Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Clipstone FC 4-0 Greenwood Meadows

Venue: The Lido, Clipstone.

Notts F.A. Senior Cup Round 3

Both these teams play at step 6 in the non-league league pyramid, Clipstone in the NCEL division 1, Greenwood in the EMCL. Should have been a close game, but to be honest, the home team dominated almost the entire game. Clipstone keeper Mark Hales had to make a couple of neat saves, but apart from that it was hardly a contest.

Had a chat to good friend, Greenwood midfielder Kelvin Mushambi after the game, and he told me that the Greenwood team is very young overall and still learning the game, so the result was not unexpected.

Stood with Dudsey throughout the proceedings, but also spent a little time in the company of Scott Ward and Steve Peat. Scott is currently revelling in his role as Heanor Town General Manager, while Steve is doing a bit of scouting after recently parting company with Eastwood Town, and is enjoying his time away from the daily pressures that come with running a club.

A big thanks once again to all at Clipstone for the warm welcome - this has to be one of the most friendly clubs around the non-league scene.

On the pitch, the home team missed a hat-full of chances, failing to capitalise on their dominance, and we had to wait until the 43rd minute for the first goal.

This came from a Greenwood free-kick that was cleared up field to Carl Snowden who fed KIEREN WATSON, and the prolific striker ran to the far stick before clipping the ball home with the outside of his trusty right boot.H-T 1-0

With just 60 seconds of the restart, the Cobras went further ahead, CARL SNOWDEN hitting a low drive from the corner of the box that caught the Greenwood keeper by surprise - the ball flying under his despairing dive and into the back of the net.

We had to wait until the 80th minute before the home team made the game completely safe, two goal scored within seconds of each other. Firstly, SNOWDEN flicked home a cross from the right that gave the visiting keeper no chance, then when Steve Carty (I think!) hit the post with a close range effort, the ball cannoned into the goal off a defender, effectively ending the game. F-T 4-0.

Referee Chris Hunter had a good game, although it has to be said that both sets of players were well behaved throughout the 90 minutes.

Admission: £4
Programme: None available
Attendance: TBC