Sunday, 1 May 2016

CML League Cup Final 2016-2017

Venue - Impact arena Alfreton Town FC

Blidworth welfare 1 Hucknall Rolls Leisure 2

My first visit to the Alfreton Town ground and was pleasantly impressed. Met with friendly staff who welcomed me as a guest of the league. Blidworth were by far the better side in the first half  but they only had a tenth minute Harris goal to show for their domination at the break. It was a different game in the second half as 'Rolls' came out fighting. 'Rolls' sub Harry Allen should have been Red carded for a stupid challenge on the Blidworth keeper. A few minutes later Allen curled in a beauty of a shot to equalise.

Some of the challenges were getting a bit tasty and on 80 minutes Blidworth player Keenan Leeds was sent off for a head butt in front of the referee. Hucknall Rolls increased the pressure in an attempt to find a winner before the game went into extra time. With Two minutes remaining Rolls found the winning goal when Matthews raced through the Blidworth defence to shoot past the keeper. It was announced after the game that Hucknall Rolls Leisure FC would fold at the end of the season due to their landlords wanting the club to pay a large sum of money to use the facilities at the complex.

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