Loughborough Echo

Carillon have to settle for share of the spoils

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ANOTHER tough fixture against a top four side awaited Carillon on a bitterly cold day in Loughborou­gh.

The game had been in doubt due to the morning snow flurry in the East Midlands but the pitches had held up well and South Nottingham brought an experience­d and skilful team that would test Carillon.

Carillon started well and quickly went ahead through Alex Middleton following a surging run from midfield. South were then able to respond as the ball was smashed past Euan Christie in goal.

However, Carillon then retook the lead after a cool finish by the once again impressive Benedict Foote but were unable to add to their tally despite a host of presentabl­e chances. These untaken chances came back to bite Carillon as just before half time the ball was deflected in to level the scores.

After half time the match was not controlled by either side and lacked structure as the cold began to bite. Carillon once again retook the lead with a straight strike from Alex Middleton from a short corner but could never close out the danger South possessed in their team.

South did have the ball in the back board early on after a ball from outside the circle was apparently touched by an attacker in the D. The visiting striker was convinced of the touch but Carillon, and most importantl­y the umpire, were not and a long corner was awarded much to the opposition­s dismay.

To their credit, South came once again and this time did get the goal their play deserved when the same striker found space in the circle and played the ball into the corner past Christie.

The game ended 3-3 which while perhaps a fair reflection of the overall contest was disappoint­ing as Carillon should have been out of sight at half time.

With Carillon 2nd XI again without a game the last match of the day was contested between Carillon 3rd XI and South Nottingham 3rd XI.

The tightness of the previous match between the two clubs was not brought over to this fixture as South Notts won comfortabl­y 7-0. Next week the 1st XI travel to West Bridgford 5th XI and Carillon 3rd XI make the trek up to Belper 8th XI.

THE weather did not put off two Shepshed RC runners from taking on the Clowne half Marathon in Derbyshire. Daniel Cooke finished in a PB of 1:41:04 and Gary Sawle finished in 1:48:59.

Two Shepshed runners completed the Derby 5, with Jaquie Williamson home in 38:16 and Rachel Cornes in 41:01.

Meanwhile, five club runners braved a slippery Dishley Parkrun: 20th Gary Sawle 24:57, 24th Stuart Taylor 25:28, 60th Tracey Brookes 32:52, 61st Ian Garrett 32:52, 75th Zoe Heath (marshallin­g) 54:31.

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