Dave Reynolds
Greg & Michael Osborne
Graham Moseley
Karl White
Precision Notts Senior League
NSL Senior Cup
NSL Junior Cup
Tony Mullen
Michael Hartsthorne x 2
Martyn Cheatle
Gedling Southbank FC
James Needham
Malc Storer & Kev Goodman
Neil Laughlin
John Beckett
Russell Booth
Lewis Quayle
James Tewson
Mark Yates(Ravenshead FC)
Woodthorpe Park Rangers FC
Kevin Guise
Jonathan Holt(Radford FC)
Kirkby Athletic FC
Andy Gregory
Chris Munroe(Basford United FC
Kieran Wells (Basford United FC)
St Ives Mariners FC
St Erme FC
Netherfield Albion FC
Calverton MW FC
Stapleford Town FC
PJ - Woodthorpe Park Rangers FC x 2
Oggy & Spiz(Gedling Southbank FC)
Nottingham Community FC
Rod Grubb
Gareth Tye
Wes O Rourke
Malc Storer
Nigel Tasker
Gedling Southbank Reserves
Jim Bethall
Ashland Rovers FC
Andy Clerke(Gedling Southbank FC)
Gavin Rice

56 Matches
286 goals

Running Total

Sunday, 18 February 2018


Nottinghamshire Senior League
Premier Division
My first visit of the season to the Stag Ground saw Cotgrave returned to East Nottinghamshire with the points after a first half brace from Bassey Okon.

Before kick off a minutes silence was held for long serving Notts Alliance and Notts Senior League Andy Rolfe who sadly passed away last weekend. I had known Andy for many years when I was at Dunkirk FC and he always insisted on paying his 40p for the matchday programme and would often read it whilst his pre match warm up of having a cigar outside the changing rooms and having a chat with everyone. A BIG loss to Nottinghamshire football and our thoughts go out to all his family at this sad time.

The game kicked off and Kimberley were first on the attack and it was hard to see how they were at the root of the league table, but it was the visitors who was first to strike on 9 minutes, when a ball from the left wing found BASSEY OKON with a open goal for him to slide the ball home on a very soft muddy pitch.

Kimberley tried to bounce back and should really have equalised but they hadnt their shooting boots on and the Cotgrave keeper Adam Heard was just a spectator waiting for my son Shawn to keep fetching the ball for him when it went out of play.

Cotgrave broke forward again in the 24th minute and again BASSEY OKON fired home from close range giving Liam Bradley in the  homesters net little chance.

The Second Half saw Kimberley push forward but that final ball just wasnt there, whilst Cotgrave played on the counter attack and could well have added to their tally, but on 69 minutes, Kimberley could have reduced the arrears when they were awarded a penalty by match referee Andy Benner, but Jake Mee's spot kick was matched by Adam Heard's save in the top left hand corner to keep his side 2-0 in front.

The game petered out and Kimberley possibly had the lions share of play but Cotgrave had those two periods of killer instint to claim the points.

The three officials had a very good match in which I cant recall any player having to speak to the referee or the referee speaking to them, a credit to both clubs.

PHotos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Sunday, 11 February 2018


Nottinghamshire Senior League
Premier Division
Att: 17
A clash of third placed FC Cavaliers hosting second placed Awsworth Villa looked on paper to be a close encounter, but in the end it was the visitors who took home the three points after looking the better side for the majority of the match.

On arrival, I was greeted by Cannock Hopper Steve Hardy who Ive not seen for a matter of years now.

Stood throughout the match with Ironbridge hopper John Higgins who just arrived as Villa had taken the lead on 7 minutes through a cross shot from the right hand side by RICHARD HODGMAN.

FC Cavaliers then had to change their formation as a player went down with a handstring problem on the far side of the pitch and was carried off on the manager Martin Hickeys back, so a early sub was used.

FC Cavaliers pushed forward but the Villa defence held tight whilst their attack wasted a few good chances until the 40th minute, when RYAN WHITEHURST;s acute angled shot from the left hand side beat the home keeper to double his sides score.

The Second Half came and the Cavs keeper made a outstanding one handed save as the ball was heading in to the top corner of the net, whilst up the other end, Cavs could well have pulled one back but it wasnt to be their day with finishing the chance.

