Sunday, 19 March 2017


Notts Senior League
Division One

On the way down the M1, the rain began to come down very fast on the way to Sandiacre Town and when coming off, the lanes were full of puddles. On arrival at St Giles, the rain had stopped and I bumped in to the ref who said he was to do a pitch inspection at 2.15pm but wanted the game to go ahead. Whilst having a cuppa, the heavens opened again but this time, the rain was heavier and the referee ad no alternative to call the game off, as the goalmouth was flooded.

Back on to the M1 north and a quick phone call was plan B and after finding that Bilborough United was on, it was to Basil Russell we headed. On arrival at 2.45pm, I obtained the team line ups from the ref and then on to pitchside ready for the match.

The game began and Kirton had the first chance when the young right winger fired wide, but United was having the better of the play at this stage and on 25 minutes, the home side were awarded a free kick just inside their half, the long free kick was fired in high and met by the head of CHANNON SMALL which dipped over the Kirton keeper.

Kirton from the kick off drove forward and a header by Ricketts went just wide of the sticks. Kirton then were on the opposition box on 29 minutes, when a ball was played out of defence and saw KRISTOPHER DRAYETT fire his side on to a 2-0 lead.

Kirton again from kick off drove forward and got a corner on the right hand side, which was swung in and SCOTT RICKETTS headed home to reduce the arrears.

I was then joined by local hoppers the Hartsthorne Brothers as the rain roared down and we all stood on the steps of the pavillion to stay dry. 

The Second Haf saw play swing from end to end , but Kirton had wasted a few golden chances but on the hour were level, when SCOTT RICKETTS fired in at the far post.

Both sides then had chances to win the game, but a draw was probably the right result.

During the match, Michael Hartsthorne donated £4.30 to the new charity;s blog and I won the scratch card in the pub so have donated £10, so the running total now for MAGGIES CANCER CENTRE stands at £45.80p

Photos from the game can be seen on this LINK

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