck finish following a rare mix up in defence. Within seconds the lead was restored with Dionte charging through direct from kick off to score a solo goal. He then added to his tally soon after with the pick of the goals, lofted delicately over the Sutton keeper and giving him no chance. With barely ten minutes on the clock a goal fest seemed on the cards with both sides capable of breaking and scoring almost at will, it seemed.  However, for the next hour the game was deadlocked, with Charlie's temporary departure from the midfield, where he had run the show alongside the ever tenacious Givene, leading to a less fluent period of play from the home side. Any hope of a Sutton revival though was repeatedly snuffed out by the defence, led by Dylan who was again in excellent form, and ably supported by Sam in goal who was equal to every potential danger.The second half remained a stalemate despite the Whites dominating in terms of territory for long periods. Sutton continued to counter attack threateningly and a mixture of effective last ditch defending and excellent decision making from Sam in goal preserved the gap between the two teams. A penalty miss for Shelfield extended the uncertainty, while several decisions that went against the home side from the match officials raised eyebrows, and a range of helpful suggestions from the sidelines.With time running out Shelfield finally squeezed in a goal in anti-climactic fashion following a miscued  corner to which Givene was fastest to react. There was still time for Dionte to complete his hat-trick with a well struck shot that the Sutton keeper uncharacteristically misjudged, giving a more realistic look to the score sheet in terms of Shelfield possession and chances. It was perhaps still a little harsh on the visitors though who battled hard with some talented players.This convincing result against close rivals gives us a better indication of where we stand in the league pecking order, and suggests there is all to play for this season in terms of chasing trophies.

Shelfield United Whites 5 v Sutton Rangers Falcons 6 - 7th October 2018
Another odd sort of game saw Shelfield first do their best to lose the game in the first quarter, then storm back to be in a strong winning position half way into the second half before conspiring to lose the game all over again in the last quarter. Even so, the match could have gone either way in the final minutes and only some inspired goalkeeping by the Falcons keeper prevented a comfortable home win.

A combination of poor defending and ruthless finishing saw the visitors establish a three goal lead within the fist twenty minutes. A sleepy Shelfield side then finally woke up and struck back twice before half time with Dionte scoring two contrasting but well taken goals. Looking the better side, the Whites then consolidated their advantage after half time with Givene, clearly the best player on the pitch today, leveling the match from close range. Dom then continued his fine scoring run with two further well taken goals to establish a seemingly comfortable two goal lead. This was the point that further uncertain defending allowed the visitors back into the game, first with a penalty and then from an unstoppable shot after further defensive dithering on the edge of the box. The Falcons keeper then made three extraordinary saves to keep the match all square allowing the visitors time to grab a late winner.

The result was harsh on the Whites who played well for long spells but demonstrates that defensive complacency will be punished in this league. While there were good performances from several players and Dylan stood out in an otherwise under par defence; Givene ran the show and was most unfortunate to end up on the losing side, winning the man of the match award.

Shelfield United Whites 2 v Stafford Rangers 2 - 14th October 2018
Honours were even at the end of this closely contested match, but Shelfield created more of the clear cut chances, struck the woodwork three times and were denied a clear looking penalty, doing enough perhaps to have won the game. We have seen games like this go begging though and the home side had their own strong claims for a penalty turned down late in the game.

in contrast to last week Shelfield got off to a bright start with Dionte scoring a deftly struck goal in the first ten minutes and the defence, with Dylan and Gabriel in particular both looking in good form, a lot more cohesive. Multiple chances to extend the lead were not taken and the home side grew into the game, leveling after about twenty minutes. The Whites then found new impetus and a great move initiated by Givene down the right resulted in a cross that Dionte dispatched for his second. A corner late in the half resulted in a goalmouth scramble that eventually saw Gabriel rattle the post, but only a solitary goal separated the sides at half time.

The second half was just two minutes old when Rangers equalised with a fine shot from an acute angle that might nevertheless have been averted. While the home side pressed at times in search of a winner Shelfield still made most of the running with Dionte and Billy both hitting the woodwork and Givene being upended in the box after a brilliant run, but denied the penalty that should have followed. Late chances for the home side and a decent penalty appeal of their own might have brought a different result, but the two sides remained tied at the final whistle.

This was another case of points dropped, but the performance was rather more consistent than the previous week and Gabriel took the man of the match award for a solid contribution in defence, being unlucky not to add a rare goal of his own today.

