Thursday, 31 March 2011

Kimberley Town 0-2 Clipstone Welfare

Thursday 31st March - CML Supreme Division

No Kev for this game - happily married for 27 years and wants to stay happily married for another 27, so he can't take in every game unless he wishes to be on the receiving end of divorce proceedings!!!

Plenty of parking spaces when I got to the Stag Ground, and when I walked into the clubhouse, Trev "Wheelchair" Williams, Mr. Mac and Simon Matters were already there.  Brian Dennett, of course, was there as well, but he was off nosing around for snippets of news again.  Always working is Brian....

Pleasantly surprised to see the line ups listed on a blackboard attached to the stand - that really does help -  putting names against the shirts.  Well done Kimberley - it ought to be made compulsory!

The Stag pitch looked to be in good nick, but it proved to be a bit bumpy, meaning that the players were unable to control the ball at times ... well, most of the time actually!

We had to wait until the 36th minute for the games opening goal - a cross from the right by Clippo no. 6 Stanton found KYE PILMORE some 15 yards from goal.  The no. 11 quickly controlled before hammering the ball past Simon Dye in the Kimberley net.

Then wouldn't you know it, you wait and wait for one goal, then another follows soon after.  This time it was a real belter from  BUCHANAN - a cracking drive from 25 yards that was in the net before Dye could react.  Tremendous strike.

Dye made a terrific save on 41, a spectacular dive to tip over Danny Tighe's rasper of a shot.  The keeper then had to face a penalty just a a minute later, after Reed had brought down Lee Wilson in the box.  Buchanan fired the spot kick wide, very wide of the goal, and when Brian asked him about it later, he said it was the worst penalty he had ever taken.  Can't see him taking many more!! H-T 0-2

Clipstone hit the post twice in the second half, but Kimberley gave almost as good as they got, and with a little luck could have maybe grabbed a point. Only last ditch defending kept Liam Edge out on more than one occasion, and Kimberley did manage to get  the ball into the Clippo net halfway through the second period, but the effort was disallowed for offside.  F-T 0-2

Admission £3
Programme £1
H/C 26

Next up -- the big one at the Town Ground, as table toppers Heanor Town take on third placed Gresley FC.

Wednesday results

Eastwood Town 1-0 Hyde United

Whitby Town 1-0 Hucknall Town

CML Floodlit Cup Final
Southwell City 0-4 Yorkshire Main

CML Supreme Divison
Blidworth Welfare 2-1 Nettleham

NSL Senior Div
Bilborough Pelican 2-2 F C Cavaliers

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Southwell City 0-4 Yorkshire Main

Wednesday 30th March 2011 -- CML Floodlit Cup final

Venue : Kirklington Road, Rainworth, kick off 7:45pm

We had a chauffeur for this game. Mr. Dennett wanted to use up some petrol as he was going to take possession of a new motor on Friday, and didn't want to leave too much fuel in the tank for his old car's new was quite an experience - on more than one occasion it was "eyes closed and pray " time!!!! Still, we arrived safe and sound at Rainworth and with 5 minutes to spare as well! 

Rob Hornby welcomed us to the game, and promptly reminded us that we had promised to sponsor a race at a forth-coming race night...only a fiver apiece from me and Kev... and after what we have been witness to with charities this season, that seems like peanuts.

We stood at the Kirklington Road end of the ground for the first half, and for a long while it seemed that we would struggle for a goal. Then on 41, City no. 5 Jamie Bennett lost concentration in his goal area. He appeared to handle, but then hesitated waiting for the whistle to blow - it didn't, and although he tried to hack clear, CURTIS WALKER nipped in to jab home from 4 yards.

One became two when WALKER was again on hand to nod home from close range right on the stoke of half-time. H-T 0-2

Richard "Wanderer" Lane walked past doing a "head-count".  He returned to have a chat, and handed me a cheque for the Charity.  Well and truly gob-smacked - his cheque took the running total to £666.60p !!  Relocated to the other end for the second half and were rewarded with another two goals - very unusual for us to pick the end where the goals go in!!

It has to be said that the third goal was a bit of a farce - no less than three Yorkshire Main players were left bearing down on goal, as the Southwell offside trap failed miserably.  MARK COOPER got to the ball first of the three, and slotted home.  Despite all the protests from the City players,  assistant Ref Andy Bills had made a good call - when the ball was played into the area all three of the Main players were on-side.

