Football Season Report 2013/2014
After completing an undefeated 2012/2013 season and being nicknamed ‘The Invincibles’, this year’s squad had a lot to live up to. After losing the opening fixture of the season to MPW Cambridge on home soil, the team showed great character by defeating Bath Academy by an astonishing nine goals.
The opening match of the season was always going to be tricky. Having beaten MPW Cambridge at home 2 – 1 last season, and mounting an exciting comeback in Cambridge to draw 2-2, MPW
Cambridge clearly had revenge on their minds. With many of last year’s Birmingham squad departing for University, the nucleus of the team was made up of AS students who did themselves proud in a 6-4 defeat in Birmingham. With goals from GCSE student Sattar Hussain and stand out performances from Captain Zach Johnson and Dan Preston, the Birmingham team were able to hold off a strong Cambridge side until the 80th minute when Cambridge pounced twice in the final part of the game.
With defeat fresh in each of the players’ minds, the visit of Bath Academy was a welcome opportunity to record a result that reflected the potential within the side. The team excelled this expectation and recorded a 9-0 victory against a side who although showed defensive frailties, were a constant threat going forward. The clean sheet is a testament to Zach Johnson and Daanish Rehman’s leadership at the back and the flawless performance of goalkeeper Hamza Khalid. Goals from GCSE students Sattar Hussain and Rav Bains finished off an exciting and solid display from MPW Birmingham.
After the outstanding result against Bath Academy, the Birmingham team went into the final game of the season away to MPW Cambridge full of confidence. The defeat earlier in the season hurt our players, as they felt they did not deserve to lose. The game kicked off with the Birmingham side showing nerves and we were quickly two goals behind to some outstanding set-piece plays. Birmingham did not give up though. Heads could have dropped after such a fragile start to the game but instead, boys turned into men and the team was back on level terms by half time. After the half time break, both teams tired and Birmingham became more and more dangerous maintaining possession for large parts of the half. But out of nowhere a Cambridge goal. A superb counter attack from Cambridge looked to have killed the tie. Then deep into the game, an outstanding long ball from Zach Johnson to striker Sattar Hussain unlocked the tight Cambridge defence for the first time since half-time. A well-deserved draw for Birmingham which indicated that the 2014/15 season could be a promising one for MPW Birmingham.