Monday, 19 February 2018

WEST BRIDGFORD HOME TO VICTORY

WEST BRIDGFORD 4 GRAHAM ST PRIMS 0
EMCL @ REGATTA WAY
17 FEBRUARY 2018 --- 3PM
REFEREE DANIEL GHENT LEADS OUT TODAYS TEAMS
A comfortable victory in the end for West Bridgford in this bottom of the table battle but with half an hour gone there was nothing to pick between the two sides with the visitors probably having the upper hand but 3 goals in a fourteen minute period before half time settled the home side and ultimately secured the three points.
Shock horror two days without any rain gave way to hope of no phoning around although some clubs still managed to find their pitches waterlogged.  Todays visit would be a 'new one' but one of the small merry band of about five clubs relatively close to home that had not been visited so with the Comet a few minutes behind it was with a slight anxiousness that we set off.   Time caught up we dashed across the concourse at Derby bus station within 3 minutes we were aboard The Red Arrow to Nottingham departure at Upper Parliament St saw us with a four minute dash, not mile, to catch the Mainline service to West Bridgeford and we made it!
THE IMPRESSIVE HOLME PIERREPONT
Arrival in our destination found it raining, what...........   The area is certainly on the upper market side of Nottingham to 4 miles to the south of Nottingham we had of course passed Notts County FC and their neighbours Nottm Forrest and then the cricket ground at Trent Bridge.  After a brief look around we hopped on a further bus the five stops or so to the edge of Regatta Way and with half an hour or so in the tank we walked the mile or so to the purpose built Holme Pierrepont Water centre with a straight waterway for rowing, skiing, plus additional kayak facilities on the slalom area this is an impressive facility if slightly subdued today for the massive area that it of course takes up.  We had hoped to get a snack here but it wasn't to obvious where and with time pressing we walked the 3/4's of a mile back along the road that had seen us pass the football ground earlier on.
GROUND OVERVIEW AT REGATTA WAY
The first thing to say is that the site has a variety of football pitches and a couple of cricket grounds with a slightly off centre changing room social block that is smart but gives the 'village hall' feel to its facilities.  The building is situated towards the main pitch used by West Bridgford, the whole site appears to have been developed within an area of fields off the busy A52 situated in Gamston just outside the West Bridgford area.  General feel is that this is the south Nottingham version of Arnold Town's Eagle Valley set up but with far better public transport.
SMART MAIN STAND AT WEST BRIDGFORD
The ground descriptor is not too complicated the pitch is surrounded by the modern type tin building cladding offering a green uniformity and two sides are accessible behind the immediate goal and the near touchline, the far touchline houses the dugouts and along with the top goal these areas are still grassed.  Along the main touchline is a smart Atcost stand with corporate coloured black and red seats, the feel is of a tidy set up.  Most grounds offer some sort of back drop certainly from a photo point of view but Regatta Way doesn't and it of course leaves you to concentrate on the football.  Once again we have a club run by a small but dedicated band of helpers who have kept a tidy ground with an enthusiasm to keep non league football on the map in West Bridgford.  By this time Mick had got into conversation with a lady and gentleman from Shepshed and it was also good to catch up with the dad of Ryan Head playing left back for West Bridgford and previously of Nottingham Trent University FC in The NSL.
EARLY MATCH ACTION
A very small crowd of faithfuls had turned up for this battle at the wrong end of the EMCL and I did fear the first 0-0 game looking at both sides 'goals for' column but the conceded row gave encouragement.
PRIMS ON THE ATTACK
The opening exchanges were sharp but scrappy and it became clear that Graham St Prims were securing an upper hand without anything to show for it and of course as so often happens your opponents score.  Just over the half hour mark it was Jack Gray who reacted sharply to fire the home side into the lead and within four minutes the same player got away a close range shot that was going wide save for Bradley Scard turning the ball agonisingly into his own goal.  With a minute to go to half time the game had turned on its head with West Bridgford in total command when Joshua Kwadu broke through to score.
2-0
The second period went wrong for Graham St Prims as early as 54 minutes when Kwadu headed home from a William Heath cross.  The game over sign went up and although the visitors missed two guilt edged chances with enough time to make something of the closing stages it was to remain 4-0 when referee Ghent called time on proceedings.
JOSHUA KWADU MAKES IT 4-0
Never let us again complain about public transport timings again, we will of course, arrive at bus stop to be shipped away back to the city immediately, quick dash saw the Red Arrow arrive within 22 minutes and then a comfortable connection to The Comet saw base arrival at 7pm.

