Match Details: Brodsworth Welfare 3 – Ollerton Town 1 (CML North)
Destination: The Welfare Ground, Fourth Avenue, Woodlands, Doncaster, DN6 7PP
Competition: Central Midlands League, Northern Division
Attendance: 25-30 (approximate head-count)
Directions and further background info: see previous Brodsworth report here: http://thedribblingcode.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/sat-26-march-2011-brodsworth-welfare-v-appleby-frodingham-ncel-d1/
When I last visited Brodsworth Welfare almost two years ago to the day, the club was quite literally on its knees. Glued to the bottom of the NCEL league table, in a ground hit repeatedly by vandalism which the small band of hardy volunteers were struggling to cope with, it was no real surprise when at the end of that season, the club withdrew from the NCEL to lick its wounds and regroup.
Therefore it gives me great pleasure to be able to report that since then the club has successfully begun to rebuild its status. Having spent the following campaign in the local Doncaster Senior League, this season sees Broddy in the Central Midlands League – roughly just one step below its former NCEL home, and with tentative ambitions to return there as and when its natural growth will allow.
Meanwhile the process of rebulding has included strengthening its community base – as well as the first team, there is also currently a reserve team in the Doncaster Senior League, an Under-19s side an Under-13s, and a ladies side.
The club has an overall sponsor, a shirt sponsor, and today’s game also had a match ball sponsor – signs that there is a lot of effort being put in by the committe behind the scenes. Also after today’s game there was a race night being held to raise further funds. Meanwhile, the walls of the main stand have had a lick of paint since I was last here, but the most striking new feature is the combined snack bar, function room and clubhouse, which sits proudly aside the players changing rooms. It has also helped bring back more of a community and family feel to the club, and it’s no surprise that fortunes on the pitch have begun to prosper of late too.
Brodsworth went into this game as the third most successful team of the calendar year so far – behind only AFC Mansfield and Dronfield Town, the two clubs which are currently fighting it out at the top of the league table. Nottinghamshire visitors Ollerton were formed in 1988 under the name ‘Ollerton & Beavercotes FC’, are nicknamed The Squirrels, and sat just above the home side in the table before today. This afternoon”s game duly went true to form though, with Broddy just edging it and deservedly turning over Ollerton by 3 goals to 1. And the match was a good advert for the Central Midlands League too, providing a hard-fought contest and plenty of entertainment. With the first half goalless, the second half then saw the home side take the lead through Stuart Laidlaw, only to be pegged back by an Ollerton equaliser ten minutes later through Sam Holmes from the penalty spot. Further goals for Broddy courtesy of James Hendry and then a second for Laidlaw saw off the visitors though, and ensured Brodsworth remain unbeaten in the league in 2013, and having won seven out of their last eight, look in good shape to build on this over the coming months.