Category: Reserves

Reserves Held At Home

by Peter Scherer

Mickleover Reserves dropped only their fourth home point of the season when they were held to a 2-2 by Sherwood Colliery Reserves in the Central Midlands League Premier Division South at the Don Amott Arena.

Tristan Burrell gave the visitors the lead after just seven minutes, before goals from Fin Barker and George Atwal gave Sports the lead.

But Sherwood came back again with Liam West scoring the equaliser to extend their unbeaten run to 11 games.

Despite dropping the points Sports remain top by two points from Pinxton, but with a game in hand, now taking a break from league action next weekend, when they face Carlton B in the League Cup.

Reserves Hit Seven… Again!!

by Peter Scherer

For the fourth time this season Mickleover Reserves hit seven goals against Rowsley, as they returned to Central Midlands League Premier Division South action last night.

Starting line-up: 1-Fin Bowen 2-Jacob Edge-Lucas 3-Will Robinson 4-John McGrath 5-Ethan Mann 6-Cameron Anthony 7-Ben Horleston 8-Geore Atwal 9-Devon Smith 10-Bobby Battisson 17-Fin Barker, Subs: Ash Elliott, Louis Benjamin, Zach Robertson, Freddie Murphy.

It was a fairly even start to the game and Mickleover had their first positive attack after four minutes, when Barker put in a good cross from the right, but there was no one to receive it. Only a minute later Smith broke clear but Barker’s resulting shot was blocked after the visitors keeper was caught out of position. Robinson was then working hard on the overlap, crossing from the left but Barker couldn’t quite get there, as Sports started to lose possession with some stray passing.

The game took a turn after 11 minutes when the ball broke loose in the middle, and was picked up by a Rowsley striker. He managed to outpace Anthony and placed the ball well as he beat the advancing Bowen. 0-1.

Mann headed over from a McGrath corner after 12 minutes, before Battisson hustled his way through to find Smith, whose shot whistled just wide of the right hand post. After Barker was fouled 16 minutes in, the free kick came to nought, but the young striker had battled his way into the box again, but Smith wanted too much time on the ball and failed to get a shot in. The work rate was fairly high and the skill was evident, but the flow and control was still eluding the Mickleover attacks. 

Barker floated in a perfectly timed cross after 20 minutes. It beat the keeper but just a finger from him was enough to put it beyond Horleston’s reach.

As McGrath was controlling central midfield, he managed to send Edge-Lucas on a telling run down the right, before cutting in and sending another shot just wide of the right hand post. Barker was almost in again after Atwal found Battisson and allowed Smith to feed the ball through, and only two minutes later Barker lobbed over the bar when the keeper came out and failed to collect.

The frustration continued to show as the chances were there, but the finishing wasn’t.

Atwal was tripped in full flight but his free kick went straight into the keepers hands, but Rowsley managed a break themselves after 32 minutes, but the resulting shot was easily held by Bowen. Barker had another 35th minute shot which earned a corner and a McGrath free kick was just wide after Battisson was fouled. Another cross from Robinson found Barker whose effort was straight into the keepers hands, but after 41 minutes the breakthrough finally came. From a Horleston throw Battisson charged through the defence and sent his crisp shot into the top right hand corner of the Rowsley net 1-1.

Suddenly it was all change and almost on half time Barker cut in from the left and sent a scorching shot high into the roof of the net 2-1. There could have been another in time added on as Barker cut inside again before his challenge was intercepted and the half time whistle blew.

To say it was men v boys in the second half was an understatement, as it was the boys from Mickleover that restored their dominance, as fitness and skill started to tell. Only four minutes into the second half Smith was in the clear with only the keeper to beat when he was hacked down by a recovering defender. Horleston then went close after 54 minutes, but his shot was into the side netting.

It was all one way traffic and just before the hour mark Barker made it 3-1, as Smith and Horleston made way for subs Elliott and Benjamin. 68 minutes and Atwal celebrated his 18th birthday in the best possible way, his shot from outside the box had the keeper well beaten, after a good midfield build up, 4-1.

Chances continued thick and fast and the flow that was missing from the first half was back with avengeance. Robertson was the next sub on for Edge-Lucas, but after 76 minutes it was 5-1 when Barker smashed in an unstoppable shot for his hattrick. Barker was on target again only three minutes later, when he was free down the middle and just moved forward and chipped the ball over the keeper 6-1. Elliott went close a few minutes later too, after Battisson put him through and with three minutes let McGrath tried another lob from the half way line, but the keeper recovered and it bounced off his chest. But they hadn’t finished yet and after Atwal fired over from a McGrath corner, Battisson whipped through the demoralised defence again and blasted it past the advancing keeper for his second of the night and a final score of 7-1.

The victory now places the reserves firmly at the top of the league two points clear of Blidworth, before Saturday’s game away to Sherwood Colliery Reserves.

Mickleover Local Derby Called Off!

by Peter Scherer

The Mickleover FC Reserves side should have played local rivals Mickleover RBL twice over the last five weeks, as both teams strive for supremacy in the Central Midlands League Premier Division South.

The first game was off with the Poppyfields pitch waterlogged, and the home game due to be played this Tuesday is now off, after positive Covid tests in the RBL squad.

So the Reserves next game is now due to be played at Holbrook St Michael’s on Saturday, before facing Rowsley at the Don Amott Arena in Tuesday 11th, having gone five weeks without a game!

Reserves Take A Point At Long Eaton

by Peter Scherer

Mickleover Reserves headed for Long Eaton last Saturday for their Central Midlands League Premier Division South fixture, seeking revenge for the rare home defeat suffered at their hosts hands in August.

In a tough game they came away with a point from a 1-1 draw, with leading scorer George Atwal on the score sheet again.

It has briefly knocked Sports from the top of the table, one point behind Blidworth, with a game in hand.

They are due to visit Wirksworth Ivanhoe on Saturday for a 2pm kick off weather permitting before facing Linby at the Don Amott Arena on December 18th, their last game of 2021.

Mills Hat-Trick As Reserves Hit Seven …Again!

by Peter Scherer

Another convincing win for Mickleover Reserves, took them back to the top of the Central Midlands League Premier Division South table, beating South Normanton Athletic 7-1.

Starting line-up: 1-Fin Bowen 11-Zach Robertson 3-Rhys Dolan 4-John McGrath 5-Pablo Mills 6-Ethan Mann 7-George Milner 8-Roger Lee 9-Jahvan Davidson-Miller 10-Ash Elliott. Subs: Lopes Massampo, Emilio De Abreu, Devon Smith, Jude Ayetine, George Atwal.

After finding their feet in the opening minutes, Mickleover were straight on the attack after four minutes, with Jahvan Davidson-Miller crossing from the byline after a defender failed block, but there was no one to receive it.

Elliott then tried a shot three minutes later, after a good run down the left by debutant Dolan, but overall it was fairly even in the middle, with Mickleover keeper Bowen yet to get a touch.

With the experience of Milner, McGrath and Lee pushing forward from midfield, Mills played a perfect through ball to find Jahvan-Miller in the clear. He came in closer, picked his spot and fired neatly beyond the visiting keeper after 14 minutes, 1-0.

McGrath then sent Dolan on another run a couple of minutes later, but the keeper just beat him to the ball.

A second goal was looking imminent, with South Normanton unable to retain possession. Milner fired well over after 22 minutes and three minutes later Jahvan-Miller was tripped on the edge of the box.

Mills took the free kick and it beat both the wall and the keeper to find the top corner, 2-0.

Another Mills led attack soon followed with a shot fired well over, but both wing backs Robertson and Dolan were both causing havoc to the visitors defence.

On the half hour Dolan had another long run right in the box. He was pushed down, but penalty appeals were waved away.

Davidson-Miller’s pace and power saw him on the end of a clinical build up again after 35 minutes, his finish was just as accurate as his first, 3-0.

With five minutes left of the first half it could easily have been a hattrick for Davidson-Miller, after Milner had picked up a loose ball. But the final touch was only half a connection and the keeper had it covered.

South Normanton finally had a chance after 41 minutes, but the cross into the box had no one left to collect, while Mills ended the second half with another powerful shot over the bar from long range.

Mickleover made one change at half time, with Massampo on for Mann, which dropped Elliott back to centre back alongside Anthony.

The second half had barely kicked off and Milner had a great chance. He beat the keeper, but his effort also beat the far post by inches.

There was another shot wide from South Normanton after 49 minutes, but Mills then picked it up and had another shot just off target.

The visitors earned a free kick in sight of the Mickleover goal, but it came to nought and then in the 57th minute Davidson-Miller had a shot across the goal, but the angle had proven too tight to threaten.

A couple of minutes of sustained attack followed, with Mills on the receiving end for his second to make it 4-0.

