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44 Matches
218 goals

Running Total
£1,206.00p







Saturday, 9 December 2017

RANGERS BACK ON TOP

Nottinghamshire Senior League
Division Two
WOODTHORPE PARK RANGERS 10 NOTTINGHAM CITY FC 1
With having to stay local to Mansfield, I opted for the outside pitches of Eagle Valley to see Woodthorpe Park Rangers play against Nottingham City. Going in to the match the hosts were a point behind league toppers Bridgford United with two games in hand.

Nottingham City have been going through a bad patch at present and very nearly folded some weeks ago, but to their credit have been turning out every match, but needed to sign a emergency keeper for this game, as last week they lost a keeper with a broken hand.

Woodthorpe were on the pitch and raring to go, whilst City at kick off time didnt have enough players on the pitch and asked for a 5 minute delay to proceedings, when they did kick off,, they were under constant pressure as they only had 10 players on the pitch, so it came as no surprise when JAMAL MAZLAM opened the scoring.  City then got eleven players on to the pitch and had a couple of bursts forward and with better finishing could well have been on level terms.

After 17 minutes, Rangers top striker MARKELL BAILEY scored his first of the afternoon to open up a two goal lead when firing in to the near post. The game went through a bit of a scrappy stage with both teams having a few chances, but on 39 minutes, Rangers were awarded a free kick just outside of the area, to which MARKELL BAILEY floated in to the top corner of the net to make it 3-0. Just on half time, the visiting goalkeeper went down and didnt re-appear for the second half, so a outfield player had to take the reins.

After 47 minutes Rangers stretched their advantage when DARREN OLDHAM made it 4-0, Nottingham City didnt give up and scored the goal the game, when GLODI BANDE smashed a superb 35 yard shot in to the corner of the net.

On 66 minutes, MARKELL BAILEY converted his hat trick by firing home a penalty, then City nearly scored their second of the game, when from kick off a lob from the half way line caught the home keeper off his line and it bounced it front of him before scrapping the crossbar and going over.

After 77 minutes, Rangers scored twice in a minute, when DANIEL WALKER headed home at the back post and straight from kick off DARREN OLDHAM floated a lovely chip in to the far corner of the net to make it 7-1.

On 80 minutes, DARREN OLDHAM completed his hat trick, with five minutes later, CONNOR SCOTT PARKIN getting on the scoresheet, before the last kick of the game belonged to man of the match MARKELL BAILEY who made it 10-1.

I would like to thank to the following for the kind donations to the Charitys Blog, which is for MAGGIES CANCER CARE CENTRE, Herbie and Sue for £10, PJ Harte for £10 on behalf of Woodthorpe Park Rangers FC and to Jim Bethall for £5, with the 11 goals scored, it nows takes the running total to a amazing £1,206.00

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Saturday, 2 December 2017

ELIZABETHIANS PUT ON SECOND HALF SHOW

Nottinghamshire FA Minor Cup
Quarter Final
OLD ELIZABETHIANS 8 GEDLING SOUTHBANK RESERVES 3
When the quarter final draw was made, I was looking for 2 things, a ground Id not visited before and a Notts Senior League Club to be away and this ticked both boxes. Having been up to Queen Elizabth school many times as Shawn has recently spent 2 years there before we won our case to send him to a school for children with special needs, Id never seen a football match there, its also possibly the second closest ground to my home.

On arrival, I was greeted by a few of the OE players, who I know through my time when I used to manage Bull Farm Social Club;s sunday team some years ago, I was then met by Southbanks player/Secretary Craig Killelay who gave me both sides line up;s and kindly donated £20 towards the Blog;s Charity which is MAGGIES Cancer Care Centre based at Nottingham;s City Hospital, so a massive thankyou to Craig and the Southbank lads.

The game kicked off and the home side were soon on the attack and from their first corner of the game floated in from the right hand side, up rose ANDREW BOULTON to head home after just 6 minutes. Both sides seemed to test each other out but not many chances were being created, until the 38th minute, when GEORGE RUDD hit 20 yard low shot that equalled things up.

The Second Half was a different kettle of fish, as OE went straight on to the attack towards the school end and after a series of corners, a carbon copy of their first goal took place on 52 minutes, when this time the corner was floated in from the left wing and ANDREW BOULTON put his side back in front.

On 59 minutes, it began to be the Sean Goodwin show, as the winger cut in and fired a shot that sprung out for ASTON MARSH to sweep home to make it 3-1. On 62 minutes, Goodwin then drew the visiting keeper before passing across for JONO ROWBOTHAM to strike home. 65 minutes and it was 5-1 when Goodwin;s cross was turned past his own keeper by Southbank man Andy Steele.

