Match Card of the Club
Kirby 1-0 Hinckley Downes - 31st January Kirby go top of the league as they beat Hinckley Downes 1-0 at Ratby Lane and joint leaders Borrowash waent down 3-2 at Ibstock. Danny Gibbons got the winner with a nervy 5 minutes to go to grab all three points and sent Kirby top of the league.
Borrowash Victoria 0-1 Kirby - 24th January Kirby went to leaders Borrowash and got all three points thanks to a Rob Pitman goal, this puts Kirby joint top of the table with Borrowash.
Kirby 3-0 Ibstock United - 20th January Kirby jump to third place in the East midlands Counties League as they beat Ibstock United 3-0. Kirby went into the first half 1-0 to the good after Marc Schulz scored after previously missing a penalty. Danny Taylor was bossing midfield alongside Danny Gibbons which between them stopped any real threat from the visitors. Andy Harrison was on form again, finding space on the right, beating the defence and putting very dangerous crosses into the box for the Kirby strike force to latch on to. It was one of Harrison’s crosses which gave Rob Pitman his goal, Harrison got past the Ibstock defence and found Pitman’s head with an accurate cross for Pitman to despatch into the corner of the net. Danny Taylor got a deserved goal towards the end of the match to seal the win. Kirby travel to leaders Borrowash on Saturday and if they get all three points could be level on points.
League Cup - Quarter Final - Kirby 7-0 Radford - 13th January Kirby destroyed opposition Radford in the B.M league cup to go into the hat for the semi-finals. Stu Verrall scored a hat-trick to go highest scorer with Marc Schulz scoring from the spot and Andy Harriman, Danny Taylor and Craig Pietrzyk all getting goals. The turning point was when the Radford keeper was sent off in the 20th minute for bringing down Verrall in the box from a certain goal scoring opportunity. Although we wouldn't have known if this was the downfall of Radford - what was certain, Kirby were playing some very good, sharp football all through the first half.
Ibstock 1-2 Kirby - 27th December Kirby's unbeaten run now stretches to 7 games with the last 5 games won. Kirby started the game at cold and windy Ibstock a bit nervy - being caught at the back early doors a couple of times but steadied the ship and took control. The first goal came halfway through the first half when Verrall found himself wide outside the box near the Ibstock goal line, his cross deceived the Ibstock keeper and went in from a tight angle. Kirby started the second half the same as the first and conceded a goal within a minute of the re-start. Chris McCathie came off the bench to score from a set piece - ghosting in at the far post to slam the ball past the Ibstock keeper.
St. Andrews 1-3 Kirby - 13th December Kirby made it four wins on the bounce as they beat St. Andrews 3-1 on a damp – but very playable pitch in front of a crowd of 66 at Canal Street. Andy Harrison got the scoring underway when the ball was cleared from a corner, Harrison was underneath it, took it on his chest and volleyed it over the Andrews keeper and into the onion bag from 24 yards out. St Andrews put a claim in for a penalty when the Andrews striker got tangled up but the appeal was waved away only. St. Andrews levelled the game before the break when they were awarded a penalty which was slotted home. Kirby went into the second half just edging the possession and came out after the break on top. Stu Verral came on for Rob Pitman and Danny Taylor was added to the middle of the park early into the half alongside Danny Gibbons who was bossing the centre of the pitch. Kirby went ahead when the Marc Aston beat the offside trap, turned the Andrews defender and squeezed the ball in under the keeper from a tight angle. Aston added his second of the game when an identical run produced the same result – this time beating the Andrews keeper all ends up with a low shot into the far corner. Stu Verral could have scored when his chance went wide from a brilliant cross but appeared to be in two minds whether to head or volley the ball, Marc Schulz missed the easiest chance of the game when he missed a 4 yard tap-in – not what you’d expect from the top scorer. Overall, Gaz ‘tinker-man’ Keenan made more changes before the match to accommodate everyone and was pleased with the performance which his squad put in on the day to put Kirby into 3rd spot.
Kirby 4-0 Graham Street Prims - 6th December Kirby’s winning streak now extends to 3 games on the bounce – 5 without loss, after taking apart a poor Graham Street Prims side. Gaz ‘tinker man’ Keenan rotated his large squad and took 3 out of the back 4 from last weeks clean sheet – which created murmurs and frowns around the ground on what could have been the coldest day at Raty Lane so far this season. Kirby went 1-0 up within 2 minutes when Rob Pitman scored his 4th goal of the season – his first since the opening day when his powerful shot squirmed through the hands of the Graham Street keeper and over the line. Kirby’s second came 5 minutes after when Marc Schulz found himself on his own at the far post to hammer the ball in from 7 yards and put himself as outright top goal scorer. Graham Street held on until the break and came out with a bit more fight for the next 45 minutes coming close on a couple of occasions as the newly formed back 4 were stretched. Graham Street had a penalty after Shilliam brought down the Graham Street forward but the spot kick hit the bar. The game was put to bed when Verall put a deft touch on a goal ward bound shot to beat the Graham Street keeper from 4 yards and Verral got the last towards the end after a fine move put him in and his hard accurate shot found the bottom corner of the Graham Street net from a tight angle. Andy Harrison was this weeks man of the match, he assisted 3 of the goals with his runs and shimmy’s creating more havoc with the Graham Street defence than a bull at a china shop convention.
