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Saturday 4th March 2017

 



noprogs
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Mar 4, 2017, 4:39 PM

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Moston Brook 2 Old Ashtonians 3
Lancashire & Cheshire Amateur League

No problems with any referees strike at the Manchester Creative Media Academ 3G.
This was a one o'clock kick off, sandwiched between a youth game, and the reserves at 3, between bottom and third bottom of the top division, and to an extent the quality of football reflected those positions. The visitors led three times, one up at the break, and it was only a very late goal that denied the home side their second point of the season. That might have been a fairer result, for a match for which we were very grateful given Friday's rain.
Very rare Saturday sighting of Veteran, who was tempted by the possibility of a second game at nearby Hollingwood at three. He & I celebrated by inducing Moston's first equaliser with our walk round the pitch in opposite directions; his patent.


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Digdagdog
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Mar 4, 2017, 5:42 PM

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Les Phillips Cup Weymouth Street
Warminster Town 2 Melksham Town 3
Admission £5 Programme £1 Attendance 135

I didn't think this would be on after last night's rain and the fact that WTFC postponed their midweek match...I arrived to chat with an unhappy MTFC manager - the pitch was very muddy and already badly cut up during the warm-up.
As it was, it was the same for both sides of course - the first half produced no goals but Melksham hit the bar and had two scrambled chances. The pitch was a defenders nightmare, the ball sticking, or deviating on the bounce but Warminster offered little in consequence.
2nd half, Melksham took the lead with a deflected shot on 50, Warminster equalised on 52 after a series of fluffed clearances in the mud. Melksham then scored on 68 and 74 minutes from a header and another poached from 6 inches. Warminster then were awarded a penalty on 78 after a mis-timed tackle on the mud, which was promptly saved. Then Warminster scored with a header on 81. In between, Melksham had their star c/f taken off with a twisted knee - definitely a result of the pitch.
A long time since I've seen agame on a pitch like that. At least penalties were avoided, but this was a strength-sapping game ahead of Manor Farm on Monday night...if the rain doesn't intervene...



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2019-20 Games: 0 Goals: 0 GPG: 0.00 New Grounds: 0


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bluearmybob
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Mar 4, 2017, 5:45 PM

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Season ticket duty at Portman Rd. KO 3.00pm.


Sky Bet Championship.


IPSWICH TOWN 1 (1) v (1) BRENTFORD 1


Scorers.


Home. E Huws (26)


Away. N Yennaris (44)


Admission by season ticket. Programme £3. Attendance 15,863.



GROUNDS VISITED.(369) NEW GROUNDS THIS SEASON 2019/20. (0)
GAMES THIS SEASON 2019/20. (0)
GAMES SINCE LAST 0-0. Ipswich Town v Bolton Wanderers. 22/09/18. (39) BEST RUN OF NOT SEEING A 0-0. (61)
LEAGUES COMPLETED. Championship. Isthmian League North. ECL Premier Division. SCEFL Premier Division.
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osborne
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Mar 4, 2017, 5:58 PM

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Keyworth United 1 Eastwood Community Club 3 Central Midlands League South.
Admission- none
Programme 50p (Sold from behind the bar.)
h/c 30
My original plan was Prestwich Hayes, but that was off early so then I was planning to go to Mursley. Just as we were heading off we got a call back from a club official confirming that game was off as well. Now I was struggling for a new ground. A few weeks ago I looked on Google to check where Keyworth were playing in the complex. I'd been twice before and watched games on the back pitch and the second pitch but the current floodlit ground was a new one for me. I arrived to find the car park much increased in size and a nice modern clubhouse. The ground itself is floodlit and has a post and rail but there isn't any hard standing or shelter. The first half was end to end but neither team were able to convert their chances. Eastwood began to get frustrated and began to fall out with each other. They had more shots than Keyworth but the home side defended really well. The second half saw Eastwood score but Keyworth equalised from a super free kick. Two late penalties confirmed an Eastwood win but the scoreline flattered them.



stingray
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Mar 4, 2017, 5:59 PM

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South Midlands League Premier
LEIGHTON TOWN 1-0 STOTFOLD
Attendance 90 (maybe or maybe not including the kids) Usual expenses

I mentioned on WAYG that photos from the previous two Saturday home games suggested I could end my self-imposed Saturday exile from la ferme du cloche. Sadly, it was a false alarm as the kids were back with a vengeance and a drum (actually a large plastic tub beaten with twigs in an attempt to produce a "melody") but there was less evidence of climbing the fences and by the end, a maximum of eleven had dropped to three.

Anyway, having beaten this lot 4-1 earlier, we had hopes of a second League double after St. Margaretsbury and the only goal came halfway through the second half, most of which was watched from the clubhouse. I've no idea of the scorer as it was down the kids' end but frankly who cares as long as there's three more points in the bag? Cool



2018/19 stats

124 goals in 34 games
£339.70 spent.


Atavistic
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Mar 4, 2017, 6:03 PM

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After Yaxley's game at Boston Town was postponed, I found myself end up at

United Counties League Premier Division
Deeping Rangers 0 Newport Pagnell Town 2

Admission: £6, Programme: £1, Pin Badge: £2
Attendance: 135

Despite Deeping being second in the league and Newport Pagnell being on good form as of late, this was a poor game between two sides seemingly lacking any kind of attacking talent to break down the opposition with. Instead, other than a brief ten minute spell in the second half - when Newport Pagnell scored both of their goals - both teams were mostly playing hoofball, with lots of niggly fouls and awful finishing in between. In that ten minute spell at the start of the second half, Luke Emery scored two goals for Newport Pagnell, the first a tap-in after two previous chances had been missed and the second was a good goal coming from a quick attacking move by Newport Pagnell. At the end, Newport Pagnell's Dom Lawless missed two absolute sitters that he really should have scored to put the game to bed with.

As for the ground itself, it's one I definitely liked, the main stand on the left side a prominent feature that definitely intrigued and impressed me, not least because of the unusual roof and how half the stand is seated and the other half is standing. Other than that, there is an area of cover behind the near goal and another two on the far side, one beside each dugout. The far side lacks cover, but has hard standing like the rest of the ground does.

The programme was a reasonable and glossy effort, but half of it was adverts. Still, the content that was there was extensive and useful, so definitely a reasonable effort.



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New Grounds: 33 (Most Recent: Corby Town)
Games: 49
Goals: 180
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Mike S
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Mar 4, 2017, 6:08 PM

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Donegal Celtic 0 Limavady United 5
Irish League Intermediate Division ie div 3
Admission £5 Prog no Attendance c60
Having been told work would not be needing me in Northern Ireland anymore after a merger last year, I was surprised to get asked to work here for 5 days starting tomorrow. I had agreed before seeing fixtures and weather, neither of which were ideal.
Crusaders V Linfield in the cup was all ticket and sold out and there were no Premiership games. The clubs in the province are neither good at answering phones early or tweeting and Donegal Celtic were first to confirm definitely on. I arrived at 1.30pm for a pitch inspection however which indicated no problems but took a long time
There were a number of matches, I assume were off unless results have not yet been added to the league site
Donegal Celtic, nickname the Wee Hoops do not come from the county or town of that name which is not in NI anyway but an outer suburb of Belfast. The area looked ok but the fact I had to ring a bell and be viewed on cctv before getting into a local off licence/ newsagent was disconcerting especially as I had all my work gear, ipads laptop etc in a hire car with English plates in the ground car park.
The club played in the Premiership for a few years and so had to meet stringent ground requirements which are certainly no longer needed, a large security box behind one goal, segregation and a 300 seat away stand. There are now four seated stands and one area of cover with probably over 1000 seats in total
The match was third hosting leaders but the visitors were much too strong and won 5 0 away for the second week running


barcud-coch
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Mar 4, 2017, 6:39 PM

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Hay St Mary's 2 Berriew 0

Forest Road: Spar Mid Wales League First Division

This was my first visit to Forest Road to see the first team in action since they entertained Spar Mid Wales League First Division leaders Rhayader Town in mid-November. I had seen the ladies team in action on several occasions, over the past three months, but the first team had been handed more away team fixtures and suffered a number of postponements with their home fixtures. The Saints have experienced somewhat inconsistent form since my last visit, as they have suffered from player unavailability on a regular basis, in addition to the usual injuries and suspensions. The hosts went into this afternoon's match in seventh place following a 2-2 home draw with Welshpool Town last weekend. Although the Saints' match report suggested that they created enough chances against the Lilywhites to win several games that day. Berriew appeared to be well-placed to challenge for the championship only three weeks ago but have not won a league fixture since then and have seen their title hopes dangling by a thread. The Rhiewsiders need to win next Saturday's encounter at Rhayader Town and hope the Thin Red Line drop some points in their remaining fixtures if they are to have a chance of finishing top of the table at the end of the season. Second-placed Berriew suffered a 3-1 defeat at Llanrhaeadr last weekend following draws at Carno and Radnor Valley in their previous outings.

The visitors had the first chance of the afternoon, when a 10th minute cross was headed over, after a free-kick was partially cleared by the Hay St Mary's defence. Saints forward Jack Biggs was unable to apply the vital touch to an inviting cross seven minutes later before Brendan Hackett gave the hosts a lead courtesy of a 29th minute penalty. Berriew fired over from 30 yard out after a 34th minute free-kick was only partially cleared before Hay St Mary's defender Steve Goodwin went on a run into the visitor's penalty area but fired his effort over the target. Jack Biggs then fired wide from 20 yards, with five minutes remaining until the break, as the saints went into half-time with a slender advantage. Matt Croose's far post volley from a 47th minute corner was blocked by the Rhiewsiders defence before a visiting player fired over from the edge of the host's penalty area after going on a forward run. The saints custodian made a smart close range save in the 59th minute before Matt James had an effort saved for the hosts two minutes later after they took a short corner. Hay St Mary's captain Hackett doubled his team's lead in the 63rd minute after going on a run in the penalty area and firing the ball through the legs of the Rhiewsiders' goalkeeper. The visitors struck an upright from close range after Jordan Baker dropped a cross five minutes later before Steve Morgan curled a shot past the far post at the other end of the pitch. Berriew saw a cross-shot from the right flank fly across the goal mouth in the 82nd minute, before Baker turned rasping drive over the bar five minutes later, as the Saints put in an impressive all-round performance to claim the points and virtually end their opponent's title hopes.

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Matches: 139.5
New Grounds: 17


jrev61
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Mar 4, 2017, 6:46 PM

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Rugby Town 1 Shaw Lane 2 (Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division 1 South)
Adm. £8 Prog. £2 Att. 202

I decided on this one as they tweeted that there was no planned pitch inspection so I didn't need to use my 3G back up of Tamworth.
Shaw Lane are top of the league and Rugby Town second bottom. There wasn't much of a gulf between these teams though although Shaw Lane just about deserved to win. They won't win many friends however with their belligerent approach to the game and constant whinging. The FA's respect campaign has clearly not reached Barnsley yet.
There were no goals in the second half although Shaw Lane had two good chances. They took the lead 2 minutes into the second half and in the 62nd minute made it 2-0. Rugby did pull one back with 10 to go but couldn't force the equaliser.
Shaw Lane seem to be nicknamed 'The Ducks'. Is this because of the usual state of their pitch?



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richiejenn
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Mar 4, 2017, 6:50 PM

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Saturday 4th March 2017 @3pm
Essex Senior League
WADHAM LODGE 2-1 LONDON BARI
Wadham Lodge, Kitchener Ave, E17

Admission: £7
Programme: Club didn't do one
Attendance: 21
Cheeseburger £3.50
Guinness £3.50


A ground with a good seated stand and cover behind both goals but has seen better times. There were games on both 3G pitches, Ryan v Ongar being one, with the 5 aside pitches also in use before kick off.

The game and referee was the worst I've seen this season. One Bari player should have got a red in the first 10 minutes for an elbow but got a yellow, the same punishment as a shirt pull later apparently!

The first half goal was a tap in from a yard out after the keeper spilled the initial shot. Wadham in the red had much more possession but made hard work of the match against a disorganised Bari in luminous green shirts. On the hour Wadham doubled their lead when a cross was turned in by the defending no3. A player with a face injury held up play for 10 minutes and a late consolation after 5pm was too little too late.


DJM61
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Mar 4, 2017, 6:59 PM

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Hellenic League Bulfin Supplementary Cup
Aston Clinton 4 Moreton Rangers 1 aet Att 10
Addmision free no progs
Cup of Tea mug 50p Hot dogs £1
Moreton lead 1-0 at half time also had player sent just before half time
Aston scored midway through the second half
Went to extra time with in 3 mins lead 4-1 Aston's number 10 scored a 3 min hatrick in to next round only the 4th game they have won in the hellenic league or cup competitions this season


nico
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Mar 4, 2017, 7:02 PM

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York Football League, Division Two

Stamford Bridge 1 Wilberfoss 2

A good contest (local derby) between two good teams but badly refereed!



One moment's high and glory rolls on by


Howieb73
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Mar 4, 2017, 7:07 PM

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Southern League Premier Division
Biggleswade Town 2 Merthyr Town 5
Admission £10. Programme £2. Attendance 224.

Biggleswade took a 9th minute lead from a penalty. From my position at the opposite end of the ground it looked a debatable decision as the keeper appeared to get the ball first. The linesman convinced the referee otherwise. The hosts doubled the lead on 34 minutes with a fine solo run. Merthyr looked out of sorts but pulled one back just before the break from a tight angle.

Biggleswade had a chance to score again when a forward was clean through, but a Merthyr player clearly shoved him in the back and he fell over. I was expecting a red card but the referee deemed it was a fair shoulder barge!

Merthyr were starting to put Biggleswade under pressure and an equaliser came on 69 minutes. 6 minutes later and Merthyr took the lead with a free header from a corner. The visitors were now in command and added further goals in the 87th and 93rd minutes. A great game for Merthyr fans and neutrals!

Photos of the pitch under water on Friday afternoon can be seen on Biggleswade's Twitter account, so special praise goes to the groundsman for the game going ahead. I heard the two teams upset the groundsman in a major way, by warming up before the game on the main pitch, despite being asked/told to use an outside pitch instead.
I liked the ground which is a modern, new build variety, on the edge of town. Not a great deal of charm, but excellent facilities.


Dribble!
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Mar 4, 2017, 7:15 PM

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also at Ipswich v Brentford game

Still better than we were playing in December and January but not as good as last month!



