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STEVE BRAGG TOURNAMENT

Birmingham over 50’s sent a representative team to a tournament to celebrate the life of Hartshill player Steve Bragg who unfortunately lost his life 12 months ago.

Drawn in group against Chesterton, Bedworth and Leicester, Birmingham found it difficult to breakdown the oppositions defence losing to Bedworth 1-0 and drawing their other two games 0-0, Birmingham looked solid enough at the back with Dave Castle and Shay Flaherty protecting Les Dawson’s goal effectively enough. Without a natural striker in their side it was always going to be difficult, a post denied Andy Craddock’s left foot shot, Andy Struthers and Gareth Edwards also had shots blocked as they dominated possession but created little in the way of clear cut chances.

Birmingham eventually went out in the quarter finals to the eventual runners up, a side made of friends & family of the late Steve Bragg, after yet another 0-0 draw, on penalties.

Skipper Castle commented, the lads from Hartshill did Steve proud, they had obviously worked hard to organise a well run tournament, scoring goals was always going to be an issue for us, as it proved.

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