05/08/2017 Paget Rangers 1 Chelmsley Town 2
Paget succumbed to an opening day defeat at the hands of Chelmsley TownPaget Rangers’ MFL Division 1 campaign got off to a rough start with a 2-1 home defeat to Chelmsley Town.
Despite the result it was the Bears who started stronger, with a couple of corners and chance for Ross Dempster. However, just before the 10 minute mark Jem Mills scored from close range, Paget keeper Jake Locke managed to get two hands to it but it wasn’t enough.
Minutes later a controversial tackle by Robert Ellis on Paget defender Rioual Kousseba-Bakala caused uproar amongst the Paget contingency, resulting in a yellow card for both R. Ellis and Paget’s Liam Norris. Chelmsley kicked on, putting the pressure on the hosts with Dan Egege having a go at the Bears’ goal after just 15 minutes.
Both Dempster and Billy Fagg had opportunities to get the Bears level with less than 20 minutes played, but neither player could find the net and the Wee Gers would continue to be frustrated in front of goal.
With the first half coming to a close the Bears were given a helping hand when Daniel Carter was brought down in the box with seven minutes of the first half still to play. The 2016/17 Paget top scorer stepped up, sent the keeper the wrong way and put the Bears level.
The away side pushed for a second goal before half time, but failed to find the next giving Paget the opportunity to build on Carter’s equaliser in the second half.
It was Paget who had the first chance of the second half, coming in the 55th minute when Rio latched onto Norris’ free-kick, however the Paget defender couldn’t find the back of the net and the score remained level.
Paget continued had chances in front of goal but failed to capitalise on a period of domination in the second half, and were eventually punished on the counter by Chelmsley. Mills shot in the 20th minute was deflected for a corner, scrappy attempts at clearing the ball resulted in the visitors taking the lead again through Matthew Kent.
Myles Phipps introduction caused some problems for Chelmsley but the game’s leaders started to apply the pressure with 15 minutes left on the clock. But the home side responded and a series of chances failed to be converted.
It went all the way to the end but the Bears couldn’t find the net again and frustratingly start the season on zero points.
12/08/2017 Atherstone Town 6 Chelmsley Town 1
19/08/2017 Chelmsley Town 1 Littleton 0
The opening half was played at a fast pace with Littleton holding the upper hand and going closest with a good move between Mark Magee and Dan Holloway ending with the latter firing just over.
Early in the second half Magee robbed the centre-half by the corner flag, cut into the box and had his shot saved by the keeper's legs.
Then on the hour the best football of the game saw Magee involved again.
He cut the ball back to Holloway who hit a powerful shot into the top corner only to see Connor Cannon in the home goal make a wonderful one-handed save.
After that Chelmsley created chances which Jack Hartopp in Littleton's goal was able to deal with without undue alarm.
Then on 96 minutes the referee awarded the home side a penalty with the ball striking a defender on the hand.
This was duly converted by Jemuel Mills.
Littleton host Coventry Copsewood on Wednesday (7.45pm) before visiting Brocton on Saturday and hosting local rivals Pershore Town on Bank Holiday Monday (both 3pm).
15/08/2017 Stafford 2 Chelmsley Town 4
Stafford Team: Josh Moreton, Ben Gutteridge (Charlie Marshall HT), Harry Bowers, Connor Grant, Dave Wilcock, Walter Vundla, Dan Nowell (Jaiden Brown 82), Jasper Johns (Capt), Shepherd Machingauta (Romano Graham 67), Ryan Bradshaw Jez Redler. Subs not used: Taylor Allen, Connor Leek.
The Reds suffered a 2nd half collapse after leading 2-1 at the break and fell to their 2nd defeat in 4 days.
