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20 Match
89 goals

Running Total
£976.00p







Wednesday, 16 August 2017

EARLY CHANCES COST SNEINTON

Notts Senior League
Division Two
MAGDALA AMATEURS RESERVES 4 SNEINTON TOWN 2

Well I went to the Roko to see two new teams in the Notts Senior League, Hazel dropped me off at Hucknall Tram Station and I caught the first tram to Davids Lane before switching to the Wilford Lane Tram and walking the 5 minutes to the Roko.

Teams were got quickly and soon the players were on the pitch and it was the visitors who were very quick in to their stride forcing the home keeper Glen Guyatt in to a string of early saves, but it came as no surprise when Sneinton took the lead after just 7 minutes when their captain NATH DAVID slotted the ball home. It then looked like a matter of how many the Town would score, but Guyatt was equal to everything thrown at him. 

After 17 minutes, the Amateurs were back on level terms when on their first attack LIAM McELHONE made it 1-1.

More drama was to follow in the 19th minute, when away winger Dean McLean was adjudged to be tripped and a penalty was given, up stepped Darren Payne and placed his shot on to the post before it bouncing clear. They say games have changing points and this was one in this match.

On the half hour, a through ball caught the visitors napping, and rebound saw a defender stick out his leg giving keeper Abell no chance to give the homesters a 2-1 lead. This gave the Budgies a lift in confidence and after 33 minutes found themselves 3-1 in front after DAN NEARY curled the ball home.

Magdala  now were playing their best football of the game and after a attack down the left wing, the ball was played to ELLIOTT WILSON who fired home from some 25 yards.

The First Half was a matter of if you dont put your chances away, it can come back to bite you and that is exactly what had happened.

The Second Half saw the visitors just piled on attack as the home side defended with 9 players behind the ball and held their line very well, but after 66 minutes a well worked goal by DIEGO ZIDER reduced the arrears. Sneinton pressed and huffed and puffed and on another day may well have scored a lot more goals but tonight was going to be the Budgies night.

Must add that both sides respected the Referee Gregg Stuart who had a excellent game.

With the Six goals scored, it now takes the Charity Blog running total to £976.00p to MAGGIES CANCER CARE CENTRE based at Nottingham City Hospital, anyone that would like to make a donation, please see me at any of the games that I attend.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Sunday, 13 August 2017

DEVELOPEMENT EDGE VICTORY OVER UNDER 21's

Precision Notts Senior League
Division Two
SOUTHWELL CITY DEVELOPEMENT 2 KEYWORTH UNITED U21'S 1
Yes the football season is back and for my first game of the season to cover, I headed out to Brinkley, which is out in the sticks towards Southwell Racecourse on Fiskerton Road. The ground has a large car park and houses a new building block that contains the changing rooms and also large refreshments room.

Just before kick off, I got both team line ups and had a chat with young referee Matthew Hill and then local hopper from Leicester Rob Campion arrived. After a quick cuppa, it was off to the outside and a bit of a stroll to pitchside and then on the pitch to take both sides photos.

The game kicked off and both sides was spraying the ball about, with Keyworth having the possession but the home side looking more dangerous in front of goal.

The Developement side must have thought they had scored after 24 minutes, when a triple clearence off the line kept the game goal less, from that let off, Keywort broke and had their first chance smothered by the home keeper.

On 27 minutes, a 30 yard shot bounced off the Keyworth bar to the dismay of everyone in the ground, so when Southwell took the lead after 33 minutes through a low shot from MORGAN SHEVLIN found the bottom corner of the net.

Keyworth pushed forward but Southwell;s workrate stepped up and the visiting keeper was called in to action just before half time.

The Second Half began at a much slower pace, but a lot of passes were being completed and it was the homesters who was having much more of the ball, but not many chances for both sides to be fair.

The game livened up after 77 minutes, when Developement sub JACK WALKER doubled his sides lead and looked to have secured the points, but Keyworth were not going to lay down and from the kick off, played a ball out to the left for JACK SANDERS to fire home from a acute angle to make it 2-1.

Both sides then had further chances but non e were added to the score total.

Must say I was very impressed the way young Matthew Hill controlled the game.

