Thursday, 3 February 2011

Calverton Miners Welfare 4 v Harworth Colliery Institute 1 - North Midlands U19 League

Pitchside view from the away team bench
A Mansfield Town skinhead prowls the touchline with menace
North Midlands Under 19's League Division 2
At Hollinwood Lane, Calverton

Calverton Miners Welfare (2) 4
(Jack Hopper 2, Callum Moss, Lewis Capewell)
Harworth Colliery Institute (1) 1
(James Middlebrook 39)

Admission £2 - Programme £1 - Attendance 40 (ish)
Enough spectral orb activity going on here to get Yvette Fielding wet

On the face of it, going on the strength of league table statistics alone, Harworth are the whipping boys of this division, merely existing as cannon fodder and target practice for their opponents. However, anybody who has seen them in action several times this season could vouch for the fact that what we've seen here tonight, yet again, is a genuine hard luck story, where they've gone down to another scoreline which was slightly flattering to the opposition.
You couldn't blame them if they were becoming dejected about it all by now and a few heads were starting to drop, yet they stay positive, keep trying to play football the right way and have a couple of excellent prospects amongst their ranks too.
Even when I saw them go down 5-2 away to Unity at Watnall Road, they kept trying to pass the ball and keep their own momentum going right until the end of the game and even though their irrepressible and highly entertaining opponents had already taken the spoils on the night ... Matty Bradley smacked home a late goal in that game that was the equal of anything Unity themselves had fashioned ... and in this league you can't get higher praise than that.
This is Glenn and Hasan's first season at the helm with Harworth's Under 19's, they appear to be in steady hands for the future.
Harworth's lads will have learnt a few lessons the hard way this year and come back stronger for the experience in 2011-12. They've given some of the 'bigger' and more fashionable teams a run for their money at times, without getting the breaks.
Keep the faith guys!
Calverton have an habit of consistently fashioning these kind of results out of hard graft, focussed concentration all over the pitch, meticulous organisation and dogged determination.
That isn't to say they aren't aesthetically pleasing to watch at times - and you don't stay in touch with the teams at the top of the table on the strength of hard work alone - but the priority for Calverton seems to be getting the basics right. They are certainly less prone to individual errors than any other team I've seen in this division this season.
No offence intended, but Calverton are a great example of the ethos of team work and playing to ones own strengths ... they're very similar to Long Eaton United's Under 19's in that respect.
Anybody watching these games in the guise of a scout for an opposition team would find it hard to find any chinks in Calverton's armour ... so they must be doing something right!

Match report from the Harwoth CI website, written by the internationally acclaimed sports reporter Hasan Hussein, can be found by clicking on the following link: