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Dec 15, 2018, 10:29 PM

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Re: [DaveH] Saturday 15th December 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Also at Lakenheath.Thought the visitors should have been ahead at the interval after hitting the woodwork 3 times.The referee seemed to be fussy with the assessor watching from the stand.Floodlights are due to be errected in March.With the 1-45 kick off we watched the 2nd half of Mildenhall Town 0 Brentwood Town 6.It's been a few years since our last visit and there seems to be a fairly new stand on the far side.Only 0-1 when we arrived so we saw 5 goals including a penalty and also one from the visitors goalkeeper with a long kick which bounced over the home side goalkeeper.

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Dec 15, 2018, 10:48 PM

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Re: [hotchkiss] Saturday 15th December 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Yatton & Cleeve United 3 Uphill Castle 4
Somerset County League division one
Admission - none
Programme - none
Refreshments - coffee £1.30
Attendance 8 h/c

Yatton & Cleeve United are an amalgamation of Yatton Athletic and Cleeve West Town, the ground is a large sports field situated in Cleeve which is split equally between football and cricket. There is standard furniture for this level with a small shelter situated between two concrete dugouts. This side has a fixed wooden post and rail fence alongside the pitch, the rest of the playing area is roped off. The population of the tiny cover peaked at three including myself when the weather was at its very worst.

I had not expected many games to survive today in The County League so was pleasantly surprised to receive a positive response when calling the clubhouse at around 1.00pm. This was enough to secure my choice of game which turned out to be rather entertaining. A couple of miles down the road Wrington Redhill also survived the deluge but that ended 0-0.

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Dec 15, 2018, 11:00 PM

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Re: [hotchkiss] Saturday 15th December 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Another at Lakenheath, but no sign of the enthusiastic amateur !

As reported, no access to the grass standing which was a bit annoying as the wind was blowing into the stand and the large bank/cliff on the far side would presumably have provided shelter. Interestingly there was no problem standing on the grass at two other league newcomers (Frenford & Wormley) in recent weeks.

The rain arrived shortly before the end, and as there is no shelter at the bus stop I was grateful for the nearby Brewers Tap where the Cheeky Monkey from Parkway Brewery went down well - 3 other ales on offer.

(This post was edited by mick on Dec 15, 2018, 11:03 PM)

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Dec 15, 2018, 11:27 PM

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Re: [mick] Saturday 15th December 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Southern Combination Division 1
Seaford Town 0 Hailsham Town 0 abandoned at half time
Admission: £5 incl prog Tea: £1.20

Seaford, playing with the wind, had most of the chances in the first half which ended goalless. The game was then abandoned at half time after a pitch inspection. Personally, the pitch didn't look much worse than at kick off but then I hadn't been running around on it for 45 minutes.

The game had kicked off at 2pm due to floodlighting issues. So a 3pm start could have seen a late postponement. One of those days.

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Dec 15, 2018, 11:52 PM

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Re: [Ropemaker] Saturday 15th December 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Harrow Borough 3 v 0 Merthyr Town
Evostik Southern Premier League South
Adm £10 (+£1 to sit down), Prog £2 (double issue), Att 202

Earlsmead is hemmed in by 1930's suburbia. Merthyr had more support than I've seen for some Championship fixtures and this seemed to entice a small minority of juvenile numpties to the game to chance their arm. As a neutral, it was impossible to tell if the latter were home fans or just wannabees from a League club. Credit goes to a steward for steadfastly intervening before the police arrived near the end.
Harrow showed more threat in front of goal whilst Merthyr were toothless up front. They could have borrowed the gnashers of a chap in the stand who gnawed his way through a mess of smoked salmon as a dead ringer for Dan Ackroyd in "Trading Places".

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Dec 16, 2018, 12:12 AM

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Re: [Ropemaker] Saturday 15th December 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Southern League Prem (South) : Walton Casuals 5 Hendon 1. Admission £12; Programme £2. Attendance : 163

