Another visit to Pinxton, and why not. Always treated like friends at Wharf Road, so revisits are never a problem.
Nottm Police are new to the CML this season - last season they finished next to bottom in the NSL Senior Division with a playing record that lead many, including yours truly, that they would be cannon-fodder in the CML :
P30 W6 D1 L23 F37 A96 Diff -59 Pts 19
From the off though, it was apparent this was not going to be a cake-walk for free-scoring Pinxton. Their visitors looked well organised at the back, and with Blair Anderson running the home defence ragged, it was no surprise when the Bobbies took the lead after just 13 minutes had been played.
The goal was a classic set-piece, although the home defence should have reacted a little quicker than they did when a corner from the left was headed back across the goal, to where centre-half LUKE PARFITT was left with so much space and time that he really couldn't fail to convert with a simple tap in from 8 yards out. The Police almost went two up on 36, only desperate last ditch defending saved keeper Dave O'Hare's blushes after he failed to hold onto a cross at his far post.
There were plenty of meaty challenges from both teams, and although young Referee Kristian Silcock was berated continuously, he got most decisions right, and did well to keep his head when some of the players and officials were losing theirs. H-T 0-1
The home team were on terms within five minutes of the restart, CRAIG MERRETT nipping in between two defenders to stab home Kieren Debrouwer's low near post ball. Wayne Cooke had a header cleared off the line in the 65th minute as PInxton piled on the pressure - the visitors held on though, and took a well deserved point from a game in which they were expected to get well beaten. F-T 1-1