There's something oddly romantic, yet oddly intimidating about being one of the first people into a football ground. We arrived at Shirebrook Town as the ground was in total darkness, the only light came from the Hospitality Suite (pictured below). The starkness on a bitter January evening gave the Langwith Road ground a "Cold Waresque" feel, the temperature that night wasn't going to improve much on it's just above freezing mark.
Competition : Northern Counties East League : Division One
Result : Shirebrook Town 1 Athersley Recreation 3
Attendance : 212
The view from outside the ground.
Adding drama to the scene, Langwith Road felt like a Prisoner Of War camp until the club's Vice-Chairman switched on the floodlights (below).
Match Officials in prematch debate, under the floodlights as the crowds begin to appear.
The Shirebrook Town supporters congregation.
This was the best match of the season so far for atmosphere at a No Clash Of Colours featured match. The Town lads knew that if they could beat the top of the table Athersley Recreation, they'd go to the top of the league. The bottom photograph shows Town supporters celebrating after going ahead, 1-0 through Jordan Lemon.. This didn't last long as Athersley Recreation stormed back to take a 2-1 half time lead through goals by Adam White and Stephen Bennett. A 65th minute Robert Ludlum own goal sealed the points a 3-1 win for Athersley Recreation, which kept them in pole position in the race to the NCEL Premier League.
Manager : Shirebrook Town looks on as his team go 1-0 up.
Under The Christmas Lights
Shirebrook Town players receiving a talking to from referee, Peter Sporne.
"The RecIn Crew"
Athersley Recreation supporters fly their flag from the Sid Pepper Stand.
"Oakwell" and the 'RecIn Crew' in fine voice.
Athersley Recreation FC
"More Than Just A Club"
The Sid Pepper Stand
From the Etihad Stadium to Langwith Road...
Tony Morehead & Chris Morehead
Followers of #NoClashOfColours on our twitterfeed, father and son, both avid Manchester City supporters spending a night in the frozen wastelands of Nottinghamshire.
Shirebrook Town 1 Athersley Recreation 3
The attendance of 212, was and is still the highest figure for a match played at Langwith Road this season.
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Website Links To Both Clubs In The NCEL Panel At The Side
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