It could have been a day spent phoning round with no guarantees of play given that the weather seemed to have closed in pretty much everywhere so I took the easier option of using one of my 3G options with cover essential. It should have been just over two hours to get there but I hadn't factored in the near-closure of the M40 just beyond the A34 turn; fortunately my live satnav re-routed me round the lanes of Oxon but I still just made it at 2.50 due to awful conditions in the west London area.
This ground is now in its second season so most hoppers will have visited given that Walton & Hersham share the ground; it's not a patch on either Stompond Lane or even the old Waterside stadium but that's progress for you. I'd visited Casuals old ground in February 1999 and hadn't realised this new stadium was almost alongside the old site which is presumably where the adjacent athletics stadium now sits. There's a large car park on site and inside, all facilities are on one side with an impressive double-fronted stand serving both stadia. Most of the seats provided no shelter today from the swirling icy rain so most folk stood on the concourse behind the seats which provides an excellent view of the action. The rest of the ground is flat standing and bar a dozen or so intrepid young home fans was deserted. Chapeau to the yoof who stood in the worst of the weather throughout giving support from behind the goal Casuals were attacking. There were quite a few Hendon fans sporting their green colours for the team who surprisingly chose to wear sky blue - they were not impressed with what they saw.
Lowly Casuals were quick out of the blocks and within half an hour, the game was pretty much settled thanks to a James Ewington hat-trick helped by shocking defending. Hendon did pull one back on the stroke of half-time and kept Casuals out until the 86th minute when Ewington netted his fourth. There was still time for substitute Reece Robins to score a penalty and become the youngest ever Casuals goalscorer. The home side played well and rise to mid-table; Hendon were a shambles.
No food on offer here due to the non-appearance of the burger van so just bar snacks available in the impressive club lounge with hot drinks also available at £1.50. I ventured in at half-time partly for respite from the howling conditions outside and partly to catch up on the half-time scores but all tellies were showing the film "Miracle on 34th Street".
A horrible drive back home with lots of water hazards before the M25 was reached and on the motorway, dangerous gusts were moving vehicles around so vigilance of the highest order was necessary. Still made it home in decent time for 19.15 with knuckles white and gagging for a stabilising drink. The things we do to get our fix in, eh......

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Dec 16, 2018, 1:08 AM

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Re: [hemelhopper] Saturday 15th December 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

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Hamworthy United 5-0 Cowes Sports (Sydenhams Wessex Premier)
- County Ground, Blandford Close, Hamworthy on the 4G, from 3.0pm (arriving a tad late)

Att – around 65 to 70 (h/c); Entry – free (all to do with Christmas partying and all that .. well done Hammers);
Prog – available; Refreshment – party plates in the Clubhouse with the little ones.

+1 - I was ensconced in the standing terrace shelter. Awful conditions for driving, Mrs Dog thought me mad as a box of frogs especially as almost a whole Western League programme made it to the start whistle...but I wanted this tick for some reason...
Official attendance was 110 and well summed up HH.

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The Wall
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Dec 16, 2018, 2:06 AM

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Re: [buncranaboy] Saturday 15th December 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Waking up in a Nottingham Hotel, following Friday nights Panthers 3-4 defeat in overtime by Dundee Stars, the BBC Weather forecast suggested that the proposed visit to Skegness was not sensible, in fact nothing else needed looked good. Reluctantly wishing to re-complete down to Step 6, a return to London seemed best, so following a visit to four hostelries in deepest Hertfordshire to arrive at

Spartan South Midlands League
PARK VIEW vs Brimsdown @ New River Sports Stadium
Adm £5 no Cons but free Programme

The Centre on White Hart Lane midway between the BritRail Station of the same name and Wood Green Tube, 10-15 mins walk either way.
Home of London Scholars Rugby League, 3G Pitch inside a Running track with a massive covered Stand and terracing opposite, but nowt behind the Goals. No facilities inside, however a Cafe is situate in a corner trackside, not previously seen on 4 previous visits for Rugger, whilst the Bar on site normally open on such occasions, was not.

Local derby so not surprising that 20 of the starting Players were black lads, but despite continuous heavy rain throughout, an even and sometime entertaining Game was played out, with Park View Scoring a last minute winner after Brimsdown had taken an early lead, not equalised until early in the 2nd half.

Disappointing crowd never exceeding 14 in total, no doubt due to the weather, including 6 hoppers, all local. Good idea to give the free Prog, saves some from using their option to buy or not.

In the Car by 17.02, decided to use the SatNav for the approx 20 mile as the crow flies journey, suggested using the Dartford Bridge, declined, so directed across Central London, the Rain heavy throughout, the Tunnels clogged up, arrived home in South London at 19.26.
No options to get on alternative routes, traffic so heavy.

Still another new Step 6 Ground visited, that’s 11 so far this Season, just 10 to go !


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Dec 16, 2018, 2:47 AM

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Oldham Athletic U18s 5-1 Huddersfield Town U18s
Football League Youth Alliance

Very watchable game as Oldham's youngsters knocked the ball around with confidence. Huddersfield didn't and I can't see how this bunch have a hope of reaching the first team.

