Saturday 21st September 2013
at Elkesley Road, Meden Vale
Welbeck (0) 0
Harworth Colliery (2) 7
Tom Walker 1 (pen), 63
Tom Pick 44, 48, 75
Danny Siddall 67
Billy Ball 90
Admission £3, Programme £1
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Joe Freeman, Daniel Childs (C), Mark Caldwell, David Cooper, Brad Middlekoop, Aaron Darch, Lloyd Kemp, Allister Jones, Paul Wass, Steff Frost (Bobby Allen), Alex Carrington.
Unused Sub - Kieron Roberts
Mark Latham, Jordan Hardman, Simon Brewster, James Woodward (C), Josh Forbes, Lee Edmondson, Tom Walker, Gregg Archer (Billy Ball), Makenzie Tomlinson (Dean Bonser 53), Matt Smith (Danny Siddall), Tom Pick
All subs used.
It speaks volumes for the quality and strength in depth that this seasons Harworth squad has, when they can put out such a decent side, on the same day that both the reserve and third team are playing, when so many other players of the calibre of Belshaw, Bownes, Burns, Hilton, Sides, Paczkowski, Wibberley and Wilkinson were unavailable for a variety of reasons and didn't travel to Meden Vale today.
The visitors attacked straight from the kick off and were awarded a penalty after just 15 seconds, when Matt Smith was unceremoniously bundled over in the Welbeck penalty area.
Tom Walker stepped forward and opened the scoring from the spot.
Inside the first ten minutes, Harworth could and probably should have increased their lead inside the first ten minutes, when Gregg Archer narrowly failed to convert Lee Edmondson's left winger corner from close range, Edmondson fired wide with a solo effort and Joe Freeman, in the Welbeck goal, blocked a point blank shot from Matt Smith.
Welbeck came to life and James Woodward was called on to intercept a cross from Mark Caldwell, while Mark Latham saved from Allister Jones who timed his run well to beat the last defender and the linesman's flag.
Steff Frost was booked for unnecessarily barging into Mark Latham after he had safely gathered a speculative ball into the box.
But the Harworth keeper doesn't let that kind of thing knock him out of his stride as many an opposition player has discovered. Diminutive in size, but dependable in stature is 'Lath'.
|Tom Walker - Half man, half bulldozer|
Tom Pick, Lee Edmonson, Matt Smith and Tom Walker were keeping the Welbeck defence busy, ably supported by Gregg Archer and 'Kenzie' Tomlinson and a good supply of first rate balls into dangerous positions and service from Josh Forbes.
But a combination of wayward finishing and last ditch defending, was keeping the visitors at bay as half time approached.
But with Tom Walker playing in a slightly withdrawn and tethered, holding attacking midfield role, it allowed Tomlinson the time and space to make an unchecked run deep into the Welbeck cross, his sideways pass sat up invitingly for Tom Pick who doubled Haworth's lead in the last minute of the first half.
While Welbeck's new manager Brian Wheatcroft assembled his players to rearrange things for the second half, I took a phone call from a friend who was at the Stags v Northampton game, being played 7 miles away, asking what all the shouting and swearing he could hear was. "Oh, don't be alarmed, it's just Harworth's manager reminding his players about their responsibilities in front of goal" I replied.
Ok, that is possibly a fabrication and exaggeration on my part, but only a slight one.
Last season, Harworth were all square, 0-0 at half time in the corresponding fixture and came out after the break to score nine times.
The turnaround wasn't quite as spectacular today, but we mustn't be too greedy.
Three minutes after the restart, Tom Pick found the net again after Gregg Archer sent him on his way with a well weighted through ball.
Welbeck were starting to creak a bit at the back now and Edmondson was unlucky not to find the net from Jordan Hardman's right wing cross.
Back at the other end, Welbeck's Steff Frost AKA 'the Beast' according to this afternoon's match programme, was fortunate not to receive a yellow card for going in late on Mark Latham. Later in the game he was substituted following a lunging tackle from behind on Simon Brewster.
Not because he was playing badly, but , I would imagine, as a precautionary measure, before the referee reached for his pocket again.
Though, I must add, that was just my take on the decision to withdraw Frost.
Tom Pick cut in from the left wing, ran across the home defence and hit a sweetly struck shot, but his goalbound effort was deflected wide.
Shortly afterwards, despite being on his hat trick, Pick chose the unselfish option in front of goal and cued the ball up for substitute Danny Siddall, who had the easiest of finishes to put Harworth four nil in front.
In the 70th minute, right in front of the Welbeck 'technical area' a bout of pushing, shoving and posturing broke out. Darren Tingle the match referee, decided that Dan Childs and Lee Edmondson were at the epicentre of the storm and showed them both a red card.
So with twenty minutes to go, the game was now 10 aside.
|Go steady Josh, he's one of ours!|
Tom Pick didn't have to wait much longer for his hat trick, which he claimed with a great finish on 75 minutes.
Pick was in the thick of it again shortly afterwards, when he dispossessed Aaron Darch and passed sideways to Dean Bonser, but the Colliery midfielder rushed his shot and put the ball wide of the target.
Amidst chaos in the Welbeck defence, following a deep cross from Jordan Hardman, James Woodward was unlucky to have an effort cleared off the line.
Billy Ball, who, following phenomenal pre season with the reserves, has been banging on the first team door for a while now, scored Harworth's seventh with the last kick of the game, when he thumped home Danny Siddall's right wing corner from the edge of the box. The irony of the situation being, if there weren't so many regular first team players unavailable today, the pair of them would've been in Bircotes, playing for the reserves against South Normanton.
With the greatest of respect to Welbeck, who are bringing people in, working hard and making every effort to turn their season round, this was a fairly straight forward win for Harworth, who've now crept up quietly on the blind side. into third place in the table.
There is still a long way to go yet though.
FT: Welbeck 0 v Harworth Colliery 7
THE66POW man of the match - a three way split between Josh Forbes, Tom Pick and Tom Walker.