Street beaten by late goal at Cadbury Heath in Toolstation League Premier Division
MATCH REPORT: Cadbury Heath 2, Street 1
Street’s target of a top-five finish in the Toolstation Premier Division received a setback at the weekend as they were beaten by third-placed Cadbury Heath.
This was always likely to be a stiff task for Street as Cadbury Heath rarely drop points at home and, although the visitors gave a good account of themselves, they failed to take anything from a highly-charged game that saw both sides reduced to ten men in two separate incidents.
Street have played one game more than Cadbury Heath but, prior to the game, both teams were on the same number of points. Neither side created much in the opening 20 minutes but it was the home side who took the lead midway through the opening half when a George Booth cross was headed powerfully home by Mark Reynolds.
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Street made a quick response and on 35 minutes they were deservedly back on level terms when Ben Amghar, who had ghosted in at the back post, beat goalkeeper Simon Crawford from close range.
The scoreline reflected the opening half but the game looked as though it could change dramatically on 55 minutes when Street were reduced to ten men following the dismissal of Jack Malone for a tackle on Matt Huxley.
The game lost its way as the tackling became a little more physical and it came as no surprise on 72 minutes when Cadbury Heath's Courtney Duval was red-carded for retaliation.
The hosts' winner came with just 12 minutes of the game remaining as Mark Curry threaded the ball through the heart of the Street defence and Reynolds was again quick to react, sending a fine effort into the far corner of the net.
The recent run of difficult fixtures gets no easier for Street as they travel to league leaders Bishop Sutton on Saturday in the Les Phillips Cup.