EDWARDS STARS AS BIRMINGHAM MAKE IT 3 IN 15 DAYS
Birmingham’s over 50’s made it 3 trophies in 15 days as they took the Worcester Silver Cup. In a round robin first round, they beat home team Hindlip 2-0, Highley 3-1 and Retro Rovers from Surrey 1-0.
In short, ten minute games and small pitches it was difficult for Birmingham to totally assert their dominance, but all victories were comfortable with Derek Hughes in goal having little to do. Gareth Edwards gave them the perfect start with a well taken goal from a tight angle, and Steve Sale making his tournament debut pounced on a loose ball to smash home the second. Shropshire side Highly were comfortably despatched with a brace from the impressive Edwards and a pile driver from his midfield partner Andy Struthers. The only blemish a fortunate looping goal which beat the prostrate Hughes.
Having already qualified for the final a last minute goal again from Edwards secured their third win meaning a meeting against the only side to beat Birmingham in the last 4 months, Bedworth.
A second minute strike from the unusually quiet Dave Wright gave Birmingham a comfortable 1-0 victory against their rivals as once again David Castle and Adrian Whitehead kept the Bedworth forwards very quiet.
A meeting against home side Hindlip in the final ensued, once again a perfect start was secured as from the kick off every Birmingham player touched the ball before Struthers cut inside and planted his right foot shot into the corner. A totally bizarre un-characteristic goalkeeping error from Derek Hughes, meant Hindlip levelled against the run of play, then only 30 seconds later a ricochet from Dave Wright’s shin trickled towards the Hindlip goal where their keeper let it roll through his hands and legs to put Birmingham back in front. They then comfortably managed the game to ensure a perfect 5 wins from 5 and a third trophy in as many weeks.
After the game Dave Castle commented, “I thought we acquitted ourselves really well today, Gareth stood out for me, not just his goals but his all round performance. Ade broke up play really well enabling Andy and Dave some freedom and Steve Sale held the ball up brilliantly to bring others into play. I was really pleased for Derek at the end, he rarely makes mistakes and he would have been gutted if that had cost us. “