Town Youth coped with the unfamiliar experience of playing on a Friday evening and on a 3G pitch to surge into the Second Round of the Birmingham County Youth Cup – which is now known as the Joel Richards Memorial Cup – with a commanding performance at Coleshill.
Nick Ballinger’s side were into their stride from the start with both Rory Nicholson and Rob Sone going close in the opening ten minutes, and with the back four of Nicholson, Ben Cook, Sammy Mould and Jack Vickers in commanding form Town were soon in control.
And it was Nicholson who fired them in front after 22 minutes with a fiercely struck 20 yarder which was followed ten minutes later by a sublime 25 yard free kick from Sone to make it 2-0.
Mould added a third for Town with a well placed header and then keeper Callum Monaghan pulled off a smart save to make sure that Town went into half time with a healthy three goal lead.
And fifteen minutes into the second half a flowing move ended with Michael Boyd netting Town’s fourth to put the game well out of Coleshill’s reach.
Dion Love, Rowan Love and Adam Pomeroy were introduced to make their debuts at Youth Team level, and Town were comfortably seeing the game out until both Nicholson and Harry Miles had to go off injured leaving Town having to survive the closing minutes with only nine players as – unlike the rolling subs rule in MFYL games – this competition only allows three substitutes to be used.
Coleshill took advantage to grab a consolation goal but Town held on for the win without any really serious alarms.