After just 2 minutes Stephen Sadler crossed into Stafford’s area but the danger was cleared by Connor Grant. 2 minutes later Ryan Bradshaw’s cross was tipped over the bar by Connor Cannon in the visitors’ goal. In the 10th minute Shepherd Machingauta broke through the visitors’ defence bur Cannon saved the shot. Dan Nowell’s 14th minute free kick went across the face of the Chelmsley goal and three forwards failed to get a touch as Stafford began to pile on the pressure. The visitors took a shock lead in the 17th minute when Daniel Egege headed a cross past Josh Moreton. 2 minutes later Stafford were level when Jasper Johns’ freekick hit the bar and the ball fell to Benji Gutteridge who netted from close range. In the 32nd minute Bradshaw ran onto a through ball but volleyed over the bar. 6 minutes before half time Bradshaw’s shot was saved but the ball fell to Machingauta who had an easy finish. Stafford led 2-1 at half time but they should have been further ahead.
The 2nd half was a total contrast to the 1st as Stafford failed to compete and were totally outplayed. 10 minutes into the 2nd half Moreton had to head a wayward back pass off the line. The resulting corner saw Moreton save a shot but the rebound fell to Sam Sadler who had an easy finish to level the scores. After 71 minutes Studley took the lead when Moreton’s great save fell to Egege who reacted quickest to score his 2nd goal. 2 minutes later Studley wrapped up the points when Robert Ellis’ 30 yard shot flew into the net giving Moreton no chance.
23/08/2017 Coventry Alvis 0 Chelmsley Town 2
Chelmsley Town: Michael Turner, Sam Sadler, Harry Sweeney, Ross Casey(c), Matthew Kent, Nicholas Ellis, Adam Keeley, Robert Ellis, Jemuel Mills, Kaine Williams, Jamie Barrett. Subs: Chris Guerney, Louis Inverary, James Taylor, Not Used: Shawn Francis, James Ward
Coventry Alvis: Jack Tregath, Mitchell Boe, Corey Blackwood, Adam Day, Najib Abukar, Ben Steane(c), Jagit Aujla, Ryan Pace, Dennis Oppong, Kieron Martin, Aaron Cooke. Subs: Jojo Mukwita, Reece Snape, Jacob Winit, Zuhayb Abdi, Luke McKiernan
Source: (In)Complete CV
As the title of this blog suggests this evening was an opportunity for me to complete my collection of non-leagues sides, in Steps 3 to 6, that have a CV post code. Having already seen Copsewood, Sphinx and United play, I thought that a trip to Green Lane was the icing on the Coventrian God Cake. Of course, United have now moved and play at Butts Park Arena, so even though I have seen all of the teams, I still need to visit United again to complete my CV.
Alvis Sports Club, on Green Lane, plays host to many sports and is quite a large complex that was once part of the Alvis Car and Engine Company, which produced all sorts of cars, engines and military vehicles up until the late 60s.
There is a reasonable sized car park and plenty of extra spots available along the long access road that leads from Green Lane into the sports complex. The football ground is a short walk from the car park, past the clubhouse, and is accessed through a single gate. There are two covered stands on the opposite side of the pitch, one a standing area and one seating, either side of the dugouts which, incidentally, are reminiscent of Eastern European bus shelters.
The covered standing area holds a small secret. It has a very limited seating arrangement within it. Actually, it is what appears to be a piece of bar seating that has been relocated to the stand, very reminiscent of the clubhouse side of Fairford Town's Cinder Lane ground. (see photo). It's little quirks like this that make non-league grounds so appealing.
Stockport Hopper's team sheet
Having not been able to get a programme, I spotted someone carrying a notepad. Always a good source of a team sheet. Sure enough it was a seasoned groundhopper, clutching his hand-written notes. He was kind enough to allow me to take a quick photograph of them so, at least I would have some idea of any who was who out on the pitch. It turned out that my notepad carrying acquaintance, who I assumed was an official from either Alvis or Chelmsley, was a groundhopper from Stockport. That's a hell of a round-trip on a Wednesday evening. Another reason that I don't consider myself to be a ground-hopper.
I spent the majority of the match engaged in conversations with the man from Stockport, who had worked on the railways, travelled a fair bit and visited a vast number of non-league grounds in all parts of the country.
Coming into the game, Chelmsley had played four games and, despite a 6-1 thrashing at Atherstone, were in a position to go top of the league with a win. Alvis had played a game extra and had one just once, a 3-1 victory at Nuneaton Griff in early August. Even more worryingly for the home side, they had not managed a goal in their last three games, two 4-0 and the other 3-0.
