Denaby United (1) 1
Neil Spruce 31
Harworth Colliery (4) 5
Chris Belshaw 10,
Gaz Sides 12, 30,
Matt Smith 32,
Tom Pick 88
We arrived at the ground to find that some 'joker' had super-glued the padlock on the changing rooms security gate.
But, as if by magic, a pair of blot croppers materialised and the groundsman soon had the situation under control.
It's just a shame that the 'joker' wasn't still around to have his bolts cropped too.
Denaby United's usual first team pitch was being used by the veterans side for a cup game, so the council had allocated one of the pitches a bit further away from the main building, for this mid season friendly.
Which was fine, but a bit exposed to the elements on a bloody cold and windy afternoon.
This fixture, played at the invite of a very friendly and welcoming home club, was arranged because both teams were facing a blank Saturday, after a recent spell of inactivity, caused by the weather decimating their respective fixture lists.
It was a very timely run out for Harworth, giving them the opportunity to get some playing time in prior to Tuesday night's visit to Glapwell for a CMFL North Floodlit Cup Semi Final and to have a look at a couple of trialists too.
|Enzo Guarini of Denaby United and Harworth Colliery U19|
Denaby United Squad:
Blair Herbert (GK), Ashley Cantrill, Ryan Scott, Paul Mills, Callum Black, Nick Birkenshaw, Enzo Guarini, Paul Hemmingway, James Lundy, Callum Marin, Neil Spruce, Chris Haines.
11 aside game, rolling subs allowed.
|Harworth Colliery, 'rolling' substitutions|
Harworth Colliery Squad:
Mark Latham, Jordan Hardman, Paul Burns, James Woodward, Jonathan Bownes, Chris Belshaw, Kev Shelley, Tom Walker, Lee Edmondson, Gareth Sides, Matt Smith, Simon Brewster, Tom Pick, David Cornthwaite, Ben Wheelhouse
|Harworth Colliery, 'rolled' substitutes.|
A penalty award, technically, would have meant that United, with just one available substitute, to 'roll' on and off, would have been down to ten men for most of the game, without a recognised goalkeeper.
So, although it appeared as if there had been a mistake made by the referee, or that he was being a bit of a 'homer' ... although Edmondson had been blatantly upended, it wasn't a malicious challenge and nobody got hurt, so I 100% endorse the referee's decision to turn a blind eye to the indiscretion.
That wouldn't have been very beneficial to either side.
Not that I'm undermining the standard of the Denaby side or the Donny League, they gave Harworth a good run out today and I wouldn't hesitate to take the opportunity to watch them in action again, just as long as it wasn't as bloody cold as it was today again.
|Enzo in full flight|
Two minutes later, Matt Smith teed the ball up for Gaz Sides who drilled the ball home to make it 2-0.
Denaby got a goal back, when Paul Hemminway crossed to Neil Spruce, who shot from 18 yards out, the ball took a bounce in the sticky goalmouth in front of Mark Latham, on its way into the net ... a text book finish!
The visitors first half goal spree was topped up, when Matt Smith wrong footed Herbert, before rounding the Denaby stopper to make the score 4-1, or 1-4 if you want to be pedantic.
HT - Denaby United 1 v Harworth Colliery 4
The second half saw a multitude of tactical and positional switches as the Harworth management team took full advantage of this practice game, trying out a number of different permutations in advance of Tuesday night's semi final.
Tom Pick put himself about and had several chances to add to the Colliery score line after the break, but when he crashed the ball against the crossbar with five minutes remaining, it looked as though his luck just wasn't going to be in today.
However, right at the death, 'Tommo' finally broke his duck, when Paul Jones (see below) headed a Jordan Hardman corner back across the face of the Denaby goal, to Pick who turned the ball home from just inside the six yard box.
FT - Denaby United 1 v Harworth Colliery 5
At least it wasn't a league game, where a couple of errors cost his side three points ... and for the record Blair, Harworth were taking today's game very seriously and places in the team for Tuesday's game at Glapwell were at stake today if anybody didn't give 100%.
Good luck for the rest of the season Denaby!
I hope you catch the super glue culprit and chop his fuc ... err, glue his hands together ;-)
I'm at a meeting on Monday evening, but hopefully it will be finished early enough for me to get to Inkersall Road, for the Staveley MW v Arnold Town, NMU19L game, then it's on to Glapwell for the CMFL Floodlit Cup semi the following night.