Bit of a "Lord Mayor's Show" - we've seen some great games recently, but this was a shocker! A nasty encounter from start to finish, with both teams were guilty of making some reckless challenges and leaving feet in after tackles had been made. There was little or no football played, and the biggest surprise of the night was that so many spectators stayed until the final whistle. I always stay to the end, mainly to ensure I get my money's worth, but I was sorely tempted to call it a day with a quarter of an hour to go.
Spent the game in the company of Hucknall Town striker Kieron DeBrower - he didn't know me from Adam, but our love of the game gave us plenty to chat about. Also met up with Brian Dennett, and when Brian is around, things are never quiet for too long!! H-T 0-0 Clipstone are members of the CMFL Supreme Division ( step7) and their illustrious visitors play in Evo-Stik Div One South ( step 4), but this is not the Carlton of last season. None of the 11 starters were in the Carlton squad last season. That team upped sticks with Tommy Brookbanks and headed up the A611 to Hucknall. The CML team managed to get their noses in front on 62, a corner in from the right was allowed to go across the face of the goal, and DEAN SHORT rose well to nod home.
Nine minutes later the visitors were level. The ball was played into the Clippo area and for some strange reason, a defender decided to palm it away, when there was no apparent danger. CURTIS SHAW stepped up and calmly side-footed the ball to the keepers left, bringing the scores level.
This is the point where I should have left, because, apart from the odd crunching tackle and a couple of "hand-bags", there was absolutely nothing to write about! Oh. I almost forgot - Carlton's Joe Naylor had what looked like a good goal ruled out near the end, after he was adjudged to have fouled the keeper before slotting home. F-T 1-1
Friday - Pinxton FC v Burton Albion