Thursday, 17 August 2017

Saturday 19th August 2017 - local teams in action

Mansfield Town U18 v Notts County U18  k.o. 11:00am at Rainworth MW

Boston Town v Carlton Town
Bottesford Town v Clipstone FC
Kirby Muxloe v Dunkirk FC
Lincoln Utd v Belper Town
Oadby Town v Loughborough Dynamo
Shepshed Dynamo v Kimberley MW
Staveley MW v Basford Utd

Alfreton Town v Southport FC

Lancaster City v Mickleover Sports
Matlock Town v Altrincham FC
Stafford Rangers v Buxton FC

Maltby Main v Rainworth MW
Worksop Town v Athersley Recreation

East Yorkshire Carnegie v F.C. Bolsover
Ollerton Town v Brigg Town
Retford Utd v Worsborough Bridge Athletic
Shirebrook Town v Glasshoughton Welfare

South Normanton Athletic v Heanor Town

Ilkeston Town v Coventry Copsewood

Borrowash Victoria v Gedling MW
Holwell Sports v Graham St Prims
Radcliffe Olympic v Clifton AW
Radford FC v Stapenhill FC

Clay Cross Town v Retford FC
Newark Town v Askern FC
Welbeck Lions v Collingham FC

* Eastwood CFC v Hucknall Town
Hilton Harriers v Soth Normanton FC
Linby CW v Keyworth Utd
Mickleover RBL v Sherwood Colliery
Swanwick PR v Blidworth Welfare

Basford Utd CFC v Awsworth Villa
Bilborough Town v AFC Dunkirk
Bingham Town v Wollaton FC
F.C. Cavaliers v Attenborough FC
Gedling SB v Underwood Villa
Newark Flowserve v Magdala Amateurs
Southwell City v Sandiacre Town

Bilborough Town 0-3 F.C. Cavaliers

First visit of the season the Harvey Hadden Sports Village, home of Bilborough Town FC. Town were hosting F.C. Cavaliers in a Notts Senior League Premier division game and I’m sure the result was not quite what Manager Steve Lee envisaged prior to kick off! 

Maurice and Paul MacFarland were already inside the stadium when I arrived – they were supposed to be going to Staveley, but opted for a game a tad closer to their Long Eaton base. 

Cavs' kit is a dark green shirt and black shorts. The trouble is that the shirts have black numbers, and my eyesight isn’t the best, so it was a bit of a struggle to make them out.

Town had the first real effort on goal in the third minute, but Nichloson’s shot was well held by the Cav’s keeper. With the teams more or less cancelling each other out in the middle of the park, we had to wait until the 34th minute for the opening goal. A ball in from a corner wasn’t dealt with by the home defence, and when it fell to the feet of David Kolapo a couple of yards from goal, he gleefully hammered it home to give his team the lead.

Four minutes later, a visiting player was tripped in the box, giving Ref Alex Smith little choice other than to award a penalty that Zibusiso Sipanda despatched with some ease. Cavs were unlucky not to go in a the break three up when their no. 2 shirt crashed a free-kick off the bar with Ivanov waving the ball bye-bye!! H-T 0-2

The home team began the second period on the front foot, and if not for a slight deflection by a Cavs defender, Rick Law’s shot from the edge of the box would no doubt have nestled in the back of the net. Cavs reacted well, and when Kolapo went on a mazy run, shrugging of two meaty challenges, it looked like he might take the ball all the way. Instead he chose to shoot from just inside the box and mis-hit the ball sending it rolling slowly out for a goal-kick. 

Jake Kane had Town’s next attempt, but could only watch in anguish as his header crashed off the Cavs’ bar. Liam Taylor’s volley on 55 flew just over the bar as the home team tried to claw their way back into the game. 

As it happened, the home team went further behind on 71 when a terrific ball from midfield picked out Blessing Adeleye who controlled well before stepping past Ivanov and slotting into the empty net. 

