Wednesday, 18 September 2013

South Normanton Athletic 2-0 Hucknall Town

Wednesday 18th September - venue: The Exchem Arena.

Out of the games I've seen this week, this was by far the one that will not remain in the memory for long.  Too many misplaced passes, too many poor decisions by Ref Jack Carter made this a stop-start game that was, at times, difficult to watch.

Many thanks go to Paul Stevenson for taking the time to write out the line-ups for us - top man!

Shiners: Jack Harvey, Sam Carter, Sam Keenan, Ryan Franger, Joe Carter, Graham O'Reilly, Lewis O'Grady, Tommy Leighton, Andy Motteshead, Shane Newton, Ben Greenhalgh. Subs: Rob Fretwell, Matt Phillips, Chris Green, Tom Lewis, Brendan McKenna.

Yellows: James Beddingham, Montell Gatland, Tom Crisp, Jerry Moran, Cameron Davidson, Josh Henry, John Whetton, Mark Smith, Joe Lomax, Eugene Francis, Sam Sims. Subs: Mark Poyser, Aaron McAleese, Jack Ford.

Not too much to write about, although it has to be said that for the first half-hour or so, Town were arguably the better team. It looked for a while that the Shiners Assistant Manager Brian Franks would be joining us "ontheroad" - he was certain he would be out of a job if his team lost this game!!

ANDY MOTTESHEAD was a centre-half for many years at Borrowash Victoria, but it seems Manager Mark Wilson has asked him to lead the Shiners' line, and it was the big man who opened the scoring on 36, volleying home Tom Leighton's superb right wing cross at the far post.  H-T 1-0

Athletics second goal came after a concerted spell of pressure, ROB FRETWELL drilling the ball past James Beddingham from 12 yards after the ball was rolled into his path by Lewis O'Grady.

Hucknall tried to get back into the game, but time and again wayward passes let them down - and with two strikers who played too far apart allowing the home defence time to clear, they  managed only to frustrate the loyal Yellow army. Jack Harvey was called into action on occasion, but those occasions were rare and the Shiners held on to claim the points. F-T 2-0

Admission £3
Programme - sold out
Attendance - Kev head count 92