Men’s Football Team V Black Country Ambulance Service

05/11/2021

The force team welcomed the Black Country Ambulance Service FC to Tally Ho as part of their Emergency Service league fixture. Both sides were in tremendous form with the force team unbeaten so far this season. The two teams had previously met in recent history which resulted in a tough 0-0 battle, similar was expected of tonights fixture.

The game started at a fast pace with neat passing from both teams. West Mids were looking strong and hungry in the tackle and were slightly edging the early encounters. The breakthrough came around the 15th minute with a powerful header from a Dan Jarratt corner scored by James Bostock who celebrated accordingly.

As the game was approaching the halfway point Mitch Harrison had his cross come shot deceive the stranded ambulance keeper and nestle into the top corner of the net. The West Midlands defence was looking strong and were first to almost everything. Early closing down and strength in the challenges didn’t allow for any of the Ambulance attacks to gain any sort of momentum.

The first half finished 2-0 to West Mids and put an end to a battling first half. The second half started and the game was noticeably more stretched. The West Midlands midfield exploited the space left and were beginning to hurt the Ambulance with intelligent balls behind their defence. Stu Lewis, playing a holding roll up top, was rolling back the years, playing some great first touch football and linking up the play. It wasn’t long before the West Midlands passing created space for their blistering wingers Harry McCarron and Jordon Brookes. Brookes was released and chased down the ball on the right wing. A mistake from the ambulance keeper allowed Brookes to rob him of the ball, skip around a flailing defender and stick the ball in the net for 3-0.

McCarron forever committing forward was played in neatly behind the ambulance defence. Finding himself in one on one situation he finished with confidence as he rounded the keeper for 4-0.

West Midlands were now firmly in control and the pressure began to mount on the ambulance side. Bostock, eager for a second goal in front of the watching Police England scout, broke through the middle of the park and had a double effort saved from the edge of the box. In fairness two good reaction saves from the Ambulance keeper.

Harrison with some great control and vision in the middle of the park picked out the pass of the night to steer McCarron in on goal. Again McCarron showed great composure as he knocked the ball passed the oncoming keeper into the back of the net for 5-0. It was then Harrison who completed the scoring with an arrow of a free kick that he accurately placed into the top right corner of the goal. It’s safe to say that this effort was not a cross. 6-0.

A fantastic team performance from the Police that puts them in strong position to qualify for the later stages. West Midland Police FC are now unbeaten in the ESFL this year with a perfect record.

If you would like to come and support the team their next fixture is Tuesday 30th November at 19:30. For further information please contact John Norgrove at j.norgrove@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk