NCEL DIV 1
Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Teversal FC 1-1 Ollerton Town (H-T 0-0)
Admission: £5.00 / £2.50 concession
Referee: Mr. Christopher Darling
Free team sheet
Not a very warm evening at Carnarvon Street with a strong, cold wind blowing straight across the pitch. The stand behind the dugouts was the ideal place to cut out the wind so, along with Richard Lane that's where I stayed for the whole game – cold, but draught-free!
These teams met on the 27th December, and on that occasion Teversal won the game 2-1, and Ollerton ended the game with 9 players. Whether we were to have more of the same in this reverse fixture seemed unlikely as the teams cancelled each other out in every department. Just two chances of note in the first 45, one for each team – Teversal’s was fired wide of the post from just a few yards out, whilst Ollerton’s sole effort was tipped over the bar by home stopper Josh Turton. H-T 0-0
With over 140 games watched this season so far and only two goal-less, I was hoping that tired legs and careless minds would produce something. As it turned out, replacing tired legs and careless minds provided the goals the game so desperately cried out for. Teversal brought on Craig Mitchell midway through the second half, and it was the striker who broke the deadlock on 77 minutes. After a failed free-kick routine on the edge of the Town area, Mitchell fired a tame, bobbly effort at goal and was probably as amazed as everyone in the ground when it made it’s way slowly through a crowd of players before rolling past Scott Gretton and nestling in the back of the net! Not a classic goal, but they all count.
The lead though, lasted all of 60 seconds – and it was another substitute on the mark, this time Ollerton’s Josh Bowkett. He collected a neat George Pearce through ball and ran into the box before slotting calmly past keeper Turton.
That was the end of the scoring, but as the final whistle approached, both teams were to end the game with less than their full compliments after Mitchell and Ollerton’s Alex Sennett were both shown straight reds, after an altercation on the edge of the Teversal box.
So after the two “festive” games, the goals total five, the dismissal total four, with Teversal 3-2 ahead in the goals tally, Ollerton 3-1 ahead in dismissals. I imagine Tevie boss Dean Short must be quite happy with the four points, less so with the red card. Town gaffer Dave Winter is still bringing in players to help his team survive in the league after promotion last term, and with three of his players having suspensions looming over them, I suspect there may well soon be a few more new faces at Walesby Lane.
Teversal are currently in 15th place in the league on 28 points, Ollerton 17th with 25 points http://www.ncefl.org.uk/tables/short/2016/