Main full back Stefan Cairns was shown a straight red for stamping soon after, but even down to 10 men, they never looked to be in any trouble against a very lightweight City attack. The Main actually increased their lead on 81.  This time a long ball over the top beat the City defenders, and as keeper Dave Parkes came out to try and block, ADAM WATSON lifted the ball over him and looked on gleefully as the ball nestled in the back of the net.  F-T 0-4

Admission £3
Programme £1
Richard Lane H/C 189 official attendance 179

Off to Kimberley on Thursday - game no. 23 of the month!

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Boots Athletic 1-1 Basford United

Tuesday 29th March 2011 - NSL Senior Division

Game 21 of the month !!

1st v 3rd in the table, but not a very good game.   We have had the least amount of rain in a March for years and years - yet the first time we decide to go to a ground where there is minimum cover and no hard-standing, it chucks it down!!  A fairly mild evening though, and the rain did ease as the game went on.

No notes taken, because I couldn't be bothered - hence the short blog entry.  The first half hour was a bit of a stalemate, with both teams seemingly waiting for the other to make a mistake.  The opening goal came in the 35th minute and was arguably an O.G, although CONOR CARTER might claim it as it was his header from a corner that went in off a defender.  H-T 0-1

Boots had enough chances in the second half to win two games, but had to wait right up until the final minute for their equaliser. This was courtesy of a penalty - a blatant trip that both me and Kev called from 100 yards away!  BEN MOORE stepped up to lash the ball past the Basford keeper.  After three minutes of added time, the Ref called it a day, and we were in the car and back home for 9:30pm! F-T 1-1

No admission or programme
H/C 33

Wednesday - CML Fllodlit cup final at Rainworth MW.  Southwell City v Yorkshire Main

Tuesday 29th March -- games

Crawley Town 2-0 Mansfield Town

Leek Town 0-2 Glapwell

Dunkirk 7-0 Alvechurch

Arnold Town 2-1 Dinnington Town

Glasshoughton Welfare 0-1 Shirebrook Town
Teversal 0-3 Pontefract Colliery

Ellistown 2-3 Heanor Town
Holwell Sports 3-2 Blackwell MW
Radcliffe Olympic 1-0 Gedling Town
Radford FC 1-4 Barrow Town

Harworth CI 2-4 Dronfield Town

NSL Senior Division
Attenborough 3-5 Clifton
Awsworth Villa 4-1 Gedling SB
Boots Athletic 1-1 Basford United
Cotgrave Welfare 1-0 Linby CW
Wollaton 0-1 Keyworth United

Nottingham Forest Res 1-7 Derby County Res

Tuesday 29th March 2011 - Totesport League Central Division

I had to make another visit to the dentist, so decided to have the whole day off and take in this game, half expecting a decent Florist team against a decent Rams team. Derby did include several players I have heard of, but the Reds decided to go with more or less their Academy team, all of them totally unknown to me, although I think some of them played v Sheffield United a couple of weeks ago.

Big disappointment for the huge crowd - but it meant a huge donation for the Charity as the rampant Rams ripped apart the ragged Reds.... Talking of the Charity, I was handed another very generous contribution by Mr. Keith Parnill, good friend and Teversal stalwart. Many, many thanks, Keith.

A huge crowd gathered at Ilkeston Town's New Manor Ground to see this East Midlands derby, but the fans from Trentside were a lot less happy when they walked out than when they walked in. A great carnival atmosphere as we QUEUED to get in via the ONE open turnstile, and then paid £2 to watch Forest's Academy team get hammered by a strong Derby team. The Rams scored with just 6 minutes played, SAUL HALPIN side-footing home powerfully from the corner of the box after the ball was played back to him by Theo Robinson.

Halpin ( out of shot) crashes home the first goal for the Rams

Forest played well enough for the next half-hour or so, without ever troubling Derby keeper Ross Atkins. Derby played a patient game, creating several decent chances, one header in particular from former Stags striker Micky Boulding that he should have buried instead of directing the ball at the Scott Furlong in the Forest goal.

THEO ROBINSON struck on 38 to increase the Derby lead, a fairly tame shot for the corner of the box that seemed to catch Furlong out of position, and he could only watch as the ball went across his body and into the net. H-T 0-2

Micky Boulding

I stood with Eastwood Town supporter Mick Waterall for the first half, then was joined by Tony Squires, Keith Parnill and Mr. Mac. Brian Dennett joined us with a few minutes left to play.

The second half was a stroll for the Derby team - sub CALLUM BALL chipped Furlong from 8 yards on 54, then 10 minutes later HALPIN fired home. Forest did manage to break down their visitors defence on 67, striker PATRICK BAMFORD finding space before chipping over Atkins.

