Old Parkonians 0 Nottsborough 6 Saturday 3rd November 2012
Field Day for Nottsborough !
With no underground service to the away ground players were all over the place, without the guidance of Dan Ashley. Chris Kerr was found by accident at Leytonstone tube station. We finally got the squad together with 25 minutes to go. Not only was it difficult travelling, but Old Parkonians have been in good form so a difficult day was looming.
I really should not have worried. Nottsborough were 6-0 up after an hour, Jeremy Field grabbing a hat trick, his first for Nottsborough. Injuries to Arren Sutcliffe, Richard Parker and Chris Kerr took the shine off things and Nottsborough were happy to settle for keeping a clean sheet in the last thirty minutes.
Nottsborough kicked off with the advantage of a nice breeze and the home side attempted to take the heat out of the early exchanges by passing the ball around neatly at the back. For 10 minutes or so it worked nicely but Nottsborough took the lead on 12 minutes as Rob Egan looped a header over Clark in the home goal following an excellent left footed cross from Hickes. Parkonians continued to play their passing game but Nottsborough were starting to press much higher up the pitch. Classen intercepted in central midfield, lifted the ball over the last man, shimmied past the keeper, but got pulled down in the process. Odds of 40-1 had been offered by the Coach. He knew Classen would go down. James Taylor found the bottom of the net on 20 minutes from the resulting penalty. His seventh goal in eight games. Minutes before this Field wriggled down the bye-line and Parker had his shot blocked on the line. His follow up seemed to have crossed the line but the ref could not give this without a linesman. I think we are all agreed that 3 officials is not really negotiable any more.
Clark, in the home goal, made two very good saves as Nottsborough stepped up the pressure. Nottsborough finally added the third their pressure deserved when a good move between Dan McEwan and Jeremy Field ended with the big New Zealander finding the bottom left hand corner from the edge of the area on 31 minutes. Nottsborough were flooding forward with Parker and Egan causing problems on the left and Egan flashed a shot narrowly wide just before half time. On the right Hickes and McEwan were also making good progress and McEwan ended the half with a cross shot too high. At the other end Sutcliffe had to move smartly to block a chance and tweaked a groin in the process. Rich Pilcher was his replacement. Keeper Wilkins was called on to bravely clutch a free kick low down in the goalmouth and Heard did very well to shepherd the centre forward away when a clear gap appeared to be opening up. Nottsborough kept their goal intact and 3-0 up at Parkonians, on their big pitch, was unexpected but fully deserved as the away side really began to string a whole series of passes together.
An early goal to the home side after half time might have made a difference with Parker limping for Nottsborough. The away side snuffed out any chance of this with the best 15 minutes of football this season. McEwan got around the back and his low cut back was blasted by Chris Kerr against the only defender on the line. Odds of 16-1 had been offered by the Coach on Kerr scoring and he breathed a sigh of relief! Egan then got away on the left and his deep ball to the back post was blasted home by Jeremy Field on 50 minutes. 4-0 to the away side and substitutions being made. Ben Hughes called up from the 2’s for his last game for 6 months as RBS seek to hide another trader, replaced Taylor. Angus Martin was on at left back to replace Parker. It made no difference as Nottsborough used the full width of the pitch to full effect. Nottsborough were getting behind Parkonians and a low ball cut back by McEwan saw Jeremy Field strolling onto the ball and calmly side-footing it back across Clark and into the bottom corner on 54 minutes. When Egan got away again on the left another good cross found Ben Hughes getting across the centre half and a toe poke placed the ball inside the far post for an almost unbelievable 6-0 lead on the hour. Nottsborough were good value for the lead and they could have had more. The League table before this game, and the fact that Parkonians are the only team to beat Winchmore Hill, indicated a much tighter contest.
A rather ugly foul by the home centre back on Chris Kerr, who was running away from goal and way out by the touchline, rather spoiled things. Certainly for Kerr, who limped off leaving Nottsborough playing with 10 men. Parkonians took over some of the possession but Pilcher and Heard did well at centre-back, whilst Martin settled well at left back to link nicely with Egan. Wilkins had one low cross shot to grasp and Hickes got in a timely interception. At the other end Hughes almost made it 7 with a glancing header as the game decided it had had enough excitement for one day. Well done to the ref who did a good job in refereeing on one of the biggest pitches in the league with no help.