Mickleover made their second change when De Abreu came on for Milner, but play had moved to the Mickleover end, and after the defence seemed to freeze, South Normanton took their chance well, to make it 4-1 on the hour.

Lee then put in a telling cross for Dolan to shoot over, but 68 minutes down and Mills completed his hattrick to make it 5-1, chasing onto a long through ball cutting straight through the middle of the visitors defence.

Mills made his departure to make way for Smith, but the visitors continued to try and play and had another shot just wide of the mark.

De Abreu had a shot straight at the keeper after 75 minutes and Elliott then headed clear any danger from a South Normanton free kick.

But it was total chaos in the visitors defence a few minutes later, when the keeper came out to try and rescue his defence. But he lost out too and De Abreu fired it into the net with 78 minutes gone for 6-1.

Bowen had to make his first real save three minutes later, when he tipped over for a corner. A goal mouth scramble followed, before the danger was cleared again.

83 minutes and it was 7-1, when Smith made a nice turn under pressure and fired in as the defence tried to block him.

The South Normanton keeper was busy right up to the final whistle, making one good save, before a Davidson-Miller effort was saved and Dolan put the rebound wide.

Davidson-Miller was still trying for his hattrick and his final chance came in the 43rd minute, but his shot was saved and it remained 7-1 and took Mickleover back to the top.

Sports’ Youngsters Selected For English School’s FA Trial

Two of our young players have both been selected to trial for the U18’s ESFA (English Schools Football Association).
George Atwal who is a centre midfielder and Finn Bowen who is a GK.
They will represent our football club at trials on Sunday 28th November at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.
It’s a big achievement for the boys and a proud moment for us as a football club.
Good luck George and Finn!

Reserves Hit Seven Without Reply

by Peter Scherer

Mickleover Reserves made it a winning double over Mansfield Hosiery Mills. Have won 2-0 away earlier in the season, it was already 3-0 by half time, before it had raised to seven by full time.

Starting line-up: Fin Bowen; Jake Edge-Lucas; Will Robinson; Cam Anthony; Ethan Mann; John McGrath; Roger Lee; George Milner; Ash Elliott; Pablo Mills; Fin Barker. Subs: George Atwal, Zac Robertson, Devon Smith.

Mickleover earned their first corner after four minutes and a minute later it was 1-0 after Edge-Lucas was fouled and Mills headed home from a McGrath free kick.

It was almost a second for Mickleover after 10 minutes, when Barker was in a challenge with the Mansfield keeper. The young striker held possession and layed it off to Milner, whose chip beat the keeper, only to find a defender on the goal line.

Milner had the keeper beaten again three minutes later, but it was Lee with the shot that was blocked again, before the ball went out with Mills chasing.

Mann then tried his luck with a random shot from well out, before a 17th minute cross from Edge-Lucas left Lee unable to control a bouncing ball, but he managed to find Mills who had similar problems.

Mansfield had their first corner after 20 minutes, but it came to nought, before Barker led another attack which ended with an uncollected cross passing the face of the goal.

After Milner was fouled on the edge of the box, the free kick failed to provide any initiative, but in the 26th minute Edge-Lucas’ perfectly weighted cross , found Mills head and set up Barker to make it 2-0.

Only a minute later Barker ran at the defence once more to fire a shot just over, but Mickleover were quick to threaten again when a Lee shot was cleared, only for Milner to collect. But his through ball was just too far ahead of Mills.

A third goal looked almost certain, with Mansfield struggling to get into the final quarter.

Barker battled his way through almost the entire visitors defence after 32 minutes, before finding Elliott, but his shot was straight at the keeper.

McGrath put a telling ball into the box shortly afterwards, picked up by the overlapping Robinson, but the defence did enough to block his shot.

Mansfield managed to get a shot in too, but it was well wide of the mark, before Mickleover went close yet again. Milner swept it out wide on the right to Edge-Lucas. A corner was earned from the blocked shot, from which Mills just missed with another header.

The back four of Edge-Lucas, Anthony, Mann and Robinson had looked solid throughout, leaving Bowen with little to do.

But with four minutes left in the first half, another cross from Edge-Lucas found Mills, who headed on for McGrath to head home 3-0.

Mickleover made two changes for the second half, Atwal had come for Milner, who had successfully played his first 45 minutes after returning from injury, while Robertson was on for Edge-Lucas, who dislocated a finger.

Mickleover started the second half where they had left off, with Lee feeding Barker through, just losing out to the outcoming Mansfield keeper.