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DaveH
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Mar 4, 2017, 7:17 PM

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Spartan South Midlands Premier Division
Hertford Town 1 Leverstock Green 1
Adm - Free (Fans day) Prog - £1 (good enough) Att - 462 (No idea how they came up with such a precise figure as you could enter via any exit and no one was taking count).

With the Ives home game v Hitchin being called off early doors I decided on finding a new tick. I looked at Hoddesdon and Sawbridgeworth but there wasn't any confirmation that they were definitely on. As I was trying to find out, the Hertford game popped up on my Twitter feed and added with the fact it was free entry my mind was made up.

It was probably the best step 5 game I've seen for a long while. Leverstock took the lead against the run of play on 41 mins. Hertford equalised on 45 mins.

The second half wasn't as good, although both sides did have a few half chances.

The atmosphere was fantastic with the home fans making plenty of noise in this wonderfully old fashioned ground. There's the main stand with old style seats and a brilliant covered terrace behind one of the goals.

A good afternoon out.



The Programme is dead. Long live on-line!!

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IAN S
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Mar 4, 2017, 7:27 PM

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AFC Crossleys 4 Brighouse Sports 2
Halifax & District 1
h/t 0-2
att. 12

I intended going to Halifax Vandals RU but found out it was a 3.00 KO. As I was in Halifax about 2.00, I decided to see if this game was on at Mason Green, it was and kicked off at 2.05, just as I was getting out of the car.

A game of two halves because of the pronounced slope of the pitch. Crossley's third goal was a free-kick from the half way line that the keeper promptly palmed into the corner of the net.

Excellent entertainment as always in this league and excellently refereed.



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Hellenic League D1 West
New College Swindon 0-2 Fairford Town
Adm & prog £4, tea 70p, att approx 50.

Looking at the score you'd assume a routine win for the table-toppers against a team looking down at only the relegation spots below them. It was, however, much closer than that and could have been a very different story if New College had benefited from both a bit more composure and a slice of luck with two great chances in the first half. Fairford eventually scored late on in the half with a good low finish. The second half was also fairly even though when Fairford scored their second to seal it, they had had two or three chances in the previous 5 to 10 minutes.

Supermarine Rugby club is a decent set up. I arrived to see lots of rugby players and feared a mix-up, but the posts on the pitch were quite categorically association style. In the clubhouse, I saw some Fairford officials and fans to further ease my nerves. But everyone who was helping out behind the bar or setting up was in a rugby club t-shirt or jacket. There was indeed a turnip-juggling contest going on, but they were shunted to the back pitch so maybe it was the reserves.

The pitch is enclosed by a wooden perimeter oval. Down the side nearest the club are three steel shipping containers lined up about 5 yards from the touchline and between these and the fence are 30 plastic seats. On the far side is a unique construction, based on two long shipping containers about 10 yards from the edge of the pitch, with a scaffolding frame stuck on top, tilting down at about 5 degrees and with corrugated metal panels bolted onto the bits overhanging the front to create some cover for another approx 60 seats in two rows.

Unusual or not, all present were grateful for it as the rain arrived late on in the first half and lasted till almost the final whistle, spoiling what had until then been a bright and sunny day, if breezy. The pitch held up well, becoming greasy and slippy on top, but not cutting up very much even by the end.

A friendly if modest club, and a good game to boot, making a good day out. Parking can be at a premium if a) Supermarine are at home and b) there are various kids training/matches going on until about 2pm.


Windy
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Mar 4, 2017, 7:35 PM

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Evostik Division 1 North - Hyde United 4 Farsley Celtic 5 - Admission £8 - Programme £2 - Attendance 438

Well I've been watching football for well over 40 years and I can honestly say that the second half here was probably the most incident packed and incredible half of football that I've ever seen with 8 goals scored as well as three red cards.

It was another trip up north with my son off to see Liverpool v Arsenal so he was dropped off in Manchester and had to contend with the problems at Lime Street while I had a choice of a few matches and boy o boy did I pick the right one.

Celtic took the lead after just 2 minutes when a lovely back heel from Paul Walker freed Jordan Deacey to slot the ball home past the keeper. A terrific goal line clearance from Harry Coates kept the deficit to one at the break with a few niggly challenges going in.

Hyde equalised after 52 mins when a Paddy Miller free kick wasn't cleared and Matt Beadle scored from 10 yards. They were soon ahead with an absolute belter from Kyle Harrison with an angled 25 yard drive into the top left corner. Then came the fun and games. On the hour, Hyde were reduced to ten men when Miller saw red for pushing Lewis Nightingale over but within 60 seconds, we had 10 v 10 after James Walshaw came in late and high on the keeper Russ Saunders. On 66, it was 2-2 with another terrific goal. Chris Howarth pulled back from the byline before curling a beauty over the keeper from 20 yards. Hyde then went 3-2 up set up by a run from Chris Sutherland and he pulled it back to Janni Lipka to slide the ball home. On 83 mins, Hyde were reduced to nine men after James Burke blocked a hard hit goalbound shot which the referee deemed to be hand ball. He received a second yellow and Richard Marshall stepped up to score from the spot. 3-3.

Surely there couldn't be more action. There was so much more. Celtic made it 3-4 when Nightingale set up Aiden Savory to score but it was 4-4 after 89 minutes. Hyde were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area and Lawrence Hunter curled a cracker into the top left corner. Celtic then went straight up the other end and won a corner which Nightingale took and there was Adam Clayton at the back post to net the winner.

A truly amazing match, undoubtedly my match of the season, with nine goals all from different players, three of the goals were stunners and three red cards. Three weeks ago I was at the FC United v Chorley match which was a terrific advert for the Conference North when my son was at the Liverpool v Spurs match but this surpassed that one for excitement and tension and this is why football is such a great game. Roll on four weeks time, when I'm back up north when my son is at the Liverpool v Everton match.


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Karb
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Queen of the South 0-2 Falkirk

Attendance 1,995 Admission £16, programme £2.50, teamsheet 20p.

I had a few possibilities in mind for today, and didn't make a final decision until I got to New Street station. In the end, I opted to make my first trip north of the border, for football anyway.

Lovely walk down from the station in hot sunshine (is this really Scotland in early March). Stopped off for a quick pint in the Cavens Arms, which was much needed to cool me down.
Got.to the ground and found myself at some locked turnstiles. Turns out the open end behind one goal is only opened for big matches. A lovely mural runs the length of the wall though, depicting the club's history.

Having found the open turnstiles, you buy a ticket from the ticket window first, made my way to a seat right on the halfway line. This is what you'd describe as an old fashioned ground, and I really liked it. Covered terracing away to my right, uncovered and unused terracing to my left. The quoted attendance of 1995 was a lot lower than it looked. The programme had lots of historical articles, which I enjoyed reading, but gets a black mark for not including a league table.

The match itself had plenty of effort, but not much quality. I honestly think I've seen more quality in some Step 5 games this season. Queens huffed and puffed but rarely troubled the keeper, while the visitors looked slightly more effective when they had possession, but only just.

Just when I was beginning to sense that a 0-0 could be on the cards, Falkirk took he lead. A free kick on the edge of the box was curled round the wall and into the corner, with virtually the last kick of the first half.

Second half continued in much the same vein, Falkirk just having the slight edge, with their number 10, Sibbald, being the best player on the pitch. It was he who scored the second goal, a coolly taken penalty after Austin had been brought down by Dowie when the ball appeared to have run away from him.

Back to the Cavens for some liquid refreshment before the train back to Brum.



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Dave 56
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Mar 4, 2017, 7:37 PM

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Youth Alliance League @ Canford Park training ground


AFC Bournemouth 2 v 1 Barnet


Nice rural location surrounded by trees. Natch played on pitch one which is the only one that is railed off. Slow start with AFCB scoring on 29 minutes with the first shot on target. Added a second before half time.


Barnet pulled a goal back early in the second period but never looked likely to equalise. Bournemouth worthy winners of a mediocre game. Plan was to visit Corfe Castle Fc for their home game but that was off due to a waterlogged pitch, so on to :-


Hampshire Premier League Division One


South Wonston Swifts 0 v 0 Sway


The recreation ground is accessed via West Hills Road South and a new clubhouse overlooks the roped off pitch. Just one pitch here and in good condition given the recent rain. Visitors Sway are league leaders but looked very ordinary today and South Wonston no better. Only one effort on target from Sway, well saved by the home keeper. Lovely venue, poor match. Well refereed by the attractive young Chloe-Ann Anderson.


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MFL Prem Div
At Canal Street,Aylestone
St.Andrews v Sporting Khalsa
In £6
Prog £1
Bar and snack bar open
Att 36-h/c(30 mins in)
H/T 0-1
F/T 0-2

An entertaining match between 2 competitive sides with some keen tackling was deservedly won by SK despite missing a first half penalty.
Not sure what the paying attendance was-the girl on the turnstile said she'd had 4 paying spectators by 2.55pm!
Some ground improvements in progress-steelwork for a small standing shelter has gone up by the dugouts,looks like a 2 sided job like at Blaby/Whetstone,which will serve the pitch behind the dugouts as well also some earthwork completed other side of dugouts for maybe another shelter.
A leisurely lunch taken in the nearby Black Horse made for a good afternoon.



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Old Etonians (0) 1, 1
Old Carthusians (0) 1, 1

Arthur Dunn Cup Semi Final

Att 56

Game on the main Messpots pitch at Eton College. Though I went to the wrong ground as did the Ref and Linos, the info given out was incorrect. When the correct ground was found parking was a nightmare, eventually I parked in a muddy field with a number of other spectators. The access to the ground was down an alley which also doubled as the fives courts. Today they were staging the Varsity fives.

There was no football furniture and no refreshments. The crowd were continually encroaching onto the pitch, when they arrived many were latw as they had gone to the wrong ground and then could find anywhere to park.

The game was very fiesty and tackles flew in and the language was not good. The first half was poor with the visitors who are the league leaderashaving most of the play.

The second half livened up when Eton had a man sent off. Carthusians took the lead this made Etonians up there game and equalise. One one at ninety minutes and even another 30 could not break the deadlock. They have to do it all again at Charterhouse.

All I learn from today was organisational skills off the field were sadly lacking and may explain a number of problems this country has had over the years.


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Lincolnshire League
Skegness Town 5 Grimsby Borough Reserves 6
Wainfleet Road 3G. Att circa 60. £2 admission at cage entrance.

With Grimsby Borough first team a rare postponement at Bradley and Clee Town off at Bottesford visited the new "Vertigo" stadium at Skeggy. A new clubhouse complex, the Lilliewhites club, lies behind the western goal of a grass pitch enclosed with pristine fencing and green wire caging. Two half seated Atcost type stands are either side of the halfway line, split by the reverse stand of the rugby club which can only hold around 25 seats. The pitch may be ready next season, but today we were on the 3G involving a walk between the clubhouse and goalposts of the local RU club who were playing Paviours. All rough grass and mud.
There is standing along threequarters of one one side of the cage which has floodlights but lacks dugouts. The railing was fully lent upon by a decent crowd for this level where charging is rare.
Skegness were two up in ten minutes, identical shots from the right across the keeper. Borough got one back from a free kick, then Jack Bradbury I believe, as i could not locate a team sheet, got the first of a brilliant hat trick, cutting in from the wing and beating half the defence before finding the corner of the net. A third before half time bemused the locals.
A mysterious penalty given by the aging linesman made it 4-2 to Boro, who were vulnerable at the back to crosses and promptly conceded. The winger got his cracking second cutting in and hitting the top corner for 5-3. Again Skeg pulled one back and a dubious red card for a Boro midfielder should have given them the ascendancy. Instead a Boro breakaway gave our no 11 his hat trick with a stunning finish. Yet anothe far post header for Skeg made it 5-6 and there it ended. A well deseved win against expectations despite the official.
Skegness Town hopefully will move upwards next season to match their new ground, possibly to the Central Midlands League as the Lincs League is yet to achieve step 7
Wainfleet Road is abot 20 mins walk from the town centre where Wetherspoons Red Lion is your best bet.
An excellent and unexpcted day at the seaside.


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All I learn from today was organisational skills off the field were sadly lacking and may explain a number of problems this country has had over the years.


I often feel that way when I can't get a pre-match pint too.. Wink

Northern 2
Stockton Town 4-0 Billingham Town
Att 355 according to a barely believable tweet from the club
Adm £5, prog £1

Headed north on an early train and saw five of my shortlist of ten fixtures quickly bite the dust. Plumped for premature playing of the 3G joker, simply because this was the stand out game of the day, a promotion six pointer. Too premature perhaps, as the game - although watchable throughout - rarely caught fire and the ground is basic and sorely lacking in any character. Hebburn (with a crowd of almost 500 turning out to rally behind the troubled club) or Billingham Synthonia might have been preferable after all.

The ground still has no seats and cover for only a tiny fraction of today's reported crowd, though a sizeable concrete base suggests imminent improvements, which will be needed just to stay at step 6 never mind get promotion. The clubhouse, a hundred yards or so away from the ground at the other end of the car park, is impressive though, despite being fizz only. Hot food is available there (but not inside the ground) and they have several big screens showing the lunchtime football.

Stockton looked a formidable unit, talented up front and difficult to break down. Billingham had a fair bit of possession but only really started troubling the Stockton goal at 2-0, at which point the home side simply broke and scored a classy third. 4-0 may flatter slightly but it's not hard to see why Stockton are now top of the league.


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Soham Town Rangers 1-3 Thamesmead Town
Isthmian 1st Division North


Plenty of effort, but the hosts in particular were lacking the skills to take advantage of their chances. The first half was starting to get a bit scrappy towards the end, but it was Soham who took the lead in the fourth minute of injury time when a long thrown from their #2 was headed into the net. Second half and Soham started positively, and were pressing for a second when another long throw from the #2 was cleared, allowing for a quick couterattack and goal. Their second came shortly afterwards, from the best touch of the game as the Thamesmead #4 turned on the edge of the area and curled the ball into the far corner. Plenty of action late on, and both sides came close, before a late third for Thamesmead (very similar to their first) wrapped it up.

The ground has an elevated stand with bench seating for 150 on the half way line. Oddly it's accessed through a door. Nearby is a balcony for the board members to watch from and the rest of this side and behind both goals is mainly covered standing. The far side has a little hard standing.


