Saturday, 31 December 2016

Heanor Town 4-1 Tividale FC

Saturday 31st December 2016

Midland Football League Premier Division

Heanor Town 4-1 Tividale FC (H-T 0-1)

Admission £6.00 / £4.00 concession

Programme £1.00

Attendance 183

Me and the daftlad were back on the road, albeit just a few miles across the Notts/Derbys county border. There were plenty of familiar faces present and we took up our favoured position with Heanor regulars Chris and Alan in the stand behind the top goal. We were later joined by Blidworth's Scott Ward and prolific hopper Pete Chappell - and the general consensus was that although Heanor eventually won the game by a reasonably comfortable scoreline, they should have killed the game off early doors. 

Tividale looked a very young side, but were arguably the footballing better side in the first half.  Heanor fluffed a plethora of chances midway through the first period, and their profligacy was punished on 39, when Daniel Smith converted a cross from the right after some really neat passing play had left the home defence flat-footed. H-T 0-1

Nathan Benger’s 55th equaliser for the home team was somewhat controversial, and the “was it in, wasn’t in it” debate lasted a fair few minutes. Did it hit the keeper’s water bottle? Was it over the line? The goal was eventually given after Referee Darren Laska took advice from his assistant. The ball was down at the foot of the post and was heading over the line before it was cleared. From my point of view (behind the goal), the whole of the ball hadn’t crossed the line. My poor eyesight has been brought into question on many occasions in the past though, and as the goal was given, who am I to argue?

Alex Brown added a second for Town on 65, firing in off the bar. Town youngster Keenan Layton fired in from an acute angle to make it 3-1 on 80, and from an even more acute angle to make it 4-1 on 85. Two cracking finishes, but the goalkeeping for the final goal left a little to be desired, to say the least.

Heanor should have won by an even greater margin, but the usually dependant Benger had a bit of a ‘mare in front of goal – he should have scored more than the one he did chalk up, but I suppose everyone is entitled to an off day.

Listened to Radio Nottingham on the way home and had to smile when Notts County boss John Sheridan talked about his “game of two halves” (Notts lost again) – we were certainly treated to a “game of two halves”, but in reality Heanor should have had the result sewn up in the first half. 
F-T 4-1

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Local teams in action - Saturday 31st Dec - Friday 6th Jan

These fixtures are subject to change and I strongly advise that you contact the home team, or visit their website, to confirm venue and kick-off times if you plan to attend a match.  Links to the relevant websites are in bold and underlined. Any errors and omissions – please let me know via twitter @ontheroadblog

Saturday 31st December

Coventry Sphinx 2-1 Shepshed Dynamo 
Heanor Town 4-1 Tividale FC 
Long Eaton Utd 2-2 Loughborough University

Sunday 1st January 

Alfreton Town 3-2 AFC Telford Utd

Monday 2nd January

Buxton FC 1-0 Mickleover Sports
Ilkeston FC 0-1 Matlock Town

Carlton Town 1-0 Rugby Town
Chasetown FC P-P Basford Utd 
Gresley FC 1-1 Belper Town
Lincoln Utd P-P Loughborough Dynamo 

Shepshed Dynamo P-P Heanor Town 
St. Andrews 5-1 Long Eaton Utd

AFC Mansfield 1-0 Handsworth Parramore
Armthorpe Welfare 2-0 Retford Utd 
Rainworth MW 0-5 Bottesford Town 
Worksop Town 2-1 Clipstone FC 

Rossington Main 2-1 Shirebrook Town 

Arnold Town 2-5 Radcliffe Olympic 
Belper Utd 1-1 Graham St Prims 
Dunkirk FC 2-0 Blaby & Whetstone Athletic 
Kimberely MW 2-0 South Normanton Athletic 
Radford FC P-P Gedling MW 
Stapenhill FC P-P Greenwood Meadows 
West Bridgford P-P Borrowash Victoria

