Bilbrook Juniors came to Kidderminster with high expectations, aiming for another three points to challenge for the MJPL title.
Playing on a 4G pitch, Bilbrook knew the play would be fast and on the floor. Starting with two players light and a few injuries Bilbrook set up 4-4-2 with Karaam, Lewis, Matthew & Dan on the bench.
The game commenced with immediate pressure from Bilbrook, with Sam McCarthy being a perfect playmaker resulting creating an early goal played from the middle, wide to Sammy Hayton Wilcox who delivered a beautiful low cross, Tom Harley putting Bilbrook in the lead with a simple but important tap in. Great positioning! Kidderminster 0 v Bilbrook 1 (Tom Harley 1min 14secs)
4 minutes & Bilbrook battling away, applying constant pressure with a long range shot from Elliott Alves who was today on form at both ends of the pitch.
7 minutes: Kidderminster starting to play good football. This resulted in a free kick in the Kidderminster half. Delivered long but easily headed away from Elliott Alves.
10 minutes in and Jason Harris plays the ball back from defence as a give and go to Harry Findley. Harry placed a powerful ball down the line, unfortunately hitting Jason clean in the face. The game was held as Jason’s glasses flew off gashing his face above his eye. We would like to thank Steve Churm & Clive Morris for taking Jason to the local hospital.
Bilbrook were relentless in our attack formations with Max Morris & Tom Harley combining very well, forcing errors and corners, Kidderminster still struggling to get out of their own half. Aggressive shooting from Ben Broxton & Matthew Churm but unable to convert and increase our lead. Bilbrook increased the tempo but were making hard work of the midfield without being able to comfortably switch or break down Kidderminster’s back line. This play gave Kidderminster a few rare shots but comfortably saved by Alex Whitby, who looked like another clean sheet would be on the cards.
Harry Bell & Sam McCarthy now 29 minutes into the game are starting to combine, with great tackling form Harry Bell and great distribution from Sam McCarthy, which resulted in two near misses from Tom Harley.
Karaam playing a great passionate game and feeding a beautiful ball into midfield to Matthew Churm who is one on one with the keeper, with time to think and react places a ball cleanly past the keeper. Kidderminster 0 v Bilbrook 2 (Matthew Churm 31 minutes)
Half time: Apart from a 5 minute spell form Kidderminster, Bilbrook far the dominate team.
Second half and resting Sam McCarthy for Kian O Keefe resulted in a quick attack. A long range shot from Sammy Hayton Wilcox hits the cross bar rebounds and Kian O Keefe slots home his first goal of the season. Kidderminster 0 v Bilbrook 3 (Kian O Keefe 43 minutes)
Strong at the back as Bilbrook comfortably took charge. Great tackling from Lewis Cornwell, Dan Jones & Harry Findley at the back made Alex Whitby at times very static. Unfortunately this resulted in Kidderminster going down to 10 men.
We applied pressure from Karaam constantly down the wing but really made hard work of the midfield and Kidderminster really keeping us out. A great run from Sam McCarthy nearly able to pull the trigger until a last minute tackle from a Kidderminster player. The game quite frustrating from both sides, this included Kidderminster parents not helping the situation, Kidderminster really struggling with the physicality of our game.
Ben Broxton moved to the middle of the park, really worked hard and having a fantastic game combining really well with Lewis Cornwell. With constant shooting from Sammy Hayton Wilcox but he was unable to find the back of the net.
Max Morris playing really well all over the pitch, proving his fitness and work ethic is superb. Max plays a direct ball to Matthew Churm who crosses a perfect cross to Lewis. Lewis Cornwell brings it down with his right and slots it home with his left. Kidderminster 0 v Bilbrook 4 (Lewis Cornwell 60 minutes)
Dan Jones & Harry Findley holding the back line exceptionally well. A great game!!
Full Time: Kidderminster 0 v Bilbrook 4
Bilbrook strong but really made hard work against 10 men in the second half. Man of the Match: Max Morris.