CML North Division -- Wednesday 5th September 2012 - kick off 7:59 pm
Delayed start to this game due to floodlight failure - but even with 9 goals, that was about as exciting as the evening got - apart from having a chinwag with our friend, Hucknall Town boss, Mr. Brett Marshall.
If you want to see a lot of goals, it appears that the Clod may be the place to visit - but on this display if you want to see pure football, I wouldn't recommend it!
At the Pinxton 8-0 Blidworth game, the goals were well crafted and clinically finished - whereas AFC Mansfield have Carl Haslam and Dean Rick at the front end of a battering ram, and although this is very effective, it's not my favourite tactic. We came away from a 9-0 win, wishing we had gone to watch our friends at Linby turn over League leaders Sutton!
It took just 90 seconds for AFC to open their account, DEAN RICK forcing his way into the box and holding off a couple of challenges before firing home.
Two minutes later, Mark Carter's header from a right wing corner caused all sorts of problems for the visiting defenders, and RICK managed to prod home as the ball bobbled about in front of goal.
On 17, Rick saw his goal-bound shot deflected into the air, giving CARL HASLAM the easiest of headers at the far post. After 23 minutes had been played, CARTER was on hand to nod home unchallenged, then 10 minutes later HASLAM clipped the ball past the Colls keeper after he was played in on goal.
With four minutes of the half remaining, CARTER was gifted the ball by a Sherwood defender, and the AFC no. 11 punished the error in full - running into the box and firing home. H-T 6-0
Straight from the restart, JOE MEEHAN fired in a fierce shot from the edge of the box to make it 7-0, then on 52, HASLAM beat the whole Sherwood defensive line and raced to the goal line before ramming the ball past the keeper from a tight angle. Great individual effort to complete Haslam's hat-trick.
Sherwood tried to make a game of it, and actually won a couple of corners as the half wore on - but with 5 to play, RICK also grabbed his hat-trick goal after playing a neat one-two with Haslam. F-T 9-0
Can't see many more visits to Forest Town in the near future - this may have been a goal-fest, but it was also a bore-fest ....not my idea of a football "match" -- no "match" here I'm afraid.
Programme - "too late" was the cry, "too late"!
Attendance - 300+.