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Hampshire Intermediate Cup Semi-Final

Locks Heath 2 Shanklin 1

admission/programme none attendance est 110


4th in Hampshire Prem v 3rd in IOW League
Feisty encounter played at breakneck speed, with a blustery wind that reduced the quality of the football, but not the effort. A lucky win for the home team as the visitors failed to take their chances.
Both teams hyped up for this game, so it was a frantic start. An early shot for Locks by Cooper, well wide. The visitors then attacked, a handball was missed by the ref, and Smythers found himself alone in front of home keeper Gardner, who blocked well. A few minutes later a foul was missed and the visitors' Attril was allowed to run clear, but his shot went just wide. The home team replied with a swivel and shot by Collins, again just wide. The game became a tetchy midfield battle as the ref struggled with his decisions, leading to more frustration. On 39 mins a Shanklin corner was held up in the wind, leaving Fleming with a chance that he missed from six yards out. Near to the break McDonald was put in on the left by the impressive ex-Newport Seabrook, but he elected to try and sneak it in at the near post and it was cleared off the line. HT 0-0.
Locks had an early chance, Cooper shooting over, and then on 58 mins J.Chambers forced visiting keeper Lewis into a good save. But as the ball ran free towards the byeline, Lewis, in trying to retrieve it, brought down a forward for a clear penalty. Collins converted coolly to give Locks the lead. B.Chambers had two chances to increase the lead, but one was saved and one was a misplaced pass. A slip by Holmes saw Smythers volley wide for the visitors, then Seabrook shot wastefully wide as a free-kick was only half-cleared. Britton then made an error on the other flank for Locks and McDonald crossed to Ward, who shot over from six yards. From the restart a long pass put Locks' Cooper clean through, and although Lewis got a hand on his shot, it trickled in for 2-0. Shanklin put the pressure on and from a long throw and scramble, Ward reduced the deficit on 87 mins. As they pressed forward for the equaliser B.Chambers could have scored on the break, but his weak shot was saved by Lewis. In the second minute of injury time there was an almighty scramble in the Locks area, the ball was forced in, but the goal was disallowed, I think for offside. A lot of discussion ensued, but the decision stood and the home team held out to make the final against another IOW side, Whitecroft and Barton.



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UCL Prem.

Sleaford Town 4 Kirby Muxloe 0

Add £5
Prog £1
Fosters £3.20.

And just when we thought we had turned the corner!! A shambles and at 0-3 down in twelve minutes there was never going to be any way back and with a forward being booked on the half hour then giving the ref a volley of foul abuse the day just got worse. Both teams had a man red carded in the second half and Sleaford bagged a fourth.

Plus points? Had a nice chat with iahn off this manor about UCL fixtures amongst other things, always a pleasure mate especially when i'm in the chair. If ever a club wants a fixture to get this out of the system it's Huntington at home! Roll on next Saturday.


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Lancaster City 2-3 Brighouse Town ....Evostik First Division North....Adm:Comp (Usually £8).....Prog £2......Cuppa £1....Att 202

With the weather still a bit wet in places,decided on a short run up the road where the rain wasn't due to move in till around 5pm. Lancaster top of the League against 9th placed Brighouse who are still in with a chance of the play off's. Quite a few familiar faces in the car park today including a bunch of familiar friendly faces from Brighouse and Andy Nunn the well published Non League photographer.Andy had intended taking in the Bacup game, but it didn't survive the weather.
The game came to light on 3 minutes when the Brighouse No8 wellied the ball towards the Lancaster goal....at first it looked like Mike Hale had tipped it over, but it went in, under the cross bar.It stayed this way in an open first half till we reached stoppage time.Tom Kilifin equalised on 45+1 minutes and then a cross from Craig Carney was deflected in off Pollard the Brighouse No16 on 45+2 minutes.
Think we all expected Lancaster to steamroller the second half but although they had the majority of play,they couldn't convert it into goals, though they came real close. Brighouse brought it back to 2-2 on 58 minutes and grabbed the winner on 90+3 minutes.The warning signs were there as Mike Hale the Dolly Blues keeper pulled off a fine save just 5 minutes earlier. Farsley's win at Hyde keeps the pressure well and truly on Lancaster at the top. A fine afternoon for footy watching and as predicted we were getting our first spits of rain at 5pm. Always find the Giant Axe a decent ground to visit....must come on the train next time and have a bevvy.



So Many Grounds....So little time!!

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League Two: Cheltenham Town 0 Mansfield Town 0.

My 29-game streak without a goalless game ended, not exactly a shock after the 18th-minute sending off of Kyle Storer.

Cheltenham battled well, conceded few chances and arguably had the better of the second half.

Mansfield were uninspired for a team in such good form but understandable on a notorious pitch. They looked like they had a lot more to offer in most areas, short of a striker though.

Repeat of the fixture that marked my Whaddon Road debut some 16-and-a-half years ago.



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Also at this one, along with lordcleeoftilehill, and agree entirely with paulh66's excellent summary of ground and game. Characterless the ground certainly was and I was surprised to see no seating in place. The one small stand was an identikit Atcost type. A very good performance by Stockton whose finishing was far superior, although the 4-0 margin definitely flattered them - the last two were both clinically taken breakaway efforts. Also find the attendance very hard to believe - looked more like 250 to me.



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Stockton Town 4-0 Billingham Town


So again I was at a match where paulh66 was present but we have still never met. I did have a lengthy chat with TheWall and spied another couple of London area hoppers who I know by sight.

Nothing to add to Paul's report of this match. Beforehand, though, I had ventured down to Thornaby FC (who were known as Stockton when I visited back in 1993) to take some pictures. Their ground is the complete opposite of Stockton Town's - full of character, with quirky stands (one containing a line of sofas !) and a Scottish Junior-style grass bank the full length of one side. The friendly official spreading sand in the goalmouths offered to open up the changing rooms so that I could photograph inside them. The top level pitch where the Wearside team played is now unmarked and slightly overgrown, but the unusual bespoke terracing is still in place.

Grounds like Teesdale Park are what started me on hopping. If most grounds had been in the Stockton Town mold back then I would probably taken up a different hobby.

Anyone looking for pre-match refreshment when visiting Stockton T could do worse than visiting the Senators hidden away down the side of Sainsbury's opposite the ground. Unprepossessing from the outside, inside was a comfortable pub with Maxim Samson & Hobgoblin on tap to accompany a decent range of reasonably priced homemade meals.


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Northern Premier League: Nantwich Town 1-1 Grantham Town

Admission: £10
Programme/Teamsheet: £2/No teamsheet available
Refreshments available
Attendance: 465

First half goals from Lee Shaw and John Johnston saw Nantwich Town and Grantham Town share the points at the Weaver Stadium as both teams end the day in the top 6 of the league.



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Goals: 58
0-0s: 0

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Gloucestershire County League (3 pm)

Hanham Athletic 0 AEK Boco 6 (H/T 0-2)

Entry - Free

Programme - 16 page colour issue for £1 (good value)

Crowd - c. 40

As Hanham always seem to play their home games in wet weather, I thought it might be a good time to tick their ground. In fact, the only game in this league that was off from waterlogging was at Bishop Cleeve Reserves. I was surprised though to see a tweet from Hanham saying that the pitch had passed a 11 am inspection. Just why an inspection was needed in the first place is a mystery to me as the pitch was in good condition when I arrived at the Vicarage Road ground. It did cut up slightly though as the result of some slow-moving showers that started at around 2.30 pm and continued for about 15 minutes into the game.

The ground is interesting for what is a fairly basic venue, as it has three gates which according to a notice are locked at 9 pm and opened at 6 am each day, which mean that someone has to get up ridiculously early and also means that the bar can't be used after 9 pm, although there is a pub next to the ground anyway. There is also a stone tablet incorporated into the ground perimeter wall which says "Roselea Gardens" although it is unclear exactly what this refers to as there is no such road showing on any map. Anyone know the answer?

The pitch is enclosed on three sides by a scaffolding-type railing, with the other side (where the dugouts are located) being out of bounds to spectators. The main feature of the ground is the two-storey bar/dressing-room building in the corner nearest the entrance. This building looks slightly shabby but is impressive for a basic ground and there is cover for spectators underneath the balcony upstairs. Hot food is served on the top floor, there are three TV's and a cosy atmosphere. Programmes are available from behind the bar.

This match was a local derby, as AEK Boco are also based in Hanham. The game, despite being fairly even for the first 15 minutes or so, gradually turned into a rout. I was surprised that AEK Boco are only middle of the table as they looked a useful side. I caught the number 44 bus back to Bristol city centre at 16.57 comfortably and after a bit of a dash on an 80's style double-decker bus full of Bristol City fans, I managed to get the 17.30 train back to London (I would have preferred to travel by National Express to save money, but the first three coaches of the day from London were fully booked.)


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So again I was at a match where paulh66 was present but we have still never met.


Could be worse, Mick - I've actually met totallyuntamed once before but have been totally oblivious to his presence at at least three matches I've attended subsequently, including today's!


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Hadley 0 London Colney 1 (Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division) Att: 61 h/c

21st v 1st but you would never have known it. Little to choose between them in the first half, with defences well and truly on top - Hadley possibly shaded it. The second half was much more exciting with the visitors scoring from a superbly struck free kick, then forcing three really good saves. A late flurry from the home side saw them hit the bar from distance but the equaliser just wouldn't come. I felt Hadley deserved something, and I'm sure they will stay up.

The ground was described last week by Buncranaboy. I liked it, particularly the home made covered standing. The overflow car park was in use - at the village hall which is just beyond the ground: possibly they expected a larger crowd than they got. Tranmere Harry and his Merry Men were here too - stalking me after last week - and good also to see LS8 for the first time this season. Triple strength Bovril was £1, and the natives were very welcoming. An enjoyable afternoon.


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North Bucks & District League Intermediate Division
MK Wanderers 0 Cleanslate Reserves 1
Admission, programme, refreshments no
Att. 22


With option one having long gone due to the rain yesterday I headed south knowing FC Stratford on 3G would be a back up but in finding some games on grass on I picked this as an ex SSML Div 2 club. It was an OK game which was deservedly won by the visitors who hit the woodwork five times. They generally the fitter side but MKW were never out of it.

Two separate fields each with two pitches, the far right one from the entrance in use today. They are separated by a road and the changing room blocks which boast a covered veranda on the front that offer a view of the pitch in use and were made use of for the final five mins when rain returned. There was also a wooden rail at one end and each pitch is enclosed three sides. They run parallel to each other.

A new league for me and although it won't be one to attend much there is certainly Stony Stratford to get to so one more visit is on the cards.


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My 29-game streak without a goalless game ended, not exactly a shock after the 18th-minute sending off of Kyle Storer.

Cheltenham battled well, conceded few chances and arguably had the better of the second half.

Mansfield were uninspired for a team in such good form but understandable on a notorious pitch. They looked like they had a lot more to offer in most areas, short of a striker though.


Also at this one, having seen 115 consecutive games without a scoreless draw.

Cheltenham were on the back foot after the sending off, with Mansfield getting a massive number of first half corners, but I also thought Cheltenham were the better team after the break. Four clean sheets in a row for Cheltenham, and Mansfield did not force a save from our keeper. Apparently, Steve Evans is quoted as saying he has not seen a more one sided 0-0 draw, but I do not think Cheltenham were that goodWink



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Gloucestershire County League
Stonehouse 5-1 Bristol Telephones
Admission inc Programme £2
HC 68

1st v 5th. Quite a good game with Stonehouse deservingly going in 2-1 up at the break. Second half was much of the same and could of been more but for wasted finishing. Classic ground with two decent size stands which reminded me of something a cow would live in on a farm.
This ground is a must for anyone into quirky step 7 venues.

Roads clear on the way to the game and on the way back home so I was back in Worthing at 19.40


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Wilts Prem - Shrewton United 5-3 Bromham Adm/Prog f+n Tea £1 Att - around the 35 mark.


Original plan was to see the long-awaited Railway Social Club v Value Cars (Sals & District) 1st showdown clash of the season (both still on 0 points) at Victoria Park (RSC won 4-0), but instead headed up to Shrewton Rec with Amesbury/Warminster/Bemerton as backup if this game had succumbed at the last minute.


Bromham ahead within 2 minutes, a run into the box (a hint of handball on the way) and a shot inside the left hand post. It took a little while for the Shrews to get going, but once they drew level, they scored twice more before the break (their second was a penalty after a clear bundle/barge off the ball in the left hand side of the box).


Shrewton were back in the groove after the restart and soon added 2 more goals - Utterson with the 4th a run into the left hand box, various attempts to dispossess himself before firing into the bottom left hand corner and Walters (he's around 41 or 42) adding to his considerable tally of Shrewton goals with the 5th (made space for himself, a couple of touches and a firm shot home from 6-8 yards). Play kind of slowed down through a couple of sharp showers - when the rain stopped, there was still time for Bromham to score a couple of times - the first an own goal and then a header as well the Bromham keeper tipping a rasping shot from Weeks over the bar in the final few minutes.


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With no weather worries especially a bit further west I decided to go to Kings Langley today. I drove to Colchester Railway Station & as expected it was a bit wet. I caught the train to Ingatestone & it was quickly dry & cloudy but the sun tried to come out. It was then a bus into London. At Euston there were coach loads of protestors arriving from various parts of the country about the NHS. Although Apsley is slightly closer to the ground I got off at Kings Langley so I could walk through the 'village centre.' Also it's closer to alternative grounds which wouldn't be needed today. On arrival at KL it was mostly blue sky, sunny but windy. I arrived at the ground with training taking place on the 3rd pitch which is a mini-pitch. A couple of officials came out of the clubhouse & asked what I was here for. A rather stupid question I thought but they said the game was off, I was waiting for them to say they were only joking but they didn't. They said it was off due to a waterlogged pitch after the ref inspected it at 09:30 this morning. It was done this early to save Cambridge City from travelling as they would be departing at 11:00. Are KL an hour ahead of Cambridge. Also all games on the 2nd pitch would are off tomorrow although there appeared to be nothing wrong with it. They said there was a small area on the main pitch which was affected. They said it was on twitter etc but I never thought this would be off. On leaving I said 'it's amazing many games are actually played in this country.' I suppose they only had 5 1/2 hours to get the pitch ready.


I then walked back to Toms Lane which I saw the junction of on the way. I had to carry my coat as I got warm walking. I arrived at the ground to find both teams warming up. I spoke to the referee assessor who advised me that KL's pitch isn't the best in the wet & there was a thunderstorm last night. He said Toms Lane ground is slightly higher up & said there were other local games off as well.


