1st August 2018 at Burntwood Leisure Centre ko.7 pm. Referee-Brian Webster

 

Hartshill Strollers arrived with probably their strongest squad ever, but the omens di not look promising when one member arrived after having a minor road traffic accident.

 

Hartshill players appeared sluggish from the first whistle and struggled to contain a lively start from the home side, giving away a series of free kicks. Burntwood open the scoring from one of these with a low shot. It was hoped that this would stir the Hartshill players into a positive response , which did not materialise and  they fell further behind when the defenders were outnumbered and the Burntwood shot hit right hand post rebounded onto left hand post then trickled in off the back of Hartshill's goalkeeper Pete Checketts.

 

Hartshill immediately made 2 changes in the hope of getting back in the game, but the half finished without the away side having a shot on target.

 

During the half time break harsh words were exchanged amongst the Hartshill players to try and get them motivated to get back into the game.

 

In the second half Hartshill had much more of the ball, but Burntwood were resolute in defence and could have scored more goals on the break. Although there were more shots in the second half Hartshill did not really test the Burntwood goalkeeper and the matched ended 2-0 to the home side.

 

Squad: Pete Checketts, Tony Beckley, Clive Stokes, Steve Nicholls, John Cooper, John Green, Ian Trevor, Richar Delahaye, Dave Seddon.