Southbank kept their heads up at this stage and pushed forward and made it 5-2 when ADAM THOMAS shot went in off the post on 72 minutes, this seemed to give the visitors a bit of confidence as they pushed players forward and on 78 minutes, BEN CRAWFORD headed home from a free kick.

This though did leave gaps at the back of the Southbank defence and on 83 minutes, CARL GOULD showed his experiance when he danced through the midfield and the defence and round the Southbank keeper to score the goal of the game to make it 6-3.

Now the Southbank heads had gone down and OE exploited the gaps and on 87 minutes, a long cross ball from midfield was midjudged by the visiting keeper, for ASTON MARSH to tap in. In the final minute, RAVI KAICUT scored close home to make it 8-3.

Must mention the referee who I felt had a very good match

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Sunday, 26 November 2017

DRAMATIC FINISH AT AFC CLIFTON

Nottinghamshire Senior league
Division  Two
AFC CLIFTON 2 SNEINTON TOWN FC 2
A good match ended in high drama, as the visitors had thought they had fought back from being 2-0 down to win 3-2 wit the last kick of the game, to their horror to see the goal disallowed.

The game began at a frantic pace with both sides playing good football on the counter attacks, but as the game wore in, it was Clifton who began to take the upper hand in chances and after 14 minutes, a corner from the left hand side was met by the head of RUSS STAPLETON to give them the lead. Clifton pushed forward and looked the more likely to score again and they did so in the 28th minute, when a free kick was floated and MORGAN BELL volleyed a looping shot to make it 2-0.

Half time came and the visitors made changes with a sub and also their formation and almost straight away it nearly paid off, when the subs first touch stuck the post. Sneinton didnt have to wait long though to get back in the game when DWAIN MILLER hit the net from the keepers near post after 49 minutes.

Sneinton looked a different side in the second half and pushed and pushed for a equaliser, but it didnt look to be their day, but then in the 87th minute, up popped DWAIN MILLER to fire home his second of the game.

A draw now looked on the cards as the game entered late injury time, when one last attack, saw a Sneinton attacker cut in from the by line, beat his defender and place the ball across the bx for Dwain Miller to strike home to the delight of his fellow players, the majority of the Clifton players had returned to their own half, but a couple of them approached the match referee and pointed over to their club assistant with the flag. A discussion took place and the referee blew for full time, for a second, people on the side lines seemed confused at what was being given, then the visiting players ran over the referee to voice their concerns, it was at this stage, I realized that the referee had disallowed the goal.

After things had calmed down, I spoke with the referee who I thought had a superb game overall and he took me on to the pitch to explain his decision, whether I felt or the players felt it was right or wrong, we dont have refs with headsets and people in the stands with sky sports scenes in front of them and the refs decision is the final one.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Thursday, 23 November 2017

AC WOLLATON v NOTTINGHAMSHIRE SENIOR LEAGUE CHARITY MATCH

CHARITY MATCH
Organised by Roberto & Nottinghamshire Senior League

To be played at Ron Steel Sports Ground, the home of Dunkirk FC on Wednesday 29th November 2017 with a 7.45pm kick off.

Admission will be by donation.

AC Wollaton take on the might off one of the leading lights in terms of the ONLY STEP SEVEN Football League in Nottinghamshire, in the Nottinghamshire Senior League.

Players and Representatives from clubs such as Wollaton FC, Awsworth Villa FC, Dunkirk AFC, Bilborough Town FC, Magdala Amateurs FC, Newark Flowserve FC and Basford United Community FC to name a few, will come together to form the squad.

The real winners of the night will be the Child Cancer Patients


Monday, 20 November 2017

REID;s STUNNER WORTHY OF WINNER

Evo Stick South Division
BASFORD UNITED FC 2 STAMFORD AFC 1
Att: 241

Always enjoyable when I visit Greenwich Avenue and this occasion was no different, as I was meeting my old mate and Director of Stamford AFC Dave Salisbury as it is 8 years since we last met up.

On arrival at the ground, I had a chat with Pete Chappell and was soon joined by Nigel Tasker, as we nattered about football in general. Malc Storer then popped in to quickly hand me a programme that I had asked him to pick up for me some time ago, many thanks Malc, I have chucked the quid in to the charity total

The game kicked off and Basford were straight on the attack and it came as no surprise when LIAM HEARN fired home the first goal of the night after just 12 minutes. Basford pushed forward to try and double their lead and went close several times, but in the 38th minute, they were pegged back on level terms, when Stamford;s captain JON CHALLINOR sweetly struck a low shot from outside the box to make it 1-1.