With all this in mind, I was fully expecting to Chelmsley take the game by the scruff of the neck, especially with the incentive of going top of the league. However, it was Alvis who started on the front foot. They looked sharper in the tackle and quicker to any loose balls. With a better final ball and some more composed finishing they could, in fact, have been at least a couple of goals to the good after 30 minutes.
Michael Turner, the Chelmesley keeper, was called upon to make one very good save but, in the main, he was not stretched, with the exception of an Aaron Cooke free-kick, from the edge of the box, which whistled past his right-hand post and out for a goal-kick.
With half-time rapidly approaching Alvis were made to pay for their wastefulness. When the ball dropped to Kaine Williams on the edge of the home box he first turned to his left and then dragged a low shot back across Jack Tregath and into his bottom left-hand corner. 0-1.
HT Coventry Alvis 0 Chelmsley Town 1. The home side caught by the classic sucker-punch after looking much the better team for most of the half.
A fine evening in Warwickshire
The second half continued almost in the same vein as the first. Alvis continued to look the better of the two sides but not with quite the same amount of domination as they had in the first period. A little more niggle came into the game after half-time as well.
One or two confrontations, in midfield especially, threatened to boil over once or twice prompting a few yellow cards to be shown.
Chelmsley, to be fair, always looked reasonably comfortable and happy to retain their one goal lead. When they did break out their main outlet was Jemuel Mills who, it has to be said, ran himself into the ground for his team.
Late in the game lightning struck twice. With the home side pressing up in search of an equaliser the ball was launched clear down the Chelmsley left flank. Alvis had only left one player back on the halfway line and he had to track to his right in an attempt to beat the lone Town striker to the ball. The keeper also raced out of his box. In the ensuing mix-up the ball broke to the Chelmsley striker who looked up to spot the run of Louis Inverary, breaking through the middle. The ball was rolled into the substitutes path and he had the simple task of finishing into an unguarded net. 0-2.
FT Coventry Alvis 0 Chelmsley Town 2. Alvis were made to pay a high price for not scoring when they were on top. Town, to their credit, kept plugging away despite clearly not being at their best.
I do hope that the Stockport Hopper made it home without too many delays on the notorious M6. Me, I'll be looking out for a chance to visit United's new home so that I can finally finish off my CV.
Ground No. 133
Programme: £1 (sold out before I arrived)
28/08/2017 Chelmsley Town 0 Walsall Wood 7
Walsall Wood: Ransome, Deakin, Okojie, Westwood, Campion (captain), McFarlane, Till, Hayden, Sullivan, Butlin, Taylor Boyce, Subs: Clarke, Jones, Fitzpatrick, Slater, Faultless.
Source: Bill Shaw
Walsall Wood leave Chelmsley Town chewed on the carpet
A stonking away win for Walsall Wood again last Bank Holiday Monday (28th August 2017) as they demolished Chelmsley Town on the astroturf at Coleshill.
A stonking away win for Walsall Wood again last Bank Holiday Monday (28th August 2017) as they demolished Chelmsley Town on the astroturf at Coleshill.
Bill Shaw was there, and while happy, isn’t counting the chickens just yet:
League leaders Chelmsley Town had won five out of six but hadn’t beaten anyone of note, in fact Atherstone Town beaten four-one by Wood on Saturday had beaten them six-one on Saturday 12th August. The form book was again proved right as Wood just swept them aside with a very impressive performance that will have everyone thinking that their pre-season favourite tag was more than justified, as they are now the only team in the division with a 100% record in August with 20 scored and only three conceded.
Littleton are the visitors on Saturday, they haven’t had a brilliant start but Wood are now certainly the team to beat and the opposition will be raising their games accordingly.
There are interesting times ahead at the Wood, as well as exciting ones. Come down and see for yourself.
Chelmsley Town 0 v 7 Walsall Wood
Wood who are now the only side with a 100% record (five out of five) took their time before going ahead against the league leaders, 2-0 up at the break they ran riot in the last 30 minutes. A superb performance by stand in keeper Chris Gummery kept the score in single figures as he made a string of brave saves late on.