On 80 minutes, Awsworth wrapped up the match when RICHARD HODGMAN added a third and his second of the game.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Sunday, 4 February 2018


Nottinghamshire FA Intermediate Cup
Semi Final
(Bingham Town win 7-6 after Penalties)

Hazel dropped me off at Eagle Valley as both sets of players from Polonia United & Woodthorpe Park Rangers were on the pitch with the match referee, when a Arnold Town official came on to the pitch and deemed it to not be played on, as Arnold Town own the pitches, the referee was forced to call the game off. I stood with the Woodthorpe Chairman and we was going to head to the other Notts FA Junior Cup Semi Final but word came through that the match at Stapleford Town had just been called off. We then decided to head to Calverton MW thinking with floodlights it would be a 3pm kick off, but just as we turned the corner, PJ;s stopped and we had to pull in to a bus stop layby as he had run out of petrol, so to pass time, I cracked a few jokes that had PJ and his wife in laughter. Some of the Woodthorpe players came to the rescue with some petrol for a red faced PJ.

As we arrived at Calverton the players were playing, so I enquired and found out that the game kicked off at 1.30pm and 25 minutes had gone passed without any score. Calverton looked on their game and had several chances before a header in the 45th minute found the net to give them a half time lead. At half time we ventured in to the clubhouse and to cheer poor PJ up, we had a pint and a laugh, as we got back to pitchside, we found out that Bingham had equalised through TOM SPENCER.

Bingham looked to have stepped u[p their game and seemed to want to be first to the ball, but both sides had chances and Calverton must have thought they had won the game when they went in to a 2-1 lead on 85 minutes. Bingham though always play to the final whistle and it paid off for them as in the 90th minute, they drew level again to take the tie in to extra time.

The pace of the tie didnt slow down and both sides went for it and Bingham took the lead after 106 minutes for the first time. Calverton came back and was awarded a penalty to which the match official showed the young Town keeper a yellow card, must to the disgust of the home faithful. The keeper then made a outstanding penalty save, but there was still more action to come, as after 115 minutes, a player from each side came to each other and the referee had no choice in producing a red card for the Bingham player and a second yellow card for the home player.

It was now Calverton;s turn of never say die, as they pushed forward and 2 minutes from the end of extra time, they pulled it level, so the game went to penalties.

Both sides took 8 penalties each before we had a finalist with Bingham winning 7-6. A shame that a club had to lose as this would have made a superb final, but was a good advert for Non League Football in front of a crowd of around 80.

All Photos taken by Geoff Cameraman can be seen on this LINK any clubs that wish to hire Geoff, please contact him on twitter on

Sunday, 28 January 2018


Nottinghamshire Senior League
Division Two
Att 28

With heavy rain on Saturday morning and needing a 2pm kick off due to going out at 5.30pm for Hazels birthday meal in Nottingham, it had to be a game very local, so when first choice match went at Robin Hood Colts due to the opposition failing to raise a side, it was to plan B, but Selston Reserves was called off at 11am due to a waterlogged pitch, that left me with 2 choices, Kirton Brickworks or their reserves match down at the old Sandhurst FC ground. After conformation that the 1st team match on, then it was to the main Brickworks ground I was heading.

Due to the heavy rain in Mansfield, I didnt take my camera and as usual, it turned out to be a very pleasant afternoon with no rain in Kirton..Typicial!!!

The game kicked off at a very fast rate and both sides matched each other, but as the half wore on, it was Rovers who had the better of the chances and really could well have been at least three goals to the good, with on 2 occasions the Brickies keeper playing his part in 2 one on ones, but he could do nothing on 43 minutes, when a shot by DANIEL BIRCUMSHAW flashed past him from a good 30 yards to give the Rovers a one goal lead at the interval.

Kirton to their credit in the Second Half pushed forward and could well have been level with the chances that they created but stopped by good keeping and defending kept them at bay. The changing point of the match though came on 67 minutes, when a long ball from the Ashland defence was punted up field and with the home keeper coming to clear, he totally mis-kicked it and it left ALEX ENGLAND with a empty net to convert and put the visitors 2-0 up.

