Saturday, 20 March 2010

A Knight Show

Saturday 20th March 2010
North Leicestershire League Premier Division
Jubilee Playing Fields

My reason for choosing this game today is quite simply I could not be bothered to or wanted to travel any distance, and with having seen a lot of grass roots football in Leicestershire over the years I wanted to watch a new team play a first team game.
My records for Markfield Football Club only go back as far as 1997 when they were known as Markfield Red Lion and competed in division 1 of the North Leicestershire League (NLL). In 2001 the club secured a runners-up spot and with it promotion to the premier division. At the end of the 2000/01 season the club changed their name to the present title. Their stay in the NLL top division only lasted two seasons before relegation back to division 1 in 2003. Six seasons were spent in the division before finishing in 2nd place and with it promotion back to the premier division. This season they have found life pretty good, currently occupying 5th place in the 14 team division and find themselves ten points behind leaders Caterpillar but having played two games less. Last weekend Markfield recorded a 2-0 away victory over Loughborough while visitors Sileby Saints lost 2-0 at Genesis.

Premier Division table (Top 6 as at March 13th 2010)

Pos / Team.......Pl W. D. L. For Aga Pts
1 Caterpillar....18 15  2  1 67  17  47
2 Anstey Town....18 13  1  4 57  33  40
3 Falcons........18 12  2  4 50  26  38
4 Genesis........17 12  2  3 52  32  38
5 Markfield......16 12  1  3 48  28  37

6 Sileby Saints..17  8  1  8 31  31  25

Markfield itself is a commuter village (population 4,474 in 2001) that is located on the northern edge of the Hinckley & Bosworth District. Leicester is nine miles to the south east while Coalville is six miles to the north west. Junction 22 of the M1 motorway is one mile away heading in the Coalville direction. The football club play their home games on the Jubilee Playing Fields which is located on Altar Stones Way.

Directions (from Leicester)
Follow M1 (north) signs to Markfield, and at island just after Coach & Horses public house take the second exit onto Leicester Road. Leicester Road turns into Ashby Road which in turn leads on to Altar Stones Way. The ground is on the left after the Hill Street junction.

A second half hat-trick from Ezra Knight gave the hosts a comfortable victory. The first half though was a fairly even affair and Markfield thought they had scored the opening goal midway through the half only for it to be ruled out for offside. Sileby's best chance came right at the end of the half but the home keeper made a good save to deny them. Just two minutes into the second half and the hosts made the breakthrough when Herbie Mawazda found space in the penalty area to fire home fron eight yards out. Markfield continued to have the better of things as the game opened up, and they used their pace to cause Sileby problems. Knight's first goal came with just thirteen minutes left when he scored with a solo effort slotting the ball past the keeper. With five minutes to go he got his second when, after being put through he hit a low powerful shot past the keeper to seal the points for the hosts. In injury time the Sileby keeper parried a shot and Knight reacted first to complete his hat-trick.
Admission / programme: none
Attendance: 13 (head count)
Google maps distance / driving time: 8 miles / 17 minutes


North Leicestershire League
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