Saturday, 1 December 2012



I saw this fixture advertised about 3 weeks ago and thought I must go to this venue to have a look at it for the 2014-15 Notts Senior League Bonanza Grouphop in mind. As many know, the weather hasnt been too kind to us all his past week and with the ground very close to the River Trent, then I felt this match may well be in serious doubt. I'd like to thank the club Twitter who has been in touch with me most of the week keeping me up to date.

This morning, I contacted Joyce's Sec Darron Ward and he confirmed the game was on, so after a bacon cob, it was time to set off out. As we pulled on to the lane, the field opposite was still full of water and i couldnt see the pitch when Hazel drove on to the clubs car park, so I expected the pitch to be very muddy.

After a cuppa, it was over to the pitch and what a surprise, the pitch wasnt muddy and it was in perfect condition for this cup tie. Just as the match was to kick off, along came TV Star Sam Hodkin who donated some cash to the Blogs Charity.

Burton Joyce were straight on the attack and Smith had several chances to open up the scoring but the visitors keeper was in fine form to keep him out. Woodborough battled away but didnt trouble the homesters goal. Good to see two sides wanting to play football as well.

As we headed towards half time, I thought one goal may well open up the game and on 43 minutes with the home player through, he was clipped from behind and up stepped BEATTY to stroke the ball home to give Burton Joyce a 1-0 half time lead.

With both sides staying on the pitch at half time, the teams turned round, as the sun came out to take away a bit of that ice off my feet. Burton Joyce pressed forward again and on 53 minutes increased their lead through BUCKLE.

At this stage, Woodborough felt they had to raise their game and threw caution to the wind by pushing a player forward and had a couple of attacks, but they were caught out at the back when SMITH strolled on to a through ball and side footed it past a advancing keeper to make it 3-0 and we all thought it was game over.

With twenty minutes to go, Burton Joyce made it 4-0 through SMITH and you would have thought it was all over, but the visitors had other ideas, when eight minutes from time, Woodborough reduced the arrears, surely too late you would think, but when they reduced it to 4-2 after 87 minutes, you felt anything could just happen, a minute later they broke through and really should have scored on a one on one to make it 4-3 but the attacker didnt realise how much time he had and dragged the ball away from goal.

A Entertaining Cup Tie, played in the right manner, credit goes to the groundsman for getting this pitch this good..Friendly clubs.

Burton Joyce FC Website
Woodborough United FC

Photos from this Cup Tie

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There are very few seats left on the coach
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