Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Wednesday 13th May 2009

Blidworth Welfare 1-3 Ollerton Town -- CML Supreme Division

This was like an old pals reunion -- met up with Rob Waite, Steve Davies, Steve R, Rob Townsend, Brian Dennett - I don't have many friends (ahhh!!), but a seemingly disproportionate number of them decided that Blidworth was the place to be on a damp Wednesday evening in May.

Rob Waite, writer of the superb blog
the 66pow, had been in Blidworth since just before 6:30pm - someone had informed him that he kick off was scheduled for then - Rob spent a lovely time wandering about in the rain sightseeing!! The Co-op is quite nice apparently!!

Both me and Kev like going to Blidworth -- not a special ground, but has that great non-league feel to it....and we usually see a goal or two as well. No exception tonight, but we had to wait 15 minutes before the first was scored - a superb header by Blidworth's LUKE BEST from a right wing corner.

The visitors were level on 26 though. JULIAN TOPLISS carried the ball from just inside the Blidworth half and with the defenders trying desperately to halt his progress, he found enough time and space to rifle the ball past the Blidworth keeper from 18 yards.

4 minutes later it was TOPLISS again on the scoresheet after he was presented with a tap in after an earlier effort had been blocked. H-T 1-2

Nice cup of coffee at half-time - nothing special, but very welcome. Decided to have a sit down for the second period, and found myself sandwiched between Steve Davis and Rob Waite..... nothing wrong with that in itself - as long as you know someting about Scottish football. I have to admit I am a complete ignoramous when it comes to the Scottish game - I've never been to Scotland, and to be honest I've never had ambitions to go to Scotland. Kev fancies a few pre-season games in the land of the Jocks, but I don't travel too well so that may never happen.

Sat in the old corrugated stand, wooden benches, but not uncomfortable. The football was very entertaining and several times we gave a few of the old "oohhs" and "ahhhs" - as shots flew in at both ends.

The final goal of the game was scored by Ollerton's DEAN HANKEY - and was a real "he's behind you" effort.
Blidworth's keeper managed to block the initial effort only for the ball to squeeze under his body and bounce off the post. With the keeper on the floor trying to work out where the ball had gone, he failed to see Hankey behind him - and when it fell invitingly at the striker's feet he couldn't believe his luck, and he gleefully tapped home from very close range! The whole incident left most of those present laughing - and capped a great evening!! F-T 1-3

Ollerton's two goal hero Julian Topliss

A few random pictures from the game

Admission £2

Attendance - well over 50 h/c

Programme £1

Tea/coffee £0.60

Company - priceless

Next up - NSL Cup final -- Wollaton v Boots at Watnall Road.

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