Top and bottom of Division 2 clash tonight saw Hardly Athletic come up against Scorpian's. The official for tonight's game was in house ref Sarah. The first attempt of the night went to HA's Gary Renshaw which saw his side taking the lead as he nut-megged the keeper Scott Elliot, Scott Elliot is renowned for nut megging players in our Monday league, this news may have travelled round our division 2 league as Elliot seems to be getting nut megged in goal more and more each week. HA dominated the game early on, emphasizing their position in the table and this seen Dave Gooden having the next attempt. Gooden sees his effort go high off John Harrington, which results in to a free kick for HA. But this excellent opportunity to extend their lead unfortunately comes to nothing, and so Scorpians are now in possession.

Gooden also had the next attempt, getting a fantastic shot off and scoring with a little help form Alan Fletcher as the ball was travelling towards goal, however Sarah correctly disallows the goal and blowing up for a handball by Fletcher. 

Barry McGrath had the first shot for Scorpian's, only for Chris Smith to parry it to Mark Cartwright, who also shoots but Smith holds onto his attempt. An excellent double save by Smith. Rob Kalitkin then passed the ball to McGrath whose shot was again saved. Gooden then took a free kick for HA, passing the ball to Ian Mackie. I think I have done something to upset Mr. Mackie, as his shot came straight at me, lucky my reflexes are still good, as he missed the target. Another free kick for HA which again was passed to Mackie, this time his shot was on the right target but was narrowly saved by Elliot.

McGrath, was then successful in a series of tackles in the centre of the pitch, successfully retaining possession for his team and managing to get a shot off again the shot was saved by Smith. Godden then had the second meg of the night on the opposition keeper to make it 2-0. Renshaw had the next goal, a little bizarrely, as Elliot saved it only to put it into his own goal and it's now 3-0, and is it game over already? Godden had the next attempt, going down the middle with a team mate either side of him, both in acres of space, but he chose to shoot himself only for his attempt to be saved. Mackie had the last shot of the first half and continued HA's dominance, scoring from it to make it 4-0 at half time.

It was business as usual for HA at the start of the second half as Fletcher attacked from a defensive position and to score and it's now 5 to HA. Gooden was then attacking but was closed down by Harrington in the corner, Gooden shoots and the ball goes in. But was it an own goal off Harrington, yes it was. McGrath then had a couple of attempts himself, both missing the target, but the next shot went to Harrington only for him to see his attempt come off the crossbar. Scorpians frustrated as they can’t seem to get the ball in the back of the net tonight. Mackie, then scored a cracking goal into the corner of the keeper’s net, only for it to be his own keeper as his back pass (more like a shot) went into the goal. Scorpian's finally getting a goal they deserve it is now 6-1. Alan Hayes loses possession to Gooden, who took it out to the right, shot and scored again, it's now 7-1. Renshaw scored the next one after a quick attack to make it 8-1. 

McGrath was again in the action for Scorpian's, with a low shot down to Smith's left side, only for Smith to somehow get his hand to the shot. It was the same player involved in the next attempt, passing the ball to Alan Hayes, only for Hayes to hit the bar and the ball went high for a free kick to HA. McGrath was finally rewarded for his efforts, getting a much-deserved goal for his dogged performance and the score is now 8-2. Mackie redeemed himself for his earlier own goal with a goal which went in off the keeper.

The game ends at 9-2 to Hardly Athletic. MOM was awarded to Gary Renshaw for his excellent efforts and his 3-goal contribution for his team.

Fixture: Harvey Bears V Silver Foxes

Date: Wednesday 14th February

Match Official: Rhys Buck

14th of February was a big day! Not very many fixtures to played down The Dome this Wednesday…was this because all our Wednesday Night players are all big romancers? Or would they blame it on the Champions League game? We may never find out…

The big game tonight was not Liverpool V Porto, down The Dome we had the mighty Harvey Bears face off against The Silver Foxes. We also have the valiant return of one of our long serving refs – Rhys Buck and he got the game off to a prompt start.

Chris Evans, a new signing for The Bears a transfer from the ‘retired’ team The Gerry Hat tricks, had the opening attempt of the night for The Bears from the halfway line but nothing came of the move.

The Bears adamant to get on the score card first sees Ste Caples with the next effort and he walks around the prostrate keeper, Tony Robinson and scores the opening goal. Evans then makes amends for his earlier miss, scoring from the edge of the box to make it 2-0.