Straight from the restart, Derby restored their 4 goal lead, thanks to an O.G. Not sure which defender flicked his leg out to try and clear the Forest line, but it was a cracking finish. It was 1-6 on 70, HALPIN firing home to complete a well deserved hat-trick. ROBINSON drilled home another from 18 yards after 77 minutes to round off a very professional demolition job on the young Forest outfit. F-T 1-7

Admission £2

Team sheet FOC

Attendance -- well over 1,000 I would think...

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Blidworth Welfare 3-1 Kimberley Town

Saturday 26th March 2011 -- CML Supreme Division

  Check Spelling

After the final whistle had blown at Kirklington Road, it was a quick dash up the road to Blidworth, and Kev was waiting for me in the car park after his "pampering" earlier in the day. Apparently he had really enjoyed the massages!!

Kick off

We expected Blidworth to stroll to a win, but so it seemed, did the Blidworth players! They started the game in third gear and deservedly went behind in just the sixth minute! A hesitant home defence was caught out by a ball from midfield, and LIAM EDGE calmly fired across Paul Stanhope and into the net from 12 yards.

Kimberley players celebrate going ahead

Welfare were looking anything but their usual selves, but they were level on 19. After a Dean Rick corner was played to Carl Haslam, the winger crossed low and hard across the goal and JAY EDWARDS nipped in between two defenders to prod home.

Haslam crosses for Jay Edwards (hidden) to score - our 500th goal of the season !! DEAN RICK put the home team ahead after 36 minutes, cutting into the box and firing between the near post and the Kimberley keeper. H-T 2-1

Clear it !!

Went to have a word with "Wheelchair" Trev during the interval - he helps with the gate / raffle / programme sales at Blidworth - we seem to catch up with Trev at most games we go to .... JAY EDWARDS wrapped up the points for Blidworth in the 62nd minute - unmarked 6 yards from goal, he was able to guide Steve Carty's right wing corner over the line. F-T 3-1 With Sheffield Parramore and Pinxton both losing, the title is now Blidworth's to lose - they are 8 points behind leaders Parramore, but have four games in hand.

Admission £3

Programme £1

H/C 32

Tuesday -- Florist Ressies v Derby C***ty ressies + Boots Athletic v Basford Utd

Rainworth MW 1-2 Sutton Coldfield Town

Saturday 26th March 2011 -- Evo-Stik Div 1 South

The first of two games in one afternoon - wonderful for my old legs! With Kev having a relaxing "pamper" day - an anniversary present from their children, I was looking to take in an early game, along with a regular 3ppm kick off. I was pondering going to Field Mill to see the Stags entertain Kiddy Harriers, but thought better of that when I noticed that Rainworth were kicking off at 1pm, and very near neighbours Blidworth at 3pm. The Rainworth game was poorly attended, only 81 at Kirklington Road - mind you it was bitterly cold - and according to Gordon Foster the early kick off hadn't been published in the local papers.

Here we go....

I took a few pics, but very few notes - the game was a bit dull to be quite honest. Rainworth took the lead from the spot on 34 minutes. Very much against the run of play, but a clear hand ball in the box - MATT BAXTER fired home convincingly from 18 yards. H-T 1-0


Matt Baxter makes no mistake from the spot Went to the T-Bar at the break, and bumped into the Wrens' blogger "Dudsey". His "Wrens Reach The Sky" blog is always worth reading. Out into the cold, and withing four minutes of the restart, Sutton Coldfield were on level terms, defender Craig Charlesworth allowing striker CRAIG MARSHALL time to turn and slot across Hales and into the back of the net.

2nd half action

The game was heading for a draw, and I was heading for the exit when Charlesworth failed to intercept a cross, then tried to make up for his error by nudging the ball away with his arm. Referee Alex Harvey once again had no hesitation in awarding the spot kick, that CRAIG MARSHALL fired past Hales with consummate ease.
Marshall hammers home the winner from the spot I suppose that, on reflection, Rainworth deserved something out of the game, but individual errors cost them dearly. F-T 1-2

Admission £6
Programme (inc team sheet) £1.50
Attendance 81

Saturday 26th March - games

Mansfield Town 1-2 Kidderminster Hariers (12 noon)

Eastwood Town 3-0 Stafford Rangers (1 pm)

Matlock Town 2-2 Whitby Town (1 pm)
Nantwich Town 1-2 Hucknall Town (1 pm)

Belper Town 0-1 Barwell
Glapwell 1-3 Newcastle Town (1pm)
Quorn 2-1 Carlton Town
Rainworth MW 1-2 Sutton Coldfield Town (1 pm)

