Sunday, 15 October 2017

GRIMETHORPE BEAT DENABY UNITED BY ODD GOAL IN FIVE

DENABY UTD 2 GRIMETHORPE SPORTS 3
PETES PATISSERIE SHEFFIELD COUNTY SENIOR LEAGUE PREMIER AT OLD LANE
14 OCT 2017 --- 3PM
DENABY UTD V GRIMETHORPE SPORTS AT OLD RD
Two good old South Yorkshire names battled out this Sheffield County Senior Premier League game with Grimethorpe taking the three points by the odd goal.  The visitors were never behind and over the 90 minutes were probably the stronger side but a late goal reduced the deficit and gave Denaby hope of a point that wasn't quite to be.
Last season the blog visited Mexborough for Swinton Athletic's home game versus Denaby Utd and with the chance again of catching up with the famous old club at their Oak Lane home the opportunity was taken with the opposition being of similar non league stature Grimethorpe [Sports].  Last season United were away in Balby Carr due to toilet problems at their pavilion but with these fixed they are back a large goal kick away from the their spiritual home of Denaby Main just over the border in Conisbrough.
DENABY MAIN AND GRAYS CRT SHOPS
This game pitted 5th versus 2nd so with a competitive match on the cards and after some early communication from the home club a departure to allow local viewing time saw arrival 15 minutes late on the Scunthorpe bound train at Conisbrough station just after 1pm.  Last seasons blog in October covers much about the area but it welcomed me into my early non league wanderings that I cant help look at some of the history to the village again.  Walking into the village and its all too self evident that much of the area is still under development after of course the loss of the pit industry in the 1980's and the bitter battles with the powers that were at the time.  There is of course a down to earth homeliness about the place but also a feel of sadness for what has happened to all former mining areas.  The local shopping arcade has a new hot chocolate café enterprise and the shops now look onto a developing mural on the side of the discount store.  Moving through The Salvation Army Hall looks out onto a steel stalled market which is in turn overlooked by the now redundant library, new one joined onto doctors and chemist 100 yards away.
TICKHILL SQ FORMER HOME OF DENABY UTD LOOKING TOWARDS THE WELFARE
Walking up the incline towards the clubs former home at Tickhill Sq all seems vary quite and of course the machinations of their eviction in 2002 are long gone but I fear still hold a bitter place in many peoples heart at what befell the club that saw them fold and never appear back in their home village, apart from now twice a season when they currently play Denaby Main Fc, in league fixtures, who now use the old ground.  With the intentions to climb the footpath up the 'crags' to Conisbrough the hike saw a few regular stops to admire the views and try to gain some heady pictures of Tickhill Sq and beyond.
TICKHILL SQ AND BEYOND FROM THE CRAGS
Having arrived in the ultimate destination a little time had been set aside to take an external look at the castle sadly not enough was available today to do the full tour.  Conisbrough itself at castle and village level seems out of place with the mining areas that surround it although as you climb out of the business district up Old Road you soon see the area change in its outlook and once again the feel of its mining heritage comes to the fore.
CONISBROUGH CASTLE
Arriving at the ground just before 2.30pm I had been aware that there would not be too much furniture to view as the ground is basically one of four pitches on a Doncaster Council recreation area with the changing rooms nearest to the pitch having within its walls a nice bar/snack bar area with a small lounge to enjoy your refreshments.  The pitch has now had a lease granted to the club and hopefully they will be able to develop around it to gain some sort of facility the replicates a step 7 ground with at present the pitch being roped off to allow a space for the club officials and space for the match officials to view the line.
THE IMPRESSIVE DENABY UTD FC PROGRAMME FOR TODAYS GAME
The big selling point at Denaby Utd has been the clubs desire to continue to produce a match day programme something I believe that no other club does in this league so before the game it was good to catch up with James Benfold who is responsible for the fantastic effort amidst many other things along with a small band of club officials.
Although the horse has bolted out of the stable long ago and I must leave it there it still does amaze me the difference required from step 7 Central Midlands League to this Sheffield County Senior League offered the same step status which sometimes only has one referee on the game, normally no programme and no admission.
