Sunday, 28 August 2016

Midweek games - local teams in action w/c 29th August

I hope I've got these right!! Links to websites are in the League headers

Monday 29th August

Alfreton Town 2-5 Tamworth FC

Matlock Town 0-0 Ilkeston FC
Mickleover Sports 0-3 Buxton FC

Basford Utd 1-2 Chasetown FC
Loughborough Dynamo 1-0 Lincoln Utd
Rugby Town 0-1 Carlton Town

Heanor Town 0-0 Long Eaton Utd
Loughborough University 0-1 Quorn FC
St. Andrews 2-0 Shepshed Dynamo

Borrowash Victoria 3-1 Graham St Prims
Greenwood Meadows 1-4 Dunkirk FC
Radford FC 3-4 Kimberley MW
Stapenhill FC 3-0 Belper Utd

Bilsthorpe FC 3-2 Welbeck Lions
Clay Cross Town 1-5 F.C. Bolsover
Retford FC 1-2 Harworth CI

Blidworth Welfare 2-2 Southwell City
Linby CW 0-3 Hucknall Town  
Mickleover RBL 6-0 Holbrook St. Michaels
Pinxton FC 1-1 Selston FC
Sherwood Colliery 5-1 Teversal Res
South Normanton FC 2-0 Swanwick PR

Tuesday 30th August

Rainworth MW 1-2 Cleethorpes Town

Arnold Town 4-3 Gedling MW
Radcliffe Olympic 4-2 West Bridgford

Basford Utd CFC 2-1 F.C. Cavaliers
Beeston FC 0-2 Bilborough Town 
Real Utd 2-2 Bingham Town 
Ruddington Village 1-3 Clifton AW 
Wollaton FC 2-6 Awsworth Villa 

Wednesday 31st August

AFC Mansfield 5-1 Albion Sports 
Athersley Recreation 5-2 Retford Utd
Worksop Town 5-1 Garforth Town

Winterton Rangers 4-1 Shirebrook Town

Holbrook Sports 0-3 South Normanton Athletic

Cotgrave FC 1-1 Magdala Amatuers
Underwood Villa 1-1 Sandiacre Town
Ashland Rovers P-P Netherfield Albion 
Bilborough Utd 1-1 Wollaton Res
Calverton MW 4-1 Southwell City Res 
Clifton AW Res 2-6 Kimberley MW Res
Ruddington Village Res 2-0 Greenwood Meadows AFC 

Friday 2nd September

Harworth CI 1-2 Appleby Frodingham 

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Teversal Res 1-7 Selston FC

CML South Division - played at Teversal Grange 3:00pm kick off

I wasn't really bothered about doing a write up, but I did jot a few notes down, so may as well use them.  The last time I watched Teversal Res, the game against Swanwick PR was not very good, to say the least! On this occasion, the Tevie boys were quick out of the blocks and gave the reigning champions quite a few problems.

Teversal Res : Turton, Bradley, Thistlewaite, Holmes, Jones K, Widdowson L, Matthews, Newton, Ingram, Robson, Weaver. Bench: Brown, Eaton, Burton, Short

Selston: Machin, Riley, Renshaw, Farnsworth, Marriott, Gregory, Hempshall, Moore B, Radzinsky, Jones E, Widdowson T. Bench: Hanshaw, Cooke, Manners, James, Weston.

The Teversal efforts did go unrewarded, but the pressure seemed upset the Selston players - and for 20 minutes or so it turned into a bit of a bitch-fest..... a lot aimed at Referee Wayne Porter - who in reality was having a decent game.  It took a goal on 23 minutes to close the visitors gobs, a Sean Gregory ball out to Kane Hempshall on the right wing who crossed hard and low to the far stick, where STEVE RADZINSKY was on hand to dive and head home.

This settled the Selston players down somewhat, and they began knocking the ball about with some ease, causing all sorts of problems for the home team's back line. RADZINSKY was on the score-sheet again on 32, this time running into the box and firing across keeper Josh Turton into the far corner, after a perfectly weighted through ball from Gregory landed at his feet. H-T 0-2

Three minutes after the restart, ELLIOT JONES added the visitors' third, collecting a through ball before running at Turton and slotting past him.  Then came the goal of the game... sub Wayne Cooke had mentioned during the half time kick about that he thought JAMIE RENSHAW would score, as he looks really up for it. The left back had tried his luck a couple of times in the first half, but both efforts missed the target. The one he hit for his goal was a blinder! A few paces to set himself up then -- BAM! -- 25 yards out and the keeper never smelt it! "Jammer's" new boots that Cooke and Nick Olden had decorated with some style certainly worked well enough! Very tasteful, lads!!!