Wilkins – stand in keeper. Nottsborough’s fourth in four games. Good handling, ordinary kicking
Hickes – his best game so far. Just one ordinary cross at the end.
Heard – beginning to stand out, the young Loughborough centre-back
Sutcliffe – injury a shame as Arren really is playing well
Parker – got forward very well during the first half and unlucky not to score.
McEwan – best game so far this season. Caused problems all game.
Classen – can’t score and on this form probably does not need to.
Kerr C – lovely possession football, can’t hit the onion, didn’t deserve that tackle.
Egan – involved in at least 3 of the goals and scored one.
Field – MOM. Detailed to stop Ginger he did not do very well at that, but they could not handle him.
Taylor – getting better with every game and has 7 goals already.
Subs – Pilcher – great to see him do well after the last couple of weeks.
Hughes – always good value in the 1’s Ben signed off with a goal.
Martin – very promising debut from a player who can clearly play.
Nottsborough 2 West Wickham 0 Saturday 27th October 2012
Dropped To The 1’s
Tom White, apparently, did not have a particularly good game against Polytechnic when our 2’s surrendered their 100% record last saturday. It must have been a pretty ordinary performance because one of Nottsborough’s longest-serving players managed to find Tolworth on Tuesday evening, for the first time in a very long time. The reward – a place in the 1’s on Saturday against West Wickham.
On a day when there was torrential rain in certain areas Tolworth stayed clear of the rain. There was still a blustery wind to contend with, blowing straight down the ground towards where the old changing rooms used to be. There was also a need for Nottsborough to change their socks with 20 minutes to go to kick off. This proved a problem since there were only 10 spare white socks available meaning that the subs did not have any white socks, and therefore substitutions were going to be a problem. Finally, before the game started, there was a Champions League moment. I don’t know where this came from, but the ref insisted on both teams leaving the changing rooms in lines behind the officials, lining up and then shaking hands. Only the music was missing! Nothing wrong with it, but we have never done this before. Perhaps this was a European qualifier.
Perhaps also this explains Nottsborough’s slow start. West Wickham kicked off against the breeze and completely dominated the first 10 minutes. They had one great chance after about 7 minutes when Nottsborough failed to clear a free kick properly and a shot whistled narrowly wide of White’s left upright. Nottsborough’s skipper Arren Sutcliffe could clearly be heard urging his players to get a grip and sharpen up.
Well sharpen up they did. It took Nottsborough about 15 minutes to combat West Wickham’s 3-5-2 with a lot of play going through the deep-lying central midfield. Nottsborough did not do anything to change formation – they just sharpened up on skipper’s orders.
Nottsborough could easily have gone in at half time two or three up. In fact they only got the one goal. Playing good passing football Nottsborough took over the game and forced a series of corners aided by the strong breeze from behind. When Egan swung in another threatening corner Taylor’s volley was blocked on the line by the Wickham keeper but Arren Sutcliffe’s snap header buried the ball in the net on 30 minutes. Shots from Egan, McEwan and Field were all blocked whilst Sutcliffe got in front of Taylor when the home centre forward was almost certain to score at another lovely corner from McEwan. Chris Kerr and Michael Classen were doing a great job in midfield and had completely taken the initiative away from West Wickham whilst Jeremy Field was once again causing problems whenever he got on the ball.
Arren Sutcliffe warned his players that they would have a lot of defending to do in the second half, but Nottsborough came out of the traps quickly in the second half and won a penalty almost straight away. Classen, dancing through, was brought down inside the area and the ref had no hesitation. James Taylor, the former West Wickham striker, stepped up and put the penalty away expertly on 47 minutes. Nottsborough did have quite a lot of defending to do in the second half when West Wickham built up a head of steam, but the back four held firm. One or two headers slipped wide from corners or free kicks and there were a couple of shots narrowly wide but I cannot remember White having a shot to save apart from a penalty awarded to West Wickham with what appeared to be 10 minutes to go. White, like Mr Tickle, has very long arms and these stretched away to his left to palm away the penalty. Alan Cotton wanted to know what the penalty was for and I had to admit I did not have a clue. There do seem to be a lot of these big decisions being given by refs at this level. There would be 10 a game to each side in the Premier League. White, by the way, had a very good game on his demotion to the first team. His kicking was very good against the wind and he caught his crosses. He did also make a very good penalty stop.
Nottsborough did not just defend during the second half as they managed to release Rob Egan on a couple of occasions but Egan was not quite able to find the final killer ball. Parker was able to offer quite a bit of support but in this game he never really got behind the admirable West Wickham defence. On the right Hickes and McEwan came up against the same problem, lots of good headway but not the final cross to match it. The Wickham keeper had to make one very good blocking save to keep his team in it. Nottsborough saw time out in the closing minutes in what became a game that was still going at 5 minutes to 5 o’clock.
A good Nottsborough win against a West Wickham team that seemed to be missing a few. West Wickham are never an easy team to beat. They defend well and they get you on the break. Memories of December 2011 still live on. Since we are re-building we will take this win and I felt we were full value for the 2-0 win. The signs are there of more to come. The three officials all did well. Champions League it wasn’t, but I like the 3 officials for each game a lot.
White – did everything asked of him
Hickes – improving again and getting back to his best
Heard – one great block tackle, won his headers, passed his passes.
Sutcliffe – playing very well
Parker – not his best game, particularly early on, but had a solid second half
McEwan – worked very hard and he competes
Kerr C – wins the ball and passes it to someone in the same shirt – simples!
Classen – in the form of his Nottsborough life.
Egan – had a decent game and got taken off, well done Coach!
Field – also playing very well
Taylor – 6 goals already and starting to lead the line as well
Newell – a good replacement for Egan, kept the ball nicely
Pilcher – what a squad man, in goal last week, sub this week, did very well in the 10 minutes he was given.
Nottsborough 3 Old Chigwellians 0 AFA Senior Cup – Round 1 Saturday 20th October 2012
Goalkeeper Crisis? – What Crisis!
Nottsborough has had some very good goalkeepers over the years; Pete Day, Nigel Miller (AFA Rep keeper), Matt Arnold, and Dan Ashley (AFA Rep keeper) to name a few. The new Nottsborough keeper Toby Smyth has had a very interesting first 6 weeks and on Saturday a back spasm in the warm up meant that Nottsborough did not have a keeper. Dan Ashley, the man who prepares all Nottsborough’s travel plans, was due to attend the game and had been named as 14th man. By kick off his personal travel plans had obviously misfired. Rich Pilcher accepted the keeping gloves with the most encouraging words “I’ll do it, but I have never played in goal”. Having watched the whole game I can only say that maybe he has been playing in the wrong position. His kicking was superb and he made two wonderful saves to stifle any hope of a comeback from Old Chigwellians in the second half.
Nottsborough played some of their best football of the season so far, in a first half where the slick conditions made for open attacking football. Heard and Sutcliffe combined well at centre back to free full backs Hickes and Parker. Whenever the ball had to go back to Pilcher he either calmly passed it to one of the full backs or cleared to the half way line. Nottsborough almost took the lead in the first 10 minutes when following a corner Dan McEwan saw his shot deflected against the face of the bar. Although generally on top Nottsborough did not take the lead until the 29th minute. Rob Egan may have got away with a little push as he got in behind the defence on the left. His shot was parried by the keeper but fell conveniently for Jeremy Field to give Nottsborough the lead. Minutes later Nottsborough were further ahead as a low cross saw James Taylor slide himself and the ball into the back of the net on 34 minutes.
The second half was a much more even affair with Old Chigwellians playing some very neat football through a deep-lying central midfielder and a forward who kept dropping off into space. Ben Hickes got in one superb covering tackle, whilst Lawrence Heard, Arren Sutcliffe and Rich Parker formed a solid defence. The need for the defence was emphasised when Derrick Coe rather surprisingly sent off substitute Ross Newell just minutes after he came onto the field. Nottsborough thus had to play the last 30 minutes with 10 men. Newell who is not an aggressive person appeared to punch the air in frustration at a free kick decision and Mr Coe interpreted this as an “attempted punch” Chigwellians fashioned two really good chances and Nottsborough were grateful to Pilcher, the custodian, for making two superb saves down to his left. Nottsborough weathered the storm and Taylor and Field fashioned a chance for Rob Egan who lobbed the ball over the keeper on 82 minutes to make the game safe.
Pilcher – amazing
Hickes – solid defensively and got forward well
Heard – looks better each time I see him, but gave the ball away very cheaply on one occasion.
Sutcliffe – solid. Passed it well.