After a cuppa and half time break, it was Stamford who created a couple of chances of their own and United;s keeper Deeney had to be at his best on the hour when he finger tipped a chance away.

The game then opened up with both sides spurning chances until the 78th minute, when JAMES REID hit a stunning half volley from 30 yards out to give the homesters the three vital points as they now opened up a 13 point gap at the top of the table.

The 3 officials also had a very good match.




Sunday, 19 November 2017

RYLANDS PAY THE PENALTY

Nottinghamshire Senior League
Premier Division
BEESTON RYLANDS 0 ASHLAND ROVERS 2
A change of plan saw me contact Rob Campion to meet up at Beeston Rylands for a ground Id not been before, on arrival, I was greeted by match referee Jevon Swinscoe. After getting the team lineups, it was to the pitch and taking the Rylands team photo.

The game kicked off with both sides cancelling each other out until the 20th minute, when a shot was heading towards te Rylands net, when Lewis Robinson made a superb save, the only problem was, he wasnt the keeper, he was last man, so it gave Jevon no alternative but to produce the red card and a penalty to the visitors. Up stepped LEE TOWNSEND to put Rovers in front.

Ashland went looking for a second goal, whilst 10 man Beeston played on the counter attack and Rich Philpott had to clear off the line on the half hour.

The Second Half saw Beeston press forward but it was difficult with the ten men, the game was put to bed in the 69th minute, when a header hit the Rylands post and fell out to BEN SHERRATT to slot home.

One happy man was Ashland Rovers Keeper Adam Revuelta who made his 100th appearance and kept a clean sheet.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Sunday, 12 November 2017

TOWLES LATE SHOW EARNS THE POINTS

Nottinghamshire Senior League
Premier Division
WOLLATON FC 3 AWSWORTH VILLA FC 2
Att: 70

With Hazel flying in from her 10 day stay at her brothers in Tenerife during the early hours of the night, it was a matter of if she wanted to drive me to a match or just drop me local, she felt ok and I had chosen to go to Wollaton FC v Awsworth Villa as my first choice, as both sides are in very good form. 

On arrival I was welcomed by all and got a cuppa and was joined by the 3 officials, Declean Brown a official in the League of Ireland, David Coote a football league official and James Robinson who refs in the Northern Counties West League whilst up at uni in Manchester and we were soon joined by League Referees Secretary Darrell Parkes.

Before kick off, all was silent whilst a minutes silence took place for Remembrance Day.

The game kicked off and Awsworth were on the front foot and it only looked a matter of time before they opened the scoring, but like mot games this isnt always the case, as Wollaton began to gain a few chances down the other end and on 14 minutes JAKE FISHER shot across the visiting keeper to make it 1-0 to the home side.

Wollaton had a couple more chances to increase their lead as the visitors pressed forward and on the stroke of half time, Awsworth got a well deserved equaliser through JOHN WHITEHURST whose shot from just outside the area crept in off the post.

The Second Half began and it looked like the goal before half time had awoken the Villa side as they were on the attack for the first 5 minutes of the half, but on 51 minutes, a long ball out of defence saw Wollaton counter attack and Jake Fisher was bought down for a penalty. JAKE FISHER stepped up and put his side back in front.

Wollaton began playing some of the best football in the game at this stage and Doherty in the Villa net had to be at his best to keep his side in the game. Just after the hour, Wollaton were caught on the counter atack and Awsworth must have thought they had equalised when a shot was cleared off the home teams line, but on 69 minutes the scores were level when JOHN WHITEHURST scored his and his clubs second of the match to make it 2-2.

Both sides stepped up their games in search of a winner and Awsworth were very close on 78 minutes, when a shot found the Wollaton keeper in midair at full stretcher to claw the ball away when goalbound.

On 81 minutes, Wollaton finally sealed the points through LIAM TOWLE whose shot took a deflection and cruelly dipped over the Awsworth keepers head and nestled in to the net.

A superb match played in the right spirit and all 3 match officials were excellent.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK



Saturday, 4 November 2017

THE BULLS PROGRESS TO QUARTERS

Notts FA Minor Cup
Second Round
AFC BULL FARM 4 KEYWORTH UNITED DEVELOPEMENT 1
AFC Bull Farm of the Midlands Amateur Alliance League progress to the last eight of the Notts FA Minor Cup after a 4-1 victory over Nottinghamshire Senior League opposition Keyworth United Developement.