Law’s free-kick was met well by Lyam Webster on 83, but his shot was collected comfortably by the visiting custodian. Law had one final effort for town on 88, but again the keeper was alert and did well to palm the strikers header over the bar. F-T 0-3 (charity £0.90)

First NSL game of the season, and I was waiting in anticipation to see the sin-bin in action. This ten minute removal from the game is utilised by the Ref for dissent. Even when Town had a goal ruled out for a marginal offside by Assistant Mick Leslie, the players simply asked for an explanation, rather than go off on one at the official. I know this was my first sin-bin game, but if the threat of a ten minute “rest” results in less abuse of match officials, I’m all for it!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Gedling MW 2-0 Clifton AW

Tuesday 15th August k.o. 7:50pm

East Midlands Counties League

Attendance: 91

Admission : £5.00 / £2.50

The Gedling MW website carries Mark Williams' full match report. It was great to see the big man again - been a while! It's always a pleasure to go to Plains Road - the welcome is always very warm and very genuine. 

Spent the everning in the company of Richard "the Wanderer" Lane -  thank you for the donation, Richard, I can assure you that every penny will be passed on to the Think Children charity - not just 3% as per the other charity we were discussing! Charity total is now over the £130.00 mark and the season isn't yet in full swing!

The game itself was action packed - both teams playing some cracking football. Clifton were arguably the better team first half, Gedling much stronger in the second. A goal in each half settled the result in the home team's favour - but All Whites keeper Alex Smith will know he had a poor game by his standards, and I'm sure will be cursing himself for his part in both goals. The first - he allowed Ryan Plummer's shot to creep between him and his near post, and the second - he palmed Alex Clarson's corner into his own net. Two cautions in the first half and seven in the second saw Gedling win 5-4 on yellow cards as well taking the three points at the final whistle. 
H-T 1-0 F-T 2-0

Footnote: although highly hilarious to us spectators at the time, I'm sure Mr. MgGill didn't think it was all that funny when the ball smashed into his face with about 10 minutes played. The blow knocked the official onto his backside, but to his credit, and after a few groggy, wobbly steps he was able to carry on.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Local teams in action week commencing 14th August

Monday 14th August

Shaw Lane 1-2 Mickleover Sports

Basford Utd 3-1 Stocksbridge Park Steels

Coleshill Town 2-0 South Normanton Athletic

Tuesday 15th August

Radford FC 2-2 Boston Town (aet) Boston win 3-4 on penaties

Alfreton Town 1-0 North Ferriby Utd

Matlock Town 3-2 Hednesford Town
Witton Albion 1-0 Buxton FC

Leek Town 0-0 Belper Town
Sheffield FC 2-2 Loughborough Dynamo
Stamford FC 1-0 Carlton Town

Heanor Town 4-1 Rocester FC
Loughborough University 2-7 Coventry Utd
Rugby Town 1-1 Long Eaton Utd

Clipstone FC 1-5 Liversedge FC
Rainworth MW 3-2 Bottesford Town
Thackley FC 0-0 AFC Mansfield

Rossington Main A-A Shirebrook Town (44 mins - player injury)
Selby Town 3-2 Retford Utd

Arnold Town 3-1 Graham St Prims
Birstall Utd 4-0 Selston FC
Dunkirk FC 4-1 West Bridgford
Gedling MW 2-0 Clifton AW
Teversal FC 3-0 Blaby & Whetstone Athletic

Awsworth Villa 0-5 Sandiacre Town
Calverton MW 1-2 Southwell City
Magdala Ams 2-2 Ruddington Village

Wednesday 16th August

Coventry Sphinx 0-1 Shepshed Dynamo

Staveley MW 2-1 Harrogate Railway Athletic
Worksop Town 3-2 Bridlington Town

F.C. Bolsover 3-1 Armthorpe Welfare
Ollerton Town 2-1 Worsborough Bridge Athletic

Holbrook Sports 6-0 Radcliffe Olympic

AFC Dunkirk 3-3 Cotgrave FC
Bilborough Town 0-3 F.C. Cavaliers

Friday 18th August

West Bridgford v Belper Utd

Cotgrave FC v Ruddington Village (7:30pm)
* Kimberley MW AFC v Calverton MW (7:30pm)

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Hucknall Town 8-1 AFC Kilburn

Saturday’s feature game was Hucknall Town hosting AFC Kilburn, but as an appetiser to this game, it was a quick trip into Sticky Palms’ neck of the woods to watch Keyworth Utd take on Hilton Harriers on Friday night. 

