The Midland Football Alliance
Published 8th April 2011
....Coleshill Town’s against-the-odds finale to the season.
Despite having to cut their playing budget to zero, seeing their squad wrecked by injury and doubts over the long-term running of the club, Coleshill have been undaunted on the pitch.
Only Stratford Town and Heath Hayes have lost fewer games in the past two months in the Alliance.
It means the Pack Meadow side are pushing for a top-half position which, all things considered, will be viewed as a job well done by boss Adams and his players. “It’s been tough but the players have really rallied together,” said Adams. “We’ve been down to the bare bones, so much so that I had to play against Coventry Sphinx a few weeks ago.
“We had eleven fit players on Tuesday against Stratford, but in one sense it’s that backs-against-the-wall spirit that has brought us all closer together.”
Stratford claimed the points on Tuesday with a 2-0 win, but Coleshill have lost only two in the past thirteen matches.
Injuries, however, will again dictate Adams’ plans for Saturday’s trip to Alvechurch. Chris Gummery is still recovering from a dislocated collarbone, while Andy Cameron and Ben Porter are ruled out and Loyiso Recci will have a fitness check on his hamstring injury.
Highgate United are determined to end the season with a flourish – to try to erase the embarrassment of losing 10-0.
Highgate were humbled last week by Westfields, who also beat Malvern Town by the same score earlier in the season, and boss Mark Burge admits it will hang over them for the rest of the campaign.
“That result really hurt me but the good thing is that the games are coming thick and fast,” said Burge.