Lovely boots - where can I buy some like those???

Magic boots in action

Ben Moore almost added a fifth for Selston on 57, but although his fierce drive looked to be heading into the back of the net, it smacked against the cross bar and flew away to safety. Radzinsky had the next chance as Selston piled continuous pressure on the home defensive line - but all the big Scot could do was to chip the ball harmlessly into Turton's arms from the edge of the box after he had been played in on goal. The fifth goal wasn't too long in arriving though - a corner from the right on the hour wasn't cleared properly, and when the loose ball dropped invitingly to the feet of  TOM WIDDOWSON, the diminutive winger gleefully hammered it into the roof of the Tevie net. 

JONES added the sixth two minutes later, another through ball, another simple run into the area, another cool finish. Cooke had a decent chance on 70, but fired wide from 12 yards, then five minutes later Moore saw his rasping effort tipped over the bar by Turton.

Splendid tip over

Teversal managed a goal to spoil the visitors' clean sheet, MACAULEY SHORT prodding home in the 81st minute after Sean Machin in the Selston goal had failed to hang on to a shot from distance. SEAN FARNSWORTH rounded off the scoring on 84, heading Moore's right wing corner kick powerfully home at the near post. F-T 1-7

Farnsworth (4) heads home the Selston 7th

We began watching the game near the dugouts, but the driving rain forced us under cover in the stand - until some bright spark stood directly in front of us. Seems to be happening a lot lately - are people really so inconsiderate, or are they really unaware of what they are doing? We actually ended up in the famous Teversal Tesco trolley sheds behind the bottom goal - the compensation was that we had a great view of some stunning strikes!

More pics from the game

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Saturday 27th August - local teams in action

Darlington 1883 3-4 Alfreton Town

Frickley Athletic 0-4 Mickleover Sports
Ilkeston FC 0-2 Ashton Utd
Warrington Town 5-3 Matlock Town

Carlton Town 1-3 AFC  Rushden & Diamonds
Chasetown FC 0-0 Belper Town
Market Drayton Town 0-3 Loughborough Dynamo
Newcastle Town 3-1 Basford Utd

Brocton FC 0-4 Shepshed Dynamo
Long Eaton Utd 2-5 Alvechurch FC
Tividale FC 1-1 Loughborough University
Westfields FC 5-1 Heanor Town

Clipstone FC 3-5 Hemsworth MW
Harrogate RA 0-2 Staveley MW
Liversedge FC 2-1 Rainworth MW
Maltby Main 3-1 AFC Mansfield
Retford Utd 0-7 Barton Town OB

Nostell MW 2-6 Teversal FC
Ollerton Town 0-2 Dronfield Town
Shirebrook Town 4-1 Worsborough BA

Anstey Nomads A-A Greenwood Meadows
Arnold Town 0-4 Barrow Town
Belper Utd 1-0 Gedling MW
Birstall Utd 2-2 Radford FC
Dunkirk FC 3-2 Ashby Ivanhoe
Ellistown & Ibstock Utd 0-6 West Bridgford
Graham St Prims 1-1 Holbrook Sports
Kimberley MW 4-1 Stapenhill FC
Radcliffe Olympic 3-4 Borrowash Victoria
South Normanton Athletic 3-2 Blaby & Whetstone Athletic

AFC Bentley 2-1 Newark Town
Askern FC 2-3 Collingham FC
Clay Cross Town 7-1 Tideswell FC
Dinnington Town (eleven) 11-1 Welbeck Lions
Dronfield Town Res 0-1 Retford FC
F.C. Bolsover 6-1 Bilsthorpe FC
Thorne Colliery 1-4 Harworth CI

Blidworth Welfare 2-2 Eastwood CFC
Linby CW 2-1 Sherwood Colliery
Southwell City 3-1 Mickleover RBL
Teversal Res 1-7 Selston FC

Ruddington Village 2-3 Aston Utd
Basford Utd CFC 4-2 Clifton AW
Bilborough Town 2-0 F.C. Cavaliers
Nottm Trent University 2-3 Wollaton FC
Real Utd 3-0 Beeston FC
Underwood Villa 0-2 Newark Flowserve
Unity FC 1-2 Awsworth Villa

AFC Clifton 4-3 Keyworth Utd Res
Birchover Park P-P Awsworth Villa Res
Clifton AW Res 0-1 AFC Bridgford
Gedling SB 2-2 Bilborough Utd
Greenwood Meadows AFC 0-3 Kimberley MW Res
Kirton Brickworks 0-3 Wollaton Res

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Midweek games - local teams in w/c 22nd August

Monday 22nd August

Kimberley MW U19 4-2 Worksop Town U19

Tuesday 23rd August

Barwell FC 2-1 Mickleover Sports
Ilkeston FC P-P Spennymoor Town
Matlock Town 3-1 Sutton Coldfield Town

Bridlington Town 1-2 Clipstone FC
Rainworth MW 1-5 Albion Sports

Ashby Ivanhoe 6-0 Graham St Prims
Belper Utd 4-4 West Bridgford
Radcliffe Olympic 4-1 Radfford FC

Pinxton FC 5-2 Linby CW
South Normanton FC 5-2 Keyworth Utd

AFC Dunkirk 5-5 Aston Utd
Bingham Town 1-3 Cotgrave FC
Clifton AW 2-3 Unity
F.C. Cavaliers P-P Nottm Trent University
Newark Flowserve 3-2 Real Utd 
Wollaton FC 4-1 Basford Utd CFC

Wednesday 24th August

Heanor Town 2-1 Sporting Khalsa

Cleethorpes Town 3-1 Staveley MW

AFC Emley 5-1 Teversal FC
Campion FC 5-3 Shirebrook Town

Holbrook Sports 1-7 Greenwood Meadows

Bilborough Town 4-0 Underwood Villa (8:00pm)
Ruddington Village 4-3 Magdala Amatuers (6:30pm)

Friday 26th August

AFC Dunkirk 4-1 Bingham Town 

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Sherwood Colliery 0-1 Selston FC

CMFL South Division - played at Debdale Lane, Mansfield, kick off 3:00pm

This looked on paper as if it should have been a cracker, the top two teams in the division going head to head, but for the first hour it was a bit of a damp squib. The weather was changable to say the least - one minute warm sunshine, the next minute wind and rain - don't you just love the vagaries of the English climate!!

Sherwood : Smith, Harris, Starbuck, Shaw, Green, York, Kitchen, Theakstone, King, Pickering, Williams. Subs: Robson, Day, Spencer, Rogers.

Selston : Ball, Riley, Renshaw, Farnsworth, Marriott, Gregory, Hempshall, B.Moore, Cooke, Radzinski, Davis. Subs: C Moore, Henshaw, Widdowson, Breach, Airey.

There was a very slow start to the game - although the strong wind didn't help a lot. Both teams were guilty of poor passing and sloppy ball control early doors - and they couldn't blame the playing surface which looked superb. 

Not a lot happened in the first half - Jamie York did miss a glorious chance to put the home team ahead on 15, but fired wide after running into the area so conveniently vacated by Selston's left-back Jamie Renshaw, who had decided to rampage up the pitch and try his luck with a pop at goal. Looks good until the ball gets pumped back up the pitch and there is a pacy winger ready and willing to take advantage of the empty space.

Jamie Renshaw

Joe Riley hacked the ball off the visitors' goal line on 27, after a corner from the right wasn't dealt with correctly and a Sherwood head powered the ball goalwards.Wayne Cooke had Selston's best chance with 34 played - clipping the ball past Alex Smith, but also just wide of the far upright. With two minutes of the half remaining, Theakstone could and should have sent the home team in a goal to the good, but his header from a couple of yards went just over the bar. H-T 0-0

Joe Riley

Keeper Jake Ball had made a welcome return to the Selston team, despite only having one good leg! He was called into action on 59, after a lovely through ball picked out the run of Liam Theakstone, and although the striker connected well enough, Ball dived superbly to push the ball to safety. Seconds later, Jamie Renshaw was booked for a deliberate block on a Sherwood player. From Starbuck's free-kick, Ball missed his catch allowing Jobe Shaw a free header on goal - unfortunately for the Sherwood skipper, the effort flew just wide. 

Ball was called into action again on 65 after Joe Riley's back pass was under-hit and Theakstone applied pressure - luckily the ball ran kindly for the Selston keeper and he was able to clear his box. Selston began to apply a little more pressure as the second half wore on, and Sean Gregory had a decent chance in the 69th minute, but shot wide after latching onto a terrific ball from Carl Moore. 

The reigning league champions did manage to break through the stubborn Colliery defence on 70, KANE HEMPSHALL hitting a rasping half volley into the back of the net from just outside the area - terrific strike, and worthy enough to win any game. Smith had absolutely no chance of saving the effort, it was struck so well. 

Carl Moore saw his shot clip the bar five minutes later, but the last 15 minutes were all Sherwood. Gregory was booked on 78 for a reckless challenge - he had been on the other end of a few earlier in the game that went unpunished, but with his team defending in depth, giving needless free-kicks away was the last thing his team-mates needed.  Liam Green saw his effort brilliantly saved by Ball soon after, and when the rebound fell to Theakstone, it looked for all the world that he would level the scores - unfortunately for him, he sent his close range header over the bar. 

