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Southwell City find success in Notts Senior League Premier Division against Wollaton

By Connor Thompson

The ten men of Southwell City earned three points against Notts Senior League Premier Division rivals Wollaton as they won 1-0 thanks to an 85th-minute goal.

Having won four of their previous five matches at the War Memorial ground, City were firm favourites against their lower league opposition.

However, the task at hand turned out to be much harder than they could have expected as the visitors matched the hosts step for step in the opening stages.

City's Dan Brown sprints to the ball. (5492489)
City's Dan Brown sprints to the ball. (5492489)

Having played 30 minutes it was clear to see the league leaders were in a competitive game and it was highlighted by the amount of out-of-character errors Wollaton forced.

In front of a crowd of 72, boosted by the lack of professional club football, City went down to ten men on the stroke of half-time as William Stocks was shown a straight red card by the referee Gavin Rice.

Ahead of the second-half, City manager Jonny Upton made a tactical substitution that saw joint top-scorer Ewan Hill come off for Max Pembleton.

And in the 66th minute Upton reaped the rewards of his substitution as the ten men went 1-0 up through Oliver Clarke.

Oliver Clarke dribbles away from the Wollaton defender. (5492500)
Oliver Clarke dribbles away from the Wollaton defender. (5492500)

Clarke, an ever-present in this season’s side, was quickest to react to Blair Bryant’s blocked effort from Christopher Bowles’ corner as he smashed the ball home.

With 15 minutes to go, Calum Law, who is joint with Hill as the club’s top scorer, was introduced to the match as Morgan Shevlin made way.

Law almost made an instant impact as he whipped a deep cross to the back post, which found Clarke, but his header was well saved.

City travel to seventh-placed Eastwood Development on Saturday.


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