Keyworth’s ground is very basic, but does the job. We were getting slightly worried when the rain started at half-time as there is no cover for spectators. The rain amounted to very little though and did nothing to spoil what turned out, in the end, to be a very good game. Even though the first half was goal-less, the home keeper made a couple of cracking saves to keep his team in the game. He could do nothing about Hilton’s first goal on 51 though. Chris Smith received the ball just outside the Keyworth area and hit a terrific drive that flew arrow straight into the top corner. Two minutes later the away team doubled their lead, this time Ben Sandeman shook off a couple of tackles before making his way into the penalty area and stroking the ball home. 

All over? Not a bit of it. Keyworth reduced their deficit with 10 to play, Rob Gill nodding home a cross from the right at the far post. From where I was standing (directly in line!) the player who crossed the ball looked to be offside when he raced down the line to collect the pass from midfield, but the Hilton players didn’t appeal, and the linesman was a little behind play so the goal stood and the fightback was on! 

With 3 minutes of added time already played, a Hilton defender made what looked a perfectly good tackle some 22 yards from goal, and looked on amazed, as did I, that the referee had awarded a free-kick for a foul. The player remonstrated, quite rightly, and was, quite rightly, booked. From my viewpoint, some 20 yards away, the ball looked to have been won cleanly and fairly, and to see a player punished for doing his job gets up my nose a little. We all know referee’s are easy targets to shoot at, and I rarely criticise officials, but on this occasion, I have to say the wrong call was made (in my opinion) by Mr. Hales. The punishment was added to big time when James Price stepped up and curled the set piece into the bottom corner! Goal timed at 90 + 5 minutes! F-T 2-2  Charity £1.20p


Hucknall Town v AFC Kilburn Saturday 12th August 

Admission : £4;00 / £3.00
Programme £2.00 

Hucknall Town welcomed CMFL South new boys to Watnall Road on a very, pleasant Saturday afternoon. It was not to remain pleasant for the visitors though, although they can go away from the ground with the knowledge that they had scored the best goal of the game! Pleased, if not somewhat surprised to see our friend Robin Bourne had the middle for this game. Usually Mr. Bourne would run a line, but on this occasion he was the man in charge, and handled the game in his usual calm and competant way.

With just three minutes played, Town were ahead. Joe Atkinson played a neat ball wide left for Joe Ashurst to run onto. The pacy winger collected the ball, ran into the box and coolly slotted it across the keeper into the far corner. 

Hucknall were almost two up after 14 minutes, but after Dave Leek had flicked the ball on, Matt Brian’s header from close range crashed off the top of the bar. The home teams lead was doubled three minutes later though, this time an Ashurst corner headed powerfully home by Kajally Danso. Seconds later Danso added his second, connecting with the loose ball after Shaun Smith had been challenged in the box. Danso actually mis-kicked the ball into the ground, and was as amazed as everyone in the crowd when it looped over the stranded AFC keeper before nestling in the back of the net. 

Town had to replace Ashurst and Atkinson with barely 25 minutes played, then lost Matt Brian who was injured diving at the near post to head home from a corner with 33 minutes gone. Jamie Crawford rounded off the first half for Town with their fifth, this time firing past the keeper after he was picked out with a neat ball from midfield. H-T 5-0

With Brian injured and options limited, Andy Graves made the decision to put James Beddingham in goal for the second half, releasing Mike Randall to play in the right-back position, a position he is quite happy at in Sunday football apparently. 

