What a strange old week in football that was!
Sunday 4th December saw me and half a dozen other brave souls visit the fridge freezer that is commonly known as Eagle Valley, the home of Arnold Town. The fixture was an East Midlands Regional league match between Rise Park Ladies and Ruddington Village Ladies that was a comfortable 4-1 home victory. Always one for bigging up the ladies game, I have to relate that this game wasn’t the worst women’s game I’ve ever watched, but it wasn’t far off!
Monday afternoon was again a cold one – but at least at Coronation Park the football was worth venturing out in the cold. This game was a Central Conference League Cup game between Alfreton Town U18 Academy and the PSUSA U18 Academy with a 2pm kick off. I can find no reference to this competition at all – but Alfreton (who were down as the home team) won the encounter by three goals to one.
Tuesday nights game was Clipstone v Rainworth MW in the Notts F.A. Senior Cup. Spent the entire game in the company of old friend and AFC Mansfield manager Rudy Funk. I’ve known Rudy for years – and we had a lot of catching up to do as we’ve not met socially for quite a while. The game ended one apiece and the 30 minutes extra time that followed was dire, to say the least. Rainworth went through to the quarter finals after winning the penalty shoot-out 8-7. Their reward a home tie against either Real Utd of Arnold Town.
Wednesday I went to Highfields, ostensibly to watch Nottm University Men’s 4th’s take on Nottm Trent University Men’s 5th’s, but upon arrival it was obvious that the game was not going ahead. So it was over to pitch one, where Nottm University Women’s 2nd’s were to entertain Derby University Women’s 1st’s, a game that ended 3-2 to NUW. Watched the game in the company of Arnold legend / author Roger Rann and we, along with four others constituted the attendance. Now Roger has watched a lot more football than I have over the years, but he had to tell me that 6 was his lowest ever “crowd” figure!
Wednesday evening it was back to Coronation Park for the 7:30pm kick off Notts Senior Cup contest between Eastwood CFC and Carlton Town. Kick off was actually 7:45pm, and to call it a contest is a bit of a misnomer. Carlton won with some ease, scoring six without reply.
Friday’s U21 game between Chesterfield and Handsworth Parramore due to be played at Eastwood was called off. The NMDFL seem to be very accommodating when it comes to teams calling games off. It’s a good job the league constitutions are relatively small, or the season would never get finished! The Collingham v Newark game was never an option for me – family matters taking preference.
Saturday morning I had decided to visit Coronation Park yet again, this time to watch a Notts Youth League U18 cup game between Eastwood CFC and Arnold Town. Advertised as an 11:30 ko, this game actually started at 12:10pm due to an U12 cup game, already being played, going into extra time. The U18 game finished 1-1, and although extra-time was to be played, I couldn’t stay for it as I needed go home and prepare myself for Saturday’s main event – the CMFL game between Eastwood CFC and Keyworth United at, you guessed it, Coronation Park! So after a quick coffee and sandwich, it was back to Eastwood with Kev, and what a game we were treated to! Keyworth took an early lead, but that was soon cancelled out and the teams went in at half time all square. The Keyworth keeper was a little suspect to say the least, and he was beaten five more times as Eastwood peppered his goal. The away team did bring it back to 5-4 towards the end of the game, but the Eastwood sixth finally saw Keyworth’s shoulders drop and made them realise that defeat was inevitable. .
The Eastwood U12’s won their tie 5-4, whilst the U18’s won theirs 3-1. Along with the first team’s successful 6-4 win, this must be considered a very good day for all concerned at the club, and it has to be said, a very enjoyable one for yours truly!