Football League Youth Alliance (NE)
at Eagle Valley, Arnold Town FC
Notts County (0) 2
Bradford City (1) 1
Admission 'nowt. Big n' strong coffee & bacon cob £3
Curtis Hall, Luther Wildin (C), Kenan Layton, Ben Browne, Jordan Richards, Harry Bugg, Sam Osbourne, Jack McMillan, Remaye Campbell, Alan Gibbons, Alex Howes
Subs - Ryan Ebanks, Joe Searson-Smithard, Louis Robinson, Edwin Towers, George McCartney
My plan had been to slip in among the parents and die hard 'Pies' who turn out for these games, all incognito and hush, hush.
Fat chance, before I'd swallowed my second mouthful of coffee, one of the Bradford players mums had already clocked me and asked if Mansfield Town Under 18's didn't have a game this morning, while one of County's coaching staff stood with me for the first twenty minutes, as we discussed the pros and cons of development football at various levels in the region.
Of course, I scrawled down a few notes, but that is just force of habit these days and a fool proof way of prompting my memory, because my ever diminishing attention span isn't much help to that end, as I rapidly decline into a state of old age and decrepitude.
And as a consequence very little that I wrote down, will be of the slightest consequence to either of the people who still read THE66POW.
Both teams had chances to have made it 3-3 inside the opening five minutes, but as the opening half panned out, County squandered a succession of chances, as the ball misbehaved in the strong wind they were attacking into.
|Ooh look! I can see my car from here.|
It had been coming to be fair.
The visitors applied a fair amount of pressure in the closing minutes, but County held out for the three points and their keeper Curtis Hall demonstrated that he is a dab hand at running the clock down in these situations.
Sam Osborne looked like a real live wire in midfield for the home side, getting forward down both flanks when the opportunity arose and you can see why Wolves (and a couple of others) had a talent scout at Arnold watching Luther Wildin, County's captain, as the firm tackling midfielder put a great shift in out of position at right back.
FT: Notts County U18 2 v Bradford City U18 1
I'm looking forward to seeing both sides when they travel to face Mansfield Town U18 in the near future.