Tuesday 3rd January

Loughborough University 4-1 Coventry Sphinx

Teversal FC 1-1 Ollerton Town

Matlock Town Res 1-3 Blidworth Welfare

Wednesday 4th January

Staveley MW 8-0 Albion Sports

Eastwood CFC 6-2 Awsworth Villa

Friday 6th January

Newark Town A-A Bilsthorpe FC (serious injury to Lawrence Foster)

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Midweek games - local teams in action w/c 26th December

These fixtures are subject to change and I strongly advise that you contact the home team, or visit their website, to confirm venue and kick-off times if you plan to attend a match.  Links to the relevant websites are in bold and underlined. Any errors and omissions – please let me know via twitter @ontheroadblog
Monday 26th December

AFC Telford Utd 1-1 Alfreton Town

Matlock Town 3-1 Buxton FC
Mickleover Sports 7-0 Ilkeston FC 

Basford Utd 2-1 Carlton Town 
Belper Town 1-1 Sheffield FC 
Loughborough Dynamo 1-1 Gresley FC

Long Eaton Utd 1-1 Heanor Town
Quorn FC 0-0 Shepshed Dynamo
Rocester FC 1-1 Loughborough University

Bottesford Town 6-1 Rainworth MW 
Clipstone FC 3-0 Worksop Town 
Handsworth Parramore 2-1 AFC Mansfield 
Retford Utd 0-0 Armthorpe Welfare 

Shirebrook Town 0-3 Rossington Main 

Blaby & Whetstone Athletic 0-5 Dunkirk FC 

Tuesday 27th December

Albion Sports 4-4 Staveley MW 

Ollerton Town 1-2 Teversal FC 

Greenwood Meadows 3-1 Stapenhill FC
Gedling MW 0-5 Radford FC 
Radcliffe Olympic 3-3 Arnold Town

Selston FC 1-4 Swanwick PR 

AFC Dunkirk A-A F.C. Cavaliers 
Awsworth Villa 4-2 Bingham Town 
Basford Utd CFC 4-1 Bilborough Town
Magdal Amateurs P-P Clifton AW 
Real Utd 6-1 Sandiacre Town 
Underwood Villa 2-2 Aston Utd
Wollaton FC 2-4 Newark Flowserve

Wednesday 28th 

West Bridgford P-P Borrowash Victoria 
South Normanton Athletic P-P Kimberley MW 

Thursday 29th

Skelmersdale Utd P-P Matlock Town

Bedworth Utd 5-1 Loughborough Dynamo 
Carlton Town P-P Spalding Utd
Lincoln Utd P-P Basford Town
Newcastle Town P-P Belper Town 

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Top and bottom of the table at Christmas

Top and bottom at Christmas

Top : AFC Fylde
Bottom: Altrincham

Top: Rushall Olympic
Bottom: Corby Town

Top: Shaw Lane
Bottom: Rugby Town

Top: Alvechurch FC
Bottom: Brocton FC

Top: Cleethorpes Town
Bottom: Retford Utd

Top: AFC Emley
Bottom: Nostell MW

Top: West Bridgford
Bottom: Ellistown & Ibstock Utd

Top: F.C. Bolsover
Bottom: Welbeck Lions

Top: Selston FC
Bottom: Holbrook St. Michaels

Top: Bilborough Town
Bottom: F.C. Cavaliers

Top: Middlesborough Ladies
Bottom: Newastle Utd Ladies

Top: Mansfield Town Ladies
Bottom: Ruddington Village Ladies

Top: Handsworth Parramore
Botton: Worksop Town

Top: Ilkeston FC
Bottom: Eastwood CFC

Top: Sheffield Utd
Bottom: Retford Utd

Top: Southwell City
Bottom: Kimberley MW 

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Midweek games - local teams in action w/c 19th December

Not much choice leading up to Christmas - and it may pay to check the games are going ahead before travelling...

