News of drastic cuts to the playing budget in the days leading up to the match meant that many were in the dark as to what players manager Chris Rawlinson might have had at his disposal ahead of kick-off against table-topping Basford United.
Huge credit to the squad, everybody fit & able was available for selection on Saturday and, with better fortune, they might have left Nottinghamshire with a share of the spoils at least on a different day.
A bizarre OG from skipper Adam Jackson - a superb volley by all accounts which gave 'keeper Duggan not an earthly chance of saving - gave the hosts the lead on 6 minutes; that lead was doubled by a fine effort on 69 minutes by Matt Thornhill and, though the Tulips got one back through the evergreen Gary King in added-time at the end of the 90 minutes (his eleventh strike of a prolific season thus far), it proved to be too little too late for the visitors.
A full Match Report on the game by Press Officer Ray Tucker will follow in due course.
Next up, the hosts will be hopeful their playing ranks remain bountiful for the visit of Gresley FC on Saturday 18th November (KO: 3.00pm). The Derbyshire-based side ended the Tulips' NPL Integro League Cup ambitions in 2017/18 after the home side suffered a First Round penalty shoot-out defeat back on 17th October - let's hope for a better result this coming weekend!
Once again, a huge 'Thank You' to all the players for their support/contribution/professionalism after a difficult week; the club is under no illusion that it's a big ask to expect players of this quality to stay on for lower wages but, as Chairman Andrew Gay rightly pointed out in the press last week, the very survival of the football club is paramount and finances cannot be magically produced from out of thin air: the budget laid out at the beginning of the season simply cannot be furbished at this time.
The club is and will always be eternally grateful for the ongoing support of sponsors/supporters/volunteers and we trust you'll all bear with us through this unforeseen but necessary transitional period. With only one relegation spot applicable from the NPL Evo-Stik South in 2017/18, the board is confident that Step 4 status can be maintained despite the budget cuts; let's all pull as one to try and ensure that happens, starting with positivity all-round this coming Saturday for the visit of our friends from Gresley FC!...
Updated 00:03 - 14 Nov 2017 by Non-League Webmeister