Friday, 7 July 2017

Ollerton Town 4 v Harworth Colliery 1 - PSF

Friday 7th July 2017
Pre season friendly
at Walesby Lane
Ollerton Town (2) 4
Kyle Ludlow 2, 30, 49
Lewis Bingham 51
Harworth Colliery (1) 1
Dan Wood 21
Admission £2 Attendance 85
As Ollerton Town (who went down 7-0 against CMFL South side Eastwood Community last weekend) will testify; pre-season results don't count for very in the grand scheme of things.
But Dave Winter's side will be glad to have got their first win under their belts tonight, in a game that both teams could take plenty of positives from.
The home side got off to a flying start, when Kyle Clarkson dropped a thirty five yard free kick towards Kyle Ludlow, who deftly diverted a looping header just underneath the crossbar and beyond the grasp of the Colliery keeper Steve Wibberley.
But Harworth took the early set back in their stride and began to take the game to their hosts, with Jordan Hardman and Tom Pick combining at pace on the right flank and putting Ollerton on the back foot.
In the twenty first minute, the former Retford United U19 player Will Sutton, moved forward from his left back berth and took up the ball inside his own half before powering forward all of sixty yards and slipping a defence splitting pass through to Dan Wood, who planted the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal from ten yards to level the score.
On tonight's showing in would be fair to say that in the case of Sutton, the Badgers loss is Harworth's gain.
The visitors were employing both full backs well in support of their forwards, but when Hardman pushed forward again and combined with Lee Edmondson who had made a run from the centre of midfield, Ollerton closed ranks and snuffed out the attack.
The Colliery will possibly be practising defending set pieces at their next training session, as they switched off momentarily when Sam Stretton spotted the opportunity to release Kyle Ludlow inside the visitors area with a quickly taken free kick, where he turned the ball smartly into the back of the net, to restore Ollerton's lead.
You can't give a player of Ludlow's ability that much space in front of goal without expecting to be punished for it.
Both sides had to add to the scoring before the break, when the Colliery pushed forward with a three pronged, only for Pick's close range effort to take a deflection wide of the right hand up, while at the other end Ludlow was just inches away from claiming a first half hat trick after Brandon Shaw had teed the ball up for him.
HT: Ollerton 2 v Harworth 1
If the start of the first half had been a set back for the visitors, the opening six minutes of the second were a calamity.
Gavin King delivered a right wing cross into the Harwoth six yard box that Grant Tobin had twostabs at, both blocked by Wibberley, but Ludlow pounced to bulge the net from the rebound.
In a candid moment after the game, the Colliery keeper said: "I should've got hold of the ****er!"
I assume that he meant the ball and not Kyle Ludlow.
Within two minutes of their third goal, Ollerton added a fourth, when Lewis Bingham ran onto Tobin's measured through ball, before rounding Wibberley, staying on his feet after contact was made and rolling the ball into the empty and unguarded net.
It was good to see Lee Holmes getting a run out for the visitors in the second half.
The former Rossington player, manager and player manager will bring a wealth of experience and know how to the Harworth ranks.
Wibberley kept the score down to a respectable (ish) four, with a top draw one handed save to his right from one of the Ollerton subs as the second half petered out, with a deluge of substitutes breaking up the flow of the game, as per pre-season traditions.
Both sides had displayed some good movement and passing football in spells as they work on their preparations for the new season.
All in all, a decent enough game, watched in the company of some learned and knowledgeable people who understand more than most what non league football is all about.
FT: Ollerton Town 4 v Harworth Colliery 1