With Kev away at the coast, I decided to take a look at the new Eastwood Town against league opposition - the Badgers entertained Leigh Genesis (nee RMI) in their first UniBond Premier league fixture of season 2008-2009.
Lots of new things at Coronation Park for the season opener.
New signage all around the ground.
New programme seller - young lady in hotpants and legs up to her bum... (announcing the golden goal and raffle at half-time she called herself "the one in the hotpants with the big gob!").
New kit -- very smart.
New Badger mascots.
New players -- 7 of the 11 were making their Eastwood debuts.
New idea - Manager, Assistant Manager watching from the terrace opposite the dugouts.
The game was played at a terrific pace, with Eastwood threatening right from the off. It took until the 23rd minute for the home team to make the breakthrough - a Dunning free-kick nodded down by Smith for IAN HOLMES to flick past the visiting keeper. It stayed 1-0 until the break, but in all honesty, the Eastwood backline were never in too much bother.
The second half was a different kettle of fish. Meikle was brought on to replace Gardner and Rhead replaced Smith as Eastwood decide to chance formation to a 3-4-3 ... it was while this transformation was taking place that Leigh started to turn the screw a little - their 3 subs making a big difference forcing Eastwood onto the back foot, causing the Badgers defence a lot of problems. although Simon Sturdy was superb alongside Russell Cooke. It was LINDON MEIKLE that settled the game though 2 minutes before the end, nicking the ball off a Leigh defender before firing past the keeper. Enjoyed the game thoroughly.......
One thing stuck in my mind from watching the half-time "penalty shoot-out" - two young ladies were wearing Clifton FC training tops - these were emblazened on the back with a gold star surrounded by "Norman Archer" in gold letters. Anyone who has been involved with youth football in this area knows of Norman Archer and his love for the game - Norman sadly passed away a few years ago and for Clifton FC to remember this lovely man in this manner touched the heartstrings more than a little.. really nice touch Clifton FC.
Tuesday -- may be up to see Sutton take on Pinxton, then a bonus on Wednesday -- Worksop v Eastwood at Hucknall Town's Watnall Road ground....