Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Graham St Prims 1-2 Greenwood Meadows

Tuesday 20th August 2013 - venue : the Raygar Arena, Borrowash.

Another new ground for us!  Two in a week? Whatever next!!!

Great to see our old buddy Kelvin "mushy" Mushambi again. Managed the whole 90 minutes as well, despite only having limited pre-season action due to injury. Kelvin was bedecked splendidly in bright yellow boots for the first half, but resorted to plain white ones for the second period - must have been a reason for the change, but only he will know! 

Nice !!!!

We spent a fair portion of the game in the company of Chris Berezai - serial hopper extreme.  He's off to Welsh Wales on Thursday to participate in the Welsh groundhop - an extravaganza that comprises 11 games played over four days.  Blimey!! Need some  stamina  for that, I reckon!!

Ground pics:

The Raygar is a neat little stadium, but with only limited cover, I think we'll ensure it's a dry day before we head off there again. 

Greenwood took the lead in the 15th minute, DAZ OLDHAM finding the far corner of the net after he found room in the corner of the box. The shot was well placed and just beat the despairing dive of Prims' keeper Richard Hankey.

Both teams were looking to play neat passing football - and on the whole succeeded. Rorie Francis was a thorn in the Prims side throughout the half, and it was his corner from the left on 44 that NATHAN ROBINSON rose superbly to meet - the midfield general's header flying into the net with some force. H-T 0-2

Invited to try a coffee by Mr. Berezai - thanks Chris - very  welcome  and very nice too. We don't get to chat with Chris too often, but it's always a pleasure when we do.

The home team came out for the second half with a little more steel and determination than they had shown in the first - their reward was the goal of the game on 56. 

When ROSS COXON picked the ball up some 35 yards from goal, there looked to be little danger to the Greenwood defence, but they allowed the striker to continue his run into the box and then fire a cracker across keeper Kurtis Hodgkinson into the far corner. It was a great goal, and caused the visitors defence to wobble considerably for the next 20 minutes or so, but they held out and eventually regained their balance and Prims never really looked like they would be able to level things up. F-T 1-2

Referee Thomas Hawkins had a really good game, ably assisted by Messrs Newton and Porter. Tom kept the game flowing, and  communicated superbly with the players throughout. I like that in a Referee - it makes it enjoyable for everyone - players and supporters alike.  Had to produce a couple of yellows, but they were fully deserved, and the cautioned players had no complaints. 

Admission £5
Programme £1 (very good value)
Coffee - £0.70 ( thanks Chris)
Attendance 43