Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Chesterfield 2 v Mansfield Town 3 - Central League

Tuesday 21st March 2017
Central League (NE)
Chesterfield (0) 2
Charlie Wakefield 82
Luke Rawson 88
Mansfield Town (2) 3
Pat Hoban 14, 31
Alfie Potter 59
Chesterfield:
Dylan Parkin, Iffy Ofoegbu, Fowler (Charlie Wakefield 60), Harry Taylor, Dylan Hand, George Lynam, Owen Darwent (Luke Rawson 72),Marc  McKenna (Jay Smith 69), Joel Phillips, Jack Brownell, Jake Beesley (C)
Unused sub - Brad Jones (GK)
Mansfield Town:
Brian Jensen, James Baxendale, Kyle Howkins (Kieran Harrison 60), George Taft, Ash Hemmings, Jamie McGuire (C), Lewis Collins, Alfie Potter, CJ Hamilton, Pat Hoban (Zayn Hakeem 46), Yoann Arquin
Unused subs - Alex Roughton (GK), Jason Law, Cameron Healey
Blimey! I didn't know that Steve Bruce
was a Central League linesman.
A midweek Central League local derby fixture, that proved to be little more than an afternoon stroll in the Derbyshire sunshine for a dominant Mansfield Town second string.
The win, in truth, was far more convincing and comfortable for the visitors, than the narrow margin of victory would suggest.
And so it should have been; given that the Spireites fielded a relatively young team, compared to the Stags, who used the game as an opportunity to give (in the main) a side of first team players, the chance to get some valuable match time, under the watchful eye of Paul Raynor... and to afford the first team assistant manager some insight into the capabilities of two of the Under 18 squad, namely: Zayn Hakeem and Kieran Harrison, who were used as second half substitutes.

Yet, having squandered a string of gilt edged chances in both the first and second half, Mansfield could have been left red faced right at the death, as Chesterfield netted two late goals to give the game a full time score line that had never looked likely to be on the cards.

Having arrived a good hour before the game, because I didn't want to hang around and drive too slowly through some of the satellite towns, villages and tired looking outposts one must pass through to reach Chesterfield itself, for fear of having my alloys pinched if my speed fell below 30 MPH; we opted to sit in the padded 'prawn sandwich brigade' seats, above the halfway line, as an unsegregated crowd entered the Proact Stadium and mingled in a peaceable manner, in spite of the presence of a few old 'faces' from both respective manors, who would happily have punched the living daylights out of each other a few years ago.
One must only hope that the cash strapped and soon to be relegated host club, weren't given too much of a bill to pay for the presence of their local constabulary who turned up briefly before kick off for a sniff around, before clearing off to solve some crimes, or whatever it is they do when they're not bothering football supporters.
The Proact Stadium, the building of which was financed by a recently restructured loan from the council, is certainly a more comfortable arena to watch a game of football in, than Chesterfield's previous home: Saltergate ever was.
The old ground was used during the film adaptation of David Peace's 'Damned United' book and also as a prop in the Japanese Prisoner of War TV drama 'Tenko' when the production team needed somewhere suitable to depict the kind of rodent infested squalor that camp dwellers and captives were subjected to.
I can't imagine that even the most staunchly dyed in the wool and committed members of the home support miss that dump, or remember it with any kind of misty eyed affection, even though it was perfectly in keeping within it's 'how we used to live' geographical surrounds.
Anyway, enough of this all of this preamble stuff and on with the main event.
Brian Jensen got an early touch inside the opening minute, but it was his opposite number, Dylan Parkin. in the Chesterfield goal, who was the busiest of the two keepers. And I think that it would be fair to say that the latter rode his luck a few times too.
The running of Alfie Potter out on the right flank, with James Baxendale tucked in behind him as a right back, would prove to be a pivotal feature of the Stags virtual one way traffic towards the Spireites goal and it was Potter who created the first chance, crossing to Yohann Arquin whose header was parried back towards him by Parkin who saved the resulting shot. 
Parkin was soon in the thick of things again, when he spilt an angled ball across the face of his goal from CJ Hamilton, but clawed it back under his control at the second attempt after it ricocheted towards him off a teammate.
Pat Hoban crashed a shot past Parkin from twelve yards, but the young keeper grasped the ball as it bounced back off of the left hand upright.