With the Three Goals scored at the match, this now takes the Charity Blogs running total for MAGGIES CANCER CARE CENTRE @ Nottingham City Hospital to a amazing £974.50p

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

Sunday, 6 August 2017

DEFENSIVE MISTAKES COSTLY FOR ATHLETIC

Saturday 5th August
Pre Season Friendly
KIRKBY ATHLETIC FC 2 NOTTINGHAMSHIRE FC 4
My second game of the day saw the wife drive me about a mile from Sutton Lawns to Ashfield School to watch Kirkby Athletic who was set up around three years ago and like Nottinghamshire FC play in the Midlands Amateur Alliance League. During the morning, founder/player manager and main tweeter man Jake Cantrill had told me where the ground was and gave me the details of the game, which was a 2pm kick off. Kirkby Athletic's home is at Newstead, but due to cricket they cant use the pitch until the cricketers season is over, but a visit is on the cards from me later in the season.

The game kicked off and it couldnt have got off to a worse start for the Athletic, as a poor back pass to the keeper was short and the Nottinghamshire attacker was first to the ball to poke the ball home after just 14 seconds.

Kirkby then pushed forward and came close a few times but was caught out by a long ball out of the Nottinghamshire defence and the number 9 shot home from a tight angle to double their lead after just 8 minutes. 

This spurred the visitors on as they played down the slope and after 23 minutes, the number 9 had doubled his tally and put his side 3-0 up.

Nottinghamshire then looked more likely to score a few more before half time, but good defending and blocking prevented this.

In the 36th minute, the referee reduced Nottinghamshire FC down to 10 men, after a bad tackle left a home player on the floor, so he produced a yellow card, but then the player decided to call him a few choice names and was dismissed for foul and abusive language, much to the dislike of the Nottinghamshire FC folk, but why should the official have to put up with this.

The Second Half kicked off and almost straight from the kick off, Kirkbys number 10 found the corner of the net with his shot to make it 3-1. On 57 minutes, it became 3-2 when the number 7 hit a curling shot that was deflected from 20 yards, so it was game on and Kirkby;s confidence looked high.

A couple of good saves and a couple of close misses kept Nottinghamshire in front, but the visitors number 9, their dangerman was on a hat trick to which he completed in the 87th minute to give his side a 4-2 win.

In the pub after the match, Jake Cantrill kindly donated £25 from Kirkby Athletic FC for the Charity Blogs Charity, which Im very thankful for, which is for Maggies Cancer Centre, based at Nottingham City Hospital, with the 6 goals scored this now brings the running total to a amazing £973.75p


The Photos from this match can be seen on this LINK



ASHA STORM TO FRIENDLY WIN

Saturday 5th August
Pre Season Friendly
ASHA FC 4 UNITED WORKSOP FC 1

The first part of the day took me to Sutton Lawns in Sutton in Ashfield, for a 12pm kick off on a 3g pitch, where Asha FC  faced United Worksop who both ply their trades in the Midland Amateur Alliance League.

Asha FC were formed 2 seasons ago, when the chairman set them up and they were looking for a name, they use the name of his nursing homes business, whilst United Worksop FC are a club that was set up for polish players who live in and around the Worksop area.

The game kicked off and for the first 10 minutes, things were quite even, but then a step up in pace in the 12 minute, saw the home winger cross from the right wing for JOSH SHARPE to tap home to give the homesters a 1-0 lead.

The game flowed from end to end at a quick pace and both goalkeepers were bought in to action. A break in the 37 minute by the visitors saw them force a corner on the left and from the resulting corner, ALEX header found the net for the equaliser.

The sides werent on level terms for long, as within sixty seconds, Asha had retaken the lead through a curling shot by CURTIS CLEGG. This seemed to lift Asha;s confidence and they began to be first to each ball and also the second ball and their pace lifted, so it came as no surprise when after 40 minutes RYAN CHITTENDEN put them 3-1 up.

A lot of subs were being made and the game began to stop and start along with the pace, but good football by both sides were still being played. The team from Worksop possibly had their best spell of the game and came close with a few chances to reducing the arrears but that second goal just did come.

After 58 minutes, a corner from the left was met by the head of RYAN CHITTENDEN to make it 4-1.

A good run out for both teams and with 5 goals scored another £1.25 was added to the charity blog for Maggies Cancer Centre, which took the running total to £948.50p

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK





Friday, 4 August 2017

Pre Season Friendlies 2017

PRE SEASON FRIENDLIES 2017

Please check before leaving out too any of the friendlies, as they do tend to alter.