Played at Oldham's Chapel Road training ground on the furthest of a couple of grass pitches. It's a decent venue, tightly enclosed by the ground boundary on one side & end, by a fence for the 3G (or possibly 2 or 1G looking at the state of it) pitch on the other side and opening onto the other grass pitch at the near end. Spectators can watch from the near end or behind a rope along half of the 3G side.

Kellingley Welfare 4-1 Castleford Rock
Castleford & District Cup
Attendance: 19

Very enjoyable game in which Kellingley thoroughly deserved their win. Both sides play in the West Yorkshire Lge Div 2, with Rock in second place, rather surprisingly on this showing.

The action took place at a great little miners welfare venue. There may have been cricket in the past but it now just appears to be home to 2 football pitches. The main one is fully railed with grass surrounds, some of which are slightly raised. The main feature is an old stand, just off-centre of the half-way line on the near side and which has 7 large steps of raised terracing which offered an excellent view as well as protection from the elements. Fixings for seats were still visible and previously the stand would have accommodated about 150 spectators, with the changing rooms directly underneath still in use. The only downside is that the stand is enclosed by unattractive security fencing, presumably to keep the local scrotes out. Drinks and toilets, meanwhile, were available in the Welfare club just outside the ground.

An undoubted highlight of the game was the mightily fine fourth goal from a tight angle that beat the keeper through a combination of speed and audacity. I do enjoy a low header, so another highlight for me was when a prostrate visiting defender stretched his neck out to make contact with an almost stationary ball.

After the game I headed to Brudenell Social Club in Leeds for a British Sea Power gig. Despite appearing in the GBG I thought the ale selection was very limited and very poor. Fortunately there was a much superior range of canned craft beers, plus a choice of several pies, so still plenty to enjoy.

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Dec 16, 2018, 6:40 AM

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Re: [buncranaboy] Saturday 15th December 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

EBBSFLEET UNITED 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 1
Admission £15
Prog £2

Not wanting to travel far due to a combination of night shift and bad weather, another visit here was ideal.
Interesting new stand, clearly going to wrap around the corner and replace the classic out of bounds terrace behind the goal at some point.
Other vintage features remain intact, and the clubhouse had a barrel of Bath Ales, Gem on at £3.80 a pint. Smile

One of those unlucky days for the home side, as nothing would go in. Daggers winning thanks to a first half gift of a goal.

Good to see ex Gillingham stars Cody McDonald and Danny Kedwell settled here. Cool

timmy tabby
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Dec 16, 2018, 8:03 AM

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Re: [LondonBuck] Saturday 15th December 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

...Perhaps not surprisingly the lure of the FA Trophy continued with a trip to somewhere previously unvisited....

Chesterfield 5 v 1 Basford United - FA Trophy 1st Round
Prog 4 pages w/a - Admission £10.00 - Att 1276

...Deliberated at length on Saturday morning about whether to risk this given the presence of an angry Deirdre, but the fact that the worst of the weather was forecast to arrive at 15.00 (which it did) and the fact that the pitch is professionally maintained convinced of the trip. Pitch played perfectly throughout a little slippy at times for the players as they tried to turn but as the lady in the club shop maintained when I arrived to pick up a ticket and the apology of a programme at 11.30 that it takes 'freak weather' for games to be off here. Incidentally said club shop lady I think failed to appreciate the idiosyncrasies involved at visiting a ground for a 'minor' cup tie.

In view that I had seen a very good Basford team beat Scarborough a fortnight before, there were anticipations that with Chesterfield fielding a team that was strong but clearly not their strongest, that there was a hint of an upset present. However, this was the case that there was a chasm in ability between a fully professional Level 1 team and a functional but swept aside on the day Level 3. Hosts completely dominated the first half taking the lead when Barry's cross located Kiwomya on the edge of the area and he curled a shot into the net just inside the far post and beyond Preston in the Basford goal. The lead was then doubled with an excellent cross from the right from Beestin was headed against the angle by Smith and Denton for his height did very well to stoop low to head in the rebound. The only surprise of the first half was that the margin of the hosts lead was not considerably more, however the woodwork rescued the hosts on two other occasions, Firstly, when Hallam's free kick came back off the post and then just before the break when Hollis headed against the bar. In addition, there were numerous timely blocks and Preston saves in what was a dreadfully one sided half. There was little to no activity in the Chesterfield half as Basford were continuously pushed back.

This was maintained in the opening minutes of the second half, but the difference was that the continuous Chesterfield moves forward yielded three goals in quick succession to give the hosts the margin of lead that their dominance deserved. The first goal was a well struck shot from Shaw which found the far corner with a rooted Preston either beaten for pace but probably more likely misjudging the trajectory of the shot feeling that it was going was going wide. Three became four with a Smith exploiting a retreating defence to advance further than should have been allowed. His shot was too hot for Preston who although got his hands to, could not keep out. The final Chesterfield goal was well worth the £10.00 admission, effectively created with a superb ball forward from Smith, one touch from Ofoegbu and a swift cross into the middle, which was perfect for Denton to touch in from a yard out.

