Brian Dennett arranged to car share again, and arrived at "Chez Moi" just after six-thirty for a quarter to seven kick off. You need to bear in mind that the trip from Hucknall to Eagle Valley is 20 minutes tops, so did Mr. Dennett have some ulterior motive for his early arrival? Only he knows, but him and Mrs. Kev seem to have struck a up a close friendship over the past few weeks!!!!!
Arrived at the ground with 10 minutes to spare and were immediately taken aback by how many people were in the bar. Decent turn out on a freezing cold Monday night - and trust me, it was cold! So, along with Mr. Mac, "Wheelchair" Trev Williams, "Wanderer" Richard Lane. Stags mad Mick Cook, "the66pow" genius that is Rob Waite and Paul, "Mr Bury" we took up our places against the rail just outside the clubhouse - apart from Brian that is, who decided to have a wander around the ground and spent the first half near the dugouts.
A bloke called Derek brought around a 50/50 raffle, and I declined. Rob took the ticket I would have bought, and was later rewarded with half the takings - it was only a tenner but that's better than a smack in the mouth, eh?
The lads on the pitch played some entertaining football, and Referee Mr. Curwood was superb. He encouraged when required, admonished when it was necessary, and generally had a cracking game. Makes it easier for the Ref though when the players are interested in their football and play the game in the right way.
Hallam's no. 11, ISHMAEL LAMMY looked a bit lively from the off, and it was he who scored the games opener on 32, firing home from the edge of the box after being given too much room. The visitors were only ahead for 7 minutes though, and Arnold had to thank Hallam's no. 5, Ben Pond for nodding into his own net after being put under pressure at the far post. H-T 1-1
Hurried into the clubhouse for a warm drink at half time, only to find that Brian had them ready and waiting. Many thanks, Mr. Dennett!
The second half saw Hallam press hard for the winner, and Arnold had their keeper to thank for keeping the scores level. He made a series of good saves including one where he flew like Superman to push away. It was to be the home team that claimed all three points though, their no. 10 ALEX ENGLAND capitalising on a defensive blunder in the 81st minute, before running the ball home. F-T 2-1
Good advert for the U19 league - great company, fantastic banter.... what else can you ask for on a cold Monday night?
The new U18 - U21 league proposed by the F.A. must be a bit of a worry for the U19 league - just about getting it right, and a good thing could well be destroyed by F.A. meddling....
Admission £2 inc programme
H/C ( Rob Waite) 41
Next up --- Carlton Town v Arnold Town at the Bill Stokeld Stadium 7:30 ko --- Notts F.A. Senior Cup 1/4 final. Reduced admission - well done Carlton, following in the footsteps of Hucknall Town the other week...