Friday, 15 September 2017

Catch up : 11th to 14th September

A few words on games attended recently – no full match reports, sorry. With a £10.00 donation from Kimberley MW, a further £13.30 was added to the Think Children fund.

Basford Utd 1-1 Chasetown FC

Monday 11th September saw me at Greenwich Avenue with Kev – hoping to see Basford continue their 100% record in the NP Div 1 South. The car parks were full, so street parking was the order of the day.

The game wasn’t the best, but things were looking good for the home team when they went ahead in the 37th minute. A corner from the right was headed at goal, but the keeper palmed the effort away. The loose ball was fired goal-wards by Hutchinson, and although his effort was also blocked, Ashley Grayson was on hand to slide in and steer the ball over the line.

The lead lasted only a few minutes though – Chasetown were level a minute before the break thanks to a stunning 20 yard effort from William Whieldon that gave Saul Deeney in the Basford goal no chance! 
H-T 1-1 
F-T 1-1

Attendance : 201
Admission : season ticket

Rainworth MW 4-1 Clipstone FC

Tuesday 12th, I made the short trip to Kirklington Road to see Rainworth entertain near neighbours Clipstone Welfare. “Clippo” are struggling for any sort of form this season, but as a team showed real heart throughout. The game was played in a tropical storm (slight exaggeration!), but both sets of players served up a football treat, despite the awful conditions.

The home team looked dangerous from the outset, and the only surprise was that it took them 18 minutes to break the stubborn Clipstone resistance, James Munson with the strike. The home team doubled their lead on the half-hour, Daniel Booth running through the visitors defence before firing the ball under the keeper. H-T 2-0

Clipstone never let their heads drop though and were back in the game on the hour, Jermaine Jatau with the goal. Liam Royles restored Rainworth’s two goal lead on 67, then a few minutes later Luke Walker was allowed to run into the Clipstone box unchallenged, and calmly slotted the ball across the keeper into the far corner.

Admission : £4.00 concession
Programme : £1.00
Attendance : 75

Arnold Town Ladies 0-1 Rise Park Ladies

Wednesday saw me venture once more into the world of ladies footie, visiting Eagle Valley to see Arnold Town Ladies play Rise Park Ladies in the East Midlands Womens’ Regional league, and as per usual when at this venue, it was bloody freezing. The game wasn’t the best, with both teams struggling to put more than a couple of passes together. I do like the passion for the game that the ladies show though – a bit naive at times, but boy oh boy, do they love the game! This encounter was decided in Rise Park’s favour thanks to Vicky Belshaw’s successful conversion of a spot kick awarded by referee Lee Chappell on 65. F-T 0-1

Attendance : h/c 30
Admission : free

Alfreton Town U19 3-0 Espial FC U19

Thursday it was the Under 19’s turn to entertain me! The game was originally scheduled to be played at North Street, Alfreton, but the first team had already played two games there this past week and with an F.A. Cup tie there on Saturday it was decided to move the game to Hucknall Rolls Leisure. That was excellent for me – just a five minute car ride from home! I know the Alfreton Town Academy have their SCL Youth Development League games scheduled to be played at Hucknall Rolls with 11:00am kick off times. I’ll be only too happy to attend if that is really the case!

We had a mass brawl with 15 played – something and nothing really, but the Ref did caution a couple of players, and that's all that was warranted. It was just a bunch of young lads getting slightly over-revved!

Morgan Brough was the stand-out player for the Reds and it came as no surprise when he put his team ahead in the 19th minute. A corner from the left wasn’t cleared effectively by the home defence, and when the ball fell to the feet of Brough, he rifled it into the top corner. 

Brough was involved in the Alfreton second goal on 42. A quick breakaway ended with Brough running at goal before picking out strike partner Harvey Groves who made no mistake with his finish. H-T 2-0

Alfreton remained dominant throughout the second period, and the only surprise was they only added one more goal, when the game should have been put to bed a lot more comfortably. Brough was the scorer again on 77, his perfectly placed 20 yard free kick bulging the back of the net with the Espial keeper rooted to the spot. F-T 3-0 

Admission: £1.00
Attendance: h/c 70