Well, tonight certainly came to life in the end!
After a pretty tame first half with County in the lead by a single Johnnie Jackson goal, and not level thanks to Kasper Schmeichel fingertip save, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Notts County seemed happy to stumble across the finish line to secure the League Two title for 2009/2010. Not the case.
In the space of just 11 second half minutes this game as a contest was over. County running riot and scoring four more, notching them five for the fifth time this season. Most impressively, for the second time it had to be achieved without leading marksman Lee Hughes who was missing after Saturday’s groin injury.
Mike Edwards started the second half ball rolling with a bicycle kick that will never be seen again thanks a comatosed cameraman. Not too long after Craig Westcarr was capitalising on Darlington uncertainty to roll the ball home into an empty net.
Then, for the second time in Hughesy’s absence, Luke Rodgers was able to shine as he picked up two goals shortly after coming onto the pitch in place of Ben Davies. And these were undoubtedly two goals he might never better.
His first, an absolutely ridiculous volley from the corner of the box to leave ‘keeper Liversedge no chance, before minutes later putting in audacious backheel from Westy’s low cross. Not bad for a striker that a little over the week ago we’d all assumed would have his feet up in a New York apartment! What a difference a week makes at Meadow Lane.
The ever rowdy travelling support for the side was once again in great voice tonight.
It’s hard to put into words the pride you can feel in a club just by listening to your supporters through a radio! And it only made me feel far worse than i already did about not being there. From here in Wellingborough, Northants i’ve seen one away game all season so it’s not as if i’m not used to missing games, but this was something else altogether.
It’s a great relief that every one person in the stands makes the noise of four people so it’s not as if the team are ever low on support. They’re a credit to the club, no question about it.
The evening started on a somewhat puzzling note with the news that goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (who tonight helped the club hit it’s record number of cleansheets for a season, a record that had stood since 1922/1923) would be released from his contract at this season’s end.
His departure has been long known about to all associated with Notts County but the manner it’s to come about is a bit out of the blue. Recent press speculation linked Kasper with a £2m move to Spurs in the Premiership with the option of a season long loan to County next year.
The club have confirmed however that it’s not in a position to risk not being able to secure a transfer for the (cliche alert!) great Dane and that his wages were to become a bit out of the club’s reach for now. So it was mutually agreed that Kasper would have to depart once business is concluded at Torquay.
I think i can speak on behalf of every Notts County supporter when i wish Kasper the best of luck for his career in the future and that i hope somehow he finds his way back at Meadow Lane in the future.