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*Unpleasant scenes at Tally Ho! - by Ronald Crane*
PUBLISHED: 13th Nov 17

As the players trooped from the field of play for their half time break, there was a sudden scream and Ryan Andrews fell to the ground, hitting his head on the railings in the process. There was an awful thud as his head hit the concrete.

Uyosa Osawe, the Moors Physio, together with the player’s own Father were quick to offer assistance. Your reporter telephoned for an ambulance which arrived within nine minutes. Suddenly Police Officers appeared and it transpired that a Northfield Town player had hit Ryan in an unprovoked attack. The culprit was apprehended and dealt with by the Police. Ryan was taken to hospital and allowed home after treatment. Referee Paul Mason abandoned the match. Not what one expects to see when watching football.

There had been no hint of such violence during the forty five minutes of play that were possible. It was a different Northfield Town team from that which Moors had met last season. Yet Moors Academy began in a sluggish fashion, without ever looking inferior.

Reiss McNally took his place on the Moors bench. It was good to see him recovering from injury. New-boy Te-Jay Robinson began up front with Ashanti Pryce who is to join Romulus. Good luck to him.

Te-Jay was on hand when an Ashanti shot was saved, but not gathered, to score with the follow-up. It all looked set for a comfortable win, but this Moors side can manage to surprise us every week. Within ten minutes they had gifted Town an equalizer with an awful defensive blunder. Paddy Behan took the chance with glee. Oh dear, was this going to be “one of those days”? There were further mistakes at the back, but Moors Academy managed to keep Town out.

Gradually the home side asserted their superioty. Town were playing on the back foot  but without conceding. Then in three devastating minutes Moors scored two wonderful goals. The impressive Ashanti had a good shot saved. As Town cleared their lines, Jerome Clarke received the ball, danced through the defensive wall, into  the Area and slotted home. He received the congratulations of his fellow players and a rousing cheer from the sizeable crowd.

Two minutes later he won the ball in mid-field with a brave challenge and sent the ball to Kyle Mullally whose clever chip made it three. Then it all came to an abrupt end. We hope Ryan continues to recover, meanwhile the inevitable consequences will take their course. First the Police and the Law, then the football world will have its say. We can only wait.

The next match at Tally Ho! Is on Saturday 18th November when Smithswood Firs are the visitors for a Birmingham Saturday vase tie.KO 3pm. Adults £4 including Match day programme, Under 16s £1.

Moors: Hamer; Hirst, Sephton; Bennett; Chisholm, Clarke [40], Mullally [43], Andrews (c), Pryce, Robinson [11] and Martin. Subs not used Bourne, McNally, Kouakou, Osawe and Forrest.

Report from Ronald Crane

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