CAMERAS EVERYWHERE FOR DENABY UTD V GRIMETHORPE
A brief look at the two clubs sees Denaby Utd first reformed in 2011 in the Doncaster and District Senior League and after a champions performance the club moved into the Sheffield County Senior League with promotion at the end of 2015/16 season from division 1 to the premier league which they now enjoy competing in for the second season.  The previous Denaby had a chequered but at times illustrious past competing in the former Yorkshire League as well as the Midland League plus latterly the Northern Counties East League.
Grimethorpe Sports had formed when the village was again without a team after its former side had competed in similar leagues to Deanby until dissolving in 2000 from the CMFL.  Grimethorpe reformed for a season in the Sheffield County Senior League for the 2004/5 season before disappearing again.  Sadly the new 'Sports' entitled club have previously played at Shafton not being able to use the Cemetery Rd ground in the village that became famous for Brassed Off the film and of course the colliery and its band which of course gave birth to the film starring Ewan McGregor, Tara Fitgerald and Pete Postlethwaite.
DENABY UTD IN CONTROL
Last season Worsbrough Bridge Fc had a spell at the ground but the home club were playing their games at nearby Shafton, I guess due to the costs of rental.  After promotion from league 1 last season they are sitting pretty in second spot in this seasons premier league but once again the club have now moved to share Athersley Recs facilities at Sheerian Park something which as also seen them link up with the NCEFL club.  With much training gear showing Atherlsey Rec loyalties there is also a change to the badge upon the players shirts now stating 'Grimethorpe and Athersley Sports' something of which I believe the club will be known by next season.  So once again poor old Grimethorpe has no club and nobody playing in the village so todays game really has nomads versus nomads written across it a sad state of affairs in a formerly strong footballing area of South Yorkshire.  But practicalities must and its no longer a game for the dreamers in the midst of course.
The game started strongly with Denaby pushing Grimethorpe with Sam Hutton testing the visitors number 1 Craig Soar.  But on 19 minutes the visitors struck with James Thompson providing the cross for Joe Jackson to fire into the roof of the net after his initial effort was blocked by Ben Priestley in the home goal.  The match was level on 41 minutes and deservedly so when Steve Ellor superbly chipped Soar from 20 yards out and at the half time whistle Denaby were right back in the encounter.
AGAR [9] AND ELLOR CELEBRATE THE FIRST DENABY GOAL
The second half started strongly for the visitors and they retook the lead after 63 minutes when substitute Joe Oliver turned the ball in at the back post at the other end Ellor again tried an audacious lob and although his effort beat the visiting keeper it fell just the wrong side of the upright.  Grimethorpe looked to have taken the wind out of the Denaby sail with 8 minutes to go when they increased their lead and went 3-1 up when Steven Bennett lashed the ball home from the edge of the box.  The Deanby heads dropped and it looked all over until Ainsley Finney provided a sharp finish from an Ellor assist on 89 minutes to pull it back to 2-3 and hope of a point in stoppage time came to the fore but sadly not enough steam could be mustered to find the equaliser and it was Grimethorpe who would take the points home from Old Road.
THE NEW TITLING PACER
A gentle meander back into Consibrough and a further viewing of the castle and local supermarket for hoppers provisions there was still time to admire some of the former industrial buildings and large sized public houses before boarding the 5.31pm to Sheffield for a leisurely connection to base station with an arrival back at base just short of 7.30pm.  Always an enjoyable trip to this part of South Yorkshire and I can only but hope that some of the former glory days can return to Denaby Utd and the villages and towns of the neighbouring areas.

Friday, 13 October 2017

REEVES HAT TRICK SENDS HEANOR TO SEVEN

HEANOR TOWN 7 NUNEATON GRIFF 0
PPLC CUP @ THE TOWN GROUND
10 OCTOBER 2017 7.45PM
THE TOWN GROUND IS READY
Heanor showed little mercy to Nuneaton Griff from League 1 and following some wonderful free flowing football with added pace they had swept aside the struggling visitors by 7 goals without reply at the  end of 90 minutes.  Although there was a good league between these 2 sides it was a sorry sight to see Griff clearly finding the going hard so much so that during the 90 minutes they didn't get a shot away with any intent on the Heanor goal.  Its a shame for the Nuneaton side that only a few years ago reached the latter stages of the FA Vase to be now fighting a rear guard action but from a Heanor point of view so often these ties can be banana skins and you have to beat what is at the front of you.  With a performance of classy football aided by some wonderful pace it was once again the threat if Elliott Reeves that helped The Lions secure entry to the next round of the League Cup.