Willenhall Town 0-3 Dunkirk

Arnold Town 1-2 Nostell MW

Eccleshill United 3-0 Teversal
Hemsworth MW 0-2 Shirebrook Town

Blackwell MW 1-1 Greenwood Meadows
Borrowash Victoria 0-1 Hinckley FC
Ellistown 1-2 Gedling MW
Gedling Town 1-1 St. Andrews (1pm)
Graham St Prims 0-0 Thurnby Nirvana (1pm)
Holwell Sports 2-3 Radford (1pm)
Radcliffe Olympic 1-2 Barrow Town (1pm)

Blidworth Welfare 3-1 Kimberley Town
Dronfield Town 1-0 Pinxton
Kirkby Town 4-1 Ollerton Town
Nettleham 1-0 Church Warsop S & SC
Newark Town 3-1 Calverton MW
Parkhouse v Sutton Town AFC (5pm)
Sheffield Parramore 0-3 Clipstone Welfare
Southwell City 1-0 Westella & Willerby

Bulwell Town 0-0 Thorne Colliery
South Normanton Athletic v FC 05 Bilsthorpe (8pm)
Thoresby CW 1-1 AFC Hucknall (1:40 pm)
Welbeck Welfare 0-12 Bentley Colliery

NSL Senior Div
Attenborough 2-0 Bulwell
Awsworth Villa 1-4 Clifton
Kimberley MW 4-1 Linby CW
Notts Police 0-2 Keyworth United

Friday, 25 March 2011

Shepshed Dynamo 0-2 Lincoln United

Friday 25th March 2011 -- Evo-Stik Division 1 South


First visit to Leicestershire this season, and we were greeted in the Dovecote with a "welcome to Leicestershire" from our Loughborough Dynamo friends Judith and Barry Wilkins. Kev did the driving, and even though we haven't been to Butthole Lane for a while, his built in auto pilot had us at the ground with 15 minutes to spare.

The obligatory point at the sign shot !!

Atmospheric arty-farty from Mr. Goodman

Barry and Judith - what a fantastic couple!

Also in attendance were Brian Dennett and Mr. Mac. These pair get everywhere - you just turn around and there they are!! Mind you, Brian did bring us a cuppa from one side of the ground to where we were sitting on the other side of the ground!! Thanks, Dad!!

Thought the Referee was very, very good tonight, and not only was she good she was very, very pretty. Sian Massey, well done. Such a pity that Messrs Gray and Keys hadn't seen her in action before their infamous rant about female officials - they might still be with Sky Sports.........

Sian Massey... I am in love for the first time in many years!!

Dynamo had a few familiar faces in their starting eleven - Aiden Brady, Jaylee Hodgson, Ricky Hanson, Ian Screaton are all names from the past. United are managed by former Coventry, Preston and Plymouth old boy Terry Fleming - he played the whole 90 minutes at full back, along side another player well known to me, namely Stuart Reddington. Stuart played over 50 times for Mansfield during season 2001-2002.......

The game itself was a really well fought contest, but United looked the far more composed outfit and after the first goal went in, the final outcome was never really in doubt.

Both the goals were scored in the first half, and both were scored by the same player. The first after 24 saw Scott Coupland fire in a superb ball from the left, finding JACK McGOVERN unmarked in the area - he controlled well before calmly slotting past Gavin Saxby in the Dynamo goal. The second McGOVERN goal was direct from a free kick some 22 yards from goal - the ball was placed so well that Saxby had no chance of saving. H-T 0-2

Keeper Saxby watches as the free-kick from McGovern flies past him

Shepshed tried to get back into the game second half, but the visiting defenders never looked troubled at all. Having said that, Lincoln didn't really look like scoring again either, so the final 45 minutes were a bit of a stalemate, but at least it gave us time to chat with Judith and Barry, and gave us a chance to learn a little of their 40 years together. F-T 0-2

Admission £7

Programme £1.50 ( usual Evo-Stik standard -- 36 pages, but 20 pages of adverts)

Attendance 145

Saturday - TBC ( might go to Field Mill - definately Blidworth v Kimberley at 3pm)

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Pinxton U19 2-0 Matlock Town U19

Thursday 24th March 2011 -- North MIds U19 League Mini Shield


Bonus game, brought to our attention by our Referee friend Hristo Karaivanov - this was a good contest between relegated Div 1 side Matlock and Div 3 champions Pinxton.

