Each year, me and my wife Hazel have decided to help a Charity, by donating 25p every goal we see at the matches we attend. Over the years, people and clubs have also donated as we have visited the grounds and we have raised over £2,300 in the 3 seasons we have run the Blog.
During the 2014-15 season, we are supporting "Support Dogs" who train Dogs to transform lives of people with Autism and other disabilities. So if you would like to make a donation(no matter how small) and you see me at a match, please come up to me or Hazel, we would be very grateful. All Donators will get a mention on the blog.


Saturday, 31 January 2015


Notts Senior League
Senior Division

This time last season, this fixture was a top of the table Division One promotion clash, fast forward 12 months and what a contrast in clubs events. Before the season kicked off a mass exodus saw Kirton down to bare bones and today fielded only 3 of last seasons players, only gaining one won all season so far, whilst West Bridgford have been running high in the Season Division.
My first choice of game at Netherfield Albion was scuppered on Thursday Evening by heavy snowfall, that also wiped out my plan B at Calverton Welfare, where Boots Athletic were to play Bingham Town, so plan C was to see what was left on and go for it. Shortly after 9am I received a tweet from West Bridgford FC to say there was no problem and their game was on. To be honest the pitch looked a credit to them.
On arrival, had a nice cuppa and got Herbie a programme, when he arrived he kindly donated £10 to the Blogs Charity which has taken the total to over £350. Just before kick off had a quick chat to the 2 hopping brothers from Ilkeston "The Harthornes" before heading to pitchside.
Whilst chatting to West Bridgford Secretary Adrian Clark, he mentioned a hopper from Wigan, so I had a chat with him. I knew this may be a bit of a one sided game and this was to prove to be the case and on just 15 minutes the Bridge was given a penalty after a hand ball in the Kirton box to which AARON LARGE stepped up and smashed in to the left side of the keeper in to the net.
To Kirton;s credit they did press forward and forced a couple of decent chances but they came to nothing. On 25 minutes, the homesters went 2-0 in front after THOMAS COOLE curled a shot past the Kirton defence and keeper.
West Bridgford poured forward but seemed to miss chance after chance until after 41 minutes, KEV WALKER fired home for his side to go in at half time 3-0 up.
Kirton were last to enter the pitch for the Second Half and it seemed that they had stayed in the changing room as West Bridgford added a quick 3 goals in 4 minutes. After 49 minutes, PAT NEWSOME added the 4th, then AARON LARGE completed his hat trick with goals after 51 and 52 minutes to make it 6-0. The Kirton keeper then made quite a few good saves to keep the score down along with the crossbar saving the visitors 3 times.
After 65 minutes, KEV WALKER scored his 2nd of the game to make it 7-0 and on 75 minutes, a shot by the young West Bridgford sub TIM HODGKINSON took a massive deflection off Dave Cooper to make it 8-0. On 79 minutes AARON LARGE scored his 4th goal of the game to complete the scoring, but the biggest cheer of the game came in the final seconds of the game when a long shot by a Kirton player looked like it was going in but the Bridgford keeper caught it.
Photos from the game can be viewed on this LINK
With the 9 goals scored and the donation from Herbie, this takes the BLOGS Charity "SUPPORT DOGS" that aid people with disabilities to £355.75p
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