The home keeper did redeem himself on 79 minutes, as from a visiting corner, he made a superb goalbound save from a header. On 85 minutes, The Brickies must have thought they had pulled themselves back in to the game, when a long curling shot was heading for the top corner but the visiting keeper at full length managed to palm it round the post with one hand.

In the final minute, Rovers were awarded a free kick on the left hand side, that was floated towards the far post and ADAM MELLORS was there unmarked to slot the ball home.

Must mention Referee Ian Smith who I felt had a great game and also 2 clubs who both wanted to play football and not argue, a credit to them all

Sunday, 21 January 2018


Nottinghamshire Senior League
Premier Division
Att: 50
A odd day as on the way home from Ravenshead FC on Friday evening it was snowing, so to wake up and see the fields over my back garden flooded, I thought I would ring Sandiacre Town FC which was my first choice, I got the reply that there would be a pitch inspection at around 12.30pm, so thought if it was off, then it would leave me little time to get to a 2pm, so rang Burton Joyce FC and they had switched their fixture due to their ground being under water, so a call to Pat Johnson who had already been down to Southwell Citys ground and a positive yes it was on, made up my mind as Id not seen either Southwell City or Bingham Town this season.

On arrival the pitch looked heavy but well playable and a chat with Ian Smith who was one of the Assistant Refs confirmed this.

The game kicked off and was very even, with both sides matching each other and very few chances, but after 22 minutes, a volleyed backpass just missed the Bingham goal to the delight of the Bingham keeper and defender. Bingham began to push forward and on 34 minutes were unlucky to see a effort rebound off the crossbar.

The Second Half began well for Bingham as they were on the attack and on 56 minutes Jepps had the ball in the back of the net, but as they went to celebrate, they were stopped as Assistant Smith;s flag was raised for offside. Within 30 seconds though, Bingham were in front, when MICHAEL JEPPS cut in from the left and fired home.

Southwell then began to come more in to the game and had a couple of decent efforts, but failed to get that final touch in front of the net until 79 minutes when JON NUSSEY headed home the equaliser.

No one had time to applaud as from the Bingham kick off a ball was played forward and their leading scorer TOM SPENCER lobbed the ball over the advancing keeper to seal the victory.

Must mention all 3 officials, Ref Gavin Rice and his Assistants Ian Smith and Tim Bee who all had good games and also a big thankyou to Gaving Rice who kindly donated £5 of his match fee to the blogs charity which is for MAGGIES CANCER CARE CENTRE based at Nottingham City Hospital where the running total now stands at a amazing £1,246.25p

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

More photos taken by Bingham Town;s Geoff Curtis can be seen on this LINK

Friday, 19 January 2018


Nottinghamshire Senior League
Division One
Photo taken by Jim Bethell

A rare Friday evening at the Cornwater Ground, Ravenshead and was met by both sides before the match and then by match Referee Andy Benner, after getting both teamsheets it was down to pitchside. 

Since my last visit, Ravenshead have fully railed the pitch, before long I was joined by a Awsworth players dad and 2 hoppers, one from down London way and Ken from Leicester. After chatting for a while to the players dad, I joined long time friends Jim Bethell and his dad.

The game kicked off and it was Ravenshead who were first to strike, when their captain ADAM MARTIN fired home after just 3 minutes. Awsworth then pushed forward but didnt really trouble the home clubs defence, whilst the homesters played on the counter attack and Walsh in the visiting net had to come to the rescue a couple of times.

On 45 minutes, a ball from the left, found Paul Smith who chipped the ball to the far post for ADAM MARTIN to mash in to a empty net to double his sides lead.

The Second Half and the home keeper made his first save of the game and the ball was cleared up field, the referee gave a free kick some 30 yards out after a trip on a Ravenshead player, the free kick was struck hard and hit the keeper who spilled the ball and TOM HUBBARD was first to react to slip the ball home on 49 minutes to make it 3-0.

Villa then had their best spell in the game and could well on another day seen them pull back a couple of goals by stout defending by the home defence kept their clean sheet in tact.