With Kev and Mrs. Kev out celebrating their wedding anniversary, I thought I'd be on my own - not so.... Brian Dennett and Mr. Mac were in attendance and I spent the entire 90 minutes in their company. A pleasure mostly, but when they started on about Speedway, I switched my brain off......

Pinxton's no. 10 JAY COOPER had mentioned on a social network that he was hoping to score in this game, thus ending a personal goal draught that goes back a long time. Would you believe it, the game was only 90 seconds old when he tried a speculative shot from 25 yards that somehow evaded the Matlock keeper and nestled in the back of the net. Great start, and although the we had to wait until the 35th minute for the next goal, the wait was well worth it. After Matlock failed to clear their lines, the ball fell to the feet of Pinxton no. 8 ELLIOTT JONES ,and the midfielder lashed the ball home from an acute angle giving the visiting keeper no chance. H-T 2-0

The second half saw no more goals, but the football from both teams was of a very high standard. Although the teams more or less cancelled themselves out, the 22 players kept us entertained right up to the final whistle. The game was handled well by Referee Harry Hawkins - but I don't think I've ever seen Harry have a bad game. F-T 2-0

Pinxton now face a trip to either Radford or Long Eaton in the next round of this competition. Very pleasing to see so many people at an U19 game - I counted 80 watching... excellent turn out.

Admission £2 inc programme
Friday -- Shepshed Dynamo v Lincoln United (possibly)

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Heanor Town 2-0 Gedling Town

Wednesday 23rd March 2011 -- EMCL


Tuesday, 22 March 2011

AFC Hucknall 1-0 Welbeck Welfare

Tuesday 22nd March 2011 -- CML Premier Division

This wasn't the best game we'll see all season, but it was memorable for a couple of reasons - namely two fantastic charity donations. It's wonderful how people who don't really know me or Kev, just hand over their hard earned cash with a smile on their faces. AFC Hucknall Manager Daniel Pheasant gave me his contribution before the game kicked off, and Welfare Manager Scott Carlton came to have a word after the final whistle. Scott is very optimistic about Welbeck's future, and is hoping to be able to persuade a few more quality players to come to the club in the closed season.

Daniel told me he enjoys reading this blog, and is only too happy to contribute to the APTCOO fund. The fund, unbelievably is now over £600.00 !! It only seems a couple of weeks ago that games were being called off left, right and centre due to pitches being water-logged. The Watnall Road pitch was like concrete, and trust me, this pitch had it's fair share of soakings during the "rainy season"!

It may have been the condition of the pitch that made Referee Danny Calladine caution Welbeck's Ashley Lowe for a challenge in just the 4th minute - an attempt to stamp out on any potentially dangerous, rash challenges maybe? Welfare keeper Tom Chambers wasn't too bothered about the hard pitch though and he made a couple of diving blocks that made you cringe - thoughts of skinned knees entering the head!!

Chambers did well to keep out an effort from AFC no. 9 Ben Waplington on 22, then the diminutive striker fired wide when played in from the midfield. Jamie Mawdsley had a header well saved in the 28th minute by Hucknall keeper Jack Harvey, then it was Chambers in action again as he saved point blank from a Waplington header.

The home team grabbed the games only goal in the 37th minute, a cracking pass from their no.11 finding JOSHUA CROOKES who glanced up to see Chambers slightly off his line before lobbing the ball delicately over him from the corner of the box. James Prentice tried his luck for Welfare from long range as the half drew to a close, but the effort curled well wide. H-T 1-0

Not too much action in the second period, and although Chambers was the busier of the two keepers, he seldom looked troubled. He made a great block when AFC no. 11 was one-on-one, but then the game sort of fizzled out! Waplington managed to fire a header across the Welbeck goal from a corner, and Danny Severn went close for Welfare in the final minute. Although this wasn't a classic by any means, the charity cash more than made up for it. F-T 1-0

Admission £3

Programme £1

H/C (Kev) 45

Tuesday 22nd March - games

BSP Histon 2-3 Mansfield Town BSN AFC Telford 2-2 Eastwood Town NPP North Ferriby United 3-1 Matlock Town Retford United 2-5 Hucknall Town NP1S Romulus 0-1 Carlton Town Notts F.A. Senior Cup final Dunkirk 3-1 Wollaton NCELP Arnold Town 5-0 Selby Town EMCL Barrow Town 0-1 Gedling MW Graham St Prims 1-0 Holbrook Sports CMLS Clipstone Welfare L-L Kimberley Town CMLP AFC Hucknall 1-0 Welbeck Welfare

Sunday, 20 March 2011

A few cropped images from Calverton 1-2 Pinxton

James Robinson Brady & Corcoran Cooper, Brady, Senior and Rob Rees
Goalmouth action
Race ya!
So close!!!
More goalmouth action

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Calverton MW 1-2 Pinxton

Saturday 19th March 2011 - CML Supreme Division

This was one of those days when I regret not staying faithful to our planned fixtures. We were due to be at Boots v Hucknall Rolls, but I changed my mind after Kev had told me he would be away, and I would be on my own. I would have really been Billy No-mates at the Boots game, so I opted for Pinxton at Calverton - at least I know the Pinxton players and management, so at least I'd have had someone to talk to!