Wood were in control from the start but the home side worked hard to restrict space. On 12 minutes Lewis Hayden made the right of the box, cut the ball back into the path of Paul Sullivan whose first time low drive was well held by keeper Michael Turner. A minute later it was Peter Till racing clear wide left, his vicious low cross missed by everyone.
A minute later a clumsy, untidy, high clearance from the Wood found Alex Knight to volley an effort out of the ground. 16 minutes gone Till released wide left, his low cross found Lewis Taylor Boyce whose first time drive came back off the bar, Joey Butlin first to the loose ball, his shot blocked on the line. It was Butlin a minute later beating the off side trap as he raced into the left of the box, Turner out to meet him as he fired a low drive wide. A lovely right wing move saw Craig Deakin play the ball inside to Butlin to set up Sullivan, his low drive superbly saved. The goal Wood deserved came on 29 minutes, Danny Okojie collected the ball wide left, came inside and hit a cross to the far post that beat Turner to nestle in the far corner of the net. Call it what you will but that’s the third identical goal in 2 months. Wood won the ball back from the restart, Sullivan making the left of the box, his cross cum shot bouncing to safety off the top of the bar with Turner beaten. On 45 minutes Okojie wide left crossed to the far post for Butlin to volley home. Right on half time Deakin ran through a tiring defence, played the ball right to Butlin who fired first time wide.
It took Wood just four minutes of the second half to put the game to bed, Okojie wide left finding Sullivan in the box, he got to the byeline, crossed low for Butlin to fire home number three. Town then replaced keeper Turner with outfield substitute Chris Gummery who made a couple of good saves but he was powerless on 66 minutes when Jordan Fitzpatrick raced clear wide left, his low cross fired home by Sullivan.
To their credit Town tried to take the game to Wood, two minutes later Richard Lernihan powered in a header from a right wing cross to bring a full length save from Wood keeper Lloyd Ransome.
Back came Wood, two minutes later Fitzpatrick made space wide right, his ball inside found Butlin whose low drive was pushed away by Gummery. The defence couldn’t get the ball away, Sullivan running onto a ball from the left, turning defenders inside out before calmly slotting home number five. It was Sullivan cutting inside from wide left five minutes later, Gummery saving bravely at his feet. four minutes later a ball over the top of the defence into the left of the box was collected at pace by Clarke who cut inside his marker, his low cross shot pushed out by Gummery. Lewis Taylor Boyce first to react to score into the roof of the net. On 84 minutes Clarke raced into the right of the box, going down under a clumsy challenge – penalty – Sullivan – who else – hat trick – seven-nil. In the last five minutes Clarke was denied three times by the brave Gummery in one on one situations, before right on time the keeper raced from his line to deny the impressive Sullivan.
Wood with five wins from five move ominously into second place, a point behind new leaders Studley, but with two games in hand. They controlled this game from start to finish and could have had 12 or more if stand in keeper Chris Gummery hadn’t turned in a five star performance.
It’s Littleton the visitors on Saturday, is there still needle from season 2012-13? Why not come down the Wood and see?
19/09/2017 Walsall Wood 3 Chelmsley Town 0 (League Cup)
Chelmsley Town: Kelly, Keeley, Sweeney, Sadler, Kent, Learnihan, Knight, Ellis (captain), Barrett, Sinclair, Taylor, Subs: Ward, Parke, Egege, Casey, Inverary.
Source: Bill Shaw
Wood crushes Chelmsley
A stonking home win for Walsall Wood again last Tuesday evening (19th September 2017) as the Wood lads consolidated their domination of Chelmsley Town, this time on the real turf of Walsall Wood.
This really was a stroll in the park for Wood, Saturday’s game will be a different kettle of fish as they look to put their season back on track. Suffice to say you can only beat what’s in front of you, but Town really aren’t very good.
PP League Cup
Walsall Wood 3 v 0 Chelmsley Town
Wood got back to winning ways progressing comfortably through to the next round. It took just eight minutes for Tony Clarke to open the scoring. Joey Butlin doubled the lead on 24 with Paul Sullivan wrapping up this stroll in the park on 87 minutes.
