Sunday, 6 January 2013

Green Dragon 0-3 Plough Barflies

Notts Sunday League Premier Premier - 6th January.. kick off 10:30am

Back to Sunday footie - seems ages since my last Sunday game. Made the short trip to Titchfield Park in Hucknall to watch Green Dragon entertain Plough Barflies - a contest between two of the Town's hostelries.

A very foggy morning and a boggy pitch, but the game was never in doubt - there were over 50 people in attendance.

Barflies skipper Mike Banister had a 20 yard free-kick expertly turned over his bar by Dragon keeper Jamie Taylor after only 3 minutes had been played, then the keeper had to be alert to tip over a Jonty Bradshaw effort after the striker had been played in by Dave Marlow.

Dragon's first real chance fell to Kane Matthews on 12, but his run at goal was curtailed by a superb saving tackle by Duncan Paterson. Jonny Bernard smashed the ball against the Barflies bar on 20 after Taylor's long hoof upfield had picked out the winger.

Barflies took the lead in the 31st minute, JONTY BRADSHAW converting from the spot after he was fouled in the box by the home teams skipper. Taylor did get a hand to the ball, but it was firmly struck by Bradshaw and nestled in the back of the net.

Taylor tipped another Bradshaw effort over the bar on 37, then the home teams job was made even more difficult with three minutes of the first half remaining when defender Matt Lewis was sent off for picking up a second yellow. H-T 0-1

On 59, Taylor made a rash decision to dive at the feet Bradshaw as the no. 9 was played through on goal - the challenge was slightly mis-timed and Referee Liam Jones immediately pointed to the spot. DAVE MARLOW stepped up and sent Taylor the wrong way from the spot.

Marlow was the creator of the third 'Flies goal in the 63rd minute, his superb defence splitting pass finding ROSS CHEESMAN, who calmly dinked the ball over the advancing Taylor.  F-T 0-3

Very entertaining game - and a deserved win for the visitors. I think they will have a much sterner test next week when the play Nuthall at the Rolls Royce complex.