This is the official match report gents going to the papers.
Once again I cannot thank you all enough for the best Nomad game we have had in the 6 years of having them - well done all
Nomad Forum FC and Ware Strollers shared an entertaining 7-7 draw at Arundel FC on Saturday before Ware won the resulting penalty shoot out 4-3. However, the real winners were MacMillan Cancer Research as around £650 was raised on the day with more still to come.
Player Manager of Nomad FC, Dean Bradford, went for an authodox 4-4-2 formation to start with Gary Croft in goal, Steve Sallis, Reece Head, Jay Head and Martin Gander at the back. The midfield was Craig Stuart, Pete Christodoulou, Ian Gilmour and Tobi Hutchison with Phil Churchill and captain Eamonn Searle up front.
Peter Taylor’s Ware had come down from Hertfordshire for the game and found themselves 1-0 down after just 2 minutes when Searle rounded the Ware keeper, laid it onto Hutchison who in turn found Chruchill who passed it to Gilmour to strike a great ball from 20 yards into the bottom left corner.
Ware gradually got into the game but found themselves thwarted by the Head brothers at the back as well as Sallis and a special mention to Gander who managed 36 minutes at the ripe age of 50.
Nomad went close on 8 minutes when Churchill nicked the ball off the defender but was denied by a good save. Stuart made one of several good runs down the right on 11 minutes and found Gilmour to strike again but this time he was denied by a good save.
Nomad had a scare on 16 minutes when Sallis mis-read a high ball and allowed the left winger of Ware to shoot but was denied by Croft.
On 22 minutes, Nomad were 2-0 up when Hutchison made a good run down the left and found Searle who rose well to head past the keeper. 2 minutes later it was 3-0 when Stuart passed Churchill who beat his defender and slotted home.
Ware pulled one back on 37 minutes to make it 3-1 when a mistake by Dom Di Paola, who was on for Gander, allowed the Ware forward to strike past Croft. However on 40 minutes the 3 goal cushion was restored when Gilmour turned provider for Churchill to get his 2nd of the match for 4-1.
On 43 minutes Nomad made it 5-1 to cap off a good 1st half display when Gilmour made an excellent run, found Christodoulou having a great game in central midfield with Gilmour, who in turn found Stuart who rounded the keeper to score.
With Ware beginning to tire and suffering a couple of injuries, Mitch Ward and Greg Roffe sportingly donned the maroon Ware shirts for the 2nd half in an attempt to make it a more even contest and they both played a major part in making it just that with a stunning 2nd half revival.
Bradford also changed the formation to 4-3-3 to appease his team of “galaticos” which in hindsight was a tactical disaster! Jon Chaleye was brought on at half time in a 3 across the middle with Hutchison and Gilmour with Stuart pushed up front with Searle and Churchill. Gander made his 2nd appearance coming on for Christodoulou and Reece Head.
Roffe immediately pulled one back to make it 5-2 with a great stike on 48 minutes and then on 54 minutes it was 5-3 and game on! Churchill was denied his hat-trick on 55 minutes but 5 minutes later he got it when a good move involving Stuart and Searle allowed Chucrhill to drill home and make it 6-3.
Ware were looking much stronger in the 2nd half and Roffe scored another on 63 minutes and then Ware scored again on 67 minutes to make it 6-5. Bradford brought himself on after 70 minutes and somehow pulled off an audacious step over move much to the amusement of his teammates but was powerless to stop 2 Ward thunder strikes on 79 minutes and 86 minutes to give Ware the lead for the 1st time in the match at 6-7.
With time running out, a good move involving Hutchison and Searle found Chaleye who poked home in the 90th minute to make it 7-7 and take the match into a penalty shoot out.
Di Paola, Sallis and the Head brothers all scored theirs, Searle missed his as did a Ware player meaning it went to sudden death. Ware scored theirs so it was down to Chaleye to keep the match alive. 2nd half ref Geoff Anscombe played with the ball on the spot for about 5 minutes which seemed to unsettle Chaleye and he duly missed meaning Ware won an enthralling game after a great 2nd half comeback.
Certainly in my time over 6 years of managing the Nomad Forum FC team, this game was by far the most entertaining and enjoyable which is down to the fantastic atmosphere and team spirit created by both sets of players and the constant banter between all the Nomad Forum FC players.
The biggest winners were MacMillan Cancer Research with over £650 raised on the day and too many people to thank but a special mention to Bob Marchant and all at Arundel FC, Geoff Anscombe for the orgaising of the event, Kay Waller for her excellent money making skills and Boyd the photographer who took around 280 pictures on the day who will be sending me the disc very shortly.
A final thanks to all the Nomad Forum FC and Peter Taylor’s Ware for restoring a lot of faith and respect back into non league football in what has been quite a turbulent season.