With passage into the next round more than secure and a clear substitution theme in that Shaw, Smith and Denton were pulled off within minutes of them scoring, Chesterfield went into game management mode and this was the only time when Basford were able to exert any form of influence on proceedings. A deflected shot from Bateman struck the top of the bar before the visitors pulled a goal back when an angled shot from Goodison found the far corner. However, when you are five down with no hope of turning around the score, all Goodison's goal did was increase the goals per game percentage by a mere fraction.

Presume that most have been to 'The ProAct Stadium' over the past years, a functional new build with the obligatory curved roofs on each of the stands at the side and the obligatory straight horizontal roofs on each of the stands behind each goal. Needless to say I was underwhelmed and of course it is far further out from the town centre than Saltergate.

Deirdre who had merely threatened during the course of the morning (there was a cause for concern about 13.00 when a large number of white flakes suddenly fell. I feared the onset of a blizzard, however the flakes belonged to a snow machine accompanying a carol service being sung by a group of ladies all of a certain age) and early afternoon unleashed her fury adding to the day long chill with heavy rain which meant for a very wet return to the town centre. This meant a very sodden return to The Portman Hotel (JDW) where i hoped to eat but given the numbers of those awaiting service at the bar meant that CBA prevailed. Instead a return trip to the far less crowded and infinitely more personable Chesterfield Alehouse where the quality was excellent and there was a good range from the likes of Backyard, Arbor amongst others. Prematch stumbled whilst heading in the direction of the Derby Tup on the excellent Beer Parlour which is just a few minutes from the ground. As was the case with the Chesterfield Alehouse, a good range of perfectly kept ales and the only unsampled brewery of the day in the form of Hinckley's Elliswood.

In the end the chill prevailed and I ended up returning an hour earlier than expected and thankfully sat in virtually the only carriage which did not contain raucous Portsmouth fans returning from Barnsley and meant that the sleep debt was reduced by an hour or so. Indoors just before 22.00. Just Pontefract Collieries to finish this seasons 1-4......

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Re: [timmy tabby] Saturday 15th December 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

On days like yesterday I'm glad I'm now primarily a football fan and a part time groundhopper, standing in a field in that crap just to crunch a number would not have been for me.

Maldon & Tiptree 2-1 Felixstowe
Bostik North
Adm £10/5, 16 page prog £1, speaking to our lot who buy these things, they all prefer a 16 pager for a quid with all the basics included, than a book for £2 which is full of gumph.
Att 122

Our first game in charge for our former joint manager almost went according to plan. Without 4 of his main players he sensibly opted for a defensive 4411 against a side in 3rd. 0-0 at the break and nothing to get stressed or excited about. With the wind and rain at their backs Felixstowe started to get into the game, and on the hour took the lead with a deflected fluke. All was going ok until a crazy minute 15 minutes later. One of our players accidently caught the heel of an attacker, penalty, 1-1, from the restart Maldon nicked the ball, 3 passes later 2-1. Gutting for players and new manager, a draw would have been fair, but plenty to build on when the other players get back from their more important duties, Prague Christmas market, Dominican republic and whatever else the others were doing.
Car park looked fine when we turned up, but snorkel and flippers were the order of the day by the time the game had ended.

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Dec 16, 2018, 9:30 AM

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Cambridge United 0 Yeovil Town 0
League Two

My first trip to Newmarket Road for a couple of seasons. Before the game I met up with a couple of United friends and enjoyed a pint in the Supporters Club. Then a walk along the footpath to take my seat in the away end with some of my Yeovil Town supporting nephews. A dreadful game to watch, although in the defence of both teams the weather was awful with the whole match played in a gale with freezing cold rain lashing the pitch. We stood at the back of the seated stand and were well protected from the weather. Probably 150 or so made the long trip up from the West Country, and they were happy with the "winning draw" as they put it, keeping Yeovil a couple of points ahead of United at the foot of the table.
After nearly dying of exposure on the short bike ride to the excellent Devonshire Arms, the post match drinks with friends and family proved much more entertaining than the football. Ale of choice was Pegasus from The Milton Brewery.

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Dec 16, 2018, 9:46 AM

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Essex Senior League
Redbridge 1 (1)
Sporting Bengal 2 (2)
Adm £6.00
Prog' £2.00
Att' 32
Redbridge took the lead after 5 mins but Sporting came back with goals on 15 & 44 mins to win the game, conditions here weren't great with it raining throughout with the pitch covered with standing water at the end.

