Baris Northern Counties East League Division 1
Clipstone Welfare (2) 3
Jimmy Adcock 14, Warren Hatfield 17 , Rob Paling 75
Hallam (0) 1
Mark Wall 86
Admission £4, Programme £1, Attendance 65
Jamie Davies, Andy Jones, Luke Davies, Dave Issott, Brandon Shaw, Gary Panting, Jimmy Adcock, Jamie Tryner, Gavin King, Warren Hatfield, Sam West
Subs - Rob Paling, Mark Frost, Dave Middleton, Simon Hennesey, Will Tomlinson
Andy Colson, Danny Cann, Rob Adgie, Danny Booth, Mark Wall, Stuart Rodgers, James Cook, John Bownes, Scott Whittington, Ben Kistell, Adam Carter
Subs - Danny Wiltshire, Ryan McGreevy, Alex Back, Julian Watts
Clipstone's Gavin King and Hallam's Scott Whittington, both had chances to open the scoring early on, but the first goal arrived on 14 minutes, when Jimmy Adcock, one of the smallest players on the pitch, headed the home side in front from close range, after the 'second oldest football club in the world' had made a mess of clearing their lines.
Hallam are currently rooted at the wrong end of the table, in the bottom three. On tonight's evidence that isn't because they're a bad side, because they do knock the ball around well and try to get forward as often as possible, but they're lacking a bit of cohesion and penetration in the final third.
The game was actually far more end to end that the score might suggest, but only one side had taken any of their chances, while the other kept taking the ball up dead ends and running out of options.
HT - Clipstone Welfare 2 v Hallam 0
Scott Whittington had two chances to half the visitors deficit, in quick succession, shortly after the restart.
His first effort was saved by Jamie Davies and he took too long over deciding what to do with the second while the Clipstone defence closed ranks and marshalled away from the goal.
Rob Paling shot from twenty yards out, but Hallam keeper Andy Colson gathered the ball without too much trouble.
Hallam's left back slipped and Warren Hatfield took advantage out on the right flank, but Jamie Tryner couldn't quite provide the finishing touch from ten yards out.
Rob Paling once again got on the end of a Warren Hatfield cross and this time he made no mistake. 3-0.
Hallam were out of the game now, though they did pull a goal back inside the final five minutes, when Mark Wall, currently on loan from Worksop Parramore, got on the end of a John Bownes cross to net a consolation goal.
Simon Hennessey hit the Hallam crossbar with a cross cum shot in the final minute and then right on time, the referee sounded the final whistle and it was time to head home and get out of my wet clothes.
Next up: I suspect the weather will dictate which game I go to tomorrow night, if any.