Then Kev let me know he would be free anyway! Well, instead of going back to the original fixture, off we went to Calverton. It finished 2-4 at Boots, whilst high flying Pinxton failed to inspire, and struggled to defeat second bottom Calverton.

Entered the ground - and we were only the 4th and 5th people there!  A few more people appeared as the players entered the pitch, and after the customary handshakes there were well over 30 pitchside.
Hello lads!!


Pinxton seemed to line up with the old-fashioned 3-4-3 formation, Frazer Thomas, Ben Newman and Jamie Renshaw at the back, Blake Vincent, Wayne Cooke, Joe Riley and James Senior in the middle and Craig Housley, Jay Cooper and Arron Brady up top. They did have the majority of the possession in the first half without overly threatening the home defence. The visitors had half a dozen free-kicks and a dozen corners, but unusually for Senior, his set-piece kicks were not of the highest quality and Calverton defended them quite easily.

Calverton had a couple of decent chances as the half neared it's close, keeper Joey McCormack tipping one 25 yarder over the bar, then Calvo striker Corey Johnson had an effort blocked on the line. H-T 0-0

James Senior in gurning contest!!

Had a wander around the outer pitches during the break, Notts Police were playing Awsworth Villa - and one of their officials was passing on the news to his team that their ressies were losing 4-3 at half-time! That particular game finished Awsworth Villa Res 3-6 Chilwell Town, but the Villa first team did manage to beat the Police 2-1.

Pinxton went in front with their first attack of the second period when a Jay Cooper 35 yarder crashed off the bar and hit the large frame of CRAIG HOUSLEY, the ball bouncing off him into the net. Classic!

Craig Housley - grabbed both goals for Pinxton ( check out the biceps!)

The home team were guilty of giving away free-kick after free-kick as the second half progressed, but they defended well enough, and they took full advantage of hesitant defending by Pinxton in the 32nd minute, COREY JOHNSON ramming home the ball after it ran loose in the box.

Corey Johnson ( no. 9) levels for the home team

Housley reels away after netting the winner

The scores were only level for 4 minutes though - a Senior corner at last causing problems in the Calverton penalty area, and it was that man CRAIG HOUSLEY again who restored Pinxton's lead, flicking ball with superb accuracy past Mike Randall in the Calverton goal. F-T 1-2

Not the goal fest expected, but we have seen Calverton a few times this season, and although they have lost most of the games we have seen, they have rarely been outplayed. Again in this match, they showed enough to make you wonder why they are in the lowly league position they currently find themselves in.

Admission £2
Programme £1 - poor effort
H/C 30

 MOM - Pinxton no. 11 Blake Vincent

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Forest Town U19 6-1 Priory Celtic U19

Thursday 17th March 2011 -- North Mids U19 League Div III

Unable to play at the Academy, Forest Town moved quickly to secure a venue for this game. So, up the M1 to the Exchem Arena again - never a chore visiting Lees Lane though .. and always plenty of goals! 4 visits so far - results 9-3, 2-2, 3-3 and 6-1 !! No programme was available, but this was a very hastily arranged game, so I am sure the league will forgive Foggo.

Danny Bryant is helping Danny Staley at the helm of the Priory Celtic ship, but as soon as Forest Town scored, it was life-belt time as the good ship Priory Celtic slowly sank towards a heavy defeat.

On the pitch it was fairly even stevens up until the 39th minute, then Forest Town's no. 10 TRISTRAM BROWN prodded home from close range. RYAN HARGREAVES added Town's second in the final minute of the first half. H-T 2-0

Had a cup of coffee at the break - very nice it was too - bought by a new aquaintance - Joe Hodges. Joe is Brian Dennett's friend from Carlton Town and he had joined us just before kick off -- he handed out some fritters, purchased on the way to the ground - I only had the one and excellent it was too! Brian made short work of the rest!

The second half was barely 6 minutes old when Priory gave away a penalty that former Rotherham Academy trialist LEE TOWNSEND slotted just inside the post, giving the Priory keeper no chance. Seven minutes later, another trip, another penalty and another superb spot kick from LEE TOWNSEND made it 4-0.

