Saturday 12th October 2013
at the Recreation Ground, Scrooby Road, Bircotes, DN11 8JT
Central Midlands League (North)
Harworth Colliery (1) 2
Tom Walker 17
Ollie Chappell 78
Westella Hanson (1) 3
Bobby Stevenson 16
Joe Norton 56
Mike Hewitt 58
Admission £3, Programme £1, Attendance 21
Mark Latham, Jordan Hardman, Simon Brewster, James Woodward (C), Martyn Gee, Dean Bonser, Jonny Bownes, Lewis Hilton, Gaz Sides, Tom Walker, Lloyd Wilkinson
Subs - Ollie Chappell, Johnny Gravelle, Josh Forbes, Steve Wibberley (GK)
Curtis Alden, Rob Dodson, Mike Hewitt, Andy Bagshaw, James Atkinson, Matt Fyvie (G), Alex Wood, Bobby Stevenson, Rob Petch, Garry Flounders, Joe Norton
Subs - Mike Pecora, Mike Bettney, Jack Walters, Paul Wilson, Liam Taylor
However, having worked out his range now, Stevenson did put the ball in the back of the net, via a direct free kick from out on the left flank on 16 minutes.
But the Colliery were back on level terms within sixty seconds, when top scorer Tom Walker, finished well after being picked out by Jordan Hardman, twelve yards out.
Harworth came close to adding to their tally late in the first half, but Lloyd Wilkinson and James Woodward were caught in two minds as a chance fell to both of them on the edge of the box and the latter punted the ball just wide of the left hand upright.
HT - Harworth 1 v Westella 1
As Mark Latham came off his line in an attempt to beat Joe Norton to the ball, Simon Brewster slipped as he attempted to hook the ball away and inadvertently played the ball past his advancing keeper and into the path of Norton, who put Westella back in front with the simplest of tap ins.
Westella forced a corner out on the right with their next attack and their left back crept into the box unnoticed at the back post, where he put the ball home home from an unmarked position.
They must have been very grateful that their third placed hosts had all but given them the two goals that would cement their win and league position today.
Alex Wood nearly added a fourth, but having rounded Latham with the ball, was stopped in his tracks by Brewster who got in a timely blocking tackle and cleared the ball to safety.
Ollie Chappell entered the fray for his Harworth debut on 77 minutes and with his first touch of the ball, guided it past the Curtis Alden just inside the right hand post, to set up a frantic finish to the game.
Martyn Gee put a slide rule pass into the path of Dean Bonser, who hit the ball low, hard and on target, forcing a great save out of Alden.
Lewis Hilton and Gaz Sides went close to breaking through a packed visitors defence in the dying moments, with the 'Stella manager Leon Sewell calling for the referee to check his watch as he knew his side were now hanging on.
In the 94th minute, Alden snatched a Jordan Hardman free kick off of Gaz Sides head and moments later, the match referee Matt Skinner blew the final whistle.
Harworth's late renaissance had come to nothing.
FT - Harworth 2 v Westella 3
A bad day at the office.
Harworth Colliery are at home again (just for a change) on Tuesday night v Bentley Colliery. 7.45pm kick off, admission £3 & £1 concessions, award winning programme* £1, Tom's Tea Room and the Pavilion Bar will be open for business.
*THE66POW CMFL programme of the year award 2013/14