After 61 minutes, the match was put out of doubt when just inside the area, TYLER LAMBERT turned on a sixpence to smash the ball low and in to the corner of the net to make it 4-0.

Sunday, 14 January 2018


Nottinghamshire Senior League
Division Two
A couple of reasons I chose this match was that Nottingamshire Senior League newcomers Bridfgord United are flying high in 2nd position in Division and I hadnt seen them, plus the fact that sadly Greenwood Meadows ground that they play on has been sold to a rugby club and after Bridgford United;s next home match on Thursday or Friday evening, football wont exist at the venue no more. Bridgford have the intentions of moving down to the second pitch at Roko on Wilford Lane that has been under construction for some time now and seems not far off completion.

After getting the team line ups and a chat with both sets of players, some of the AFC Charity Wollaton team arrived to watch the match. Again for the second week, Ibi was assessing the referee.

The game kicked off and the visitors more than matched their high-flying opponents and the home keeper was called in to early action to push a long range shot round the post. Bridgford began to get more in to the game, but were lacking that final touch to score the opening goal.

Eventually, United did get the breakthrough, when a ball played up the left wing saw JARROD WESTCARR cut in and tuck the ball past the outcoming visiting keeper(see main photo above) on 35 minutes.

This gave the homesters alot more confidence as they pressed, but all credit to the visitors, they defended well esp Duffy in the centre, but they could do nothing about Bridgford,s second goal, when a ball played in from the right saw SHELDON TUTIT sweep the ball home to make it 2-0 after 44 minutes.

The Second Half kicked off after Hazel had done the half time teas on a bitterly cold afternoon and I actually missed a little bit of the game, poss a few minutes. Bridgford were mainly on the attack and should well have added a few more goals to their tally but a mixture of brave defending and good goalkeeping kept them at bay until the 75th minute, when a cross from the left saw the flying header of NATHAN FRANCIS to head home to make it 3-0.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Sunday, 7 January 2018


Nottinghamshire FA Junior Cup
Quarter Final

This match was my plan A, as a new ground to visit, to be Nottinghamshire Senior League Rep at the Quarter Final tie and to have a look and meet AFC Top Valley, with the heavy rain we have had over the past few days I wasnt sure if the game would be on, but Secretary Alec got back in touch with me to confirm it was whist I was weighing up other options for the day.

On arrival, I was greeted by Alec and the Woodthorpe PR squad and the young referee and he told me he was being assessed by old friend Ibrahm Arsali. At pitchside was joined by Jim Bethell and his friend.

The game kicked off and Rangers pushed forward and after just 3 minutes they won a free kick some 25 yards out, Bailey stepped up and hit it on target, the keeper pushed it out and ADAM FORRY was first to react and knock the ball home. After 5 minutes, MARKELL BAILEY was upended in the box and Rangers were awarded a penalty to which Bailey duly struck home to increased the lead to 2-0.

AFC Top Valley then cut out a couple of chances and had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside, but in my opinion and being in line with play felt it was a good goal, they then had one chance cleared off the line. After 15 minutes, MARKELL BAILEY made it 3-0 to the visitors with a deflected shot. 

Woodthorpe then stepped up their game and on 25 minutes, MARKELL BAILEY completed his hat trick with a tap in at the far post. On 37 minutes, it became 5-0 as MARKELL BAILEY scored directly from a corner.

During the half time break, I joined Victory FC manager and their secretary for a natter and the game kicked off and I turned round as the ball hit the back of the net with a long ranged shot by ADAM FORRY to make it 6-0 and it looked like game over to be fair.

Woodthorpe continued to press forward and on 56 minutes, ANTHONY BIRKS deflected shot found the corner of the net and then on the hour, ADAM FORRY completed his hat trick to make it 8-0 to the Nottinghamshire Senior League club.

68 minutes and ADAM FORRY scored his fourth of the match and Woodthorpes 9th, as sadly Valley heads now began to drop. In the 76th minute, a few handbags were let loose on the far side of the pitch, to which the referee produced Anthony Birks his second yellow card of the afternoon.

