Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Tuesday 14th October 2008

Forest Town v Blidworth Welfare -- CML Supreme Division

Blimey... the lights, the lights....the rain, the rain..!!

This was our first visit of the season Forest Town, and after their sterling performance on Saturday we hoped that we would have more football of the same calibre....not to be, I'm afraid. The rain lashed across the pitch for most of the game and made it more or less impossible for the players to perform.

This was the first time I received a lesson in how to hold an umbrella properly! Not one for umbrellas at all, apparently I was holding it all wrong, so all the drips ran down my arm and leg - Kev suggested a slight adjustment to the position of said brolly -- worked a treat.
This repositioning of said brolly also helped cut out some of the glare from the floodlights recently erected at the ground.
There are 5 sets of lights on either side of the pitch, they seemed to be bright enough, but they are really at a low level and it's a bit like having the sun blazing in your eyes all the time. One set did appear to fail half way through the first period, and we thought the ref was going to abandon the game - but the light was soon repaired and the game went on...

We entered the ground 10 minutes before kick off and we were greeted by Mr. Rob Hornby who handed me a match programme from the Blidworth v Rolls game we went to see the other week. I failed to procure a programme on the night, but Mr. Hornby came up with the good..thanks Rob!!

Off we went for a cuppa - bit of a trek to the tea bar, but well worth it .. my coffee was very good, as was Kev's tea - £0.50 -- in a proper mug.. champion!!

We watched the 1st half from pitchside, down at the changing room end, and to be honest the football was less than inspiring. Town's no.9 Dean Short saw his header cannon off the bar in the 20th minute, and Blidworth's Dale Crowder headed wide on 35 when it looked easier to score. That was about it really for the first 45 minutes......... H-T 0-0

Moved to the balcony outside the Welfare for the second half, but limited cover meant that we were out in the rain and the brollies became an essential piece of equipment!!

More unremarkable play, but just as we were thinking this game had 0-0 written all over it, Forest Town scored. On 62, a free-kick was played over the sleeping Blidworth defence - and Short delicately lobbed Jason Fisher in the visitors' net as he advanced to try and block.

In the 83rd minute Blidworth almost equalised - only a fine block at his near post by Town keeper Johnson kept the scores level. Blidworth forced a series of corners as the game drew to a close, but the Town defence held on and the game finished 1-0.

Not the best night game ever, far from it. The football was poor and the weather was worse, but it gets you out of the house doesn't it !!

Attendance -- rough head count 50
Programme £1
Admission £3
Tea/coffee £0.50

Saturday -- Buwell Town v Bolsover Town

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