Wednesday, 28 December 2016


Precision Notts Senior League

A trip to Bracken Park was venture for the Bank Holiday Christmas Tuesday fixture, not too far from home so Hazel could drop me off whilst she went shopping with her daughter down from Preston.

The team sheets were got very early and soon the hoppers gathered round and took the photos and wrote them down.

A more than eventful match was to proceed and it was the visitors who were soon in front after 4 minutes, when JORDAN SANDERS hot a low range shot that seemed to strike the post, hit the home keeper before ending up in the net.

On 10 minutes, the hosts should have been level, when they were awarded a penalty, but Jamie Hudson;s poor kick was saved by Chris Camm.

Aston continued to threaten and with better finishing could have gone in at half time at least three goals to the good.

The Second Half began and it was the hosts who were playing better football, but ten they were reduced down to ten men after a remark made by Joshua Hunt to the referee. The referee quite rightly explained to the home bench his decision.

On the hour, Underwood made a triple substitution and almost immediately a home midfielder went down injured and there was a long delay, but the lad continued to play on.

Underwood plugged on and Aston played on the break as the game began to fizzle out, but on 80 minutes, ALEXANDER MANN got the deserved equaliser.

As we headed to the 90th minute, Bradley Scald, already on a yellow card, kicked the ball away at a free kick to see another yellow card and Aston were also down to 10 men.

With 91 minutes on my watch, Aston must have thought they had scored the winner when SHAY WIGGINS nodded in to the clubhouse net.

People were looking at their watches as the game went on and there were a few more chances, in the 12th minute of injury time came a last gasp equaliser by KAI WILSON to give the hosts a share of the points.

I asked the Referee after the game about the added time and he explained that both sides were aware of the delays due to the explaining of the sending offs and the injury and the ball being out of play for long periods, so all credit to the referee Ian Smith for playing the full amount of time

Photos from the match can be seen HERE

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