Front Row: Ross Casey, Stephen Sadler, Robert Ellis, Nicholas Ellis, Gary Turner, Karl Douglas, Tonn Adcock
Front Row: Ross Casey, Liam Norris, Nicholas Ellis, Gary Turner, Mitchell Thompson, Karl Douglas, Dominic Reece
Midland Football League Division One
27/08/2016 Chelmsley Town 0 Leicester Road 2
Leicester Road visited the new 3G pitch at Pack Meadow for the first time to take on newly promoted Chelmsley Town as they sought to consolidate their good start to the season.
There were grey skies overhead and rain in the air as the two teams kicked off and the ball was zipping around on the artificial turf making the first touch all important. For Leicester Road Joshua Smith was replacing Nick Hawkins and Jack Harrison replaced Luke Kingsley-Smith as the only changes from the team that had beaten Stafford Town on Tuesday. The game started slowly as both teams probed for the first opening of the game but it was 15 minutes before a snapshot from a Chelmsley forward sailed wide of Will Highlands post, and the hosts went close again soon after from a corner. Will Highland was called into action on 18 minutes when he made a fine save from the Chelmsley Number 9 and the same player missed a golden opportunity soon after to give Chelmsley the lead. The visitors were gradually getting used to the 3G pitch and Sam Munton and Tom McGlinchey provided Joe Lyne with an opportunity that went narrowly wide. Matty Stenson took the ball past the keeper on the half hour but couldn't squeeze the ball in from a tight angle and from the follow up Callum Earls shot narrowly over. As the half time break approached it was Leicester Road on top and Theo Brown went close to giving the visitors the lead. The game at this stage had everything but a goal and the referee was allowing both teams to provide an entertaining spectacle.
H/T Chelmsley Town FC 0 – 0 LRFC
Rain welcomed the players out for the second half and for Leicester Road Callum O'Sullivan replaced Jack Harrison as the visitors looked to press home their advantage from before the break. The home keeper was in action after 56 minutes when a fine save kept the teams level. It wasn't all one way traffic though and on the hour Chelmsley were unlucky when a shot rebounded off the visitors post. It was clear that the first goal was going to be all important and on 62 minutes Leicester Road got that goal when Matty Stenson picked up the ball and from 30 yards unleashed a shot that deflected off a Chelmsley foot and past the stricken keeper. Chelmsley Town 0- 1 LRFC
With their tails up, the visitors continued to press and after a cross from the right had been narrowly missed, it was Stenson again who brought out a fine save from the keeper and as the rebound came out Callum O'Sullivan narrowly missed the opportunity to make it 2-0. On 75 minutes the home keeper was again in action making a point blank save and Sam Munton's follow up effort came back off the inside of the post and out to safety.
As the game entered the last ten minutes Chelmsley looked to get something from the game and a couple of efforts sailed high and wide. At the other end and with time ticking away it was Matty Stenson who picked the ball up in midfield and as the Chelmsley defence back pedalled he threaded a super ball through for Tom McGlinchey to advance on the keeper and slip the ball past him to make sure of the three points from a strong display from the visitors.
F/T Chelmsley Town FC 0 – 2 LRFC
13/09/2016 Chelmsley Town 6 Feckenham 3 (Smedley Crooke Cup)
FECKENHAM exited the Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup as they were beaten 6-3 at Chelmsley Town on Tuesday.
Jack Brimmell bagged a brace and Daniel Williams also struck for the Millers, who experienced better fortunes on Saturday when they defeated visitors Sutton United 5-0 in the Les James Challenge Cup.
Millers boss Aaron Blackwood handed a debut to 21-year-old keeper Josh Goddard but the action was all at the other end as the hosts dominated.
Umit Eminoglu released George Tolley to open the scoring with a superb low drive and it was 2-0 when Ben Cox and Brimmell combined to set up Tolley to curl home.
The goal of the game arrived just before the break when a fine move ended with Brimmell pulling the ball back for Cox to hammer home on the volley.
In the second half, Williams scored in a one-on-one before 18-year-old Tolley completed his second hat-trick of the season when he forced the Sutton keeper into a mistake before converting into an empty net.
