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March Summary

By Dave Morley

Three teams in title driving seat and third place finish confirmed for the under 18's

March saw 13 matches played across the five teams at the club. Three of these teams sit top of the league at the end of the month and the respective championships in their own hands.

With their competitive season finished, the under 18's played an away friendly against Wollaton & Bramcote, who finished second bottom in the division above. A close match unfortunately ended in defeat, but proved a good experience for the lads.

The first team are left clinging onto a thin chance of survival after a heavy league defeat to Athletica and crashing out of the Premier Cup and Harry Chilton Trophy. With a match against local rivals, Three Horseshoes and two matches against Attenborough Cavaliers, the task for April is a daunting one if they want a minimum of two points required to keep them in the Long Eaton Sunday League Premier Division.

The reserves won all three of their matches in March, two against other championship rivals. This leaves them top of the league and needing a win away against Long Eaton Magpies on the 6th of April or the following week in the home fixture to clinch the title. To do it the hard way, they can afford to lose one and draw the other with Magpies and then at least draw their last game of the season against the Red Harrows and win the league on a vastly superior goal difference with it sitting at 47 better then Long Eaton Magpies.

The under 12's played five matches in March. The first, an away match against Wilford Lions, a very stubborn side, who were difficult to break down on a small pitch. A late goal gave them a 1-0 win. This was followed by a cup visit to Gonerby from the division above. a superb performance saw them dominate the match, but could not get the breakthrough needed and lost on penalties after a 2-2 draw at the end of extra time and a refereeing performance that was a disgrace to kids football. The following week saw the main competition and league's most prolific team, Wollaton & Bramcote Green visit Gallows. This turned out to be the under 12's performance of the season so far. Four goals going forwards and only two shots from the opposition gave goalkeeper Caleb Topley his third clean sheet since the turn of the year. The following week, players were rested for the visit of Basford United in a friendly, which ended in a 3-1 defeat. Back to league action for the final match of the month in a close away match against Beaufort United. This leaves the team top of the league, needing two wins from three matches to clinch the division 2 title. The final match is away at current second placed team Priory Celtic, who have the same points total, but have played two more matches. Wins against 8th place Collingham Tigers and 6th place Southwell City Saracens will do the job.

The veterans played their only match of the month away against Bulwell in an ill tempered match at Forest fields rec. Having gone behind, the vets did fantastically well to come back and take all three points in a 3-2 victory. They now sit top of the league, six points clear and needing two points from two matches to guarantee the championship. Bulwell, who now sit in third are 8 points behind, with three matches remaining.

All in all, a great month for the club.

We are looking to add more junior teams for next season and would also like sponsors for new kits for next seasons under 13's. Any help with either of these would be fantastic.

Updated 13:15 - 1 Apr 2019 by Dave Morley

Where next?

AFC Kirk Hallam Summer Tournament 2019 Bigger and better for the second year
Vets match postponed Opposition cancel at the last minute

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