Saturday, 25 March 2017

Midweek games - local teams in action w/c 27th March

Please check your planned visits - I think I am losing the plot, which is completely normal at the arse end of the season

Links to relevant sites are bold and underlined. If you spot any errors or omissions, please let me know via twitter @ontheroadblog


* ontheroad games - hopefully four this week



Monday 27th March


NMDFL U21 SOUTH

Sherwood Colliery 2-0 Heanor Town


Tuesday 28th March


NP PREMIER

Buxton FC 2-0 Frickley Athletic
Hednesford Town 3-1 Ilkeston FC
Nantwich Town 0-0 Matlock Town

NP DIV 1 SOUTH

Leek Town 4-1 Carlton Town
Stocksbridge PS 2-1 Belper Town

MFL PREMIER

Alvechurch FC 1-2 Long Eaton Utd 

LOUGHBOROUGH CHARITY CUP

Shepshed Dynamo 2-0 Shepshed Ingles

NCEL PREMIER

Retford Utd 3-0 Hemsworth MW

NCEL DIV 1

Shirebrook Town 0-2 Winterton Rangers
* Teversal FC 1-1 Hall Road Rangers

EMCL

Ashby Ivanhoe 3-2 Stapenhill FC
Belper Utd 3-1 Holwell Sports
Dunkirk FC 4-2 Radford FC
Ellistown & Ibstock UTd 0-3 Greenwood Meadows
Graham St Prims 2-3 Arnold Town
Radcliffe Olympic 3-5 Aylestone Park

CML SOUTH

Matlock Town Res 1-1 Teversal Res

NSL SENIOR CUP

Newark Flowserve 2-2 Nottingham Trent University (aet) NTU win 4-2 on kicks taken from the penalty spot)

NMDFL U19 SOUTH

Kimberley MW 0-1 Sandiacre Town


Wednesday 28th


NATIONAL LEAGUE U19 ALLIANCE DIV H

Boston Utd v Basford Utd (@Boston Town k.o. 1:00pm)
Ilkeston FC P-P Mansfield Town Brooksby 

NCEL PREMIER

Athersley Recreation v Worksop Town
Staveley MW v Hall Road Rangers

EMCL

Borrowash Victoria v South Normanton Ath
* Kimberley MW v Blaby & Whetstone Ath

CMFL NORTH

Dronfield Town Res v Dinnington Town

NSL SENIOR CUP

Cotgrave FC v Clifton AW (@ Keyworth Utd k.o. 7:30pm)

NMDFL U21 CUP

AFC Mansfield v Worksop Town


Thursday 30th 


NMDFL U21 NORTH

Harworth Colliery v Hallam FC

NMDFL U21 SOUTH

Ilkeston FC v Carlton Town

NMDFL U21 CUP

Borrowash Victoria v Belper Town

NMDFL U19 NORTH

Swallownest MW v Retford Utd
Worksop Town v Espial FC

NMDFL U19 SOUTH

West Bridgford Colts P-P Dunkirk FC

NOTTS SUNDAY COMBINATION LEAGUE CUP 1/2 FINAL
* Eastwood CFC v ABP FC (@ Basford Utd k.o. 7:30pm)


Friday 31st March


EFL U18 YOUTH ALLIANCE NORTH EAST

Chesterfield FC v Mansfield Town (now at Chesterfield FC k.o.12 noon)

EAST MIDLANDS VETERANS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP WEST

* Eastwood CFC v Kimberely MW (7:30pm)

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Saturday 25th March 2017 - local teams in action

NL NORTH
Gloucester City 4-0 Alfreton Town

NP PREMIER
Ilkeston FC 1-0 Frickley Athletic
Matlock Town 3-0 Ashton Utd
Mickleover Sports 1-3 Stafford Rangers
Skelmersdale Utd 0-6 Buxton FC

NP DIV 1 SOUTH
Bedworth Utd 2-2 Basford Utd
Belper Town 3-1 Shaw Lane
Loughborough Dynamo 2-3 Stocksbridge PS
Northwich Victoria 1-0 Carlton Town

MFL PREMIER
Highgate Utd 0-0 Loughborough University
Long Eaton Utd 3-2 Brocton FC
Shepshed Dynamo 3-2 Heanor Town

NCEL PREMIER
Barton Town OB 2-0 Rainworth MW
Parkgate FC 2-1 AFC Mansfield
Pickering Town 2-2 Retford Utd
Worksop Town 1-1 Staveley MW

NCEL DIV 1
Selby Town 0-0 Ollerton Town
Shirebrook Town 1-1 Eccleshill Utd
Yorkshire Amateur 3-0 Teversal FC

EMCL
Anstey Nomads 1-1 Belper Utd
Aylestone Park 1-2 Greenwood Meadows
Barrow Town 2-5 Dunkirk FC
Gedling MW 0-1 Blaby & Whetstone Ath
Graham St Prims 3-0 Stapenhill FC
Kimberley MW 0-3 West Bridgford
Radcliffe Olympc A-A South Normanton Ath
Radford FC 2-0 Ellistown & Ibstock Utd

CMFL CUP ½ FINALS
F.C. Bolsover 0-4 Hucknall Town (@ Blidworth Welfare)
Selston FC 2-1 Sherwood Colliery (@ South Normanton Ath)

CMFL NORTH
Bilsthorpe FC 0-2 Appleby Frodingham
Collingham FC 0-0 Dinnington Town
Harworth Colliery 3-3 Phoenix FC
Retford FC 1-2 Clay Cross Town

CMFL SOUTH
Holbrook St. Michaels 2-2 Keyworth Utd
Southwell City 0-1 Swanwick PR
Teversal Res 0-0 Pinxton FC

NSL PREMIER
Awsworth Villa 4-0 Unity FC
Basford Utd CFC 5-1 Aston Utd
Bingham Town 4-1 Nottm Trent University
Clifton AW 2-0 Magdala Amateur
F.C. Cavaliers 9-3 Ruddington Village
Newark Flowserve 1-0 Attenborough FC
Sandiacre Town 0-3 AFC Dunkirk
Underwood Villa 1-2 Cotgrave FC
Wollaton FC 3-4 Real Utd

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Arnold Town 2-2 Radford FC







Tuesday 21st March 2017

Arnold Town 2-2 Radford FC

Competition: East Midlands counties League

Venue: Eagle Valley, Oxton Road, Nottingham

Admission: £5.00 / £3.00 concession

Attendance : 73

Referee: Mr. Darren Tingle

Line-ups:

Arnold Town: Declan Howard, Michael Pearson, Luke Smith ( c), Ryan Charles, James Price, Adam Murphy, Jack Millward, Barry Payne, Jack Allen, Chris Richards, Kaylum Mitchell. Subs: Alex Clarson, Joe Butler, Andreas Fatta, Mason Coy.

Radford: Joe Searson-Smithard, Ashley Miles, Matt Hopewell, Simon Hore, Jean-Ruben Desrosiers, Phil Hinton, Reece Fyfe, Joe Meakin, Ady Hawes, Errol Campbell, Tamar Clayton-Naute. Subs: Scott Eddyshaw, Myles Scott, Joe Evans, Matt Hendy, Tom Black.


There was, apparently, little doubt that this game was to go ahead – and the pitch was a cracker for this time of the season – can’t say the same about the Eagle Valley car-park though. Although the recent heavy rainfall has filled in the numerous pot-holes, making them easy to spot, the walk to and from the ground the ensures that the morning following sees the car mats having to be scrubbed, the hall carpet shampooed, and shoes given a good scraping. The car-park, for those who haven’t had the pleasure, is a mess when wet – and the damn mud sticks to everything…

Arnold are losing the services of manager David Marlow at the end of the season, applications for his replacement are currently being accepted – contact the club via email at arnoldtownfc@hotmail.co.uk (closing date 2nd April).


As usual, it was bitterly cold at Eagle Valley, with a wind that cut right through you….and then it rained – oh, how it rained. Full credit to the players and officials – this was not a pleasant valley Tuesday…..

Radford had the games first chance in just the fourth minute when Reece “Rico” Fyfe picked out Phil Hinton who saw his 20 yard effort fumbled by Declan Howard, but the Arnold keeper just managed to grab the loose ball as it rolled towards the goal.

