Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Mattersey FC 4 v Rainworth Rangers 3 AET - Notts FA Minor Challenge Cup Final

Tuesday 10th May at the Lido Ground, Clipstone Welfare FC
Notts FA Minor Challenge Cup Final

Mattersey (1) 3 (4) 4
Chris Woodhead 10, Carl Marroitt 65, 75 pen, Steve Owens 103
Rainworth Rangers (1) 3 (3) 3
Mattersey won 4-3 after extra time

Admission £2 including free programme
Attendance varied all night but between 59 and 81 ;-) would be a fairly accurate estimation
Just a few days after visiting Wembley Stadium on Saturday, I found myself visiting the other 'twin towers' tonight in the people's republic of Clipstone.
Ok you pedantic nit pickers, I know Wembley doesn't have 'twin towers' any more, but I needed an excuse to take a picture of the winding gear towers of the the former 'Clipo' pit before the travelling community steal them for their scrap value.
The runners up get a nice cardboard box

Another day, another 120 minutes of football ... doesn't anybody just play 90 any more?
Great fun and games and a far better game than cynical old me had anticipated.
On 90 minutes, trailing 3-1, Rainworth Rangers had all but lost the game.
On 95 minutes they scored what was surely only a consolation goal.
On 96, well I never, an equaliser that forced extra time and for a while knocked the wind out of Mattersey completely.
But on 103 minutes Stevie Owens restored Mattersey's lead, striking the ball home after turning three opponents one way and then the other ... it was a strike worthy of winning any cup final. Despite their best efforts, Rangers couldn't find a way back in to the game this time.
Great entertainment and neither team could have given any more than they did on the night, well played one and all!
Great craic, with some good companions in the form of Mick the Retford Stag, John the Frickley lag, Malcolm Storer of ON THE ROAD 2010-11 infamy and Mad Mandy who used to work in the chippy on Thrumpton Lane in Retford, amongst others.
By the way, did anybody else at the Lido Ground tonight, spot the celebrity in the crowd (and in and out of the hospitality food facilities all night)? No, not 'our Paulie' but the other guy, I'm told he is connected to Carlton Town in some capacity or other.