In stoppage time, York dragged a shot wide, then Danny Williams tried his luck direct from a free-kick, but fired low and wide. The final whistle eventually came in the fifth minute of time added on - and the boys from the Parish celebrated recording their third win of the season. F-T 0-1

Admission £3
Attendance 40 +

More pics on facebook

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Saturday 20th August 2016 - local teams in action

AFC Mansfield 2-0 South Normanton Athletic
Basford Utd 2-4 Belper Town
Dunkirk FC 2-0 Cleethorpes Town
Lincoln Utd 2-1 Carlton Town
Loughborough Dynamo 1-3 Ashby Ivanhoe
Loughborough University 1-4 Gresley FC

Alfreton Town 3-5 AFC Fylde

Matlock Town 0-4 Nantwich Town
Mickleover Sports 3-1 Skelmersdale Utd
Stourbridge FC P-P Ilkeston FC

Shepshed Dynamo 5-1 AFC Wulfrunians

Garforth Town 2-1 Clipstone FC
Rainworth MW 2-4 Athersley Recreation
Staveley MW 1-2 Liversedge FC
Thackley FC 5-0 Retford Utd

Eccleshill Utd 4-2 Ollerton Town
Knaresborough Town 7-0 Shirebrook Town
Teversal FC 0-0 Penistone Church

Aylestone Park 4-2 Arnold Town
Barrow Town 3-1 Belper Utd
Borrowash Victoria 5-1 Ellistown & Ibstock Utd
Gedling MW 0-1 Kimberley MW
Greenwood Meadows 0-1 Graham St Prims
Holbrook Sports 0-3 Radcliffe Olympic
Holwell Sports 4-0 Birstall Utd
Radford FC 3-3 Anstey Nomads
Stapenhill FC 2-2 West Bridgford

AFC Bentley 0-7 F.C. Bolsover
Collingham FC P-P Bilsthorpe FC
Harworth CI 0-3 Clay Cross Town
Retford FC 5-5 Thorne Colliery

Eastwood CFC 3-2 Linby CW
Hucknall Town 6-0 South Normanton FC
Mickleover RBL 6-2 Blidworth Welfare
Pinxton FC 5-3 Teversal Res
Sherwood Colliery 0-1 Selston FC
Swanwick PR 3-3 Southwell City

Aston Utd 3-2 Real Utd
Awsworth Villa 6-3 Basford Utd CFC
Bilborough Town 3-0 Bingham Town
F.C. Cavaliers 2-2 Newark Flowserve
Magdala Amatuers 4-0 Beeston FC
Sandiacre Town 4-2 Attenborough FC
Underwood Villa 3-3 Unity 

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Midweek fixtures - local teams in action w/c 15th August

Monday 15th August

Basford Utd 1-1 Lincoln Utd

Tuesday 16th August

Brackley Town 2-3 Alfreton Town

Matlock Town 1-1 Skelmersdale Utd
Mickleover Sports 0-2 Rushall Olympic
Whitby Town P-P Ilkeston FC

Belper Town 1-3 Newcastle Town
Loughborough Dynamo 0-3 Bedworth Utd
Spalding Utd 2-0 Carlton Town

Heanor Town 2-3 Coleshill Town
Highgate Utd 5-1 Shepshed Dynamo
Long Eaton Utd 3-1 Boldmere St. Michaels
Loughborough University 3-3 Lye Town

Shirebrook Town 1-4 Rossington Main

Harrogate Railway Athletic 3-2 Ollerton Town (aet)

Clipstone FC 3-0 Rainworth MW

Stapenhill FC 1-1 Radford FC

Teversal Res 1-1 Swanwick PR  

Aston Utd 1-2 Bilborough Town 
Attenborough FC 1-2 Awsworth Villa 
Basford Utd CFC 6-2 Underwood Villa 
Beeston FC P-P Nottm Trent University 
Bingham Town 0-3 Newark Flowserve 
Clifton AW 3-0 F.C. Cavaliers 
Real Utd 7-3 Magdala Amatuers 

Wednesday 17th August

Bottesford Town 2-1 AFC Mansfield
Staveley MW 0-1 Pickering Town
Worksop Town 3-3 Cleethorpes Town

Holbrook Sports 1-2 Arnold Town
South Normanton Athletic 4-0 Gedling MW  

Cotgrave FC 2-0 Dunkirk AFC 
Unity FC 2-4 Ruddington Village 
Wollaton FC 2-0 Sandiacre Town