Crawford added Town’s sixth four minutes after the restart, beating the AFC keeper to the ball and firing just inside the post. Three minutes later Smith added the seventh when he beat a defender to the ball and slotted calmly home. Smith headed over on 66 when it looked easier to score, but the front man did head the next cross at goal and Adam Nelson’s slight touch took the ball out of the keeper’s reach. Nelson was then guilty of a couple of glaring misses in front of goal, and as the game reached added time, Kilburn’s Craig Bagshaw found space some 25 yards from goal and hit a screamer into the top corner that gave Beddingham no chance. What a strike that was – out of the nine goals scored, definitely the best! F-T 8-1

Charity £2.70p

Friday, 11 August 2017

Sunday 6th - Thursday 10th August - a few paragraphs

A few words on visits to games this week, beginning with a trip to Calverton MW to see Arnold Town Ladies take on AFC Doncaster Ladies, and ending with a PSF at Digby Street. 

Sunday 6th August k.o. 2:00pm

As usual with PSF, without a team sheet it’s difficult to know who’s who on the pitch. The game itself was quite competitive in the very, very long grass on one of the outside pitches at Calverton, and Doncaster ended the first half a goal to the good thanks to a 40th minute strike. I spent the second half of the game in the company of Arnold Town 1st team boss Chris Galley, and we saw a complete turn around in the final 15 minutes, with the Eagles ladies bagging three without reply. F-T 3-1

Monday was a rest day – nothing local available so had some telly time. 

Tuesday 8th August k.o 2:00pm

A bit sticky at Rainworth!
I was at the Kirklington Road home of Rainworth MW, to catch an EYL Youth Alliance league fixture between old rivals Mansfield Town and Chesterfield FC. A Keaton Ward penalty on 28 gave the Stags the lead – the spot kick awarded for a Conor Fowler handball in the area. Fowler made amends on 67, slotting home from the spot after the ref had spotted a trip in front of goal. F-T 1-1

Wednesday 9th August

Game 1) Academy game k.o. 12 noon at Basford Utd
I have no idea of the line-ups, but opponents Derby County Academy won this encounter very comfortably. Leading by a 19th minute goal at the break, the Rams’ youngsters added a further five in the second period, the goals timed at 47, 57, 63, 67 and 69 minutes. F-T 0-6

Game 2) Academy game k.o 2:00pm at Basford Utd.
With Martin Carruthers and Craig Armstrong in charge, it was hoped that this game against Long Eaton Utd Academy would have produced a better result than the first game. As it transpired, the score was different, but the margin of defeat the same. The first half was fairly even, ending with the visitors 3-5 to the good. That was about as good as it got for the home team as the Blues scored on a regular basis throughout the second half, with just a solitary reply from Basford. F-T 4-10

Game 3) Pinxton FC v Teversal Res k.o. 7:45pm
Pinxton: Kieren Tonge, Adam Bishop, Danny Evans, Joe Riley, Kurtis Chadburn, Ryan Booker, Jay Cooper, Liam Green, Peter Stubley, Kieren Debrouwer, Nathan Benger. Subs: Josh Ingram, Ryan Seale, Cameron Short, James Barry, Kieran James.

Teversal Res: Corey Bulheller, Craig Newton, Blake Vincent, Philip Griffith, Regan Cooper, Gareth Pope, James Summer, Mark Parkes, Josh Radford, Danny Fletcher, Lewis Brown. Subs: Brett Newby, George Simpson, Macauley Short, Simba Ganyiwa, Brett Dodsworth.

Kieren Debrouwer opened the scoring on 18, his perfectly placed free-kick from 22 yards curling into the top corner, giving the Tevvie keeper no chance. Danny Evans added a second for the home team on 23, firing home from the spot after the referee had adjudged that Stubley had been tripped in front of goal – a rather dubious decision as there appeared to be little contact when the striker was challenged. 

