CMFL SOUTH @ WATNALL RD
1 APRIL 2017 --- 3PM
|HUCKNALL GO FOR GOAL|
After a break of around 20 years since I last visited this ground the selection of this potentially mouth watering fixture was selected especially with a threat of torrential downpours, something that thankfully didn't materialise. With both side in league cup semi final action last week, Hucknall winners and Sherwood defeated in separate games, this would give a stern test to both sides with Hucknall now out of the title race they could have a big impact here on the chasing Sherwood Colliery. The visitors needed a win to keep the pressure on favourites Selston although of course Eastwood have the points in the bag.
|HUCKNALL CLOSED TODAY|
|HUCKNALL TOWN THE NEW GROUND IS ON ITS WAY|
Indeed since loosing the name Colliery in their title the club saw fast progress but at least now the new ground on the former 'top pit' site of Hucknall Colliery they will keep an attachment to their roots.
Fast progress for Hucknall saw them quickly progress through the Notts Alliance, Central Midlands, North East Counties, Northern Premier League before their pinnacle of the Conference North newly formed but only after being denied access to the Conference National on ground grading issues for 2004/05 season. There was to be a raft of quality players and manager before it all started to go wrong with relegations and financial problems the glory boys had gone and by 2012/13 the club took 3 steps down to re join the CMFL and only then thanks to a hard working band of supporters who refused to let their club disappear. It had got so bad around this time I seem to recall the club going to one away game with just 8 players this for a club who in 2005 had appeared in an FA Trophy final at Villa Park against Grayes Athletic. The sadness around the club must have been palpable indeed watching from afar you could feel the struggle but thanks to the fans they rallied together and now even at step 7 they have a merry band of helpers and regular supporters who although they probably crave those days are just grateful to have their club.
|THE GLORY DAYS ARE FADING|
|WHERE HAVE ALL THE BIG STAFF GONE NOW|
|FORMER CLUB SHOP WITH TV GANTRY|
|TERRACING AT THE OLD CHANGING ROOMS END|
|THE OLD CHANGING ROOMS|
|COVERED TERRACE AND STAND THE HIGHLIGHT OF WATNALL RD|
|TERRACING AT THE WATNALL RD END OF THE GROUND|
Sherwood went into half time a goal to the good and that was a fair reflection of the opening 45 minutes. Half time saw a quick read of the programme which was a standard effort for a club at this level but over priced at £2.
|WE'VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE LAD|
|HUCKNALL GOAL SCORER MATT BRIAN IN POSSESSION|
The final stages of this encounter produced a superb watch with Hucknall looking all out for the win and Sherwood hoping to hit them on the break but overall this a couple of points lost for Sherwood however football being a funny game who knows if the point could still yet prove important.
A luxury return with bus stop outside the ground we made a change at Eastwood before jumping buses again at Alfreton and with a return to base just short of 7pm.
|ONE MORE LOOK AT NOSTALGIA|