Priory's no. 3 managed to pulled goal back on 73, but two minutes later Forest Town's no. 11 restored the 4 goal margin, running at goal before stabbing past the keeper from 15 yards.

With 5 to play, Forest Town were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box - the first effort was well blocked by the Priory keeper, but the Foggo no. 5 was quickly on hand to lash home the loose ball. F-T 6-1

Had a bit of a chat with South Normo 1st team boss Phil Bailey during the second half - he was a little disappointed that they let the lead slip in Wednesday's home draw with Thorne, but when I mentioned the change in the team after the break, he admitted he had laid into them big-time - works wonders sometimes, does a bit of a bollocking!!

Admission £2
H/C 26

Saturday 19th March - games

F.A. Trophy 1/2 Final 2nd leg Luton Town (1) 1-1 Mansfield Town (2) COYS ! BSN Vauxhall Motors 1-2 Eastwood Town NPP Hucknall Town 1-2 FC Halifax Town NP1S Carlton Town 4-0 Loughborough Dynamo Glapwell 3-0 Quorn Rainworth MW 3-2 Shepshed Dynamo Romulus 2-0 Belper Town MFA Bridgenorth Town 0-0 Dunkirk NCELP Long Eaton United 2-1 Parkgate Pickering Town 4-2 Arnold Town NCEL1 AFC Emley 1-0 Teversal Shirebrook Town 2-1 Bottesford Town EMCL Cup Barrow Town 1-0 Radford FC EMCL Borrowash Victoria 6-1 Gedling Town Gedling MW 1-0 Graham St Prims Greenwood Meadows 2-2 Ellistown Ibstock United 1-2 Radcliffe Olympic St. Andrews 8-0 Blackwell MW Thurnby Nirvana 0-1 Heanor Town CML Cup Dronfield Town 2-2 Kirkby Town Kinsley Boys 4-2 Bildworth Welfare CMLS Calverton MW 1-2 Pinxton Church Warsop S & SC 0-3 Parkhouse Harworth CI 0-1 Clipstone Welfare Kimberley Town 4-2 Nettleham Ollerton Town 1-2 AFC Sutton Town Sheffield Parramore 5-0 Southwell City Westella & Willerby 1-5 Newark Town CMLP FC 05 Bilsthorpe 0-0 AFC Hucknall Hutton Cranswick United 2-2 South Normanton Athletic Nottingham United 1-3 Thoresby CW Thorne Colliery 5-0 Welbeck Welfare NSL Senior Boots Athletic 2-4 Hucknall Rolls Leisure Bulwell 2-2 Bilborough Pelican Cotgrave Welfare 0-1 Kimberley MW FC Cavalier 6-0 Linby CW Notts Police 1-2 Awsworth Villa Wollaton 0-1 Attenborough

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

South Normanton Ath 3-3 Thorne Colliery

Wednesday 16th March 2011 -- CML Premier Division

A foggy old night in Normo .. but the game never really looked like being fogged off. The visibility was poor one minute, okay the next, then poor again etc etc...

The officials really had their hands full with this bunch of players - they never stopped moaning all through the game - and it was only through Mr. Marwood showing a lot of common sense that we ended the game with the full compliment!!

The Exchem Arena is a very good venue indeed - the pitch was almost perfect, and that's a big statement considering the crap weather it's been subjected to this winter.

Shiners - Baker, Taylor, Green, Riley, Henshaw, Hackett, Beecher, Leighton, White, Nicholls, Phillips. Subs: Harrison, Chambers, Storer.
Thorne - Murray, Sneap, Hindson, Marshall, Howe, Donald, Sheppard, Mills, Fell, Mason, Rhodes. Subs : Atkinson, Burns, Johnson.
Darren Fell started at no. 9 for Thorne, and the diminutive striker gave the Shiners an early warning just three minute from the kick off - firing just wide of Baker's goal. FELL made sure with his next chance - firing superbly across the keeper after he had been gifted the ball 20 yards out.

When Henshaw delayed his clearance in the 40th minute, his pocket was picked and as he raced to recover the ball he fouled Fell - the striker slammed the spot kick home to give the visitors a 2-0 lead at the break.
Must have been a good team talk for the Shiners during the interval - they came out looking a different team. Kev had phoned Brian Dennett at half time ( he was at the Hucknall/Whitby game) bemoaning how poor ANDY WHITE was playing. It was the former Stags centre forward who dragged the home team back into the game, tapping in a simple chance on 51 after Tom Leighton had crossed in from the right.