A short midweek journey then undertaken this time by the triple bus return which so often has seen me getting out the running shoes for the late connection in Ripley.  It didn't start to well with the change being made in Ripley after tracking the Alfreton change 25 minutes late but arrival was in good enough time to sample the excellent bar at the ground before the delicacy of you've guessed it chip pea cob ably served by the Town Ground snack bar ladies!
EXTENSIVE PRE MATCH RESEARCH UNDERTAKEN AGAIN AT HEANOR TOWN FC
Heanor were in the lead after just 2 minutes when slick work from Danny Gordon allowed Sam Vickers to fire home and after further home pressure it was 2-0 when a superb long ball out of defence from Shaun Roulston saw Reeves skip away to cross for Alex Brown to guide the ball home at the back post after 13 minutes.
The onslaught didn't stop for Nuneaton when 4 minutes later Heanor secured their third with a quality strike from Reeves who cut in off the left before curling a superb edge of the box strike just inside the right hand upright to extend The Lions lead.  It was 4 on 20 minutes when Reeves and Joshua Craddock combined gloriously to Vickers to get his second and so we went into half time.  Often fearing a dour second half Heanor proved me wrong with a determined second half showing adding three more goals to their tally great work by the marauding Gregg Marriott up the right set up Reeves to turn home his second and Heanor's fifth.  It was Marriott who again turn provider putting Kyle Daley away whose initial effort was saved by James Barber before he slotted home the rebound on 69 minutes.  Heanor wrapped the scoring up on 75 minutes when Reeves completed his hat trick with Marriott completing his hat trick of assists providing the cross that allowed the number 9 to head home this time to make it seven.
HEANOR TOWN FC TOWN GROUND
A quality performance against a struggling visiting side but you still have to do the business something that Heanor did tonight with a superb showing and with the pace on display they should remain a threat throughout this competition.
The triple journeyed return had me following the progress of all option and having checked the bus option was selected and after a late wobble all changes were secured with an arrival at base just short of 11pm following a wonderful display of football under the lights at Heanor with did I mention it some good footy food too!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

RENISHAW RANGERS EARN FIRST WIN

RENISHAW RANGERS 3 DRONFIELD TOWN RES 0
CMFL NORTH @ STONE CLOSE
7 OCTOBER 2017 --- 3PM
NEWLY SEATED MAIN STAND AT RENISHAW RANGERS
The previous 900 minutes of Renishaw Rangers debut step 7 season had produced nothing but heartache with some heavy defeats, squad overhauls and already three managers but at 4.15pm on Saturday October 8, 2017 Danny Talbot broke through pacing towards the railway end and slotted past the out coming visitors keeper to give a hope to this determined club.  Hope became joy as the fizzy bottle of celebration spilled out 2 more net busters and for the first time this season Rangers tasted the confidence giving emotion of victory with a clean sheet to boot.
Revisits I have a few but too few too mention but something about Renishaw got into me 2 weeks again for their game versus Appleby Frodingham and after following the steady progress completed by their hard working Chairman, his wife and crew in installing the former Yorkshire County Cricket Club Headingley seats I couldn't resist a quick trip back to Kiveton Park.  Having completed the socio economic history of the loss of this villages colliery I wont recall this again but if you fancy a look its in the game just two weeks ago.
ARTISTIC ARRIVAL ON A PACER TRAIN AT KIVETON BRIDGE
The trip was the usual selection of bus, late of course, train to Sheffield with 45 minute wait to connect to the Northern Rail stopping service to Lincoln which would depart me in Kiveton Bridge just after 2pm.  Todays race to the game saw me frantically trying to find a post box of which neither main line station had one and I ended up walking into Sheffield to find a big red piece of metal, days gone by eh they were on every corner.  Once again the late start would deny me the chance of expanding the waistline at The Fat Fish in Kiveton which will necessitate a further visit to achieve this.  With twenty minutes in Sheffield station I opted to search out the forecourt and M & S for a highbrow Wensleydale cheese with caramelised carrot chutney, I know above my working class routes what is happening?  Needless to say this was also above the taste buds of Sheffield and I ended up with the chip butty in wholemeal bread option with olive oil drizzle, of course not it was some other variety with a bag of over priced crisps.
