FOOTBALL - Earls unbeaten in nine after win at Boldmere - The Solihull Observer

FOOTBALL - Earls unbeaten in nine after win at Boldmere

Solihull Editorial 11th Oct, 2022 Updated: 11th Oct, 2022   0

EARLSWOOD Town made it nine games unbeaten with a 3-2 win away at Boldmere Sports and Social Falcons as their fine start to the season continued.

Joe Tobin opened the scoring before Mikey Bridges and Tom Kinsey struck in the second half to ensure the Earls secured a second successive win on their travels.

The result means Earlswood sit fourth in the Midland Football League Division Two table just three points behind leaders Sutton United.

And the visitors made a fast start as Tom Millard pulled the ball back to M. Bridges who was unable to connect cleanly with the ball which was easily saved by Rikki Danton.

Mikey’s brother Louis was next to try his luck when he fired a half volley over the crossbar after he was played in behind by captain Ryan Froggatt.

And Froggatt had two goals ruled out for offside inside the first half an hour as he poked home from M. Bridges cross before his follow up effort later in the half was also chalked off.

The Earls pressure finally paid off on 33 minutes when Tobin drilled a superb low effort into the far corner after great link-up play between Dan Smith and L. Bridges.

However, Boldmere equalised just minutes later when Aaron O’Neill raced onto a long kick forward by the goalkeeper and coolly applied the finish.

The away side should have gone into the break with the lead only for L. Bridges to have his penalty saved by Danton after M. Bridges was brought down in the box.

And Earlswood’s on-loan goalkeeper Tom Day, signed from Leamington, produced a sensational acrobatic save from a volley to keep the scores level heading into the break

Boldmere had chances to take the lead early in the second period as O’Neill blazed over before Day pushed an effort onto the post and away to safety.

However, the Earls reclaimed the lead on 53 minutes as substitute Kinsey made an immediate impact after Harry Street kept his ball alive and picked out M. Bridges who finished on the turn.

And just past the hour mark, Kinsey guided a header across goal and into the far corner from Tom Reynolds’ deep free-kick to put Earlswood in command.

Boldmere reduced the deficit almost immediately when some complacency in the Earls back line allowed Will Jones to meet a deep cross unchallenged at the back post to head home.

However, the Earls held on to secure another impressive victory.

Earlswood are next in action against AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday, October 15 in the first round of the Birmingham County FA Saturday Vase with kick-off at 3pm at Coventry Technical Rugby Club.


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