With the vast majority of the game being played out in and around the home side's goal area, it was always a question of when the Stags would find the back of the net, rather than if, but when the opening goal did come, in the fourteenth minute. there was an ironic twist of good fortune about it, when George Lynam's attempted clearance struck the shins of Pat Hoban and rebounded past the stranded Parkin and into the back of the net. They all count!
And the bizarre ones are doubly funny when they are scored against Chesterfield, even more so when they benefit Mansfield Town.
Parkin won the next round of his personal battle against Hoban, when he got down to his right and turned the Stags number nine's thumping volley around the post at full stretch.
Hoban found himself in space but hooked his shot over from ten yards out.
But just after the half hour mark, a mix up between the Spireites keeper and his left back Connor Fowler, saw Hoban presented with an opportunity to tap the ball into the back of the back of an empty and unguarded goal.
Dylan Parkin and myself follow each other on Twitter, he's a nice lad and I once had him down as man of the match in an Under 18 game he played against the young Stags. And usually I would probably be sympathetic to his of having suffered the consequences of a couple of defensive errors, but not today. 
Sorry Dylan pal. Whenever Mansfield Town play Chesterfield, at any level, all Spireites are fair game. It isn't personal and I genuinely hope you have more luck the next time you turn out for that team you play for.
Iffy Ofoegbu disturbed Jensen, who had to get up from his deck chair and put down his iced tea (with a slice of lemon) to catch a tame effort on goal from the home side's right back, after the ball bounced straight to him at a comfortable height.
CJ Hamilton, who had been causing problems for the Spireites on the left hand side of the visitors attack throughout the first half, broke free past a challenge and homed in on Dylan's goal, but lost his footing as he was about to shoot, much of thee amusement of the Prozac Stadium faithful. Whoops! I meant Proact Stadium faithful. Please excuse my punny slur on the terminally depressed locals who have to watch the crap football that their first team play here. No, come to think of it don't... they get what they deserve!
HT: Spireites 0 v Stags 2
Mansfield continued to peg the hosts back in their own half and Dylan was forced into making another save early in the second half from a long range shot by Potter.
Minutes later, Zayn hakeem who had replaced Hoban at half time, saw off both Ofoegbu and Jack Brownell with a burst of pace though the left channel, but his angled shot flew wide of the right hand post.
Having escaped a near miss, Chesterfield picked up their game and applied some pressure on the Stags defence, winning a corner along the way... but they'll probably want to work on their dead ball routines in training this week as McGuire cleared Brownell's delivery out of the Stags area to Hakeem who knocked it to Yoann Arquin, before racing forward to support his strike partner in attack. The young Stags took a return pass and crossed the ball to Potter, who, aided by the Spireites defender Harry Taylor air kicking and missing a clearance altogether, took aim and lobbed the ball over Dylan... who took his phone out of his glove bag and rang Interpol's missing person's bureau to report his AWOL defence, who by now had been missing in action, for almost a hour.
There was still no let up for the home side as Hamilton had a cross headed away from underneath the bar and George Taft nodded the ball past the near post from Baxendale's delivery.
Hakeem made room for himself to deliver a cross from the right, wrong footing Taylor with a step over (of sorts) before hitting a dipping cross just over the bar.
Potter was excelling for the visitors playing on the right and lifted by his outstanding goal for the Stags, he was confident enough to try his luck again, but as he cut into the Spireites area from the right, he slightly over hit his shot that cleared the left hand post.
Arquin threaded a through ball to Hakeem, who paced forward before scuffing the ball wide of the target from four feet.
A good striker must never be afraid to have a go, or to let a few missed chances knock their confidence... and a few minutes later Hakeem was back in the thick of it, heading over the bar from Lewis Collins' cross.
Charlie Wakefield combined with Brownwell and then Taylor, before putting on a burst of pace to take him past Jensen before planting the ball into the back of the Stags net.
Completely against the run of play and with just eight minutes remaining, the home side suddenly began to resemble a passing and competent football team.
Surely we weren't about to witness the spectacle of one of the most unlikely comebacks in the whole history of world football, since it's apparent invention in China over two thousand years ago (when it was still called Cuju), were we!?
Stranger things have happened... usually in games that involve the world famous and much loved football institution that is Mansfield Town.
Parkin raced from his line to clear the ball and arrived a fraction of a very narrow moment in time before Hakeem got to it and subsequently the Spireites keeper's whacked clearance cannoned off the Barbuda and Antigua Under 20 international's right shin pad and rolled inches wide of the upright.
On another day Hoban and Hakeem could both have claimed hat tricks and the Stags could (and should) have been out of sight and running down the clock sitting on an highly deserved hefty lead.
