Thursday, 29 August 2013

Harworth Colliery 4 v Scotter United 1 - Reserves Friendly

Thursday 29th October 2013, at Scrooby Road
Reserves Pre Season Friendly
Harworth Colliery (1) 4
Neil Heaybourne 24, Andy Webb 65, 79, 86 pen
Scotter United  (1) 1
Steve Bradley 3
'Completely against the run of play', Steve Bradley broke clear of the Colliery defence and fired the visitors ahead after just 3 minutes.
On a bobbly surface that would benefit from a a downpour of Biblical proportions, for seven days and seven nights, both sides did their level best to play controlled and passing football.
Neil Heaybourne finished off a good set piece manoeuvre down the left flank, when he cut inside the Scotter penalty area a fired home a quality angled strike from 12 yards out.
HT - 1-1
At the start of the second half, Heaybourne nearly netted both his and Harworth's second goal when he left the visitors defence in his wake through the right hand channel, but his effort went narrowly wide.
Tony Garner and David Baum both had good chances to put the home side ahead, but the ball was sitting up awkwardly on the rock hard surface and neither of them succeeded in keeping the ball on target.
A stretch, a yawn and a 21 minute hat trick. Crap shorts though.
Second half substitute Andy Webb, who'd only arrived at 'the Rec' from work a few minutes prior to kick off, made it 2-1 on 65 minutes, when he ran onto a great knock from David Baum.
Scott Hardman sent Danny Siddall on a run deep into Scotter territory, Danny, in turn, laid the ball off to David Baum who shot narrowly wide.
Alas, this evening 'Baumy' was destined to be a giver, not a taker.
Indeed it was David Baum who provided Andy Webb with a good ball in the 79th minute, for him to get a yard on the Scotter full back as he homed in on goal before knocking the ball beyond the reach of 'Big Mikey' in the visitors goal.
Danny Siddall, looking lively since being introduced from the bench, took advantage of a defensive slip to cue David Baum up, but as the ball bulged the back of the net, the linesman's flag was up and the goal was ruled out.
'Big Mikey' in the visitors goal
Andy Webb completed his hat trick from the penalty spot with four minutes remaining.
Possibly the 4-1 margin of victory was a bit harsh on the visitors, who'd dashed over from work to Bircotes to make the early kick off, because they had given Tez Griffin's team a decent workout with their understrength side. That said there were several stand out performances from the Harworth 2nds tonight, who showed the first teamers that they cannot afford to be complacent, with a string of decent players in reserve, ready to step up to the mantle if required.
FT - Harworth Colliery 4 v Scotter United 1
Thanks to Paul for bringing his Scunthorpe League side over for the game tonight , good luck for the forthcoming season.
Harworth Colliery Reserves start their league campaign at Belper Town on Saturday 7th September.