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Dec 16, 2018, 9:51 AM

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Re: [Dr Love] Saturday 15th December 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

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So back to the car and around Newport, getting to the edge of Cardiff and Llanrumney 3G, just as the referee blew for half time of the 2.30pm kick off ...

Welsh League Division 2
STM Sports 5 AFC Llwydcoed 0

STM were 3-0 up at half-time, and the visitors down to ten men. It was a case of more of the same in the second half, with the home side dominating and scoring two well-worked goals.

Also at this one and at the back of the same stand for most of the game. Lack of internet access meant a trip back home trying to maximise my chances of seeing a game. I'd travelled to Caerau and then Maesteg Park, but not too surprisingly no sign of action at either, my original plan had been to carry on to Bettws (who did play), but after calling Caerau (Ely) and then my phone playing up meant a decision was made to avoid Pontypridd Town (also played).

And I was a third forum member at this game. I think I was standing next to Dr. Love (I was the one in the Delain beanie), but really didn't fancy asking a stranger "Are you Dr. Love?"

Complicated weekend, involving a gig in London with No. 1 Son on Friday, then driving along the M4 to pick up No. 3 Son from Cardiff Uni on the Saturday, with various options for footie in between. No. 1 Son wanted to tick off Rodney Parade in his quest for the 92, so I picked Undy for my fix. Arrived at Undy at 1.30 in torrential rain and gave it up as a bad job (they tweeted "match off" just as we left). Went to my backup at STM, still giving him time to get back to Newport. Of course his game was then called off too late for him to rejoin me at STM, but at least it meant I got picked up at the final whistle instead of having to hang around for an hour!

The first half of this was very enjoyable, but the 2nd half petered out somewhat. STM deserved their win, but the game was in the balance until the sending off. Just glad to get something, considering the appalling conditions.

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Southern League Division 1 Central

Yaxley (3) 6 v 2 (0) North Leigh

Admission £4 OAP Programme £1.50 Attendance: 44


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Nobody's Heroes
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Dec 16, 2018, 10:06 AM

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Evo-Stik West Division

Colwyn Bay 1 Atherton Collieries 2

Four Crosses Construction Arena (Llanelian Road)

Admission - £10 Attendance - 170

Programme (Double Header to include Boxing Day fixture v Market Drayton Town) - £2

A raw day in north Wales saw me turn to this as my 'Plan B' game due to the postponement of Barmouth & Dyffryn United v Llanrug United mid-morning.

I thought my luck was in upon arrival as a hand-written £2 note had been placed over the normal £10 entry fee...I thought it a generous Christmas gesture, but it turns out that they had simply forgotten to take it off after the last reserve game, so £10 it was.

Both teams battled valiantly it the most trying of conditions with all three goals coming in a quarter of an hour spell midway through the 2nd half.

Maybe Colls just about deserved the win which keeps them very much in the mix at the higher echelons of this division. Relieved to get a game in having read of so many being called off.

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Shawbury United 2 Wellington 3

Ludlow Football Stadium: West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division

The original plan had been to watch Presteigne St Andrews v Borth United in the MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League Second Division prior to heading to Latham Park. But the fixture at Llanandras Park was postponed during the latter part of the morning and therefore necessitated a change of plan. This was my second visit of the campaign to this ground after having watched Shawbury United entertain Dudley Sports at their temporary home back in late October. There was just one match taking place at this venue today as Ludlow FC were without a fixture and Ludlow Colts were due to be travelling to Wellington Colts in the Herefotdshire FA County League First Division. Shawbury United had displayed signs of improvement over the past couple of months after having come close to potentially folding earlier in the campaign. The Shropshire club found themselves just below the halfway point in the Premier Divsiion table after going down 4-2 at lowly Pershore Town last weejend. Wellington found themselves one place above their hosts but had recorded the same number of points from exactly the same number of league fixtures thus far. The villagers suffered a narrow 2-1 home derby defeat at the hands of close rivals Hereford Lads Club last weekend. The Herefordshire club had recorded a 5-1 victory in the reverse fixture after the match had too be replayed to to a floodlight fixture in the original staging of the match.

