If ever there was a non-league day Tuesday 18th August 2020 will always be that. On the very same day that the draws for the opening rounds of the FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Vase was announced the football governing bodies also announced (with the help of the Government and thanks to one or two petitions) that football below level 6 of the pyramid will allow fans back in through the turnstiles and through the park gates so that people can finally watch their teams play.
As well as ‘better’ news for non-league football there was plenty of on pitch action too as Nottinghamshire clubs faced off in local pre-season friendlies with no shortage of goals either.
Gedling Miners Welfare and Burton Joyce with eight between them as the home side won 5-3 at Plains Road in an entertaining game in the evening sun.
Burton Joyce took an early lead before Gedling levelled on 17 before an own goal put the Miners ahead on 25. The visitors levelled up on 39 minutes in a game split into three periods of half hours it was Tony Law who put Gedling ahead again on 68. Four minutes later the scores were level again but Curtis Milward netted on 84 before a trialist for Gedling finished off a neat move to round off an entertaining evenings football.
In another entertaining match at Watnall Road Hucknall shared six goals with Selston after the home side lead 2-0 at half time.
A little more edgy was Carlton Town’s performance at Clifton All Whites with the Millers winning 1-0 at Green Lane thanks to an early Jordan Smith goal. The away side using a number of Academy players who each shown a glimpse of what they are capable of.
Elsewhere it was success for Derbyshire verses Nottinghamshire as both Dunkirk and Clipstone lost to cross-county rivals.
Dunkirk were beaten 3-0 at home by Ilkeston Town whilst Clipstone suffered the same scoreline defeat against Matlock Town.
*Main image @GedlingMWFC the Plains Road pitch looking immaculate before kick off.