Monday 19th December

Ilkeston FC 2-3 Boston Utd

Tuesday 20th December

Rushall Olympic 1-2 Mickleover Sports

Ashby Ivanhoe 0-0 Radford FC
Graham St Prims P-P Belper Utd
West Bridgford 3-1 Stapenhill FC

AFC Dunkirk 5-0 Ruddington Village

Sandiacre Town P-P Eastwood CFC

Thursday 22nd December

Dunkirk FC 6-0 Kimberley MW 

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Saturday 17th December - local teams in action

Links to the relevant sites are bold and underlined. If you spot any errors or emissions, please let me know via twitter @ontheroadblog

Alfreton Town 1-1 Salford City

Ilkeston FC 1-2 Marine FC
Matlock Town 2-1 Whitby Town
Mickleover Sports 4-1 Ashton Utd

Belper Town 4-2 Romulus FC
Loughborough Dynamo 1-2 Newcastle Town
Market Drayton Town 0-1 Basford Utd
Witton Albion A-A Carlton Town

Coleshill Town 0-2 Loughborough University
Heanor Town 1-1 Shepshed Dynamo
Long Eaton Utd 2-3 Shawbury Utd

AFC Mansfield (thirteen) 13-0 Retford Utd
Barton Town OB 1-2 Clipstone FC
Rainworth MW 3-4 Pickering Town
Staveley MW 4-1 Bottesford Town
Worksop Town 5-2 Hemsworth MW

Hall Road Rangers A-A Shirebrook Town
Penistone Church 3-1 Ollerton Town
Teversal FC 1-0 Westella & Willerby

Anstey Nomads 0-2 Gedling MW
Ashby Ivanhoe 4-0 Borrowash Victoria
Belper Utd 2-2 South Normanton Athletic
Graham St Prims A-A Arnold Town
Holbrook Sports 3-4 Dunkirk FC
Kimberley MW 3-2 Aylestone Park
Radcliffe Olympic 3-1 Holwell Sports
Radford FC 0-2 Stapenhill FC
West Bridgford 4-0 Greenwood Meadows

Appleby Frodingham 3-3 F.C. Bolsover
Clay Cross Town 8-0 Askern FC
Harworth CI 5-1 Thorne Colliery
Newark Town 0-3 AFC Bentley
Phoenix FC 1-1 Retford FC 
Tideswell Utd 4-1 Bilsthorpe FC
Welbeck Lions 1-2 Dinnington Town 
Eastwood CFC 6-2 Blidworth Welfare
Hucknall Town 1-2 Selston FC
Keyworth Utd 3-7 South Normanton FC
Linby CW 2-3 Swanwick PR 
Mickleover RBL 5-0 Teversal Res
Sherwood Colliery 9-3 Holbrook St. Michaels
Southwell City 1-2 Pinxton FC

AFC Dunkirk 3-0 Magdala Amateurs
Attenborough FC 2-9 Bilborough Town
Bingham Town 5-2 Ruddington Village
Cotgrave FC 5-2 F.C. Cavaliers
Newark Flowserve 0-3 Clifton AW
Nottm Trent University 2-3 Awsworth Villa
Sandiacre Town 0-4 Aston Utd
Wollaton FC 0-1 Underwood Villa

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Midweek games - local teams in action w/c 12th December

Links to the relevant sites are bold and underlined. If you spot any errors or emissions, please let me know via twitter @ontheroadblog