With Hazel away in Tenerife visiting her brother, me and Shawn looked for somewhere easy to get to by public transport, but in the week I spotted this Cup tie which was being played just over the road from where I live. I was also involved for a while when Bull Farm were a sunday outfit.

The game began at a even rate with both sides pushing forward and both looking likely to score at some stage, but after 21 minutes, it was the Bulls who took the lead through ASH SIDDELL who broke down the right side and shot home from a angle.

On 26 minutes, Keyworth gave a free kick away just outside the area, where a quick one two took place and veteran SIMON JOHNSON placed home at the near post to double their lead.

The Greens of Keyworth werent going to fold and were straight back in the tie when after 27 minutes ZACH SLADE unleashed a 30 yard shot to reduce the arrears.

The fightback was short lived as Keyworth were caught out on the counter attack and ASH SIDDELL fired home his second and his sides goal of the match.

The Second Half saw a few tackles going astray by both sides and a half of wayward efforts, with both keepers only being tested on a couple of occasions, but on 62 minutes, SIMON JOHNSON put the tie out of sight when he completed his brace to send his side through to the Quarter Finals.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Sunday, 29 October 2017

ALL LEVEL AT THE BRICKWORKS

Nottinghamshire Senior League
Divisiion One
KIRTON BRICKWORKS FC 1 RAVENSHEAD FC 1
Att 14

Now back on my feet after not being too well and with Hazel still not 100%, it was a matter of finding a match somewhere very local and after looking at several fixtures, I thought Id not been to Station Road this season nor had I seen Ravenshead either, so this match fitted the bill.

Before the match, match referee Gareth Tye kindly agreed to sponsor 50p  for every goal scored in the match. The game began in a rapid style in a very windy conditions, with both teams having chances. Ravenshead had to alter their formation after a player was helped off the pitch after just 20 minutes.

The visitors had the first real big chance of the game, when their forward headed wide when in the six yard box with the goal in front of him. Kirton then pressed forward and the visiting keeper was forced in to a number of very saves.

The Second Half began and in Kirtons first move on 46 minutes, they broke down the left side and the ball was stroked home by JAMIE BIRCH at the far post to give his side the lead.

This seemed to spur Kirton forward and could have had a second goal but it wasnt to come. After 65 minutes, Ravenshead gained a corner on the right hand side that was swung in and found the head of DAN PHILLIPS who found the back of the net.

Both sides pressed for the winner, with both sides coming close, but to no avail, in a game where the draw was the correct result.

Back at the pub after the match, true to his word, match referee Gareth Tye kindly donated £1 and then  Kirton player Wes O Rourke kindly donated £2 towards the Blogs charity of Maggies Cancer Care Centre based at Nottingham City Hospital..May I thank both Gareth and Wes.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Friday, 27 October 2017

BIRC's BRACE BREAKS MILLERS HEARTS

Nottinghamshire Senior League
Division One
MANSFIELD HOSIERY MILLS FC 1 ASHLAND ROVERS FC 2
Att: 46

Wit having been ill and on bedrest for nearly two weeks, it was a pleasure to get out to some footie and went just up the road for this Derby game.

Mansfield Hosiery Mills began on the front foot and from a corner on the left, LUKE GREAVES headed them in to a early lead after just 4 minutes. I was then joined by AFC Mansfield;s Chairman Andy Saunders for most of the match.

Ashland were playing on the break, with the Millers trying to add to their tally but to no avail. On 41 minutes, a long ball by the visitors out of the defence saw DANIEL BIRCUMSHAW 30 yards out on the wing, cut in and the home keeper came dashing out wiith 2 defenders behind him for the visiting attacker to slot home from the edge of the area on 41 minutes.

The Second Half was the visitors go straight in to attack and in their first attack of the half after 46 minutes, saw them turn the game around and score through DANIEL BIRCUMSHAW for them to take the lead.

The Millers pressed forward and the visiting keeper had to be in fine form, preserving their advantage on several efforts and also the Mansfield side not being able to find the target as the ball was cleared off the ball several times.

After 86 minutes, a player from each side was shown straight red, after a tackle from a Ashland player was deemed to be wreckless, whilst the Millers player jumped up and squared up to his opponant.

Mansfield Hosiery Mills must be wondering how they didnt get a point out of the game, but sometimes sides have to scrape wins and get the luck which Ashland did in this game to claim the three points.

A good performance by the referee Phil Towers and his 2 assistants