Can a Tuesday night out watching non-league football be any better than this? Although the difference in class between the two teams was obvious, the home team fought on right to the final whistle. Although that final whistle was blown just after Forest Town had added their 5th.....
Blidworth are 5th from the foot of the table, while this victory for "Foggy" sees them take over top spot - they are now two points clear of Newark with two games in hand. Their impressive run of 9 straight league wins began after we saw them lose 1-3 at home to Sutton in late December.
Decided to give the Rainworth v Eastwood senior cup tie a miss on the advice of Brian "Evening Post" Dennett - good call as it happens ... mind you, I could have done without the assault on the nostrils that seemed to eminate from somewhere in the reporters nether regions !! Sorry, but that was a bit anti-social Brian!!
Apart from that it was a nice evening - Kev even went coat-less for a while, and it was noticable that noses and eyes were dry AT LAST!!!
Decent temperature and no wind or rain.. made the evening very pleasant. Spent a while in the company of Peter Craggs, who is Forest Town through and through, and with the CML's Rob Hornby. Nice company, nice weather, good tea, very good Referee, a bit of banter with one of the linesman,,,, great stuff.
The football was decent as well, and although, as I mentioned earlier, there was a large difference in class, Blidworth gave all they had and the scoreline is a bit harsh.
MARK CARTER opened the scoring in the 10th minute, a sublime side foot volley from 20 yards that looped over Blidworth keeper Jamie Davies. Nothing Davies could do about this goal, but when MARK HURST tried his luck from about 25 yards out five minutes later, Davies inexplicably let the ball slip through his arms, and legs, and it rolled into the net. Blidworth went forward to try and cut the defecit, but their strikers were no real match for the Town defence. H-T 0-2
Just 4 minutes into the second half, the move of the game brought the third goal - great control in the centre of the park from Craig Jackson, the he fired an inch perfect pass to Mark Robinson on the right. The full-back played in a superb ball across the goal where MARK HURST was waiting to slam home from about 6 yards out. Great goal, great play - well worth the £3 admission.
Welfare had a strong case for a penalty on the hour after a defender appeared to handle in the box, but this wasn't the home teams night, and the Referee gave a corner instead.
CRAIG JACKSON had played well all through the game, and he got his reward in the 83rd minute. After feinting to shoot with his left, he hit a right foot curler from the corner of the area right into the top corner of the net. May have took a slight deflection, but what a strike!
LEWIS CROUCHER fired home the fifth with the final kick of the game - we were somewhat pleased for the young substitute who had squandered two decent chances earlier in the half.
Attendance - h/c 30
Hucknall Rolls Leisure v Linby CW on Wednesday - or I might stop in and watch England...