Tuesday 8th August
Cosby United v Burbage OB
Gresley v Barwell
Sherwood Colliery v Mansfield Town
Shepshed Amateurs v CK Dons




Thursday, 3 August 2017

PENALTY SHOOT OUT DRAW

Pre Season Friendly
Thursday 3rd August
WELBECK LIONS RESERVES 2 FC POLONIA 2

A pre season friendly that caught my eye some weeks ago and not too far from home, FC Polonia are a side made up of Polish players and play on one of the outside pitches at Arnold Town;s Eagle Valley.

The game begin at a fast pace and it was Polonia who seemed to be a step quicker in getting the ball first and for the second balls, so after just 12 minutes, it came as no surprise when their forward lifted the ball over the head of the advancing home keeper to put them in to a 1-0 lead.

The Second Half was a different tale, with the Lions forcing them selves forward from the start and after 51 minutes drew level from a penalty.  Welbeck then began to play some good football and looked the more likely to go on and score another and thus the case with another penalty kick in the 68th minute.

This seemed to awaken Polonia, as 2 minutes, later they were then awarded a penalty, to which their forward smashed in to the net to make it 2-2.

Chances were then created by both sides who were in search of a winner, but a draw on reflection of play was possibly the right outcome.

MEN v BOYS AT THE FIELDINGS

Pre Season Friendly
Wednesday 2nd August
MANSFIELD HOSIERY MILLS 0 GEDLING SOUTHBANK 9
Admission Free
Att: 52

My first visit to The Fieldings, the home of Mansfield Hosiery Mills and no way did I expect a result like this. Mansfield Hosiery Mills have lost a lot of players since a quite successful last season and are rebuilding, but this match they were quite simply outclassed by a superior strong Gedling Southbank side.

Before the match kicked off, I made my way to the stand behind the near goal and was soon joined by local hopper and Charity Raiser Malc Storer, who told me abit more about his and his mate Kev;s charity they are to support through their blog this season, it is a cause called "Think Children" and I made a doantion to set them on their way. Malcs Blog you can read on this LINK

The goals like the weather soon began to rain/reign with JAMES NEEDHAM helping himself to a nap hand five, with other goals coming from other Southbank players to which Mr Storer will supply me with no doubt as he scribbled them down at the end of the match.

To be fair, the scoreline could have been a lot more, as James Needham missed a couple of chances and the home number 2 defender cleared the ball off the line on 3 different occasions, plus the home keeper made some very good blocks and saves. To The Mllers credit they tried play to the final whistle.

After about 80 minutes, the Mansfield Hosiery Mills left back Connor Bower took a arkward tumble and was in a lot of pain, it was announced on twitter that sadly he has broken his collarbone, so a speedy recovery to him.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

10 GOAL RUN OUT FOR CLUBS

Pre Season Friendly
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE FC 6 NOTTINGHAM CITY FC 4
When I saw this friendly had been arranged, it caught my eye, as it pitched up ex NSL Club Nottinghamshire FC against NSL Newcomers Nottingham City FC at Grassington Road. It was good to see a few old faces from the Nottinghamshire camp, but nice to meet the new faces of Nottingham City.

The game kicked off and City looked in control as two goals in the ninth and tenth minute saw them sprint in to a two goal lead. The homesters looked shell shocked. On 27 minutes, City were delighted as they looked to have the game out of sight at 3-0, but funny things happen in football as we all know.

On the half hour, the referee blew and the players began to come to pitchside, so I asked him how many minutes he was playing and he replied "four thirty minutes" so me and fellow hopper Rob Campion thought we would settle in for the afternoon.

It was then I discovered that Nottingham City had no goalkeeper and the management team were asking for anyone to go in goal for the second thirty minutes.

On 35 minutes, Nottinghamshire pulled a goal back and then had a couple more chances that came off the woodwork, but it was City that was playing good flowing football, but on the stroke of the 60th minute, Nottinghamshire got the boost they needed when reducing the arrears and this seemed to spur them on.

The Nottinghamshire Manager during the short break then came over to the City management and asked if they would play a straight 45 minutes rather than another 30 minutes, just to confuse everyone, to which everyone agreed.

Nottinghamshire were soon on level terms after 64 minutes and added another two goals in the 70th and 74th minutes to advance in to a 5-3 lead.

Nottingham City werent done as they pressed forward and in the 88th minute, it became 5-4 to the home side, but with the clock ticking down and City on the attack in search of a equaliser, gaps appeared at the back for Nottinghamshire to make it 6-4 in the 103rd minute.