MyNews Hertfordshire County Senior League Division 1
Hampstead Heath 2 (32 & 76, miss pen 32 (scored rebound))
Broadfields 3 (8, 48+ & 93+)
Not sure if they are called Broadfields or Broadfields Utd Reserves. No badge or name on shirts or training tops.
KO: 15:00 Att: 10 h/c Cost: Free Saw no progs


Venue: Toms Lane, Bedmond
Behind near goal is roped off cricket square & the wide grassy area slopes down to a lot of trees over the fence. Both sides have a hardstanding path although other side has the last 18yds artificial turf instead. Both of the far halves are railed with the near one passing the half-way line & the other not quite reaching it. The near side has grass area with 2 back-less benches set back. Some bare trees in front of the wire fence & across the road are bushes & trees. Near the far touchline is the BEDMOND road sign. In the near corner is the pleasant clubhouse which I was told Vinnie Jones paid for as he started out here. There's a small covered area attached but the wider area looks out more to the grass side than the actual pitch. Past the touchline is the entrance which is up 3 steps which give a small elevated area to view from. Opposite is fairly wide grass area although most of one half has kids play area. Over the hedge sloping from side to side is a smaller pitch. The far goal is out of bounds with bushes & trees in front of wire fence. Across dead end road are houses.


Match: 1st v 5th out of 16
There was a tiny puddle in near goalmouth & a slightly bigger one in the other. The sun soon went & was replaced by cloud. There was a few spots of rain in 1st half & then to my surprise it rained throughout 2nd half & part of the walk back to the station. It was windy. Chilly in 1st half & fairly cold in 2nd half.
On 3mins BRO had a shot which saw the ball stuck in the tree. The replacement ball wasn't any good so they threw this ball to knock down the other but that got stuck as well before finally coming down. Play resumed after 2mins of getting the ball back. HH had a header go just wide but the lively BRO took the lead with a 20yd drilled shot. They then hit the post on 17mins. A rare attack by HH saw them get a penalty which was saved but a different player pounced on the rebound. A minute later BRO beat the gk but didn't get a shot. They did on 38mins with a shot going just wide. They deservedly regained the lead in injury time. Shots 4-8 in a good 1st half.


The constant appealing by both sides continued & it got a bit niggly. The very young ref had to speak to the benches. Not much happened until the game picked up in the last 20mins or so. BRO had a chance saved & shot going just over while HH shot just wide before equalising from a corner. It looked as though BRO weren't going to get the points they should've wrapped up long ago but they scored a late winner after it appeared player lost control but got it back. They celebrated with the dramatic winner. Shots 4-10.


HH didn't look like a team top of the league today. The score flattered them.


I then headed back home wondering if I'll come back to KL on March 18 which would be my last chance of visiting for this season. If I do I suppose it mustn't rain in the next 2 weeks.


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Northern Premier Lge Prem Div
Stourbridge 5 Matlock Town 3
Not quite the fun and games as at Hyde or Skegness but a remarkable first 45 minutes at Amblecote with seven goals coming in the opening 35 minutes. Darryl Westlake set the ball rolling with a 25yard screamer which flew past 'keeper Phil Barnes. Matlock were level five minutes later when Marc Newsham, given the freedom of the home penalty area, headed over 'keeper Matt Gould. Two minutes later Stour's lead was restored as a Luke Benbow free kick again left Barnes clutching at thin air. It was 3-1 just after a quarter of an hour, Jordan Archer scoring from close range after Barnes had spilled the ball. Matlock reduced the arrears after 22 minutes when Marcus Dinanga fired firmly past Gould, but Stour restored their two goal lead five minutes later when Ethan Jones picked up a loose ball to fire home through a crowded penalty area. Matlock wouldn't lie down and were back in it when Dinanga scored from the spot after Gould had hauled down an opponent. The 'keeper was lucky to escape with a caution. After the break it was the visitors who set about a shaky home defence and an equaliser looked on the cards until they were reduced to ten men, Nial McManus being dismissed for a second bookable offence. Stour sealed it with 15 minutes left when skipper Tom Tonks converted Benbow's cross. Great stuff for the 819 present. (That is apart from one Matlock fan whose potty-mouthed abuse of referee Matthew Law as players and officials left the field was totally uncalled for.)


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Midland League Division 3


Barton United 0 NKF Burbage 2


With Burbage top I expected more but what I got was a very poor game . It was so bad a relative who came with me decided to watch from my car in the second half, they nodded off for half hour of it and missed nothing. Both goals coming in the first half , a basic set up with a lake at the side of the pitch .


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Apparently, Steve Evans is quoted as saying he has not seen a more one sided 0-0 draw, but I do not think Cheltenham were that goodWink


Indeed he did, much to the bemusement of the media present, including those from Mansfield.

One or two reasoned that he always did that to keep spirits high among the bulk of fans a) who would not have seen the match and b) ahead of a home game.

Clever? Perhaps, but if he plays that card too often he'll get found out soon enough.



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Starting at...

U18s Premiership
Swansea City U18s 2 Brighton & Hove Albion U18s 2

at SCFC Academy ground
Attendance: headcount of about 150

After reading of the Fort Knox attitude that others have experienced at various U18 Premiership fixtures, it came as a pleasant surprise to find gatestaff here practically dragging people in off the street with open arms! A prim and neat set-up, just to the north of the large railway bridge that overlooks the Liberty Stadium itself. Access by foot is best by taking the footbridge that spans the A4067 Plasmarl By-pass from the B4603 Neath Road. Failing that, there is an unlit footpath that follows the bank of the River Tawe up from the Liberty.

Inside the ground, the main pitch has three Atcost seated stands along the far side, and the pitch is immaculate. Good match too, with Swans saving it with a late equaliser at this 11am kick-off. Then it was on to...

Premiership
Swansea City 3 Burnley 2

Entry: £35
Attendance: 20,679

Excitement, controversy and drama galore with Swans winning it with an injury-time third. Not cheap, but still great value.


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The Evo-Stik League Southern – Division 1 Central

The SRD Stadium – Official Attendance: 105

Aylesbury (0) 0 ………………… Royston Town (2) 6


I was originally looking at Kempston Rovers v Farnborough, but when I saw that had been called off following an early pitch inspection, I switched my attention to another fixture from the same division, involving the league leaders – Royston went into this fixture with an eleven point lead over Farnborough.

Journey:

Ignored the Satnav’s attempts to take me via the M25. Enjoyed a trouble free journey via the M27, M3, A34 and A41.

Ground:

Parking is a bit tight at the ground and in the part of the estate leading into the ground, so I parked up a few streets away. The ground itself looks as if it has been somewhat thrown together, with the bare minimum in place to satisfy step 4 grading requirements. It probably looked a lot neater before the part panelled (just enough to keep the game out of view of any outsiders) inner fence was erected. The toilet block at the back of the stand was unlit and fairly unpleasant.

Admission and Programme:

£8 entrance and £1.50 for the glossy, 36 page programme. The programme is ok – it contains 10.5 pages of adverts, but also an impressive 7 pages on the opposition.

Catering:

Grabbed a bite to eat on the way, so didn’t check out the facilities at the ground.

The Match:

With Royston clear at the top of the table, and Aylesbury just 2 places off the bottom, this fixture was always likely to produce an away victory.
Aylesbury kicked off, but the visitors nearly took the lead inside the opening minute. The Royston #11, who was to give the hosts a torrid time throughout the first-half, crossed for a teammate whose shot cannoned back off the crossbar, with less than 40 seconds on the clock. Despite their dominance of the game, Royston’s first goal didn’t arrive until the 28th minute, and even then, it was only courtesy of a disputed penalty – regardless of whether or not the officials got this decision right, they did appear to be applying a degree of guesswork to some of their decisions in the opening period. The 2nd goal was scored just over 7 minutes later – no disputes this time.

Curiously, Aylesbury appeared to have more of the play in the second-half, but Royston continued to make chances and were more clinical after the break. Their #11 – MOTM in my opinion – helped himself to a couple, as the visitors trebled their advantage. He deserved the little bit of luck that he got for the first; his shot from a narrow angle, after rounding the ‘keeper, appeared to be heading beyond the far post, but a handy little bobble in the six yard box changed the trajectory of the ball.


Ashtree RockBee
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EvoStik Southern League, Premier Division –
Leamington 2 St. Neots Town 0
Attendance 582
Admission £11, programme £2.50 (56 pages, excellent value), badge £3.50
Pint of Church Farm “Harry’s Heifer” £3, quarter pound cheeseburger / bacon roll £3, tea / coffee £1

Having called off a hop with Ropemaker a fortnight ago due to a virus, I rejigged my plans and arranged this joint jaunt to another ground on our wish list. Having had to attend a funeral in Wolverhampton recently, I discovered I could drive to Leamington in 90 minutes with a fair rub of the green, and I got it.

The Brakes’ home is located (a) a couple of miles from Royal Leamington Spa, and (b) in the middle of nowhere. The ground’s down a country lane with no pavement within a mile and a half either side and, with no bus route, the club runs a minibus from and to Leamingon train station. Good of them to do so in fairness, but the minibus holds 15 at a push and it arrives at 2.30 and leaves very soon after the final whistle, leaving ‘bussers’ no time to sample the ambience.

The goalline length clubhouse was warm and, for some reason, had an overriding smell of chicken balti, but the atmosphere was genial and the one ale was a session belter from a farm five miles away. Though not traditional in any sense, it was the sort of clubhouse you feel comfy in straight away.

Between the clubhouse and the pitch is the ‘home end’, a covered seven-step terrace about 50 yards long with flags festooned along its entire back wall by 1.30. To its left, the ground has a wooden building incorporating the immensely packed club shop and a wonderful 1960’s style sweet shop which extends onto an uncovered tressle table to the side. Down the same flank, you find the 50 yard long gold and black seated stand, followed by a 25 yard long five-step covered terrace nearest the far penalty area. Behind the other goal (the North Bank) you find four chunky uncovered steps of terracing with an electronic scoreboard in the north east corner. The ‘east’ flank contains two 12 seat dugouts and a food outlet in the corner nearest the clubhouse, between which is a bizarre section of four rows of seats open to the elements, 41 in total. The pitch perimeter fencing consists of white drainage pipes exactly like those at Snodland Town, and the south end has several poles for netting raised while the teams mishit the balls before kick-off.

Prior to the game Leamington were second on goal difference, seven points off automatic promotion but with an 11 point playoff zone buffer, while their visitors were one place and three points above the drop zone. You wouldn’t have known that during the game. St. Neots Town played way above their station and spent more time in their ‘oppo’ third in the first half than Leamington did. In the end, a couple of clinical finishes clinched the points. A left wing cross saw Jack Edwards head across goal and in unmarked in the 52nd minute, and sub Richard Gregory hit a 20 yard piledriver into the corner fourteen minutes later and a minute after he joined the game. It was a decent game with no end of effort and no lack of determination. In the end, The Brakes never fully put their foot on the accelerator and the visitors were somewhat unlucky not to clutch a point and take it home. Harrumph!


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Hampshire Premier League Division One


South Wonston Swifts 0 v 0 Sway


The recreation ground is accessed via West Hills Road South and a new clubhouse overlooks the roped off pitch. Just one pitch here and in good condition given the recent rain. Visitors Sway are league leaders but looked very ordinary today and South Wonston no better. Only one effort on target from Sway, well saved by the home keeper. Lovely venue, poor match. Well refereed by the attractive young Chloe-Ann Anderson.


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FERRING 2
Jarvis Brook 11
Southern Combination League, Division Two @ 2:00pm
Att : 18
The Glebelands, Greystoke Road, Ferring, Worthing
Admission : Free. Programme : £2.00. Hot drinks & fizz available in the clubhouse

Before jumping to the conclusion that Ferring have turned the corner (!), this was still another hammering and second placed Jarvis Brook - who were 3-0 up after 7 minutes - scored pretty much at will when they were so minded. All credit to Ferring though, they worked hard throughout and even managed to score the goal of the game when Aiden Hughes produced a brilliant dipping shot from distance just before the end. The visitors' lively front runner, Luke Leppard bagged 4 and Daryl King's direct free kick which he bent round the wall also showed a touch of class.

Much of the game was played in warm sunshine, although it clouded over later on and grew quite chilly. No problems with the pitch after Friday's rainfall and most, if not all, senior fixtures went ahead in this part of the country.

My assumption is that Ferring just want to complete their season and regroup in the summer. Certainly no one I spoke to was talking about throwing in the sponge. Good luck to them, I say!

The ground was well described by Steve B some months ago and it's certainly pleasantly sited here with a few trees growing near the clubhouse and benched seating available for oldsters like me to rest their legs! The small stand is still "out of bounds" though & is probably better photographed from a distance if you want to avoid shots of the protective mesh cover wrapped across it.

Worthing is a popular destination for real ale fans & so my pre-match time was well spent. Picked up beers from Goldmark in the "Egremont" while I had a convivial visit to the "Anchored in Worthing" micopub. Beers enjoyed there were High Weald Off the Chart (5.0%) and Pin Up Fernie Red (4.7%) accompanied by much conversation about my combination of interests on a typical day in the life of this particular hopper!

Home by 8:30pm after collecting Dave at Bognor Regis Town v Leatherhead where he inevitably had less goalmouth action than the Ferring faithful!


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.....A rare Saturday trip to a Conference National fixture...

Aldershot Town 0 0 Lincoln City - Conference National
Prog 64 pages £3.00 (most progs these days are purchased, flicked through and filed. This tome is actually very good with a plethora of information, stats and a On this Day article with 4 resumes of contests from the Shot's Isthmian days) - Admission £19.00 - (Appreciate, arm and a leg material, but as arrived early, was able to obtain a seat in the South Stand almost on the half way line) - Att 3545 (quite an atmosphere from the home supporters, but the Lincoln supporters were quite subdued, perhaps they are saving their voices for the Emirates next Saturday)

...Several reasons drew me here, one being that I have been intrigued by Lincoln City's 'amazing' season. Saw them in July, appreciate it was only in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup where they were deservedly beaten by Lincoln United. However, at the end of what was a shambolic performance from The Imps that by March they would be top of the Conference, reached the Quarter Finals of the FAC with a trip to The Emirates in the offing and reaching the Semi Final of the Trophy, I would have emitted a laugh of disbelief and it should be added that 7 of the starters against Lincoln United, started here.

The Cowley's are well known in Essex for producing teams that are not exactly exciting to watch but are determined and to use this centuries managerial speak 'can grind out results'. This was a typical Cowley Bros display against an Aldershot team that is on the fringes of the Play Off zone and in decent form of late, giving their opponents zero time to settle in possession and to get the ball forward to the likes of Rhead as quickly as possible.

