Sunday, 10 November 2013

Green Dragon 2-1 Kirkby Town

Venue: Titchfield Park, Hucknall.

Green Dragon play in the Notts Sunday league Premier Premier Division, but were without a win so far this season.  Kirkby are members of NSL Premier One, and were still unbeaten prior to kick off. Was supposed to have been an away banker, but as we all know, "it's a funny old game"!

The teams entered the pitch a little after the 11am scheduled kick off time, then stood in silence for two minutes in honour of the fallen.

Empire / Farndon Utd pay their respects... do Green Dragon and Kirkby Town

Kev accompanied me for this game, he very rarely does Sunday games. He managed to catch Kirkby at their least effective and after I had been waxing lyrical about the Kirkby team, must have left the game wondering what all the fuss was about. 

Looking at the Kirkby line-up, you can perhaps understand why they were favourites to go forward to the next round of the Notts F.A. Sunday Senior Cup : 

Steve Boot, Stefan Cobb, Gary Armstrong, Dan Fisher, Dave Voller, Gary Castledine, Kris Watson, Marc Walters, Keiran Watson, Fraser Campbell, Russel Smith. Bench: Tony Law, Ricky Law, Alton Rennals.

Great to see Cas on the Park

Even without regular starters Ryan Bowen, Nathan Watson and Tom Cresswell, the town side should have had enough to see off struggling Dragon.

KIERAN WATSON grabbed the games first goal in the 12th minute, dancing into the box before sending a low shot into the far corner of the goal.

Keiran Watson fires home

The visitors wasted several decent opportunities as the half drew to it's conclusion, but stout defending saw the home team go into the break with just the one goal defecit. H-T 0-1

Kane Matthews in first half action

The scores were level with two minutes of the restart, the Dragon no. 16 (name not known) glancing a header past Boot into the goal at the far stick.  KANE MATTHEWS added the home teams second soon after, racing into the box and firing across Boot.

Town Manager Andy Cruddace rang the changes soon after, replacing Smith with Tony Law and Campbell with brother Ricky. Ricky didn't last long though, he was replaced by Rennals after turning an ankle on the bumpy pitch.

Kirkby threw everything at the home defence as they  tried  desperately  to level the scores, but the players in the green and black stripes were having none of it and held on to their lead until Referee John Dolbear called a final halt to proceedings after 4 minutes of added time had been played. F-T 2-1