As it transpired, watching the two losing teams would have been the better option for our goals per game average, the Kimberley v Rolls game ending 5-2 to the home team.
No idea of the attendance, but it was a good one ....looked to be about 100 or so. Plenty of vocals from the Clippo fans - but some of it no doubt fuelled by the large amounts of beer being consumed!!
As noted previously, I watched Clipstone last week and it seems they had kept the same boots on - their early shots flying everywhere but at Johnson in the Town goal...!!
The home team began with 3 up front, Jackson, Elliott and McCann - all decent players and after Clipstone's early chances, the home team began to assert themselves and went in front on 13. A neat through ball from Tighe collected by JAMES McCANN who ran on, rounded Sheppard in the Clippo goal and slotted home.
Clipstone rallied and began to rattle their high-flying neighbours bringing a series of poor challenges - Jackson, Tighe and Holmes all collected yellows for their cynical challenges.....
After a Clipstone 58th minute corner was cleared, McCann made a great surging run down the left before cutting in and firing over. This seemed to prompt Welfare into dropping players back and they were sometimes defending with a back six !!
This invited Town on and only a couple of decent saves from keeper Sheppard kept them in the game. Holmes saw a header cleared off the line and then Carter watched in agony as Sheppard collected his well struck effort.
The home team increased their lead on 75. A Jackson ball into the box found McCann who was tripped - Referee had no doubt, and it looked a stonewaller from where I sat. CRAIG JACKSON fired the spot kick past Sheppard - although the young keeper made a valiant effort to save.
Craig Jackson (4) fires past Sheppard from the spot
Programme - £1 -- excellent
Coffee - £0.50 and probably the best ever... big, full mug, steaming hot, very strong --- could have been out of my flask it was that good!!! 10/10
Attendance - my best guess 100 ... seemed to be a well supported local derby...
Images from the game
Tuesday - we are taking in the afore mentioned Notts F.A. Senior cup game at Carlton.