AND THEY SURE WERE
Upon arrival at Stone Close entry paid and programme secured there was time to catch up with a few familiar faces on this Non League Day which encourages other fans along to support a non league fixture, it was good to see Renishaw achieve the top side of 40 today no mean feat for a team that had not pulled up any proverbial oaks so far this campaign.  After a catch up with Mr R from the Buxton parish, and Sharon or is that Sue Mr Chairman's wife I spotted a distant long lens photographer snapping away and it was good to see Mr Dyke from the Brimington parish in attendance too.
NEVER ONE TOO MISS A PHOTO OPP MR D OF THE BRIMINGTON PARISH IN ACTION
As promised and photographed by the club the white tip up seats were now in place each endorsed with a small Renishaw Rangers circular badge in their number slot, the dug out now situated opposite the stand are also in their new home also adorned with club badges.  A nice achievement with today's drizzly rain it was great to see the great viewing positions taken up by most of the crowd in attendance for this historical game in more ways than one.
STONE CLOSE ENTRANCE TO THE GROUND
The early stages of the game saw both number 7's in action with Arnie Grayson forcing Steven Booth into a save in the Renishaw goal and at the other end Carter Mupwaya testing the visitors keeper Michael Hunter.  The home side were looking confident with their new selection of players and Talbot tried to chip Hunter but the visitors number 1 got a hand to it to deny Rangers at the other end Mark Fereday fired into the side netting.  As the half wore on the home side were frustrated by the offside flag on a more than frequent basis while at the other end it was Fereday that looked likely to break the deadlock for the visitors.
NEW DUGOUTS WITH THEIR FORMER YORKSHIRE CCC SEATS MOVE UP GEOFFREY
Half time arrived with no goals and the bottom club could be more than happy with their performance which with a bit of luck could have resulted in the lead but overall was a fair reflection of the game. 
With anticipation high of maybe a first point for Renishaw time stood still as Talbot found himself through on goal he slotted the ball past Hunter and as the roll of the ball became slower and slower, at least home supporters minds, it finally nestled deep in the recesses of the Dronfield goal 55 minutes, Renishaw led what do you do now well celebrate with gusto and go on to get two more!
NATHAN MORRITT [L] AND ASHLEY LAYNE CELEBRATE THE SECOND GOAL
Four minutes later there was the chance for the long suffering faithful to experience further delight when tremendous work down the right by Nathan Morritt saw him cut inside his shot looked goal bound but just to be certain Ashley Layne got a touch too make sure.  Morritt looked non too happy but in Renishaw's position you have to make sure and hopefully the number 9 will take pleasure from his assist something he was to do again on 70 minutes when outpacing the visitors defence in the inside left position he slotted the ball across goal for Mupwaya to fire home to make it 3-0 yes [THREE] nil.
TIME OUT FOR MORRITT
The final ten minutes brought tetchiness levels to the fore but Renishaw played the clock ticking game down to the level of an experienced team and the sturdiness of the defence allowed the club to not only win but finish with a clean sheet a mention here to Jason Markell who had a superb afternoon in defence.
VIEW ALONG THE RAILWAY END
The final whistle saw the Chairman collecting in mugs and corner flags but never can the mundane task have been done with such joy I think I even saw a skip of delight as he moved towards the railway end!

Sunday, 1 October 2017

SOUTH NORMANTON COME BACK FROM 2 DOWN TO WIN AT KILBURN

AFC KILBURN 2 SOUTH NORMANTON 3
CMFL SOUTH AT LEEDALE PARK
30 SEPTEMBER 2017 --- 3PM
1-0 TO AFC KILBURN
A remarkable three goals in ten late second half minutes for South Normanton secured a victory against a Kilburn side who were leading 2-0 and seemingly on their way to three more points in this debut season.  The home side had taken the lead with a couple of clinical finishes but Normanton were always at the races and proved this with the late collection of goals that saw the Lees Lane side grab victory.
