HARTSHILL 5-O AGAINST THE SHREWS
(Just like Hawaii Five-O – but in Kingswinford)
OUR winning streak continued with a 5-0 home win over Shrewsbury on Monday, May 11.
It was a highly convincing performance, although our visitors may have thought the score line was a little flattering.
Harts Hill Strollers hot shot Gary Davis scored a hat-trick, with bearded man mountain Nigel Coley Smith and pocket rocket John Moore adding a goal each.
But – apart from the score – the most satisfying aspect of the match was that all of the players (and subs) put in excellent performances.
Although the team was selected to be fair to all of the club’s players in competitive matches, it was a settled and well-balanced side.
There was a tentative start of the match as Shrewsbury obviously has some good players.
So, it was not until the 15th minute that big Nige opened the scoring for Hartshill, with Gazza netting five minutes before half time.
The Blues-supporting legend scored again just two minutes after the re-start, with John the Mon unleashing a pile-driver at 31 minutes and Gazza smashing in his third goal eight minutes from the final whistle.
But while these are the goal-scoring glory boys, the team was solid in goal, in defence and midfield, even when the subs came on which can sometimes be disruptive.
Not here. The changes were seamless.
Shrewsbury’s fixtures secretary has since said they really enjoyed the match, despite losing, as it was played in a friendly and sporting manner.
They have invited us for a re-match at their place, probably with two teams, later in the summer.