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Saturday 19 November 2011

Basford United 1 Attenborough FC 0

Basford United 1 Attenborough FC 0
Notts FA Senior Cup: 2nd Round

Last week Basford United suffered their first defeat of the season, so it was going to be interesting how they was going to bounce back. Infact they werent firing on all cylinders today, but did enough to book a 3rd round plum home draw against Rainworth Miners Welfare next month.

The First Half proved very equal with both sides cancelling each other out with little terms of opportunities in front of goal. The Second Half, Basford came out more fired up and were denied taking the lead when the Borough keeper pulled off 2 superb saves, as the game looked doomed for extra time in the cold, Basford beat the offside trap and fired home the winner. To Attenborough's credit they had chances of their own to equalise, but the homesters held on for a victory.

Pics from the match

Basford United Website

Attenborough FC Website

Wednesday 16 November 2011

Blidworth Welfare 2 Nottingham United 2


Well my first visit to the Welfare Ground this season and one of my favourites in the Central Midlands League for the view from the top near the tea bar.

On arrival, I was greeted by clubman and good friend Dave Voller who seems to have been with the club for years and also Mister Blidworth himself Chris Wain.

I stood at the gate chatting to ex Secretary Alan Charlton when ex Eastwood Town FC kit man and now Alfreton Town FC fan came in  and asked for a badge. I mentioned that I saw the Nottingham United sec wearing one and would he be interested, so when Martin Minkov walked past, he seemed to lose his badge for £3 off his suit!

Good Friend Richard Lane then appeared in the distance across the cricket pavilion and joined us, with ref's assessor Sean Richardson.

We all headed to pitchside and shared stories as the match started out as well boring..until a brilliant struck goal after just 23 minutes to put the home side in front.

After a Half time cuppa and a lovely Hot dog(may I say the best in the league tasted so far and I got the last one), it was back to pitchside with the away side doing the attacking and it came as no surprise when they levelled up the scores.

Blidworth then pushed forward and scored another superb goal to put them back in front, but the visitors were not to give up and scored a well deserved equaliser before the end before the game petered out for a share of the points

Blidworth Welfare Website

Nottingham United Website

Saturday 12 November 2011

DFS Welbeck Welfare 0 Dronfield Town 6

DFS Welbeck Welfare 0 Dronfield Town 6

Always a friendly welcome from Welbeck when I go to see them and today they played hosts to another friendly club Dronfield Town FC. After a nice cup of coffee and the taking of Welbeck Welfare's team pic, a two minutes silence was observed by all in the ground at Forest Town.

The game kicked off, with the away side forcing forward and getting themselves a early penalty, up stepped the spot taker and the Welbeck Keeper more than matched his shot with a excellent save. This seemed to install some belief in to pointless Welbeck who the took the game to their opponents and created chances of their own. With a surprise half time score of 0-0, was there to be a shock on the  cards?

Dronfield Town came out sharper in the Second Half, but after 50 minutes, the ball was played out to the Welfare right wing with 3 home players waiting in the middle of the box for him to pull the ball back for one of them, but he tried for glory and his effort hit the side netting and the chance had gone.

The next attack on 53 minutes belonged to the visitors and they took the lead, this seemed to put a spring in their step and spurred them forward and soon more goals followed at regular intervals. A highlight for Welbeck was when the home keeper saved his 2nd penalty of the game in the second half.

A couple of things from today:

Referee Harry Hawkins and his two Assistants Andy Dallison & Andy Bills were outstanding

DFS Welbeck Welfare: If they can play as well as they did in the First Half, all game then they will soon be picking up points, they just need that confidence.
Also they may well be playing back at Medan Vale on their old pitch very soon

Dronfield Town:  sit in joint 2nd place, 3 points behind League leaders Yorkshire Main with a game in hand. Their manager Craig Butler is doing a sponsored climb of Kilimanjaro from 1st Feb - 10th Feb in aid of floodlights for the club.

DFS Welbeck Welfare Website

Dronfield Town FC

Saturday 5 November 2011



On arrival at the Lane, the home of Ollerton Town FC, I was kindly greeted by all from the Ollerton Town Committee and had a quick cuppa coffee. As the fine rain was falling, I took my position in the stand behind the goal towards where the visitors were attacking, but the First attack took place up the other end of the ground and it was the home side who took the lead after only 2 minutes.

Both teams played some good football and the referee played some good advantages to let the game keep moving, on the half hour, Bentley equalised with a sweet chip over the advancing Sprigg in the Ollerton goal today.

In to the Second Half and Dave Winters men seemed to be a bit more up for this and it showed when they re-took the lead just after the hour mark, but could they hold on? The answer was they should have but didnt and 8 minutes from the end, Bentley equalised for a second time. 

With only 3 minutes to go, the visitors were reduced to 10 men when their player used foul and abusive langague, which he disagreed with on his dismissal. With moments to go, things went from bad to worse, when correctly so the referee pointed to the penalty spot after a Bentley defender had upended the Ollerton winger, to which the Ollerton defender fired home for the victory.

At the Final whistle, Bentley Management felt the Referee had a poor match and told me so, but in my mind, I felt the referee had a good game and Ollerton fully deserved their day today.

Photo's from the match

Ollerton Town FC Website

Bentley Colliery FC Website

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Tuesday 1 November 2011

Worksop Parramore 1 Rossington Main 4


Last week Worksop Parramore Vice Chairman Max Ross facebooked me to ask when I was going to pay a visit to Worksop Parramore, as I hadnt been to Sandy Lane to sethem this season, though I had seen Worksop Parramore in their first pre-season friendly away at Parkhouse FC. I replied that I would come along when they had a midweek match. Whilst flicking through the internet towards the weekend, I noticed that tonight they were at home to Rossington Main, so I got Hazel to drop me off at Mansfield Woodhouse Train Station and I caught a train to Worksop, then asked a local where the ground was..later I found out that the local sent me the long way round to the ground..he possibly saw the size of my belly and thought that fat chap needs to get some of that weight off him! I found the ground up a giant hill and Max opened the door of the Social Club, where inside we had a chat with owner Pete Whitehead, Steve Smith and of course Max Ross before the players began to trickle in.

I had a couple of pints in the clubhouse and chattered to old friend and one of the Assistant Refs of the night Ian Cox and then had a chat with the band of the friendly committee from Rossington Main.

Then came in to the Clubhouse, Groundhoppers Terry from York and Chris from Southampton and Chris has asked me to send him the info for the upcoming CMFL Bonanza, we had a good chat and then we headed to pitchside.

The game kicked off and Parramore went straight on the attack and could have been 1 up after only 30 seconds but for brave goalkeeping diving at the attackers feet and smothering the ball. The game then went end to end and it was a very good open game, then on 32 minutes, the visitors broke free and fired them selves in to the lead. Parramore seemed a bit taken back by this and seemed to not offer much in return as Rossington pushed forward on the counter attack and on 44 minutes doubled their lead.

Parramore came out the Second Half a lot more fired up and reigned attack after attack on the Main defence and eventually on 53 minutes pulled themselves back in it when the centre half came up and planted a superb header in to the back of the net. At this stage, it looked as if the homesters may just fight back and equalise and possibly take control of the game, but the visitors had other ideas and broke well and scored a very well worked 3rd goal that seemed to dent the home side. The visitors for a young side played with a lot of confidence and knocked the ball around well, whilst Parramore was struggling to string the passes together and play the football that has put them towards the top of the table, so it came as no surprise in the 88th minute that Rossington scored yet again and killed the game off and took home the three pints that they well deserved.

Worksop Parramore Website

Rossington Main Website