THE BUSINESS END PROVIDING ALL THINGS NON LEAGUE
With some local visits already undertaken with the chance to re visit some previously visited ground the trip to Chapel St would be a speedy return following the end of last seasons visit for Kilburns Midland Regional Alliance fixture versus Wirksworth Ivanhoe.  With the club now plying their trade in the Central Midlands League South its a whole new ball game, while of course being the same ball game, after a tough start with opponents Hucknall and Sherwood proving difficult the club have now started to get some results together and settle down in the new league.  The ground is described in the previous visit but needless to say the club have tidied up the ground, Leedale Park, with the changing rooms painted and the adjoining hospitality/café area in operation.
THE SPIRES OF OXFORD OR THE DUG OUT POSTS OF AFC KILBURN
It was a meandering journey to Ripley before changing buses to a 9.1 that would drop me in the village which runs close by to the buzzing A38.  Having got into the village around 1.30pm the chance to revisit Kilburn Fish Bar was undertaken and those that have wondered about my lack of chips/fish intake here is the proof that things are ok with a cake variety in situ.  Its a smart and clean establishment and makes the visit worthwhile if you can get there before 2pm closing.
MORE RESEARCH
Food in hand a small walk around the village and its footpaths lead to a quiet impression with shop, pubs, hairdresser and shop/Post Office there are most things available but nothing much else would appear to happen here, so thankfully down the narrow entrance lane to the Kilburn Welfare we view at the bottom the football ground.
CONTESTANTS READY
The allocated officials were all from the Chesterfield area so after a catch up with Scott Spering, Richard Riley and Andy Gascoyne it was time to pay the entrance fee and obtain a 8 page programme, for the hoppers the club do have badges available!  Around the ground Kilburn have installed some corporate red and white chain link to replace the gaps in the barriers.  Noticeable was the public address system blasting out music which always adds to the atmosphere alongside the variously placed new plastic door club badges which looked smart.  Having purchased a tea for a pound one brief observation was how small are the plastic cups two sips for us of the big of mouth variety and the liquid refreshment had disappeared.
The afternoon had started bright with fluffy clouds but an increasing wind but by kick off there were ominous clouds lurking which soon developed into drizzle and then sharp showers so much so that the afternoon was spent under the cover which is attached to the business section of the ground.
SOME DEFENDING TO DO FOR KILBURN
To the game and with early action for Kilburn showing Gavin McCready prominent a goal looked likely it did come on 13 minutes but from the head of Craig Bagshaw via a corner off the right.  It was Bagshaw who tested the keeper with a 25 yard free kick but the visitors number 1 Charlie Mansfield was equal to it.  South Normanton went in one down but in fairness were more than in the game and would count themselves unlucky to be behind.
After the break the visitors looked to get back into the proceedings but it was Kilburn who advanced to 2-0 to the good when Ryan Fitzhugh found the net after 59 minutes.
SOUTH NORMANTON EQUALISE ITS GAME ON
As time drifted away the visitors kept working the coal face and got a lifeline on 74 minutes when Rob Fretwell crashed drove his effort in off the crossbar and three minutes later it was all square Kilburn failed to clear their lines and in the melee Kallum Greaves secured the equaliser.  Kilburn came back and McCready forced Mansfield into a save as he very nearly gave the home side the lead again but this game was turned on its head with just 7 minutes remaining when Bijan Dakrouz created space to get away his shot that rippled the roof of the net to give South Normanton maximum points in this local derby.
DAKROUZ CELEBRATES THE WINNER
Return journey saw a similar change in nearby Ripley from an enjoyable afternoons hop at the league new comers and with a chippy right by the ground who knows it may not be too long before a revisit!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

RENISHAW BATTLE ON AS FROD TAKE THE POINTS

RENISHAW RANGERS 0 APPLEBY FRODINGHAM 7
CMFL NORTH @ STONE CLOSE
23 SPETMEBER 2017 ---3PM
TEAMS PREPARE FOR KICK OFF AS THE 1502 TO LINCOLN PASSES BY KIVETON PARK
A further heavy defeat for league new boys Renishaw belied some encouraging first half signs that had chances been taken could have seen the home side in a far healthier position than the 3-0 half time deficit.  A very open first 45 minutes saw chances at both ends squandered and by the time the second half domination by high flyers Appleby Frodingham had added another 4 goals to their first half total they were also left counting their missed chances that should really have seen them hit the double figure mark.
