Sunday, 16 March 2014

Green Dragon 2-1 Station Hotel

Venue: Titchfield Park, Hucknall, Nottinghamshire.

Competition: Notts Sunday League Premier Premier


Dragon - Sisson (5), Haskey (40)
Station - Draycott (50)

Apologies if the scorers are incorrect - names are not guaranteed on a Sunday!!

Another trip to the local park - this time it  was to see a match  between two local hostelries. The sun was shining brightly,  but a biting wind took the edge off the temperature - and didn't half make the eyes water!!

Before kick off Station were in 6th place in the league, having played nine, winning four, losing four with the other game drawn. Dragon had played eleven, winning just three and losing the other eight.

I think the allocated referee was a no-show - a bloke in a Blue Square Bet tracksuit and a stopwatch around his neck took the middle. The Assistants had to make do with whatever piece of clothing was available to use for flags -- Sunday footie at it's best!!!

The home team were sharper from the off, and took only 5 minutes to grab the games  first  goal, MATT SISSON hitting the ball from the edge of the box through a crowd of players. The shot took a slight deflection, wrong footing the Station keeper who had no chance to save.

Station showed little going forward and it was no surprise when they went further behind on 40, JOSH HASKEY side-stepping a couple of defenders before drilling the ball home. H-T 2-0

Spent the second half in the shelter of the changing room block  - proved to be a fantastic wind break and out of the wind it was very pleasantly warm! 

Station were allowed back in the game early in the second half, DANNY DRAYCOTT firing home at the far post after the home defence failed to cut out a ball fired across the goal on 50 minutes.  

The visitors pressed forward throughout the rest of the game, but this left them vulnerable at the back, and only Dragon's profligate finishing kept them in the game. Dragon's Jonathan Bernard fired over from 6 yards, as did Kane Matthews, add these chances to a couple that Matt Lucas failed to convert and it was little wonder that there were a few squeaky bums on the Dragon bench. 

It took a spendid tip over from home keeper Jamie Taylor in the 6th minute of added time to keep the score at 2-1, and there were a few sighs of relief when the Referee blew after playing 8 minutes of added time. F-T 2-1