Shelfield United Whites 1 v Lichfield Round Table 1 - 4th November 2018
Shelfield dominated this fixture with some of the best football they have played this season, and will be a tricky proposition for whoever faces them in the semis on this form. A powerful first half display saw Shelfield establish a four goal cushion with Ashley completing a first half hat-trick and Dionte scoring the first of his five. The passing and movement were hard for our Walsall League opponents to live with and this only intensified after the break with Ashley turning provider and Dionte proving deadly in his finishing four times, before Joel Adjei completed the scoring spree. In between times Silverdale scored a fine free kick, which was no more than a consolation. All this was achieved without regulars Charlie, Gabriel and Kamaal being available and speaks volumes of the effort of the other boys, not least Jahmari who really shone on debut in the CDM role. Given the all round quality of the performance the whole team was awarded the man of the match trophy. They also had their first write up in the Express and Star and it is hoped that their new found local celebrity status will not go too much to their heads!

Shelfield United Whites 6 v Chae Colts 1 - 11th November 2018
On this Remembrance Day celebration marking the centenary of the end of The First World War a perfectly observed minute's silence marked a fitting beginning of this fixture. Shelfield got on the front foot early on with an emphatic finish from Dionte. The home side continued to dominate and only misplaced final passes, erratic finishing and some good goalkeeping prevented further scoring. Dionte extended the lead with a moment of individual skill and a coolly taken finish before blasting his most straight forward chance over the bar on the cusp of half-time.

The second half started as much of the first had been with the Whites dominating possession and territory but seemingly unable to apply the finish. Eventually though Dionte slotted in his third from a corner and soon afterwards finished smartly from another Mitchell corner, firing in beyond the keeper into the bottom right. Dylan then moved into the midfield from the back where he had helped to snuff out any real danger, and added two late well taken goals to give the scoreline a more realistic appearance. There were good performances all over the pitch and Shelfield fielded five substitutes at various points who seamlessly blended into the side. The two most outstanding performances though came from Jahmari and from Dionte, who has now scored nine goals in his last two games. These two players won the parents' and managers' awards respectively today.

Shelfield United Whites 1 v Stafford Falcons 0 - 25th November 2018
A close scoreline belied a game that Shelfield dominated for all but ten minutes of the second half, and would have produced a more decisive result if the home side had converted more opportunities and promising situations. As it was the Whites played some attractive football at times in which Charlie, Givene and Jumari were regularly involved. Dionte was a constant threat up front and both Dylan, Sam Hodson in defence and Sam Maydew in goal turned in particularly convincing performances.

Having dominated much of the first half and still failed to produce a goal to show for it,the pivotal moment of the game came on the stroke of half time  when Dionte broke clear of the defence and slotted home with assurance. Further chances went begging in the second half but a good team performance, well organised defending and an excellent goalkeeping performance from the visitors denied a second goal. Dionte came closest to extending the lead when his goal-bound header was saved athletically onto the corner of post and bar and eventually cleared. Stafford had one spell where the Whites were put under real pressure, and a crucial intervention by Charlie denied a clear goal scoring opportunity. Other than this the defence, assisted by Jumari's excellent tackling and distribution, averted real danger.

Shelfield were well worth the victory and ended the game looking firmly in control. We have now made it to two cup semi-finals and have the potential to go further in both if we play to our full potential. While Dionte added to his growing goal tally, it was the central midfield that really decided the balance of the game and Jumari and Charlie were rightly recognised for their major contribution to the victory today.

Shelfield United Whites 5 v Stafford Falcons 2 - 2nd December 2018
Back to the league but against the same opponents as last week, this much higher scoring encounter was closer on the score sheet than the game itself suggested it should have been.

Shelfield dominated the first half playing some scintillating football at times. Dionte slotted home for the first goal having been played in by Joel who was close to his best today, while the best passing move of the first half saw Ash finish into the right hand corner. Only resolute Falcons defending and more excellent goalkeeping prevented Shelfield's dominance being reflected in more goals, while the Whites' own defensive unit played with confidence and cohesion, linking well with a dynamic midfield in which Charlie, Jumari and Givene again played a galvanising role.

The second half was a more mixed affair in which Shelfield came improbably close to throwing it all away. This was the result of a combination of some individual errors at the back combined with the fact that the visitors never let their heads drop and so stayed in the game. First Dionte extended the lead with another accomplished finish following a trademark break through the middle. Stafford then pulled one goal back out of nothing and were soon presented with another when an awkward back pass was not properly dealt with. Nerves were briefly settled by another well engineered finish from Dionte following good build up play on the left from Dom, but then the visitors reduced the arrears once more from a free kick conceded on the edge of the box, which crept under the wall and deceived Alfie in goal. The Whites then steadied themselves and underlined their overall dominance when Ash bundled in from close range following great work on the left from Dionte.

Anything less than a home win would have been an injustice today, and the attacking play in itself merited the points with Dionte, Ash and Joel in particular proving too hot to handle. Ash and Joel were duly handed the man of the match awards on this occasion.


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