Arnold had a Luke Smith corner hacked away at the far post with eight played, but their best chance early doors fell to Jack Allen. James Price hammered a free-kick into the Radford wall, and although it fell kindly to Allen, his shot flew wide of the upright.

The striker was to make amends some sixty seconds later though when his volley on the turn, from just inside the box, flew past Radford keeper Joe Searson-Smithard.  Great hit – I really hope the video camera operator captured it!

Radford were level on 18, Joe Meakin’s corner from the left reaching the far stick, where Errol Campbell was on hand to force it home despite the close attention of the Arnold defenders.

Allen tried his luck again on 24, but his shot on this occasion was well gathered by Searson-Smithard. Radford went close two minutes later after Tamar Clayton-Naute rolled the ball into Campbell’s path - but Howard was alert and made a decent block.

Kaylum Mitchell hit a superb drive on the half hour, but Searson-Smithard made a terrific save, tipping the ball over for a corner. The next Arnold attack saw Mitchell played in by Millward, but this time the final shot didn’t trouble the Radford keeper, who watched calmly as it flew over his bar.

With four minutes of the half remaining, Allen fired a fierce drive across the goal , but it crashed against the inside of the post before rolling agonisingly across the line before being cleared to safety.

Arnold’s Adam Murphy was cautioned on 44 after a rash challenge in midfield. From the resultant free-kick Ady Hawes was played in on goal and made no mistake from just inside the box, giving Radford the advantage at the break. H-T 1-2

The visitors came out for the second period on the front foot, and Arnold had Howard to thank again when he punched away a well placed Meakin corner. The first Arnold attack of the half came in the 50th minute and saw them draw level. Another terrific ball from midfield maestro Millward to pick out Mitchell, and this time the no. 11 made no mistake, running at the goal and firing across Searson-Smithard into the far corner. Great pass, great goal!

Conditions were now foul, the wind and driving rain making life difficult on and off the pitch. Anyone who knows Eagle Valley knows it is usually cold there – I’ve even been in May and it’s been a bit chilly – but the damp and the cold together made this a really uncomfortable night.

Image courtesy Mick Gretton

Radford had a series of corners as the hour mark approached, and Ruben Desrosiers should have headed them in front from one of Meakin’s set pieces, but failed to connect with the goal gaping.  On 70, Fyfe saw his drive fly into the side-netting after Howard had parried a Clayton-Naute shot straight to his feet.  Clayton-Naute tried his luck from distance with 10 to play, but fired wide. It was all Radford now and from Meakin’s free kick, Fyfe again saw his shot well saved by Howard.

Myles Scott saw an effort deflected over the bar as Radford strove for the winner, and Fyfe again saw his effort blocked from the resultant corner. In added time Meakin himself was unlucky when Howard saved his drive. After three minutes of added time, Mr. Tingle called an end to proceedings – a great game of football, despite the weather. F-T 2-2

I very seldom criticise the match officials, but I think Mr. Tingle will be a bit disappointed at one or two of his decisions in this game, a couple he actually acknowledged. I won’t go into details, I’m sure Darren will be beating himself up anyway…

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Midweek games - local teams in action w/c 20th March

Monday 20th March

Stourbridge FC 3-1 Ilkeston FC

Dronfield Town P-P Staveley MW
Worksop Town P-P Hallam FC

Belper Town P-P Carlton Town


Tuesday 21st March

Alfreton Town 1-0 Boston Utd

Spenymoor Town 3-2 Matlock Town
Stafford Rangers 1-0 Mickleover Sports

Shaw Lane 4-0 Loughborough Dynamo

MFL PREMIER
Walsall Wood 1-0 Shepshed Dynamo

Dronfield Town 0-1 Teversal FC

Arnold Town 2-2 Radford FC
Dunkirk FC 3-1 Gedling MW
Stapenhill FC 1-1 Greenwood Meadows

Matlock Town Res 1-1 Hucknall Town

Mansfield Town 1-1 Sandiacre Town (aet) Sandiacre win 5-6 on penalties
Southwell City 1-2 Swallownest MW (aet - ft 1-1)