THE FORMER COLLIERY OFFICES
This was a chance to revisit Kiveton Park and their former ground at the previously titled Hard Lane which certainly prepares you for life in the Central Midlands and this area of Yorkshire.  With successful Sunday and junior outfits representing Renishaw under the Rangers banner the club decided to upgrade themselves from The Sheffield County Senior League 2 to the CMFL for the 2017/18 season under the Chairmanship of Martin Baxter the club have experienced local manager Wayne Burgin in charge.  It has been a struggle from the word go with an early loss of players the club has had a re grouping policy in place and are now slowly playing catch up with an encouraging selection of youth players who are learning all the time.  Todays loss to Appleby Frodingham was probably to be expected but the enthusing signs are that they may soon take points from teams in the bottom half of the table which must be Rangers ultimate goal now this season with a goal deficit of minus 74 after todays game it will be a challenge to avoid the tag of perennial strugglers like now second bottom Welbeck Lions.
RENISHAW CHAIRMAN MARTIN BAXTER WITH PET POOCH ONE FOR THE NON LEAGUE DOGS PARADE
So Renishaw a village renowned for the Sitwell family, iron masters and Renishaw Hall in the Northern edge of the populace.  Frustratingly the club did not have the facilities to stop in the town which would have been easier for my travels with their adopted base being the former Kiveton Park ground its a quarter an hour away for most locals. 
Todays journey was via a delayed everything bus to base station train to Sheffield and then train to Kiveton Bridge through the former industrial hot beds of South Yorkshire by passing the former site of the Orgreave Coking Works picture of industrial strife of the 80s.  Through Woodhouse station the disused rail could not hide the former activities of heavy industry and so to Kiveton Park at just after 2pm.  A good old mining village whose pit which closed in 1990 formerly employed over 1,700 people the pit offices still stand as a testimony to those times now taken up by small businesses and with an adjacent sports park too.  At the end of Colliery Lane the pit site has now been turned into a county park and woodland with all remnants of the villages proud past swept away.
MAIN STAND AT KIVETON SOON TO BE SRPUCED UP WITH FORMER YORKSHIRE CCC SEATS
After a visit for some hoppers fodder, pastry and fizzy, at the Coop the brief walk went via the above mentioned area and through the country park, you could only but imagine the past on this industrial site, anyway out onto Hard Lane with a view from the railway bridge of the ground, side pitch and in the distance the cricket clubs HQ.
Kiveton Park had a reputation for producing many good footballers of old but its most famous son was Herbert Chapman who went on to become more noted for his managerial abilities from Huddersfield Town to Arsenal where in the 30's they became a dominant force under his guidance.
A brief cut through the housing estate brings you to Stone Close and sweeping by the cricket club to the gate with admission and programme paid there was time to take a few pictures before wandering off to the changing rooms which are beyond the minor pitch and a catch up with Sharon the Chairman's wife who is running todays catering.
CHANGING ROOMS PLUS THE ALL IMPORTANT REFRESHMENT AREA
The main ground then is overseen by the impressive stand which will look even more so when the club install the 80 white bucket seats just collected from Yorkshire CCC's Headingley stadium.  The dugouts to the front will be demolished and the already in situ dug outs opposite the stand will also be kitted out with modern seating.  Although much of the hard standing areas have become somewhat overgrown it is still there to give a feel of Kiveton's successful past.  Behind the entrance goal offers an elevated area to view the game from but the only covered area remains the stand.  The pitch is looking in good condition and has apparently taken a lot of time to get to this shape so a well done to those involved.
