Coalville 2s 8 - 0 Berkswell & Balsall Common 2s
Coalville's 2nd XI take top spot after big final day win
Coalville Town's 2nd team put Berkswell to the sword in a 7-goal second half display to secure the league title. A different-looking Berkswell team from the reverse fixture came up against a strong 2s squad who had 3 subs rotating throughout the game. The constant fresh legs made the difference in the second half as Coalville continually opened up the opposition with selfless play.
The first half did not make the game out to be so one-sided, as Town were fortunate not to rue their missed opportunities. Coalville got on the scoreboard quickly, however, as Murby passed in the rebound following a shot from a short corner by Dumelow. Meadows kept catching out the Berkswell defence whilst sitting high and playing on their mistakes, but couldn't quite manage the finish.
The Berkswell central defenders were finding gaps through the Coalville midfield to their forwards, but captain Webster and Standring were on alert to the danger as they stepped through to clear. Partner was a welcome addition to the team for the final day, as his scampering runs down the right-hand channel during the first half overloaded the Berkswell defence.
Dumelow then hit the 'keepers pads again, as was the story the last time the two sides met, before Murby's follow up this time missed the target. Soon after, Meadows saw a reverse shot fly into a Berkswell defender, with the decision going against the attacker.
Town became frustrated at being unable to capitalise on their overwhelming possession, as team mates began to argue. The second half came at a good time as the team were able to regroup.
Coalville started the second half playing better passing hockey which instantly paid off. Murby sent Dumelow away down the left who did well to square to Meadows. Meadows set himself at the top of the D and sent an angled shot straight into the bottom corner of the goal.
Not wasting any time after the restart, Dennett then sprung through, with a combination of the goalkeeper and a defender scrambling his attempts clear. Symonds then added to the score from his usual position, as a square ball to the back post from Young found him in plenty of space to calmly sweep the ball into the goal.
Coalville carried on their search as Dumelow, chasing down the top scorer title, was again finding his shots saved by the Berkswell goalkeeper, as his reverse hit was smothered. The defence, with the best record in the league, were holding solidly, as a tired Berkswell team struggled to make it forward into the Coalville third.
Dumelow decided he'd had enough of others scoring for the day, as Meadows' ball into the D was touched on by Parkes for the striker who scooped the ball over the goalkeeper and into the roof of the net. The goals kept coming as Lloyd was played through and did well to control the ball in the area before turning the ball around the 'keeper, only for Meadows to "make sure it went in" at the back post.
The Coalville defence then called Tongue into action, as two mistakes caused the goalkeeper to first superbly dive to his left to keep the first effort out with his stick before a later second attempt was well met with his pads. The back line showing again why the 2s have the best defensive record in the league.
Meadows and Dumelow continued to link up well, as the wingers' centred drive found Dumelow's stick with the ball hitting the side netting. Symonds then wound up for a big shot, with the goalkeeper in the way of this one as well.
Dumelow added a second for himself shortly after, as a quick break from Coalville ended with the striker sweeping past the goalkeeper. Barnett was keen to get involved up front on the restart, as his skillful forward run won a short corner. Dumelow improvised from the dead ball and slammed the ball past the 'keeper to bag himself a hattrick.
Murby then fluffed a chance as great retrieval work from Parkes high up the pitch allowed him to set Dumelow free. Dumelow squared the ball for Murby who lifted the ball straight into the sliding 'keeper. Murby's follow up flick from the short corner was then well saved to the top right.
Coalville kept going as Lloyd's tricky run into the D found Young but he was unable to make use of the chance. However, the scoring was to finish after another fantastic counter-attack. Dennett picked up the ball deep in his own half and drove up the pitch laying it off to Parkes. Parkes' ball back to the top found the charging Hope who, bored of his defensive duties, shot on his reverse. Not to be outshined by a defender, Dumelow intercepted the ball and lifted it over the goalkeeper to make it 4 for himself and 20 for the season, allowing him to finish as the league top scorer.
The 8 goals were well deserved for 2s, who put in their best half of the season to ensure they clinched promotion, finishing as champions of East Midlands 1. The 2s bounce straight back into East Midlands Premier, having built a team that will be looking to put up a good challenge in the higher division next season.