Saturday, 12 May 2012

Underwood Villa 0-1 Southwell St Mary's (NSL Div1)

Underwood Villa Football Club was officially formed around 1948. In the 1980's to 2002 they were called Bracken FC. The new millennium has signalled a period of sustainable success for Villa - both on and off the pitch. Between 2004 - 2007, Villa faired well at the top end of the Midland Amateur Alliance, most notably winning the MAA Senior Cup in 2006.

After finishing fifth in the MAA Premier Division, the Villa senior team decided to join the NSL for the 2007/08 campaign. Having become an F.A. Charter Standard club due to its dedication to developing local youth football they were also rewarded for their endeavours in developing local youth talent in the area, being named both Notts & East Midlands Development Charter Standard Club Of The Year for 2006.

From Nottingham Victoria the Rainbow One to Alfreton will drop you off at Beech Road, Underwood. Continue in the direction the bus goes for fifty yards and cross over and go to the end of Sandhill Road. Cross over Mansfield Road and the ground is at the corner of Felly Mill Road.

Southwell St Mary's needed at least a point from the final game of the season to get promotion to the Senior Division for next season.The home side looked comfortable on the ball and were on top for the first twenty minutes. After a series of free kicks and corners Underwood couldn't find the back of the net. The longer the game went on the more the visitors controlled possession.

The Underwood left back went on a run along the wing, played a one two with a collegue and his shot was saved by the Southwell keeper low down near his post. Brown in midfield for the visitors was setting up some good moves for his team and Southwells Danny Garrett tried a cheeky chip over the keeper but his effort went inches over the crossbar. Just before half-time Underwood's Sam Tring had a shot that hit the Southwell post before being cleared upfield.

It was nearly all Southwell in the second half with Underwood seldom bothering the visitors keeper. The home keeper tipped over a close range header and Brown had a shot that hit the bar and then another effort hit the post as Underwood's goal was under seige. Josh Christian scored midway into the half for Southwell but It was a surprise that they didn't add to the goal, but it was enough to earn them promotion to the top Division.

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