FA VASE ROUND 2 @ THE MDC STADIUM
21 NOVEMBER 2015 --- 3PM
|HAVE YOU SEEN SMARTER DUG OUTS?|
The day started with a wait for an early pitch inspection at Hemsworth and after overnight snow there was a little doubt in the blogs mind. But a departure from base station allowed a few possible routes for this journey with Rotherham at Leeds I opted to avoid a busy train up to Fitzwilliam and on arrival in Sheffield the 265 bus was boarded for the one hour journey to Barnsley. With a quick trip that any sprinter would have been pleased with we made the about to depart number 28 which ultimately ends its journey in Pontefract. This journey was of interest because it would take us through many of the former mining villages surrounding Barnsley and also allow us to depart with an hour to spend in Hemsworth and thanks to the 'explorer' ticket it was all included in the price.
Departure soon had us into the surrounds of Barnsley with Cudworth, Birdwell, Shafton and then Grimethorpe all evoking memories of the bygone pit days. Grimethorpe was one that I had wanted to visit with the former CMFL club no longer gracing the league the ground remains and has just accepted Worsbrough Bridge Athletic as tenants and is on th 'to do list'. The village was also base for the film Brassed Off set around the villages famous brass band around the time of the 84/85 strike.
Upon arrival at Hemsworth the bus station is adjacent to the big 'T' store amazingly you felt Metro had rejected the chance to position it in aisle 1!
|KINSLEY GREYHOUND STADIUM|
Its a straight route to Fitzwilliam the nearby village that stages the home ground of Hemsworth MWFC with the former pit of Fitzwilliam Main, to become Hemsworth Colliery and then Kinsley drift, this would appear to be a good enough connection. The way to Fitzwilliam is met along the road by Kinsley a village that until last season had its own CMFL club and directly over the road from this a superb looking greyhound track, The Kinsley Stadium is a superb facility and this area with Hemsworth MWFC has a nice selection of sports grounds add to this the cricket grounds and you have a sports keen area which was probably past aided by the National Coal Board helping out in making sport a positive in an areas lifestyle. As we left Kinsley and entered Fitzwilliam we crossed over the railway line and the station, which we would use for our journey back later in the evening.
|THE FORMER HOME OF AN ENGLAND GREAT BEING BUILT OVER|
Here in is the next story and my last visit I had explored were number 45 Milton Terrace was and today as I sought it out for a picture I found the builders had moved in big style. You see on Milton Terrace you would have found the person we are about to declares Uncle Algy, his grandma scoring a 100 with a stick of rhubarb and his mum catching the ball in her pinny. Yes it was the birthplace of one Geoffrey Boycott Yorkshire and England cricketer I had hoped to get a shot of the ground where is house once was but today I could only get a picture of houses going up over the site. The picture shows in the back ground on the left the large roof of the massive miners welfare. Sadly Geoff hadn't come back to visit memory lane today so it was time to make our way the remaining 100 yards or should I say cover drive to the entrance to The MDC. Just before we do its also very much worth mentioning this villages sporting pedigree was further enhanced by the footballing brothers of Cyril and Peter Knowles, the former a glittering career including Tottenham and the latter at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
|THE ENTRANCE TO THE MDC AT HEMSWORTH MWFC|
From my one previous visit not too much appeared to have altered at the ground with the social club and changing rooms being the main building. The spectator entrance is to the right hand side of this building and having paid the entrance fee a little step across a grassed area secured a programme from a portacabin window. Thankfully we arrived at 1345 and secured the said item because within 5 minutes the window was closed up and all 30 programmes produced had been sold. A little disappointing here for many travelling and home fans, surely most clubs would have predicted a large gate for this 2nd round tie especially with a club from the north east being involved.
|A BUSY ENCLOSURE PROTECTING ITSELF FROM THE BITING WIND|
|FA VASE ROUND THREE QUALIFIERS SUNDERLAND RCA FC|
So too the game and with Sunderland looking to continues their recent fine form they would expect to face a tough challenge form the leaders of the NCEL division 1 Hemsworth MWFC. But the home side got off on the wrong foot within 30 seconds when ex Chesterfield front man Larkin was up to full steam straight away driving home a flowing move that caught out the home defence.
|NO LARKIN ABOUT AS COLIN SCORES INSIDE THE FIRST MINUTE|
The pace was intense and with Sunderland looking a constant threat Hemsworth were finding it hard to take advantage of any openings they did work in the game and it got even harder on 37 minutes when Larkin got his second lovely work by Stephen Callen and Kevin Gordon set up the number 9 who converted with comfort from 8 yards out.
Again Hemsworth looked for a comeback goal but they met Harkess in fine form when he turned Jason Yates shot onto the post at full stretch. A few moments later Callen stretched for the visitors while trying to convert but his effort flew wide. He wasn't to be denied though on 45 minutes when his pace took him into the box and rounded the home keeper Chris Snaith to slot home from a tight angle to make it 3-0.
The second half started at the same 100 mile an hour pace and on the hour mark Sunderland RCA further extended their lead with a sweeping move that saw Gordon race on into the box and fire into the bottom left hand corner as Snaith came racing out.
Fifteen minutes later Hemsworth pulled a goal back when Samuel Jones lashed the ball home from the edge of the box to make it 1-4 this encouraged the home side into their best period of play in the tie so far and they were pushing the visitors back. Indeed Jones could have got a second with ten minutes remaining but his unmarked header scraped just the wrong side of the post.
|KEEPING CALM ON THE RCA BENCH|
Then a sublime moment when Larkin completed his hat trick and made victory secure as the visitors went 5-1 to the good. A cross off the left by Ross McNab looked to be travelling out of play deep at the far post but somehow Larkin took the ball down under control and in the blink of an eye lashed the ball home past a shocked home defence. A fantastic goal to round of a fantastic afternoon for the side from the north east, Larkin would of course be delighted with his contribution but the overall commitment from the whole of his teammates I'm sure is something he would acknowledge. As for Hemsworth they gave it a good go and with some better finishing would probably have been in this game for a lot longer than the score line suggests. But the game overview would have to declare some clinical finishing alongside unbelievable work rate for the cause from Sunderland RCA.
The return short walk to the station was made by terraces overlong the railway line and
the former Milton Terrace and as the weather was closing in to freezing we were glad to see the slightly delayed Pacer unit pull into Fitzwilliam station for the departure to Sheffield before a quick change decamped us back at base station just before 7pm.
Not a long journey today but a tremendous game with a good historical look around the former pit heartlands of Yorkshire and overall a enjoyable day out.
|ARRIVAL INTO HEMSWORTH INTERCHANGE|