Parker – defended well, but not quite the delivery this week
McEwan – still looking for full fitness after 9 months out
Kerr C – got stuck in and almost got himself booked for the first time ever
Classen – continued a great run of form but too many silly bookings
Egan - some dangerous runs and crosses. Well taken goal.
Taylor – keeps scoring and lead the line well today.
Field – scored one, made one and man of the match performance.
Sub Newell – played 4 minutes.
EBOG 1 Nottsborough 4 Saturday 13th October 2012
Nottsborough get going!
The journey to Barnet was less than ideal with the Northern Line out. One of the home players helped to pick up our players from New Barnet. We finally got the last player to the ground at 2.40 despite the Edgar Davids effect. The weather was great however, and the EBOG pitch was in excellent condition.
The home side started very well playing neat controlled football and looked a threat whenever the talented left winger got on the ball. Having cut inside Hickes he almost gave the home side the lead with a curling right footer that just missed the far post. A long range effort from fully 45 yards caught Smyth out of his goal and Nottsborough were relieved to see the ball drop on the roof of the net. As often happens however it was Nottsborough, with their first organised and purposeful attack, who took the lead. Classen found Fynes on the left and he beautifully beat his right back before making ground and curling a great ball onto the penalty spot. Field elected to blast it first time and thumped a shot against the left hand post with such force that it rebounded to James Taylor following up on the edge of the area. Taylors’ daisy cutter found space to the keepers right and the away side were fortunate to be 1-0 up on 28 minutes.
Nottsborough were now in control of things for the first time until a sliding tackle by Fynes gave EBOG a free kick 5 yards outside the area on 41 minutes. The free kick was blasted into the wall at waist height and for the first time in 45 years of decent football I saw a penalty given for handball in that circumstance. The ref said he saw a hand move to block the flight of the ball. The view from the touchline was that normally in those circumstances it is very difficult to block a ball hit with such force and that usually it is self-protection that motivates a player nothing else. Anyway the penalty was given for what the ref saw and he and his co-officials had good all-round games otherwise. The manner of the equaliser just added to the unreal nature of the situation. The EBOG penalty taker sent Smyth the wrong way but hit the right hand post with such force that it rebounded across the goalmouth about two feet out from the goal, hit Smyth on the back, and trickled over the line for a most bizarre own goal.
EBOG deserved to be level at half time on the balance of play, but the second half was a completely different story. Nottsbborough passed up a couple of opportunities to take the lead before a corner to the back post saw skipper Arren Sutcliffe put his side ahead with a downward header on 56 minutes. A second goal in 5 minutes ended the game as a contest when James Taylor latched onto a loose ball in the box to score from a tight angle. There were appeals for offside but the ball had been pulled back from the by-line and the challenging EBOG player had kept everyone onside. With Lawrence Heard on at centre-back alongside a dominant Arren Sutcliffe Nottsborough did not look like conceding a goal. Nottsborough introduced Ben Nash up front for his first game since pre-season and Nash was immediately a threat with his pace. Twice he passed up decent scoring opportunities, whilst Taylor hit the bar and Parker stooped to beat the keeper but put the ball narrowly wide. Finally Nash got on the sheet when he broke through on the right and his cross-shot found the bottom corner.
We were made to feel welcome at EBOG, the hospitality and helpfulness was excellent, and there was no nonsense on the pitch. The officials were good. Quite a result!
Smyth – learning the hard way in the last two games but getting better integrated into the side all the time.
Hickes – struggled a little in the first half but very solid in the second.
Pilcher – steady game but needs to impose himself more. Much better on the front foot.
Sutcliffe – dominant game
Parker – not quite at his best but looked strong a pacy in the last 30 minutes
Egan – struggling with playing Rep games and getting back into football after several years out.
Kerr C – bad back, sore hammy’s, still good
Classen – has done just what was asked of him and is having a great run
Fynes – wonderful cross, but sadly neglected in terms of receiving the ball early.
Field – played much better when dropped into midfield
Taylor – delivering with the goals promise
Heard – looked a very good player in the last 30 minutes
Nash – great debut despite missing several chances. Going to be a threat if he plays regularly.
Man of the Match could have been Taylor who was claiming a hat-trick but this goes to the skipper Arren Sutcliffe, who keeps the goal, and led the team very well.
