Saturday, 19 April 2014

Selston FC 2-4 Kimberley MW

Venue: The Parish Hall Ground, Mansfield Road, Selston, Notts

Competition: NSL Senior Division


Selston - Dominic Carragher (8), Kieran Heath (51)
Welfare - Jake Fisher (24, 89), Elliot Roulstone (61), Ian Shepherd (79)

It was Chairman's day at the Parish, and the official attendance was 289. Not quite the 150 I counted at pitch-side!

It was quite a pleasant day at the Parish Hall, but when clouds covered the sun, it became decidedly nippy. We parked in the Co-op down the road from the ground, expecting there to be nowhere to park near to the venue. There were a couple of spaces free at the ground, but the walk up the hill, although a little strenuous, was quite refreshing!  (Oxygen for Storer!!!!)...

Met Rob Hornby as we walked in the ground - he is going down as the first contributor to next season's chariblog. Thank you, Rob. I'll reciprocate....

Team line-ups (this is my best attempt - not guaranteed to be 100% correct!)

Selston: Simpson, Barry, Renshaw, Howell, Breach, Gregory, Carragher, Heath, Smith S, Moore, Airey.

Kimberley: Walsh, Staley, Carlile, Batley, Shepherd, Hutchinson, Murphy, Smith D, Fisher, Lench, Roulstone.

We had been eagerly awaiting this top of the table clash after seeing the teams play in the reverse fixture a few weeks ago. This result takes Kimberley back to the summit of the table, two points ahead of their hosts, but Selston have two games in hand.

Spent the first half in the company of Pinxton's Joe Riley and his smashing son, Logan. Kev's pic is spoiled a little by the old guy with the beard, but nevertheless, it's a great pic!

Selston took the lead in the eighth minute. Ben Moore picked out DOMINIC CARRAGHER on the edge of the box, and the home skipper drilled an arrow straight shot to Matt Walsh's left. The keeper's despairing dive was not enough and the ball evaded him and nestled in the back of the net. 

Kimberley's Elliot Roulstone has a long throw that is as good as anyone else's at this level. It was one of his efforts from the left on 24 that was headed on by Ian Shepherd to JAKE FISHER at the far post -  the unmarked hit-man had the simple task of nodding home. 

Great sequence of Jake Fisher's header

Fisher had a great chance with 43 played, finding space and running at goal before firing his shot inches wide of Simpson's left upright. 

Sean Gregory and Michael Murphy had a bit of a spat on 44, giving Referee Mr. McGill little choice other than to caution both players. Now, having just been cautioned, what don't you do? That's right, you don't mis-time a tackle. Murphy did - and was given a second yellow, followed by a red. H-T 1-1

See you, Paddy

Kimberley, to their credit kept their two up top, despite being a man light. With six minutes of the second half played, they were behind again though, when KIERAN HEATH headed home a terrific ball into the area from Jimmy Barry.

Heath header

Selston were unlucky not to have increased their lead on 56 when Gregory lifted the ball over Walsh only to see it smash against the bar.

Could have been 3-1, five minutes later it was 2-2! Shepherd had an effort well blocked by the home defence, but when the ball fell to ELLIOT ROULSTONE 10 yards from goal, the no. 11 steered it home through a ruck of players. 

Roulstone fires home

Jamie Renshaw went close with a well taken free-kick seconds later, but it was the visitors who were next on the score-sheet in the 79th minute, taking the lead for the first time in the game. 

A corner in from the left was fizzed in low and hard, and the first to react was IAN SHEPHERD, the centre-back neatly flicking home from 6 yards. 

Shep bulges the net!

In the final minute of the game, FISHER added the fourth for Kimberley. After beating Gary Breach in a straight race to the ball, the striker attempted to lift the ball over Simpson. The keeper did parry the effort, but managed only to palm the ball straight back Fisher who had the simple task of rolling the ball home. F-T 2-4

Simpson fails to hold from Fisher

Programme: £0.50 ( courtesy Rob Hornby)
Attendance: H/C 150 ( officially 289)
MOM: Ian Shepherd
Referee: Mr. M. McGill. A little too keen on pulling up petty offences, but all in all had a good game.
Pics: Kev Goodman.