Thursday night(April 5th) saw Sherwood Colliery take advantage of being the only team to play and go 12 points clear at the top of the Central MidlandsSouth Division as they travelled to a Teversal Res team playing with confidence after beating Eastwood Community in the cup 1 v 0 last week.
Sherwood were missing 2 of the normal back 4 both Ewan Robson and Jordan Harris were not available and influential midfielder Dale Gilliet was watching from the stand as he is coming back from injury.
It was Teversal Res who came out the blocks quickest from kick off playing a high line and pressuring Sherwood into mistakes when they had the ball with passes going astray in a team which normally don’t put a foot wrong when it comes to playing simple quality football and the pressure seemed to get to them as on 28 mins a cross into the Sherwood box wasn’t cleared by Ricky Starbuck and as he tried to recover he took the oncoming Teversal Res player out with a sliding tackle but the ref played advantage and Tom Savage struck the ball into the left of the net past Liam Kerry in the Sherwood Colliery goal. That was Tom Savages 6th goal in 6 games.
Both teams cancelled each other out for the remaining 15 mins of the first half with few chances falling to either team as Liam Theakstone probably should have done better with his shot which dragged wide so Teversal Res went into half time one up against a team who many believe have one hand on the title already.
The second half started much as the first did with Teversal res working hard to close down the play and not allow Sherwood Colliery to settle on 55 mins Sherwood made 2 substitutions bringing off both Ricky Starbuck and Julian Topliss for Kurtis Chadburn and Kieran Wells respectively and what an impact he made within 6 mins of being on the pitch and already showing to be a danger to the Teversal res defence a ball was crossed in and with pin point accuracy he powered home a header into the top right corner from 15 yards. Sherwood Colliery finally started to break down a hardworking Teversal Res team and a few mins later Sherwood thought they had taken the lead as the ref gave a goal only for it to be ruled outby a dubious and somewhat contentious offside flag from the linesman but 10 mins after the 1st goal on 72 mins the ball fell to Kieran Wells from a clearance to the edge of the box, he took a touch and hit the ball away from a diving keeper and into the Teversal res net, the sense of relief from the travelling Sherwood Colliery fans could be seen as they took a 2v1 lead.
However, the night ended with a Red card shown to Sherwood Colliery Manager Wayne Savage for calling a decision to book Kieran Wells for clearing the ball over the fence while the ball was still in play. The linesman flagged and spoke to the Ref who sent Savage to the stand even the Teversal Res captain made comment it wasn’t a sending off offence as no abuse or foul language was used towards either official.
9 mins later the lead was extended further as a corner into the box bounced around before Stevie Swoter poked the ball towards goal and into the net off Shaun Smith and a Teversal Res player. At 1v3 and playing some lovely attacking football Sherwood Colliery, it was only a matter of time till they scored a 4th and on 86 mins with Kieran Wells chasing a ball over the top the Teversal Keeper made a mistake which saw the ball go through his legs and allow Kieran Wellsto score his 3rd of the night and his first hat trick for Sherwood on his debut inside 20 mins.
As full time approached and 90+1 on the clock the work horse upfront Shaun Smith went through on goal and managed to evade two defenders and the keeper with some nifty footwork to get his 2nd of the game andSherwood Colliery’s 5th.
The Game ended Teversal res 1 V 5 Sherwood Colliery but the game wasn’t as one sided as the score line suggests and if it wasn’t for the Teversal Res Keeper and some fantastic online defending it could have been more.
Sherwood Colliery travel to Pinxton on Saturday at the Van Elle Arena 3pm Kick off with only 4 games left of their season tonight’s win for Sherwood Colliery could be more important than last week’s victory at Hucknall come the end of the season.