The Foxes tails are ruffled! Paul McKenzie is the first fox to see the goal, but is denied by a deflection from Nev Howson, which took it wide of the goal and back into open play. Jeff Mitchell had a shot for The Foxes which rebounded off the back boards and right back into The Bears possession. Caples then fired a thunderous shot, which flew into Robinsons left hand corner and it is now 3-0. Tony Fitzsimmons (HB) had his first shot of the game but the keeper easily pushed out to his right hand side. Evans scored his second goal of the night, coming inside from the left wing and we witnessed another thunderbolt and it's 4-0.

George Wooton, The Foxes nominated player manager, continued to encourage his team, barking encouragement and orders to them throughout. This seemed to bear fruit as Mitchell won the ball from the halfway mark, took it forward, and put his shot under the diving Roger, to pull the deficit back to 3 goals. A loose pass from HB then saw Mitchell gain possession, he passes to Jones, only to see his attempt saved and it goes high for a free kick.

Howson then attacks down the wing, comes inside, shoots and Robinson saves the shot. The move of the night then took place with Frank Brennan, with a megs on George Wooton, with shouts of approval from the touchline. Ian Turner followed this up with a shot for The Bears from the centre of the pitch, only for the ball to come off the boards again. Brennan then moved forwards down the right wing, but his tame effort was easily saved by the keeper. Dave Jones, then took his life into his own hands, with a tremendous shot, which hit the referee Rhys from all of a yard away from him (by accident), Rhys recovered quickly and shortly after, blew up for half time and its 4-1 to Harvey Bears.

Fitzsimmons started the second half with a fizzing shot from halfway, only to see Robinson save with his left hand. Mitchell, cleverly played a one two to himself of the boards, and he scores from the resulting shot and it's now 4-2. Turner had an attempt on goal which was well saved. Caples had a shot which came off the keeper straight back to him and he slots home the second attempt and restored the 3 goal cushion. It was Caples again, involved in the next goal, where he passed to Fitsimmons and his attempt went into the far post and it's now 6-2.

The laugh of the night then occurred, when The Bears won a free kick in front of the capacity audience of 4, Wooton stood in front of the ball, and in anticipation of it being taken, he kicked the ball to the other end of the pitch, thankfully, Reece saw the funny side of it also, and took no action against Wooton.

Mitchell, then had an attack for The Foxes and just as he was about to 'pull the trigger', Turner, took the ball of his toes, to prevent the shot. Mitchell on fire and on the ball had another shot only for it to be saved well by Roger. Jones eager to level the tekkers playing field - got Brennan back for his earlier megs on his team mate, doing the same to Brennan. Evans scored again with his effort going in off Wooton to make it 7-2. The Foxes developing some accuracy with their skills, seemed to make 'another game' when it was Mitchell who gracefully slotted the ball through Brennan’s poor stance. This mini Nutmeg competition seen The Foxes have some glory, with a 2-1win.

Caples then gained possession, took it forward, and the keeper anticipating a shot, dived, only to see Caples 'dink' it over the prone keeper and it's 8-2. Thje Foxes are no longer bright eyed and bushy tailed as fatigue sets in. The Bears utilize their opponents tiredness and score another 2 goals from Evans, into the corner of the goal and Caples to make it 10-2. The last action of the night saw Wooton's valentines hopes go up in flames, as he is hit in the midriff from a hard shot from another fellow Fox!

The game finishes at 10-2 to Harvey Bears and the MOM goes to Ste Caples.

Sorry, but I took an extended break after Christmas, I am back now!!!! And its great to be back!

First game back to commentate was for our Masters League Frozen Crown were  pitched against Silver Foxes . The Foxes missing their goal scorer Gordon Leyland, without  their normal line up they already have an uphill battle, but they start level, and football can be a funny game! Geoff  Mowbray was our match official for tonight’s game.

The Foxes wanting to make an impression and a quick start with a shot from Jeff Mitchell, in the first 30 seconds! Unfortunately, it went high. For the opposition Jamie Norris had a shot which went wide, but fortunately John Madden was able to intercept the wayward shot. Madden in possession for The Foxes but another shot off target.

Madden found himself in a good position again but his attempt went high off the keeper Tony Robinson. Steve Boyd had the next effort on goal for Frozen Crown and a deflection off a defender left the keeper motionless, and it's 1-0 to Frozen Crown.