Nottsborough 0 Civil Service 1 Saturday 6th October 2012
Civil Service Hang On
The second half of this match was a story of complete domination from a Nottsborough team that just could not find the finish to go with all their promising approach play. Perhaps the crucial moment came and went on 65 minutes when a great cross from the left dropped straight on the right foot of James Taylor 5 yards out and just beyond the far post. The right foot volley crashed against the outside of the left hand post and the chance was gone. Although Nottsborough continued to pour forward they could not find an equaliser. Keeper Toby Smyth watched, sometimes from almost on the edge of the centre circle, as Civil Service defended superbly to defend the lead they had snatched in the first half.
The first half was very even with Nottsborough starting in great style and an early chance fell to Dan McEwan who could only hit his shot straight at the Civil Service keeper. After 20 minutes Rob Egan danced through and the keeper made a super stop diving to his right. The resulting corner was headed just over by James Taylor. Just before half time Egan again got behind the defence and his right foot cross shot beat the keeper but just flew wide.
At the other end Civil Service latched onto two defensive lapses but their shots were blocked by Parker and Hickes. The away side were looking lively on the counter and both Sutcliffe and Pilcher had to be at their best to deny the forwards space to get a shot on target, and Sutcliffe ended one mad moment by heading off the line. The only goal of the game came in quite tame circumstances. A free kick from fully 35 yards on 35 minutes smacked into the wall and looped towards the goal. Smyth attempted to flip the ball behind the bar but unfortunately only succeeded in tipping the ball onto the bar and it fell to the Civil Service forward who could not miss.
This was one of those games where the home side probably had too much of the ball as Civil Service got 9 men behind the ball for much of the half. When the real chances arrived Taylor hit the post and then Egan dancing through elected to shoot early when he had a great opportunity to run right through on the keeper. He pulled his shot wide and Nottsborough only got two more shots on target for all their pressure. Taylor forced a save from long range and late on Si Stanko (a late substitute) hit his shot straight at the keeper on the turn.
Smyth; Hickes, Pilcher, Sutcliffe, Parker; Kerr C, Field, Classen; McEwan, Taylor, Egan; Subs: Newell, Stanko
Man of the Match for Nottsborough could have been any of the defence or midfield who all had good games. My choice Arren Sutcliffe.
Nottsborough 5 Southbank 0 AFA Trophy Saturday 29th September 2012
Classen on form
It is hard to know who gave the best performance on Saturday ! Was it lead singer of Station Road Arren Sutcliffe around 11.00 pm at the White Lion pub in Streatham? Or was it Michael Classen, on the lawns of Tolworth, who just got better and better as the game progressed against Southbank?
Southbank were the visitors to Tolworth on Saturday on a bright warm day. Apparently they have a brand new team and this new team has produced two good results to start their season in Division 3. In the first half they played some good passing football without posing too much of a threat to a Nottsborough defence that appeared a little on edge. There was no real reason for that uncertainty because Rob Egan gave Nottsborough the lead on 3 minutes with his first Nottsborough goal. Latching onto a ball from Classen behind the defence he finished calmly inside the 6 yard box. Southbank looked as if they could get back into the game until a lovely pass behind the defence put Richard Parker clear on the left. A ball to the far post and an emphatic finish from Dan McEwan put the home side two up on 37 minutes.
The second half was rather different. The home side took over as Southbank lost their shape and a bit of their discipline. McEwan turned to fire just inside the far post before Egan thumped home a free kick from 25 yards. Paul Fynes wrapped up the scoring after the Southbank keeper made three very good saves to keep the score down. Southbank look as if they could have a decent season in Division 3 and Nottsborough for the first time this month indicated that they can score goals.
Smyth – Very good distribution be it either passing, throws, or kicking. No real saves to make. Looks to be settling in very well.
Hickes – Once again got forward well without quite finding the killer ball. Good neat close control indicates promise for the rest of the season.
Pilcher – hesitant start when sitting off his man but he got much better as the game progressed starting to intercept and challenge competitively.
Sutcliffe – also a bit hesitant at first and is a much better player when playing on the front foot. Led the team well.
Parker – couple of great runs and crosses. He is going to be a threat on this form. Got caught on the wrong side a couple of times in the first time and a better player might have punished him.
Field – has caught the Chris Kerr habit of taking a half to warm up. Much better in the second but a couple of sloppy passes could have cost us in the first half.
Kerr C – steady game and got in some important tackles in the first half to make up for others errors. Still has a bad back so taken out of the action quite early in the second half.
Classen – barnstorming performance. Broke up play and charged forward with the ball to put us completely on top in the second half. Man of the Match.
