Report: Sutton Coldfield Town 4-1 Blues Under-23s

We need to begin starting games more strongly.

Steve Spooner

Blues Under-23s were beaten in the First Round of the Birmingham Senior Cup by Sutton Coldfield Town on Monday evening.

First-half goals from Alex Smith, Reece Gibson, Emem Jones and Alex Smith sealed the win for the Royals, whilst Jordan James responded just after half-time for the young visiting side.

Blues put in a much-improved second-half performance as they grew into the tie and could have reduced the deficit further but Keke Simmonds missed a penalty as Blues hunted for a second.

Steve Spooner praised his side’s showing in the second 45 but admits his team need to start games on the front foot.

He told “In the second-half, we played well. It was unfortunate to miss another penalty but the nature of some of the goals disappointed me. Our decision making needs to be better at times. We had a young side but so did they.

“We need to begin starting games more strongly. I acknowledge that there will always be twists and turns in games and no team will dominate for ninety minutes.

“But we need to start playing as well as I know we can for longer spells to give ourselves more of a chance.”

Next up for Blues is a trip to Norwich City in the Premier League 2 on Friday night.

Sutton Coldfield Town: Lewis Williams, Dalmar Morrison (Jordan Francis), Harry Eden, Emem Jones, James Beresford (captain), Alex Smith (Aris Christophorou), John Dodd (Ryan Shaw), Jack Burgess, Reece Gibson, Leo Brown (Isai Marselia), Max Brogan (Callum King-Harmes)

Blues: Alfie Brooks, Ife Oni, Callum Sullivan, Caolan Boyd-Munce (Remi Walker), Cianole Nguepissi, Rico Browne, Oriol Soldevila (Rico Patterson), Jordan James, Kyle Hurst (Kieran Wakefield), George Hall, Keyandrah Simmonds

Substitutes not used: Oliver Basey, Tommy Fogarty.