Danny Fletcher reduced the visitors’ arrears on 35, firing home comfortably from the spot after the referee spotted yet another infringement. Stubley was impeded in the box again with 5 minutes of the half remaining and another spot kick given. On this occasion, Evans was unsuccessful as keeper Bulheller dived to his right to make a great save. H-T 2-1

Debouwer repeated his free-kick goal on 54, to give the home team a bigger margin of safety, then “Keano” completed his personal treble after he was played in one-on-one with Bulheller and rounded him with ease before slotting home. Teversal to their credit, never gave up and they were rewarded for their efforts midway through the half when Regan Cooper’s long range strike flew past Kieren Tonge to make it 4-2. Jay Cooper rounded off the scoring on 82, his clever run into the box met with a perfect pass, leaving Cooper the simple task of rounding the keeper before tapping the ball over the line. F-T 5-2

Thursday 10th August k.o. 6:50pm
Kimberley MW U18’s entertained Notts Sunday League outfit Nuthall FC at the Welfare’s Digby Street ground. Nuthall should have gone ahead from the spot in the third minute, but the ball was hit against the post. They were ahead on 19 though, a headed OG as the Welfare youngsters went to try and clear a corner fired in at the near post. Nuthall added a second on 32, then a third with three minutes of the half remaining. H-T 0-3

Two minutes after the restart, old stager Nicky Kennerdale headed home the visitors’ fourth. There were further strikes on 61, 72, 75 to make it 7-0. Kimberley did score from the spot with five to play, but Nuthall had the final word, netting once again on the 90 minute mark. F-T 1-8

Not a bad few days for THINK CHILDREN -- a total of 42 goals = £12.60 donated!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Saturday 12th August - local teams in action

Darlington 1883 4-1 Alfreton Town

Buxton FC 1-2 Lancaster City
Mickleover Sports 1-1 Witton Albion

Belper Town 0-1 Basford Utd
Carlton Town 2-0 Sheffield FC
Loughborough Dynamo 3-2 Bedworth Utd

Coleshill Town 3-0 Loughborough University
Long Eaton Utd 1-2 Stourport Swifts
Westfields FC 6-1 South Normanton Athletic
Worcester City 3-0 Heanor Town

Ilkeston Town 0-2 Heath Hayes

AFC Mansfield 2-1 Bottesford Town
Garforth Town 4-0 Clipstone FC
Rainworth MW 1-1 Liversedge FC
Staveley MW 3-3 Albion Sports
Worksop Town 1-0 Maltby Main

Eccleshill Utd 1-4 Shirebrook Town
F.C. Bolsover 0-1 Campion FC
Retford Utd 1-0 Grimsby Borough
Winteron Rangers 2-3 Ollerton Town

Arnold Town 0-2 Holbrook Sports
Ashby Ivanhoe 5-1 Holwell Sports
Barrow Town 1-3 Selston FC
Belper Utd 0-2 Birstall Utd
Blaby & Whetstone Ath 3-2 Anstey Nomads
Clifton AW 2-4 West Bridgford
Gedling MW 3-5 Aylestone Park
Graham St Prims 2-1 Teversal FC
Kimberley MW 5-0 Radcliffe Olympic
Radford FC 3-6 Borrowash Victoria
Stapenhill FC 2-4 Dunkirk FC

Askern FC 1-2 Collingham FC
Harworth Colliery 9-1 Renishaw Rangers
Retford FC 3-0 Tideswell Utd
Welbeck Lions 1-2 Dinnington Town

Blidworth Welfare 2-4 Pinxton FC
Eastwood CFC 8-1 South Normanton FC
Hucknall Town 8-1 AFC Kilburn
Sherwood Colliery 2-0 Holbrook St. Michaels
Teversal Res 0-3 Linby CW

Awsworth Villa 4-4 Wollaton FC
Basford Utd CFC 1-3 Newark Flowserve
Bilborough Town 0-1 Kimberley MW AFC
Bingham Town 3-2 Attenborough FC
Calverton MW 2-2 Magdala Amateurs
Dunkirk AFC 6-4 Southwell City
F.C. Cavaliers 1-3 Ruddington Village
Sandiacre Town A-A Gedling SB
Underwood Villa 2-4 Cotgrave FC