Thursday 18th August
Kimberley MW Yth 2-2 MTFC U19   

Friday 19th August

Heanor Town 3-2 Long Eaton Utd   

Keyworth Utd 4-0 Holbrook St. Michaels 

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Gedling Southbank 5-2 Wollaton Reserves FC

Notts Senior League Division 1 - played on Saturday 13th August at Hollingwood Lane, Calverton

After seeing Southbank play pre-season, I decided to revisit sometime and take in a league game if the opportunity arose.  As it happened, I chose the first game of the new season and was quite chuffed I did. Never expected a huge turnout, but just before kick off there were only two people pitchside, and I was one of them!  When the game kicked off, I suppose there were a dozen or so bedsides me - but little did we know what a treat was in store for us.....

Gedling SB : Dan Cockaine, Raphael Matthew, Josh Cranny, Aaron Broomfield, Andy Hammond (c), Luke Pickard, Ben Soar, Karl Clowery, James Needham, Reiss Coy. Bench: Adam Thomas, Tom Heap, Partick Grey, Aiden Johnsey.

Wollaton : Paul Stanhope, Alex Reeves, Dean Clifford, Mark Draycott, Oliver Reeves, Dino Labatte, Roy Killeavy (c), Ricki Turner, Andy Gill, Anthony Fragola, Mike Harding. Bench: Franko Labatte, Paul Markowski, Rob Katchatour, John Fawcett.

Wollaton began on the front foot right from the start, and won a series of free-kicks. The home defence coped well enough, and the one top class save that keeper Dan Cockaine was forced into, was not needed as the whistle had already been blown for offside.

Great stop - but all in vain!!

Despite Southbank offering little in the first 20 minutes or so, they did almost take the lead on 22 when Reiss Coy raced into the box but failed get past keeper Paul Stanhope. Wollaton then had the next real chance when an Anthony Fragola free-kick was met at the far post by Ricki Turner, whose header flew just over the bar.

The next Gedling attack saw them take the lead - and what a class strike it was! Josh Cranny ran through the Wollaton defence and slipped the ball to JAMES NEEDHAM who calmly curled it around Stanhope from 22 yards.  Seconds later, NEEDHAM added the home teams second, firing a shot low past Stanhope and into the bottom corner. 

NEEDHAM completed his five-minute hat-trick on 29, this time capitalising on a goal-keeping error - Stanhope had rushed from goal to try and intercept the ball, but instead of clearing the ball, it fell kindly to the Gedling no.10 who gleefully fired it into an empty net.

Alex Reeves heads clear for Wollaton

Josh Cranny and Roy Killeavy

With 33 played, NEEDHAM was on the mark again, this time firing home from just inside the box after he shrugged off a tame challenge from a defender.  Luke Pickard almost added to the Wollaton worries on 37, but his header from a free-kick went just wide of the upright. H-T 4-0


I suspect Wollaton had a bit of a roasting during the break - and from the restart they had the home team reeling, but it seemed their luck wasn't in -  first Gragola saw his free-kick blocked, the Andy Gill saw his shot from the corner fly just wide of the far stick. 

Defending by numbers!!

Needham tried an outrageous effort from way out on the left wing in the 53rd minute - but Stanhope was alert and collected the ball comfortably enough.  Seconds later, Needham beat the Wollaton offside trap but this time his run was stopped successfully when Stanhope raced out of his goal to clear. Cranny claimed another assist for the Gedling fifth - his 58th minute long throw was met by the head of LUKE PICKARD and the ball looped gracefully over the stranded keeper and into the far corner. 

Luke Pickard

As the Gedling team took their collective foot off the gas, Wollaton were allowed more possession and won a succession of corners, although nothing came of any of them. Andy Gill tried to play in Fragola on 69, but Cockaine intercepted well.  Wollaton did reduce their arrears on 75 though, a low, hard free-kick fron about 25 yards beat Cockaine, who seemed to misjudge the balls path and looked a little shocked when it flew in at the far post. With the 90 minutes up, MARK DRAYCOTT rose well to head home a Fragola corner, and the same player should have grabbed his second in injury time, but somehow contrived to completely miss the ball as it was played across the goal by Gill. F-T 5-2

Thanks go to Gedling Manager Nick Edgar for the team line-ups and team photo, and I have to mention Referee Malc Cassidy.  63 years old and still as good as ever. No fuss, no shouting, no bookings....well done, Mr. Cassidy.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Saturday 13th August - local teams in action