Greenwood Meadows 0-3 Kirby - 29th November Kirby got their first away win of the season at the expense of Greenwood Meadows. Jamie Mason and Marc Schulz were on target to share the top goalscorer spot and Josh Pitsillides scoring his first for the club.
Kirby 3-1 Blackwell Miners Welfare - 22nd November Kirby went up to 4th place after another near miss at Raby Lane. Jamie Mason put Kirby up within a couple of mintues after latching onto a keeper error. The game looked like it was going to be a dull 1-0 affair until the last 7 minutes when the remaining goals were scored. Marc Shulz scored another and Chris McCathies scores his first goal of the season.
Holwell Sports 2-2 Kirby - 15th November Kirby dropped points at Holwell and dropped down the table to 6th as they drew 2-2 to make them the highest drawing team in the league. Goals from Jamie Mason and Marc Aston got their 5th draw in their league campaign in front of a crowd of 90.
Kirby 3-3 Gedling Miners Welfare - 8th November Kirby went 3-0 up at half time with goals from Stu Verrall, a Craig Pietrzyk penalty and a Jamie Mason goal which looked suspiciously like an own goal. Gedling Miners came out at half time looking at a defeat but Kirby gifted them a point after a second half collapse at the back let them in to get the 3 goals and a share of the points.
Kirby 2-3 Kirby Muxloe FC - 4th November Stu Verrall scored the fastest goal of the season after a well worked move put Kirby 1 up after 3 minutes, but this was cancelled out within a minute after the re-start after Gedling raced back up the field and slotted one in. Gedling scored again to take the lead into the half before adding another to basically put them out of reach. Kirby were dominant in the second half having Gedling on the ropes for most of it and a hard shot made he Gedling keeper parry the ball into the path of Jamie Mason to tap in and at 3-2 with 20 minutes left, Kirby got a penalty. Marc Schulz stepped up to put Kirby level but the Gedling keeper made a great save to tip it around the post. Kirby were pegging Gedling back for the remainder of the half giving Gedling only a handful of chances but couldn’t get the equaliser and the point they deserved.
Kirby 3-1 Greenwood Meadows - 1st November Kirby go third in the table after a fine win against Greenwood Meadows. Marc Schulz scores all three for Kirby as the cruised to a 3-1 win at Ratby Lane. A first half penalty and a toe poke from Schulz sent Kirby 2-0 up before the break. Schulz sealed the win with 20 minutes to go from the spot again but Kirby leaked a fine effort from Greenwood and the clean sheet disappeared.
Kirby 3-0 Dunkirk - 25th October Kirby inflicted Dunkirk's first defeat as they beat them 3-0 and climbed up two places in the league. Kirby scored all their goals before half time, a Marc Schultz penalty was followed my Stu Verrall getting his fourth of the season along with 'Mr Kirby' Jamie Mason with the last which appeared to be the nail in the Dunkirk coffin in front of a crowd of 32. Kirby looked at ease until 5 minutes after the restart when Richard Darlison was sent off for a professional foul resulting in a Dunkirk penalty. It looked as if Dunkirk were going to get back into the match but they were denied by Elliot Shilliam's save from the spot. Kirby held out with relative ease to grab all three points.
Kirby 2-1 Ibstock - 18th October Jamie Mason rescued Kirby for the second week in succession with a late winner to put Kirby through to the next round of the League Cup. Kirby had most of the possession but went down 1-0 before the break to an ordinary Ibstock side. What’s now looking a familiar weekly story, it was Kirby who had most of the play in the second half but couldn’t get the ball in the net. The equaliser came from a through ball for Danny Taylor to latch on to and slot it past eh keeper leaving the Ibstock defenders arguing with the referee and linesman questioning whether it was offside. Kirby missed more chances to put the game to bed but missed the target and the game went into extra time. Mason had been let loose coming on and basically upsetting the Ibstock defence and the referee on more than one occasion. The winner came when Mason sprung the Ibstock offside trap and lobbed the Ibstock keeper from just outside the area.
St. Andrews 4-0 Kirby - 14th October Kirby are now out of the Westerby Cup!
Kirby 3-2 Bardon Hill - 11th October Kirby were back to winning ways as they grabbed all 3 points in a dramatic finish to this East Midlands Conties League match in front of a crowd of 65. Jamie Mason - opened his goal scoring account with the first goal of the game in the first half which was cancelled out leading up to the half time whistle. Kirby went 2-1 down before Marc Schultz scored his second of the season from the penalty spot to even it up. The game looked like it was heading for a draw until the very last minute when a hard shot cannoned of the Bardon crossbar where Mason was on hand to guide the ball in and steal all 3 points and jump up 3 places in the league.