Wednesday 22nd March

Staveley MW P-P AFC Mansfield

Hallam FC P-P Shirebrook Town

Borrowash Victoria P-P Radcliffe Olympic

F.C. Bolsover 6-0 Welbeck Lions
Retford FC P-P Collingham FC

Bilborough Town P-P Awsworth Villa

AFC Rushden & Diamonds P-P Ilkeston FC
Mansfield Town Brooksby 2-3 Football CV Reds
Nuneaton Town 0-2 Basford Utd


Thursday 23rd March

Heanor Town P-P Eastwood CFC
Ilkeston FC P-P Sherwood Colliery

Kimberley MW P-P Dunkirk FC


Friday 24th March

Sheffield FC 2-0 Worksop Town

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Saturday 18th March - local teams in action

Links to relevant sites are bold and underlined. If you spot any errors or omissions, please let me know via twitter @ontheroadblog

EFL YOUTH ALLIANCE
Mansfield Tn U18 3-1 Hartlepool Utd U18

NL NORTH
Alfreton Town 2-1 FC Utd Manchester

NP PREMIER
Ashton Utd 1-0 Matlock Town
Ilkeston FC 2-3 Nantwich Town
Mickleover Sports 0-5 Spennymoor Town
Rushall Olympic 1-0 Buxton FC

NP DIV 1 SOUTH
Basford Utd 1-0 Shaw Lane
Sheffield FC 0-1 Carlton Town
Spalding Utd 1-0 Belper Town

MFL PREMIER
Heanor Town 1-2 Coventry Sphinx
Shepshed Dynamo 1-2 Loughborough University

NCEL PREMIER
AFC Mansfield 1-0 Thackley FC
Armthorpe Welfare 1-2 Worksop Town
Bridlington Town 6-1 Rainworth MW
Handsworth Parramore 2-3 Clipstone FC
Retford Utd 0-0 Pickering Town
Staveley MW 5-0 Barton Town OB

NCEL DIV 1
Ollerton Town 2-1 Shirebrook Town
Teversal FC 0-2 Campion FC

EMCL
Arnold Town 1-4 Blaby & Whetstone Ath
Belper Utd P-P Holbrook Sports
Birstall Utd 0-2 West Bridgford
Dunkirk FC P-P Radford FC
Graham St Prims 2-2 Barrow Town
Greenwood Meadows P-P Holwell Sports
Kimberely MW 2-3 Borrowash Victoria
Radcliffe Olympic 2-3 Gedling MW
South Normanton Ath 3-2 Aylestone Park

CML NORTH
Collingham FC 2-1 Appleby Frodingham
F.C. Bolsover  (ten)10-0 Thorne Colliery
Harworth Colliery 2-0 Newark Town
Welbeck Lions 3-1 Bilsthorpe FC

CML SOUTH
Hucknall Town 1-0 Swanwick PR
Keyworth Utd P-P Blidworth Welfare
Matlock Town Res 7-1 Linby CW

NSL PREMIER
Attenborough FC 5-3 Ruddington Village
Cotgrave FC 1-4 Clifton AW
Magdala Amateurs 4-2 F.C. Cavaliers
Newark FS 2-1 Aston Utd
Nottm Trent Uni 4-1 Unity FC
Sandiacre Town P-P Bingham Town
Underwood Villa 2-1 Bilborough Town
Wollaton FC 2-7 AFC Dunkirk

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Midweek games - local teams in action w/c 13th March

Tuesday 14th

Ilkeston FC 1-2 Stafford Rangers

Carlton Town 1-0 Stocksbridge PS
Loughborough Dynamo 0-1 Stamford FC

AFC Rushden & Diamonds 2-3 Buxton FC

Long Eaton Utd 4-6 Sporting Khalsa
Rocester FC 1-2 Shepshed Dynamo

Hinckley AFC 2-0 Lichfield City

Liversedge FC 1-1 AFC Mansfield

Shirebrook Town 0-3 Selby Town
Teversal FC 1-2 Grimsby Borough

Ashby Ivanhoe 1-4 Barrow Town
Ellistown & Ibstock Utd 0-3 South Normanton Ath

Matlock Town Res 1-2 Eastwood CFC

Pinxton FC 1-6 Sherwood Colliery

Clifton AW 4-0 Ruddington Village 

Chesterfield FC 2-4 Espial FC 

Dunkirk FC 4-1 Eastwood CFC
Mansfield Town 1-0 Southwell City
Sandiacre Town 4-0 Kimberley MW