Monday 12th

Worksop Town 0-6 Sheffield FC

Tuesday 13th

Chesterfield FC 8-0 Aston Utd 

Shepshed Dynamo 1-3 Barwell FC

Real Utd 2-0 Arnold Town

Ilkeston FC P-P Stafford Rangers

Kidsgrove Athletic 2-1 Loughborough Dynamo

Loughborough University 1-1 Westfields

Clipstone FC 2-2 AFC Mansfield

Radcliffe Olympic P-P Borrowash Victoria
Stapenhill FC P-P Radford FC

South Normanton FC P-P Sherwood Colliery

AFC Dunkirk P-P Ruddington Village 
Cotgrave FC 0-2 Awsworth Villa 

Chesterfield FC P-P Sheffield FC

Sandiacre Town 4-0 Southwell City

Wednesday 14th

AFC Emley 1-0 Worksop Town

Staveley MW 2-6 Cleethorpes Town

Kimberley MW 2-1 South Normanton Athletic

Greenwood Meadows P-P Ashby Ivanhoe

Collingham FC 2-3 Retford FC
AFC Mansfield P-P Belper Town

Retford Utd 5-2 Espial FC

 Thursday 15th

Borrowash Victoria P-P Eastwood CFC
Ilkeston FC P-P Sherwood Colliery

Mansfield Town 2-2 Eastwood CFC
West Bridgford Colts 1-1 Dunkirk FC

 Friday 16th

Basford Utd CFC 4-2 Unity FC

That was the week, that was!!!

What a strange old week in football that was!

Sunday 4th December saw me and half a dozen other brave souls visit the fridge freezer that is commonly known as Eagle Valley, the home of Arnold Town. The fixture was an East Midlands Regional league match between Rise Park Ladies and Ruddington Village Ladies that was a comfortable 4-1 home victory.  Always one for bigging up the ladies game, I have to relate that this game wasn’t the worst women’s game I’ve ever watched, but it wasn’t far off!

Monday afternoon was again a cold one – but at least at Coronation Park the football was worth venturing out in the cold.  This game was a Central Conference League Cup game between Alfreton Town U18 Academy and the PSUSA U18 Academy with a 2pm kick off. I can find no reference to this competition at all – but Alfreton (who were down as the home team) won the encounter by three goals to one.

Tuesday nights game was Clipstone v Rainworth MW in the Notts F.A. Senior Cup. Spent the entire game in the company of old friend and AFC Mansfield manager Rudy Funk. I’ve known Rudy for years – and we had a lot of catching up to do as we’ve not met socially for quite a while. The game ended one apiece and the 30 minutes extra time that followed was dire, to say the least. Rainworth went through to the quarter finals after winning the penalty shoot-out 8-7. Their reward a home tie against either Real Utd of Arnold Town.

Wednesday I went to Highfields, ostensibly to watch Nottm University Men’s 4th’s take on Nottm Trent University Men’s 5th’s, but upon arrival it was obvious that the game was not going ahead. So it was over to pitch one, where Nottm University Women’s 2nd’s were to entertain Derby University Women’s 1st’s, a game that ended 3-2 to NUW. Watched the game in the company of Arnold legend / author Roger Rann and we, along with four others constituted the attendance. Now Roger has watched a lot more football than I have over the years, but he had to tell me that 6 was his lowest ever “crowd” figure!

Wednesday evening it was back to Coronation Park for the 7:30pm kick off Notts Senior Cup contest between Eastwood CFC and Carlton Town. Kick off was actually 7:45pm, and to call it a contest is a bit of a misnomer. Carlton won with some ease, scoring six without reply.

Thursday was supposed to have been Heanor U21 v Eastwood U21, but that was called off on Wednesday. Second choice Ilkeston v AFC Mansfield was also called off, so I decided to call Thursday off.

Friday’s U21 game between Chesterfield and Handsworth Parramore due to be played at Eastwood was called off. The NMDFL seem to be very accommodating when it comes to teams calling games off.  It’s a good job the league constitutions are relatively small, or the season would never get finished! The Collingham v Newark game was never an option for me – family matters taking preference.