Regardless of the score, this was a very good friendly with both sides playing some good football but also making mistakes, which I suppose added interest to the game, but most of all it gave both teams time on the pitch for their players match fitness.

Photos from the Match can be seen on this LINK

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

NEW ILKESTON TOWN FC BEGIN WITH FRIENDY WIN

Pre Season Friendly
UNDERWOOD VILLA FC 0 ILKESTON TOWN FC 4
Admission Free
Att: 226

On arrival at Bracken Park, the home of Underwood Villa FC, the sight of the pitch looked in superb condition and the club groundsman must be very pleased with his hard work.

Ilkeston has had its fair share of problems with its club over the years under different names and being let down by several people who sometimes enter football for the wrong reasons or it just goes pear shaped and you just feel for the supporters and lovers of our non league game.

Ilkeston has re-erected itself as Ilkeston Town FC and have gathered some players together in a short space of time to begin their life in the Midland Football League, Underwood Villa FC who ply their trade in the Notts Senior League offered to host a match to become in history their first ever opponents under the new club name.

Steve Chettle has come in as manager along with Ian Deakin and they have bought together quite a squad with experiance and youth, though no teamsheet was available, some may have played tonight as trialists.

The game began and both sides were quite well evenly matched for the first 15 minutes or so, but then the accurate passing became quite noticable by the visitors and after 20 minutes they took a deserved lead.

On 38 minutes, they thought they had doubled the score, when a cross from the right was met by the strikers head and as the Ilko boys celebrated, the linesman held his flag high for offside.

At Half Time, I met Lynda and bought my book "25 years of the New Manor ground" by Club Supporter Chair Duncan Payne, which I will enjoy reading whilst on holiday in Cornwall on some sunny beach in September.

As I re-enter towards the pitch for the Second Half after just 23 seconds a cut in from the right wing and shot saw Town make it 2-0.

Underwood to their credit tried to push forward and bought a couple of saves from the visiting keeper but the away side looked in control of the game and kept pressing forward so it came as no surprise when 52 minutes, a Ilkeston striker headed home third third of the evening.

On 81 minutes, the pace of the game began to slow down but Town kept pressing forward and after the home keeper had been called in to a couple of excellent blocks and save, he was finally beaten as the visitors made it 4-0.

A superb run out for both teams and credit to them, as I didnt hear any swearing or a bad tackle throughout the match.

After the match in the clubhouse, Kevin Guise who was the referee in the Second Half said that the game had improved when he began referee from the first half Referee Craig Langton and kindly donated £5 to the Charity Blog which is for MAGGIES CANCER CARE CENTRE which is based at Nottingham City Hospital, where the running total for this blog now stands at a amazing £921.50p

The photos from tonights match can be seen on this LINK

Monday, 24 July 2017

CHARITY BLOG CHEQUE PRESENTATION 2016-2017

As many of you will know for a number of years now, I have been running the Around The Grounds Non League Football Blog in aid of different charities and during the 2016-17 it was no different, with us putting 25p in a pot for every goal we saw throughout the season and having been to 74 matches it amassed to seeing 380 goals. With kind donations from people and clubs and also my wife Hazel and Shawn doing the raffles, it boosted the final total up to a amazing £728.00, which we presented to the 10th Mansfield Scout Group on Saturday 22nd July 2017.

Shawn(13) has been a member of the Scout Group now for two years and though he has difficulty with his Autism, the group has always made him welcome and part of it, with him gaining some badges and going on a couple of trips and a couple of overnight camps.

As many people are aware, with groups like this, as time goes by, equipment needs replacing and this costs money, so the group wanted to use the money for new equipment for the children to be able to use in the inner town base.

Steve Cree(Scout Chair) stated " We'd like to go on record to thank the Hornby family for this kind donation which will be used towards new vital equipment in which we are in dire need of. A few years ago, the group members was very low on children attending and we were on the verge of closing down, but a uptrend of young people and new volunteers came forward and we now have a thriving group in membership, but of course more children does amount to more money we have to raise to cover costs etc."

Ellen Reid replied " I would like to also thank the Hornbys for their support along with all parents. We are still looking for children to attend our scout group at St Augustines Church on Thursday evenings from 5pm. We are looking for any businesses that could be of help with any kind of sponsorship as the group is in need of its own minibus. All support would be greatly appreicated.

Photos from the presentation can be seen on this LINK