Tuesday 28th September -- CML Supreme Division.
Lots of people present at the Welfare Ground, but it seemed that a lot of CML passes were used, and a lot of Referee passes as well! Fredkirkbytown did the headcount, and made it 105 -- no idea how many paid, but it does show the pulling power of new look Blidworth Welfare.
The home team starting line-up actually contained 5 of the players who were in the Newark team that beat Blidworth last season, namely, Steve Carty, Tom Mallinson, Simon Ellison, Mark Ellison and Dave Issott.
Blidworth : Stanhope, Mallinson, Pride, McGurk, Hollingworth, Issott, Edwards, Carty, Ellison S, Ellison M, Haslam. Subs all used : Allan, Gould, Wells
Newark: Riley, Pierce, Turtle, O'Looney, Wilson, Roche, Wilford, Greenfield, Fraser, Hillier, Porter. Subs all used: Nuttall, Purves, Hurst.
Spent the first part of the game in the company of Fred, then we had the pleasure of young Referee Scott Mason's company.
Blidworth went for Newark's throat from the off, and were given the chance to go ahead when Carl Haslam was tripped as he ran into the box in the 7th mniute. Referee Andy Dallison awarded the spot kick that HASLAM duly blasted past Newark keeper Chris Riley.
Edwards saw his effort clatter the post on 11, then Simon Ellison also rattled the woodwork after 24 as the home team piled on the pressure. The second goal came on the half hour, a cross in from the right flicked into his own net by Town defender Phil Turtle.
The home team added their third 3 minutes later, again a cross from the right wing that STEVE CARTY volleyed sweetly past Riley. On 38, Haslam won a challenge in midfield, and raced after the loose ball. He was beaten in the chase for the ball by team-mate SIMON ELLISON who fired past Riley from 18 yards out. H-T 4-0
Not a lot to write home about in the second half. Riley did well to dive and save from Simon Ellison on 56, then Joe Hurst cleared a Bradley Wells header off the line on 70. Newark forced Stanhope into making a save with a couple of minutes to go, but this was probably one of the Blidworth keepers least busy games ever. No more goals in the second half, but with Blidworth facing a tough game in the Vase at Dunkirk on Saturday, you can't really blame their players for easing off a little in the second half, although it has to be said that Newark did perform much better in the second period than they had in the first. F-T 4-0 Admission £3
H/C 105 ( thanks Fred!)
Saturday -- F.A. Vase : Heanor Town v Clipstone Welfare
Had a wander around at the break, and met up with Richard Lane and son Rick. Richard had been given the unenviable task of writing the match report for the Newark media !!!