Saturday, 7 April 2012

Bilborough Pelican 0-4 Pinxton (CML South)

Bilborough FC (1994) and Pelican FC (1984) merged in 2005 to form Bilborough Pelican FC. Until the merger Pelican were the more successful of the two clubs. Titles and Cups were won in the old Notts Amateur and Notts Alliance Leagues. In season 2002-03 Pelican FC joined the Central Midlands League and won the Premier League in their first season.

Since the merger the club were again Premier League winners in 2005-06. In season 2007-08 the club joined the Notts Senior League and in their second season they were League Champions. In 2011-12 the club rejoined the Central Midlands League.

The club boasted in their programme about their award winning ground but I couldn't see much to boast about. They have old floodlights that I have heard do not cover the whole of the pitch. They have a small covered stand on the dugout side with overgrown hard standing. The pitch surround is partially railed off but has rope behind one goal and the cricket pitch side ( they share the ground with Lenton Unity CC).

Pinxton wearing White were first on the attack and a shot heading for goal was cleared off the Pelican line. On ten minutes Pelican had their first attempt, this being a long range effort from their right back and his shot flew just over the bar. There were plenty of hard challenges going in from both sides. A long ball found Pinxtons Wayne Cooke on 25 minutes but his lob went over the keeper and the bar. Pinxton began to put together several good moves but it was from a long kick by the keeper that was headed on and finished by Jay Cooper that gave the visitors the lead. On 37 minutes a Pinxton corner hit the post and a minute later Jay Cooper flicked a header on for Wayne Cooke who blasted the ball past the keeper. The home side were reduced to ten men on 41 minutes when Grant Walton recieved his second yellow card. Pinxton were soon three goals up after the ball was crossed in from the right and headed in from close range. HT 0-3.

Hungry at half time so went to the pavillion for something to eat. Saw a club official eating a chip cob so I ordered the same, but was told there was no hot food on sale to the public as they were preparing sandwiches for the players. There were only crisps available and they were out of date!

Pelican were working hard and playing better than they had been in the first half. Centre half Iain Foss moved up front and was causing problems for Pinxtons back line. Although Pinxton had the better of the play Pelican managed to forge themselves chances. A shot hit the side netting, the keeper tipped the ball over from a close range header and a 30 yard free kick flew just over. As the game entered the final few minutes Pelican were tiring and Pinxton got their fourth goal. A Jay Cooper cross into the area found a Pinxton player whoose shot was deflected off the keeper and into the net. FT 0-4.

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