This was our final visit of the season to Plains Road, and although the game only had the one goal, it was a very well played out local derby between two sides that know each other so well.
We always get a warm welcome at Plains Road from Tony Hay and Co - even though we have yet to see Welfare win this season.
Tony Hay (snapped by Kev)
Our three visits -- three defeats -- but has to be said though, that the defeats have been against the sides in 2nd, 3rd and 4th places in the league. Lost to Holbrook 0-3 and Borrowash 1-4 and now Gedling Town 0-1. Welfare will finish in a respectable mid-table place, and will have learned a lot from their foray into step 6 fooball.
Lance Walker, Rob Gill and a three legged dog.....!!
Town goal scorer Graeme Epps
The first half saw Town create the better chances, with Rob Gill guilty of firing way off target on a couple of occasions - Welfare's Matt Richards did manage to test keeper James Mason after half-an-hour, but the former Welfare keeper saved well. The visitors scored the only goal of the game on 33, GRAEME EPPS getting the slightest touch to divert the ball home after it had been played in to him at the near post. H-T 0-1
Didn't go for a beverage during the break - the last time we were at Plains Road I wrote a comment about the styrofoam cup size,,, my instincts told me to keep out of the snap shed!!!
Town lost centre-back Gary Wright through injury during the first half, and when his defensive partner Tom Hannigan failed to re-appear after the break, the visitors ended up with their back four made up of players all playing out of position. This gave the home team heart, and they powered at Town - but lacked any real striking power and despite having most of the play they failed to take advantage of the visitors' make-shift defence.
Skipper Hesham Ramadam went straight through Aaron Large right at the end of the game and received a deserved straight red card from Referee Mr. M. Johnson, who I thought had a really good game.
Images from the game
Programme - usual excellent publication £1
Attendance - creditable 115
Welfare : Matt Richards
Town : Joe McShane
Tuesday : Eastwood Town v Carlton Town ( Notts F.A. Senior Cup semi-final)
Wednesday : Linby CW v Carlton Town Res ( Notts F.A. Intermediate Cup final)