A Shawbury United forward was played in on goal in the seventh minute but denied by a smart save before Wellington opened the scoring shortly afterwards. The visitors broke quickly down the left and a hanging cross to the left flank was headed home. The hosts levelled the scores in the 21st when a deflected 25 yard drive completely wrong-footed the Wellington goalkeeper and found the back of the net. Shawbury united clipped the crossbar from nearly 30 yards out seven minutes latter before a Wellington forward latched on to a 31st minute through ball but was unable to keep his ensuing shot down. The Salopians thundered a 25 yard shot against the crossbar in the 36th minute before the visitors saw an effort saved from the edge of the penalty area four minutes later before seeing the close range follow-up shot blocked. Shawbury united ended the opening period by firing an effort over the target from 15 yards out after the ball was not cleared. Wellington regained the lead nine minutes after the interval when a deep free-kick into the Shawbury united penalty area was headed home. The Herefordshire club were not ahead for long as Shawbury united forced the ball home at the the far post from a corner five minutes latter before forcing the Wellington goalkeeper ti turn behind a 20 yard shot in the 62nd minute. The visitors fired wide of goal seven minutes later when a cross was partially cleared before the visiting custodian made a smart save from a deflected 25 yard free-kick in the 71st minute. Wellington broke quickly five minutes later but the ensuing cross went wide of the near post before the Herefordshire outfit claimed victory in the 83rd minute. a wellington forward latched on to a through ball and squeezed the ball between the home goalkeeper and the near post in deteriorating conditions.

Newtown 3 Llandudno 1

Latham Park: JD Welsh Premier League

This was my first visit of the season to Latham Park and the first time I had visited the ground since it hosted the FAW Regions Cup final on Easter Monday. On that occasion, the South Wales FA representative team defeated their North Wales Coast counterparts to lift the trophy and won the right to represent in the latest edition of the UEFA Regions Cup. This evening’s match was also the first time I had seen Newtown in action here since they entertained Cardiff Met in a Welsh Premier League fixture back in January of this year. There have been no noticeable changes to the appearance of Latham Park since last season and it is certainly one of my favourite grounds in the Welsh Premier League. Newtown found themselves in sixth position in the table prior to the start of this weekend’s fixtures. Although the Robins had suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Cymru Alliance club Rhyl in the Welsh Cup last weekend. Llandudno have been experiencing a difficult campaign on the pitch so far this season and found themselves at the basement of the Welsh Premier League table. The Maesdu Park outfit took a break from the rigours of the league last weekend by enjoying a 3-2 victory at Briton Ferry Llansawel last weekend. Llandudno were rewarded for that victory with a trip to Welsh Alliance giantkillers Llangefni Town in the fourth round of the competition in February.

The hosts broke quickly from their own half in the ninth minute but Callum Roberts fired over from the edge of the penalty area before the Robins counter-attacked down the left flank six minutes later but the ensuing cross was placed wide of the target. Newtown's pressure eventually paid dividends in the 21st minute when Steve Leslie converted a spot-kick following a trip committed by a Llandudno defender. The visitors levelled the scores on the half-hour mark when the Newtown failed to clear a cross from out on the right and Matty Williams fired past Dave Jones from just inside penalty area. The visitor's goalkeeper was forced into a smart save six minutes later to turn away a deflected shot before the Robins headed wide from a 40th minute corner. Newtown ended the opening period by seeing Roberts volley another corner over the crossbar with one minute of normal time remaining on the clock. The mid Walians regained the advantage 10 minutes after the interval when Neil Mitchell headed home a cross from the right flank at the far post. Dave Jones was forced to turn a 25 yard free-kick behind for a Llandudno corner two minutes later before the Robins increased their lead in the 67th minute. Roberts picked-up the ball, drove towards the Llandudno penalty area and fired a rasping drive into the roof of the visitor's goal. Newtown saw a shot from the edge of the penalty area saved in the 78th minute before seeing a free-kick from the edge of the Llandudno penalty area deflected behind for a corner in the final minute of a match played in very windy, not to mention wet, conditions throughout.

2018/19 Statistics
Goals: 508
Matches: 105
New Grounds: 14

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Dec 16, 2018, 10:19 AM

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Bolton Wanderers 0 Leeds United 1
Admission by season ticket

Cold, wet, dismal. And repeat.

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I thought I would correct your spelling of your visitors today. They are WIGAN not WIGIN.

Correct. Anyone who is anyone knows that it is actually spelled ‘Wiggin’. ‘Big Wiggin’ on a Sunday.

Dr Love
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And I was a third forum member at this game. I think I was standing next to Dr. Love (I was the one in the Delain beanie), but really didn't fancy asking a stranger "Are you Dr. Love?"

That was me.

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Chesssington KC (1) 4 Worcester Park (1) 3 SEIL prem - att 3 N/N
As the conditions got colder, wetter, windier and darker this game just got better and better!
Kings Church won in the end by making best use of a squall late on that helped their inswinging corners no end.
3 games in progress simultaneously at Tolworth Court. Dugouts provided for 2 of the pitches.

