Sunday, 5 March 2017


Notts Amateur Alliance
Division One

One of those days where I would weather watch before deciding on where I was going to watch a match in a day of a lot of postponements. A few months back I bumped in to old friend John Cusick who invited me down to watch his new club Rainworth Archers who play down the side streets of the posh village of Farnsfield. Not having any phone numbers, I posted on the Notts Amateurs Alliance Facebook page and got a reply to say the game was on by Michael Cole, the clubs Chairman. I rang my mate Herbie from Newark as he had this game in mind and arranged to meet up for te first time this season.

Having looked at he league table, it seems that Harriers are the whipping boys of the Division, but you never know things can happen on a pitch after a lot of rain, so with Archers being mid table, I thought I may see a couple of goals.

On arrival, I was greeted by Michael and John and the referee I knew from some years ago and we had a chat, a friendly club. Herbie arrived and donated £10 to the Blogs Charity which has a running total of over £650.

I was a bit worried as with ten minutes to kick off, the visitors only had six players arrive, but then a couple of cars turned up last minute, including the manager and they were able to field ten.

The game kicked off and as expected it was the Archers who were straight on to the attack and it only took 4 minutes before ADAM MELLORS got his sides and his first goal of the day. He soon doubled that advantage on 12 minutes and 2 minutes later, completed his hat trick. It remained at 3-0 for quite a while as the home side missed a few chances and the visiting keeper was called in to action more than a few times, but it was a matter of when and not if when the next goal was going to happen and it did on 29 minutes, when MICHAEL HALL headed home. On 37 minutes it was 5-0, when MICHEAL HALL doubled his tally again with a flying header. 

The half time break came and I stood talking to Herbie and said I was impressed how Harriers had turned up with 10 men and not given up, chasing every ball, but sadly hadnt created a chance, infact that first half, Im not sure that the home keeper actually touched the ball.

The Second Half kicked off and Archers were soon in to their stride and young KORIE CANTRELL fired in a sixth goal on 47 minutes. On 59 minutes, Adam Mellors could have added to his tally but he laid the ball square to MICHAEL HALL to slide home his hat trick.

It then became the ADAM MELLORS show as from the 65th to the 77th minute, he added four more goals to make the score 11-0 and in the 80th minute, KORIE CANTRELL added his second of the game, before that man ADAM MELLORS finalised the scoring on 82 minutes with his 8th goal of the game and Rainworth;s 13th.

A game played in the correct spirit with hardly any free kicks and I must mention that Hucknall Town Harrier;s young linesman who had a superb game, he was only about 12 years old and all players from both sides respected his decisions.

PHOTOS from the game can be seen on this LINK

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