Tuesday 4th September 2012, at Scrooby Road, Bircotes
Central Midlands League North
Harworth Colliery Institute (0) 1
Tom Pick 72
Kiveton Park (0) 2
Steve McDonnell 84, Carl Longmore 89
Admission £3, Programme £1, Attendance 38
Harworth Colliery Institute:
Mark Latham, Jordan Hardman, Simon Brewster, Shay Dunning, Stuart Needham, Josh Forbes, David Reeve, Craig Anderson, Tom Walker, Gareth Sides, Tom Pick
Subs - Matt Dent, David Cornthwaite, Kyle Pashley, Tony Garner, James Woodward
John Parker, John Gravelle, Jack Poad, Daniel Harrison, John Sainthouse, John Plant, Stephen McDonnell, Jamie Taylor, Carl Longmore, Rob Gorman, James Lawton
Subs - Jordan Cocks, Marcus Green, Jon Barnes
Fresh from their 10 (ten) - 0 win at Hard Lane against DFS Welbeck Welfare on Saturday, Kiveton Park arrived at Scrooby Road, fired up and raring to go.
They're a big strong side, not shy of getting stuck in and after tonight's game they are joint second in the table, on 15 points, along with AFC Mansfield and Clay Cross Town.
Harworth are still top, though events at Forest Town tomorrow night could (and most likely will) see that change.
Ollerton Town are now the only side in the CMFL North who have won all of their games this season, while Easington United still haven't lost yet, but of course they drew at Scrooby Road on Saturday. Interestingly, the two unbeaten sides go head to head at Low Farm on Saturday.
Both defences were on top for the first forty five minutes and it was obvious that goals would be few and far between tonight.
Worryingly for Harworth, Tom Walker had to come off injured ten minutes into the second half. Hopefully he won't be out for long, because his link up play between midfield and the front line has been instrumental in the sides successful run of results this season so far.
I haven't been keeping a list of how many goal assists he's got to his name thus far, but I'm sure Tom could tell you himself if you ask him nicely ;-)
Kiveton Park had cleared efforts by both Gaz Sides and Tom Pick off the line, Simon Brewster came close to breaking the deadlock and Chris Belshaw had been denied by John Parker in the visitors goal, before Tom Pick finally opened the score, when he belted home a direct free kick from twenty yards out on 72 minutes.
With time running out, it looked as though Harworth were going to hold on for three hard won points.
But, the ever improving Kiveton are one of the better sides in this league and won't be amongst the also rans who are regularly going down to big defeats in the CMFL this season.
With six minutes to go, the South Yorkshire side were back on level terms, when Steve McDonnell scored from just inside the box.
Harworth conceded a free kick out on the right wing, inside the last minute.
Kivo's captain Carl Longmore, who's 'physical presence' had been a thorn in Harwoth's side all night, met the cross and powerfully headed the visitors in front.
There was no way back for Harworth now and they were left to rue the missed chances they'd had earlier in the second half.
Oh well, 5 wins and 1 draw (plus the one at Brodsworth that was abandoned while Harworth were ahead at the time), before their first defeat of the season, against a strong Kiveton Park team, is a great start for a side who just a few weeks ago lost a core of their players to a NCEL side.
Next up: Good luck to Harworth Colliery Under 19's in their opening fixture tomorrow night against Ollerton Town.
I will be AWOL though, at 'the Clod', watching AFC Mansfield v Sherwood Colliery in the CMFL North.