Last minute change of plan - we were trying to get to Church Lane, Linby for their 6pm ko with AFC Hucknall Town, but work commitments screwed up that idea. Found out from a post by fredkirkbytown on the Tony Kempster forum that Kirkby were playing Sherwood Colliery at 7pm, so that suited just fine. Unfortunately Kev was still unable to make the game, so I was "Billy no-mates" again... although I was in the company of Fred throughout the game.
Sherwood Colliery play in the MAA Division 1, while Kirkby are members of the CMFL Supreme Division - quite a big gulf, but for the first 45 minutes it was a fairly even game. In fact, Sherwood went ahead on 36 when their no. 9 "Dicko" slid the ball under Kirby keeper Lee Whittingham. H-T 0-1
Different game second half - Kirkby made 7-8 changes and went for the oppositions throat from the off. Just two minutes into the half, SCOTT McPARLAND hammered home from the spot after he was upended just inside the area. The pitch markings weren't the best, and the Colliery Manager was instructing his players to build a wall when it was pointed out to him that it was a penalty!
In the 51st minute DANNY SEVERN somehow managed to squeeze the ball under the visiting keeper from an acute angle to give the home team the lead. Three minutes later ANDY BATH rose well at the near post to head home a right wing corner to make it 3-1. A period of calm ensued, but on 70 DANNY WOOD rifled home from 22 yards - an effort that the goalkeeper really should have saved. WOOD was on target again 6 minutes later, driving into the box from the right before slotting under the keeper. Two minutes later SEVERN grabbed his second and Kirkby's 6th, chipping over the advancing keeper fron a good 30 yards. Colliery were to have the last word though, their no. 7 guiding the ball over Whittingham from close range. F-T 6-2
All in all a good display from Kirby against modest opposition - I'm sure they will face a much sterner test on Saturday when they host Forest Town.
Praise must go to Referee Scott Mason - the young lad was calm and always in control, even with club linos. It has to be said though that the players from both teams made Scott's job easy - no shouting, cussing, fighting - and no bad challenges so the trainers had no need to enter the pitch during the entire 90 minutes play.
Fred H/C 49
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