Saturday 24 August
Bustleholme Town 0-2 Chaddesley Corbett FC
Chaddesley went top of the League with a hard fought 2-0 victory away to Bustleholme. Manager Martin Westcott said that "It was a disjointed performance on a terrible pitch, but we ground out a result."
Chaddesley's first goal came after 20 minutes when Ian Vogel won a midfield tussle and found Craig Pratt with a 40 yard pass. Pratt outpaced the defence and cooly slotted home from the edge of the box. Chaddesley created further chances in the first half, the best falling to Pratt and Ashley Phillips. Their defence, with Drew Armstrong, Matt Baynton, Gavin Knight and Brian Burton outsanding, was only troubled once in the first half. A long free kick caught out keeper Gareth Yarsley, only for Vogel to hook the ball off the line.
Chaddesley struggled to find any rhythm on the poor playing surface, with both sides miscontrolling the ball. However on 60 minutes Alex Taffe found Pratt with an inch perfect pass. Pratt drew the keeper before curling the ball into the top corner for his 4th goal in 2 games. At 2-0 Chaddesley brought on their new Jamaican signing, Horace McLeod. McLeod found Taffe with a fine cross, that the striker headed, but the keeper saved well to his right.
With 5 minutes to go Yarsley showed why is his currently keeping Anthony Shuck out of the team, pushing a 25 yard pile driver round the post, to keep the score at 2-0, and put Chaddesley 2 points clear at the top of the table.
Man of the match: Brian Burton
Team: Gary Yarsley, Matt Baynton (Jamie Roberts 70), Ashley Phillips, Drew Armstrong, Gavin Knight, Brian Burton©, Ian Vogel, Craig Webb (Horace McLeod 65), Richard Burton, Craig Pratt, Alex Taffe . Subs not used: Jason Bowen, Anthony Shuck.