Monday, 15 August 2011

Harworth CI Under 19's 1 v Sheffield Wednesday Academy 3 - PSF

Wow! Posh new flags or what?

Monday 15th August 2011, at Scrooby Road
Harworth Colliery Institute U19's (1) 1 (Gresham)
Sheffield Wednesday Academy (1) 3
Admission free, no programme, attendance 80ish at kick off, but grew as the night went on.
It's still a few weeks until the North Midlands Under 19's League gets under way, but the Harworth lads have been training regularly and playing a series of friendly matches for a few weeks now, in the build up to their opening fixture on September 1st, against Worksop Town at Shirebrook Town's Langwith Road ground on September 1st.
A lot of clubs in the NMU19 League, pick up players who have been to the local pro side's academy's, but who didn't quite make the cut for the reserves or first team at those 'big clubs' and became surplus to requirements.
But tonight's fixture was arranged in lieu of two of last season's Harworth Under 19 side being picked up to play for the Owls Academy for the next two years after they were spotted by the scouting network at the Hillsborough club.
Quite a feather (or two) in Harworth's cap methinks.
Altogether lads, after me "Who the f*** are Man U-ni-ted!?"

Tom Hogg had a steady first half for the Colliery side, before their other keeper Wayne Hewlett got a 'run out' for 45 minutes after the break ... but the immediate area in front of them both, was marshalled well by the centre half pairing of Jason Markell and Liam Smith, who are developing a good understanding together.
Jordan Waplington, who broke into the side last year, is going to be a real handful for opposition defences this coming season and ... err, I'll shurrup!
It's not for me to comment on their recent signings, how well they're progressing or what formations they're trying out, so close to the start of their 2011-12 campaign.
I wouldn't want to spoil the surprise for all you other NMU19L teams and supporters out there ;-)
From what I've been hearing Worksop Town are probably favourites to take the Division 2 title and Retford United won't be far behind given the way they finished last season.
But it's good that Bassetlaw has three clubs who have plenty to look forward to once September comes.
I'm going to try to take in the Worksop Town U19's game later this week against Pinxton, who by way of a coincidence will be Harworth's second opponents when the season starts for real next month.
Anyway, back to tonight's match ... Wednesday played in blue and white stripes, but Harworth didn't play in last season's orange and black kit, that just about everybody seems to wear these days ... they've been given a rather classy new strip that resembles the one worn by Mansfield Town ... a great choice Glenn and much better than the hideous green and white hoops that was suggested ;-)
Connor Gresham, put Harworth ahead on 20 minutes, but the steel city side were on level terms 10 minutes later.
In the second half, Wednesday went ahead from a spot kick, conceded needlessly ... more due to a mistimed challenge than out of malice.
Wednesday's third goal marked the onset of Harworth's most attacking and cavalier spell of the game.
A goal bound effort was saved by the Owls keeper outside his box, but he avoided being dismissed because it was a friendly game.
"Any other time!" the referee shouted out.
And then right at the end Harworth's latest signing cut in from the right wing to fire narrowly wide and then headed over a cross with the Owls keeper well beaten, as he strove top impress his new managerial duo ... I reckon he will have done.
The lad's got a good long throw on him too.
Late pressure from Harworth but the Owls hung on

That's all from me for now, I'm up really early for work in the morning, before heading up the A1 for Gateshead v Mansfield Town in the Blue Square Bet Premier.