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Gedling Southbank Reserves
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Ashland Rovers FC
Andy Clerke(Gedling Southbank FC)
Gavin Rice
Bill Fishwick(Wollaton FC)
Oz(Netherfield Albion FC)
Steve Lee(Bilborough Town FC)
United Grays FC
St Erme FC
Ruan Minor FC
Lee Harrison

68 Matches
333 goals

Running Total
£1,330.00p







Sunday, 22 April 2018

EARLY GOAL SETS VILLA ON THE WAY

Nottinghamshire Senior League
Premier Division
RUDDINGTON VILLAGE FC 0 AWSWORTH VILLA FC 3

A change of plan saw me visit Elms Park for the first time this season on a sunny afternoon, Shawn had got his scooter and the freedom of the park, whilst the football was on. Always a lovely welcome from Ruddington Village FC, who are going through a bit of a tough season sitting at the foot of the table, whilst Awsworth are sitting in 3rd towards the top. On the back pitch, the Viillage Reserves were hosting Ashland Rovers in a Division One match.

The main match kicked off and Ruddington broke forward and Awsworth cleared their lines and the ball fell over on the right side and was crossed in and BEN WATSON slotted past the home keeper after just 62 seconds.

On 10 minutes, Ruddington had to change tactics as the player manager had to come on due to a players injury, this seemed to spur the one side forward but it did leave massive gaps at the back and the home keeper had to be on his guard a couple of times.

After 21 minutes, a short free kick was taken and a superb one two took place and JOHN WHITEHURST doubled his teams advantage to 2-0.

Awsworth now had the bot between their teeth and were running at Village, but their defence stood strong until the 38th minute, when a cross from the right was met by MATT MURPHY to make it 3-0.

With raining beginning to fall heavy, it was off to the refreshments bar for a cuppa and to get my umbrella. 

Ruddington came out for the second half and put Awsworth on the back foot, as they pressed forward but didnt create much until the final minutes, when they had several shots blocked and hit the crossbar twice.

I felt the match referee Ian Wilkinso had a very good match.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Not a good day for Ruddington in all, as on the other pitch, Ashland Rovers had beaten their reserves 4-1

Thursday, 19 April 2018

BOATENG FIRE COMMUNITY TO THE FINAL

Nottinghamshire Senior League
Senior League Cup ; Semi Final
BASFORD UNITED COMMUNITY FC 1 UNDERWOOD VILLA FC 0

A closely contested League Cup semi final tie played at Selston FC saw Gideon Boateng put Basford United Community through to the Final to play League Champions Newark Flowserve on Saturday 12th May @ Basford United FC.

The game kicked off and the Community side pushed forward and created a few chances that went high and wide, Villa began to get back in to the game possession wide but not creating much for their front line.

On 20 minutes, a long ball saw GIDEON BOATENG latch on to and fire home from outside the area to give the Community side the lead. This seemed to spur Basford on and they looked the more likelier to add to their total but wasted chances and good saves by the Villa keeper kept the score to 1-0 at half time.

The Second Half began and Villa looked more fired up as they went in search of pulling the game back even and a couple of times, they could well have been level as the ball shot across the box only needing the slightest of touches to guide the ball over the line, but it wasnt to be.

Sat with League referee Mick Leslie during the match and his wife and also hoppers Pete Chappell and Mac Senior.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE SENIOR LEAGUE CUP FINALS DAY
Saturday 12th May 2018
at Basford United FC

Junior Cup Final
Woodthorpe Park Rangers FC v Burton Joyce FC
Kick Off: 12pm

Senior Cup Final
Newark Flowserve FC v Basford United Community FC
Kick Off: 4pm

BIRK;s HAT TRICK SEALS WIN

Nottinghamshire Senior League
Division One
ASHLAND ROVERS FC 3 RAVENSHEAD FC 0
Sometimes you find it very difficult to write a positive blog report and those who attended this match will understand why, so for this game I am just going to post the link to the photos of the match

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Sunday, 15 April 2018

BRYANTS MEN HEAD TO FINAL

Midland Amateur Alliance League Cup
Semi Final
SHIREBROOK TOWN RESERVES 3 FC POLONIA 0
Att: 72
Gary Bryant;s Shirebrook Town Reserves booked their place in their League Cup Final against local rivals AFC Bull Farm after a battling victory against FC Polonia.

The game began with FC Polonia on the front foot carving out the chances and passing thee ball around the pitch very well but couldnt find a way past Town;s defence or keeper.

The turning point of the game came after 27 minutes, when Referee quite rightly dismissed a visiting player after a incident off the ball and then the player spat at another player giving the referee no option to reduce the visitors to 10 men for the final 63 minutes.

Just before half time though, the visitors could have gone in to the lead, when a drive  towards goal was cleared off the line.

Shirebrook came out for the second period alot more fired up and almost took the lead when the visiting keeper pulled off a superb save and the follow up volley just went over his crossbar. Shirebrook was more in to the game and kept pushing forward and after 52 minutes, a long ball from the midfield, saw a Shirebrook player chase after it and on the bounce, the defender lobbed it over his own keeper for the home side to take the lead.

Polonia pushed a extra man forward but this left gaps in midfield for Town to exploit and they did this well and on 72 minutes, WILL DODDS rifled home from the edge of the penalty area to double Town;s advantage.

Polonia didnt give up and kept playing neat passing football but didnt get any breaks to get back in to the game, as the clock was running down and players looking at the referee to blow for full time, a wide ball to the right wing, saw MARK STANIFORTH cut in and chip over the keeper to make it 3-0.

I thought the referee Lee Harrison had a excellent game and he kindly donated £5 after the match to the blogs charity which is for MAGGIE CANCER CARE CENTRE based at Nottingham City Hospital and the running total stands at a amazing £1,328.25p, a BIG thankyou to Lee for your donation.

57 photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Thursday, 5 April 2018

MAWNAN HEAD TOWARDS THE TITLE

Trelawny League
STITHIANS FC 0 MAWNAN FC 5

Trying to find the ground proved difficult as we pulled in at the bowls club, cricket club and rugby club and some locals had no idea that their village even had a football club, eventually a local shop guided us out of the village and out in to the countryside to find the ground.

On arrival I was met by a player who felt the game would be on and then joined by the clubs chairman who had a chat, the visitors arrived and then the ref.

The game kicked off and both sides seemed to be quite equal, but on 8 minutes, a back pass took a awful bobble which left the home keeper kicking fresh air as the ball rolled in to the empty net to give the league leaders the lead.

Stithians pushed forward but the visiting backline held firm with their keeper only being forced to make one save. On 29 minutes, a cross from the right, saw the number 11 for Mawnan strike the crossbar before he laid the ball back for KEV MORRIS to rifle home from the edge of the area.

The Second Half belonged to the league leaders as they pushed from the second half whistle and increased their lead to 3-0 on 50 minutes, when TOM RICHARDS hit home from a acute angle.

Stithians defended well but tired legs in the 86th minute began to creep in and DAN KNOWLES;s long range effort made it 4-0.

As we were waiting for the final whistle to be blown and the cold biting, a long ball from midfield found LIAM DENT who ran on to a through ball and fired in to the bottom left hand corner of the net to make it 5-0 to the visitors.

To see the 73 photos from the match, please click on this LINK

Saturday, 31 March 2018

ALL;S WELL FOR PERRAN

Cornwall Combination League
ST JUST AFC 0 PERRANWELL FC 4
Att: 31

Been meaning to go to St Just AFC for a few years now but everytime Ive been down in Cornwall on holiday they have always been playing away until today. St Just;s ground is most Westerly ground in Mainland England. A nice clubhouse and small stand on the clubhouse side of the ground.

Before the match, there was a minutes silence, but once the game kicked off, it was the visitors who went on the early attack, but in the first twenty minutes, neither goalkeeper was called in to action.