But after 50 minutes Robertson’s pacey overlap, provided a decisive cross and Barker hit his second to make it 4-0.

Mansfield started to come out of defence slightly and after a few minutes of attacking, it ended with another shot just wide of Bowen’s post.

On the hour Smith came on for Elliott and was straight into the action, when he collected a long ball from Mills, but his shot was straight at the keeper.

Barker had another half chance from an Atwal pass, but it was soon 5-0 when Smith took it around the keeper in the 71st minute after a McGrath pass had split the visitors defence.

With Sports in such attacking mood, more goals looked likely. Mills went close with an acrobatic overhead kick saved by the keeper, but with 15 minutes left another charge down the wing from Robertson, found Mills to hit his second and it was 6-0.

Only  a minute later Smith fired a shot inches past the post, before Mansfield made another rare break but still couldn’t find the target.

But in the closing minutes Mills tried a cheeky back healer which almost caught the keeper out, but allowed Smith to crack another shot just wide of the post again.

It ended 7-0 though after Robertson was left totally unmarked down the right. He hesitated briefly before squaring the ball to find Atwal running in to fire it home.

Another convincing win and now we look forward to the local “Derby” game against Mickleover RBL on Saturday at Poppyfields Drive, kick off 2pm.

Reserves Return To Action With A Win

by D.Mac, Mickleover F.C. Reserves Manager

Having had the ‘International break’ off the Reserves made the short trip along Brian Clough Way to Aspley and Melbourne Park, Nottingham. I actually went down to the A50 and across but it doesn’t sound so good)

A couple of forced changes saw us line up as follows – Bowen, Lucas-Edge, Anthony, Elliot and Robinson. The midfield quartet comprised of Massampo, Benjamin, Horleston and Ayetine with Barker and Satchwell leading the line.

The game started well with both sides on the offensive and whilst Mickleover created a couple of gilt-edged chances it was actually Nottingham that had the ball in the net a couple of times. 

The first disallowed for a foul on Benjamin and the second the winger was in splendid isolation and also offside.

Barker opened the scoring by completing a well-worked move by sidestepping the keeper and a defender clipping a crisp shot into the unguarded net.

Nottingham continued to press and had a dipping shot that hit the bar and a header from an unmarked header clipping the woodwork on the same spot.

A second goal was needed and it came after a superb tackle by Cam Anthony broke up a dangerous attack. The ball then was moved through the midfield and Ayetine was set up by a perfectly weighted through ball and finished with aplomb.

Having a 2-0 cushion is not the best score to have and the message was to get the 3rd goal and keep a clean sheet and the three points will be ours.

The third did come soon into the half and having played the ball out to Robinson , Will’s sweet left foot cross was met in the middle by the onrushing Benjamin and all he had to do was guide the ball towards the goal and the win was secured.

We look forward tonight to the start of a tough three  match run that will define the season. Mansfield who always give us a tough game, then it’s down into deepest Mickleover to face a resurgent RBL side followed by another trip down the BCW to Long Eaton.

Reserves Keep Title Chase On Target

by Peter Scherer

Mickleover Reserves kept their Central Midlands League Premier Division South title hopes on track, with another winning result away at Nottingham.

Starting line-up Fin Bowen – Jake Edge-Lucas – Cam Anthony – Ash Elliott – Will Robinson – Lewis Benjamin – Lopes Massampo – Ben Horleston – Jude Ayetine – Fin Barker – Josh Satchwell. Subs: Freddie Murphy, Emilio De Abreu, Devon Smith.

Goals from Barker, Benjamin and Ayetine gave Mickleover a 3-0 victory, which moves them back into second place in the table, with three games in hand.

They are at home again tomorrow night against Mansfield Hosiery Mills, before travelling a few minutes down the road to face third in the table Mickleover RBL on Saturday.

Reserves On Target Again

by Peter Scherer

While the Mickleover first team struggle to get points on the board in the NPK, the reserves continue to go from strength to strength after trashing Arnold 8-1 at the Don Amott Arena last Saturday.

Josh Satchwell, Fin Barker and Ben Horleston hit two goals each, with Jude Ayetine and Will Robinson also on the score sheet.

Currently second in the Central Midlands League Premier Division South, Sports are five points behind Blidworth, with three points in hand.

They are without a game this weekend, but face Nottingham away on November 20th, before three successive home games against Mansfield Hosiery, Mickleover RBL and South Normanton over an eight day spell.