FOOTBALL - Knowle held by Birmingham in first draw of season - The Solihull Observer

FOOTBALL - Knowle held by Birmingham in first draw of season

Solihull Editorial 23rd Aug, 2023 Updated: 23rd Aug, 2023   0

KNOWLE’S joint manager Clive Seeley was disappointed with his side’s performance after the Robins were held to a 2-2 draw by Birmingham United.

The Robins fell behind to Liam O’Donnell’s unfortunate own goal before Jack Rendell and Jack Mullen struck either side of the break to turn the game on its head at the Draintech Community Ground.

However, Dennis Sesay’s late goal drew the visitors level with Knowle boss Seeley frustrated at the manner of the goals his side conceded.

Seeley said: “We probably did enough to win but they had chances, I’m disappointed with the way we played.

“Birmingham are a good side, they’re well-organised and very athletic, they play to their strengths, they wanted it a bit more than us.

“They celebrated as though they had won the league, it must mean a lot to them.

“I was disappointed with the two goals, one long ball killed us for the second goal, we didn’t lose but it felt as though we lost.

“It was disappointing that the referee never turned up and the linesman had to take control of the game which was a lot for him, I hope that’s dealt with promptly.

“Owain [Taylor] played really well, sometimes it comes off for him sometimes it doesn’t, when it comes off for him it looks really good.”

After the referee failed to show up, the assistant referee took charge of the fixture with a Knowle official running the line in his place.

Birmingham took the lead early on when the ball hit O’Donnell and rebounded into the net before Rendell levelled for the home side after beating the offside trap to score.

And Mullen completed the turnaround in the second half when he finished off a flowing attacking move at the third attempt.

However, the visitors equalised with 10 minutes left to play when Sesay pounced on a speculative long ball to punish some slack defending from the Robins.

The game ended on a sour note with ugly scenes taking place after the final whistle as the Robins drew for the first time this season.

Knowle are next in action at home to Leamington Hibernian on Saturday, August 26 in the Les James Challenge Cup with kick-off at 3pm at the Draintech Community Ground.

The Robins then host Cadbury Athletic on Monday, August 28 with kick-off at 3pm at the Draintech Community Ground.


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