With just one minute gone Tony Clarke raced clear wide left, his low cross hit first time by Joey Butlin, keeper James Kelly at full stretch pushing the ball away. five minutes later Wood debutant Keenan Meakin-Richards played a through ball to find Clarke left of the box, he faded right, across the face of the box, Kelly blocking his low drive. The keeper was powerless two minutes later however as Lewis Taylor Boyce won the ball on halfway and fed Harry Harris who released Clarke into the box just right of centre, to run on and chip the ball over the stranded Kelly to put Wood ahead. three minutes later Craig Deakin wide right played the ball inside to Harris, his defence splitting ball was collected at pace by Clarke, his first time effort saved at the second attempt by Kelly.
On 18 minutes a long ball out of defence by Town saw Wood keeper Lloyd Ransome race from his area to kick clear from Jamie Barrett.
Three minutes later Callum McFarlane’s ball out of defence found Butlin, who seeing Deakin fly past him played the ball into his path, his low drive blocked by Harry Sweeney. Wood doubled their lead when on 24 minutes Harris delivered a left wing corner to the near post, Butlin skilfully touching the ball home from a very tight angle.
Town won a left wing corner on 31 minutes, Barrett saw his shot charged down, a bit of a scramble developed but the ball was eventually cleared.
Wood almost made it three when six minutes later a right wing run and cross by Deakin was headed goalwards by Clarke, Kelly at full stretch pushed the ball away, Butlin was first to react but his low drive was charged down by a posse of defenders.
A quiet start to the second half until on 56 minutes McFarlane won the ball in the centre and hit a lovely diagonal ball to find Deakin on the right edge of the box, his cracking volley flying just wide. five minutes later Darren Campion delivered a left wing free kick into the box, Butlin planting a header narrowly wide. 70 minutes gone, Butlin raced onto a right wing throw in powered into the box, his low near post drive superbly held by Kelly. It was Butlin again two minutes later, collecting a ball into the right of the box, only to fire wide of the near post.
On 77 minutes a superb five man one touch move through the centre carved open the visitors defence before the ball was played to Taylor Boyce on the right of the box to fire a first time effort inches over, a real pity as this would have been a contender for goal of the season. Wood kept up the pressure and on 85 minutes a McFarlane rising drive from the left edge of the box cannoned to safety off the bar with Kelly soundly beaten. two minutes later Taylor Boyce held the ball up cleverly in the centre of the box before feeding substitute Paul Sullivan who sidestepped two desperate challenges before passing the ball into the net.
After Saturday’s result Wood bounced back with a very comfortable win without having to get out of second gear. The FA Vase game at Cradley Town will be a harder task on Saturday as Wood look to put another unbeaten run together.
30/09/2017 FC Stratford 4 Chelmsley Town 0 [Coventry ET Cup)
21/10/2017 Nuneaton Griff 3 Chelmsley Town 1
‘TREAT people as you would like to be treated’ is a mantra Courtney Belford is staying true to in the early throws of his managerial career.
The 27-year-old followed in his dad Dale’s footsteps by entering management when he succeeded John Farmer as the boss of Nuneaton Griff in September.
After little over a month in the job and with league form improving, Belford ‘junior’ has his feet firmly under the table at the Pingles Stadium.
Saturday’s 3-1 success over Chelmsley Town was his first league win in charge as the new boss continues to put his stamp on the squad.
“We’re working hard to build a squad with the right type of players with the right type of attitude,” said Belford.
“For the first time on Saturday I’ve had to tell some lads they’re not in the 18 and that’s tough. But I like to think I treat players how I would like to be treated as a player.
“When I played I always kept my ears open to how managers dealt with players. I always thought I’d like to move into management one day and I picked up on how I think players would like to be treated.
“Some lads have decided they want to move on and I wish them well. No hard feelings, I’ve got difficult decisions to make.
“But equally if lads want to come here and give their all at a good standard of football, we can build something together, or they might get a move up the football pyramid and go on to bigger and better things. If we do those things, I think that’s job done for us.”
