Saturday, 21 January 2017


Notts Senior League
Premier Division

A minutes silence took place before kick off in respect of long time Clifton All Whites supporter Phil Odam and his team didnt disappoint him as they went on their mission towards top spot in the table. With Awsworth Villa;s match being postponed and table toppers losing at home to AFC Dunkirk, this win was like gold dust for the All Whites.

From the start, Clifton were in the front foot and got the early breakthrough on 6 minutes, when Haughton levelled the ball for CRAIG ANDERSON to sweep home. Real pushed forward and McDonald dealt with a shot that he turned round for a corner.

On 17  minutes, All Whites broke down the left side and CONNOR HARDY placed his shot in to the bottom corner to double his sides lead.  On the half hour, it was 3-0 as Clifton were taking full control of the game, from a corner on the left hand side, CONNOR HARDY was first to react and backheel the ball in to the net. On 41 minutes, ALEX HAUGHTON made it  4-0 when he hit home after the ball hit the Real crossbar.

After my half time cuppa, kindly made by Real Secretary Rich Hopkin and a chat to Scott Litchfield, it was back to pitchside and a chat with Clifton;s secretary Dave Wigley.

Real came out the second half and looked to be moving the ball about a lot more and had a couple of half decent chances, which on another day may well have found the back of the net, but the visitors kept probing and on 73 minutes CRAIG MEAKIN fired a rocket of a shot from 25 yards out to make it 5-0.

On 88 minutes, Clifton substitute BEN CLARK rounded off the afternoons scoring when making it 6-0.

During the match a police helicopter had been flying low up above the pitch, it was only when we got in the pub next door, that we saw a white tent at the side of the River Trent and we had been informed that a body had been recovered. Hazel and Shawn had been sat in the pub most the afternoon and had seen the lights and tent going up and the body being lifted out.

I must mention all 3 officials who had superb games today,, so well done Gavin Rice, Matthew Picker and Aiden Jackson, I must also thank Referee Gavin Rice who kindly donated another £5 to the Blogs Charity.

A lad with a bright future is Will Oldham for Real United who is only 17 and was given man of the match by Clifton All Whites.

Photos from the game can be seen on this LINK

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