Saturday morning I had decided to visit Coronation Park yet again, this time to watch a Notts Youth League U18 cup game between Eastwood CFC and Arnold Town. Advertised as an 11:30 ko, this game actually started at 12:10pm due to an U12 cup game, already being played, going into extra time. The U18 game finished 1-1, and although extra-time was to be played, I couldn’t stay for it as I needed go home and prepare myself for Saturday’s main event – the CMFL game between Eastwood CFC and Keyworth United at, you guessed it, Coronation Park!  So after a quick coffee and sandwich, it was back to Eastwood with Kev, and what a game we were treated to! Keyworth took an early lead, but that was soon cancelled out and the teams went in at half time all square. The Keyworth keeper was a little suspect to say the least, and he was beaten five more times as Eastwood peppered his goal. The away team did bring it back to 5-4 towards the end of the game, but the Eastwood sixth finally saw Keyworth’s shoulders drop and made them realise that defeat was inevitable. .

The Eastwood U12’s won their tie 5-4, whilst the U18’s won theirs 3-1. Along with the first team’s successful 6-4 win, this must be considered a very good day for all concerned at the club, and it has to be said, a very enjoyable one for yours truly!

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Saturday 10th December - local teams in action

Links to the relevant sites are bold and underlined. If you spot any errors or emissions, please let me know via twitter @ontheroadblog

Alfreton Town 1-0 North Ferriby Utd
Solihull Moors 1-2 Matlock Town

Frickley Athletic 4-0 Ilkeston FC
Spennymoor Town 3-0 Mickleover Sports

Carlton Town 3-1 Chasetown FC
Romulus FC 5-1 Loughborough Dynamo

Brocton FC 1-4 Long Eaton Utd
Shepshed Dynamo 0-1 Alvechurch FC
Sporting Khalsa 2-1 Heanor Town
St. Andrews 4-3 Loughborough University

Cleethorpes Town 4-2 Rainworth MW
Clipstone FC 1-5 Bridlington Town
Garforth Town 1-4 Worksop Town
Pickering Town 2-2 Staveley MW
Retford Utd 1-5 Athersley Recreation

Hallam FC 4-2 Teversal FC
Ollerton Town 0-2 AFC Emley
Shirebrook Town 2-1 Dronfield Town

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

Appleby Frodingham 2-1 Bilshorpe FC
Askern FC 1-1 Welbeck Lions
Clay Cross Town 4-3 Harworth CI
Dinnington Town 0-10 (ten) F.C. Bolsover
Thorne Colliery 0-8 Retford FC 

Eastwood CFC 6-4 Keyworth Utd
Linby CW 4-1 Blidworth Welfare
Selston FC 3-0 Sherwood Colliery 
South Normanton FC 2-3 Hucknall Town
Teversal Res 1-1 Southwell City

Aston Utd 3-2 Ruddington Village
Attenborough FC 1-3 Underwood Villa
Awsworth Villa 1-1 AFC  Dunkirk
Bingham Town 2-2 Sandiacre Town
Clifton AW 3-2 Basford Utd CFC
F.C. Cavaliers 2-2 Wollaton FC
Nottm Trent University 4-5 Magdala Amateur
Real Utd 0-5 Cotgrave FC 
Unity FC 1-3 Newark Flowserve

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Midweek games - local teams in action w/c 5th December

Links to the relevant sites are bold and underlined. If you spot any errors or emissions, please let me know via twitter @ontheroadblog

Monday 5th

* Alfreton Town Academy 3-1 PSUSA Academy (at Eastwood CFC)

Tuesday 6th

Belper Town 0-4 Alfreton Town
Clay Cross Town 1-2 Buxton FC
Ilkeston FC 1-2 Matlock Town
Mickleover Sports 2-2 Borrowash Victoria (aet) Borrowash win 4-5 on penalties

* Clipstone FC 1-1 Rainworth MW (aet) Rainworth win 7-8 on penalties
Radford FC  0-5 Basford Utd (7:45pm)

Sheffield FC 2-1 Loughborough Dynamo

Leicester Road 2-0 Loughborough Uni

Dunkirk FC 2-2 Barrow Town (aet)

