Blidworth lost for the 3rd time on the bounce as Dave Voller
had only 11 players available for the game as injuries & work commitments decimated his squad for this weekends away game at Gresham.
Blidworth were without 8 of the first team squad as Robbie Evans, Matthew Allen, Simon Duffy, Scott Goody & Captain Keir Webster
were all away with work. Gary Armstrong, Zak Webster & Jamie Senior are all injured but Voller expects to see Senior back in the squad next week.
Glorious sunshine greeted the players as they took to the 3G surface for the second time this season and both teams started well on the perfectly flat surface. Tom Moult was first to threaten in the game when he turned his marker well after 6 minutes but the striker dragged his shot just wide of the mark.
A minute later Real won a corner and took the lead in bizarre fashion when the kick was whipped in just under the crossbar, Paul Stanhope in the Blidworth goal palmed the ball out but the linesman raised his flag to signal that the ball had crossed the line to the disbelief of the Blidworth players 1-0.
This seemed to dishearten the Blidworth team and Real took control of the game with wave after wave of attacks. On 13 minutes a poor goal kick by Stanhope landed at the feet of a Real striker who tried his luck but the shot went wide of the post to the relief of the Blidworth stopper.
tried to lift his side and on 21 minutes a great ball over the top by Ryan Meehan
into the path of Tom Moult gave the Blidworth striker a shot on goal but again he missed the target. 2 minutes later Real extended their lead when good work down the left produced a low cross to the edge of the box where a Real attacker struck a lovely shot across Stanhope and into the net for 2-0.
Blidworth rallied but Craig Gould
was booked on 27 minutes for a late challenge. 3 minutes later good work by Carl Gould
created an opportunity for Christopher Shelton but the young winger got too much on his lob which cleared the bar.
On 34 minutes a suicidal pass across the box let Real in on goal but Stanhope was there with a one handed save to tip the ball onto the post and behind. The game was now being played in midfield with both sides breaking down the play before a clear cut chance was created.
On 41 minutes though Shelton beat his man to the ball and drove into the box and the winger was pulled back as he went to shoot, the referee pointed to the spot to give Blidworth a chance to get back into the game. Tom Moult stepped up to take the kick but he scuffed the kick wide.
The referee blew for halftime and Real went into the dressing rooms the happier of the 2 teams. The second half started well for Blidworth, Dave Voller
must have had given the players the old hairdryer treatment as they looked a different team chasing the ball down at every opportunity.
On 52 minutes Blidworth pulled a goal back when good work by Tom Moult on the left set up a shooting chance for Keenan Leeds, the young midfielder`s 25 yard shot was parried by the keeper and Christopher Shelton followed in to stroke the ball into the net via the post 2-1.
Blidworth were spurred on by this and were camped in the Real half. On 65 minutes Blidworth looked to have leveled the game when great interplay by Craig Gould
, Voller & Shelton slipped in Moult who rifled the ball into the net only to see the linesman raise his flag for offside.
Real were now playing on the counter attack but were caught offside on numerous occasions by the cleaver Blidworth defence. On 72 minutes Craig Gould
slipped the ball to Moult who unleashed a fierce 25 yard drive which looked in all the way but the Real keeper made an unbelievable one handed save to deny the striker the goal he deserved.
On 75 minutes Alex Wilford was booked for kicking the ball away when he was adjudged to have fouled a Real striker in a challenge. Blidworth were pushing for the equaliser but Real were looking dangerous on the break.
There was controversy on 88 minutes as a through ball to Craig Gould
was flagged for offside, the striker had run from behind his man and was one on one with the Real keeper, it was Tom Moult who was stood in an offside position but never attempted to go for the ball. The Blidworth bench were in uproar as the linesman kept his flag up and the referee stopped play. Tom Moult was booked for showing his frustration at the official.
Real killed off the game and Blidworth came away with nothing after putting in a great second half performance. Dave Voller
will be looking to get some players back in the squad for next weeks tough F.A Vase game away at Glossop North End, Kick off 3pm.