22/10/2016 Wolverhampton Casuals 2 Chelmsley Town 1 (FA Vase)
Murphy and I avoid the shoe rack and tip on Saturday morning. I spend the majority of it in the kitchen listening to the Danny Baker Show and Fighting Talk, whilst knocking up a chilli. Bournemouth v Tottenham are kicking off on Five Live as we head off to Wolverhampton.
We avoid the M6 Toll and stick to the A5 and A460. It's like a scene from Emmerdale Farm as cows are herded up a country lane, with a tractor in tow, full of manure, before we take a right hand turn into the ground.
Wolverhampton is a city with a population of 250,000 people. It was once famous for mining coal, iron ore and limestone. The first set of automatic traffic lights were trialled in the city in 1927. Celebrity folk born in Wolverhampton include: England football coach Don Howe and the singer Beverley Knight. It is also home to the following bands: Slade, Cornershop, The Mighty Lemon Drops and Babylon Zoo.
I leave Ms Moon to put some 'lippy' on and listen to 'Gambers' spinning the hits from 1988. The pictures I've seen of Brinsford Stadium, on the Net, don't do it justice. It's without doubt the coolest ground we've been to this season. 'Rock the Casbah' by The Clash is booming out the PA as I admire the tree-lined surroundings and immaculate playing surface. Coffee and Bailey's is on offer at £1.60 a cup.
I get chinwagging to a guy sat in the stands. He's played for and watched this team for over 50 years. I clock Ms Moon chatting to the young ref who must be 6' 4" - she can't arf pick em. We stroll across to the far side and position ourselves to the right of the home dugout.
The DJ is still churning out the toons - 'Lip Up Fatty' by Bad Manners is the pick of the bunch. Chelmsley Town are the visitors. Watford striker Troy Deeney was born in Chelmsley Heath and played for their youth team before being picked up by Walsall. He was subject to a £25 million bid by Leicester in the summer.
Chelmsley kick down the slope, they have more energy and ideas than Casuals - 6 jacket is outstanding. A home team sub sucks on a cigar adjacent to the dugout - he strokes his beard as he exhales. He's reminiscent of a young Fidel Castro. The visitors open the scoring just before the break.
The music from the PA doesn't reach the dizzy heights of pre-match, although we're treated to Wonderwall by Oasis. I strike up a conversation with a lovely guy called 'Daz' who knows the local scene like the back of his hand - he has years of experience in men's and women's football in the Black Country. Daz is confident of victory despite a poor show in the first half.
The game is littered with petty fouls and yellow cards. The poor old Ref has little option but to brandish cards with the 'Match Observer' and his sharpening pencil in the stand. Casuals restore parity with a goal by 10 jacket. The game looks to be petering out, with another extra-time beckoning. With seconds remaining Casuals centre half seizes upon a loose ball to fire home the winner.
Daz is ecstatic, he fist pumps the chilly fresh air. The guy just loves the game. There's no bad-mouthing officials, or querying decisions. He's totally immersed in the beautiful game. Unlike a couple of visiting supporters who at the end of the game hurl abuse at Ms Moon's 'toyboy' - calling him a 'pencil-necked p***k.' Oh deary me.
06/01/2017 Chelmsley Town 1 Stafford 1
Yesterday I was visited by Pasty Sam and my intended target was Loughborough but sadly his train turned up to late and with it to much we aborted the plan near the Nec. Fortunately for Sam, I had a back up at Coleshill Town’s ground where tenants Chelmsley were playing.
The visitors were one from bottom of the Midland Division one Stafford who usually play well when I see them and they did today. The game was fairly poor and quite tetchy with frequent arguments breaking out . Stafford in the red took the lead on 24 minutes, Dodd turning and firing into the bottom right.
Stafford remained on top and applied heavy pressure but it was not to be as Chelmsley got lucky with a shot that flew in the top corner.
04/02/2017 Chelmsley Town 1 Bromsgrove Sporting 4
A SIGN of a good team that still picks up another valuable three points despite being slightly below par and a bizarre end to the match in added time, writes Phil Baker.
A lovely sunny but cool day in the Warwickshire countryside saw the home side kick off on their artificial 3G pitch and were immediately in action with Liam Norris hitting a useful 20-yard drive but going straight into the arms of away ‘keeper Jon Brown.
Then just a minute later, Liam Spink put over a cross from the right to the near post that Luke Shorthouse glanced goalwards to the top left hand corner producing an outstanding one-hand save from James Kelly between the sticks for Chelmsley.