South Normanton FC 2-2 Matlock Town Res

Sandiacre Town 8-0 Eastwood CFC

Wednesday 7th

New Mills 2-3 South Normanton Athletic 

* Eastwood CFC 0-6 Carlton Town 
Kimberley MW 2-0 Awsworth Villa 
Sherwood Colliery 1-0 Selston FC
Teversal FC 6-2 Retford Utd
West Bridgford 2-1 AFC Mansfield

Hucknall Town Res 4-1 Underwood Villa

Staveley MW 4-2 Jubilee Sports

Worksop Town 3-0 Barton Town OB

Sheffield Utd 3-2 Worksop Town

Belper Town P-P Sherwood Colliery

Espial FC 4-0 Retford Utd

Dunkirk FC P-P Kimberley MW (now 20th December)

Thursday 8th

Borrowash Victoria 1-2 Carlton Town
Heanor Town P-P Eastwood CFC
Ilkeston FC P-P AFC Mansfield

Swallownest MW 2-0 Worksop Town

Friday 10th

Collingham FC 1-2 Newark Town

Chesterfield FC P-P Handsworth Parramore (at Eastwood CFC)

Friday, 2 December 2016

Saturday 3rd December - local teams in action

Links to the relevant sites are bold and underlined. If you spot any errors or emissions, please let me know via twitter @ontheroadblog

Hucknall Town 1-2 AFC Mansfield
Long Eaton United 2-4 Shepshed Dynamo (aet : 2-2 at full time)
South Shields 3-0 Staveley MW

Nuneaton Town  4-1 Alfreton Town

Ilkeston FC 0-3 Grantham Town
Stafford Rangers 2-0 Matlock Town

Belper Town 1-1 Carlton Town
Loughborough Dynamo 0-3 Spalding Utd
Stocksbridge PS 1-2 Basford Utd

Coventry Sphinx 1-0 Heanor Town
Loughborough University 1-1 Walsall Wood

Harrogate Railway 5-0 Retford Utd
Rainworth MW 2-2 Clipstone FC

Brigg Town 1-2 Shirebrook Town
Teversal FC 0-0 Winterton Rangers

Arnold Town 3-0 Dunkirk FC
Aylestone Park 2-3 Radford FC
Belper Utd 3-0 Ellistown & Ibstock Utd
Blaby & Whetstone Ath 2-7 West Bridgford
Graham St Prims 0-6 Birstall Utd
Greenwood Meadows 4-1 Gedling MW
Holbrook Sports 0-0 Borrowash Victoria
Holwell Sports 0-0 Ashby Ivnahoe
Kimberley MW 3-1 Radcliffe Olympic
South Normanton Ath 0-1 Anstey Nomads

Bilsthorpe FC 4-2 Thorne Colliery
Clay Cross Town 5-2 Phoenix FC
Collingham FC 0-3 F.C. Bolsover
Harworth Colliery 3-1 Askern FC
Welbeck Lions 1-2 Newark Town

Keyworth Utd 1-2 Selston FC
Matlock Town Res 2-0 Holbrook St. Michaels
Mickleover RBL 2-1 Linby CW
Pinxton FC 2-5 Blidworth Welfare
Swanwick PR 9-0 Teversal Res 

Attenborough FC 3-2 Linby CW Res 
Basford Utd CFC 3-0 Calverton MW 
F.C. Cavaliers 1-2 Sherwood Colliery Res 
Magdala Amateur 0-1 AFC Dunkirk 
Newark Flowserve 7-0 Eastwood CFC Res 
Ruddington Village Res 1-2 Southwell City

Awsworth Villa 1-2 Clifton AW 
Bingham Town 3-5 Real Utd
Nottm Trent University 1-4 Bilborough Town
Sandiacre Town 1-0 Cotgrave FC
Unity FC P-P Wollaton FC