at the Welfare Ground, Grange Road, Moorends
Central Midlands League (North)
Thorne Colliery (0) 0
Harworth Colliery (4) 5
Chris Belshaw 20,
Gareth Sides 24,
Lee Edmondson 25,
Tom Walker 37,
Shay Dunning 72
Admission £3, Programme £1
Rob Chester, Jonny Lugton, Andy Gillatt, Mark Sneap, Craig Holloway, Trevor Hindson, Brett Thomas, Neil Sheppard (Lee Mills), Darren Fell, Scott Rhodes (Glenn Hookway), Callum McCormack
Subs - Ross Ebbage, Lee Dixon
Mark Latham, Jordan Hardman, Paul Burns, James Woodward, Si Brewster, Chris Belshaw, Tom Padgett (Jack Baines 63 mins), Tom Walker, Lee Edmondson (Tom Pick 63 mins), Gaz Sides (Shay Dunning 63 mins), Matt Smith
Subs - All used
|Look busy lads, Jonny finally turned up ;-)|
I used to replace stolen copper cable for a living, so I know Moorends and the surrounding area quite well. Not that I'm meaning to sound disparaging about the place, needs must when times are hard and all that.
There was one enforced change to today's Harworth starting line up, because they had a player absent because he was attending a birthing class. And good on Craig Anderson for getting his priorities right too.
And then, on four minutes, completely against the run of play, the home side tore off down the other end of the pitch and scored.
But the linesman had his flag raised for an offside infringement and it didn't count.
Matt Smith competed well for the ball and dispossessed Mark Sneap, before battling on into the six yard box, but his progress towards goal was blocked out by the close attentions of several defenders.
The visitors took the lead on 20 minutes, when Tom Walker flicked on a Jordan Hardman throw in and Chris Belshaw was on hand to put the ball into the net.
Harworth switched off momentarily and the home side were nearly level within a minute, but Neil Sheppard headed over from Callum McCormack's cross.
And it was going to be an uphill battle for Thorne now.
When I arrived at the ground, I was sat in my car keeping warm, when a very tall, bearded man, walked past and nodded in my direction by way of a 'hello'.
I responded with a friendly wave, but kept then my head down, thinking that he looked quite scary as he took a seat on the wall a few yards away.
Apparently he'd taken the afternoon off from filming the sequel to 'The Hills Have Eyes' to wear the home side's number 7 shirt.
As the game unfolded, it became apparent that he, Brett Thomas, was quite a useful player too.
Just after the half hour mark, he swapped passes with Darren Fell and then took aim at Mark Latham's goal, but his shot flew over the bar ... it was probably still in his line of sight though.
On 37 minutes, it was 4-0 to Harworth, when Tom Walker stepped forward and belted a twenty yard free kick, just inside the right hand post ...
Increasingly, as the game went on, Smith was coming in for quite a lot of close attention.
But he stuck to the task in hand and didn't let it faze him unduly.
HT - Thorne Colliery 0 v Harworth Colliery 4
I said to Harworth's goalkeepers mother, "Right, I'm going to get a photo of your Mark saving this".
But, in the event, all I got was a picture of a three anguished Thorne players, as Darren Fell's spot kick, flew high over the bar and out of shot.
Doubtless, Mark Latham had psyched Fell out during his run up though.
On the hour, Lee Edmondson, hooked the ball into Matt Smith's path, down the right channel and the Harworth striker sprinted after it, while Rob Chester, who had been left short handed by a couple of AWOL defenders, charged out of his box in a chase to get to the ball first.
But he collided with Matt before he got anywhere near the ball and the pair of them crashed to the floor.
Obviously, Matt would've been goal side of the defence and in with a chance of scoring ... and deliberately, or otherwise, he'd been impeded.
I have spoken privately to the match officials and Thorne's manager about the incident, since the final whistle, but it would be wholly inappropriate to divulge what was actually said on a self indulgent, bullshit blog, with added football content. So I won't.
Suffice to say though, the discussion was conducted in a respectful and amicable manner.
|Welcome to Harworth!|
While Callum McCormack knocked the ball wide of Harworth's goal after Darren Fell had set him up shortly afterwards.
In the 72nd minute, Shay Dunning knocked home a Tom Pick cross with his midriff.
Hence, Harworth's first goal of the afternoon had been scored by Belly and their last was scored via Shay Dunning's belly.
Dunning was involved again, when he won the ball in midfield and knocked it to Walker, who's final ball into the box for Smith was cleared by the Thorne defence.
Matt was receiving even more 'man marking' than ever now and he only had to wait another minute or so before Mark Sneap barged him in the back too.
The CMFL is a steep learning curve for players Matt's age, but he came through his battering with flying colours today, getting up and dusting himself down, time after time, while never showing a glimmer of retaliation towards anybody who fouled him, or caught him with a 'fair but firm' or 'slightly mistimed' challenge.
With injury time looming, Brett Thomas and Darren Fell combined out on the right flank, but Jack Baines intercepted the ball to stop them getting a cross in.
FT - Thorne Colliery 0 v Harworth Colliery 5
Harworth man of the match - Chris Belshaw
Hopefully the weather forecast is wrong, or I won't be going very far over the next few days.