Robinson came out to the edge of his area to narrow down Maddens options, only for him to pass it to Boyd, who scores into an empty net and it's 2-0. FC were becoming dominant now and Boyd had a shot from the right hand side which Robinson saved well with his left hand, the ball goes out to Steve Renshaw, he sells a dummy to the keeper, and whilst he is on the floor, passes across to Norris who slots it home to make it 3-0. Norris then kept up the pressure on the next attack, crossing to Madden, on the edge of the box and it's 4-0. Frozen Crown, are alternating their keepers tonight, as they don't have a proven keeper, but they haven't conceded yet. Madden goes in and Billy Lawlor comes out. Paul McKenzie has a rare attempt for The Foxes but it goes high off Boyd. Robinson has the ball for The Foxes  but a poor pass out sees it go straight to Renshaw, who capitalizes on the error with a goal, it's now 5-0 and SF have a massive task on their hands as they struggle to get out of their own half.

Boyd  for Frozen Crown, has possession again, and passes inside to Lawlor, and another deflected shot goes into the net to make it 6-0. Another rare chance for The Foxes  goes to Mitchell, only to see his effort go high. It's normal service next , with Boyd attacking down the left wing, he comes inside and puts his shot under the diving keeper to make it 7-0 at half time.

Ben O'Donnell passes to Renshaw within 30 seconds of the restart and it's 8-0. Madden then hit the post with a good effort, this is quickly followed by another goal for FC from Norris on the right hand side and at a tight angle.

The Foxes finally get a reward for their valiant efforts with a goal from the halfway mark thanks to Mitchell, too little too late though I'm afraid, 9-1. Madden scores the next goal from the left wing and into the corner of the goal to restore the 9 goal advantage. This is quickly reduced again, with an effort, again from the halfway mark from Mitchell after collecting a pass from George Woolton, it's now 10-2. McKenzie then had a rasping shot which Madden, in goal for FC didn't even move, only for it to hit the upright and back into play. It's Renshaw again, with the next goal with a shot from the edge of the area 11-2.

Lawlor then has a shot which is saved but rebounds to the feet of Renshaw and he scores again, and it's now 12-2. Mitchell has a shot straight from the kick off, but the keeper was alert to it and he saves it. The SF are playing deeper and deeper and are inviting all of the pressure onto themselves, as they tire, having no subs tonight. Lawlor has a shot but it is well saved by Robinson, then there is a fine exchange of passes between Madden, Norris and O'Donnell only for the move come to nothing. Lawlor then scores a disputed goal, intercepting the ball from on the line of the penalty area, to make it 13-2, and it was the correct decision by Geoff.

Mitchell then has a couple of shots, but both come to nothing as both are saved by the now keeper for FC Renshaw. O'Donnell then shoots, the keeper gets his left hand to it, but can't keep it out and it's 14-2

Monday 18th December

Fixture: Xavi Dodgers V Karuis2Glory

This game featured Xavi Dodgers against Karius2Glory, the match official for this evening  was Wayne Harold.

Xavi Dodgers kicked the game off and had the first attempt thanks to newly signed , Josh Walters which was saved by Liam Warham, who was playing in goal tonight for K2G. Xavi had a quick response with an effort from Dave McEntee which came out to Danny Power who scored with his first attempt on goal.

Walters wanting possession back won a tackle against Adrian Bottley, and advanced to score and make it 2-0 early on. It was quickly 3-0 thanks to an effort from the right hand side from McEntee. McEntee on the ball again and in sight of goal but it was an unfortunate miss, it was followed up by Walters, but he also missed.

Bottley had the first attempt for K2G only for Ale Reid to save it easily. Scott Elliott had another quick follow up but Reid denies them a second time. Danny Power, with his back to goal passed the ball back to McEntee shot and scored to make it 4-0.

Kieran Jones, guesting for Xavi then saw his first shot go high, thanks to a deflection off Scott Elliott. Walters rocket of a shot go in and it's an easy 5-0 lead for Xavi. Scott pulled one back with the ball sliding in on Reid's right hand side and it's 5-1 with 9 minutes gone. Power was unlucky, when his strike hit the inside of the post and came back into play. The rules of Soccer Dome goals are no sound no goal! Power then won the ball in the corner of the pitch, passed it inside to McEntee who put the ball away and it's 6-1. Walters then saw two shots in quick succession saved by the groin area of Liam, which caused him some pain, but he saved them! Jones was luckier, when his hard shot went in to make it 7-1.

Changing the line up Ste Sendall then replaced Liam in goal for K2G. Sendall didn't last too long on the pitch though as he disputed a refereeing decision with Wayne, who initially sent him off for two minutes but due to a lack of self control, it ended up being a six minute sending off. This resulted in Liam going back into goal, but his team were now down to four men. Warham was in action quickly when he saved with his groin and was left in agony once again.