But football isn't like that sometimes and in the final minute of the scheduled ninety, a fifteen year old substitute: Luke Rawson, chased a through ball from Wakefield and kept his cool as he slotted the ball under the beast size frame of Jensen.
A dozen or so home supporters raised their six fingered hands in celebration, knowing that keeping the Stags stiffs winning margin down to just one goal, was the best thing that they were likely to have to cheer about for quite a while; as their club slide perilously towards football oblivion any time soon.
But Mansfield saw out the remainder of the game without any further mishaps and claimed the three points, from a game that they should already have had tied up, possibly even before half time.
FT: Chesterfield 2 v Mansfield Town 3 
The best team won, even though they should have been more clinical in front of the opposition goal and a bit more focussed in front of their own during the closing minutes.

Monday, 20 March 2017

FORTHCOMING GAMES 2016-17

March 2017:
Tue 21 Mar - Chesterfield Reserves v Mansfield Town U21 - Central League - 2pm at Proact Stadium
Sat 25 Mar - Rotherham United v Grimsby Town - EFLYA U18 - 10.30AM at Parkgate FC
Sat 25 Mar - Maltby Main v Bridlington Town -  NCEL Prem -3pm
Sun 26 Mar - Market Warsop v Sherwood Youth - Notts Ladies League - 1pm
Tue 28 Mar - Handsworth Parramore v Thackley - NCEL Prem - 7.45pm
Wed 29 Mar - Maltby Main v Cleethorpes Town - NCEL Prem - 7.45pm
Thu 30 Mar - Swallownest v Retford United - WVH NMU19L - 7.45pm
Fri 31 Mar - Chesterfield v Mansfield Town - EFLYA U18 - 11AM At Eastwood Community FC
April:
Sat 1 Apr - Ipswich Town v Birmingham City - EFL Championship - 3pm
Tue 4 Apr - Handsworth Parramore v Frickley Athletic - Sheff & Hallam Cup SF - 7.45pm
Wed 5 Apr - Brigg Town v Penistone Church - NCEL Div 1 - 7.45pm
Sat 8 Apr - Scunthorpe United v Mansfield Town - EFLYA U18 - 11am - Venue TBC
Sat 8 Apr - Doncaster Rovers v Mansfield Town - EFL League 2 - 3pm
Fri 14 Apr - Rotherham United v Doncaster Rovers - EFLYA U18 - 11am at Parkgate
Fri 14 Apr - Rotherham United v Birmingham City - EFL Championship - 3pm
Sat 15 Apr - London International Ska Festival - Assembly Hall, Islington - 6pm
Mon 17 Apr - Mansfield Town v Luton Town - EFL League 2 - 3pm
Tue 18 Apr - Clipstone v Cleethorpes Town - NCEL Prem - 7.45pm
Wed 19 Apr - York City v Mansfield Town - EFLYA U18 - 1pm
Sat 22 Apr - Mansfield Town v Burton  Albion - EFLYA U18 - 11am at Rainworth MWFC
Sat 22 Apr - Worksop Town v Maltby Main - NCEL Prem - 3pm
Sun 23 Apr - Aston Villa v Birmingham City - EFL Championship - Noon
Tue 25 Apr - Chesterfield v Oldham Athletic - EFLYA U18 - 11am at Eastwood Community FC
Tue 25 Apr - Garforth Town v Cleethorpes - NCEL Prem - 7.45pm
Sat 29 Apr - Mansfield Town v Grimsby Town - EFLYA U18 - 11am at Clipstone FC
Sat 29 Apr - Maltby Main v Handsworth Parramore - NCEL Prem - 3PM
Sun 30 Apr - Sheffield United v Chesterfield - EFL League 1 - Noon
May:
Tue 2 May - Basford United v Carlton Town - Notts Senior Cup Final - 7.30pm at Notts County FC
Sat 6 May - TBC
Sun 7 May - TBC
More games to be added in due course and no doubt some of the above information will be amended, as fixtures, or my preferences change... and I've probably inserted several errors too.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Ladies Day: Three games in five hours and ten minutes.

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You know how these things start... pop in to watch the Stags Ladies Development team en route to the League Two fixture at Meadow Lane between Notts County and Barnet, then home for tea.
But, as the saying goes: Life is what happens when you're making other plans.
Arriving at Rainworth's ground at five past ten, we discovered that it was locked and their was no sign of life anywhere to be seen on Kirklington Road.
