Blidworth Welfare Reserves - Report
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Friendly: Radford Reserves FC v Blidworth Welfare Reserves FC
Blidworth Reserves lose 1-0 but with a makeshift team put up an excellent performance and take many positives from the game.
With a makeshift team including Chris Heathcote who was good enough to play on short notice and the addition of Nathan’s dad Paul Holmes Blidworth managed to field 15 players of which one was yours truly Kev Heathcote, ageing assistant manager.
On a boiling day Radford asked to play three 30 minute periods. For the first period Blidworth coped well with the more experienced Radford team. Whenever possible Blidworth tried to play football and should have taken the lead from a corner Tom Bower seeing his header scrambled off the line. Radford scored what proved to be the only goal of the game shortly before the interval when a moments lost concentration led to a break down Radford’s left and from the instant cross the ball was headed past Merryweather by the unmarked forward.
In the second period Blidworth lost Ryan Wilkinson to injury but Kurtis Bamford was starting to get a foothold on the midfield as Radford found it very difficult to get anything going. Blidworth on the other hand produced three great chances two falling to Nathan Holmes who with a little more composure and confidence should have scored and the other to Paul Holmes who in his day would have netted. Radford had a disputed goal disallowed for offside but the decision looked clear cut from the sidelines.
In the third period Blidworth once again pressed and Paul Holmes looked set to score but the Radford goalkeeper had other ideas and produced a fantastic point blank save. Ramone Morton had a goal disallowed after Bamford was adjudged to have fouled the keeper, the referee at first gave the goal but the linesman flagged and the goal was ruled out. Blidworth looked the more likely to score and even the Radford skipper said after the game Blidworth deserved to win.
Blidworth will take positives from the game, debuts for Alex Heathcote and Dan Bower both giving an extra bit of steel to the team. Kurtis Bamford is maturing as the games go by, Tom Bower and Josh Bye look solid at the back and Jake Allen looks calm and composed.
Final Score: Radford Reserves FC 1-0 Blidworth Welfare Reserves FC
Man of the Match: Kurtis Bamford