The sun was shining at Ray Hall Lane for the first County Cup Final of the 2013/2014 season as Kings Heath Old Boys faced Netherton Athletic in the Saturday Junior Cup.
Kings Heath, who were looking to avoid a repeat of their defeat at this stage season, had the first opportunity of the game. Lee Davies sent the ball in from the left which Craig Spink rose well to meet, however he was penalised for a push on Karl Wilson and Netherton were awarded a free-kick.
Netherton had their first sight of goal in the 7th minute after they were awarded a corner. Kieran Snead sent over the corner which was headed clear by Kings Heath, but only as far as Ben Store whose return ball was headed narrowly wide by Paul Harris.
7 minutes later, Netherton took the lead. They were awarded a free kick, five yards outside the box to the right-hand side. Anthony Cox played in a low ball which evaded everyone and nestled in the far right corner of the net.
Kings Heath looked to reply straight away. James Pugh did well to win a corner, which he then took, but Rob Dalloway in the Netherton goal did really well to punch the ball clear.
A few moments later, Netherton were grateful to Paul Harris for preserving their lead as he threw himself in front of a shot from Spink which seemed destined for the net before his timely intervention.
Kings Heath had another opportunity just before the break, Simon Thorne went on a mazy run from the middle of the park, but his shot went wide of the post.
The second half continued pretty much as the first half had ended with Kings Heath pressing for an equaliser. Tom Windsor-Price was first to try his luck from the edge of the box after a neat pass from Matthew Draper, but he could only fire wide.
Next Draper played a wonderful long ball to Pugh, who did well to turn his player and make room for a shot, but it was well smothered by Dalloway.
In the next minute, Netherton doubled their advantage.
Keiron Snead played a sublime through ball to Niki Faux, who showed excellent strength to hold off the defender before rounding the keeper and stoking the ball into the empty net.
Kings Heath barely had time to touch the ball before they found themselves 3-0 down. This time, Cox sent over an excellent corner which was powered into the back of the net by the head of Danny Smith.
Luck was not on the side of Kings Heath, as Pugh saw his excellent volley hit the crossbar and bounce clear, before Spink again fired over the crossbar.
Kings Heath were having all of play and gave themselves a glimmer of hope in the 70th minute as Draper, who was having a fine game, curled a wonderful free kick into the net from 30 yards out.
They continued to press, but frustratingly for their supporters, shots were sent high, wide or they found Dalloway in fine form.
Netherton squashed any hopes of a comeback on the 80th minute as a good cross from Substitute Liam Morris found Captain David Gennard who rose superbly to head the ball over Ellard and into the back of the net, condemning Athletic Sparkhill to their second successive 4-1 final defeat.
BCFA Offical Photographer Gary Griffiths was present at the final and has captured some wonderful images which are available for purchase here