First a word of praise to Mrs. Kev..... 25th wedding anniversary - hubby's off to footie... no problem!! ... I think I'll start my own "ontheroad" hall of fame - first person in there will be Mrs. Kev.
With Kev having just driven back from taking a well earned break in Yorkshire, I drove to the gorund, and when we arrived, much to our surprise the car park still had spaces available....on previous visits we have had to park on the road.
We took up a position at the top of the Main stand - a great view, but a bit cold and draughty to say the least! The spring-like weather didn't stay around long and what we were served up on the pitch did nothing to warming the cockles either. Admittedly, Eastwood missed three glorious chances, Sturdy, Hume and Holmes all guilty, but Guiseley were undoubtedly the better team on the night and it took a couple of decent saves from Badgers' keeper Redmond to ensure the teams went in at the break on even terms. H-T 0-0
Marc Smith was booked for a nothing foul - a trip, a shout and "in the book you go" .. Refs are conned so easily nowadays.... anyway,it was a booking, fair or not - so as a player you take it easy for a while, don't you? Not Smith obviously - a minute or so later, another rash tackle and a second yellow and a red.......not a smart piece of football from the big front man.
Down to 10 men and soon two goals down as well ... this time it was RYAN CROSSLEY who netted for the visitors on 73.
2-0 became 3-0 with three minutes to go, when the Badgers defence failed to clear allowing JAMES HANSON to prod home.
ANDY TODD did manage to pull one back in the second minute of added time, running down the right before slotting under the body of the Guiseley keeper. F-T 1-3
I could talk about Eastwood's tactics and lambast their desire to launch the ball over the top, the old "direct football", but what's the point...? As Liverpool prove against Villa, route one works occasionally so it has a place in the game, but to use this as plan A with no plan B seems to me a little bit naive.
Anyway, it was great to see over 500 at Coronation Park on a miserable Tuesday evening. It was cold again -- as well as wet and windy. Spring-time in England - lovely...
Straight out at the final whistle, straight out of the car-park, back into Hucknall by 9:50pm ---- safe in the knowledge that our goals per game average was still intact - well over 3.75 now.
Thursday - Kimberley v Forest Town ( if it stops raining!) - UPDATE --- this game is off due to floodlight failure...