Ravenshead v Ashland Rovers

7.30pm  19 September 2017

Nottinghamshire Senior League, Division One
Ravenshead 2 Ashland Rovers 2 (att 42)

Midweek games under floodlights are a rarity at this level so full credit to Ravenshead and Ashland for staging their local derby on a Tuesday evening, and by doing so giving me a welcome opportunity to tick off the ground.

Ravenshead Leisure Centre is a curious football venue, as apart from the floodlights there's little in the way of facilities. Part of one side of the grass pitch was roped off, and with trees bordering three sides and and grass bank behind one goal, beyond which is a larger playing field, it at least feels like an enclosed ground.

It's perfectly acceptable for the second tier of the Nottinghamshire Senior League though, and Ravenshead and Ashland produced an entertainingly competitive game that was a good advert for the division.

Ravenshead, newly promoted from division two, started well and took an early lead. Ashland, from nearby Kirkby-in-Ashfield, were level before half time, and it was no surprise when they went ahead with 30 minutes left.

The home side refused to give up though, and were rewarded for a long spell of pressure late in the game when an excellent direct free kick, in stoppage time, levelled the score at 2-2 and earned them a point.

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