On 27 minutes, Perranwell broke forward and the SHANE LOOKER turned his defender before shooting low in to the corner of the net to give his side the lead. The next attack could have seen them two goals to the good but their attacker misjudged his run and was offside.

On 33 minutes, it was 20 to the visitors when a long ball over the top saw their IAN BROMWELL beat the offside trap and fire home.

At half time I got a cuppa and returned to the stand and Perranwell began brightly and on 46 minutes made it 3-0 when IAN FERRIS fired in from the edge of the area.

St Just;s head began to drop as Perranwell began to spray the ball around the heavy pitch and added to their misery when adding a fourth and final goal in the 58th minute, when IAN BROMWELL skipped past the defender and cut in and dribbled past the keeper and tapped the ball home

80 photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Friday, 30 March 2018

TOWN WIN THE A394 DERBY

SWPL Premier Division
HELSTON ATHLETIC 0 FALMOUTH TOWN 2

The third match of my holiday in Cornwall took me just up the road to Helston Athletic FC who hosted local rivals Falmout Town in a closely contested Derby match. Before kick off I spoke with the referees assessor and was invited in to the committee room at half time by the kind Helston Chairman. 

For a first the game was played in lovely sunshine and before the match the referee did a late inspection of the pitch and quite rightly allowed the game to go ahead. I then bumped in to Neil Laughlin and his new wife who got married on Saturday and their lad from Belper in Derbyshire.

From kick off, both teams created chances in a very even match, until the visitors began to step up their game and on 25 minutes, they were awarded a penalty, but it was poorly taken and the home keeper pushed it away to safety.

This was a warning sign for the homesters as in the next Falmouth attack they took the lead, when a long ball over the top, saw ROB WEARE pounce on to it and lob the outcoming keeper to give his side the lead.

Falmouth pushed forward whilst Helston played on the break to keep the game entertaining.

The Second Half saw Athletic push forward but in the 54th minute, they were caught out with a cross from the left and DAVE BROGLINO scopping low to dive and head home to double his Town;s advantage.

Helston tried to push on but the final ball and good defending by the away side kept their lead in tact.

The 3 officials I felt all had a good game

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK


Wednesday, 28 March 2018

PRAZE GRIND OUT VICTORY

Trelawny League
Division Four
HAYLE THIRDS 2 PRAZE-AN-BEEBLE 3

When at the top of the table, you sometimes have to ground out the odd result and league leaders Praze had to do this having been two goals down at one stage of the match. 

The game kicked off and the Hayle side looked the better and went ahead on 9 minutes, when MATT THOMAS cut in from the right and drilled home a low shot. Praze pushed forward on the new 3g surface, with both sides playing some good football. The First Half seemed to go by very quickly.

The Second Half kicked off and Hayle came out and pushed forward straight away and in the 49th minute, they were awarded a penalty to which DAVE HODGE doubled his sides advantage to 2-0.

This seemed to spur Praze in to action and on 53 minutes, GARETH HONER latched on to a long ball to fire home to reduce the arrears. On 65 minutes, the scores were level when the visitors converted a penalty of their own by MARK MILLER.

Praze then stepped up their game, as the tide turned in their favour and on 73 minutes JAMIE HOOPER just beat the home keeper before converting to score.

In time added on, Hayle thought they had a equalisser when Matt Thomas;s shot bounced off the crossbar.

Must mention the referee who I felt had a excellent match.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Double OG;s seal points for Minor

Trelawny League
Division Three
ST ERME FC 3 RUAN MINOR FC 4


Football can sometimes be a cruel game and it proved so for St Erme FC when 2 minutes from time, a sliced volley from their defender looped over the home keepers head to deny them a point that they deserved.

The game started at a fast pace with both sides carving out early chances but after 16 minutes, Minor took the lead through TROY RENDLE who  slotted home. Within a minute the scores were level when The Saints equalised through LEWIS BRIDGER who beat two defender before shooting home.

