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

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