Saturday, 28 February 2009

Saturday 28th February 2009

Forest Town 3-0 Clipstone Welfare -- CML Supreme Division

Should have gone to Ilkeston v Leigh, but the lure of the local derby called - and as it tuned out it wasn't a bad choice of game. With Kev working, I was on my own and decided that having seen both these teams win during the week it might be interesting to see them in action against each other.

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!!

Talked to CML official Rob Hornby as the game kicked off - he was enthusing about the forthcoming CML "hopper bonanza" that takes place in a couple of weeks - so far 104 tickets have been sold..

Rob Hornby

Also bumped into Carlton Town's Daryll Claypole - he was taking notes on Forest Town who travel to Stoke Lane on Tuesday to play Carlton in a Notts F.A. Senior Cup 1/4 final.

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.....
Carl Russo had the chance to level for the visitors just before the break, but he fired straight at Johnson from close range. H-T 1-0

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

It was 3-0 in the 79th minute - a superb free-kick from Hurst nodded back across goal to SAM HOLMES who was waiting unmarked on the line to nod home. F-T 3-0

Admission £3

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.

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