Thursday, 9 May 2013



Played at Blidworth Welfare FC
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Was going to Ashland Rovers v Calverton MW AFC tonight that was being played at Ashfield School, but received a twitter from Ashlands Manager Jez Wright to say the match had been cancelled, after announcing it on twitter, I got a reply from Blidworth Welfare's secretary and friend Scott Ward to say come along to Blidworth tonight as they were hosting the CMFL Presidents Cup Final.

This competition is for the clubs in the lower Reserve Division and this season saw top v second contest the Final. 

On arrival, I met the lovely Danielle Miller-Knight and her hubby Tom and Mr Blidworth himself Chris Wain before entering the ground. After a brief chat along came match referee Graham Taylor, always a gent and a excellent referee.

Inside the ground, no one was taking a gate or trying to sell a programme, as only 1 league official was there and he was involved with Belper United FC, the League Sec Mark Senior turned up and still people walked in free of charge and I dont think people realised that Blidworth's Scotty Too Hotty had spent time and hard work putting a programme together.

Just before kick off, I was joined by friend and fellow local hopper Pete Watmough and I spent the first half with him chatting, whilst watching a good match, but no goals at half time with it getting colder.

I went up to the tea bar for a cuppa and was greeted as usual by the lovely lady who's name I dint know but really should as she is a great asset to this good club.

Back down pitchside for the second half and hoping someone would score, so we didnt have extra time and then a mix up in the Belper defence saw the attacker through and put Pelican in to the lead.

The lead didnt last very long as Belper went on the attack and within 10 minutes were back on level terms from a goal from a good build up.

Pelican began to flap a little and Belper uppped their game and 5 minutes later after a mix up between 2 defenders and the keeper, Belper took the lead.

Pelican attacked for the final 15 minutes, but it was to no avail as the Belper keeper pulled off two outstanding saves to make sure his team won the Cup.

After a drink in the club after the match, Scott Ward kindly drove me home and after refusing any petrol money and already having donated to the Blog;s charity, he asked me to donate it to the charity, so the charity has been increased by £5 more..a Big thanks to Scott for his generosity.

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