Boldmere continue to climb the League Division 3 table after they made the short trip to Moor Lane for another league encounter on Sunday. This time they put 7 past Premeir United.
The team showed a few changes from last week, with Liam Hannon out injured Chris Dawber dropped in at centre back and Michael Dossett came in at right back. Tom Shakespeare moved into CM which saw the return of Chris O'Brien on the right wing.
Jack Salter, Greg Nattress were also missing
Boldmere started well and played some neat football at times. In the 4th minute Olly Nicholson was upended in the area and the referee pointed to the spot. Skipper Paul Brady stepped up, but the Premier keeper saved low down to his right. Boldmere continued to press and were a little wasteful with their possession at times. a few long range efforts from Boldmere were all they had to show up until the 39th minute. Duff sent in a great corner and there was Brady to make ammends for his penalty miss with a great header. Half time 0-1. Dawber, Mills, Oates and Dossett as a back four were looking solid and reduced Premier to no shots on goal in the first half
The gaffer pointed out at half time that Boldmere needed to be a bit less wasteful with their passing and better utilise the space that the forward players were providing. Rhys Coombes (pictured below) replaced the injured James Duff.
Boldmere continued to press in the 2nd half, but in the 52nd minute a mistake in midfield saw the Premier forward left clean through from a forward pass and he slotted passed the advancing Cullen. Boldmere were not fazed by this and some neat football was being shown particularly some great interplay between Coombes and the skilful Humphries. Chances came and went for Boldmere until a great run by Chris O'Brien in the 67th minute saw him slip in Nicholson on the byline and his low cross was slid home by Humphries for his first goal in Bulldogs colours. Boldmere were now well in control until in the 70th minute, when a dreadful defensive blunder saw the Premier player lob home the stranded Cullen for 2-2! This seemed to fire Boldmere into life and in the last 28 minutes they run riot. One minute after the Premier equaliser Bulldogs were back in the lead when youngster Coombes slide rule pass to Humphries was superbly finished over the onrushing keeper. Now the football from Boldmere was more consistent and with Humphries and Coombes prominent and O'Brien making good in roads down the right Boldmere increased their lead. Coombes assisted again firing in a low cross from the left which was bundled in by impressive full back Craig Oates. Then in the 79th minute O'Brien intercepted a pass on the right and raced into the area were he finished superbly 2-5! The sixth Boldmere goal was not long coming as impressive substitute McCausland's goal bound shot was handled. Up stepped Humphries to smash home for an excellent hat-trick. There was still time for one more Boldmere goal and they were now rampant, O'Brien again made a good run before his low cross was slotted home by Coombes for a well deserved goal from the youngster.
Thats now 5 wins on the trot and Boldmere still have lots more to give, in terms of consistency and player strength, which provides healthy competition. With players also missing from this weeks squad things are looking stronger every week
Next week Boldmere have a free week before travelling to Kidderminster for a tough County cup game.