Sunday, 2 April 2017


Notts Senior League
Division One

Was supposed to be going to Netherfield Albion but the game was called off, so plan B was to go to Gedling Southbank. On arrival, I got the team line ups and then was asked if I would take the team photo of Gedling Southbank for their kit sponsors.

With it being REFSPECT weekend throughout the country, a weekend of referees awareness and respect, no ref no game, I felt it would be a good idea to ask both clubs if they would do a guard of hour for the referee and applaud him through before he lead them on to the field of play, to which both clubs agreed in a show of respect.

The game kicked off and it was clear from the start that this was going to be a close match, as there was only a point between both sides in the league table, the play went from one end to the other end with both sides creating and missing chances, but on 11 minutes, Kirton broke the deadlock with a half volley from KEIRON CHAMBERLAIN to make it 1-0. During the match, I stood with Kirton;s Scott Ricketts dad. The first half was a very entertaining half.

The Second Half lived up to its billings as well, as after 47 minutes, Southbank were back on level terms when REISS COY hit home from 25 yards.

Both sides pressed forward and it looked like next goal would be the winner, as defences were holding very tight and on 51 minutes, the visitors regainned the lead through MITCHELL HALL.

The referee Steve Bingham was having a excellent game with just the odd speaking to the odd player but with really no bad tackles and both sets of players were getting on with the match and both playing some attractive football.

On 65 minutes, REISS COY slid home for another equaliser to make it 2-2. With both sides wanting the points, they both pressed forward and in the final minutes, the homesters bought on Ex Stevenage Borough and their Assistant Manager 53 year old Nick Edgar who won a few headers around the box but couldnt find the final touch.

A superb game which was a credit to Division One of the Notts Senior League.

Before the match, Gedling Southbanks JAMES NEEDHAM kindly donated £5 towards next seasons blog which is for MAGGIES CANCER CENTRE and in the club house after the match ANDY CLERKE, Gedling Southbanks manager kindly donated £25 on behalf of the club, so a BIG THANKYOU.

On Thursday evening at the Notts Senior League Meeting, the Notts Senior League Committee kindly donated £200 to te Charity Blog, so this now gives a running total of £324.55p.

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Photos from the Gedling Southbank v Kirton Brickworks match can be seen on this LINK

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