Monday, 3 July 2017

Sunday 2nd July - AC Wollaton Charity game at Eastwood CFC

AC Wollaton Charity raising funds for those affected by the Grenfell Towers disaster

First 45 minute game - Team Lowe 4-3 Team Roberto
Second 60 minute game – Team Lowe 7-4 Team Roberto

On Facebook this score was given out as 11-9, but I only have notes for 11-7! I don’t suppose the score matters, more to the point was the £600.00 raised on the night for the chosen charity.

The game was supposed have kicked off at 8:00pm, and was to have been 2 x 60 minute periods, one segment for the vets and the other for the young guns. As it transpired, due to the usual changing room antics that precede these events, the first game actually kicked off around 8:15pm and was cut to 45 minutes- a decision some of the vets embraced with open arms!

Nathan Scott opened the scoring for Team Roberto in the 12th minute, a superb take, turn and volley from 12 yards that gave keeper Darren Lowe no chance. Scott was on the scoresheet again 3 minutes later tapping in at the far post after the ball was played in from the right.

From a well taken corner in the 17th minute, Mark Clarke halved the Team Lowe deficit, his neat, near post header flying into the net. It was all square after 26 minutes, Marek Vipond slotting the ball across keeper Sam Ralph and into the far corner. Vipond completed the Team Lowe turn-around 6 minutes later, tapping home at the far post. A mistake in the Team Roberto midfield was punished to the max by Vipond on 38, the striker was left with half the field to run into and simply side-stepped Ralph before rolling the ball gently home to complete his hat-trick.

On 42, Scott also completed his personal triple, curling a terrific effort into the top corner from 20 yards, that left Lowe grasping at thin air.

First section: Team Lowe 4-3 Team Roberto

The second period turned out to be teams containing a mixture of vets and younger players, but as the game wore on almost everyone was running on empty and it was no surprise that quite a few goals were scored on the last 10 minutes!

Team Roberto were soon back among the goals, Paulo Pileiro hammering the ball past Lowe from 12 yard just four minutes form the restart (4-4). The game then entered a phase where there was plenty of endeavour, but no end results. It took until the 25th minute of the half before the score keeper was troubled again - Austin Wallace hitting a sweet chip from 25 yards that sailed gracefully into the top corner, giving the keeper little to do but watch and admire…..(4-5)

Goals galore followed – Jamie Walker netted for Team Lowe from the spot on 76 (5-5), then after some neat build up play, Scott Litchfield received the ball and curled the ball past Ralph (6-5). Team Roberto had their no. 10 to thank for their next goal in the 84th minute, a neat header from a corner (6-6). Litchfield was on hand to tap home on 90 for Team Lowe (7-6), the two minutes later Team Lowe netted again when Aaron O'Connor fired across the keeper into the far side of the goal (8-6)

An Aaron Jenkins penalty in the 94th minute increased Team Lowe’s lead (9-6), then O'Connor netted his second, clipping the ball past Ralph, after being left with half the pitch to run in to (10-6).

Team Roberto did manage another goal, their no. 10 adding his second of the night with a scrambled finish at the far stick (10-7). Litchfield completed his triple on 98 (11-7), but when Vipond was injured soon after, referee Matthew Picker decided to call proceedings to a halt. I’m fairly sure that’s why, and it wasn’t the fact that serial match official baiter Tony Squires was one of his Assistants for the last 10 minutes or so!


So on the night we had 18 goals, three hat-tricks and over 100 minutes actual play. A pity only a few dozen were on hand to witness this splendid slice of entertainment. Mind you, it was a late start, and late finish, and on a Sunday night this may have had an effect on the numbers watching. Personally, I can’t wait for the next AC Wollaton Charity game – bring it on…

Team Roberto MOM Nathan Scott                                    Team Lowe MOM Paul McKenzie