Midland Football Combination Division Two
23/10/1977 Hurley Daw Mill 1 Chelmsley Town 0
Hurley Team: Harris, Dave Wright, Russell, Frank Gilmour, Edwards, Steve Beasley, W Gilmour, Mick Wright, Shilton, Richard Cotton, Conway Sub: McGrath
ONE GOAL ENOUGH FOR HURLEY
Hurley Daw Mill collected two more useful Midland Combination second division points and kept their unbeaten record intact thanks to a narrow win over Chelmsley Town on Saturday.
This game produced very little good football from an unchanged Mill side who looked only a shadow of the team that beat Smethwick the previous week.
There was no inspiration from midfield, whilst Cotton and Conway were unusually quiet up front, the defence looked rather shakey at times.
There were far too many passes that went astray but fortunately for Mill the visitors were no better and were guilty of committing niggling little fouls, mainly for pushing and shirt pulling.
Mills first promising effort was from a free kick after Conway was fetched down when Cotton had played a nice ball inside the defence for him to chase.
Beasley pushed the ball wide on the right for Dave Wright to cross into the box but Cotton glanced it wide of the far post.
It was on the half hour when Shilton played the ball to Mick Wright inside the penalty area and as the player slipped the ball past his marked and turned to chase it was tripped and the referee in no doubt pointed to the spot.
Steve Beasley coolly slotted home with a low shot just to the right of the diving keeper.
Chelmsley were unlucky not to equalise just after the break when Mills defence looked very uncertain.
They made a lot of room from a right side throw in, crossed to the box and couldn't believe their misfortune when a strong header hit the under-side of the crossbar and bounced down just outside the goal line, Frank Gilmour thankfully settling for a corner.
Harris did well to stop a shot that twisted and turned in the air whilst the visitors 'keeper had to get down quickly to a Beasley shot that was heading inside the post.
Then Richard Cotton was pushed to the ground as he tried to get up to a corner kick and Mill were awarded a second penalty. Beasley struck it to the right again but this time the shot was not wide enough and the 'keeper managed to block it. The ball rebounded to Beasley but a moment's indecision allowed defenders to get back and deflect his next shot for a corner.
Although the result came out right for Mill this was one of their poorer performances of this season and they will need to find their better form more regularly if they wish to maintain their unbeaten record and stay in contention for they title.
01/03/1978 Stafford 0 Chelmsley Town 0
Chelmsley Squad (from programme): R Appleby, A Joyce, G Shirley, B Bennett, Dave Gubbins, M Smith, M Smith, L Weaver, D Jervis, Ray Nabbs, R Caine, R Scanderant
Stafford Squad: R Fletcher, J Dixon, C Nixon, J Vorley, R WIlliams, P Austin, J Birch, B Lowe, T Cooper, M Young, S Lambert, S Szewczwk
Colours: Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts (Chelmsley), Black/White Stripe Shirts, Black Shorts (Stafford)
Referee: J Cooksey
Linesmen: J J Rochell, G A Sproson