Five games on 5 consecutive weekdays !! First time ever! It has to be said though, that we have seen a few poor games this week, but this was a good 'un...
Belper Town Reserves were crowned League Champions after last weeks demolition of Forest Town Ressies, while Blidworth have ended the season bottom of the league. The difference in class was not noticable in the first half, but one class header from MICKY HARCOURT put the Nailers ahead on 39. Prior to the goal, Blid were unlucky when a snap shot crashed off the Belper crossbar, and Tom Pressman was alert enough to block the shot that came in from the rebound.
Classic moment 1) As the Blid team exited the ground for a half time cuppa, one of the subs was asked " which foot are you? " the reply from the player "any" the response "ok you're left back"... brill !
Blidworth kept their illustrious opponents at bay for the first 20 minutes of ther second period. Then they subbed a defender for the linesman ( club linesmen at this level), and Belper promptly added their second through TOM COOPER-RICHARDS, a neat side-foot that went under keeper Jason Fisher to nestle in the back of the net. Seconds later SAM JOHNSON ran through the Blid defence and hammered the ball past Fisher to make it 3-0. This goal showed the value of linesmen checking the net before kick-off. Obviously club linesmen don't perform this task, and only those with keen eyesight noticed the ball had entered the net before exiting through the side of the net....
SAM JOHNSON had a simple tap in on 75, and then with four to play former Eastwood player Rob Palin, who looked good through out the game, found the Belper no.14 with a pinpoint cross from the right and the sub calmly fired home. JOHNSON netted again in the last minute to complete his hat-trick. F-T 0-6
Classic moment 2) The linesman who was subbed calling to his team-mates " it was only 0-1 when I came off!" Magic!
You have to tip your hat to these players... where should they be on a Friday night? Playing a meaningless game in the pouring rain, in freezing temperatures, or in the pub with their mates?
Admission - collared by a certain Mr. Rob Hornby £2
Attendance -- H/C 25 ( more than were at Kimberley v Harworth !)
Saturday -- Linby CW v Bilborough Pelican