New grounds this season-35: total grounds visited 1598

nb: i will only post re new grounds when BurgessHill Bee doesn't..(since he's far better informed than I)

alan hindle
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Dec 16, 2018, 12:56 PM

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Yes, well put Bob. The thing is we are so bad up front that we are poor enough to go down two leagues. Sorry, at the moment you look to be heading for one drop.

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Another at Lakenheath, but no sign of the enthusiastic amateur !

As reported, no access to the grass standing which was a bit annoying as the wind was blowing into the stand and the large bank/cliff on the far side would presumably have provided shelter. Interestingly there was no problem standing on the grass at two other league newcomers (Frenford & Wormley) in recent weeks.

The rain arrived shortly before the end, and as there is no shelter at the bus stop I was grateful for the nearby Brewers Tap where the Cheeky Monkey from Parkway Brewery went down well - 3 other ales on offer.

Given the weather forecast I decided to invoke my amateur status and stay local to watch:-

College Wanderers 4 Scotter Utd 2 aet
Scunthorpe Lge Hospital Cup Semi final
F&N Att Not many.

2 1 up with five minutes to go. Conceded a sloppy equaliser then an injury meant that extra time was played with only ten men.

The Coop ground has a decent hedge which kept the wind off and the rain didn't start until a after the final whistle so I escaped the worst of the weather. Ten years ago there would have been three or four games on at this venue but no longer as Saturday football at this level continues to decline..

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Not worried about weather forecast, but still a rain affected day

3 Ws Oval, Cave Hill (third day of a potential four day game)
Barbados 167 and 187, Jamaica 284 and 65
Admission Free. Attendance ~20

Wildey Astroturf, Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex
Brittons Hill United 1-2 Ellerton. Attendance ~ 100
Notre Dame 1-2 Empire Club. Attendance ~ 120
Admission Complimentary

To get from where I am staying to Cave Hill, I needed to use two minibuses, with them using different bus stations, about a ten minute walk apart in Bridgetown.

The second bus dropped me right outside the entrance to the University complex, with the 3Ws Oval being the first thing one encounters inside.

The ground has one stand, which is on two levels, but this is not open to the public. There is an area of open seating right out in the glare of the sun, but most of the regulars found some shade and sat on grass. Many had thought to bring foldaway seats with them.

The locals were a mixed group, with about a quarter of them being white. I did not ask their circumstances, but I would guess they have settled in Barbados and are now retired.

Having been 87 behind on first innings, Barbados, who had lost their third wicket in the last over the previous evening opened the day with a lead in single figures. I arrived some 25 minutes after the start and things had already got worse for the home side. They were five down and only 21 ahead. The sixth wicket fell soon afterwards, but a good partnership between Aaron Jones (31) and Hayden Walsh Junior (36) added 47 for the seventh wicket. The tail enders each added a small contribution and the innings ended on the stroke of lunch with Barbados ahead by 106.

There are no formal refreshment facilities, but I was pointed to the campus shop where I obtained a pasty and a ginger beer and also a stall selling drinks from the back of a van (where I purchased a Bank's Lager). The ginger beer had the more taste of the two drinks.

The Jamaica target of 107 was exactly the score the opening partnership had made on day 1, (with a few runs on day 2). Jamaica started in a hurry, with 24 runs in the first three overs. John Campbell had 19 of these, including four fours and was determined to show a flourish. He holed out on the first ball of the next over. Scoring now slowed down, but a second wicket was lost just as the first rain interuption came upon us.

I took cover in a covered stand which looks out not onto a pitch, but to a large semi-permanant marquee. This in turn stands on what used to be a 2/3 size artificial hockey pitch, (and even earlier, a full size pitch, the rest now being a car park).

The first rain break was an hour long, we then had twenty minutes play and a second, shorter break. Two wickets fell in the twenty minute period, again one of them was the last ball, leaving Jamaica on 52 for 4.

I talked to some of the others there, who bemoaned the lack of technique in the modern game thanks to the focus on T20 and other shorter forms. As in England though, it is only the shorter forms that can draw much of a crowd these days. Still, England will visit in January and the barmy army and TV contracts will fill the coffers of the West Indies Cricket Association, which in turn allows the cricketeers I was seeing to remain full professional. Remembering that both sides had lost a good few players as the West Indies themselves were playing in Sri Lanka.

After the second break, Jamaica continued to thrash the bat, with one batsman giving his wicket away each over until the last one - which saw two fall. The team had crashed from 52 for 3 to 65 all out and Barbados won by 41 runs.

