On the way to this game, we were both talking about Wollaton - and it transpired that neither of us had ever been to Wollaton Village! The ground was easy to find, but I had to take a quick glance at St. Leaonard's church - a lovely 13th century Grade II listed building.
Took a picture of the board outside the ground, only to find out later that Kev had taken a pic of me taking the pic!
We didn't know much about either of the teams - the players were mostly unknown - only Wollaton keeper Paul Stanhope was a familiar face.
Quite a neat set up, with bowls, cricket and tennis also catered for.
The visitors were given the one dugout....
The first half was a bit frantic, but although there was a lot of enthusiasm from both teams, the lack of ability let both teams down in front of goal.
The only note I made during the first period was reference a Gary Ellis penalty miss on 21 after the Wollaton no.7 was tripped in the box.
The visitng keeper did well to save, but it was a poor effort from the Wollaton skipper. The keeper did well to save again after the loose ball was hammered goalwards by Matt Eastwood. H-T 0-0
The second half was as different again from the first! What was in the half-time cuppa? I want some!
The home team took the lead with 3 minutes of the half played, MATT EASTWOOD looping a 12 yard header over the United keeper.
On 52, ADAM TAYLOR appeared to have lost control of the ball near the corner of the box, but somehow the no. 11 stretched out a leg to force the ball towards the goal - and watched with amazement as the ball flew over the keeper before nestling in the back of the net.
United dragged themselves back into the game four minutes later when RYAN SILVERTON managed to get his head to a cross after the home defence had failed to clear their lines. United went on the hunt for the equaliser, but were sadly lacking up front, and hardly troubled the Wollaton back line.
Wollaton added their third with six minutes to play. MATT EASTWOOD received the ball wide left and ran into the box, skilfully evading the United challenges before drilling a shot, low to the keepers right, that rolled just inside the post.
Wolloaton were awarded an indirect free-kick on the edge of the box on 88, and when Matt Doyle rolled the ball to GARY ELLIS, he fired past the defensive wall and into the bottom corner. Not a very well positioned wall - it had the effect only of blocking the keepers view - and left him stranded when it was breached. F-T 4-1
Head count - very difficult to know who was with the teams, but at it's peak it reached 27.
Referee was Tim Gregory apparently - very lenient with his punishments - booked a few on both sides, but could easily have sent three or four.....