Sunday 17th March 2013 - Notts Sunday League : ko 10:29am
Pitch 1 Titchfield Park
On pitch 2, Premier Travel were defeated 4-1 by a very skillful Wolds AFC - enjoyed watching Aaron Large at work again - not seen him play since he left Hucknall Town.
Started off as a quite pleasant morning, but half way through the first period it began to rain, and rain, and rain....so pleased I had my brolly in the car!
Good friend Tony Squires helps out with Eastwood & Kimberley - he didn't have a brolly and at the end of the game looked like a drowned rat...
With the rain came a bitingly cold wind that didn't ease up - the 30-40 people who lined the the pitch-sides soon disappeared to the tea rooms......
The pitches were very heavy before kick off, but even with the added rain the game never looked in doubt.
Hucknall Town AFC assistant boss Paul Stevenson took the middle after Neil Allsop cried off - and "Stevo" did a very commendable job. His versatility never fails to amaze - I've seen him in roles such as assistant manager, tea boy, ball boy, linesman and he has even played in goal for AFC!!
Empire took the lead on 20, ROB DENLEY latching onto a neat throughball before slotting calmly past George Denton in the E&K goal.
LUKE THOMPSON added the home teams second shortly after, hammering the ball across the goal and into the far corner giving Denton no chance. H-T 2-0
The second half saw E&K battling hard to claw their way back into the game, but on 77, Ant Watkinson and Denton both left a cross/shot from the Empire no. 6 "Bully" and to everyone's amazement the ball nestled in at the far stick.
The visitors were gifted a goal two minutes later when Empire defender Ben Wilson passed the ball across his own goal to SIMON ORME, giving the E&K no. 9 a completely empty net in which to roll the ball.
With two minutes to play, JAMES ANDERSON ran in at goal and fired low and hard past Denton to seal the victory for the home team. F-T 4-1
Eastwood and Kimberley's take on the game can be found by clicking here