Saturday, 14 July 2012

Glapwell stun local rivals

Pre-Season Friendly

played at Clune St Recreation Ground
Clowne, Derbyshire

This Pre-Season Friendly appealed to me for a several reasons, Glapwell FC finished near the foot of the CMFL North Division last season and were re-building their squad, whilst local Derbyshire Rivals from the NCEL had reached 2 Cup Finals, but then lost most of their squad when their manager moved to another club..So they had a new team out today. Plus I've never been to this ground before.

No shelter at this ground or even cover, so when it did rain, you simply got wet! The match started in cloudy conditions, with Glapwell kicking off and within a minute were a goal to the good. Shirebrook looked shocked and Glapwell seem to pour forward and doubled their lead on 13 minutes.

This seemed to bring Shirebrook in to life, with player/manager Gary Castledine beginning to control the back four/midfield and the chances began to come, but a mixture of bad crossing and good goalkeeping kept the NCEL at bay in the light showers by now.

The Second Half, subs were made at regular intervals and both sides had chances to score, the closest saw a shirebrook shot of 35 yards bounce off the crossbar, I think the keeper just got a finger to it!

The ref looked real cool in the wet weather and also when it wasnt too bad running around in his trendy sunglasses!

Good to meet up with Leicestershire based Hopper"Rob Campion" who joined me at this match after travelling down from the Parkgate FC v Rotherham United match.

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