So I consulted FA Full Time on my phone and discovered that at some point over the last 24 hours, the kick off time had been put back, but hey ho!
 The other semi final to the one we had turned up to see was kicking off at Arnold's Eagle Valley ground in twenty five minutes, so without further ado... vroom!
We were on our way.
Arnold Town Ladies (A) 1 
v Bingham Town Ladies 0
Notts Ladies League Plate Semi Final
at Arnold Town FC
The respective teams from Arnold and Bingham were just finishing their warm ups when we parked up a few yards away, from the pitch nearest the A614.
Blooming 'eck, it was bloody windy and cold, the corner flags were bent almost horizontal, some of the coaches were chasing plastic training cones that were blowing across the pitch and a small plastic training goal some infants were using was doing a good impression of a box kite behind the goal that Bingham would be defending in the first half.
With 'Hurricane Arnold' taking each and every throw in and goal kick wherever it saw fit, the conditions were all but nigh on impossible for playing anything even barely resembling an organised game of football, and you'd have to say that each and every player out on the park that managed to complete the whole ninety minutes, deserves legend status.
Today's half time entertainment was
provided by a ball juggling referee.
Natasha Leach looked like a technically gifted young lady, with an array of step overs, dummies and dribbling skills in her repertoire of tricks... and she didn't expend energy chasing loose balls and lost causes. She also netted the only goal of the game with an angled shot from twelve yards out around the half hour mark.
One might have expected Arnold to add to their lead after the break with the wind behind them, but they would've needed a similar running speed to that of a Gazelle (that's 97 KMH, if you're interested) to keep up with the ball, as the wind claimed it and was reluctant to give it back.
Though I do think the Arnold Town coach who doubled up as a linesman almost matched the pace of the aforementioned Antilopinae, as he sprinted off in pursuit of numerous stray kicks into the car park. You can't blame him, those Mitre ones are a tenner each in Sports Direct y'know.
If they're telling the truth on Wikipedia, the Gazelle
will escape and the Leopard will go hungry.
The weather ruined the game as a spectacle, but thanks to both teams for at least trying to put a game on in quite horrific conditions.
So then, it was far too early to head into Nottingham yet, so we opted to head back to Rainworth for the second semi final, to see who Arnold Ladies (A) team would be playing in the final at Calverton Miners Welfare's ground.
The Mansfield Town Ladies first team manager was at Kirklington Road when we got back and after having a quick chat with him, it transpired that his side would be playing a league game against Peterborough Northern Star on the main pitch, after the development team's semi final had finished on Rainworth's training pitch. Result! That was our afternoon sorted then and we wouldn't have to bugger about getting through the weekend Nottingham traffic (and road works) to get back up north to the more desirable end of this green and pleasant county.
Mansfield Town Ladies Development 0 
v Sherwood Youth Ladies 2
Notts Ladies League Plate Semi Final,
at Rainworth MW training ground
The wind was still being a pain in the backside but at least the training ground is a little more enclosed around three sides, than the open expanse of pitches at Arnold.
But it still made controlling the ball difficult and neither side really looked like breaking the deadlock in the first half, until the visitors number 11 (sorry I didn't recognise her and don't know here name) 'spooned' a shot over the crossbar with the goal at her mercy, after the Stags keeper, Jay-Leanne Fenton, struggled to deal with an awkward cross that moved all over in the wind.
One well taken second half strike from Havana Oliver-Mighten
Two well taken second half strikes from Havana Oliver-Mighten, both set up by Grace Benjamin, were enough to put Sherwood through to the final, though Mansfield Had been desperately unlucky not to draw level in between times, when Liz Harris saw off two defenders and beat the visitors keeper, but saw her firmly planted shot come back off the right hand post.
Rhiannon Harrison almost delivered another kind of knockout blow, when she whacked a clearance in to touch, that slammed my mate 'Big Mick' (we call him that because his name is Michael and he's big) smack on the forehead.
I was just about to compliment him on his text book header, when he keeled over and landed on his back looking up dazed towards the clouds.
Being a responsible fully qualified FA first aider and compassionate sort of guy, I knew exactly what to do and sprang into action, doubling up and laughing so hard that I almost followed through.
I know you have to reassure your patient at all times and figured that if I was chuckling out loud he'd hear me and realise that his injuries weren't life threatening or serious.
I'm so thoughtful and selfless sometimes, it surely can't be long until I am officially ordained as a saint.
