Monday, 6 July 2015

Weekend 4th / 5th July...

1) A.C. Wollaton 5-5 Nottingham Riverside

Saturday saw me head to my first pre-season friendly of the season and I relatively local, making the short drive to West Bridgford on the edge of Nottingham. Newly formed club A.C. Wollaton had already had a few pre-season games so made my way up to the Nottingham Football Centre (NFC). The NFC is part of Rushcliffe Leisure Centre on Boundary Round and is well signposted. The game was played on an artificial pitch inside a metal cage and was a two hour (2 x 60 mins) affair, with drinks breaks at twenty minute intervals.

Despite playing some decent football and creating plenty of chances, it was the visitors who took the lead and they lead 0-3 at one point. Before half time and Wollaton were back in the game, trailing by a single goal. Riverside restored their two goal cushion, but then Wollaton converted some of their many chances and lead 5-4 going into the final ten minutes, before the visitors restored parity by the end of the game.

Admission: none
Programme: £1
Attendance: about 10
Food and drink: available from the leisure centre

My plan Sunday morning was to watch and photograph the Leicester Blue Sox Baseball team for the first time at nearby Western Park, but like an idiot I didn't put on any sun protection so just decided to stay for a few innings. 

I have put twenty photos online and they can be viewed @ http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p856024352

2) Leicester Falcons 26-13 Peterborough Saxons
(BAFA NL NFC 2 South)

After leaving Western Park I made my way to Hinckley for a first Leicester Falcons home game of the 2015 season. The Falcons have moved from Babington College in Leicester to the what is now called the Leicester Road Stadium in Hinckley.

Having lost their last three previous encounters against the Saxons and scoring just ten points in the process, the odds were not in their favour especially as the Saxons' Chris Dahl ran in a td on their opening possession. Come the end of the first half and the Falcons were level through a td from #6 Glenn Herring. The 3rd quarter saw the Falcons take the lead for the first time when Ron Mason intercepted a pass and ran in unopposed for a pick six td. A field goal at the end of the quarter increased their lead to ten points. On the opening play of the 4th quarter the Saxons got back into the game with a 60 yard td, though the pat was missed, making the score 17-13. The Falcons were not to be denied as they scored another td from their #24 and a fg with the last play of the game.

Admission: £5
Corn Dog: £2, with other hot food available from a mobile catering van
Pint of lager shandy: £3.20 - other drinks and snack from the Leicester Road FC bar
Green Bay Packers cap: £16, with a range of other NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB and NCAA items for sale just inside the entrance

46 photos of the game can be viewed online @ http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p561788999

Forthcoming games (updated):

Monday 13th July
Maltby Main v Sheffield (7.45pm)

Saturday 18th July
Awsworth Villa v Coalville Town (3pm)

Sunday 19th July
Ashby Ivanhoe Sunday v Donisthorpe (10.30am)
Leicester Falcons v Leeds Bobcats (2.30pm)

Saturday 25th July
Stamford v Histon (3pm)

Saturday 1st August
Birmingham City v Leicester City (3pm)
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