McEwan – 9 months out and at times it shows as the touch is a little heavy and a couple of his decisions in the final third were not great. Nevertheless scored two excellent goals and you just cannot argue with that.
Taylor – a focal point for the attack but to be fair not his best game. Needs to get a bit of sharpness and urgency into his game, but two goals in three starts is good.
Egan – if this is how he can play with food poisoning then what will he do when he gets fit.
Heard – down from Loughborough Uni for 1 season Lawrence has done very well to force his way into the squad ahead of Rolfe and Mitic. A very good passer of the ball Lawrence has a very good future ahead of him at this level or above.
Newell – looked very lively when he came on and forced the keeper into a great save from one fierce shot from outside the area.
Fynes – has a lot of ability and if he can find an extra half yard from extra fitness work he will score and make plenty of goals. Lovely striker of the ball.
Old Salesians 2 Nottsborough 2 Saturday 22nd September 2012
“SAL Feature Game”
This was a game that drew the attendance of several SAL committee members and selectors and it was a real advert for the SAL. The game was very well controlled by an excellent referee aided by two good assistants. The pitch was in terrific condition and either team could have won a very open game. A draw was a fair outcome in a game where the scoreline rarely told the whole story.
Nottsborough made a very good start and were on top for 15 minutes. Somehow they found themselves 2-0 down inside 25 minutes as first Sean Gavin set up a great chance with a strong burst into the box, and then a corner was allowed across the 6 yard box and a stooping header showed that Nottsborough can still let in rather soft goals. Salesians were now in over-drive and looking a very good side when a terrific counter-attack at pace by Nottsborough saw Egan feed Parker on the over-lap and a low cross was efficiently despatched by James Taylor. Now it was Nottsborough on top and Taylor had two chances to equalise whilst McEwan hit a post from a corner.
In the second half another great cross from Jeremy Field set up McEwan for an equalising header on the back post on the hour. Hickes had a great chance but chose to pass, Egan had a header blocked by the keepers legs and then Salesians took over again with Smyth making two smart stops and Salesians hitting a post in the last 10 minutes.
Smyth – If I am right a first full start for the young keeper who was one of our substitutes in the 2009 AFA Final before going to Bristol Uni. Good mix of throw outs and kicking with the latter being especially good off the ground. Good clean handling and made two smart saves.
Hickes – Almost back to the player of a couple of years ago. Two great crosses and plenty of excursions beyond the half way line. One superb clearance in the first minute. Should be scoring some goals.
Pilcher – My man of the match for Nottsborough. Got his foot and his head in when it mattered in a hectic first half and looked very assured in the second half when there was a bit more time.
Sutcliffe – A rather shaky first half for the skipper who had to play in goal last week. Much better in the second half as he marshalled the defence and got on the front foot.
Parker – Outstanding run for the first goal and looked a real threat to Salesians with his pace in the first half. Hardly got over the halfway line in the second half but contributed hugely to the second half clean sheet.
Field – Had to pass a self-imposed fitness test to start the game. Played a very attacking role in the first half which almost came off on several occasions. Settled in the second half but still found time to make the second.
Classen – An excellent all round game for the man who is beginning to revel in the new responsibility of playing right in the middle of midfield. Broke up play with his challenges and kept the ball when we had it. He can score more as the season progresses.
Kerr C – Takes him a while to warm up these days but by the second half he was really putting his mark on the game. Very busy and very good at keeping the ball moving. Will have a big part to play if he keeps injury free.
McEwan – First game for a very long time due to a bad shoulder injury. Has not played since December last year but on this form he is going to be a handful. Remarkably fit after only a couple of training sessions he came up with the equaliser.
Taylor – promised the coach that if he got a run in the side he would score goals. Two goals in two games and could have had more here. Did well against James Ayres and played his central role very well although he got caught offside a little too often.
Egan – The new man in the team as Nottsborough try to replace Nathan Violet. The signs are very promising and he has already caught the eye of the selectors. We will know more when he gets fully fit as he has not played for a couple of seasons. His part in the first goal and one early cross were very good.
Subs – Lawrence Heard was not used with Nottsborough coming under a lot of pressure in the last 20 minutes and the coach preferring not to change the defence. Ross Newell got the last 22 minutes and was unlucky probably to be left out of the side in the first place. Paul Fynes got around 18 minutes and produced one lovely far post cross.