Wed 15th

Basford Utd 3-3 Mansfield Town Brooksby 

Heanor Town 4-0 Lye Town

Worksop Town 1-2 Handsworth Parramore

Anstey Nomads 0-3 Blaby & Whetstone Ath
Borrowash Vics 3-3 Stapenhill FC


Newark Town 2-3 Retford FC

Sherwood Colliery 0-1 Worksop Town (aet)


Thursday 16th

Hallam FC 2-2 Belper Town (extra time played - Belper win 6-5 on penalties)
Heanor Town 2-3 Sheffield FC

Borrowash Victoria 1-3 Eastwood CFC
Ilkeston FC 0-2 AFC Mansfield

Swallownest MW 1-1 Worksop Town


Friday 17th

Ilkeston FC 1-1 Football CV Reds (12 noon)

Chesterfield FC 6-0 Dronfield Town 

NMDFL U19 NORTH
Sheffield FC 1-0 Retford Utd

Four games, 21 goals!

Well that was something of an eclectic week….six games, five different leagues and twenty-six goals! The first two games have already been blogged, and the following is a brief summary of the other four.


PART 1 (midweek)
Heanor Town U21 2-5 Ilkeston Town U21

Thursday 9th March 2017 k.o. 7:45pm

The Town Ground, Heanor

NMDFL UNDER 21 SOUTH

Admission: £2.00

Attendance: H/C 50

Referee: Mr. Richard Goodwin

Line-ups – not known 



Ilkeston took the lead on 14, Jack Walker lifting the ball over the advanced Ilkeston keeper from 25 yards. The scores were level with 33 minutes played, the Ilkeston no. 9 knocking the ball home at the far post after the home defence had failed to effectively clear a corner. Two minutes before the break, the visitors were awarded a penalty and their no. 10 stepped up to smash the ball home. H-T 1-2.
It became 1-3 on 52 when a well placed looping header by the Ilkeston no. 12 shirt cleared the Heanor keeper and dipped under the bar. On the hour mark, Heanor reduced their arrears, Ollie Naylor drilling home the rebound after a shot had cannoned off the far post.


Five minutes later the visitors restored their two goal advantage when the no. 11 ran into the area and slotted home. The no. 9 rounded off the scoring on 82, slotting the ball across the keeper after he had left two defenders in his wake. F.T 2-5.

Chesterfield FC 0-2 Handsworth Parramore

Friday 10th March 2017 k.o 8:00pm

Coronation Park, Eastwood

NMDFL UNDER 21 NORTH
Admission: FOC
Attendance : H/C 20
Referee: Mr. Alistair Nelson
Line-ups – not known

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This was Handsworth’s final league game of the season, and although they now sit six points clear at the top of the table on 38 points, Sheffield Utd still have three games left to play, sitting second on 32 points. 
Handsworth have had three points deducted from their record - just how vital could that be to their title chances? 

The only goal of the first half was a stunner – MITCHELL DUNNE hit a 35 yard volley with the outside of his boot that gave the Spirite keeper no chance. H-T 0-1
The game was end to end, but was finally settled with eight to play when RYAN LEE hit a tame shot that inexplicably slipped through the keeper’s hands, and also through his legs before nestling in the back of the net. F-T 0-2. 


