Notts FA Intermediate Cup
AFC BRIDGFORD 1 COTGRAVE FC 2
After confirmation that the tie was on by AFC Chairman Craig Gealy then I knew this was where I was heading for, having been to Gresham a few times in the past to watch Nottingham United FC and Real United FC, they had only played on the 3g pitch, so this was the first time, I'd seen a match on grass at the Wilford Lane venue.
On arrival I was greeted by Craig who handed me the Bridgford line up and then Richard Wells the Cotgrave Secretary.
As I stepped out to pitchside, the wind blew down the pitch and nearly blew a old fella over near the touchline, that's how strong it was. Just before kick off, I was joined by Ilkeston based brother Hoppers Michael & Andy Hartsthorne and we stood to the end that AFC attacked.
Cotgrave had to make a early change as right back Lee Stanley pulled up in the 3rd minute, with a hamstring problem. The first 20 minutes, Cotgrave pushed forward but the wind was making football difficult as there was no rytham to the game, with ball swirling around. The home side had a couple of long throws into the Cotgrave area that created a few problems.
After 32 minutes, home keeper cleared the ball towards the halfway line, but it went to the feet of NICKY MARSHALL who volleyed the ball back with the wind assisting it over the keepers head to give the visitors the lead.
At Half Time, Michael & Andrew bought their Advanced Notts Senior League Groundhop Tickets..for more information please see this LINK
The Second Half kicked off and Bridgford pushed forward, with Cotgrave playing on the break and after 59 minutes, a through ball saw JAKE HENSON in a one on one situation to push the ball past the visiting keeper to level up the scores.
Cotgrave altered their formation and pushed another player forward and Kyle Waddell and Ben Smedley both went close.
On 74 minutes, KYLE WADDELL broke through and slide the ball past the oncoming keeper.
After 89 minutes, the home keeper made a good penalty save to give his team one last push in to injury time. Bridgford pushed forward but to no avail as Cotgrave held on.
AFC Bridgford put up a very fight and have done well to reach the Quarter Finals and should be proud of themselves, whilst Notts Senior League club move on to the Semi Finals.
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Photos from the game can be seen on this LINK
With the 3 goals seen at the game, it now brings the CHARITY BLOGS Total to £340.25
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