Tuesday night at the ( Blidworth) Welfare ground -- CMFL Supreme Division.
Usually enjoy evening games at Blidworth - the banter is normally spot-on, with the football often taking second place. Nowadays though, Brett Marshall seems to have put together a squad that could well be challenging for honours at the end of the season, and the addition of Simon and Mark Ellison has enhanced an already talented bunch of players. Had a chat with Brett before kick off and then Peter Craggs Jnr. came by to have a bit of a chin-wag, and mentioned that every time he sees Lance Mulligan play, he never lasts the full 90 minutes - tonight was to be no exception.
Mulligan had the first real chance of the game for Clipstone in the 9th minute, but Blidworth keeper Paul Stanhope did well, forcing the striker to slide just wide. It was the visitors who looked the more dangerous, and they duly took the lead on 21, Blidworth defender LEE BOWLER playing the ball into his own net from a free-kick played in at the near post. Straight after, Blidworth midfielder Jamie Allen made a great run into the Clippo area, but saw his shot fly off the post and away to safety.
In the 26th minute, the home team were awarded a free-kick 25 yards from goal - JASON EDWARDS ran up and hammered the ball a straight as an arrow into the top corner, with the keeper rooted to the spot. Clipstone eased ahead on 33, their no. 8 lashing home a neat volley after racing unmarked into the box. Blidworth stormed back into the game and were level again after 35 minutes - this time DEAN RICK collecting on the edge of the box before dancing around his marker and slotting past the keeper. H-T 2-2 and I suspect some paint would be coming off the changing room walls judging by the look on Mr.Marshalls face!!
The teams came out for the second half a few minutes early - but within 5 minutes of the restart, we had seen a penalty awarded and saved, and a player dismissed! The penalty was given for a trip, but Blidworth's Carl Haslam saw his shot well saved by the Clippo keeper. As the ball was played up field though, Mulligan leapt for the ball, but was adjudged to have handled - a second yellow, followed by the inevitable red. Mr. Craggs strikes again!
After an hour, Blidworth took the lead in bizarre circumstances. When a Clipstone player was injured, Referee Eddie Pidduck stopped the game, and Blidworth duly did the sporting gesture of playing the ball back to the keeper. His clearance was muffed a little though, and landed at the feet of JASON EDWARDS on the half-way line - the Blidworth no. 7 duly fired it back, straight into the net! Didn't see that coming !!
On 62, a pinpoint pass from Simon Ellison some 40 yards from goal, found EDWARDS on the edge of the box and he controlled superbly before rifling the ball past the keeper. Great move, great finish - and what a hat-trick! A 25 yard free-kick, a 50 yard lob, and a precise slot from 15 yards - how good does it get!!! F-T 4-2
No programme seenAnother 2 raffle tickets bought, and another game where we came away not knowing if we had won or not. It may all be in a good cause, but it would be nice to know if you've won or not.......
Attendance - I counted 80
Thursday - may do Carlton Ressies ...Saturday - supposed to be Heanor v Sutton - if Sutton can raise a team.