Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Collingham 3 v Harworth Colliery 1 - HKL NMU19L Mini Shield

Tuesday 19th April 2016
HKL NMU19L Mini Shield
at Station Road, Collingham
Collingham (1) 3
Marlon Grundy 20, Jake Newton 62, Keiron Helsdown 82
Harworth Colliery (1) 1
Brett Garrett 27
Harworth chairman joins in with the warm up
Ben Tonks, Sam Biggs, Roy Bescoby (Adam Stone 83), Sid Costa, Simon Biggs, Jackson Buckthorp (C), Callum Godden (Charlie Warrington 63), Jake Newton, Jack Wilkinson, Marlon Grundy, Kieron Helsdown
Both subs used
Harworth Colliery:
Josh Court, Ross Taylor (12 Alex Hawkridge 25), Tom Hawkridge, George Agnew, Chad Jacobs, Ross Wicks (Bailey Armstrong 54), Brett Garrett (Callum Hudson 79), Josh Dickinson, Jordan Camm, Marley Alder (C), Louis Mcquire
Unused sub - Danny Fitzackerley, 
Harworth were hoping to take the momentum from their morale boosting win over neighbours Worksop Town into tonight's mini shield encounter against the NMU19L (South) champions Collingham FC, but they would have been disappointed as the young Colliery side took around twenty minutes to come out of hiding tonight, before they started to get up to speed, by which time they were already a goal behind and had Josh Court to thank for keeping the score down with two excellent saves, while Ross Wicks had denied Marlon Grundy with a last ditch saving tackle when he had looked odds on to open the scoring.
The home side took the lead on twenty minutes, when Grundy took the ball around Court ten yards from goal and his goal bound shot hit Wicks on the arm.
"Ball to hand" some people might say and it wasn't intentional, but it had denied a goal scoring opportunity and Grundy opened the scoring from the spot kick.
The goal finally sparked some life into the Colliery lads and Sam Biggs was called on to block Brett Garrett as he homed in on the Collingham goal.
Tom Hawkridge, Louis Mcquire, Jordan Camm and Josh Dickinson threaded together a string of passes to create a chance for the Harworth captain Matty Alder, but Ben Tonks came off his line and gathered the ball.
The visitors were dealt a blow on 25 minutes when Ross Taylor had to leave the field of play, but Alex Hawkridge was chomping at the bit to be involved and he replaced the diminutive play maker.
George Agnew launched a long ball towards Brett Garrett who met it on the run on the edge of the Collingham area, flicked a header over the advancing Tonks and ran on to drill the ball into the open goal.
For a while Harworth looked very lively attacking through Mcquire, Camm and Dickinson, but Sam Biggs cleared his lines again.
Agnew almost put the visitors in front, bvut his shot deflected wide of the right hand post after Chad Jacobs had picked him out inside the right channel, where he had made a run around the back of the host sides defence.
Right on the stroke of half time, Jake Newton held the ball up well inside the Harworth penalty area, before laying a sideways pass into the path of Mundy, who spanked his shot wide.
HT: Collingham 1 v Harworth Colliery1

Keiron Helsdown shot from 12 yards, but Ross Wicks got in the way and played the ball away to safety. Harworth broke quickly and Jackson Buckthorp blocked Alder's shot and it deflected into the arms of Tonks.
Wicks was having a good game, marshalling the home sides front pair well, so it was bad news for the Colliery when he had to be withdrawn on 54 minutes, having taken a hefty knock in the middle of the park.
Bailey Armstrong entered the fray and Matty Alder dropped back into defence as a consequence.
Agnew was holding his own in midfield while Garrett was making all the right runs into the home sides last third but needed more service than he was getting.
Josh Dickinson found himself in space 15 yards from the home side's goal and tried his luck with a long range shot. Oi! Mind my bleedin' car son! It, err, wasn't on target.
Jake Newton nudged a toe punt  into the Harworth goal from an improbably tight angle on the dead ball line
 after some good work in the build up from Sam Costa.
The game became a bit of a stop/start affair with Collingham running the clock down at every available opportunity, which seemed to distract the Harworth team who started to loose their shape and focus.
Jack Wilkinson, who was breaking free down the right flank from midfield more and more, delivered measured ball to Newton in the six yard box, whose close range header was turned over by Court.
Dickinson and Armstrong attacked the home side's area, but when the ball fell to Camm, ne was crowded out by three opposition players and couldn't get his shot away.
Armstrong broke free on the left flank and sprinted towards the Collingham goal, Tonks was left stranded and as he charged out of his box he stopped the Harworth winger's goalbound effort by handling the ball outside the area. His was his last touch of the night and Sid Costa went in goal in place of the red carded keeper.
Brett Garrett, HCFC goal scorer
Against ten men, with the oppositions  midfield creator now playing in goal, Harworth must have fancied themselves for a point, but Collingham defended deeply to keep the visitors at bay, leaving only Keiron Helsdown up front, who they picked out with a long clearance from midfield and he netted his sides third goal in the 82nd minute.
The champions of the South division shut up shop and Harworth looked resigned to their fate as the game petered out.
FT: Collingham U19 3 v Harworth Colliery U19 1
Sadly, my usually reliable bridge camera died tonight and I lost all of the match photos I had taken on it.
Oh well, back to Argos in the morning then.