Sunday, 17 April 2011

AFC Kimberley 1-1 Erewash Hotel

Sunday 17th April 2011 -- Long Eaton Sunday League Division 4

A lovely sunny morning at the Stag Ground -  the car park was full, but we were invited to drive into the ground by Mr. and Mrs. Critchley.. so parked at the back of the stand - as far away from the action as possible. Graeme's advice - he had seen the players shooting in during the warm up!!

We were invited to this game by Ant Watkinson - it was hoped that AFC's final league game of the season would see them secure promotion from Div 4 to Div 3.  To ensure this happened AFC had to win, but after just 64 seconds the home team were behind when the Erewash no. 16 raced through unapposed to fire past stand in keeper Andy Alton (?).

Gary Pickering brought out a great diving save from the Erewash keeper on 27, but 2 minutes later the keeper  had to face a spot kick after Pickering was upended whilst on his way to goal.

Good save keeper!



VAUGHAN CROMPTON gave the keeper no chance from the spot, bringing the scores level.  Chris Ryan had a hit and hope effort that crashed off the Erewash bar as the half drew to a close. H-T 1-1

We were joined by Gedling MW photographer and great friend Tony Hay and daughter at half time - always gives Kev an inferiority complex when he sees the size of Tony's equipment!

Tony had offered to take a few celebration shots, and if Vaughan Compton had have had his radar working, Tony would have been only too happy to oblige. Compton was guilty of squandering 4 or five golden chances - one of which I reckon I would have scored.  Perhaps a little unfair as the visiting keeper blocked well on three occasions. Mind you, he's a big lad.  Ever wondered what Rob Waite does on Sunday mornings? Wonder no more!

So, it ended 1-1, and with Grange Park winning, it means AFC have to hope can get something from their visit to Grange Park next Sunday, although that looks very unlikely - Streamline have played 20, drawn 3 and lost the other 17. League table.

Local paparazzi !!

Admission and programme free.

H/C 12 at kick off time + a few more as the game progressed. 

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