NOTTINGHAMSHIRE SENIOR LEAGUE DIV 1 AT KINGSWAY PARK
15 NOVEMBER 2017 --- 7.30PM
|ACTION FROM THE ASHLAND GOALMOUTH|
Kirkby in Ashfield closely associated with neighbouring Sutton in Ashfield, but locals assure me there is much rivalry between the two has seen both fail to sustain a senior non league football team in recent years. Following on the various forms of Sutton Town through Ashfield Utd etc. the clubs in their varying guises moved from former homes in Sutton, now an Asda, to Lowmoor Rd here in Kirkby and then along the way onto the Hosiery Mills Ground on the Huthwaite border. A very simplistic overview for what was a complicated history also featuring North Notts and Oakham Utd in the mix somewhere. With Sutton now sporting Mansfield Hosiery Mills at the ground of the same name its neighbour here in Kirkby offers up Ashland Rovers playing at Kingsway Park.
Approaching by a quick change in Alfreton the departure was at Kirkby Cross about 1 mile from the centre more or less adjacent to the stone monument that gets the area its name. The walk to Kirkby in Ashfield was via what felt a dark and uninspiring road over the railway station bridge and approaching the town I had turned down the first chip to visit The Fryer, much recommended, but after seeing the queue and shortage of time I disappointingly had to save this one for another day. There was a quick time to catch up with the superb cricket action depicting the towns own sporting hero Harold Larwood in bowling action to Don Bradman from the famous bodyline series now appropriately situated by the towns new superstore, close by the town offers a tiled wall of its history and sporting sons and daughters too
|CRICKET IN THE DARK KIRKBY'S OWN HAROLD LARWOOD|
|A SILHOUETTED KINGSWAY PARK ENTRANCE|
The visitors got off to a storming start with the lead after 13 minutes when Matt Walker drew the keeper to fire home but shortly after it was all square when the impressive Danny Bircumshaw drove home cutting in off the right from 14 yards. It was the visitors who went into half time ahead when Tom Palmer lashed home the a lose ball in the penalty area. An entertaining half just got better in the second period which within ten minutes saw Ashland deservedly equalise when Bircumshaw got his second with a quality finish again off the right hand side of the box unleashing a finish into the roof of the net. The game flowed from end to end with some cracking football which saw Awsworth have an effort cleared off the line before they struck the post through Danny Fry, this was not too rule out the contribution of Ashland who continued to threaten.
A fair result from a game that surprised for this level with real energy and effort from the players there should also be a mention for referee Derek Spray who allowed play to continue and produce this entertaining encounter.
|DAVE FEATURES FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A FEW WEEKS AND ON A SMALL BURNLEY BADGE TO SHOW|