Southam 2 – 2 St Benedicts
Southam’s wait goes on for a first win of the season, as they played out a stalemate for the second game in a row on Tuesday afternoon. Marred by limited availability once again – new faces Henry Williams, Leo Hughes, Charlie Morrison, Ethan Coulter and Spencer Wadsworth deserve a special mention for helping the team keep the game on by coming in at the last minute.
Southam started poorly, conceding in the first four minutes of the game to a nice finish into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. As usual though, it did not take Southam long to level the game with a superb Ethan Coulter shot from the edge of the box powering through the hands of the goal keeper – an excellent debut goal. Southam pushed on in the next five minutes and played some excellent football, a lovely timed ball through the middle to find captain and top goal-scorer Eric Stanley was finished off with Eric rounding the goalkeeper and tapping into the empty net in composed fashion. Southam led 2-1 at half-time and could sense that their first win may be on the horizon.
However, St Benedicts were stronger in the second half, and levelled the game with an audacious half-volley from the edge of the box finding the corner of the net. Southam remained severely under pressure for most of the second half and have goalkeeping debutant Henry Williams, centre-back’s Jack Barley-Morey and Matt Cartridge to thank for keeping the game at 2-2 through to the final whistle.
Mr Ginger was pleased that Southam were able to prevent the loss whilst not being at their strongest, but pointed out that both commitment of all players and the desire to grow and improve as a team is needed to string some wins together in mid-season.