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Saturday 14 January 2012

A Real Home Loss to Belper


Well as many of you now, I'm back on crutches after a bad fit earlier in the week, so does that make me a proper Hopper now!

Look where to go today, I saw that 2 of the away clubs that are on the CMFL Bonanza in March was facing each other, so felt this would be a good time to meet both the clubs.

On arrival at the Car Park, all the Belper lads had arrived and I went over and introduced myself to the managers. As I walked in to the Centre, I was met by a jolly chap who turned out to be the Real United Manager followed by the Chairman Roger Henry.

We went down to the canteen area and I was soon met by local hopper Pete Chappell and then by Ollie and the Chesterfield gang. The young lady turned up who had at the CMFL Clubs Bonanza meeting back in September, she then kindly made me and Hazel a lovely cuppa.

Well off out to take the 2 team pics and then I got blamed by the hoppers, as the game kicked off a whole minute late...the game started very even on the 3G pitch and both teams looked very good going for every ball. The home keeper was called in to action, but then just as the Chesterfield gang offered me a sweet, the ball came over for a corner and a Belper player headed in to the net..sadly it was the wrong net..This seemed to fire the homester up and they had the ball in the net again, but this time the Assistant Ref had his flag held high, so it didnt count. Real carried on a well placed header made it 2-0 on the half hour mark.

Belper werent going to give up and with ex Ilkeston Town player Hemmings began to run the show, spraying some nice passes across the midfield. 40 minutes gone and Belper were back in the game with a goal.

Half time chat with the Belper United Sec Colin Davis and he seemed quite confident that his club could fight back and get something out of the game, but as we all know football can sometimes be a funny game.

The Second Half kicked off and Belper took to the attack and on 51 minutes were on level terms. Real pushed forward but shots were going astray in this half. Belper at this stage looked likely victors and with the strong sun beating down at the Becket School end they took the lead for the first time in the match after 62 minutes.

Real pushed men forward but shot were blocked or the away keeper was catching the ball clean from crosses. Belper then secured the points on 76 minutes when scoring their fourth.

The Real sub was very unlucky not to have reduced the arrears on 87 minutes when his diagonal shot beat everyone and hit the inside of the post ad bounced back to the keeper.

The Young Referee James Shipley and his two Assistants should also get a mention, as you didnt notice them, they were first class today.

After the match, it was back to the pub and a quick meeting with both clubs about the CMFL Bonanza, both clubs are really excited about being part of it, so if you havent already purchased your Advanced Ticket for the 5 matches at a bargain £15, then please contact me on  
please remember by purchasing the Advanced Ticket it does help all 10 clubs taking part and for away clubs like Real United and Belper United  kicking off at 10.10am on a Saturday Morning and Friday evening at 7.45pm, it would be very difficult to stage a Bonanza.

Photos from todays match 

Real United FC Website

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