Saturday, 3 November 2012



Having not been to the Basil Russell Ground for near on twenty years, I felt it time to visit today. The hosts United FC are in their debut season in the Notts Senior League and are a club that helps disadvantage youth off the streets and give them confidence in themselves. United FC play their matches in the 2nd Division of the League, whilst todays visitors Ruddington Village play in the Senior Division of the Notts Senior League and they will be a host team on the 2014 Notts Senior Football League Bonanza Event.

On arrival at the car park, I spoke to several of the United players and some of the officials from Ruddington Village including John Fisk who has been involved in Ruddington Football for years. The United Secretary turned up and we had a chat and then his sister arrived and opened up the refreshments room where they had on sale, Tea, Coffee, Sausage and then at half time I had Hot Dog and Chips.

The match kicked off in glorious sunshine and the visitors broke just over the half way line before their winger was bought down and the ref booked the home defender. The home side at this stage of the game were equal to their two divisions above opponents and the visitors were let off with a early scare when the ball struck the crossbar from a shot from 30 yards out.

On 11 minutes, the home centre back went to play the ball back to his keeper and overhit it with the ball resting in the back of the net to give the visitors the lead. On 26 minutes, the tie looked wrapped up as the visitors doubled their lead after the home side had not finished the good chances they had created and this looked not to be their day.

With the clock ticking down to Half Time, on 42 minutes, the home side finally pulled a goal back to haul themselves back in to the tie. United pushed forward and should really have been level at the break but for a miss from only 3 yards out went wide.

The Second Half began quite even and at a ,ot slower pace than the First Half and the next goal you felt may be vital and it was the visitors in the 54th minute who took the two goal advantage. The game looked to begin to phase out, until things began to liven up just after the hour mark, when the ref gave a foul and booked two of the home players.

United Fc kept pressing forward and closed the gap again when scoring in the 71st minute, just as you was getting your breathe Ruddington hit back in the 73rd minute to make it 2-4, but within a minute, United had made it 3-4 through a superb volley from 30 yards out. Another foul was committed and the United defender who had been booked in the 2nd minute, was shown his second yellow card.

With 76 minutes on the clock and the visitors increased their two goal advantage again to 3-5, but with 4 goals and a sending off in 5 minutes, this game was far from being over.

On 85 minutes, the Assistant Ref on the far side of the pitch flagged and United FC were reduced to 9 men and all confusion broke out on the pitch before the refs long whistle ended the tie. The players looked bemused as they left the pitch.

May I thank United's injured player Sam Hilton for his kind donation towards the Blogs Charity.

United FC are a friendly club with good people running it and well worthy of a visit.

Ruddinton Village FC Website

Photos from todays match can be viewed on

Notts Senior League Bonanza Info

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