Alfreton Town 0-1 Curzon Ashton

Corby Town 0-0 Matlock Town
Ilkeston FC P-P Stafford Rangers (Ilkeston have been suspended by the League)
Nantwich Town 1-3 Mickleover Sports

Carlton Town 3-3 Loughborough Dynamo
Kidsgrove Athletic 1-3 Belper Town
Northwich Victoria 2-2 Basford Utd

Alvechurch FC 1-1 Heanor Town
Long Eaton Utd 5-1 Stourport Swifts
Loughborough University 1-0 Highgate Utd
Shepshed Dynamo 2-1 Rocester FC

Clipstone FC 3-1 Parkgate FC
Hansdworth Parramore 5-1 Staveley MW
Harrogate Railway Athletic 1-2 AFC Mansfield
Retford Utd 4-6 Rainworth MW

Ollerton Town 1-2 Pontefract Colliery
Shirebrook Town 1-3 Yorkshire Amateurs

Arnold Town 1-4 South Normanton Athletic
Ashby Ivanhoe 0-5 West Bridgford
Barrow Town 2-0 Kimberley MW
Belper Utd 0-3 Aylestone Park
Birstall Utd 2-0 Gedling MW
Dunkirk FC 1-1 Borrowash Victoria
Graham St Prims 1-3 Holwell Sports
Radcliffe Olympic 0-3 Blaby & Whetstone Athletic
Radford FC 2-1 Greenwood Meadows

Bilsthorpe 0-1 Dronfield Town Res
F.C. Bolsover 3-2 Collingham FC
Harworth CI (thirteen) 13-0 Welbeck Lions
Newark Town 3-2 Retford FC
Phoenix FC A-A Clay Cross Town

Blidworth Welfare 0-3 Pinxton FC
Hucknall Town 7-0 Holbrook St. Michaels
Linby CW 2-2 Mickleover RBL
Sherwood Colliery 3-1 Matlock Town Res
South Normanton FC 1-4 Teversal Res
Swanwick PR 3-3 Eastwood CFC (2:00pm)

Awsworth Villa 6-1 Cotgrave FC
Bilborough Town 2-0 Basford Utd CFC
Bingham Town 1-1 Unity (3:30pm)
Clifton AW 2-3 Aston Utd
Magdala Ams 4-2 Attenborough FC
Newark Flowserve 3-1 Wollaton FC
Real Utd 3-1 F.C. Cavaliers
Sandiacre Town 4-0 Beeston FC
Underwood Villa 1-1 Dunkirk AFC

Gedling Southbank 5-2 Wollaton Res ("on the road" game)

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Gedling MW 4-3 Anstey Nomads

Tuesday 9th August 2016 - EMCL fixture played at Plains Road.

Really pleased we chose this game - a cracking seven goal thriller that swung to and fro throughout the entire ninety minutes.

Despite conceding three goals, Gedling were never behind in this game and this highlighted their new found resolution and resolve under new boss Graham Walker. I had decided not to write anything about this game, but after the result though I'd chuck a few paragraphs together!

NATHAN FRANCIS opened the scoring in the 11th minute, hitting an absolute belter past keeper Steff Joyce from 22 yards. Welfare remained in control until the 43rd minute when the Nomads were awarded what both me and Kev thought was a soft penalty after two players got their legs tangled up in the box. Referee Stu Richardson had no doubt though, and STEVE ARMSON stepped up to fire the ball straight down the middle of the goal to level things up. Straight from the kick off though, the home team regained the advantage, LIAM CORRIGAN firing home. H-T 2-1

The second half was barely two minutes old when JOE HARTOPP levelled the scores - the pacy striker made a powerful run from midfield which culminated with a superb low drive from the corner of the box that flew across Scott Miles and nestled in the far corner. Five minutes later the home team were back in front, yet again! Tom Crisp's free-kick into the box wasn't cleared properly, and after Aaron Evans had his shot blocked, GRANT WALTON hit the loose ball crisply past Joyce from close range.

With 71 played, the Nomads restored parity, ASH AKIENS firing home from the edge of the box after the home defence dropped too far back and allowed the visitors too much room in midfield. Still Gedling refused to give up - and they went a head yet again with five minutes left on the clock.  Some neat passing outside the Nomads' area paid dividends, and when Eugene Francis laid the ball to CORRIGAN, the classy midfielder drove it past Joyce from about12 yards. F-T 4-3.