Power then picked the ball up and thanks to a rebound from his original shot he scores his second goal of the game. Elliott then saw his effort go high again. Botley was more successful with his attempt from the halfway area, going in off the left hand post and it's 8-2. McEntee scored a quick couple of goals, one from the right and another from the left, 10-2. Power followed this up with his hat trick. Jay Caine then passed the ball into Elliott who reduced the deficit to eight goals. Power wrapped up his scoring for the night with an attempt from the right hand side. Caine then scored a good goal, that Reid was expecting to go to her left but he placed it right, and it's now 12-4. McEntee then scored a further hat trick of goals with efforts from the right, the halfway line and running on to the ball, for the game to finish 15-4 to XD. MOM went to McEntee for his eight goals.

Wednesday 13th December

Masters League

Fixture: Stanleys Cask V Frozen Crown

First match to kick off our Wednesday Masters League saw seasoned Frozen Crown come up against newly entered Stanleys Cask. Match official – Geoff Mowbray.

First shot of the game came from Eddie Nimmo for Stanleys.  only to be saved by Ray Murphy in the first minute of play. John Knight then made Murphy earn his keep again and he rose to the challenge with another save. The first goal was claimed by Frozen Crown thanks to a lovely hit by Billy Lawlor.

With the lead Frozen Crown go all out on the attack! Jamie Norris gets the second goal from the edge of the area, quickly followed by another goal from Lawlor, who intercepted a wayward pass by Keith Graham to make it 3-0! Comfortably ahead Frozen Crown dominating the pitch, you could feel the fourth goal coming. Steve Renshaw seen an opportunity but hitting the backboards, the rebound was picked up by Lawlor and the back of the net rang! Keith Graham, had a shot but it hit the bar and came back into play, and the rebound went to Lawlor who went on the counter attack. Stanleys players struggling to get back and defend the quick change of possession allows Lawlor to get the fifth goal to make it 5-0 after only 8 minutes!

Stanleys now determined to level the playting field sees Knight have a shot from the halfway mark but Murphy saves it again. Graham, however was more successful on his next attempt, with a great goal, after excellent play between himself and Chris Keenan, the score is 5-1.

Lawlor then had an attempt saved by Dave Aston as did Norris with a similar effort. John Madden then outfoxed himself with quick feet in front of the goal, but he seemed to confuse himself as well as the opposition. However, he certainly won the day with his next attempt as he shot from the left wing, it hit the post, came back out, hit Aston in goal and went into the net to make it 6-1. Keenan next with a hard shot which went high for Stanleys. Madden with the tekkers pulls a megs and  passes to Renshaw, whose effort hit the bar. Keenan had a shot saved by Murphy and Keenan had an effort go high.

The next goal, came from a pair who were combining well together, Renshaw, back heeling to Madden and it goes in off the left hand post, 7-1. FC scored the next goal also, with Renshaw attacking on his own and scoring himself. He first half finishes and it's Frozen Crown 8 Stanley's Cask 1.

A good restart for Stanleys sees Knight hitting the post, only for Frozen Crown to also have an attempt hit the post via Renshaw. Madden again pulls off a nutmeg, this time on the keeper and it's 9-1.

Stanleys attempting to turn the game around have changed tactics as Nimmo is staying up front, will it work though? It appears to as Keenan has a shot saved but it comes out to Graham and he scores. It is short lived as Madden and Renshaw combine again to restore the eight goal advantage and it's now 10-2. Madden has the next attempt but sees Aston pull of an excellent save, diving the wrong way, but still managing to save with his left hand to frustratingly to Madden. Norris is also combining well with his team mates and it his him, Renshaw and Madden that combine for the next goal, 11-2. Renshaw then passes to Norris who scores. Renshaw again passes across the box to Lawlor, only for play to be stopped due to an encroachment into the area. A short stop in play followed, due to Madden having a shot which rebounded back into play, but it winded Knight in the process. Stanleys  scored the next goal, Nimmo passing to Knight, who won the resulting tackle and he went on to score to make it 3-12. A free kick taken by Renshaw goes to Norris and he scores again, 13-3. Knight then pulls the ball inside to Nimmo, whose shot is saved by Murphy. Keenan suffers the same fate as Murphy saves his shot, but he gives the entire audience the best laugh of the game, when he falls over in the penalty area. Madden then sees his shot partially saved by Aston, but it creeps into the goal an it's 14-3. Last chance of the game sees a Keenan shot saved, it goes out to Renshaw, it is saved and Lawlor hits the bar.

The game ends and its Frozen Crown 14 - 3 Stanley's Cask. MOM goes to the hard working Madden who also got 5 goals!