Blidworth were beaten in a mid table six pointer against AFC Hucknall this afternoon. Dave Voller
must be cursing his luck as his team failed to take their chances and had no luck in front of goal. Blidworth were also rocked with bad news as defender Zak Webster was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Blidworth welcomed back Alex Wilford & Jamie Senior into the squad; both players have been on the sidelines for over a month with ankle injuries; however Ryan Meehan
, Scott Goody & Matt Moult were away at work with Tom Moult & Carl Gould
serving suspensions Dave Voller
brought in Brad Wells on loan from Retford United as cover up front.
The players took to the field on a cold & windy afternoon and it showed as the game started slowly for both teams. Hucknall had the first real attempt on goal after 7 minutes as their winger got to the by-line and crossed to the far post for the far winger who could not hit the target with his shot.
On 13 minutes Hucknall took the lead with good play down the right, the ball was squared into the box and Dave Voller
blocked a shot with a good tackle, the ball though ran to Peach who’s rasping shot went under Stanhope and into the net for 0-1.
Blidworth rallied but could not cut Hucknalls defence open and had to settle with long range efforts. On 26 minutes it was 0-2 as a long cross field ball just cleared full back Liam Pride leaving Crisp in the clear, the Hucknall winger calmly lobbed the ball over the advancing Stanhope and into the net to double his sides lead.
Blidworth had the ball in the net on 39 minutes but Craig Gould
was adjudged to be in an offside position when he received the ball and the goal was ruled out. Blidworth were attacking for the remainder of the half but failed to register a goal and went into the dressing rooms at halftime two down.
Manager Dave Voller
brought on Stuart Candlin
for Chris Elson at halftime as the midfielder had a tight groin and this seemed to inspire Blidworth as they came out a different side in the second half.
After 2 minutes Brad Wells twisted and turned in the box after good work from Jamie Senior and tested the Hucknall keeper which he did well to hold onto. On 56 minutes Blidworth pulled a goal back as Jamie Senior slotted the ball into the net at the far post after a good run and cross by Gary Armstrong 1-2.
Blidworth were now on top and chasing the equaliser with Wells a constant threat in attack, the young striker tested the Hucknall defence to the limit with his movement and close control.
It was Hucknall though who scored the next goal as a Blidworth attack broke down a ball forward beat Keir Webster
and Francis was left one on one with Stanhope, Francis ran on and confidently stroked the ball past the Blidworth keeper for 1-3.
Blidworth introduced Alex Wilford for Liam Pride on 67 minutes and Wilford played a great ball down the line for Armstrong to run onto, the midfielder got to the by-line and crossed to Christopher Shelton at the far post, the young winger fired a great shot at goal but the Hucknall keeper dived to his right to deny Blidworth.
On 73 minutes Brad Wells again broke free in the box after turning his marker but the Blidworth striker was again denied a goal by the Hucknall keeper. 5 minutes later Shelton & Wells combined well but the on loan striker could not find the target.
It was all Blidworth and on 80 minutes Wells again was involved but this time the defence held firm as the striker dribbled his way into the box, in his frustration the striker dived in for the ball giving away a foul and got a yellow card for his actions.
2 minutes later Jamie Senior was booked then replaced by Joe Machin and then Gary Armstrong on 87 minutes as the players took their frustrations out on the referee. On 89 minutes Blidworth managed to create one last opportunity as a ball by Wilford over the top of the defence found Voller in the clear, the manager looked to be bundled over from behind as he shot at goal but the referee waved away the appeals.
was the 4th Blidworth player to go in the book in injury time for a foul in midfield as he tried to break up a Hucknall attack. The referee blew for fulltime after 3 minutes of added time giving Hucknall the points.
Blidworth have a weekend off this week and will have to work hard on the training ground to put things right before their trip to bottom club Calverton MW on Tuesday 6th December kick off is 7.45pm