Thursday 15th April 2010

Feckenham 2 AFC Smethwick 0
Midland Combination Division 2
At: Mill Lane
Admission: none; Programme: £1
Kick-off: 6-20 pm (delayed until 6-35 pm)
Attendance: 23 (headcount)
Weather: cloudy, dry
Duration: first-half: 46:35; second-half: 45:00

Feckenham scored a goal in each half against AFC Smethwick to keep their faint hopes of winning Midland Combination Division 2 alive. The visitors played the first 21 minutes with 10 men, before the late-arriving goalkeeper took the field, and Feckenham took an early lead during this time. The points were secured with a 70th minute second goal and the game finished in very gloomy light due to a late kick-off. My delayed journey and difficulty in finding the ground entrance meant no pre-match photos of what was a picturesque village near Redditch. Also, it was good to watch the game in the company for Facebook friend Laurence and a couple of other fellow football travellers. The teams meet again in two days time on Saturday in the return fixture.

Feckenham (green and white stripes / black / green): 1. Wayne Bradshaw, 2. Ashley Bunn, 3. Craig Frampton, 4. Nigel Adams, 5. Chris Edwards, 6. David Edwards, 7. James Burke (capt), 8. Adam Hill, 9. Luke James, 10. Karl Surman, 11. Danny Janes. Subs: 12. Nick Rumbold (not used), 14. Tony Wakefield (for James, 60), 15. Ian Heppinstall (for Bunn, 78), 16. Gavin Barrett (not used), 17. Ben White (for Surman, 78).

AFC Smethwick (blue/blue/blue): 1. Sandip Bains, 2. Rajwant Sangha, 3. Jughoham Gill, 4. Manfrit Sahota (capt), 5. Bobbwinder Nahal, 6. Jaspal Singh, 7. Kam Sidhu, 8. Daninder Sangha, 9. Sandip Leeba, 10. Ricky Sandhu, 11. Darshan Ram. Subs: 14. Kieran Laig (not used), 15. Nathan Gill (for Leeba, 79).

Referee: B Taylor.
Assistants: G Blackmore and D Amor.

1-0 Adam Hill (6)
2-0 David Edwards (70)

Feckenham: Luke James (YC, 50)
AFC Smethwick: Rajwant Sangha (YC, 53), Manfrit Sahota (YC, 76)