RENISHAW MANAGER WAYNE BURGIN ADVISES THE TEAM FROM THE TOUCHLINE
Todays game would see an experienced non league outfit in Appleby Frodingham take on the new boys in what was never going to be an easy match for the struggling home side. However the early stages produced Rangers with chances an excellent one on one opportunity for Brandon Ashmore went untaken and then Daniel Talbot forced the visiting keeper Jordan Quibell into a sharp save. Rather harshly in what was a fantastic first half of open football it was the visitors who took a lead after 7 minutes when Connor Purdue drove in from the edge of the box Renishaw keeper Stephen Booth got a hand to it but could not keep it out.  It was Steeper's turn to miss a good chance for the visitors before Ashomore saw his effort saved by the Frod number 1.
FIRST HALF ACTION
Halfway through the first half it was 2-0 to the visitors when Nathan Watson slotted past Booth.  Home keeper Booth denied Watson moments later and very soon he was in action again to thwart Daniel Own.
THE PLAYERS CANT WATCH REFEREE TRINDERS BALL SKILLS
The visitors went in 3 to the good thanks to a Watson back post effort ably assisted by Steeper.
The half time break was taken up walking to the tea bar for refreshments and it has to be said again conversation with home and away supporters which sum up the friendly nature of non league a pleasure to catch up with quite a view from both sides.
ITS CLOSE BUT EVERYBODIES WATCHING
A strange stoppage 4 minutes into the second half when referee Trinder blew a halt while a set of keys were taken off the pitch, assumedly a half time subs track suit had lost its pocket contents.  Tom Dent saw his shot saved by home keeper Booth before it was 4-0 to Appleby Frodingham on 53 minutes with Watson completing his hat trick.  The total became 5 when Own slotted home the penalty following a foul by keeper Booth.  With 20 minutes remaining Purdue set up Steeper for the total to reach half a dozen without reply. 
In the closing stages Quibell again denied Ashmore for Renishaw who on a better day may have had a hat trick for the home side.  All that was left was for Watson to get his fourth and the visitors seventh moments before the referee blew the final whistle.
PRUDUE ON THE BALL FOR APPLEBY FRODINGHAM
A sharp walk to the station allowed the 5.02pm departure to be caught and with an equally sharp change in Sheffield and at base station a return home just 1 hour 10 minutes later was achieved at base.
An enjoyable visit to see Renishaw at Kiveton a very agreeable afternoon all round, including the friendly club officials from both teams, with some encouraging signs from an enthusiastic home club who hopefully will start to turn the corner soon.  Looking forward to a revisit soon.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

ASHOVER MISS OUT TO CLINICAL BUXTON

ASHOVER 0 BUXTON TOWN 3
HOPE VALLEY AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER @ THE PARK
16 SEPTEMBER --- 2PM
ASHOVER V BUXTON TOWN
For the most of this ninety minutes Ashover had the bulk of play but the clinical finishing and resolute defending of newly promoted Buxton saw the three points return north to the Peak District as the home side were given a harsh lesson in finishing.
A short blog visit to the delights of Ashover and although it is always difficult to cover somewhere so well known this delightful village is not hard to describe, indeed its often a case of what to leave out before it becomes like the old travel show 'Wish You Where Here'.
Aboard the direct Hulley's bus service we soon depart the former mining town of Clay Cross and embark on the countryside beauty around the hamlets of Handley and Woolley Moor its in this stage that we get our first view of the boats on Ogston reservoir.  The area really is a breath of fresh air and the rolling hills around the valley that Ashover sits in declares to the east side the Fabrick, locally known as Ashover Rock, a grit stone boulder atop the a ridge that offers commanding views towards Lincoln and the other way a birds eye view over our destination today.  This viewing area is in land formerly owned by the Bassett sisters relatives of the famous Liquorice Allsorts family.
HOPPERS LUNCH STOP YE OLD TUCK SHOP
Upon departure in the village which was featured in the ITV series Peak Practice we find the local butcher, Post Office and Tuck Shop the latter would today supply me with a warm sausage roll, water and chocolate the nearly normal hoppers delight all supplied by Anna who has served the village and its visitors from her premises for many a year now.  The village today was very busy due to a wedding taking place in the church so the intention of taking some pictures of the wonderful variety of stone buildings was slightly disturbed due to the amount of cars parked in any available road space.  There was time to recline outside one of the three pubs in the village The Crispin, the others being The Old Poets and The Black Swan.