When play re started, Rangers had their second penalty of the match, up stepped Markell Bailey to see his effort bounce off the post and cleared away. MARKELL BAILEY did wrap up proceedings in the 85th minute to complete a professional performance for his club and send them through to the Semi Finals.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Thursday, 4 January 2018


Mid Season Friendly
Att: 38

Just after Christmas I had a message from the Shirebrook Town Reserves Manager Gary Bryant to ask if any Nottinghamshire Senior League club would be prepared to play a mid season friendly, as they are in a Derbyshire County Cup Quarter Final and having not played due to poor weather for 3 weeks needed a run out. Bilborough Town are at present fielding around 8 players who are around the 16 year old age group and rebuilding their side, so more games are making them gel together.

The game kicked off and I stood in the stands with AFC Mansfield Chairman Andy Saunders, as Bilborough came out forcing the first few attacks and after 10 minutes took the lead when a Shirebrook defender took a awkward fall and LIAM TAYLOR fired home. There was concerned as the young defender was laid on the ground and stretcher came on to the pitch, but after the match it was found that the lad had possibly turned his ankle and hopefully nothing too serious.

The home side then began to push forward and on 32 minutes a high swirling corner in the wet and windy weather curled in to the net from JOSH BRENTNALL. Just before half time, Bilborough had a corner that was floated in to the far post, the ball was cleared up to the half way line and BEN CHARLESWORTH beat the visiting defence and slotted the ball past the advancing keeper.

During half time, both sides made several subs and Shirebrook pushed forward and could well have scored a few more if not for Chris Bennett who was in fine form for the visitors.

Overall a very good run out for both young sides who both played some good attractive football on the night.

Sunday, 31 December 2017


Nottinghamshire Senior League
Premier Division
Programme: Very Good
Well with the poor weather between Christmas and New Year it looked a matter of what was left on, I had 2 games that I had pinpointed, the first was postponed at 9.30am and it was a matter of ringing round to check that this game, my plan B was on, to which I got conformation.

On arrival was greeted by both teams and the referee Mick Leslie and soon joined by local hopper Michael who reads my blog.

I noticed over on a pitch Id not seen a match on before, a game taking place, to which I discovered Gedling Southbank Reserves were hosting AFC Clifton, so I strolled over just before half time of that match and saw AFC Clifton take a 4-2 lead, a game that resulted 5-4 to the visitors.

Headed down to the main game ready for kick off and a minutes silence took place for local police officer and referee David Fields who sadly lost his life whilst on duty and also for a young lad aged 6 years old who plays at Newark Flowserve FC named Daniel Harris.

The game kicked off and both sides were quite even but 14 minutes, the home side were awarded a penalty for a push in the back, up stepped BEN SOAR who placed the ball to the keepers right hand side of the net to give Southbank the lead.

Southbank had chances to extend their lead, but quite a few of their shots were high over the bar and then they were dealt a cruel blow when their formation had to change due to their young centre forward having to be replaced after pulling up injured.

Magdala(the Budgies) began to come more in to the game creating chances themselves and they deserved to draw level on 41 minutes, when a free kick floated in from the right hand side was met by the head of their captain NEIL MORGAN.

At half time, there was another forced sub due to injury, Matt Picker the senior Assistant referee who was returning after being out the game for a matter of 5 weeks had re-tore his muscle and on hand was Chris Sheavills to take over.

The Second Half saw Magdala step up the pace and made it count on 55 minutes when taking the lead through STEVE AHEARN.

Gedling fought back and on 65 minutes, their captain scored the goal of the game when hitting the back of the net from a 30 yard shot.

Magdala though soon re-stored their lead when on 68 minutes, CHRIS HAYES dribbled round the defence before firing home, but the home keeper then went down with a elbow injury but continued to play on. From the next attack the home keeper pulled off a very good punch save, but went down holding his shoulder again. He continued to soldier on to the end of the match to his credit, but in the 80th minute, he couldnt do anything about GARETH BENTLEY;s angled shot to leave the Amateurs with a 4-2 victory.

All 4 Officials had a good game and I would like to thank Gedling Southbank Manager Andy Clerke for kindly donating £5 to the Charity Blog in aid of Maggies Cancer Care Centre, based at Nottingham City Hospital to which the running total now stands at a amazing £1,235.50p

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK