Notts County News

29th September 2011

NCFC vs Rochdale 24/09/2011
Stephen Davies, Sports Editor (writing on 24/09)

Today marked the beginning of a partnership between URN and Notts County FC which promises to offer URN listeners and County supporters an exciting, alternative way to follow football in Nottingham.

Throughout the coming year, our radio station will be getting exclusive interviews with County players, officials and fans; as well as offering our listeners fantastic prizes including free tickets to home games, while promoting the World’s Oldest Football League Club in the student community.

This has all been made possible with the help of County Community Liaison Officer and First Team Nutritionist, Matt Lawson, who is a Nottingham Alumni himself. Over the summer, he and I have been in regular contact, planning some fantastic new features to foster links between URN and the football club. Keep listening to URN and reading our blogs for interviews this week for the chance to win free tickets, a free drink AND a free gatecrasher wristband for the same night, and do follow the Magpies on their own social networking sites and club website (http://www.nottscountyfc.co.uk)

With a place in the play-off positions up for grabs at the start of the day, today’s game between County and Rochdale took on added importance. The game itself was entertaining despite lacking many clear cut goal scoring opportunities – Krystian Pearce was noticeably resolute in defence, making several blocks and clearing one effort off the line for County, while at the other end Hughes, Burgess and later Montano all hit promising efforts past the post.

County started the game well, having a lot of the early possession despite some wayward passing. Alan Judge was quick to assert himself around the pitch with some tenacious interceptions and tackles; Judge also set up Ben Burgess for County’s best opportunity of the opening stages, flicking the ball over a defender inside the box to lob towards the back post only for the attacker to head wide.

Just after the half-hour mark, though, County drew first blood. Talisman Lee Hughes received the ball just right of centre in the Rochdale box after a cross by the impressive Sheehan was flicked on by Burgess; the forward turned quickly to round defender Trotman, before looking up and placing the ball past the keeper into the bottom left corner, cuing thousands of delirious County supporters to rise to their feet and join in the striker’s celebration, dancing “the Hughesy”.

The home side appeared to settle after the goal – and started the second half brightly – until Dale substitute Nicky Adams brought about a much-needed improvement in the away side’s attack. Adams forged his team’s best chance of the half; cutting inside from the right and firing a shot into a crowd of bodies in front of goal. County too had their chances in the half, with Hughes spurning two notable chances and the lively Cristian Montano, on an extended loan from West Ham, coming on to fire over the bar as the game reached its climax.

By the end of the game, tempers had flared on both teams and five players had ended up in referee Dean Whitestone’s book. It was an unnecessary foul on the edge of the Rochdale box that killed the game in injury time, with Sheehan whipping a teasing ball to the front post for Sam Sodje to power home a header past the helpless keeper.

At the full time whistle the County players lapped up the support of the 6,000 home fans in attendance; the warmth of the relationship between the club and its support clearly evident. Leaving the ground, people from all walks of life and all different ages were happily chatting to each other, no doubt rejoicing in the performance lifting their team into the play off places.

So Notts County delivered on the first day of a hopefully long and entertaining partnership with URN, with a result elevating them into fourth in the Npower League 1 table. With exclusive interviews, blogs and more match reports on the way, URN is set to follow suit. Be a part of the link between club and university; post your thoughts on urn1350.net, follow County on our website, on Facebook or Twitter, and get your voice heard on one of our live sports shows throughout the week.

Come on you Pies!