Saturday, 15 January 2011

Heanor Town 3-2 Bardon Hill

Saturday 15th January 2011 -- EMCL


A bit windy!!

Get the names down,,,


Kick off

Nice, steady drive to the Town Ground, arriving with plenty of time to spare. Gave us a chance to have a chat to "Tall-Lad" Chris Dent for the first time in ages - also invited to a look at the team sheets by Stan Wilton, the Heanor Town 1st team match secretary..

Decided to take up a position in the main stand - it was a bit windy, and with me suffering a bout of "man-flu" it seemed that keeping out of the draught was the sensible thing to do. We were a bit worried that the conditions and very heavy pitch may spoil this match-up between two of the EMCL top clubs, but not a bit of it...both teams played exceptionally well and gave us a cracker of a game. Heanor almost took the lead after just 6 minutes had been played, but Ryan Cancellara's effort was well blocked by Hill keeper Ryan Murphy.

Good block by Ryan Murphy from Cancellara's shot

Two minutes later Bardon went close when Dean Partner fired into the side netting after being played in by a great back-heel from Jake Duffy. The visitors looked dangerous at times, and went ahead on the half-hour mark - Jason Hardy tried to run the ball out of defence, but was robbed by ALEX BOLT and the midfielder ran into the box before firing past Heanor keeper Mark Frost. The home team were soon on level terms though, a shot from the left from Lee Askham was well blocked by Murphy but NATHAN BENGER was on hand to slot the rebound home from 6 yards. H-T 1-1

Benger on hand to finish...
Couldn't be bothered to queue for a bevvie at half-time, so spent the time trying to connect my BlackBerry to facebook and twitter, only to fail miserably.

The Lions went in front on 50 when a comedy of defensive errors gave JASON HARDY a chance to lob Murphy from just inside the box - and the youngster did really well to convert the difficult chance. Poor defending - ultimate price paid!
Hardy had the ball in the back of the net again after 64, but even though he was the meat in a two defender sandwich when he fired past Murphy, Referee Mr. Adrian Seward ruled the the striker had committed an offence and the goal was disallowed. Cracking finish, and how the Ref came to his decision, only he knows
As it was, Bardon we next to score - and Heanor can only blame themselves. A Bardon player was penned in near the corner flag by two defenders. He was allowed to escape and picked out CARL BENSON who was lurking at the corner of the box - the no. 11 unleashed a fierce shot that flew across Frost before bulging the net.

As the game entered stoppage time, we decided to have a potter towards the exit gate, when Dan Williams was upended just outside the Bardon box. For some reason or other, Kev decided to take a video of the free-kick taken by NATHAN BENGER - and although it is a bit grainy ( we were 80 yards from goal !), the winning goal was captured by the trusty Nokia. That was the final kick of the game, and it was difficult not to feel for Bardon Hill, who on reflection, deserved at least a point from the game. F-T 3-2

Nathan Benger hits the winner in stoppage time...

Two goal hero, Nathan Benger

Lions : Frost, Whitehead, Austin, Cancellara, Peel, Kay, Webster, Gee-Pemberton, Benger, Hardy, Askham. Subs : Stevenson, Wells, Gill, Williams, Norris.
Bardon : Murphy, Clifford, Carton, Fletcher, Schulz, Bolt, Partner, Duffy, Fox, Sheldon, Benson. Subs: Hawker, O'Callaghan, Whalin, Ottley, Corrigan
Admission £5
Programme £1
Attendance 107

MOM - Brett Peel ( a rock in the Lions defensive line).
More U19 football next up... Unity take on Southwell on Monday night at Calverton MW

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