THE HISTORIC CRISPIN INN
The Crispin and its historic building features in a battle between the Roundheads and the Royalists in the 17th century but today my lemonade was only disturbed by a distant town crier dashing into the church with his bell ringing behind him.  Although no chippy in a village like Ashover there is something for the rail enthusiast with the village being the former running ground of The Ashover Light Railway running a circuitous route from the Butts Quarry on the edge of the village to Clay Cross Works with its produce from 1925 until its closure in the 50's, some of the embankments can be seen still around the village.  The village is also famous for its yearly agricultural show and on a different note the nationwide former Kenning Motor Group where its founder lived latterly in a large hall on the edge of the village.  There are lots of other quirky attributes to the village but its worth a visit for the wide array of interesting buildings, its 3 pubs, railway history and unique Tuck Shop oh yes and the football!
ASHOVER FC SQUAD VERSUS BUXTON TOWN
The gentle two minute walk back to Milken Lane finds the car park filling up around the Parish Hall the site also features a tennis court and cricket ground with the outfield overlapping onto the football pitch indeed the touchline is snuggly nestling up to the square.  With the changing rooms to the rear it was good to catch up with Mr Ashover Fc manager Don Carline who probably holds the record for the longest serving football manager 33 years and counting.  If he doesn't he probably should because he enthuses football and more importantly Ashover Fc a club that means so much to him.
ASHOVER MANAGER DON CARLINE [L] AND HIS ASSISTANT MANAGER CHRIS SHARMAN
As far as records show the club have always played on The Park ground and in the latter years have hosted Midlands Regional Alliance Football and now for a short while Hope Valley encounters.  The changing rooms are to the rear and are smart and clean affairs as you would expect in a village of this character, the pitch side has little of furniture except for one park seat and a small sheltered seat at the front of the facilities.  There are some lovely views through the valley but not as expansive as a few years ago with the growth of greenery on the ever growing foliage.
REFEREE BASKERVILLE DISPLAYS HIS CHA CHA FOR NEXT YEARS STRICLTY
The purpose of the visit and referee Bruce 'The Bruce' Baskerville gets us underway at exactly 2pm a rare change these days.  The early stages see Ashover looking dominant and hoping to improve on their goalless draw last week at Bakewell firstly Mark Needham saw his effort pushed over by Mark Harris in the visitors goal before Tristan Brown saw his header also saved by the visiting number one.
ANOTHER ASHOVER ATTACK BUT NO GOAL
It was a matter of time before the game saw a goal of course you would of thought for Ashover but as so often happens football doesn't work that way when Buxton took the lead.  Andy Topham saved with his legs from Dom Taylor and from the resultant corner Lewis Shuker rose to head home.  The home side came back and it was Needham again testing Harris who won the through for the visitors.
NEAR POST ACTION FOR THE HOME SIDE
Town doubled their lead when Taylor flew down the right and unleashed a superb edge of the box shot that flew in at the near post to put Ashover in a difficult half time position.
After the oranges in the changing room, probably more like the hair dryer from Don, they started strongly when on 54 minutes Luke Carline shielded the ball well on the edge of the box, turned well and fired his shot inches wide.  The moment you knew it was not going to be the home sides day came shortly after when Steve Mansell hit a sharp shot just inside the box that keeper Harris kept out superbly to deny any potential comeback.  You could almost sense the players with the same feelings and yet another sucker punch arrived with 15 minutes remaining when Taylor got his second and the third for Buxton when he beat the out coming Topham to slot the ball home.
PERRY RICHARDS TRIES TO RESCUE IT FOR ASHOVER
A hard working defensive job from Buxton but more importantly a lesson in finishing for Ashover who showed enough not to be too worried by this frustrating result.
With a sharp return from the nearby bus stop there was just time for a car to come down the road with hand bell ringing out of the back door window as the car pulled up our friend from earlier the town crier, a recognisable local barber, spotted me and declared "just another normal day in Ashover" and with that he drove off with his back seat passenger ringing their bell merrily into the beautiful distant valley.