Good to see ex-Hucknall Town lads Aaron Evans and Tom Crisp playing so well - the step up from step 7 to step 6 can sometimes find players out, but in this game at least, both looked comfortable and both contributed well to the Welfare victory.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Midweek games - local teams in action w/c 8th August

Tuesday 9th August

Alfreton Town 4-0 Gainsborough Trinity

FC Leicester Road 4-2 Retford Utd 
Shirebrook Town 0-3 Loughborough University

Dronfield Town 0-4 Worksop Town
Teversal FC 2-2 Athersley Recreation AET  (Teversal win 3-2 on pens)

Thackley FC 2-1 Clipstone FC

Aylestone Park 0-0 Kimberley MW
Dunkirk FC 3-2 Holbrook Sports
Gedling MW 4-3 Anstey Nomads
Graham St Prims 2-0 Greenwood Meadows
Radford FC 5-0 Arnold Town

Bilsthorpe FC 2-1 Retford FC (7:00pm)
Welbeck Lions 1-15 (fifteen) F.C. Bolsover (7:00pm)

Swanwick PR 7-1 Linby CW (7:00pm)

Belper Town 1-1 Matlock Town (Belper win the Caroline Melbourne Cup 5-3 on pens)

Wednesday 10th August

Heanor Town 5-1 Hinckley AFC

Ollerton Town 2-1 Worsborough BA

AFC Mansfield 3-2 Liversedge FC

Borrowash Victoria 4-4 Ashby Inanhoe
South Normanton Athletic 0-1 West Bridgford

Mickleover RBL 0-2 Selston FC (7:00pm)

Friday 12th August

Pickering Town v Worksop Town

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Blidworth Welfare 2-3 Selston FC

Proper football is back! Season 2016-2017 kicked off for me and Kev at Blidworth Welfare, where we witnessed a decent game, in very hot and sticky conditions, albeit with a Referee who didn’t seem to understand that every foul is not a bookable offence.  Mr. Maran showed nine yellow cards, with only a couple of the offences really requiring anything other than a quiet word.

Blidworth wore their “change” kit of green and black, whilst Selston were wearing their “change” kit of all yellow. We were welcomed by Scott Ward, who kindly provided a programme and drinks at half-time – much appreciated, Scott.

With the game only four minutes old, Perry Marriott missed a golden chance to put Selston ahead, but failed to convert after the ball ran loose from a corner.  The ball was cleared by the home defence and fell kindly to Max Curzon who ran into the box and was tripped by Gary Breach.  KEENAN LEEDS stepped up to bury the penalty in the back of the net. So what should have been one-nil to Selston turned quickly into one-nil to the Welfare.

The lead lasted only three minutes though as TOM WIDDOWSON was “Jonny-on-the-spot”, and had the simplest of tap-ins after Blidworth keeper Michael Ball dropped Wayne Cooke’s cross from the right.

Widdowson nets for Selston

On 17, Olly Ashton tried his luck from 20 yards and was unlucky to see his effort deflected away for a corner.  Jake Eggington’s kick was met well at the far post by the head of Jacob Lowe, but the centre-half’s effort flew just over the bar. Dan Henshaw headed a Ben Moore corner just over with 20 played, but MOORE was on the scoresheet three minutes later when he powered a shot home from 12 yards, after a neat cross from the left by Widdowson wasn’t dealt with by the Blidworth back-line. does Ben Moore

Then came the first altercation – Jacob Lowe and Wayne Cooke squared up to each other and were cautioned  - this was one of the occasions where a quiet word would have sufficed – “handbags”, as they used to say!!

Another Selston messy set-piece on 34 lead to another booking. Their attempted short corner wasn’t the best, and when possession was lost,  Jamie Renshaw had little option other than to block Curzon in his tracks – always a yellow card.  Leeds’ free-kick flew wide of the post. 

Joshua Cairns earned the next caution, and this was deserved – a flying challenge on Widdowson that made everyone wince. It was a good job the young winger was agile and aware enough to jump over the challenge – could have been a bad one…

Welfare were level just before the break, JAKE EGGINGTON firing a 20 yard free-kick over the wall and past Nick Olden into the top corner. H-T 2-2

Leeds dummies...


Tom Blaney was booked in the 51st minute for a foul on Widdowson. The home team almost took the lead a few minutes later when a free-kick conceded by Joe Riley hit the defensive wall and flicked onto the bar and was palmed away by Olden before being hacked away.

Sean Gregory was booked with 12 minutes of the second half played, but it was the midfield maestro who almost put Selston back in front five minutes later when his fierce drive was brilliantly saved by Ball.  

Great save, Michael

Ben Moore showed tremendous skill on 73, volleying on the turn – but once again Ball was alert and saved well to keep the scores level.  There was little he could with the Selston winner though. A cracking corner played to the far stick to where WAYNE COOKE was on hand to nod home.

