Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Harworth Colliery Institute U19 0 v Pinxton U19 2 - NMU19L

Wednesday 7th December 2011, at Scrooby Road
Baris North Midlands U19 League Division 2
At Scrooby Road
Harworth Colliery Institute (0) 0
Pinxton (1) 2
Keiran Wells 38, Joe Wright 47
Admission £2 inc. programme, Attendance 27
Team sheets: Home yellow, Away pink(s) tone
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Apologies to Keiran Wells, the scorer of Pinxton's opening goal ... my camera got soaked earlier today, it's buggered and I didn't get the pictures you wanted.
Of course, it could be that all your images came out depicting you as a ginger blur because you are so damn fast, but I think we both know better than that mate ;-)
I've got a new (waterproof) model now and normal service will be resumed next time.
Good to see you again anyway ... now give over scoring against the teams I have an emotional attachment to, you poser ;-p
You took your chance very well, but stop it now ... please!
This result might mean that neither of these sides will be playing in the NMU19L Division 2 any more after this season, by virtue of them heading the opposite way to each other, i.e. Pinxton in an upwardly direction and Harworth, err ... the other way :-(
Pinxton are now 6 points behind the Division 2 leaders Radford, but have three games in hand over the Hyson Green based side.

Ryan Foster missed a great chance to put the home side ahead early on.
It set the tone for yet another night of 'if only' moments, hard luck and a few important 50/50 judgements by the match officials not going Harworth's way (again).
Sadly, it's an all too familiar story.
When you're an unfashionable club, struggling along at the wrong end of the table, it must feel sometimes, like the football fates were pre-determined against you before the season even started.
Talking of unfashionable!
Hasan Hussein :-)

The problems that have beset Harworth Colliery Institute FC as a whole this last year and some of the decisions that have gone against them, both on and off the pitch (not just the Under 19's), would've sunk a less resilient, dedicated and determined back-room team.
But this is a club that is the hub of it's community and they will survive, by the skin of their teeth maybe, but the reserves of character they have when dealing with adversity will see them through.
And lets face it, they've had more than enough practice at coping with getting the brown messy end of the stick just lately.When you're trudging off the pitch after a defeat like tonight's, on a sticky and difficult pitch, with an unrelenting and bitterly cold wind cutting right through you ... one or two of those involved must be starting to question their own sanity and the rationale behind getting involved in the first place.
Stick with it guys and don't stop believing.
Some people are in it (Under 19's football) purely for the egotistical posturing opportunities it affords them, but YOU KNOW you're there for the right reasons ... and for what it's worth, so do I!
After Harworth's opening flurry, Pinxton started making headway at the other end.
Keiran Wells crossed to Joe Wright, who headed narrowly wide.
And just before the half hour mark Jack Horton forced a great point blank save out of Zack Turner in the Harworth goal with a close range header.
The home side pushed forward again and Tom Sowden rattled the Pinxton crossbar ... if only his boot had connected with the ball instead of his shin, that one would've been a goal all the way.
On 38 minutes Keiran Wells drilled the ball past turner from the right hand corner of the six yard box.
He'd waited patiently for the right moment to score and was clinical when a clear cut chance finally came along.Though it pains me to say this, I will anyway ... chances were always going to be at a premium tonight, on a difficult surface with the wind playing havoc with the ball, so when and if a rare opportunity arose, Harworth needed to be focussed and ready to take it.
But their efforts were rushed and wasted.
A couple of opportunities were sat there, literally begging for a self assured good contact, or any kind of effort on target.
Alas it just wasn't to be.
Conditions like tonight are a nightmare for goalkeepers, with the ball moving about erratically,
but Harworth never really tested Gareth Jones in the Pinxton goal enough.
The referee waved away two penalty appeals in the first half for the home side, one of them was as blatant as they come.
It's often said that these things balance themselves out over the course of a season ... I don't think you would find anyone at Harworth who would subscribe to that theory during their current NMU19L campaign though.
That said, I might have been looking the other way momentarily in the second half, when a Pinxton player had his shirt held on the referee's blind side, thwarting a clear run on goal - ahem!Two minutes into the second half Joe Wright put the visitors two nil up.
Just after the hour Wright was through on goal again with just Turner to beat, but Jason Markell got back just in the nick of time and forced the Pinxton number 9 into rushing his shot, denying him the time to take his aim and the ball ended up in the adjacent BMX cum skateboard park.
Harworth, playing into the wind this half, struggled to get back into the game after the second goal, but didn't let their heads drop and kept plucking away.
Sadly, effort and tireless running don't win football matches.
Late in the game, Tom Padgett broke into the box and fired a powerful shot, low and hard towards the bottom right hand corner of the goal (like a couple of his team mates should've done a bit earlier), but Jones pulled off a great save down by his post.
Harworth have only one league game left to play now, away at bottom club Matlock Town on a date yet to be confirmed.
If it's two clubs down this season, they need to win that game at Causeway Lane and hope West Bridgford Colts lose their remaining three games.
Next up ... I'm planning a run over to Shirebrook tomorrow night, to watch Worksop Town v West Bridgford Colts in a NMU19L game, that now has a massive significance for the Scrooby Road team.
It wouldn't be right for me to comment further as to why I'm saying this, but come on Worksop, I think you owe Harworth one after recent events!

FOOTNOTE - Added 8/12/2011 - Worksop Town v West Bridgford Colts game is OFF - Waterlogged pitch.