Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Blidworth Welfare 4-0 Dronfield Town

Wednesday 9th March 2011 -- CML Supreme Division

After two successive goal-less games, we were hoping our good friends at Blidworth would oblige with a couple or three, and oblige they certainly did! After losing to Parkhouse and Southwell, then netting ten at the weekend at Church Warsop, we were wondering which Welfare team would turn up - luckily it was the goal-scoring one!!

"On The Road" friend Rob Townsend had mentioned he wanted to make a contribution to the APTCOO fund, and he was the first person we met at the ground. Rob is a very popular Referee, and has been officiating for 16 years now, starting his illustrious career in 1995. He very kindly donated his fee from his last game to the fund - thank you Rob. Spent the first half in his company, until that is, he decided to move to behind the goal to get out of the biting wind that fair made your eyes water!

On the pitch, Blidworth looked a far better team than the last time we saw them - and had shored up the defence with the experienced Lee Dawson stepping in at centre-back. Tom Malinson took over at right back for the suspended Ricky Chambers and Mark Ellison was preferred to Nathan Hollingsworth at left back. The Welfare also had plenty of attacking options, starting the game with strikers Dave Bramwell, Dean Rick and Simon Ellison. It was Ellison who created the first goal for the home team on 12, his driven cross from the right wing steered into his own net by ASH RAWSON.

It was 2-0 with 27 played, a DEAN RICK 20 yard free-kick hammered into the top corner. Welfare were awarded the free-kick after Rick was fouled. Referee Lee Tavinder decided that the offence denied Rick a clear goal-scoring opportunity and the offender was duly given a straight red. A bit harsh, but "letter of the law" etc, etc..... The home team increased their lead on 32, this time Ellison played the ball to DEAN RICK from the right and the hit-man duly converted from 15 yards, although the shot was slightly scuffed and just about had the legs to roll past Nick Siddons in the Dronfield goal. H-T 3-0

The second half was spent in the company of Steve Reading and Richard Lane - always a pleasure to be in such knowledgeable company!! Steve is a big fan of Welfare striker Simon Ellison - he makes a mental note of everything the big lad does during the game - and will recall the former Newark stars' best moments on request. It really made Steve's day when SIMON ELLISON tapped in the fourth after Rick had made a terrific run into the area and rolled the ball past Siddons to where his strike partner was waiting to tap home from a foot or so. F-T 4-0

Good performance by the home team on yet another bitterly cold night - they won 4-0 without really getting into top gear.

Admission £3
Programme £1
H/C courtesy Richard Lane 35
Apology to Rob Townsend - sorry... we have promised to go to the Carlton v Arnold game next Tuesday - good luck at Gedling Town..... Next - Heanor Town v Greenwood Meadows

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