Birmingham were drawn at home to play against Burntwood Strollers in the 1st Round of the WFA Over 65’s National Cup.
The match was played at Solihull and Birmingham had a full-strength team to select from. They started well and passed the ball around looking for openings, and mid-way through the 1st half a neat move saw Malcolm Thorp presented with a one on one chance with the goalkeeper that he gladly despatched at the near post.
Birmingham dominated play for the most part but on one occasion, Keith Phipps in the Birmingham goal, had to make a smart save to keep the score at 1 – 0 at half time.
In the second half, personnel and tactical changes suggested by the England over 50’s Manager, Paul Murtagh, enabled Birmingham to get on top and the result was never in doubt when Decka Thorp put Birmingham 2 – 0 up with a penalty, which was awarded for a defender encroaching into his own penalty area. For good measure Decka added a third after a flowing move involving every Birmingham outfield player.
Final score: Birmingham 3 – 0 Burntwood Strollers.