So Arnold Town will now face Sherwood Youth in the final.
Mansfield Town Ladies 0
v Peterborough Northern Star Ladies 3
East Midlands Ladies League
at Rainworth MW main pitch
Hmm. Our third and final game was ever so slightly one sided, as the Masfield Ladies first team struggled to get going... and though they are still top of the East Midlands League, they are now relying on results elsewhere going their way as the cluster of clubs snapping at their heels every inch of the way, all have games in hand and can mathematically overall the Stags women's team.
If you are wondering why I don't refer to ladies by their nickname of the Stagettes, it is simply because, in my opinion,if you are connected to Mansfield Town as a player, manager, coach, staff member or supporter, whatever your, race, creed religion, sexual preferences or orientation, age
and gender, then you are a Stag... not a Stagette!
We're ALL in it together, inclusively Stags.
And I know many females of the Mansfield Town persuasion who would thank me for saying so too.
Peterborough Northern Star were the better side and had that bit too much quality about them for the home side who were having a bit of an off day.
Star Ladies surged into a two nil half time lead and added a third after the break and deservedly took home all three points from what I saw. And the score finished three nil with goals from Jessica Farchica, Louise Barber and Chanade Henderson.
On the way home, Colin Slater was mumbling his way through the match commentary from Notts County v Barnet, On BBC Radio Nottinghamrambling on about all manner of things other than the actual game, in a monotone, irrelevant, boring and sleep inducing way. So I turned him off and listened to my Paper Lace's Greatest Hits CD instead.
"I heard my mother cry. I heard her pray the night Chicago died!"
So there you have it: three thoroughly enjoyable games, two hundred and seventy minutes of non stop wind assisted football and home before tea.
Next Sunday we will be travelling to the John Fretwell Centre to see if Market Warsop Ladies can clinch the Notts Ladies League title against Sherwood Youth.
The game kicks off at 1PM if you'd care to join us.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Maltby Main 1 v Bottesford Town 0 - NCEL Prem

Saturday 18th March 2017
Toolstation NCEL Premier Division
at Muglet Lane, Maltby
Maltby Main (0) 1
Shawn Mitchell 72
Bottesford Town (0) 0
Admission £5. Programme £1.50. Attendance 73
Introducing Elisha, Maltby's smiley faced mascot.
A late change team sheet change was required as Maltby's Ryan Carroll was injured during the warm up and replaced by Callum Cheetham who stepped up from the subs bench and acquitted himself well against a decent Bottesford Town side, who arre a match for anyone in the NCEL Premier Division their day.
Four minutes into the game, the Miners were dealt another blow, when captain Nicky Darker went into the sort of challenge he's probably going to be regretting for a while on the Poachers Oliver Donald and ended up with a yellow card and a slow painful walk on crutches back to the dressing room for his troubles.
Jack Greeves came on in place of the injured skipper and had what was possibly his best game yet in a Maltby shirt, until he also had to leave the field of play late on, having taken a heavy knock.
A few minutes into the game the Maltby chairman Wilf Race and his two good pals Stephen 'Birdy' Baird and Stuart 'Nip' Rogers arrived at the ground 'fresh' from their fifty mile Transpennine trail sponsored cycle ride, which is a fundraiser to help towards ground improvements at Muglet Lane.
If by chance you are one of those tight fisted, short armed, deep pocketed and mean spirited types, who doesn't care about local football clubs and their perpetual struggle to raise money, then log off now... and go to the bathroom and slam the toilet seat on your fingers. Twice. Really hard!
If however you have a conscience and a few pounds to spare, please support this saddle sore trio and do amount would be considered too small... or too large. Thank you in anticipation for your kind generosity in anticipation, you are a truly wonderful human being.
Having already made one late change before the kick off, Spencer Fearn had to reshuffle his pack again, but Maltby were soon on the attack, when Dean Smith released Sam Forster down the left flank after picking him out with a great knock from midfield, but Jody Barford, the experienced Bottesford keeper, dash from his line and dispossessed the Miners number nine, with an intercception and turn that Joanne Cruyff would've been proud of (she's Johan's elderly auntie) and cleared the ball away to safety.
The same Smith/Forster combination probed the visitors back line again, but Terry Barwick put a blocking tackle in, as is his wont and played the ball forward and out of harms way.
Bottsford's first opening came, when Danny Boulton planted a forward pass into the path of Luke Anderson, but with the ball rising before him in a penalty area that resembled a bowling green that had been prepared by using a spirit level, or similar, he struck his shot over the bar, and the perimeter wall, and a passing double decker bus.
