Well, what a shambles! The first time that we have been to Field Mill for the final of the Notts F.A. Saturday Senior Cup, and the powers that be at the F.A. must be a bit red-faced as regards the actual organisation shown by their hosts.
Only one turnstile open – and when we arrived at 7:15pm, the queue was half way down the West Stand…..another door was opened with seconds to go before the kick off, but quite a few people missed the start of the game. Added to that - there were no snack bars open and on a bitterly cold night, a coffee would have gone down a treat….
Sat with good friends and fellow bloggists, Rob Waite and Adam Barlow. We were joined at the break by facebook friend and Stags devotee Mel Furness….I suspect photographer Dan Westwell has a pic of us all that will no doubt grace the social network !!
The pitch at Field Mill is far superior to the one at Meadow Lane, but the organisation at Mansfield was poor and hopefully, bad pitch or not, we will be back in Nottingham for next season’s F.A. showcase event.
Finished 6-1 to Eastwood – a score that was achieved with the Badgers hardly shifting into third gear….not that Carlton were bad – just the gulf in class was so evident that the score could have been 9 or 10 ….
LINDON MEIKLE began the goal fest on 15, when he fired past Danny Marshall after he latched onto a ball played to him through the middle of the Carlton defence.
CURTIS SHAW levelled three minutes later, hammering home a sweet volley from the edge of the box after he was picked out by Ricky Gardner. Four minutes later Eastwood were back in front – a long throw from Adrian Hawes volleyed home by DAVE HAGGERTY, who somehow reached the ball through a ruck of players. H-T 2-1
The Badgers increased their lead with 8 minutes of the second half played, LEE STEVENSON prodding home at the far stick after the Millers failed to deal with a goal mouth scramble. On 63, LINDON MEIKLE was on the mark again – finishing at the second time of asking after Marshall had done well to block the striker’s initial effort.
After 76 minutes, ADRIAN HAWES rose well to head powerfully home from corner, then right on full-time PETER KNOX found acres of space in the box and made no mistake from close range. F-T 6-1