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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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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...

2018-19 Games: 166 Goals: 611 GPG: 3.68 New Grounds: 96
2019-20 Games: 8 Goals: 31 GPG: 3.88 New Grounds: 7

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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.



Home. E Huws (26)

Away. N Yennaris (44)

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

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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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.

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Mar 4, 2017, 5:59 PM

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South Midlands League Premier
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.

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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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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

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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.

2016/17 Statistics
Goals: 604
Matches: 139.5
New Grounds: 17

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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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Mar 4, 2017, 6:50 PM

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Saturday 4th March 2017 @3pm
Essex Senior League
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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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!

Last New Ground; Needham Market G3, Games in 2019/20 Season; 2, New Grounds this Season; 1, Next scheduled game: Boston Utd v Scunthorpe Utd - Lincs Cup ( 17/7/19)

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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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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.

We'll be, as we are, when all the fools who doubt us fade away.

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Mar 4, 2017, 7:28 PM

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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.

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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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Mar 4, 2017, 7:36 PM

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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. 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.

"People do not have moments of truth in station waiting rooms"

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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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Mar 4, 2017, 7:52 PM

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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
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Arthur Dunn Cup Semi Final

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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
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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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