It took the striker to six goals so far this season as he bids to provide the firepower to shoot Griff away from the lower reaches of the Midlands League Division One.
“Matt has had his injury problems but he’s really come into form of late,” praised Belford. “Matt puts in a shift and if he gets a decent chance on goal, nine times out of ten he will take it. On days like Saturday that is the difference when conditions aren’t great. The weather was rubbish, but it was bad for both teams and players like Matt can get you a goal and really change things.
“I am giving him a run in the team and I want him to go out there and enjoy his football and play with a smile on his face.”
11/11/2017 Bolehall Swifts 0 Chelmsley Town 1
Frustrated Joe Obi quit as boss of Bolehall Swifts this week and admitted his first job in management had been a ‘massive eye-opener’.
Obi, who made 178 appearances and scored 55 goals for Swifts, departed after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Chelmsley Town with Bolehall lying 16th in Midland League One.
26/12/2017 Brocton 1 Chelmsley Town 2
27/01/2018 Chelmsley Town 1 Atherstone Town 1
TWO POINTS DROPPED FOR ADDERS
Missed chances cost Adders at Pack Meadow.......
Adders moved into second place on goal difference in the Total Motion MFL Division 1, but it was certainly two points lost rather than one gained against a Chelmsley Town side that had won only two of their last twelve games.
Alex Naughton's early goal was cancelled out by a Brad Lindsey free-kick ten minutes before half-time and although Adders dominated the second half they couldn't find a winner against a determined Chelmsley side, with goalkeeper James Kelly in inspired form.
Ivor Green made one change to the team that beat Ilkeston Town last time out, with Jonathan Gould replacing Ryan Quinn who was unavailable.
The home side started the brighter and created the first chance of the game with centre-forward Alex Carlin having his shot deflected for a corner.
The resulting corner saw Sam Sadler get away at the front post and he should have punished Adders static defence but headed over from 4 yards.
Two minutes later the home side were ruing their missed chances, Jonathan Gould made ground on the left hand side before playing in Alex Naughton who advanced into the penalty area and lifted the ball over Kelly to give Adders the lead.
Adders were dominating possession but clear cut chances were few and far between, Mitch Thomson had the best of them when the influential Gould found him in the box but he dragged his shot wide.
Ten minutes before half-time the home side evened things up, Scott Goodby was penalised for a mis-timed tackle and Brad Lindsey stepped forward to leave George Woodward grasping thin air from 25 yards.
Three minutes later it could have been even worse for Adders as Woodward spilled a long throw, but managed to redeem himself by pushing Sadlers' shot from 8 yards over the bar.
The final chance of the half fell to Thomson but his sharp effort was superbly turned around the post by Kelly.
The second-half started as a mirror image of the first with the home side creating the first chance, substitute Jamie Barrett got free inside the penalty area but his shot from Keeleys' cross hit the outside of the post.
The rest of the game was almost totally dominated by the visitors, chances for Naughton (twice), Shorthouse (twice) and Thomson were spurned, although Thomson was unlucky to see his effort hit the outside of the post with Kelly beaten.
Although the home side were pinned back in their own half for long periods half chances for Kent, Fitzgerald and Sadler kept Adders rearguard aware that one mistake could cost them dear.
With Jonathan Gould causing all kinds of problems down the left it was surely only a matter of time though until Adders took the lead, further chances for Eggleton, Shorthouse and Goodby went begging before the visitors looked to have grabbed themselves a winner.
In the 90th minute Naughton carved out a chance on the left but although his shot beat Kelly it cannoned back off the post to the feet of Shorthouse 8 yards out, when it looked as if he would settle matters Kelly heroically threw himself infront of his well hit shot and deflected it over the bar to earn his team a point.
M.O.M ( Sponsored by Lynn Ford): Jonathan Gould
Atherstone Town: Woodward, Eggleton, Bilic, Haines, Williams (Walker-Donovan), Goodby, Harris (Shorthouse), Baxter, Naughton, Thomson, Gould.
Subs (Not Used): Mewies, Gray.