It was now well gone four, so I knew getting to the football for five was not really on. I took enough time to say goodbye to those I had been talking to, and got the mini bus down into town, which operated at a breakneck speed, but still only arrived two minutes before five. Minibuses have some permanant seats and two pull down seats. If you are in one of these, then you have to get up when someone behnd you wants to get off the bus. I was on this seat, and also found that it tried to tip over each time the driver took a left turn at speed, almost dumping me onto the lap of another passenger.

Bridgetown is a mix of the posh and shiny (often within historical colonial buildings) and the run-down. These are all in very close proximity. With a heavy shower while walking, I took shelter in a run down, open fronted bar and had another lager before venturing trough the puddles to the bus station. With a lot of traffic going up hill, it was about 30 minutes into the second half before I arrived at the ground.

This is not a problem, as three games are scheduled (all at a single venue) on each of Saturday and Sunday. Saturday they are at 5, 7, and 9 while on Sunday, it is 4, 6 and 8.

The Barbados Premier League consists of 12 teams, each playing each other twice, but then the league tables are arranged in two zones, to allow finals to be played. This season there are 22 league fixtures, last year it was 16 as teams played those from the opposite zone once only. Two seasons ago, they had a stright league. The groups are referred to as zones, but have no geographical significance

Prior to my arrival, every team had played five games, which means they had completed a round of fixtures within their zone. The games I would see were the first interzone games, which would then carry on for the next five rounds.

The match I missed was Paradise v Barbados Soccer Academy. Both teams placed second in their zone. It was a big win for zone 2 side Paradise, some of whom I had seen at training two days earler. They used the Dover grounds near where I am staying. Paradise won 4-0 although I only saw the injury time fourth goal. By a quirk of fixtures, (which are released in advance), it is not just 2nd v 2nd, but also 3rd v 3rd and 4th v 4th this week.

The second game up for Saturday, though was Brittons Hill (bottom of zone 1) v Ellerton (fifth in zone 2). It was an open game, with chances wasted at both ends. Brittons Hill go a stroke of luck just before the break, with a penalty for handball converted for 1-0, but then could not keep the lead as Damien Walcot's injury time header against the underside of the crossbar was deemed to cross the line before being hooked away. I could not tell, but the assistant referee was in-line. Ellerton shaded the second half and won the contest with a goal fifteen minutes from time.

Having been promised a lift by the manager of Empire Club, (the buses do not run later enough to be an option), I stayed for game 3. Empire Club started top of zone 2, with their opponents, Notre Dame being second to bottom of their group.

It could have been a mismatch, with Empire a goal to the good in four minutes, but it turned out to be quite close. Empire had most of the possession in the first half but did not convert again, Notre Dame suprised them by levelling a few minutes after the break. Again, the defence was hard to break down, and Notre Dame could easily have taken the lead on a counter attack if they could finish better and avoid the offsides.

In the end, Empire got lucky. A rash challenge gave them a penalty ten minutes from time, and by converting this, they took all the points.

Heading back to the same stadium soon, where I will see at least two of today's games.

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Hellenic League Division 2 West

London Road, Moreton-in-Marsh

Moreton Rangers 2(0) Bourton Rovers 1(1)

Claret & Blue Striped Shirts / Blue Shorts Blue Shirts / Yellow Shorts

Attendance c50

Admission Free No Programmes

Hot Drinks £1

I was in the area delivering Christmas pressies to relatives so it would have been rude not to catch the Cotswold El Clasico. Rangers have made excellent progress with upgrading their London Road ground since my last visit a year ago. The new bar that occupies half the stand is finished and proved to be a very cosy spot to watch the game on such a foul afternoon. The floodlights are now operational although I’m not sure if they have passed the inspection that allows them to be used for night games. It was very gloomy at 14:00 when the game kicked off and the lights certainly helped. The pitch was passed when the ref arrived as the frozen areas had disappeared as the temperature warmed up. The rain would prove to be the biggest threat but the pitch held up well and an abandonment never looked likely. Going into the game Rangers had only dropped five points in the league while Rovers had an even better record dropping just three. Playing with the wind at their backs Rovers took a fourth minute lead scored by Danny Way and just shaded the first half. Rangers equalised in the 70th minute when a right side pull back was turned into the bottom corner by Lee Brooks. Then six minutes from time Rangers took advantage of a defensive mistake. The ball was squared into the box and Brooks again fired into an unguarded net. All credit to both teams and the ref for providing excellent entertainment in very testing conditions.

(This post was edited by sheffgeoff on Dec 16, 2018, 5:01 PM)

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