Saturday, 20 February 2010

A numbers game...

Saturday 20th February 2010
Central Midlands League Premier Division
Bilsthorpe Miners Welfare

Today was a second attempt at visiting Central Midlands League (CML) newcomers FC 05. I planned to go a few weeks ago only for the game to be called off due to a frozen pitch. The aim was also to meet up with Rob Hornby for the first time this season. Rob is the CML's club liason officer and league registrar, though a word of note and caution is that Rob has more stories than a library and spends most of the time telling them than actually watching the game!!!!!  FC 05 unsurprisingly were formed in 2005 and began life in the second division of the Midland Amateur Alliance (MAA). In their first season they won all of their twenty-six games played and with it a double promotion to the Premier Division. Three seasons were spent in the top division of the MAA finishing in 4th and 2nd place respectively before being crowned champions last season and thus promotion to the Premier Division of the Central Midlands League.

The visit to FC 05’s ground in Bilsthorpe will be a revisit for me having previously seen former CML members Santos here. I know a lot of ground hoppers will not do revisits even if a different / new club now plays on a particular ground, but I class myself as more of a “club” hopper. Today’s game will be a first this season that falls under this category as such. Last season I made revisits to see different teams on four occasions: Loughborough University, FC Dynamo, Evington and Desford, while I have plans over the next few seasons to visit various other clubs of the same vain. These include Romulus, Castle Vale and Rushden & Higham United.

This season 05 find themselves in 14th place in the sixteen team division and have so far won four of their opening nineteen games, obtaining fifteen points in the process. Their last outing was a 3-0 defeat @ Bulwell Town. Opponents Easington United are also in their debut season in the league after transferring from the Humber Premier League. Easington have made a steady start to life in the Central Midlands League finding them in seventh place winning eight of their eighteen games played at present. They lost 4-2 at home to division leaders Church Warsop Miners Welfare in the previous game. The reverse fixture earlier on in the season between today’s teams ended in a 0-0 draw.

The game was another that was easily forgettable with the only goal coming on seven minutes when a cross was headed against the bar and bounced over the line. The first half was better than the second with only a few half chances being created by either side. No further comment your majesty!!!

Admission: £2
Programme: £1 – 20 pages full glossy production
Attendance: around 30
Match rating: 1 out of 5
Google maps driving time / distance: 1 hr 3 minutes / 44.5 miles


FC 05
Central Midlands League
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