Tuesday 5th September
Teversal FC 0-3 Aylestone Park
Referee : Simon Swain
Assistants: Tim Gregory, Derek Spray
Admission: £5.00 / £2.50
Teversal – Turton, Bacon, Vincent, Laister, Gregory, Watson, Bamford. Sargent (c), Fletcher, Wilkinson, McCann. Subs: Tighe, Geeson, Travis, Griffith, Lavelle.
Aylestone – Gutteridge, Laywood, Henry, Lang, Neat (c), Carline, Foster, Tyres, Potter, Armsden, Acott. Subs: Blanksby, Colford, Fox, Fell, Pickard.
Teversal entertained Aylestone Park on Tuesday evening, a game that saw Park make their very first visit to Carnarvon Street. The teams were well matched initially, but when Jouel Potter stabbed home a loose ball on 22, the visitors took control of the game and it seemed there would be only one outcome at 90 minutes.
Luke Bacon received a caution on 30 for a reckless challenge, significant only because he received another a few minutes into the second half, making the home team’s job even more difficult than it already was. H-T 0-1
With barely a minute of the second half played, Aylestone had doubled their lead. The ball was played over the Teversal defence and dropped nicely to the feet of Andy Fell - as Turton rushed out of his goal to try and rescue the situation, the substitute calmly lobbed the ball over him into the empty net.
Bacon’s second yellow card and subsequent red came on 51, another poor challenge, another good decision from Mr. Swain. Park added another goal on 62, Fell again the scorer, this time directing a Chris Acott right wing cross past Turton from close range. Teversal could do nothing to alter the scoreline, and with Ayleston quite content with their evening’s work, strolled through the remainder of the game and went back to Leicestershire with a well deserved three points. F-T 0-3
Wednesday 6th September
Ollerton Town 2-2 East Yorkshire Carnegie
NCEL DIV 1
Referee : Luke Lazenby
Assistants: Stephen Sears, Gareth Tye
Admission: £4.00 / £3.00
Ollerton – Gretton, Bowkett, Shaw, Grant Tobin, Pearce, Cooper, Clarkson, Greg Tobin, King, Bingham, Dickinson.
Carnegie – Hill, Reading, Abel, Ricardo, Giblin, Foster, O’Connell, Smith, Walker J, Watt, Walker D.
East Yorks Carnegie are newcomers to the NCEL, and had won four, drawn one and lost three of their previous eight league outings, with Ollerton having won four, drawn one and lost two of their seven games. As the first half progressed, it was looking like we may be in for the dreaded 0-0 draw, with both teams well matched, but cancelling each other out in every department. H-T 0-0
Three minutes into the second period, the goal-less draw fears were laid to rest when Town’s Sean Dickinson was on hand to steer the ball home after it was drilled in from the left, across the face of the goal.
The home team’s second goal on 62 was a thing of beauty! Mark Carter had just entered the game, and when he received the ball some 30+ yards from goal, he unleashed a bullet drive that went flying into the back of the net with the Carnegie keeper rooted to the spot!
So, two-nil up and cruising? Well, it should have been three soon after, but a mad scramble in front of the Carnegie goal produced some excellent defending and a last gasp goal-line clearance that ensured their deficit was kept to just two.
With most people thinking of heading towards the exits, the visitors were awarded a free-kick some 20 yards from goal. Michael O’ Connell stepped up and hammered the ball through the defensive wall and under Scott Gretton’s dive. A few around me were fearing the worst, and their fears were realised in the second minute of added time when Tom Whiting’s speculative shot deflected past Gretton to bring the scores level. Soon after the restart, Mr. Lazenby brought proceedings to an end, leaving the home supporters a little dazed and confused, and the few visiting fans well happy!! F-T 2-2