Saturday, 9 March 2013

Hucknall Tn AFC 0-1 Calverton MW

Well, that would have been a good game to miss.....the first half was bearable, but the second period was awful. As bad as we've seen this season without a doubt. 

Due to me not feeling brilliant and Kev's family visiting, we had to stay local - but blimey, staying in might have been a better option.

With Hucknall third bottom and Calverton fifth bottom of the table, we knew roughly what to expect, so maybe I'm being over critical. 

The pitch looked ok to start with, but it soon cut up badly and each goalmouth was a real mudbath.  Having said that, four games on the same pitch in seven days isn't going to help a great deal.

Calverton were gifted the games only goal in the 10th minute when a home defender presented the ball to the feet of Luke Attenborough - the striker picked out JACK CAULTON some 12 yards from goal, and the no. 11 calmly stroked the ball past home keeper James Beddingham. 

Town's job became more difficult on 27 after Craig Cox was dismissed.  Jordan Whitehead made a high challenge on Cox, which was spotted by Referee James Killen and the free kick duly awarded. Cox though then stupidly threw mud in the face of Whitehead giving the Ref no option other than to send the player off.  You can see from Kev's picture what Mr. Killen was thinking....

Hucknall almost drew level on 34, despite being a man down. Joe Lomax turned well in the box before hitting a curler that looked a goal all the way, until Welfare stopper Mike Randall intervened. The action caught on camera by Mr. Goodman. Superb diving save by the keeper. H-T 0-1

Not a lot of action in the second half, although I ought to mention that Hucknall did well to keep the score at one-nil, and gave Randall a few scary moments from corners on the odd occasion they mounted an attack. 

Beddingham made one excellent save at his near post to keep out a ferocious drive by Caulton on 82, but it should have been so much easier for the visitors - it seemed as if they just didn't know how to play against 10 men. F-T 0-1

Special mention for the officials.  Referee James Killen looks a decent prospect and was spot on with most of his decision making. His Assistants, Mr. Burrows and Mr. Dolbear were also spot on - three youngsters with bright futures.

Admission: season ticket
Programme : £1
H/C 20