Last minute change of game - we were scheduled to go to watch Rainworth v Selby, or as an alternative Carlton v Nuneaton.
Blid v Foggo was a last minute choice, because with Kev and me working late, the nearest game was chosen........and on a very pleasant evening the game was most enjoyable. We had the goal of the season so far from Craig Jackson, a decent refereeing performance, a classic centre-mid game from Gary Castledine and a second half that Blidworth, although they went in 0-4 down, can be proud of.
Forest Town are having a strange season thus far - capable of beating anyone, but also capable of losing to anyone! Blidworth are just below mid-table and look to be safe already, although the Welfare have played a 1/3rd of their fixures already, and it's only September! Seems a bit strange that some teams have played 12 games, but others have only played 7........
We received a warm welcome as we entered the ground - and we were asked to be Blidworth's guests. We politely turned down this generous offer, although we did accept a complimentary brew -- and very nice it was too.
From the kick off, the visitors showed thier intent, and almost took the lead as early as the thrid minute when Danny Tighe's fiercely driven 20 yard free-kick just cleared the bar. Tighe was the creator of Forest Town's opener in the 11th minute, slotting the ball into the path of CRAIG JACKSON who fired the ball across keeper Jason Fisher and into the net.
Fisher was guilty of some poor keeping on 20, failing to deal with a simple clearance and leaving Mike Taylor through on goal. Fisher dragged the winger down, conceeding a penalty. DANNY TIGHE stepped up and fired the ball to Fisher's left to double the visitors lead. That was a landmark goal for the "On The Road" blog ... 100 goals and it's still September!!
Welfare's no. 11, Richard Mills, was proving to be a bit of a handful for the Forest Town defence at times - and in the 30th minute only a great challenge by Ady Hall ensured the big man's run was ended before he could slot home.
On 34, Town's no. 10, Tom "TJ" Jenkins made a superb run through the home defence before laying the ball into the path of Mark Robinson, but his 18 yard side-footer flew just over the bar. 6 minutes later the visitors added their third. This time Paul Burgess played a long ball into the Welfare area - keeper Fisher raced out to clear from Jackson, but the ball cannoned off the striker straight across the goal where MIKE TAYLOR was wating to bundle home.
Two minutes before the break we were treated to what is probably the best goal we have seen this season. It began with a clearance from the back that CRAIG JACKSON brought down with a fantastic delicate touch.... he turned quickly leaving his bemused marker on his backside. After that it was a controlled run across the goal, another defender left in his wake and a perfectly placed shot to the left of Fisher and into the net. It is difficult to describe how good this goal was....control, turn, run, dribble, look up, slot home ....terrific effort from Jackson. H-T 0-4
Jenkins had a decent chance to add to Town's tally just one minute from the restart, but after that Blidworth began to show that they can play. They almost reduced their arrears on 57 when Mills went one-on-one with Jason Johnson in the Town goal, only to see the keeper stretch out a hand to deflect his shot over the bar.
RICHARD MILLS did get his reward for a splendid attacking performance in the 62nd minute when he latched onto a through ball before chipping over Johnson. Mark Robinson had Forest Town's best effort of the half a few minutes later - his 20 yarder bringing out a good diving save from Fisher.
Although Welfare kept pressing, the Burgess/Hall partnership in the centre of the visiting defence stayed firm and never looked overly tested. Taylor missed a sitter on 70, firing wide of the far post after Mark Carter's header had been parried by Fisher straight into his path. F-T 1-4
Attendance -- difficult to judge, but approx 50
Admission -- £3.0Programme -- £1.00
Tea/coffee -- complimentary, but very nice ... both 8/10
MOM for Blidworth has to be Richard Mills. Played his socks off and was unlucky to score only the one goal.
MOM for Foggo - Gary Castledine. The best we have seen "Cas" play for a long time - controlled the midfield superbly - and kept his players talking to each other all through the game.....
Saturday -- Field Mill again. Stags are at home to Forest Green Rovers and need to repair the damage done at Barrow.
Other results from 29th September
F.A. Cup replay
Carlton Tn 0-3 Nuneaton Tn
Long Eaton Utd 1-0 Lincoln Moorlands Railway
Rainworth MW 2-1 Selby Tn
UniBond Div 1 South
Belper Tn 1-1 Shepshed Dynamo
Glapwell 2-0 Spalding Utd
Borrowash Vics 1-0 Graham Street Prims