Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Woedby Town (Game 535)

Oadby Town 0-1 Coalville Town
Tuesday 8th April 2008
Midland Football Alliance
Topps Park

A week after the game I thought it about time I typed up my notes from this game so here goes.

A rareity this season - a midweek game! This sees me back at my spiritual home in non-league football circles, Oadby Town for only the third time this season. If anyone reading this is does not know me, I used to programme edit for the club and then helped out on the gate when required. Due to recently changing jobs and working hours Tuesday night game will probably become the norm, expecially next season as I will be working Wednesday through Sunday nights.

Admission to Topps Park is £5 / £3 and £1 for a programme. The ground is situation on the Wigston Road in Oadby which though is a seperate town is basically a suburb of Leicester. There are two entrances at either side of the ground - the one at the clubhouse side is pay on foot while the one on Washbrook Lane side hosts the main spectator car park. The club have a covered seated stand which holds around 220 - most of which is in bench seated form. At the start of play both teams are languishing in the bottom half of the Midland Alliance table, though neither are in danger of relegation. Possession early on in the game is even with the visitors having the better chances and force home keeper Laurie Pearson to make a couple of saves, albeit relatively easily. All Oadby had to show for their efforts were wayward long range shots from Steve Fenton and David Fisher. To be honest the first half is poor but the home side should have scored in the dying seconds when Carl Adams slotted the ball past the visiting keeper only for the ball the hit the post and was cleared. The home team protested that the ball was over the line but the referee was having non of it. One question though - why didn't Matt Moore who was nearest the ball as it went past the keeper make sure it hit the back of the net only he can answer.

Coalville got the only goal of the game on 53 minutes when their no. 10 scored into the right hand corner following a free kick from 10 yards. The rest of the game was uneventful between two poor sides which Coalville only slightly the better of the two. On this performance it is not hard to see why Oadby are where they are in the MFA table. On the plus side they have two cup finals to look forward too in May - they play Hinckley United in the Rolleston Charity Cup and Friar Lane & Epworth in the "Westerby" County Challenge Cup.
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