With just four minutes to go, another minor altercation saw Steve Radzinsky and Charlie Taylor both receive cautions, then Henshaw also saw yellow for a foul on Simba Ganyiwa.  Blidworth failed to show much in the second half – especially after Max Curzon dislocated his shoulder and their real major threat to the Selston goal was removed. F-T 2-3

Nine bookings makes this sound like a nasty game, but it wasn't  -  Mr. Maran just failed to understand that a simple quiet word with the "offenders" would suffice, rather than booking them. These players do not receive payment for playing - and a tenner fine is a bit of a hard pill to swallow - especially when on another day, with a different official there would have been only two or three that were really deserved.

Admission £3 and £2
Programme – gratis
Coffee / tea – gratis
Attendance – surprisingly very few in the ground to see the League Champions begin the defence of their title – around the 40 mark I reckon. 

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Saturday 6th August - local teams in action

Still a few pre-season games, but thankfully football proper is back!!!!!

Blaby & Whetstone Ath 2-0 St. Andrews
Bottesford Town 1-0 Radford FC
Brigg Town 2-1 Clipstone FC
Leicester Nirvana 1-2 Dunkirk FC
Loughborough University 4-4 Shirebrook Town
Oadby Town 1-2 Long Eaton Utd
Rainworth MW 1-3 Cleethorpes Town
Retford Utd 1-1 Leicester Road
Shepshed Dynamo 0-4 AFC Mansfield
Staveley MW 1-2 Winsford Utd
South Normanton Ath 2-0 Aylestone Park
Worksop Town 4-2 Hallam FC

Stockport County 4-3 Alfreton Town

Grimsby Borough 3-2 Ollerton Town
Teversal FC 1-3 Eccleshill Utd

Arnold Town 1-0 Graham St Prims
Borrowash Victoria 4-0 Belper Utd
Greenwood Meadows 0-1 West Bridgford
Holwell Sports 1-4 Radcliffe Olympic
Kimberley MW 4-0 Ellistown & Ibstock Utd
Stapenhill FC 1-0 Birstall Utd

AFC Bentley (twelve)12-2 Welbeck Lions
Clay Cross Town 7-0 Bilsthorpe FC
Dinnington Town 1-5 Newark Town
FC Bolsover 0-2 Appleby Frodingham

Blidworth Welfare 2-3 Selston FC “ontheroad” game
Eastwood CFC 1-2 Sherwood Colliery
Linby CW 2-1 Keyworth Utd
Matlock Tn Res 3-3 South Normanton FC
Mickleover RBL 2-1 Swanwick PR
Pinxton FC 0-2 Southwell City

Carlton Town 2-2 Bamber Bridge (3:00pm)
Coalville Town 2-4 Basford Utd (3:00pm)
Ilkeston FC 1-0 Belper Town (3:00pm)
Loughborough Dynamo 0-3 Barwell FC (3:00pm)

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Underwood Villa 2-5 Pinxton FC

Pre-season game number twenty-one, and I think it would be fair to say it was one of the poorest we've seen. With Kev for this one - back in the swing now. Also in the company of Maurice MacFarland and Richard Lane. Maurice recalled how he played at Bracken Park when he was 15 (a long time ago!) whereas Richard on the other hand, had never previously visited the ground. 

The highlight of the game was undoubtedly the stunning, diving, one-handed save by stand-in keeper Kenny "The Cat" Shinfield midway through the first half. Both teams were guilty of some poor play and were hardly able to string together more than two passes, but the visitors did go in at the break with a goal advantage, Mark Jones tapping in on 44 from close range, after the ball was rolled invitingly to him across the goal. H-T 0-1

Jay Cooper added a second for Pinxton within 12 minutes of the restart, firing home at the near post - no doubt the Villa keeper will be a bit disappointed at conceding at his front stick, but the striker picked his spot well. Ross Hardy was next on the scoresheet for Pinxton, firing home from 6 yards after Pete Stubley had forced his way into the box and played the ball into the youngster's path. Sixty seconds later, Hardy created the visitors' fourth, his cross from the left falling invitingly to Cooper who curled the ball past the Villa keeper from 8 yards out.

Underwood grabbed one back on 83 - their no.15 stabbing home from close range, but Pinxton soon restored their four goal lead, Tom Booth hitting the ball through a ruck of players after the home defence had failed to deal effectively with a corner. Villa had the last say as far as the goals went, and it was their 15 shirt on target again with just a couple of minutes to play, a simple tap in from close range after the Pinxton defence allowed the ball to be fired into the area. F-T 2-5

We had a couple of goes on the "football card" - but had to leave before it was full, and the winner wasn't going to be revealed until it was full, no way! So did we win? Answers on a postcard please!!