2 sent off & 9 players booked as Blidworth crash at the Memorial Ground
Blidworth crashed to their first defeat of the season after a night of bad discipline and a terrible performance from the referee on a warm evening in Southwell. Blidworth made 1 change from Saturdays winning start away at Hucknall with Nathan Brown replacing Danial Wright in central defence.
The game started brightly with Carl Gould playing in Joseph Meehan after 3 minutes but the Blidworth midfielder was thwarted by a last ditch challenge as he shot at goal. From the short corner Kier Webster beat his man but curled his shot just wide.
9 minutes later a quick throw by Ryan Meehan to Jamie Senior created a shooting opportunity for the player and he tested the Southwell keeper from 20 yards. This got Southwell going and they started to get into the match down the left hand side creating some dangerous balls into the box.
The game exploded on 19 minutes after a ball down the left resulted in a scuffle between Craig Gould and the Southwell right back. All hell broke loose as 16 players got involved in the scuffle with the referee doing well to break up the incident. Gould was booked along with Nathan Brown and 2 Southwell players.
On 22 minutes Southwell won a free kick on the left that was whipped deep into the box, the ball was headed back across goal where Weston got a hand to it but could only parry it down to a Southwell striker who tried a spectacular overhead kick which just cleared the Blidworth bar.
3 minutes later booking number 3 arrived for Blidworth as a late challenge by Joseph Meehan resulted in a caution for the midfielder.
The deadlock was broken on 29 minutes as a “Rory Delap” style long throw was arrowed into the Blidworth box, the ball was cleared by Brown only to be headed back in where a Southwell striker just beat Weston to the ball flicking it over the keepers hand and into the net for 1-0.
The lead though lasted 4 minutes, Ryan Meehan won the ball on the right, he passed to Jamie Senior down the wing where the striker dribbled and cut inside delivering a perfect curling left footed cross to Gary Armstrong at the far post who struck the ball across the keeper into the far corner of the net 1-1.
On 36 minutes Joseph Meehan looked to have won the ball in a midfield challenge but the referee blew his whistle for a free kick, to the dismay of the player he pulled out a second yellow card and sent the midfielder off, nobody in the crowd could believe it as the player walked off the pitch, one of many bad decisions the referee made on the night.
Blidworth reshuffled with Senior & Armstrong dropping into midfield leaving Craig Gould to lead the line alone. Southwell pressured the Blidworth defence with the man advantage but could not make it count before halftime.
The second half began with Southwell pressing their man advantage but on a rare Blidworth break Senior held the ball in midfield and then lost it, in his frustration he kicked out at the Southwell player earning himself a yellow card. This was to be his last involvement of the match as on 52 minutes he made way for Tom Moult.
3 minutes later Armstrong challenged for the ball in midfield where the ball popped out and hit the midfielder on the arm as he broke away towards goal the referee blew his whistle and booked the player for hand ball, the bench erupted as again the referee made a bad decision booking a player for nothing.
On 60 minutes Craig Gould made way for Scott Goody and straight away he played the ball over the top for Moult who was just beaten to the ball by the Southwell keeper.
The referee was losing the plot on 63 minutes as he booked Carl Gould for a challenge where the midfielder won the ball. Then 4 minutes later as Southwell attacked he gave a soft penalty to the home team as Brown was adjudged to have pushed a Southwell player in the box. Weston was given no chance from the spot as Southwell regained the lead 2-1.
Blidworth were up against the referee and an extra man but in the 74th minute Goody broke forward and unleashed a 25 yard shot which sailed just wide. This spurred Blidworth on and 4 minutes later were given a chance to draw level as Gould drove to the byline he was pushed and the referee pointed to the spot. Club captain Keir Webster stepped up but his weak kick was saved by the Southwell keeper.
Southwell saw this as a let off and pushed forward to put the game to bed but were caught offside on numerous occasions. Keir Webster was then booked for a challenge from behind on 80 minutes and a minute later a quick free kick by Ryan Meehan found Carl Gould but he headed straight at the keeper.
Carl Gould was then shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on 82 minutes and from the resulting free kick Southwell played the ball to the right side where they crossed into the box and the ball was headed in across Weston into the far left hand corner of the net for a 3-1 lead.
The game was over for Blidworth but they still managed to pick up 2 stupid yellow cards with Tom Moult & Ryan Meehan both going in the referees book. Southwell ran the clock down and took their 3-1 victory.
Blidworth need to pick themselves up and improve their discipline if they are to get back to winning ways on Saturday against Nottingham United.