Monday, 12 February 2018

RADFORD MOVE INTO TOP HALF OF TABLE WITH WIN

RADFORD 3 HOLBROOK SPORTS 0
EMCL @ SELHURST ST
10 FEBRUARY 2018 --- 3PM
SELHURST ST RADFORD FC
An entertaining and competitive game saw Radford secure the three points with an impressive performance that placed the Nottingham based club in the top half of The EMCL against a Holbrook side who were performing under their new manager Marko Markelic for the first time.
Rain, rain, rain blah, blah, blah...............
ON CALL ARENA WITH NEW CLUBHOUSE EXTENSION TO THE LEFT
The above again affected the weekend with a mass of games lost to the continuing wet stuff so once again it was a search for likely candidates who survive and having seen The Pheasants were at home and it was about a year since the last visit who could resist?  The journey was probably one of the quietest on the usual services many deterred from travelling due to the continuing heavy drizzle I would guess.  First point of call the excellent Bobbers Mill big 'M's but was the day going to be a let down the ice cream machine was broken and so it was a blast back to the past with a apple pie for 'afters', I've never seen anybody eat these in Macs for ages.
By the time of departure the rain was very fine and light and we made The On Call Arena just after 2pm the first noticeable change is the new extension to the club house facility and you could now find a seat either in the main section or to the side around the pool table.  Nothing much else has changed over the last few years so I wont re visit the ground description except to say this is how all grounds should be right in the centre of their community surrounded by them and hopefully a big part of them too.
1-0 FREE KICK IN OFF THE POST
Many grounds have a 'feel' about them and of course the blog has its favourites but Radford is one of those and it feels like your popping back to see a friend who has a great big comfy chair to sit in and you love it.
GOOD HONEST FOOTY
Long serving clubman John Holt had taken our admission and programme money and it was good as ever to catch up with him on a few footy issues and thanks for your prompt response to my 'is it on' enquiry early in the morning, as the time to kick off approached a few more people arrived from late postponements but sadly by kick off we only had 45 in the ground, come on Nottingham get along and support this club you will enjoy some good honest footy in an authentic setting.
With both clubs in a mid table position they could hopefully relax and enjoy the game although Holbrook players under their new manager would be looking to impress Radford knew that a home win would push them into the top half.  The pitch looked fine that was until the pre-match warm ups churned it up a little but still very playable and some good old 70's muddy football could be enjoyed, too many games are called off too easily today.
HOLBROOK FANCY A HALF TIME CHAT WITH THE OFFICIALS
The opening exchanges were of an entertaining nature with possession wise Holbrook enjoying the upper hand but as Radford forced their way into the game this became a cracking game too witness.  Both sides were struggling to find the target and just as it looked like a goal less game at the break Radford were awarded a hotly disputed free kick with a minute to go.  Just to the right hand side and a few yards out of the box it was Conor Moore who stepped up and directed his free kick into the back of the Holbrook goal, with the aid of the right hand upright.
2-0
The start of the second half very quickly produced the second goal of the game which came to Radford and visibly settled them down to enjoy proceedings Moore saw his close range shot pushed away by Sam Gilbert in the visitors goal before following up Kenny Reeves struck the bar and finally Ryan Smith forced the ball over the line.
Holbrook were now having to chase the game for any sign of a come back and when the livewire Ravarne Jackson was upended in the box all hope was over for the visitors as Simon Hore confidently fired home the spot kick.
SIMON HORE MAKES IT 3-0 FROM THE SPOT
A victory that Radford deserved but credit must go to both sides for putting on a superb game of football in some difficult conditions and if Holbrook had put away some of their early chances it could have been different of course.  But it was the Nottingham side who took their opportunities and claimed the three points.
RAVARNE JACKSON [LEFT] IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY
Return journey arrived late of course in the rush hour city traffic but thankfully the connection was made and we arrived back at base just after 7pm.  Note to self get along to Radford more often.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