PART 2 (Saturday)


Basford Utd CFC 5-2 Awsworth Villa
Saturday 11th March 2017 k.o. 12 noon
Greenwich Avenue, Basford
NSL PREMIER DIVISION
Admission: £2.00 / £1.00 concession
Attendance – TBC
Referee: Mr. Mick Leslie
Line-ups - not known
This 3G venue is fast becoming a favourite of mine, and today saw it host two games - this 12 noon kick off was followed by the Basford first team v Gresley FC at 3pm. I am planning to be back at Basford next Saturday when they take on league leaders Shaw Lane, so opted to take in just the first game and head off to Selston for my 3pm game.
Basford took a well deserved lead on 14 – makeshift striker Jamie Walker heading powerfully home from lose range.  Walker is a full back by trade, but was on the score sheet again on 26, looping a terrific 25 yard shot over the poorly positioned visiting keeper. Walker was however foiled by the Awsworth stopper’s diving save on 29, then the visitors cleared an effort off the line to keep the deficit to just the two goals.
Awsworth began making inroads into the home defence as the half progressed, and they were back in it when Matt Goodwin forced his way into the Basford area, drilled the ball across the goal and was delighted to see it strike the inside of the post before rolling into the goal.  H-T 2-1
Jack Duffy headed powerfully against the bar from a Basford corner with just seconds of the second period played, then Zaire Jackson-Birchall hit a shot just over as Basford tried to re-establish control early in the half.
Awsworth’s first attack of the half saw Goodwin just fail to connect with a cross from the right on 53, but five minutes later Jackson-Birchall beat Awsworth defender Lee Stevenson to the ball and hit a fierce drive that the keeper got a hand to, but couldn’t keep out.
Awsworth were the next to score, this time their no. 15 taping home in the 73rd minute after Basford’s keeper had parried a stinging drive. The visitors had a couple of chances to level the scores but were unable to make their pressure pay, and Ewan Sweeting eased that pressure for the home team on 82, racing into the box after shrugging off a challenge and driving the ball home. Jack Duffy added a fifth for Basford with five left to play, a crashing thunderbolt of a shot that was in the net before keeper could react. F-T 5-2


Selston FC 5-0 Keyworth Utd
Saturday 11th March 2017 k.o. 3:00 pm
CMFL SOUTH
The Parish Ground, Selston
Admission:  £2.00
Attendance: TBC
Referee: Mr. Kieran Shaw
Line-ups
Selston: Jake Ball, Grant Hackett, Rory Davis, Shaun Farnsworth, Daniel Henshaw, Ben Moore, Kane Hempshall, Sean Gregory, Robbie Manners, Elliott Jones, Wayne Cooke. Subs: Tim Moore, Tom Widdowson, Dominic Airey, Jamie Renshaw, Carl Moore.
Keyworth: John Stanley, Adam Garton, Beau Brady, Jack Cairns, Jack Cole, Sam Foster, Mark Lynas, Max Pembleton, Brett Solza, Lemah Griggs, Richard Whyman. Subs: Matt Denis, Matt Antcliffe.



There has been a lot of time and effort spent on the groundworks at the Parish, with the hope that promotion can be a real possibility at the end of the season, dependant of course that the team finishes the season in a promotion place. I don’t think that is a doubt, but stranger things have happened!
The home team were looking to keep their four game unbeaten run going, and had a chance to go ahead in just the ninth minute, but Ben Moore saw his free-kick well saved by keeper Stanley.  The visiting stopper did really well again three minutes later, this time tipping a Sean Gregory pin-point side-foot effort onto the bar.  Stanley was beaten seconds later though, a Ben Moore penalty, awarded after Gregory had been adjudged to have been tripped in the box.

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The visitor’s toils were not helped when Brett Solza received a straight red from Mr. Shaw in the 21st  minute – presumably for something he said.
Selston added a second goal with 27 played, Elliott Jones hitting a superbly weighted pass to Ben Moore who hit the ball perfectly with his left peg from 20+ yards and it flew as straight as a arrow into the roof of the net.
Wayne Cooke had the simple task of taping home the Selston third, after Grant Hackett’s cross was allowed to sail straight across the area. The fourth goal came with ten minutes of the half remaining, Kane Hempshall rising well to head home Gregory’s right wing cross.  H-T 4-0
Jones fizzed a shot past the post within seconds of the restart, but despite piling the pressure on their visitors defence, it took until the 80th minute before Selston added their fifth. It was Jones who netted, a simple tap in after he was picked out at the near post. F-T 5-0