15th Nov, 2018

Bartestree end AFC Solihull's 100 per cent start

Craig Gibbons 14th Sep, 2018

AFC SOLIHULL were left ruing their own performance as they lost their 100 per cent winning record in Midland League Division Three at the hands of fellow unbeaten side Bartestree.

The visitors made the long trip from Hereford and started the better, playing some good football but not creating any clear chances.

After 20 minutes Solihull came into the game and dominated for the rest of the half, having a number of good chances including skipper Tom Reynolds hitting the crossbar with a half volley.

Then in the last minute of the half Solihull switched off as Bartestree took a quick free kick.

Striker Miles Langford was put in on goal and hit an excellent low drive into the bottom corner via the post.

A shell shocked Solihull came out firing second half and within ten minutes they were back on level terms.

Striker Joel Hughes, who troubled the Bartestree defence all day with his strength, latched on to a long ball and finished well.

With Solihull now in the ascendency and looking likely for a second, the game changing moment came just five minutes later.

A ball into the Solihull area was chased down by Langford and Solihull keeper Mark Fitzsimmons committed to a challenge and brought down the striker, giving away a penalty to Bartestree.

Langford picked himself up and calmly slotted home from 12 yards.

In response Solihull brought on two forwards which left space at the back and Bartestree were able to exploit this.

With ten minutes left following a cleared corner, Solihull failed to get out to Tom Bendall who hit a 25-yard strike straight into the corner.

A hectic last five minutes saw Solihull’s misery compounded further as Reynolds had a goal disallowed for offside before Bartestree eventually add a fourth, with Nick Weaver tapping home after a quick counter.

Solihull entertain Enville Athletic tomorrow (Saturday) in the Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup.

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