HARINGEY BOROUGH TOUCH OF CLASS WINS IT

HARINGEY BOROUGH 1 BRENTWOOD TOWN 0
ISTHMIAN LEAGUE 1 NORTH @ COLES PARK WHITE HART LANE
3 FEBRUARY 2018 --- 3PM
COLES PARK HOME OF HARINGEY BOROUGH FC
A single goal from Michael Ademiluyi was enough for Boro' to claim the three points and what a stunner it was with pace and a clinical finish it was the stand out moment of the game.  The encounter was played out in constant rain and some of the play although scrappy did produce chances that saw both keepers perform well at regular intervals.  For Brentwood they would feel desperately disappointed to have drawn a blank in the points column having had the lions share of possession but it matters to get the ball in the back of the net something Ademiluyi did with great skill and at the other end Valery Pajetat was on top form for Haringey.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS NEW ABODE ON ITS WAY
Another Saturday morning rain and games about to be called off in the East Midlands so the option of a trip down south sprung up and with a 3g at Haringey having been in the offing for a few weeks today would be the day with better weather forecast around London, needless to say from arriving to leaving it rained non stop and it was a case of swapping northern rain for southern rain!  A prompt departure from base station saw arrival in London in just short of two hours and after a speedy purchase of a day bus Oyster card it was a sprint to York Way to catch the 259 Edmonton Green bus to White Hart Lane.  Passing Pentonville Prison and onwards via the roads adjacent to the Emirates luckily Arsenal kick off at 5.30pm today so this would not be an inconvenience.  With the rain and steamed up windows blocking out the view from the top deck it was not as good a journey as planned for sight seeing but around 50 minutes later a departure was made just short of White Hart Lane to view the massive new ground that will be Tottenham Hotspurs home in 2019 and the first impression is wow how big is this ground going to be.  Words struggle to describe how it dwarfs all around it and this will be one impressive stadium sadly with the rain teaming down I was restricted in photo's all day including here and then at 'the boro' so not as many to highlight the visit as I would have liked.
COVERED TERRACE AND THE ICONIC STAND AT WHITE HART LANE
Outside White Hart Lane station I waited with a large collection of fellow travellers for the W3 which in its early journey travels along White Hart Lane the four stops or so to Coles Park home of Haringey Borough.  While passing by Rowland Hill Ave the connection to base sprung to mind with the Post Office accounts HQ being named after the said gentleman founder of the postal service and stamped delivery.  Indeed Mr Hill was also resident in Bruce Castle in Tottenham which also housed one of his educational establishments, in the 19th century I'm sure this part of London would have been on the very edge of the city with lots of green spaces his former home survives today with its gardens and offers up a museum to him and Haringey too.
VIEW BACK TOWARDS LONDON DURING PRE MATCH
Haringey has the quirk of being the borough in council sense that also consist of Harringay as an area like Tottenham to fall within the authorities boundaries however when I first spotted the different spellings I had to check this out I though the map people had got it wrong.  It had been a busy week in the life of local authorities with local council leader Claire Kober resigning over pressure put on her over the new Haringey Development Vehicle [HDV] I will let you look that up, but basically a public private partnership to upgrade social housing with a private twist and of course the fears that local people would not get acceptable accommodation back in their home borough.
Departing by the side of the ground Coles Park is in a surreal setting with The Sea Cadets to one side and allotments to the other, over the road the very large storage warehouse was half destroyed by fire last year.  Anyway Coles Park is on White Hart Lane, remember the football club that actual is on that 'lane' not the big boy Charlie's down the road.  The entrance gives up plenty of car parking certainly for today's attendance 135 and more or less offers a circuit road around it with to the far side a scrap man advertised.
THE ALLOTMENT END WITH ALEXANDRA PALACE AND MAST TO THE RIGHT OF THE TOWER BLOCKS
Entry was at a very reasonable £7 [option of free season ticket after first admission too] with a programme at £2 not too big on page capacity but a warm greeting was received from the gateman and after a circuit of the ground it was time to get out of the damp stuff into the clubhouse which is a separate building behind the main stand.  Following a brief liquid, non alcoholic mind, by the pleasant bar staff a research sample was made of a chip cob, from the side snack bar, which seemed to be accepted down in London as a good terminology regular readers will know the problems with cob/bap/roll/balm/batch.
RESPECT HANDSHAKES
The ground descriptor can be done fairly quickly 3g with the obligatory green surround fencing the ground boundary could see it renamed Corrugated park because its all panels of the lovely metal around the exterior.  The stand is the highlight of Coles Park sat up high offering an excellent view of the action with to the left the cranes from Spurs new ground arching over the new build, straight ahead the tower blocks in the edge of London and to the right the allotments and then in the murky distance today Alexandra Palace and the large TV aerial.  Apparently the latter is still in use and the park areas around 'Ally Pally' offer some great views back to the city, its just a shame today that the weather rather thwarted the visit.  The stand has a bright yellow and green corporate feel about it with a bit more corrugated panelling along with green moulded seats the type with no backs very much adding a continental feel to them.   The stand is set off centre and to the right as you look at it is a terrace running to the corner flag which offered vital cover and oh yes you know what its made of.  The rest of the ground is uncovered save for a little bit of shelter under the TV scaffold gantry on the far side.  Its a functional ground that I would have loved to have watched the game with the stand as the backdrop to the action but sadly it had to be mainly under the cover of the terrace stand.
FREE KICK FOR BRENTWOOD TOWN NUMBER 11 FOSTER
Another notable factor upon arriving round an hour before kick off was the choice of what the mature among you will remember as Klaus Wunderlich on the organ music this certainly added a different feel to pre match build up and was a change to the some of the modern music.
The early action saw the visitors from Brentwood in the ascendancy possession wise but the home side were to be the goal worriers with Anthony McDonald forcing Anthony Page into a wonderful save from his 20 yard shot.
MATCH WINNER FOR ADEMILUYI [LEFT]
Then the match winner on 19 minutes Ademiluyi cut in off the right with tremendous pace beat one defender on the edge of the box and smashed into the Brentwood net from 10 yards, a great goal that illuminated this dank old day.  Much as Brentwood pushed on they could find the opening and when they did get near goal come cross or shot Boro number one Pajetat was in fine form.
BORO KEEPER VALERY PAJETAT CLAIMS A HIGH BALL
The second half saw McDonald force Page into another fine save before Brentwood went on to strike the post.  The final stages saw the game open up, mind you it had been far from a dour game although some of the play had been a little scrappy there were chances, Ralston Gabriel for Haringey saw his effort saved by Page.  The Brentwood keeper was called on again moments later when he saved again from Gabriel low down at the strikers feet.   In the closing stages a lovely move from Boro should have resulted in a second Jordan Edwards low cross off the right was dummied by Gabriel and McDonald unmarked 8 yards out somehow fired over.
PAJETAT RISING HIGH AGAIN
Not too worry Haringey Borough had collected the three points from a very close game that should give strugglers Brentwood hope and also question why they are in a lowly position in the league after a very good showing.
Return journey could not have been better bus stop right outside the ground for the returning W3 to White Hart Lane Station for the connection to the 259 back down to Kings Cross journey done in around 55 minutes with some time for hoppers food, sandwich, pop and flapjack, before departing north to arrive back at base station just shy of 8.30pm.
Super day out around Haringey and the football at Coles Park shame the rain never relented and the plus side the joys of properly funded public transport in London buses every few minutes.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

BASFORD BOOK QUARTER FINAL SPOT

BASFORD UTD 3 KIDSGROVE ATH 0
INTEGRO EVOSTIK LEAGUE CUP @ GREENWICH AVE
29 JANUARY 2018 --- 7.45PM
BASFORD UNITED FC
A silky performance from Evostik League 1 South leaders Basford Utd booked the first place in the quarter finals of the League Cup after a night of quality football on the impressive 4g surface that also saw Kidsgrove join in with some good football too.
Monday night football is not always on the blogs cards but with the kind offer of a return lift from fellow blogger Bob L Hatt it was all systems go and with a pre match meal at the Bobbers Mill Macs, probably one of the best restaurants in the chain, the diet would have to wait for another day.
THE BUSINESS END AT GREENWICH AVE
The dark streets towards the ground saw a warm welcome on the turnstile and once inside there was still the usual community activity taking place on the pitch so after a few circuits there was time to re acquaint with many fellow hoppers and at least 2 other bloggers Mr Waite from the Retford Parish and Bob L Hatt from the Belper Diocese.  Burnley Dave, formerly Glapwell flag man, was there as was Mr Storer a paid up member of tonight's Parish who provides an excellent round up of the local non league alongside advance fixtures so it was as ever good to catch up alongside this a quick follow up meet with Alan from the Ilkeston Parish too.  The final attendance of just 114 is disappointing for a club that are at present riding high in many competitions and without a good collection of hoppers and interested visitors the crowd would have been around the 70 mark.  It does, as ever, beg the question 'what do the local public want' especially with the standard of football Basford Utd are putting on show, as previously blogged under the excellent guidance of Chairman Chris Munroe.
BUSINESS END PART 2
Tonight's encounter would be a quick re visit following the Corby game between the Christmas and New Year holiday period so it isn't really the time to review a ground descriptor except to say they are still watering the pitch!  Having purchased an admirable programme that also covered the Community sides game on Saturday, plus raffle there was time for a soft drink before catching up with tonight's referee Gareth Davis.
REFEREE DAVIS POINTS TO THE EXACT SPOT FOR THE FREE KICK
Gareth's a personable young man who represents his profession well and who I first made acquaintances with in The Central Midlands Football League and who it has to be noted has progressed well and during this evenings pacey encounter put in some mighty sprints to noticeably keep up with play.  Tonight he was assisted by Lauren Holt and Melissa Burgin and all three officials had creditable performances that helped this entertaining match.
BASFORD PRE MATCH WARM UP
The high energy started early on with Courey Grantham forcing Dave Parton in the visitors goal into a smart save moments later a beautiful move set Fernando Bell-Toxtle away but his shot struck the base of the post.  Not to be outdone Kidsgrove striker Lee Cropper struck the post as the visitors looked to get a foothold in the game.
KIDSGROVE KEEPER PARTON VIEWS THE GAME
It was Basford who deservedly took the lead on 27 minutes when Grantham was upended in the penalty box and James Reid converted with Parton very close to getting a save in but the ball was well struck and nestling in the back of the net.  On the stroke of half time Grantham who was proving a constant threat and was felled just a yard outside the box, again a good judgement by referee Davis whose pace had kept him up with play, and Mathew Thornhill saw his superbly struck free kick excellently saved by Parton.  An action packed first half amazingly had seen Basford only score one goal and Kidsgrove consequently were well in this tie.
BACK OF THE NET
Grantham was on fire and he set up Aidan Austin early in the second period but again in this game the post come to the rescue, shots were raining in now on the visitors goal but with defensive blocks and keeper Parton in fine form it remained a close game in score line terms.  But some light was put between the two sides on 74 minutes when Reid saw his corner sweetly met by the head of Kieran Fenton and then just three minutes later Liam Hearn tapped in at the back post to make it 3-0.
THE FOUNTAINS OF BASFORD GOING STRONG
A comfortable victory really for Basford but along the way it has to be said Kidsgrove put up a good footballing performance but at present Basford are a joy to watch with pace, free flowing football and when needed dogged determination.  This performance put out of the home sides mind the long undefeated run that had come to an end at Stamford last Saturday and hopefully the standard of football seen tonight can remain for the regulars to enjoy to the end of the season.
Thanks to Bob L for the return to Alfreton for the final bus back to base with an arrival around 11pm on an increasingly cold evening warmed by a good footballing night out.

Monday, 29 January 2018

TABLE TOPPERS TEVERSAL DEFEAT RIVALS

TEVERSAL 3 ANSTEY NOMADS 1
EMCFL @ CARNARVON ST
27 JANUARY 2018 --- 3PM
DAVE COCKERILL GETS A HEADER IN FOR TEVERSAL
Some sharp finishing from league leaders Teversal saw them defeat Anstey Nomads in a crucial clash at the top of the East Midlands Counties League and establish themselves as clear leaders over todays visitors and fellow challengers Selston.
LIGHTS ON AND THE TEAMS ARE OUT
For regular readers Teversal is as you will know always a local favourite of the blog and indeed pre the festive season the reserves v Pinxton was taken in but not blogged because there always remains a willingness to repeat yourself.  Well here goes D H Lawrence, Lord Carnarvon, Tesco stands, enjoyable club to visit with good programme, teams easily displayed oh yes and a good snack bar the latter of big importance of course.  All the above still applies and I have to say its wonderful to see the first team doing so well after their enforced switch from the NCEFL to their new home league, regular strugglers in the former have turned out to be league leaders in their new challenge and this is fantastic news for 'tevies' regular band of officials.
DAVE COCKERILL SHOWS PERFECT BALANCE ON THE DAMPER AREAS
The trip to Teversal by necessity today was undertaken at the last minute for this mouth watering encounter and unusually for the blog was a 25 minute one bus journey away although even that could not go smoothly with a late departure nearly 15 minutes behind time arrival at Carnarvon St allowed around 5 minutes to spare, add to this after a morning of following the postponements, again, it was far from a simple local match.  Thankfully Teversal had posted game on and providing no more rain, which stopped around mid-day, we would be kicking off at 3pm.
SOME MORE ACTION FROM BEHIND THE GOAL
The outer areas of the pitch were showing a rising of the muddy stuff after a rolling and marking out job had been achieved on Friday but the surface looked remarkably good although a little heavy of course.
BOTH BENCHES IN PONDERING MODE
As ever the cultured left foot of Dave Cockerill featured early on for the home side but on a few occasions he could not find the finish his team were looking for but ever the threat his touches threatened the challengers from Leicestershire who in there own right had come into this first half with an equally positive attitude.  On the goals front it all happened inside one minute in the first half Mason Brown set up Jason Ireland for a sharp finish on 28 minutes to give the visitors the lead and straight from the kick off a low cross off the left was met at the back post by Matt Wilkinson who guided the ball home to level the scores.
MATT WILKINSON IS CONGRATULATED ON HIS EQUALISER FOR TEVERSAL
Half time saw a sample of a chip cob which was of a usually enjoyable standard the compact bar was full with people getting out of the murky afternoon and with the two TV's playing away it makes the club an attractive proposition for a game, have I sold it enough yet for you to visit?
I GUESS THAT ONE HURT A LITTLE
Within 3 minutes of the re start Teversal had the lead Kurt Bamford weaved his way into the box and fired low into the bottom left of the visitors goal, this period of play had 'tevie' on fire with some delightful football and they deservedly extended their lead on 55 minutes when Brad Cox swept the ball home.  Anstey tried and tried to mount a significant challenge and felt that they had the ball over the line in one second half attack but the referee waved their appeals away and Teversal continued to defend their lead with confidence with a Daz Taylor effort cleared off the line by Jason Gregory they were still looking to attack.  At the other end Joe Hopewell tested Josh Turton in the home goal but the number one saved with his legs.
GOOD LUCK IN THE LAUNDRY WITH THAT ONE
A highly entertaining match which saw two good sides battle it out on an afternoon that saw a few followers come up from North West Leicester and with an addition of local clubs supporters whose games were off it allowed the attendance to reach three figures.  Overall they saw a Teversal side cement their lead with some nice football and three very sharp finishes with confidence rising who would back against them?

Monday, 22 January 2018

RENISHAW CHALLENGE COMES OFF THE RAIL AGAINST LINCOLN

RENISHAW RANGERS 0 LINCOLN MOORLANDS RAILWAY 5
CMFL NORTH AT STONE CLOSE KIVETON PARK
20 JANUARY 2018 --- 2PM
RENISHAW RANGERS FC STONE CLOSE GROUND
It doesn't take too long to know it's going to be one of those days and it wont happen for you and Renishaw must have felt this way during this defeat to Lincoln Moorlands Railway.  Pitch survives the inclement weather for game on signs upon arrival, in the morning club officials find last nights strong wind has blown the roof off the dug out, player shown a red card after just 10 minutes and then the loss of your keeper to a head injury on half time resulting in an outfield player taking up the jersey and Lincoln take 5 goals without reply with Sean Cann picking up the plaudits for his hat trick and the club to fourth spot in the CMFL North.
It all started so well for the second week running for the home side a presentation following last weeks 'Team of the Month' today saw league representative John Cornthwaite present the award for the 'Respect' team. The club were also able to welcome new physio Mark Grayling to the fold or more appropriately the technical area.
DEBUT FOR MARK GRAYLING
From a blog angle this would be the third visit of the season but there was still an overdue appointment with The Fat Fish much rated and a visit had been missed on previous visits.  So the area and ground have been described previously this season but there was a little time today to take in the site of the former pit and now Kiveton Woodlands which offers a view all around including a panoramic view of Kiveton and the grounds at Stone Close, including the cricket club.  Also at the top of the viewing point is a hollowed out artwork of pit pony and tub reminding visitors of this areas previous prowess.
PIT PONIES PUT OUT TO GRASS
Fish and chip shop calling and the small Fat Fish premises supplied a lovely fresh fish although the chips did let the show down, maybe its a try again chippy on a future visit.
Stone Close was awaking to visitors by now and having paid the admission the teams were obtained from both clubs and also a quick greeting to the officials including Stuart Walker was made, good to catch up again.
ALAN IS RECORDING ALL FOR POSTERITY
Todays visitors Lincoln Moorlands Railway has been covered on a few occasions home and away when they graced the NCEFL but now in this new era it would be the first time for the team in its CMFL days.  There would be a few ground hoppers here today to take in Renishaw's developing ground and it was good to also catch up with Alan from the Ilkeston parish again.
CMFL RESPECT AWARD BY JOHN CORNTHWAITE TO RENISHAW CHAIRMAN MARTIN BAXTER
The game would pit fourth bottom Renishaw against high flying Lincoln and the home side I guess expected their work to be cut out but it got incredibly difficult on 10 minutes when home defender Alex Philpott handled a shot on the line and referee Booth of course produced a red card.  From the spot kick Josh Martin converted to the bottom left hand corner.
CANN GETS A SHOT IN FOR LINCOLN
Within a few minutes the referee was again pointing to the spot when Cann was upended and this time Martin went for the opposite corner with Booth pulling off an initial block he got his body in the way to divert the follow up over the bar.
This seemed to invigorate the home side Owen Ryan firing wide from a good position before the same player forced the visiting keeper Blake Caldwell into a good save for a corner.  From the resulting kick Theo Wilson saw his header saved by the Lincoln keeper and again the ten men were gaining confidence Brandon Ashmore trying an effort from long range that flew just over the crossbar.
RENISHAW KEEPER FEELS THE PAIN AS HIS NAMESAKE REFEREE EXPLAINS ITS A GOAL
As so often happens the sucker punch came in the fourth minute of stoppage time a corner off the right saw Booth unusually not claim the kick and Jordan Curtis headed home.  With Booth flat out on the floor there were appeals to the referee he had been fouled but the official was having non of it but after a lengthy stoppage for treatment the keeper saw the remaining 30 seconds out but did not appear for the second half still feeling groggy.
ASSISTANT REFEREE STUART WALKER CONSIDERS IF THE TRAIN IS ACTIVE
The second goal had made the task difficult but now the home side had to place an outfield player in goal and thankfully Chris Gill stepped up to the mark.  Cann should have added to the visitors score early on but he soon made it 3-0 with a low shot from 14 yards.  It was 4-0 on 69 minutes when Robbie Smith set up Cann for a shot across goal into the bottom right hand corner.
RENISHAW ON THE ATTACK
By the end Cann was celebrating his second half hat trick with Lincolns fifth following an assist from Zak Johnson.
BREAKAWAY FOR RENISHAW
A harsh day for Renishaw but an in the end comfortable victory for Lincoln who secured three points when you of course still have to beat what is put in front of you and they did just that today although this would have been a much closer game if it had remained 11 v 11 with a first choice keeper.
With a little bit of time built in there was chance to pop over to the cricket clubs pavilion for an after match social and as per most cricket clubs there was a wonderful selection of memorabilia attached to the walls including a wonderful shot of a cricket match in full flow with the former pit dwarfing proceedings through the cover.
A standard return on the trains with seats gained and indeed this had been a steady local saunter to a club and village that is becoming an ever interesting journey to follow.