Precision Nottinghamshire Senior League
Junior Cup Final
KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE RESERVES 3 SOUTH NORMANTON TOWN 1
Kimberley went in to the final as underdogs against a Normanton side that had won the Division One title by quite a large margin and had already done the league double over the Miners, but in Finals the formbook counts for nothing and this was the case on the evening.
The game should have been played on Tuesday evening at Basford United FC but after heavy rain all day, the pitch was flooded and with the league havin to ge the game played before the weekend, the hunt was on for a new venue and to the rescue came Ilkeston FC who were superb hosts on the Friday evening.
TThe match kicked off and though I didnt see much of the First Half to be fair, it looked quite a even affair, the second half I stood with Mr Mac Senior and old friend Malc Storer who I caught up with as Id not seen him this season. The game sprang in to life just after half time with a goal by DECLAN SMITH who put the Welfare in front.
As it got colder, everyone didnt want extra time, but with 7 minutes remaining tht what we got, when ADAM GILLIOTT hot the equaliser.
The game went in to extra time and Kimberley were awarded a free kick from some distance out, the ball seemed to deceive the Town defence and goalkeeper and SCOTT BAILEY's free kick nestled in the back of the net.
Normanton pushed forward but the Kimberley keeper was equal to anything thrown at him at this stage, whilst Kimberley broke on the break and a game worthy of winning any game was scored when SCOTT BAILEY pressed forward and kept going past 5 defenders to slot home.
We would like to thank everyone who donated to the charity raffle which raised £82 which will be added to next seasons blog