The contest itself was not an easy watch, though there was always that contention that out of the midfield battle that a goal or two would emerge. A decent low cross from Power for the visitors went tantalisingly across the face of the goal with not a toe available to touch it goalwards. However, the only clear chance of the half was a well struck effort from the edge of the area from Mensah that was flying just inside the near post before Farman in the Lincoln goal just got his fingertips to in order to divert around the post.

Second half was as much a battle as the first and difficult to remember a contest in which two teams put in so much collective endeavour for so little reward. Again the number of opportunities for either team could be counted on a very few fingers. Early on Mensah put over an inviting cross from the right that Fenelon sliding in was just unable to connect with and regrettably slid along further to collide painfully with the post. The only clear cut opportunity of the entire contest emanated from a rare poor pass out of the home defence going to Arnold who had a clear run on goal, but Cole in the home goal was quickly off his line to block. Last few minutes, saw a well worked routine of the Aldershot defence pushing forward and catching the likes of Rhead working to perfection and a goalless outcome was looking an inevitability from quite an early stage and one that probably both managers would have been happy with at the start of play.

First visit to The Rec for at least a decade and still a classic lower league ground with the archetypal corner floodlights still in situ as well as the covered East Bank of terracing. There is an addition of a small AtCost at the High Street end which provides some additional low level seating.

Not the easiest journey there and back with South West Trains undertaking engineering work at Wimbledon meaning that their services were diverted via Staines and Chertsey thus adding 30 minutes plus to the journey. Not that there are a huge number of decent pubs in Aldershot, The Triple F Brewery run White Lion is a fair distance from the station but dispenses their excellent Chocolate Orange Porter. Apart from that it was destination JDW, reasonable ale selection from Moorhouse, Acorn and Strataven but this is one of their more modern establishments and is light years from what is IMHO a traditional pub atmosphere....


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Spartan South Midlands Div One

Bedford (0) 0 v 2 (1) Harefield United

Admission £3 OAP Programme £1 Attendance 33

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Torridgeside 0, Teignmouth 2 (6 & 53) - South West Peninsula 1 East

att 41 (h/c)

very basic facilities (no clubhouse)

no progs ("printer away")

no badges ("secretary away")


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With Plan A at Clutton off due to an excess of wetness, it was on to plan B. Timsbury Athletic had tweeted early that their game was on, and so it proved to be much to the surprise of many, including the referee (the inimitable Mr Palmer) who was happy to start and see how it went.

Timsbury Athletic v Westfield
Somerset County League Division One East

The Recreation Ground in North Street, Timsbury is shared with cricket. The main pitch is on the far side from the clubhouse with permanent dugouts either side of an area of covered standing (a roof but no back or sides!). The pitch is roped, but the club are fundraising for proper barriers.

The match saw top of the table Timsbury against third place Westfield (from Midsomer Norton), with just three points and five miles separating the two. So, a feisty game expected. Thankfully the two sets of players just got on with playing football, despite the state of the pitch after it had cut up somewhat, and an excellent game ensued.

The final result of 6-0 to Timsbury may have been a little harsh on the visitors but if you take your chances then you reap the rewards and in the end Timsbury were well worth the win.

A crowd of 67 were in attendance to witness the spectacle all played in excellent spirits. The club must have made a few bob when the collection came around at the start of the second half along with the selling of drinks at half time.



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Larkhall 1v2 Evesham Southern League SW.
Attendance 150 (approx).
Programme £1.50p. An Andrew Meaden production.
Real ales - bottles in the clubhouse but nothing on tap.

The pitch was just about playable although any rain in the build up to the ko would have led to a postponement. The referee's assessor was looking like he was writing a 20,000 word essay. Referee had a decent game. One red card, a few yellows and a manager sent off!

Plain Ham is a far cry from the sloping field of days gone by. Covered accommodation on the sides, plenty of seats and one of the best views in England being perched on the side of a hill on the edge of Bath. Behind the goal was the infamous Solsbury Hill and a rainbow ...

Evesham looked a decent side but where are their players based? It is hardly a hotbed of football. I guessed Birmingham but a supporter said Swindon and even South Wales.

Overall, a good day out. £8 admission (£5 OAP). Friendly club and decent away support. If you've not 'done' Larkhall then it should be on your bucket list .... but you might need decent map reading skills and a mountain leadership qualification to find the place!!


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Having seen several games in the Barnsley area, I'd have to disagree with your comment re the FA's Respect campaign.

I think it has reached Barnsley, but its satnav failed when it tried to find the junction that would allow it along Shaw Lane


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COVENTRIANS 0-1 ENVILLE ATHLETIC
(Midland League Division 3)

@ Holbrooks Park, Holbrook Lane, Coventry
Admission / programme: none
Attendance: around 30
Pin Badge: £3
Tea / coffee: 60p

With Ashland Rovers being called off, this came as a handy plan B. The club tweeted it was on and was never in danger of being called off. Very basic set up with it being a public park, and the home side rope off one side of the pitch and have a couple of sets of portable dugouts for the two teams.

The game - awful. Very few chances and also quite niggly. It was no surprise that there was a sending off. What was a surprise was that there was a goal scored, and that was with around 15 minutes to go.

Easy run out and back down the M69 to the northern suburbs of Cov.

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2pm
Hope Valley Amateur League, Division A
Railway (Whaley) 3 Youlgrave United 2 (att 12 h/c)
Free admission, no prog


Thought I might struggle to get to a game on a new ground this weekend due to a combination of wet weather and a potentially busy weekend on call for work.

To complicate things further we're dog and house sitting in New Mills for the weekend so, after a couple of nearby postponements, confirmation that this was on, barely 15 minutes drive from base, was welcome news.

As their full name suggests, The Railway is a pub in Whaley Bridge, but they play on the Recreation Ground in Peak Dale, the only club to do so currently following the demise of Peak Dale FC (unless they simply morphed into Railway).

It's not a bad venue for this league. An enclosed ground with two football pitches, car parking and a small modern pavilion housing changing rooms and with a overhang providing some cover to the front, well positioned for getting a sheltered view of the action if necessary.

It was a dry afternoon, but the pitch and surrounds were in surprisingly good condition considering the amount of rain which fell on Friday.

Decent game with the emphasis on effort rather than skill. Railway went ahead just before half time, but were 1-2 down about 10 minutes into the second half. They equalised almost immediately though, and got a deserved winner before the end.

Enjoyable afternoon, and good to meet forum poster onion_bag for the first time. I look forward to seeing his photos of the game, which will doubtless be superior to my amateur snaps which are currently available, along with the usual write up, at http://stevebthegroundhopper.blogspot.co.uk/...oulgrave-united.html




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wishmaster3211
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Mar 5, 2017, 1:25 PM

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Conference "North"

Worcester City 2(0)-(0)2 Darlington

Adm £13 Prog £2.50, Att 589

A revisit this on my way back from Wigan Beer festival and a rare opportunity to see Darlington as work usually clashes with their forays down South.

As results suggest, their form seems to have gone over a cliff since I last saw them in the Autumn, so this game continued my depressing run (I haven't seen them win since they were in the Northern League).

First half was a dire stalemate with neither side able to impose themselves on the game, and Worcester missing a simple chance to take the lead. The second was more lively, a period of 15 minutes pressing rewarded Darlo with the lead but their incredibly shaky defence, featuring full backs who offered nothing going forwards except being continually caught out of position, then let in two goals on the break in the last ten minutes, only for them to scramble an even later equaliser. Probably a fair result, but a very poor one for a side with promotion ambitions.

Having already done the ground but by car, I was able to assist a number of travelling fans finding the ground. Its a heck of a long walk from the station, Id recommend getting a bus to/from the Bus Station which is only 5 mins from the ground. A good pint of Wye Valley HPA was had in the extremely friendly Hop Pole pub near the ground. Nice to see Darlo fans actually quite happy with life if not their teams performance, because they are enjoying the away day experience at this level. Not so nice to see Worcester struggling and gradually losing support through a series of groundhsares.



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PhilT
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Mar 5, 2017, 1:51 PM

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Barton Rovers 1 - 1 Ashford Town (Middx)
Southern Lge Div 1 Central
Admission £8; prog £2

First choice game at Raunds was called off mid morning, but as our day was already planned to centre around Bedford, decided on this one, as Rovers are in a tight fight for a playoff place.

In fact it was a poor game, with the visitors the better side in the first half. They took the lead early on and lead 0-1 at half time.

The second half was more even, but still uninspiring. Town were timewasting in the corner with 5 minutes to go, and the game appeared to be petering out. Suddenly Rovers stepped up a gear and scored an equaliser with just a couple of mins left, and even had a chance to snatch the win before the final whistle blew.


pokal02
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Mar 5, 2017, 2:22 PM

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Accrington S 1-0 Barnet
EFL2
Att 1,236 Adm £20 Coffee £2 Prog £3

With my phone packing up at Euston, just had to hope this was on (apparently it survived a 12:00 inspection). Pitch was heavy & bobbly but certainly playable.

Stanley deserved the win in a dull game, scoring a well struck free kick on 54 mins and hitting te post afterwards and the bar before. Bees only threatened twice, a shot from Akinde blocked on 81 nis and a Vilhete efoort cleared off the line on 90+3.

Bees have slid alarmingly in the last few weeks and if neither of our next two games, home to teams below us, produce a win, I will start to take a keen interest in Orient and Hartlepool's results (they both won yesterday...)

Delayed nearly an hour on way back due to signal problems and not indoors till 11:20.


Herb Alpert
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Mar 5, 2017, 2:59 PM

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Bees have slid alarmingly in the last few weeks and if neither of our next two games, home to teams below us, produce a win, I will start to take a keen interest in Orient and Hartlepool's results (they both won yesterday...)


No need to worry about Orient. They are a team full of youngsters, yesterday's win was against bottom club Newport. You can also add a 12 point deduction probably coming Orient's way as Administration is almost inevitable (details on a thread in the Football & Premier League section).


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Mar 5, 2017, 3:15 PM

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Cambridgeshire County League - Premier Division
Cambridge City Reserves v Chatteris Town 0-1 (ht 0-0)
Venue: Histon & Impington Recreation Ground, Bridge Road, Histon. Kickoff 1530hrs.
Entry: Free, no programme
Attendance: Varied between 30 and 40

According to FA Fulltime all Cambridge City Reserves’ remaining games are away from home, so I took the opportunity to visit this venue. I don’t think I’ve ever watched a game on a pitch adjacent to a more senior non-league match happening at the same time (Histon were playing Hanwell, three steps higher).

The car park entrance is actually on New Road, but it was full due to a kiddies party in the Tennis Club building (which also contained the changing rooms and public toilets). From here there is a cricket square, the pitch used for this game, and then more pitches and another cricket square. The pitch was temporarily roped off and there was a refreshments hut (open) which is normally used by Histon Hornets junior teams (their senior team, playing level 3 of the Cambs County league, seems to have folded during the season).

A game of few clear-cut chances until the last 15 minutes. Chatteris edged it with a goal on 56 minutes. No problems with the recent rain as the pitch held up well.


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Bantam Cymraeg
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Mar 5, 2017, 3:25 PM

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Wimborne Town 4-1 Wantage Town
Southern League South & West
£9 in
Att: 238

I planned this weekend months ago, with a visit to the brother-in-law in Poole and a side-visit to Poole Town on the Saturday. Friday's deluge put paid to my intended footie fix, but luckily I had a local Plan B.

Wimborne are bumbling along in mid table, and Wantage are looking doomed to a relegation spot, so this always looked like a home win. In the end it was, but I thought Wantage had a decent game. Wimborne were out of the blocks quickly, and led 3-0 by the half hour. At that point they stopped playing and allowed the visitors into the game. They pulled one back before half time and had a decent spell either side of the break. They looked fairly toothless up front however, and Wimborne gradually regained the ascendency, scoring their 4th in the last minute.

The ground is a cracker - proper old skool community football ground. There is a full length low cover on the near side, with bench seating at one end, standing at the other and changing rooms in between. There is also a full length standing cover at one end. The other side & end are uncovered flat standing. The pitch is surrounded by a white breeze block wall, and slopes dramatically from the corner near the clubhouse to the opposite corner. Everything is tight and hemmed-in, and oozing in character. Loved it, but Poole's postponement is now going to make it very difficult for me to recomplete everything down to Step 2 this season.


Yorks Amateur
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Mar 5, 2017, 3:35 PM

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Football League One:

Bradford City 1 Peterborough United 0

Season ticket duty - Attendance 17,220

Draw specialists Bradford City secured a much needed win against play off rivals Peterborough, in what what an uninspiring, hard fought encounter.

My last game at Valley Parade saw City draw 2-2 with Bolton Wanderers. City tore Bolton apart in the first 25 minutes, as they raced in to a 2-0 lead. Bolton then outmuscled Bradford to come back in the second half. That first half display was a million miles away from yesterday's performance, as it was Posh who were the better team and in Taylor (No 10) and Nichols (21) they had probably the best two players on the pitch for the first 20 minutes or so. City gradually got in to the game and managed to score a very scrapy goal, pretty much against the run of play, on the 24th minute, when January signing Alex Jones (ex Birmingham City - not from the One Show!) just about squeezed the ball home from close range.

That goal summed up the game really. City did just enough to grind out a victory. Posh will no doubt have left feeling that they really should have gotten at least a point from the game. However, I've seen City fail to close out victory on numerous occasions this season, so perhaps this was what they needed to just get over the line. The game was not easy on the eye, although the dreadful Valley Parade playing surface hardly helps matters.


andy smith
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Mar 5, 2017, 4:17 PM

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Isthmian Premier

Tonbridge Angels 3 (2)
Needham Market 4 (0)
Admission £10.00
Prog' £2.50
Att' 555

Tonbridge looked to be in control of this game at half time going in 2-0 up, Needham pulled a goal back in the 49th minute only for Tonbridge to restore their 2 goal cushion 3 minutes later, a couple of minutes after that Tonbridge were reduced to 10 men when they had a player sent off for a foul denying a goal scoring opportunity. Needham then began to get the upper hand and scored goals in the 63rd & 77th mins' to level, with play going from end to end Needham scored the winning goal when a corner was forced home at the back post with 5 minutes left, Tonbridge then had a couple of close efforts in the remaining time.


nico
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Mar 5, 2017, 4:18 PM

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As their full name suggests, The Railway is a pub in Whaley Bridge, but they play on the Recreation Ground in Peak Dale, the only club to do so currently following the demise of Peak Dale FC (unless they simply morphed into Railway).


