Pinxton v South Normanton Athletic

By Richard Lane

Match Report by Stan Wilton

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This feisty local derby was the last of the first round matches and the Pinxton ground staff had worked hard to get the pitch fit after the last 24 hours of heavy rain.
The home side made a strong start and had two shots kicked off the line in the first 80 seconds. But it was the Shiners who should have gone ahead on six minutes when Ross Hardy and Elliott Bland combined to put Henry Brooks in but he miskicked the latter’s cross with only Adam Jablonski to beat from six yards.
A 25 yard shot from Jack Evans on 14 minutes did beat Jablonski but the ball flashed narrowly wide.
Pinxton were doing most of the attacking, but as was the case for much of the game it was in the last third of the pitch where their passes went astray.
The visitors put another nice move together on 27 minutes but Jablonski went full stretch to catch Elliott Bland’s shot.
Even the immaculate and constructive Joel Smith could not find the ball to get his fellow Pinxton forwards free with one of their best first half efforts coming from Cory Hardy with an up and under which Will Bland caught easily under the bar.
Bland was in action again in the first half’s last normal minute catching a Josh Deakin 25-yard shot which was heading for the top corner.

Half time:
Pinxton 0 South Normanton Athletic 0

There appeared to be more determination about Pinxton’s attacking prowess in the second half but they seldom threatened the Shiners goal. Matt Day came close five minutes in when he drove a loose ball across goal and two minutes later Deakin’s 20-yard curler was touched onto the bar by Will Bland but Pinxton waster the resultant flag kick.
Bland was perhaps a little fortunate seconds later when Liam Carver’s well executed overhead kick went straight into his midriff.
However, the best chance of the first half fell to Pinxton’s Ben Jones who wasted a glorious opportunity by blazing the ball high over the bar on 66 minutes.
The Shiners best effort of this second period so far came a couple of minutes later when Henry Brooks was left with a yard of space and his shot cleared the bar by no more than a few inches.
The deadlock was finally broken on 73 minutes when LIAM CARVER shot into the corner of the net from around twelve yards, the bounce of the ball beating Will Bland more than the well positioned shot.
Parity was restored just two minutes later when a ball into the middle from the left found HENRY BROOKS again with a yard of space to blast the ball into the roof of the net. Brooks is not the speediest merchant on the field but you don’t give him inches in front of goal or he is lethal and will punish you. The goal was greeted with great glee by the Shiners excellent following.
Will Bland prevented Pinxton from retaking the lead with eleven minutes of normal time left when he clawed substitute Jay Cooper’s shot around a post, and two other home substitutes, Sion Green and Rob Fretwell, almost carved out a winner but the latter put his shot behind.
We were all gearing up for penalties when the Shiners found a winner in somewhat bizarre fashion. Substitute BEN MORRIS wriggled past a defender close to goal, got in a toe poke which Jablonski missed and the ball trickled gently into the back of the net, four minutes into time added on, for the winner, much to the delight of the South Normanton following.
Their reward is a visit to Heanor Town Reserves in the Second

Pinxton 1 South Normanton Athletic 2

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