However, the Rouslers got their noses in front on the 14th minute with Reece Hewitt sending a well-aimed pass to Shorthouse down the left.
The lanky striker put a first-time cross into the box that Chris Lloyd collected, rounded two defenders before making a low shot into the right-hand corner of the net.
Gradually Sporting were getting used to bounce and feel of the pitch and Hewitt turned that to his advantage as he attempted to dance through the box only to be upended by Danny Charlton.
Referee Mr Groves pointed to the spot and a chance for Lloyd to double his tally.
However, Kelly guessed correctly, diving to the right and parrying the shot before collecting Lloyd’s attempt at burying the re-bound from close to the post.
After 22 minutes, Hewitt’s header was easily saved by Kelly then a few minutes later Shorthouse followed a long pass in to the box but had to be helped off the pitch after suffering an ankle injury in the process, to be substituted by Andy Nicol.
Chelmsley had a good chance on the 36th minute when striker Dan Elwell evaded a Danny Morris tackle then rounded a couple of defenders before forcing Brown into a low save.
With half-time looming and Bromsgrove seeking to extend their lead, Nicol was brought down in the box by Kelly earning himself a yellow card for the trouble.
This time Spink made no mistake with the spot kick sending the home ‘keeper the wrong way.
After the interval Chelmsley came out much brighter moving the ball around quickly taking advantage of the flat surface and got a deserved goal on 57 minutes when a quick break up field left Aaron Roberts with two strikers to deal with.
He dispossessed Garry Turner but the ball ran to Elwell who curled a delightful shot between Brown and the left-hand post.
Sporting had a couple of shots cleared of the line and Keenen Meakin-Richards was lucky not to put one into his own net on the 71st minute, when a Chelmsley shot re-bounded off him and had to be cleared off the line.
As the match moved into added time and it looked as if Sporting would have to settle for a one-goal advantage, Spink was involved in an altercation over a throw in.
Adam Keeley rather forcefully pushed the Bromsgrove player away, who then returned the compliment.
Cue for several players to join in a melee which after a few moments saw Spink get a red card and his opponent a yellow.
The referee was only a few yards from the incident so presumably he saw enough to justify sending Spink for an early shower rather than a caution.
What was then supposed to be a nervous five minutes for Sporting was just the opposite as a move upfield saw Nicol chip a cross into the box that substitute Tom Craine powerfully headed home giving him team their third goal.
Then after robbing the home side from the re-start Craine took the ball down the right before passing to Sam Wills just inside the box whose angled drive went just past Kelly for the away side’s fourth.
In the end, a comfortable win for the Bromsgrove outfit who thanks to other results going their way return to the top of the table.
28/02/2017 Pershore Town 2 Chelmsley Town 2
PERSHORE Town drew 2-2 against Chelmsley Town to extend their Midland League Division One unbeaten run to three matches.
The hosts went ahead after 20 minutes when Steve Webb’s pass put Jamie Clarke through to round the keeper and slot home.
Chris Whittaker’s over-hit cross hit the post as Pershore looked comfortable but slowly the visitors came back into the game.
They equalised with a fierce free-kick from outside the box by Steve Sadler after 33 minutes.
Town keeper Shaun Edwards made a few decent saves as Chelmsley looked stronger early in the second half.
They went ahead after 56 minutes when substitute Lee Yonwin beat the advancing Edwards.
Pershore pushed for an equaliser and Reece Jacobs headed over from six yards.
But Clarke completed his brace when another Webb ball was flicked on by Ben Lane for him to round the keeper and level.
Pershore moved out of the relegation zone to within two points of three teams ahead of Saturday’s trip to Racing Club Warwick (3pm).
18/03/2017 Pelsall Villa 0 Chelmsley Town 0
PELSALL VILLA 0 CHELMSLEY TOWN 0
Pelsall Villa and Chelmsley Town played out a goalless draw at The Bush in a lower end of the table clash.
With both teams coming into the match in need of three points to lift them clear of the relegation battle, it was unlikely to be a high scoring match.
Both sides shared the few chances created and with Villa reduced to 10 men on 70 minutes the momentum swung the way of the visitors. The Villians could have won it late on with Ryan Wilkins shooting wide from a good chance but the points shared was a fair result.