Nope, two separate clubs Steve.
Railway were Queens FC up to 09/10, then Wheatsheaf FC 10/11, then Railway FC from 11/12.
Peak Dale FC entered HVL in 08/09 and folded after 14/15 season.



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prorege
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Mar 5, 2017, 5:40 PM

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South of Scotland League
Abbey Vale v Mid Annandale, 3-2, H.T. 2-1, Att 45 (h/c), Free Admission, No Paper, No Catering etc
At Dumfries HS 3G

Not a game I would normally have attended but circumstances sent me South. With much of the Junior programme in the Central belt wiped out by rain, it did mean that I didn’t have to faff about checking what games were on and which were not in great detail.

Abbey Vale, who normally play at New Abbey, had switched this game into Dumfries itself because of waterlogging at their own ground. The pitch is normally home to Dumfries YMCA. I had seen a game at Dumfries HS before – in 1994/5 when Dumfries HSFP joined the South of Scotland league. I vaguely remembered that they played on an unfenced school pitch at the back of the school, one of three or four. It turns out the new Astro facility is not on the same exact location – it’s perhaps 100 yards away from where I remember the old pitch as being. So, if I counted grounds, then this could have been a tick.

In fact, even if it did overly the old pitch I would still have said – new ground. It’s a fairly typical caged astro set up but with full spectator access down one side with a substantial barrier to keep you off the pitch. It has floodlights.

It’s next door to the David Keswick Stadium, a council-owned Athletics facility which has hosted football on occasions. I’ve seen a Cup Final there in the past and also a Queen of the South reserve league match.

The South of Scotland League is of poor standard. Both these teams would be hit for double figures by many Junior sides. However, two evenly matched sides of whatever level can still produce a decent game. Vale raced into a 2-0 lead and looked to be on the road to a big win. But Mids got one back before half time and equalised midway through the second half. Vale probably just deserved their late winner. I thought the Mids number 9 looked familiar – turns out it was their new Player Manager Paddy Flannery, a journeyman striker over many years with Dumbarton, Morton and others. He was unkindly known as Fanny Paddery by admirers from other clubs.

No food, as mentioned above, I have some Abbey Vale programmes from 15-20 years ago but I don’t expect they’ve issued for a long time.

Quite a decent attendance including Leeds Phil, who will have to make a decision as to whether this is a tick or a bracketed tick for him, with the ground being used by a non-regular home team.

From Dumfries it was on to Penrith for the inaugural meeting of Lodge Kempster Clique Number 1. It would appear that I am the first of the initiates to sober up sufficiently to post.


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Mar 5, 2017, 6:17 PM

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Welsh League Div 3
Chepstow Town 1-0 STM Sports
Adm £4 Att 35ish

Surprise win for mid-table Chepstow, but not underserved. League Leaders STM had more of the play but Chepstow had created the better chances ahead of the late goal. STM had left Chepstow forwards unattended a few times, and eventually one was slipped through to apply the finish.

Larkfield Park is just off the A48, with views over the Bristol Channel. It has a small clubhouse with Sky, and a raised patio from which you can watch the game with your pint if you so wish. A small bit of cover on halfway provided shelter from a brief first half shower.



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Mar 5, 2017, 7:44 PM

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AFC Telford United 1 Altrincham 0
National League North
Admission : £14 for me, £1 for my son
Attendance : 1,105

Pretty dire game this with many a mistake and misplaced pass. Telford were marginally better than their opponents but that's not saying much. As the game wore on Altrincham created more and better chances than their hosts but were caught out three minutes from time when Dave Hibbert stuck out a foot and diverted a shot that was going wide into the bottom corner.

Watched the first half from the main stand in a seat level with the halfway line. Most of the locals around me were moaning at the ref. Watched the second half on the terrace behind the goal where most of the locals around me were moaning at their own players.

As well as the club shop, merchandise was being sold from a table under the main stand inside the ground. There was a rail with old Telford shirts and training tops and my son picked up a rather garish Telford away shirt in yellow, black and red for a fiver. Vastly overpriced according to his mother.


yorkieexile
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Mar 5, 2017, 8:04 PM

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My first game was my first venture into the Arthurian League, for a Premier Division clash

Kings College Wimbledon 2 Old Tonbridgians 3
F&N
Att 9

This was played at the 3G pitch at Southfields Academy, in Merton Road, Wandsworth, which is also where AFC Cubo of the Surrey Elite League play their home matches.

A fairly typical 3G cage, but we were able to stand inside the cage. The home side scored on 29 and 50 minutes, but in both cases the lead lasted only 3 minutes before the visitors equalised. On 61 minutes the visitors then scored what was to prove to be the decisive goal.

If there are other games kicking off in this league at 1100, like this one, then I will certainly be interested.

It was then a drive through the badlands of South East London for my second game

Kent County League Premier Division
Peckham Town 4 Erith 147 Sports 1
Att 20 (h/c)
F&N

This was played at Pynners Close, close to the very impressive looking Dulwich College, and across the road where Peckham Town will be moving to next season, I believe.

Peckham took an early lead with goals on 15 and 19 minutes, in each case the keeper did not seem to make any effort to stop the shots. Erith did pull one back on 20 minutes, but they rarely threatened thereafter. Further home goals on 39 and 64 secured a comfortable home victory.

Very little in the way of catering, chocolate bars and crisps were all there was, together with tea or coffee.


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Also here. Was nice to bump in to Steveb from this parish.

Hope Valley League – 'A' Division
Railway FC 3 Youlgrave United 2
atten 12


The village of Peak Dale
is located a couple of miles north of Buxton, between two limestone quarries. The village used to house quarry workers and their families.
The sight of the pitch and the quarries in the distance whilst descending into the village is a sight to behold. The Hope Valley never disappoints in that department.

The Railway FC manager aka 'Porky pig' should really be known as the local 'Roman Abramovich' as not so long a go the club were on their knees after the old management left with a few thousand pounds worth of debts. Porky didnt want the club to die to he paid the debt himself which means they are still around today.Having spent most of his life in the area he said he just had to do something.

I had a great chat with Porky and he asked “ have you visited FC Trunk yet ?” …. “well, we beat them 9-0 and we are shit !”

The game itself was enjoyable with both teams giving it their best shot. The ref did fine and the game flowed accordingly. As always in this league the goals were not in short supply.That makes the six matches I have seen in this league this season has produced 35 goals, I am certainly not complaining.

The scenery was as usual eye catching and another enjoyable afternoon was had in a league that never disappoints.


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buncranaboy
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Mar 5, 2017, 8:23 PM

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Ayrshire District League : Ardeer Thistle 4 Whitletts Victoria 2. Admission £5; Programme £1.50. Attendance : 79 (hc)


A nervous morning fixture-checking en route up the M6 but the signs coming out of Ayrshire were that games there were likely to beat the deluge which had now passed. Tweets from Kilwinning and Kilbirnie were positive but some or all of our prospective attendees had attended both those grounds; once Ardeer confirmed they were on and that they were issuing, that became the venue of choice, needed by all of us. Myself and catchagogoal met chez KYM and collected bluenosePaul from the Ag in Penrith. A brief stop at the Carlisle wagon before arriving at Ardeer Stadium about 1.30. Catchagogoal was deposited for his admin duties while the three of us had a quick gargle at the very pleasant Champion Shell Inn.
Both pub and ground are actually in Stevenston to which Ardeer is conjoined and Stevenston station is just down the road from the ground. It's a fairly quiet place these days but a century ago it was very different indeed with Ardeer having the biggest explosives factory in the world with 13,500 employed at the Alfred Nobel dynamite plant in the sand-dunes. The ground is a relic of those days as it was the sports ground of the successor company ICI. When the occupying club (Ardeer Recreation) went belly-up, Thistle moved in during the 1970's and they inherited and maintained a terrific facility since then. It's a traditional oval with a sizeable covered terrace occupying half of one side. The whole ground is terracing about 8 steps deep and is in generally good nick. Beyond the cover are the club buildings with a club room for committee members only. Further on is the dressing room/canteen building where the menu was restricted today as they didn't expect to be on, so no stovies or lentil soup. What was available however was what appears to be a local speciality - scotch pie in a bap; not for me thanks, even though they claim the pies to be world champion pies.
The game was a real belter too with Ardeer beating Vics for the second time in only three weeks. Whitletts scored when 2-0 down from a penalty as the first half ended in a flurry of 4 goals in ten minutes. A peach of a move on 54 had the home team 4-1 up which kind of killed the contest. Whitletts did score again late on from the third penalty of the game (at the second attempt) and we finished with a terrific brawl involving most players, subs and benches and a red for a Whitletts player plus second yellow for an Ardeer player already substituted but who ventured back on to land a haymaker in the heat of the scramash. Excellent entertainment at a fantastic ground and well done too to the club for the production of a very good programme which they say makes them a few quid rather than costing money. It helps of course when you have someone for whom it's a labour of love.....
And thus, via the Gate Inn at Yanwath, the first AGM of the Kempster clique convened in Penrith, called by KYM to celebrate my survival after a harrowing year and joking aside, I'm really touched that so many guys made long journeys from places as far away as London,Cowdenbeath, Scunthorpe and North Wales/Cheshire as well as midlanders to enjoy a pint and chinwag. We must be getting old as only 6 pubs were visited (Board & Elbow, Dockray,Agricultural,General Wolfe, Robin Hood and Dog Beck (Spoons)) though attempts were made to get a last one or two at a couple of others but they were populated by noisy yoofs and sold mainly fizz to a techno backdrop. Erm, no thanks so in the best tradition the night ended at a dodgy kebab shop some time round 1.00. Thanks again to KYM for organising the get-together which hopefully we can repeat another time in another place.
Attendees of the first clique AGM were KYM (speaker); colpic, DavyC, hipkissexpress, catchagogoal, The Wall, Prorege, bluenosePaul, the Town Crier and myself and most of those guys I've met via this forum. Cheers, hic!


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Humber Premier League Division One
HULL UNITED 1-1 LIV SUPPLIES
Endeavour PF, Temple Street f/n HC 8

Venue also known as the Hull College Sports Ground & Steve Prescott centre.

This was always my first choice game as I wanted to stay local but I was amazed to confirm the game was on after all the rain on Friday and overnight, especially as there have been one or two postponements there in recent times. Arrived to find the pitch and surrounds dry despite all the rain.

After the short lived and well documented Northern Counties East League experience for the Citizens, it is back to the realities of the more local HPL, step 8 football for the club, with not even allocated lino's to whinge at. Instead a young up and coming ref had a decent game (he was being assessed) and a late LIV goal meant the points were shared in a close mid table contest.

Temple Street is accessed via Station Drive (next to the Station Inn) in a not so salubrious part of the City of Culture. The Hull College sports building was open with vending machine snacks and drinks plus toilet facilities available. I was pleased the facility was open is as it meant I didn't have to put a damper on proceedings by risking a 'Molders scorn' moment.

Apart from a second grass pitch, not in use today, the venue also has an, almost new, 3g caged pitch with spectator facilities down one side. I also confirmed a second game was on at the venue by twitter. When local traveller Ian (Yorkshire Dales) arrived he was delighted as he needed the new 3g pitch. The game he saw was an East Riding County League fixture between West Hull Amateurs and Queens County (1-6) which had been switched from elsewhere.

I headed away from Hull's traffic strewn roads and crossed back over the Humber Bridge to peace and quiet, content in the knowledge I had once again completed the HPL - at least for the time being.


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Ardeer v Whitletts, described in his usual sardonic style by Buncrana - Just to add a few comments: Many thanks to our limo driver KYM whose car is the height of comfort on such long trips. It was good to be able to celebrate the ongoing recovery of the Cliquemeister in such esteemed and edifying company.
Our match at Ardeer was a real entertainment bonus and I have to thank the club Chairman and man responsible for the match programme, Boyd Miller, for his courtesy and help during our brief visit - proving once again, in conjunction with the match, what a rewarding experience it is to attend Scottish Junior matches.
One almost surreal experience was described by KYM as us seeming to cross into the twilight world - no doubt in part attributable to several pints already consumed! Late into the evening, we crossed a churchyard in Penrith to find a whole new area of drinking life - one we had no idea existed despite many previous stop-offs in Penrith! However, as the Cliquemeister said, it was not for us on this occasion. Great day out!


Cowden Andy
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South of Scotland League
Abbey Vale v Mid Annandale, 3-2, H.T. 2-1, Att 45 (h/c), Free Admission, No Paper, No Catering etc
At Dumfries HS 3G

Not a game I would normally have attended but circumstances sent me South. With much of the Junior programme in the Central belt wiped out by rain, it did mean that I didn’t have to faff about checking what games were on and which were not in great detail.

Abbey Vale, who normally play at New Abbey, had switched this game into Dumfries itself because of waterlogging at their own ground. The pitch is normally home to Dumfries YMCA. I had seen a game at Dumfries HS before – in 1994/5 when Dumfries HSFP joined the South of Scotland league. I vaguely remembered that they played on an unfenced school pitch at the back of the school, one of three or four. It turns out the new Astro facility is not on the same exact location – it’s perhaps 100 yards away from where I remember the old pitch as being. So, if I counted grounds, then this could have been a tick.

In fact, even if it did overly the old pitch I would still have said – new ground. It’s a fairly typical caged astro set up but with full spectator access down one side with a substantial barrier to keep you off the pitch. It has floodlights.

It’s next door to the David Keswick Stadium, a council-owned Athletics facility which has hosted football on occasions. I’ve seen a Cup Final there in the past and also a Queen of the South reserve league match.

The South of Scotland League is of poor standard. Both these teams would be hit for double figures by many Junior sides. However, two evenly matched sides of whatever level can still produce a decent game. Vale raced into a 2-0 lead and looked to be on the road to a big win. But Mids got one back before half time and equalised midway through the second half. Vale probably just deserved their late winner. I thought the Mids number 9 looked familiar – turns out it was their new Player Manager Paddy Flannery, a journeyman striker over many years with Dumbarton, Morton and others. He was unkindly known as Fanny Paddery by admirers from other clubs.

No food, as mentioned above, I have some Abbey Vale programmes from 15-20 years ago but I don’t expect they’ve issued for a long time.

Quite a decent attendance including Leeds Phil, who will have to make a decision as to whether this is a tick or a bracketed tick for him, with the ground being used by a non-regular home team.

