Match report: West Bridgford 1 – 1 Kimberley Miners Welfare

All square at Regatta Way for yesterday’s East Midland Counties Premier League game.

The match started off quite promisingly when in the 1st minute Jurgen Charlesworth found Ed Hodgson in space but his effort was easily saved by Kimberley keeper Shaun Bodkin.

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Kimberley went straight to the other end and Greg Simmons, a former West Bridgford player, hit the cross bar with a brilliant individual effort. On 14 minutes Bridgford started to take the initiative when a succession of dangerous Ross McCaughey corners saw centre half Pat Newsome rise with a perfectly timed header to gave West Bridgford and early lead. 1-0 Bridgford

Kimberley responded well to going behind and in the 38th minute Kimberley star player Greg Simmons equalised with neat finish – a strong hand from Bridgford keeper Sam Clark could not prevent the ball hitting the back of the net.

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The second half saw a deterioration to the contest as neither side really got going and making any impression, a strong blustery wind not helping matters to the flow of the game. Both sides made attacking substitutions but without ever really making any difference – one plus was the Bridgford rear guard was again looking solid.

In the words of first team physio Ian large which pretty much summed up the game ‘the highlight of the second half was the floodlights coming on and the delivery of Bovril to the home bench’.

In truth It was not a day for the spectators to enjoy with the home side evidently suffering from there extra time efforts in the league cup on Wednesday night away at South Normanton.

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Man Of The Match: Patrick Newsome

Joint Manager Chris Marks gave his thoughts at the final whistle, ‘On the day I don’t think either side did enough to win the game, at times the game lacked a bit quality in the final third, in the second half particularly I don’t remember either team having a shot on target. Having said that the players toiled away and gave it everything but it just wasn’t to be. A point a piece was a fair result in the end’.

West Bridgford mate the short trip to local side Gedling Miners Welfare on Tuesday night in the 2nd Round of the Notts Senior Cup.