The first away game of the season saw us up against a team we beat home and away last season, Central Ajax. Central Ajax had done their homework and set up a formation that saw Star struggle to come to terms with. And Central Ajax took a deserved 2 nil lead, although you could put an argument forward for Star gifting them these chances. A period of sustained pressure just before half time saw Star pull a goal back. The second half saw Star dominating the opening exchanges, creating 3 good chances that should have changed the course of the match. But it wasn’t to be and Central Ajax weathered the storm albeit with some exaggerated time wasting. Star have a nice blend of youth and experience in the squad, and hopefully this defeat early in the season, after a successful pre-season, will help to refocus the squad that has the potential to go one better than last season.

Continental were promoted after this victory over Coventry Plumbing. This wasn’t my intended game as i planned to see Alcester become champions, but having a visitor at my door and taking me twenty minutes to get rid of them and thus making Alcester out of reach so ended up back at the hub for a less pointless revisit than usual.

Stars second goal

Star in the yellow, held second place at the start of the day and knew a win would pip AFC Solihull to the promotion party, Coventry themselves have had a respectable first season in the Midlands League Three climbing to fifth. This was also the biggest crowd I have seen st the hub , I counted 50 when the most I usually count us between 20-30.The game started a blistering pace for the first few minutes in the sunshine when Star took the lead on seven minutes, charging in from the left before sending a low cross to be flicked in. One minute later it was 2-0, sending a delightful ball over the top, for a one on one to be slipped under the keeper.Star got their goal of the game in 21 minutes, cutting in from the right, turned the first man then a second before laying the ball off to be drilled in from 14 yards . Coventry looked devoid of ideas but didn’t give up and were back in it on 36 minutes, backheading a corner into the net. In this game we got crazy weather , sun wind rain and a hail storm.The second half was a bit of a anti climax really although Star looked sharper and did have a goal ruled out but it was Coventry who did get another goal and again heading in from a corner.I don’t often get recognised at games, despite being a well established hopper with twitter and YouTube etc but today I was . I was approached by local hopper Andy Morton who does games when and where at his own pace . We had a chat in the second half and it was good to hear about grounds he’s been to that are still on my to do list. Nice bloke

 Some of the volunteers pause for the traditional photo, just before they continue to box up the food that they have collected, ready to be distributed on Christmas eve to local families and organisations that work with those in need.

A big thanks goes out to those at CSPAN who have helped to make it all possible, and special mention to Dianne who has organised the volunteers and made links with other organisations so that the food can get to those who need it most, all in time for Christmas.

 The U21s were victorious yesterday after a closely contested match against Rushall. Star controlled the game from start to finish, perhaps giving their best performance of the season to date.  The next round sees the U21s coming up against Tamworth who are managed by ex-Continental Star player and manager, Gary Smith.






Chairman,  Keith congratulates the boys as they leave the pitch.