WHITE drew the home team level on 69, again a simple close range finish from a Leighton cross. In the 75th minute, Normo took the lead for the first time in the game, a free-kick from the left glanced off the head of Marshall, the slight change of direction leaving Murray with little chance of saving.

Thorne deservedly grabbed a share of the points on 90, someone firing home from an acute angle - I reckon it was sub no. 14 BURNS who scored, but it could have been anyone. It was very foggy by this time and we were over 100 yards away....F-T 3-3

Fair result, but these players need to let the officials do their jobs instead of bitching at them all the time. Mr. Marwood had a good game - he still had occasion to book four players, but it could have been so, so much worse...

Admission £2 Programme £1 H/C 55 Back to Norm tomorrow - Forest Tn U19 v Priory Celtic U19

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Tuesday 15th March - results

BSP York City 2-1 Mansfield Town NP1S Belper Town 0-5 Newcastle Town Glapwell 0-2 Sutton Coldfield Town Rainworth MW 3-1 Rushall Olympic Notts F.A. Senior Cup 1/4 final Carlton Town 2-0 Arnold Town EMCL Anstey Nomad 2-1 Radford FC Barrow Town 2-0 Greenwod Meadows Blackwell MW 2-1 Ibstock United Gedling Town 1-2 Graham St Prims CML Cup Clipstone W 1-10 Yorshire Main Pinxton 4-1 Bentley Colliery CMLS Harworth CI 0-2 Sheffield Parramore

Carlton Town 2-0 Arnold Town

Tuesday 15th March 2011 -- Notts F.A. Senior Cup 1/4 final

First off - well done Carlton for reducing the entry fee to £5 for this game! I'm sure this was a big reason the attendance was up from the Millers' usual 60 odd to the official figure of 105.

Unusually for me, I managed to land a parking space right near the exit - no queuing to get out and we were home by 9:50 pm! Spent a fair time pre-kick off chatting to Eastwood Town boss Paul Cox. The Badgers are already through to the semis, and Paul was casting an eye over their possible opponents.

Ex- Eastwood and Hucknall physio Fred Kirk came to stand with us for the first half - always good to be in Fred's company ....
Carlton went one up in just the 5th minute, after MASSIAH McDONALD latched onto a ball through the middle, before stepping past Walker and slotting home. That's the first half over. H-T 1-0
Trev kindly got the teas in, and Brian ( supposedly our mate ) handed out the cake .... but not to us! I think Kev got a choccy bar.... to be fair with £180 worth of dental work to protect, cake was out of the question anyway......still, it would have been nice to have been asked!! F-T 2-0

Admission £5

Nottingham Forest Res 0-3 Sheffield Utd Res

Tuesday 15th March 2pm kick off
Tote Sport Reserve League Central Division

Managed this game because I had taken the day of to visit the dentist. As it happens, my next visit to the "gob doctor" is on the 29th - Forest ressies are again in action on that day - this time against Derby County ressies. Walked into the New Manor ground and straight away met Trev in his trust wheelchair. He made a comment about the two ambulances present being a bit of overkill - err...see the pics following!

5 minutes in and United's Matt Lowton is stretchered off

About 10 minutes into the second half, Forest's Jack Andrews also gets stretchered off....

This game was really men against boys, and the young Reds managed only a single effort on goal throughout the whole game, while United had a bucket full, three of which ended up in the net. In the first half, the Forest keeper not only had Marcus Bent to contend with, he also had the NMG sprinkler system!

Thar she blows!!

Marcus Bent
Ex-Ram Rob Kosluk got a bit of a slating from the Forest fans

Flying high!!

United took the lead in the 10th minute MARCUS BENT firing home a superb ball in from the left, giving Ben Gathercole in the Forest no chance. Forest tried their best to put some attacking play together, but it was from one of their rare corners that United double the lead. The set piece was cleared down field, and when the ball was played into the path of ERIK TONNE, he made no mistake from 10 yards. H-T 0-2

The Blades kept up the pressure as the second half progressed, and went further ahead on 65. JEAN CALVE curled a free kick into the box from 25 yards out and even though Bent missed his header, his presence was enough to worry Gathercole and the ball sailed straight into the top corner of the goal.
As Forest tried to salvage a little pride, their no. 9 Patrick Bamford had a chance to grab a late consolation, but Blades keeper Lawrence Thomas kept the shot out. F-T 0-3

Nice little bonus game - and I reckon well over two hundred were present...
Admission - free
Team sheet - free
H/C -- well over 200