From Dumfries it was on to Penrith for the inaugural meeting of Lodge Kempster Clique Number 1. It would appear that I am the first of the initiates to sober up sufficiently to post.


God I used to hate Paddy Flannery when he played with Dumbarton.


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Hallen 1-4 Cribbs (Toolstation Western League, Les Phillips Cup, 2nd Round)
.. played at The Hallen Centre, Moorhouse Lane, Hallen from 3.0pm

Att - 50 (official and looked right);
Entry - £6 with programme (simple); £3 badge from behind bar .. for hemelite
Travel - two hour jaunt along the M27, M3, A34, M4 and nip around M5.
Weather - light shower with sun but cool .. a breeze floating straight down the pitch.
Colours - Hallen in a blue shirt with black stripe to front and the black shorts .. Cribbs in red tops and white shorts.

Nice set up at Hallen for this local cup derby .. plenty of parking around and about the entry road .. a neat turnstile and cheeerful welcome, with curved shelter adjacent for terraced cover .. the main stand set to the west and ample room for those on hand .. with Clubhouse offering a variety of facilities and a cosy bar, where bottled refreshment and snacks were available .. whilst pitchside the portacabin did the teas, pastries and chocolate bars .. all reasonably priced, as we awaited our teams arrival from the changing rooms, located at the end of the main clubhouse block building.

Now I'd seen Cribbs demolish a Longwell Green Sports side last month, calmly knocking in seven, on a flat well presented pitch at The Lawns .. so with the Armadillos even lower in the league than Sports, I was expecting a comfortable away win .. even on a much grassier uneven pitch today .. and right on cue .. we got it .. as I looked on from a comfy seat in the main stand .. as some good early attacking play unfolded, resulting in goals around 13, when an individual forward attack beat umpteen defensive challenges, before he hit ball off both posts to see back of net bulge .. a couple of minutes later .. an incoming corner from the right was headed onto cross bar, with rebound hooked into net from 10 yards .. then credit our hosts, as they stuck to their game and put in some pressure before the break, as Cribbs eased, making the most of a breakaway down the right flank, which saw ball dispatched passed an advancing keeper .. 1-2 at the half.

The second also proved hard going for Hallen.. as Cribbs now had the breeze at their backs, so without doing too much the visitors were always in control .. with their third coming on 55 when a well taken free kick from out right was flighted on to in-coming forward, who calmly picked his spot from six yards (video - https://twitter.com/...s/838068722736726021 ) .. then all wrapped up late when forward advanced on goal, to shoot into left side of net .. thus allowing Cribbs to advance to the quarter finals .. and leaving Hallen disappointed but still great hosts for this day .. we wish them both well as their season's continues to unfold .. Smile



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Ayrshire District League : Ardeer Thistle 4 Whitletts Victoria 2. Admission £5; Programme £1.50. Attendance : 79 (hc)


I was also at this one with six others for the pre-Clique AGM entertainment and a thoroughly enjoyable game it was. These two met at Whitletts two weeks ago with Ardeer coming away with a 3-2 victory and there was clearly no love lost here! The visitors are pushing for promotion but their frustration at dropping six points to Ardeer was all too apparent.

Prior to this I saw my first game in the Strathclyde Saturday Morning League:-

Shawbridge 1 East Dunbartonshire 3
Premier Division 1st v 4th No adm or prog Att 14

The attraction of this was firstly the 10am kick off time which meant I would be finished in time to get my instructions as to where to go for the afternoon entertainment, and secondly it was played at Petershill Park, the relatively new 3g home of Petershill of the West 'Super First' division.

The game was played at the traditional breakneck speed but as fatigue set in there was soon plenty of space. The visitors took the lead early on with a long range curling free kick but were soon pegged back. They went ahead again before the break and despite missing a penalty they sealed the win with a third on 80 mins. A home player was then sent off for a second yellow (he should have had about six yellows by that time!).

Petershill Park has been covered on here recently. It's a three-sided facility with dug outs and three steps of interfacing on the far side and covered seating, both tip up and bench, on the near which houses the changing rooms and vending machines. Parts of the old ground are still in evidence near the small pitches behind the left hand goal.

The 3g grounds of Junior sides Petershill, Port Glasgow, Benburb and Carluke all appear to be used by teams in this league and the league website is excellent - www.ssmafl.co.uk.



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Championship

ST Duty MadStad

Royals 2-1 Wolves

Att:
18.6k - they brought a fair number -well over 2k - but weren't all that noisy. Home crowd had a few bursts of encouragement but the crowds are still staying away: - probably due to a combination of three fairly awful seasons and a 'new style' that Stam is bringing in that does sometimes verge upon the stodgy - albeit it's 'different' enough to see us still within the top six.
There's a growing concern amongst the more measured & 'seasoned' home fans, that our rapid progress may prove to be our undoing were we to grasp a potentially poisoned chalice of promotion too early. Tbh in spite of a large but limited playing squad there is probably no time like the present to go up and we can surely cope with another ride on the Big Dipper should we win a 'golden' ticket.
It's difficult to see any realistic outcome of that scenario with our current set-up, other than pretty smart plummet back down again.... not that we'd expect to get past any of the other PO contenders at the end of this season.

Match: another game we were surprised to win but more than grateful after two recent set-backs - but Wolves are on a dreadful run and look shorn of confidence on the field. They might feel hard done by not getting something out of the game and under our previous tenures they might well have gone home with one or three points.

Up next on Tue the big Toon Army arrive - no idea what our formation or line-up will be and just as befuddling what kind of performance we'll put in. We might raise our game but equally could get a bit of a hiding - though we don't usually ship too many goals at home - there's always a possibility though. Unimpressed

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AFC Telford United 1 Altrincham 0
National League North
Admission : £14 for me, £1 for my son
Attendance : 1,105

Pretty dire game this with many a mistake and misplaced pass. Telford were marginally better than their opponents but that's not saying much. As the game wore on Altrincham created more and better chances than their hosts but were caught out three minutes from time when Dave Hibbert stuck out a foot and diverted a shot that was going wide into the bottom corner.

Watched the first half from the main stand in a seat level with the halfway line. Most of the locals around me were moaning at the ref. Watched the second half on the terrace behind the goal where most of the locals around me were moaning at their own players.

As well as the club shop, merchandise was being sold from a table under the main stand inside the ground. There was a rail with old Telford shirts and training tops and my son picked up a rather garish Telford away shirt in yellow, black and red for a fiver. Vastly overpriced according to his mother.


Also here with around 80 or 90 other Altrincham supporters, and, I would say that, if anything, we were the better team, as even Telford reports suggest. However, it was a poor standard game, I agree, and I think you made a mistake in moving behind the goal as you may have missed the spectacular rainbow, visible from the main stand which was the real highlight of the day.

A goalkeeping crisis meant that ex Crewe Alex , Barrow, Port Vale and Burton goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson came out of retirement to play his first game for nearly four years. In the meantime, he has been a WWE wrestler, "Hugo Knox", and, in his green shirt, did a fair impression of the Incredible Hulk. He had little to do, and couldn't be blamed for the goal, which followed a wicked deflection when Hibbert stuck his leg out.

It's a good job I am reconciled to us going down or I would be upset by matches like this! Indeed, a good result would only encourage the chairman to appoint the current caretakers for next season.

First sighting (very early in March) of Morris Dancers at the packed Pheasant, near Wellington station, celebrating Wellington Charter Day, before I moved on to the "lived in" Cock on Holyhead Road, near the ground - to my surprise, much more relaxed and 8 handpumps available. After the match, train times led a few of us to the JDW William Withering, but the Cock was the best pub of the day.


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RW Erfurt 1-3 FSV Zwickau
Bundesliga 3
Adm 14 euros, prog yes
Att 7,088, we thought about 4,000

Erfurt were awful and Zwickau moved out of the bottom 3, much to my disgust, as after today Zwickau is the only ground I need in the League, and as it's a new thing, I don't really want to go, but I will if I have to.
Talking of new things, 3 sides here have recently been rebuilt, but the horny bendy floodlights are still in place, only problem with rebuilding 3 sides, the side that is left looks really of out place.
When we were at Dresden on the Friday a strange 40 yard banner appeared about this game, transpires 200 Dresden fans made the 2 hour journey over here to support Zwickau, God knows why, but they all were wearing yellow Dresden jackets and sang as if they were watching their own team, weird or what? Only in Germany!!
When Zwickau went 3 up with a few minutes left most of the home fans headed for the exit, and when Erfurt managed to get an effort on target and actually score there was hardly a reaction from the few that were left.

Then a 2 hour drive to the delightful little town of Torgau

SC Hartenfels Torgau 4-0 FC Elbaue Torgau
Landesklasse Ost (SN)
Adm 4 euros inc 4 pager that had the relevant stuff including a table showing Colditz at the top, and these two near the bottom.
Att 400ish.

Sometimes when you're at the bottom things go badly, and this was certainly the case for the away side. 2 red cards in the first half and another late on summed their night up, poor standard of footy and it was nice to get down town and find a nice bar for a few drinks.


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RW Erfurt 1-3 FSV Zwickau
Bundesliga 3
Adm 14 euros, prog yes
Att 7,088, we thought about 4,000

When we were at Dresden on the Friday a strange 40 yard banner appeared about this game, transpires 200 Dresden fans made the 2 hour journey over here to support Zwickau, God knows why, but they all were wearing yellow Dresden jackets and sang as if they were watching their own team, weird or what? Only in Germany!!


There's a fanfreundschaft between Dynamo's Ultras and Zwickau's Red Kaos. Don't know why, possibly common dislike of Aue?


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Paulsgrove 3 Liphook United 0, Hampshire Premier League, Att: 40, Admission/Prog: No
My first trip to the south for a while brought me to the delightful Portsmouth suburb of Paulsgrove, somewhere I definitely didn't fancy hanging around for longer than necessary, although to be fair, the ground itself isn't as bad as I was expecting. Tightly enclosed by a school on one side and the railway on the other, it had the feel of a "proper" ground, there is also a side to side slop which added to it's charm. Changing rooms are a short walk away along with a club room where I was invited to make my own cuppa for a small donation. The game itself was very watchable, third placed Liphook started off much the better side before Paulsgrove scored just before half time and twice early in the second. The game then tended to peter out as Liphook couldn't regain a foothold in the match.





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Hertford Town 1 Leverstock Green 1
Adm - Free (Fans day) Prog - £1 (good enough) Att - 462 (No idea how they came up with such a precise figure as you could enter via any exit and no one was taking count).

With the Ives home game v Hitchin being called off early doors I decided on finding a new tick. I looked at Hoddesdon and Sawbridgeworth but there wasn't any confirmation that they were definitely on. As I was trying to find out, the Hertford game popped up on my Twitter feed and added with the fact it was free entry my mind was made up.

It was probably the best step 5 game I've seen for a long while. Leverstock took the lead against the run of play on 41 mins. Hertford equalised on 45 mins.

The second half wasn't as good, although both sides did have a few half chances.

The atmosphere was fantastic with the home fans making plenty of noise in this wonderfully old fashioned ground. There's the main stand with old style seats and a brilliant covered terrace behind one of the goals.

A good afternoon out.

At this game as well. Lovely old ground which I believe has passed ground grading for step 4.
Great atmosphere and decent game.
Agree regarding the attendance to get an accurate figure. I thought around 300/350 in ground.


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RW Erfurt 1-3 FSV Zwickau
Bundesliga 3
Adm 14 euros, prog yes
Att 7,088, we thought about 4,000

When we were at Dresden on the Friday a strange 40 yard banner appeared about this game, transpires 200 Dresden fans made the 2 hour journey over here to support Zwickau, God knows why, but they all were wearing yellow Dresden jackets and sang as if they were watching their own team, weird or what? Only in Germany!!


There's a fanfreundschaft between Dynamo's Ultras and Zwickau's Red Kaos. Don't know why, possibly common dislike of Aue?


Thanks for that, I knew someone would explain it. Does anyone want to have a guess at how many animals have to be slaughtered just to satisfy the demands of the German football fan each weekend? They even run out at Dynamo yesterday afternoon, never seen that before.


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South of Scotland League
Abbey Vale v Mid Annandale, 3-2, H.T. 2-1, Att 45 (h/c), Free Admission, No Paper, No Catering etc
At Dumfries HS 3G

Abbey Vale, who normally play at New Abbey, had switched this game into Dumfries itself because of waterlogging at their own ground. The pitch is normally home to Dumfries YMCA.

Quite a decent attendance including Leeds Phil, who will have to make a decision as to whether this is a tick or a bracketed tick for him, with the ground being used by a non-regular home team.


I do teams at Home(s), rather than grounds regardless of who's on them. So this goes in my records as a bracketed tick of Abbey Vale, playing Home at a non-usual venue. I will of course need to see an Abbey Vale home fixture at their regular ground for the (unbracketed) tick of them, and to return here for a Dumfries YMCA home fixture.
This one was Plan B for me, having set off at 06:30, well before inspection time at Maryhill, with misplaced hope that that Junior Cup tie might survive. Irritatingly, the onward train from Glasgow to Dumfries arrives only 4 minutes before a 2pm KO (if it's on time) and is only a two-hourly service with the previous one having gone before my first of the day from Aberdeenshire has even got to Glasgow. So despite the school being only a short walk from the railway station and the KO not being on time, I missed the first 5 minutes. A direct bee-line to the cage's door was therefore made, which meant across the grass and up a banking. Ah, evident why not many on-grass games survived - very soggy underfoot and then three-quarters of the way up the grass banking it became obvious my footing wasn't going to hold. At least I got back to the bottom in one piece - it could have ended very messily indeed...
And I don't know what nonsense I was talking, prorege, about a ten-past four train to Carlisle - it's timetabled at 2 minutes past, so our late final whistle at 3:56pm meant I had missed it and thereby the chance of a brief trip 'home' across the border. No worries though, that allowed a revisit to Dumfries' best hostelry the Cavens Arms (between Karb's two visits of the day, I read above) before a bus across to Lockerbie cut the corner in time to pick up the Carlisle-to-Glasgow train from there.
Home at midnight. Another bargain day out on a £17 Scotrail Club 50 ticket - I'll miss them when they're (soon) gone.



