EAST MIDLANDS COUNTIES LEAGUE @ PLAINS RD
21 OCTOBER 2017 --- 3PM
|GAME CHANGING MOMENT AS GEDLING ARE REDUCED TO TEN MEN|
With the usual watch on the weather storm Brian was happening with the poorest condition to the west the blog headed east, just, to Gedling MW in the Nottingham suburbs of Mapperley. There are always a handful of local grounds that seem to constantly appear on a list of 'I really must visit this ground' and todays hosts were one of them. Having received some good reports from the Burnley fan, Dave, the many route options were planned and in the end it was a short journey to Alfreton with a connection for the all stopping service to Nottingham.
|ITS ALL VERY SMART AT PLAINS RD HOME OF GELDING MW FC|
|ITS ALL BLUE AND TIDY|
|THE REFEREE MAKES AN EARLY CALL WITH RADFORD IN DESPAIR|
|NICK HAWKINS CHECKS A DECISION WITH THE REF|
With Radford making the short hop over from the north west side of the city and Gedling sitting nicely in the top half of the table I wasn't sure what challenge Radford would offer but this was derby and even though the wind was strong you could but hope for an exciting encounter.
|SIMON HORE GIVES RADFORD THE LEAD FROM THE SPOT|
|TIME TO CATCH UP ON THE LATEST SCORES|
The game changing moment came on 47 minutes and it was a massive call for the referee Jepson was on the attack on the left side of the penalty box he turned his defender and as the player was rolled he went to ground. The referee spotted simulation and without to much thought produced a second yellow and the ultimate red card, moments later Gedling's joint manager Chris Marks was dismissed from the bench for his comments. The game seemed to enter a quiet stage as Gedling tried to re organise with a man down but it was to be Radford who went 3 up on 64 minutes with Stephen Brett turning the ball into his own goal under pressure from Reeves.
|RYAN PLUMMER PULLS ONE BACK FOR THE HOME SIDE|
|AND THE FINAL CARD OF THE DAY GOES TOO.........GEDLINGS STEPHEN BRETT|
This was a highly interesting affair with the referee adding to the fun of the fair which as a neutral you often see differently to a dedicated fan something which today I was able to observe rather than be sat in the camp of one side or the other and feel the frustrations.
It took too long to visit Gedling but if the games are all like this there really is no reason in waiting so long to re visit a fully enjoyable trip which culminated with a missed connection on the return via Derby saw a final base arrival at 8pm.