Sunday, 11 April 2010

Worksop Town v Hucknall Town - UniBond League Premier Division

You've got to stay at the Y.M.C.A..

Sunday 11th April 2010. UniBond League Premier Division
at the New Manor Ground, Ilkeston

Worksop Town (1) 1 (Mallon 28)
Hucknall Town (0) 1 (Garner 46)

Admission season ticket. Programme £2. Attendence 237
Left click on photographs to super size images

Right, from the outset ... Hucknall have been struggling recently and they've lost a few decent players along the way. Worksop have been having no luck at all and some of the team seem to have lost their way a bit of late after a few decent games.

Not exactly a glowing resume for an anticipated afternoon of thrills, spills, action and end to end entertainment.
But on paper, this was a game where it would appear that the Tigers had a great opportunity to grab three points towards UniBond Premier Division safety.
Ossett Town for their part had conceded six goals at home yesterday, but the fact that they were beating high flying Bradford Park Avenue by four goals to one after just over half an hour had been played, illustrates that they are not giving up the fight (against Worksop) to avoid the drop until it is mathematically impossible for them to stay up.
A win for Worksop Town today would've opened up an eight point gap with just four games to go ... but it wasn't to be.

A man in tights sees his well struck free kick deflect wide of the goal

The Tigers started off well enough and Hucknall looked very unsteady and vulnerable.
Danny Bacon came close to opening the scoring, but his shot from 20 yards out narrowly cleared the cross bar.
Ryan Mallon was causing no end of problems so the visitors 'did a Matlock' and clattered him at each and every opportunity, the worst two culprits being Terry Hawkridge (Hucknall's number 7) and Mr Chester (the referee) who was reluctant to give Mallon an ounce of protection, or do any more than speak to Hawkridge without actually cautioning him for his repeated actions.
Mallon repaid Hawkridge's attention and 'flattery' by getting on the end of a ball across the box from Ben Tomlinson to fire the 'home' side ahead on 29 minutes.
It had looked for all the world as if Ben had got into a situation where he was going to have to 'go solo', but Ryan arrived in the nick of time to reach the ball. Though he could have been hiding behind the floodlight stanchion that impares vision from the comfortable panoramic view seats all along.
A few minutes later Kevin Sanasay was fouled right on the edge of the box.
A free kick was awarded amidst protests that it should have been a penalty, though it did look on to be on the line from where I was watching.
The free kick was placed a few yards further back by the ref though (see above picture) and the chance came to nothing.

So half time arrived, Worksop were in front on merit after a steady if unspectacular first half and another goal would just about finish the their former landlords off.
A straight forward enough plan then.

The second half was only a minute old when Keiran Debrouwer fired in a cross from the left wing that Liam Garner headed home to make the score one apiece.
At which point the game then descended into a bit of a dirge.
Debrouwer looked very effective on the left, thankfully for Worksop none of his team mates looked up to the task of offering him any back up.
Worksop had a host of corner kicks, but fortunately for Hucknall none of them amounted to anything and the game seemed to lose the small amount of fizz it had in the first half and became very flat and dull.
I've had a bit of a rough time with insomnia of late, approx six hours sleep in three days has left me feeling very nauseous and tired ... to be honest the only thing that stopped me from dozing off in my padded seat this afternoon was the frequent sound of the referee's whistle.
The game was hardly flowing as it was, but his frequent interruptions were turning the game into an even worse spectacle.
Late on in the game Worksop picked the momentum up, a bit, but it was too little too late I'm afraid to say.
I guess each and every point is vital at the moment and following this score draw, the Tigers are now six points ahead of Ossett Town.
If Ossett lose to North Ferriby United on Tuesday and Worksop beat Boston United on Wednesday, the battle to stay up will be all but over.
IF, two letters, small word, massive connotations. However, taking a glance back over my shoulder to events when I was up in Scotland yesterday, Ross County beat Celtic in a cup semi final ... a Tigers victory over the Pilgrims wouldn't need to be anywhere as near to a giant killing as that result proved to be. Besides Boston are still merely another UniBond League club ... for now at least. Self belief and motivation is the answer
So come on Worksop, it's time to REALLY stand up and be counted.
Here's an opportunity to end this crazy, uncertain, stress inducing, frustrating and bewildering, long, long season on an high.
Over to you!
Match report and pictures relating to this afternoon's game, presented for your viewing pleasure by the Grand Yogi of Nottinghamshire ground hopping Malc Storer, can be found here:
http://ontheroad2009-2010.blogspot.com/2010/04/worksop-town-1-1-hucknall-town.html
And doubtless the Boo Boo of ground hopping blogs will be along to offer us a dose of his acerbic wit and wisdom in due course too, when he can find the inclination:
http://beatthefirstman.blogspot.com/