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Scunthorpe United 0-2 Fleetwood Town
League One
Admission: £22
Attendance: 5,541


The weather claimed my intended match at Desborough early on so, with a rash of other postponements occurring, I decided to play it safe and notch another of the 92 in a second versus third game at Glandford Park. Fleetwood started brightly but Scunthorpe soon took charge only for poor finishing to thwart them. They then got caught short-handed at the back four minutes before half time and Devante Cole had a simple tap in. Scunthorpe were even more on top in the second half but it was the same story until Stephen Dawson netted in the 64th minute only to be denied by a rather surprising offside flag. Dawson was not offside but Madden, who headed the ball to him, may have been. Both Dawson and Madden were booked for their protests. They had the ball in the net again shortly afterwards but that was rightly chalked off for a foul on the goalkeeper. In the final minute Fleetwood scored a second through Bobby Grant on the breakaway.

Fleetwood are now 18 games unbeaten, although they weren't overly impressive. Scunthorpe, who are on a poor run, were decent except in front of goal. Their spectators were surprisingly grumpy. They have clearly over achieved this season. I would have thought they would be pleased to be where they are.


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Leamington 2 St. Neots Town 0
Attendance 582
Admission £11, programme £2.50 (56 pages, excellent value), badge £3.50
Pint of Church Farm “Harry’s Heifer” £3, quarter pound cheeseburger / bacon roll £3, tea / coffee £1

Having called off a hop with Ropemaker a fortnight ago due to a virus, I rejigged my plans and arranged this joint jaunt to another ground on our wish list. Having had to attend a funeral in Wolverhampton recently, I discovered I could drive to Leamington in 90 minutes with a fair rub of the green, and I got it.

The Brakes’ home is located (a) a couple of miles from Royal Leamington Spa, and (b) in the middle of nowhere. The ground’s down a country lane with no pavement within a mile and a half either side and, with no bus route, the club runs a minibus from and to Leamingon train station. Good of them to do so in fairness, but the minibus holds 15 at a push and it arrives at 2.30 and leaves very soon after the final whistle, leaving ‘bussers’ no time to sample the ambience.

The goalline length clubhouse was warm and, for some reason, had an overriding smell of chicken balti, but the atmosphere was genial and the one ale was a session belter from a farm five miles away. Though not traditional in any sense, it was the sort of clubhouse you feel comfy in straight away.

Between the clubhouse and the pitch is the ‘home end’, a covered seven-step terrace about 50 yards long with flags festooned along its entire back wall by 1.30. To its left, the ground has a wooden building incorporating the immensely packed club shop and a wonderful 1960’s style sweet shop which extends onto an uncovered tressle table to the side. Down the same flank, you find the 50 yard long gold and black seated stand, followed by a 25 yard long five-step covered terrace nearest the far penalty area. Behind the other goal (the North Bank) you find four chunky uncovered steps of terracing with an electronic scoreboard in the north east corner. The ‘east’ flank contains two 12 seat dugouts and a food outlet in the corner nearest the clubhouse, between which is a bizarre section of four rows of seats open to the elements, 41 in total. The pitch perimeter fencing consists of white drainage pipes exactly like those at Snodland Town, and the south end has several poles for netting raised while the teams mishit the balls before kick-off.

Prior to the game Leamington were second on goal difference, seven points off automatic promotion but with an 11 point playoff zone buffer, while their visitors were one place and three points above the drop zone. You wouldn’t have known that during the game. St. Neots Town played way above their station and spent more time in their ‘oppo’ third in the first half than Leamington did. In the end, a couple of clinical finishes clinched the points. A left wing cross saw Jack Edwards head across goal and in unmarked in the 52nd minute, and sub Richard Gregory hit a 20 yard piledriver into the corner fourteen minutes later and a minute after he joined the game. It was a decent game with no end of effort and no lack of determination. In the end, The Brakes never fully put their foot on the accelerator and the visitors were somewhat unlucky not to clutch a point and take it home. Harrumph!


Also at this match!
A ground I have left for some time simply because of the access issues without a car.
I had planned to take a taxi as there was no confirmation on the website that the shuttle minibus was running for this game. But following lunch in yet another shockingly poor Warwickshire Wetherspoons, I noticed a Tweet regarding the minibus times and made my way to the station bus stop to make use of said facility. Luckily I was one of the 16 who could be accommodated.
Fare is £2 each way for non members, very reasonable. It would be impossible to reach the ground otherwise as it is FOUR miles out of town in the middle of fields.
I felt that arrival at 2:25pm was sufficient for such a facility, and I was very impressed with the efforts they have made at their home. An excellent tea bar, club shop, programme shop with pin badges, real ale in the clubhouse, all very good.
A decent game if nothing too exciting, a bit like my opinion of Warwickshire in general. Unimpressed
A swift exit was made afterwards to ensure a space on the minibus, and easily made the 1722 train back to London Marylebone. I have had later returns home from more accessible grounds!
A satisfying addition to the list of grounds visited, in the most uninspiring of Counties.



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You're basing your opinion of the entire county on it's Wetherspoons?
Give me strength.........


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You're basing your opinion of the entire county on it's Wetherspoons?
Give me strength.........

Nope, I never said that. Just happens to be the common denominator.
Numerous other factors based on several visits to various towns in Warwickshire including Stratford upon Avon, have formed this opinion. Of course, other members will disagree.. Angelic



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Not impressed by towns like Stratford, Warwick, Henley-in-Arden, Kenilworth, Alcester, Bidford-on-Avon and Leamington Spa itself?
The rural attractions/stately homes etc are almost too numerous to mention.
I'd imagine most counties would be deemed unsatisfactory at best if all you judge them by is bloody Spoons


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Not impressed by towns like Stratford, Warwick, Henley-in-Arden, Kenilworth, Alcester, Bidford-on-Avon and Leamington Spa itself?
The rural attractions/stately homes etc are almost too numerous to mention.
I'd imagine most counties would be deemed unsatisfactory at best if all you judge them by is bloody Spoons

Nope, Stratford is well overrated, Warwick grossly expensive, Henley is OK, Kenilworth nice castle but too near Coventry, not experienced Alcester or Bidford yet, and Leamington a rough old town with a grotty high street. We're it not for Shakespeare I don't think anyone would touch the county with a barge pole, well actually they might but only if passing by on the canal Laugh
The limited number of Wetherspoons in the county and their poor quality also says a lot Sly
As I said originally, nice but uninspiring.
That should be enough material for you to comment on SlyTongue



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Not impressed by towns like Stratford, Warwick, Henley-in-Arden, Kenilworth, Alcester, Bidford-on-Avon and Leamington Spa itself?
The rural attractions/stately homes etc are almost too numerous to mention.
I'd imagine most counties would be deemed unsatisfactory at best if all you judge them by is bloody Spoons

Nope, Stratford is well overrated, Warwick grossly expensive, Henley is OK, Kenilworth nice castle but too near Coventry, not experienced Alcester or Bidford yet, and Leamington a rough old town with a grotty high street. We're it not for Shakespeare I don't think anyone would touch the county with a barge pole, well actually they might but only if passing by on the canal Laugh
The limited number of Wetherspoons in the county and their poor quality also says a lot Sly
As I said originally, nice but uninspiring.
That should be enough material for you to comment on SlyTongue-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------As a resident of Warwick who previously spent most of my life in adjacent Leamington Spa,I take offence to your remarks about a) Warwick being too expensive and b) Leamington being a rough town. £3.20 for a pint in the Wild Boar in Warwick which is CAMRA county pub of the year which I would think a lot cheaper than down south.I think you've got the north and south of the county mixed up! Atherstone is the arm-pit of the county!!




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Mar 6, 2017, 10:54 PM

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Not impressed by towns like Stratford, Warwick, Henley-in-Arden, Kenilworth, Alcester, Bidford-on-Avon and Leamington Spa itself?
The rural attractions/stately homes etc are almost too numerous to mention.
I'd imagine most counties would be deemed unsatisfactory at best if all you judge them by is bloody Spoons

Nope, Stratford is well overrated, Warwick grossly expensive, Henley is OK, Kenilworth nice castle but too near Coventry, not experienced Alcester or Bidford yet, and Leamington a rough old town with a grotty high street. We're it not for Shakespeare I don't think anyone would touch the county with a barge pole, well actually they might but only if passing by on the canal Laugh
The limited number of Wetherspoons in the county and their poor quality also says a lot Sly
As I said originally, nice but uninspiring.
That should be enough material for you to comment on SlyTongue-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------As a resident of Warwick who previously spent most of my life in adjacent Leamington Spa,I take offence to your remarks about a) Warwick being too expensive and b) Leamington being a rough town. £3.20 for a pint in the Wild Boar in Warwick which is CAMRA county pub of the year which I would think a lot cheaper than down south.I think you've got the north and south of the county mixed up! Atherstone is the arm-pit of the county!!


Regarding Warwick, I probably base that opinion on the Castle more than the pubs I admit.



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Mar 7, 2017, 10:32 AM

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Annagh United 1 Harland & Wolff Welders 2

NI Championship

Heavy overnight rain meant a slight change of plan, but thanks to Twitter I was able to get the logistics in place while on the 212 from Derry to Belfast.

Original plan was PSNI v Institute but that was called at 10.30, so that left two new grounds in the league, Annagh United and Loughgall.

So, jumped on the train and set off to Portadown knowing one was walkable, the other would need a taxi, but a pitch inspection had been called at Loughgall and they were waiting for the match referee to arrive to do it. The game was eventually on but by this time I was settled in the pub, knowing I could be at Annagh in fifteen minutes with no risk of any further rain causing problems, I settled for that.

The walk from the centre of Portadown takes you down onto Tandragree Road, where the ground is located right on the outskirts of the town. It's been redeveloped over the last couple of years with a 4G pitch, and both a seated and terraced stand on the touchline nearest the road. The clubhouse was open early but only served cans.

Welders took the lead with a penalty, but Annagh equalised with a cracking finish just after half time. The Welders winner came very late in the game courtesy of an own goal. It was hard on bottom of the table Annagh who probably deserved more from the game.

Got chatting to a chap by the name of John Bethell at half time, and we walked back to the station together to share the same train back to Belfast, he's done a ground or three overseas! (Boca v River twice!) I'm sure he will be known to a few posters! He was also at Derry the night before....

Night was spent on Lisburn Road, before a Sunday afternoon flight back to Liverpool. Another eventful trip.



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WestBerksPalace
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Mar 7, 2017, 11:00 AM

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National League North at the Tameside Stadium.
Curzon Ashton 0-0 Brackley Town, att 222, admission £12, programme £2.50, badge £3.50.

Like the following day (see Rugby League - where did you go), my first choice at Ashton United bit the dust, thankfully I checked the Ashton United website before I left our hotel.
Not matter, I still needed Curzon.

The last time I ventured North in Dec I got a 0-0 at York. But like that, this was also a fair game. Even, competitive, with occasional sparks of action in the area. But defences remained on top, and even though Brackley edged it in the last quarter, they couldn't find a break through.
A few Brackley fans in attendance, including a lone singer! And a first for me, a cycling track running behind the ground, and I could watch cyclists in training, in groups of 4 whizzing by behind the covered terracing. On that subject, a very tidy newish ground, considerable terracing, and a nice main stand, I liked it.
If programmes are your thing, check out the club shop at CA, amazing array of old programmes!

Back to our hotel in Salford Quays, and we went to see Nell Gwynn at the Lowry Theatre in the evening, very good, bawdy historical comedy.



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New Grounds in 2019 - 14. 2018 - 44. 2017 -44. Grounds in Total - 1207.
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pilgrim46
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Mar 7, 2017, 11:13 AM

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League 2
Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Carlisle United (2-0 H/T)
Att 10381 - Admission S/T - Programme £3 - Hot Chocolate £2


After the debacle of last Tuesday nights defeat to Notts County, Argyle put in a much improved display to earn a crucial win over their fellow promotion contenders. In truth there wasn't much between the teams with Carlisle starting the better & they had the ball in the net twice in the opening 20 minutes but on each occasion it was ruled out for offside. It was notable that Argyle were pushing further up the pitch & that pressure paid off when Graham Carey intercepted a wayward Carlisle pass before finishing clinically after being put through by Ryan Taylor. Argyle's came from the penalty spot right on half time after Taylor was flattened in the box & Jake Jervis confidently slotted the penalty away. The 2nd half was a lot of effort from both teams but neither goalkeeper having much to do. The closest we came to another goal was when Jervis cut in from the right & drilled a shot against the bar. All in all a very important victory which now leaves Argyle 9 points clear of 4th & another home game coming up tonight against Blackpool.


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Mar 7, 2017, 12:29 PM

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Welsh National League Premier (Wrexham Area)
FC Queens Park 3-2 Brickfield Rangers
Att fluctuated between around 170 and 230

A clash between the top two sides in the Welsh National League. I arrived 3 minutes in and the game was already 1-1. Brickfield took the lead with a penalty (which I managed to see from the road), before Queens Park went straight down the other end and equalised. Both sides matched each other for much of the first half, which ended 1-1.

Brickfield retook the lead roughly 10 minutes into the second half, before Queens Park drew level soon after again. A suicidal backpass then allowed QP to take the lead for the first time. QP looked the better team in the second half, and the Brickie keeper was forced into making a few decent saves.

3-2 was how it ended. It was a feisty encounter, between two evenly matched sides, in which the referee gave out a few yellows, and the home fans created a decent atmosphere for this level.



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Mar 7, 2017, 12:32 PM

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Also at the Hallen Centre for

Hallen 1 Cribbs 4

Pasty £2 Tea £1

Excellent report by Hemelhopper. Would have said hello if I had known you were there.

Second time I had seen Hallen in a week. The previous Saturday they had come from 0-2 down to beat Bridport. No such comeback this time as Cribbs are clearly a better team.


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Mar 7, 2017, 8:48 PM

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Some very strange comments here. Warwickian has just admitted to me that he forgot that Bedworth is in Warwickshire... and for someone from Essex to have a go at Leamington is a classic case of people in glass houses not throwing stones.
All part of life's rich tapestry London Buck!



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Mar 10, 2017, 10:46 AM

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"Kent County League Premier Division
Peckham Town 4 Erith 147 Sports 1
Att 20 (h/c)
F&N

This was played at Pynners Close, close to the very impressive looking Dulwich College, and across the road where Peckham Town will be moving to next season, I believe. "


Across the road is the old Southwark Sports ground, on Dulwich Common, which Peckham Town call the 'Menace Arena'.
They hope to be in there next season, where they have some cover going/gone up, on the main pitch one, and I am told have plans in future for floodlights. the problem is the changing rooms are not up to standard, and has asbestos problems as well, if I've heard right. The Council want them to stay at the 'temporary' Pynners Close, but they want to go home to Southwark Sports...very much a 'watch this space'...



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