Sunday 28th November
Kansas City Chiefs 9-13 Pittsburgh Steelers
Up until Sunday night it had been a great sporting weekend for myself. Lincoln had dispatched Ebbsfleet United 3-0 at Sincil Bank. Retford United had won 4-3 away from home. Inter Milan had beaten Siena 1-0 and the Nottingham Panthers had beaten the Hull Stingrays 6-1 in Nottingham on Saturday night. They followed this up with a 5-5 draw away at Coventry Blaze in the Challenge Cup Sunday evening. The game had no meaning however as Nottingham had already won group B and Blaze couldn't make the knock out stage. Even so it was nice to see the Panthers stage a great fightback coming from 5-0 down to claim a pointless point. It would appear that the Braehead Clan will be the Panthers opponents in the semi finals unless they can beat Fife by 15 goals or more in there last group game. Should they manage this unlikely feat then League leaders Belfast will be the Panthers opponents in the semi finals.
So after all this good news only one result stood between myself and a "full house"; The Steelers were on the road and on TV playing the Chiefs at Arrow Head stadium with a 1.30am UK time kick off. So i booked a the Monday off work, got a load of popcorn in, and settled down with the guinea pigs to watch some football.
Tuesday the 29th November.
York City 2-0 Lincoln City
My good sporting form was brought back down to earth with an almighty bump on Tuesday night as Lincoln fell to a predictable defeat at playoff chasing York City. All in all it was a pretty shitty night. Bad traffic on the A1 meant that the journey took us a fraction under two and a half hours meaning we didn't have time to sample a pre match kebab and pint in York.
Wedensday 30th November
Worksop Town 5-4 Mickleover Sports
Normally one midweek game a week does me just fine. However the chance of a game at a new ground for me, just over 7 miles away, came up and, better still admission was free. Its normally a tenner to enter so it would be rude not to take advantage of it really wouldn't it? Plus we had the chance to make up for our disappointment of missing out on a kebab the night before.
The tigers roared (boom boom) into a two goal lead early on. Sports rallied and pulled one back only for the tigers to added a third. Sports kept the game alive with a cool run and finish just before halftime.
The sports then equalised just after halftime when they took advantage of some poor Worksop marking from a free kick. Back came Worksop with an equaliser about ten minutes before the end. The hosts took all three points in injury time. Quite simply the best game i have seen for a long while and all for free as well!
This blog my be a little sparse on details as i am a bit behind at the moment. Normal service to be resumed shortly. The curse of night shifts and Christmas strikes again!