Donald had just about got his bearings after the early challenge by darker, when Smith crashed a thirty yard shot against him, that must have smarted, after Forster had set him up with a sideways pass. 
Jordan Snodin won a corner out on the left, but his delivery was headed behind by Tom Spall. 
So Snodin took a second flag kick, this time from the right, that picked out the run of Shawn Mitchell, but Barford advanced from his line to punch the ball off of the live-wire Miners midfield dynamo's head.
Callum Cheetham broke forward at pace and put Barford under pressure, but Jack Cross sprinted back to help his keeper and put in a last ditch challenge.
Bottesford picked up the tempo towards half time, but when Anderson sent Spall on a forward run, Joe Austin moved in swiftly to prevent him getting his shot in.
In the dying moments of the first half, Snodin misjudged a challenge and received a yellow card, but Barwick fired the free kick wide of the post.
HT: Maltby Main 0 v Bottesford Town 0
And to be perfectly honest I wouldn't have been surprised if the scoreline hadn't changed by the time that the referee, Paul Buck, blew for full time. But Maltby were having none of that.
On the subject of the officials: Neil Allsop is obviously wise and he ran the line on the cricket field side of the ground, but Ian Jackson, who took the touchline in front of the Maltby die hards, should have been given free earplugs and an 'I survived the Maltby inquisition' t-shirt to take home with him.
Don't take it personally pal; if you had been responsible for helping to award the home side three penalties, the locals would've still lambasted you for not ceremonially sacrificing the perpetrators among the opposition ranks. It is just their way of showing affection.
Fans at another local club abuse the opposition players, another ground not a million miles away from Maltby, contains venomous individuals who poor scorn on their own players, at Muglet Lane, the poor bugger carrying the flag in front of terrace gets earache. It isn't personal... and the row of linesman's heads on spikes from previous games, next to the stand, is just there for show.
Bottesford showed their teeth first after the restart, but when Cross had his left wing corner headed back towards him, he slipped and scuffed his second delivery towards Jamie Bailey who took an easy catch.
Bailey was in action again shortly afterwards. when Anderson tested him with a long range shot, but the keeper, making his first appearance of the season for the home side, got down well to his right to make the save.
It was a tight affair all afternoon and in the end, just the one goal settled it.. and it took a touch of class, as Snodin, from the halfway line, fed a great ball along the floor for Mitchell to run onto, Barford raced from his line, but the Miners number six, nudged it past him with a deft touch, to claim all three points.
There were claims for offside, but they were in vain... and although the blurred image (below) that I captured on my phone, is of a fairly crap quality, it is clear enough to for anyone to see that Wayne Graves was quite obviously playing the Maltby goalscorer onside.
Subject closed!
Cheetham was fouled out on the right flank by Tom Johnson, but Snodin's free kick was cleared.
Wes 'don't call me Reece!' Wesley, hooked a superb, instinctive overhead pass forward to Mitchell, with his back to play... and 'Mitch' tore away down the left flank before knocking a cross into the path of Cheetham, who was only a matter of inches from connecting at full stretch.
Good knock Reece! ;-)
Boulton was penalised for colliding with Bailey as they both challenged for the ball from a corner. Giving the timing of the referee's intervention and the 50/50 nature of the challenge... and the fact that Mr Buck showed a yellow card to a Poachers player for complaining: I don't seriously believe that the home crowd could have any complaints about the match officials now. I'll shurrup about that and move on though.
Mitchell's header skimmed over from Cheetham's cross and it could have been game over, but the visitors had a late opportunity to grab apoint, when Barwick struck a long range shot wide of the post.
And that was that... three more points for the resurgent Maltby team, who face Bridlington Town at home next Saturday, while Bottesford entertain Albion Sports at Birch Park.
FT: Maltby Main 1 v Bottesford Town 0
Late change for Maltby Main.
16) Callum Cheetham replaced 10) Ryan Carroll.
Elsewhere, good luck to all of my pals at Cleethorpes Town when they visit Wembley in May for the FA Vase Final, that they reached today by beating Bromsgrove Sporting 1-0 in the second leg of their semi final.
And last but not least:
Many thanks to Elisha Priddle, this afternoon's Maltby Main mascot, for bringing the team good luck. 
Everybody is really pleased to hear that you really enjoyed your day.
And you are welcome back any time... even in that kit!