Barrow Town 4-2 Kirby - 7th October Kirby lost at Barrow to make it 2 on the bounce and only 1 win in 5 league games. Jamie Mason started up front along side Stu Verrall with ex Barrow player Rob Pitman in midfield. Barrow took an early lead and Kirby let 2 more in before the break. The cups and saucers must have been thrown at half time because Kirby came out and had most of the play in the second half. A goal from Marc Schultz gave Kirby hope but they couldn't turn the momentum into goals, a strong penalty shout for a Barrow hand-ball fell on deaf ears as most this season and had this been given you felt sure that Kirby would have had a strong case for all 3 points if the spot kick been put away. Marc Aston came on for Verrall and Captain Mason made way for Matt Melbourne. Barrow shut the game off with their fourth goal before Melbourne danced his way into the box and slotted the ball home after the attention of 2 Barrow defenders clipping his heels on the way in. Although the alarm bells aren't ring yet, Kirby need to get a win under their belt very soon to have any chance of keeping in touch with the leaders.
Kirby 1-3 Pilkington XXX - 4th October Kirby's FA Vase run came to an end on Saturday as they lost to Midland Combination side Pilkington XXX. Marc Aston was on hand to score the only goal for Kirby who went into the half 2-1 down. Kirby bossed the second half going close on more than one occasion - hitting the woodwork 3 times throughout the match. Kirby had a strong shout of a penalty in the first half when Verrall was brought down by th keeper and had a further penalty claim in the secand half when a Pilkington defender handled the ball in his own area - the score was 2-1 at the time and would have turned the game if it was awarded and converted.
Blackwell Miners Welfare 2-2 Kirby - 27th September Kirby drew with bottom of the league Blackwell Minors after squandering a hatful of chances and letting 2 sloppy goals in. And Harrison was on hand to fire home a bullet of a volley along with Stu Verrall to make it 2-2 at half time. Blackwell got the share of the points from an unmarked throw-in and a goalkeeper error.
Kirby 1-0 Wednesfield - 20th September Kirby went into the next round of the FA Vase as they beat Wednesfield. Stu Verral was on hand to put his head where others daren't to nod in the winner for Kirby to meet Pilkington XXX in the next round on October 4th. Kirby looked to be the sronger of the two teams on the day with the Kirby shot-stopper only being worried on two occasions. The strike-force of Pitman, Verral and Aston caused problems all day for the West Midlands team and the return of Marc Shultz and John Grady added a bit more stability to the team.
Kirby 1-1 St. Andrews - 13th September Stu Verrall scores his first goal for Kirby. The ex St. Andrews striker was captain for the day against his old club in this East Midlands match-up at Ratby Lane in front of a crowd of 70. St. Andrews took the lead in the second half and things looked up when Kirby defender Darlison was sent off with 15 minutes on the clock. Kirby pressed on and Verrall scrambled his first goal with 10 minutes to go and Kirby hung on to share the points.
Radford 2-0 Kirby - 6th September Kirby didn't do the double on Radford at their ground. After a 5-1 routing at Ratby Lane it looked on the cards that Kirby would be favourites in this EMCL match-up in Nottingham. The first half was mostly Radfords with thir first goal coming after just 10 minutes, a ball down the middle caught the Kirby defence flat and the Radford striker beat the offside trap(?), rounded the Kirby keeper and passed for the ball to be slotted. Kirby came out for the second half with a bit more about them than the first half but Radford were beating them to most balls and having more shots, their second came after 53 minutes after a powerful shot was saved by Shillam but rebounded to the Radford striker to pass into the net. Radford could have had at least 2 or 3 more but for the Kirby stopper. All-in-all, a bad day at the office, but credit to Radford who never stopped.
Kirby 4-0 Ellistown - 25th August Kirby put four goals past Ellistown on a hot bank holiday Monday to go top of the East Midlands Counties League in front of 135 fans - the biggest crowd of the season so far. Marc Aston opened the scoring with a well taken goal slotted past the Ellistown keeper before Craig Pietrzyk added another before half time. Andy Harrison opened his account as he lobbed the keeper from 22 yards before substitute Jamie Aston came on and finished off the win. Ellistown were close to getting a consolation at the death but for an outstanding fingertip save from keeper Shilliam - one of a handful of brilliant stops.
Kirby 5-1 Radford - 23rd August Rob Pitman scores a hat-trick in Kirby's first home game in front of a crowd of 65. Cheeky got one well worked team goal along with Marc Aston on the scoresheet. Danny Agar made his full first team appearance in the right back slot and fitted in comfortably, Jamie Mason was captain for the day but was substitued in the second half with fitness worries. New signing Stu Verrall came close to opening his Kirby goal scoring account and many occasions but was thwarted by the Radford keeper. Radford missed a peanlty in the first half when the spot-kick was put high and wide after keeper Elliott Shilliam brought down the Radford striker.
Holbrook Miners Welfare 0-0 Kirby - 16th August Kirby kicked off their first game in the newly created East Midlands Counties League with a goalless draw away at Holbrook Miners Welfare. Kirby could have got their first three points but didn't take their chances and had to play the last half an hour with ten men when Rob Pitman was sent off for two cautions.