Ruan retook the lead on 36 minutes when KYLE FURNESS tucked the ball home. With time ticking down towards my half time cuppa with 43 minutes on the clock, MARK MITCHELL cut in from the left wing and shot home.

Ruan came out fired up for the second half and took a 3-2 lead when a own goal sliced in to the bottom corner of the net. 

St Erme pressed forward and began to control the game but the finishing ball wasnt there until the 75th minute, when LEWIS BRIDGER fired from the edge of the box after a cross from the right wing.

St Erme changed formation and looked the more likely winner and were unlucky to see a shot bounce off the crossbar after 84 minutes.

In the 88th minute, Ruan Minor beat the offside trap and a St Erme defender lobbed his own keeper to give Ruan Minor the points to head back towards the Lizard.

Before the match St Erme FC presented me with a trophy

May I thank both teams for their kind donations to the charity blog which is for MAGGIES CANCER CARE CENTRE to which £24.25p  was raised, bringing the running total to a amazing £1,318.50p

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK





Sunday, 18 March 2018

FLOWSERVE HEAD TOWARDS CHAMPIONSHIP

Nottinghamshire Senior League
Premier Division
NEWARK FLOWSERVE FC 6 BILBOROUGH TOWN FC 0

My brother in law has just begun to watch non league football down at Shirebrook Town FC in the Northern Counties East League but due to him not being too well of late, he was aware that I watch non league football and asked if he come along with me. My first choice of game was Attenborough FC v Underwood Villa FC but I found out that the match had been moved where there was no clubhouse, so wit the snow falling, it was a matter to see what was on. I spoke to Zoe, the Flowserve Secretary and she told me there was no problems out Newark way and felt this would be a good venue to take Ron, as it had a clubhouse, programme and could get a cuppa.

We was welcomed on arrival by Zoe and had a cuppa and Zoe kindly found Shawn a knitted Newark Flowserve hat, I think that will come in handy for his holiday next week!

The 3 officials arrived and the weather was a blizzard but funny sort of weather as it snowed heavy for 5 minutes, then the sun came out then it snowed again, but the pitch was playable.

Last weekend, Flowserve suffered their first defeat of the season, so I wondered how they would re-act to that result, well we didnt have to wait long, as in the 6th minute, a cross from the right hand side, found LEE POTTS who tapped them in to a early lead. After 7 minutes, it was 2-0 when ELLIOTT KING struck the ball home. 

The Balderton based side continued to press forward and after 18 minutes, SAM AGAR got on the scoresheet to make it 3-0 much to Bilborough;s dislike, as they appealed for a offside decision that didnt come.

I then got a phone call from friend Herbie to say his match in Lincs had been abandoned and to see if the match I was at was in any doubt, to which I said no and he would see me for the second half with his wife Sue, who has a operation on Wednesday, so we all send our best wishes to her.

On the half hour, Flowserve made it 4-0 with a second goal for ELLIOTT KING and when the half time whistle went, I think everyone was glad of a cuppa and a warmth.

Herbie and Sue arrived and last weekend Herbie had been to Forest Park v United Grays and whilst talking to the United Grays manager telling him about the charity blog, the chap kindly donated £2 to pass on to me, so a Big thank you to you, sorry I dont know your name.

The Second Half kicked off and Bilborough Town pushed forward and had a couple of decent efforts that went close, but on 51 minutes, ELLIOTT KING beat the offside trap and completed his hat trick to put his side in to a five goal lead.

Bilborough didnt give up and matched Flowserve for the majority of the half but it was the home side who had the last say in the 85th minute, when JAMES CULLINGWORTH made it 6-0 to open their lead at the top of the table to 18 points.

My brother in law really enjoyed the standard of the match and wants to come and watch a lot more Nottinghamshire Senior League football.

After the match, Steve Lee of Bilborough Town kindly donated £10 to the Charity Blog which is for MAGGIES CANCER CARE CENTRE, so a BIG thankyou Steve. The running total now stands at a amazing £1,292.50p

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK