NOTTINGHAMSHIRE SENIOR LEAGUE CHALLENGE CUP FINAL
@ RON STEEL SPORTS GROUND DUNKIRK FC
14 MAY 2016 --- 3PM
|AWSWORTH VILLA NSL LEAGUE CUP WINNERS 2016|
As the season comes to its conclusion for The Precision Nottinghamshire Senior League with its cup final the blog decided against travelling to The NCEFL final and there was a chance to revisit a ground I must have visited around 25 years ago. Start from base was by The Comet, basically a bus service not a rocket, to Derby and thankfully we had set off with plenty of time for a look around because on the approach to Derby the traffic was heavy with The Rams having a 1230 kick off for their play off game. A quick change at the bus station saw the Red Arrow boarded and a swift journey down the A52 saw us depart at the hospital, QMC, just after 1200 noon.
|LOOKING BACK TOWARDS THE TURNSTILE AT DUNKIRK FC|
|SIDE BY SIDE STANDS|
Admission paid and programme purchased there was time for a quick greeting from Rob Hornby, registrar of The NSL and of course known to many as the ground hop organiser of this parish. On return a look at the programme discovers an excellent colour effort for a final, well done NSL!
A quick tour of the ground revealed a tidy facility with hard standing all the way around a port a cabin with an good public address system, again well done here so many host clubs/league don't seem to bother for finals. While on the praise front a printed team sheet was also additionally produced all very encouraging to take this fixture in again in the future. By the turnstile entrance a rickety looking scaffold stand and over to the far touchline a high roofed covered terrace quickly followed by a small seated stand. The dug outs are on the opposite side just below the hospitality cabin.
We met up with Paul a fellow hopper who had travelled from Chesterfield who we had last met at Hemsworth MW for their FA Vase game versus Sunderland RCA earlier in the season, it was a pleasure to swap stories and ground visits.
|HERE COME THE THREE TEAMS|
|AWSWORTH VILLA FC|
representing Real gave everything and played to their strengths defending and battling for every ball.
|REAL UTD FC|
|DANNY WALSH GIVES VILLA THE LEAD|
|REAL KEEPER NATHAN BURROWS SEES YELLOW|
We arrived at half time all level and you just wondered if the shock of the team with no substitutes could pull off a victory as they continued to look to hit Awsworth on the break.
|AN ATTENTIVE AWSWORTH CROWD AWAIT|
But the winner did come when Walsh got his second through determination just inside the Real box to get hold of the ball and round keeper Burrows to slot home, cue scenes of joy, 85 minutes.
|DANNY WALSH MAKES IT 2-1|
|CELEBRATIONS AFTER THE SECOND GOAL FOR AWSWORTH|
A journey back along the busy A52 and past the various factory and car showrooms found us back at the appropriate bus stop for The Red Arrow service back to Derby and remarkably with The Comet on stand we made it aboard before it pulled away and a return to base was achieved just after 7pm from a well organised final, well done NSL.
|REAL MANAGER CHRIS GALLEY SAW HIS TEAM PERFORM ADMIRABLY|