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kirby knitters
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Jul 6, 2019, 4:01 PM

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Location: Kirby Muxloe
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PSF.
Rangers Development 2 Stirling Albion 1. @ HTC.

Is there a better month to visit this wonderful city than July and on parade day, well it can't be beaten!! Football was of secondary importance for me today but I like to get a game in but with Cambuslang fixture being reversed and Ashfield going back a day it was a decent opportunity to see the young Gers at the venue formally known as Murray Park. Very nice it is too and easily accessible by rail. Security is well over the top but with first team training it was understandable

Boozing was done around Central Station and a pub I spent many happy hours in back in the early 80s was Grants Arms (in my day it was Da Vinci's,) Will return soon to see some football in grounds that are more to my liking but a class day out in class pubs.


Atavistic
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Jul 6, 2019, 5:15 PM

Posts: 666
Location: Guildford/Yaxley
Team(s): Norwich City, Yaxley

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Pre-Season Friendly
Yaxley 0 Peterborough Sports 4

Attendance: Slightly over 100

Not much really to say about this one, other than saying that the result isn't really an issue as it's the first game of pre-season against higher level opposition. So, the performance and result aren't anything to be concerned about, but the apparent lack of squad depth is: it'll surely be sorted before the season starts, but today we basically had to put out the Reserves for the second half, which is not ideal at all.



2019/20 stats (including Pre-Season):

New Grounds: 8 (Luton Town, Soham Town Rangers, Holbeach United, St. Neots Town, Biggleswade Town, Didcot Town, Thetford Town, Burnley)
Games: 17
Goals: 58
Goals Per Game (to 2 dp): 3.41
0-0s: 0

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prorege
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Jul 6, 2019, 5:37 PM

Posts: 6964
Location: Kingdom of Fife
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Friendly
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts v Whickham, 4-4, H.T. 3-2, Att 95 (h/c), Admission £5, No paper, Steak Bake and Irn Bru £2.30
At the Ballast Bank

Perusing the extensive fixture list I ruled out a trip west, not wanting to have to suffer than annual bigotfest on the streets of Glasgow. Nothing in the Edinburgh area appealed, so it was an easy decision to make the five minute walk down to the Ballast Bank. Matches between Scottish and English sides usually have an added bite to them and provide an opportunity to compare standards and approaches.

Whickham have played at Wembley in their time and the Ballast Bank is no national stadium. However, the quality of the match served up by these teams was worthy of a much grander stage and larger attendance. Both teams went for it from the start, there was no “friendly” feel about it, and the goals flowed at both ends.

Inverkeithing raced into a two goal lead in the opening 20 minutes – one brilliantly worked goal, and one as a result of a defensive error, both converted by number 9. Whickham got back on level terms thanks to some sloppy defending, then a long -range free kick that the wall should have stopped. But the home side were in front again before half time with the number dispossessing a dithering defender to round the keeper and score.

The same player made it 4-2 around the hour mark. Whickham rallied and reduced the leeway with a fine 30 yarder, then scrambled an equaliser late on.

It was a game both teams deserved to win, played in a highly competitive but sensible spirit, and sensibly refereed by a pragmatic referee who kept his cards in his pocket. Great entertainment and obviously enjoyed by the players of both teams.

Paying was relatively optional given the number of ways on to the ballast bank but I hunted down the Swifts Chairman to hand over my fiver. He told me that they are confident of a better season ahead with some good quality players signed. On the basis of this display I would agree that there are grounds for optimism. He also told me that they have plans to build a barricade for the ground to full enclose it, allowing the club to make further progress. The Dugout Café / Bar was open and doing good business - it is quite a money earner for the club.

Whickham were relegated from the top flight of the Northern league season but they looked pretty decent and their officials were hopeful of making a quick return. Swifts were second bottom of their East of Scotland Conference. On that basis the East of Scotland lower division aligns with Level 6 of the English pyramid – probably about right from what I’ve seen in clashes between ember clubs over the years and today.

I could add Whickham to the list of English clubs I’ve seen playing in Scotland if I actually had one. As opposed to last week when I picked the wrong game, today was clearly a case of getting it right as texts from various friends confirmed the poor quality elsewhere.


Dave 56
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Jul 6, 2019, 5:58 PM

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PSF @ Thorns Academy 4G. KO 14:00. (F&N). Crowd 42

Cadbury Athletic 1 v 4 Tividale

Standard 4G set up, no railed area to stand in but the official were happy for spectators to be inside the cage, although most watched from outside. The ground is around 25 minutes walk from Lye station.

Tividale scored after 5 & 7 minutes and it looked likely to be a cricket score as they dominated the early stages. However Athletic did improve slightly and withstood the pressure until the 24th and 28th minutes when they conceded again.They were awarded a penalty on 34 minutes and that completed the scoring, although they did hit the bar a few minutes later.


Regular substitutions disrupted the flow of the second half with almost no efforts on target.



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FatCat
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Jul 6, 2019, 6:04 PM

Posts: 51
Location: Silver End, Essex
Team(s): Witham Town, Rochdale, Halstead Town & West Ham United

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Harwich & Parkestone 0-1 Witham Town
PSF
Admission £3

A win for manager Mark Benterman in his first game in charge.


osborne
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Jul 6, 2019, 6:17 PM

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Location: NW Leicestershire
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Heather St. Johns 2 Hinckley 4 Simon Blyth Memorial Trophy
Admission £6/£4
Programme- none
Tea £1
Most of Heather's title winning side have left for Romulus leaving the new manager to start from scratch. The first half wasn't very good and both sides looked poor. A comical own goal conceded by Heather meant it was 1-1 at half time. The second half saw many substitutions and Hinckley's subs were better. They deserved the victory. I have to say Heather need a better keeper and an influx of higher quality players, otherwise it will be a return to step 6. Hinckley's defence didn't look great and I feel better sides will punish them. I hope to be proved wring as early pre-season games are always hard to judge.


barcud-coch
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Jul 6, 2019, 7:11 PM

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Wellington 0 Hereford 4

Wellington Playing Fields: Pre-Season Friendly

The host club were preparing for life in their Hellenic League First Division (West) following their transfer across from the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division at the conclusion of last season. The villagers finished just inside the top-half of the table last term and will be, along with their former league rivals in the shape of Hereford Lads Club, Malvern Town and Pegasus Juniors, looking to challenge for promotion in their new surroundings. Hereford's first season at step two was somewhat of a baptism of fire, compared to their previous three campaigns, as they struggled initially before eventually completing the season just above the relegation zone under the stewardship of former Gloucester City manager Marc Richards. I did not visit this ground so often last season, predominately because there were no as many midweek fixtures in the West Midlands (Regional) League, but their had been no changes to this rural facility located just a short distance from the A49.

Wellington came closest to opening the scoring this afternoon when Stuart Davies found former Hay St Mary's team mate Brendan Hackett in space and the midfielder saw his 25 yard half-volley fly narrowly wide of the target. The visitors opened the scoring in the 31st minute when Tom Owen-Evans was brought down in the penalty area and Reece Styche stepped-up to convert the subsequent pot-kick. The National League club doubled their advantage seven minutes after the interval when Rowan Libburd converted Keiron Thomas' low cross from close range to put the Bulls in the driving seat. The same combination of players accounted for the third Hereford goal 13 minutes later when Libburd was in the right place to head a Thomas cross inside the far post. The scoring was completed for the afternoon when Alex Bray found an unnamed trialist to strike a low shot past across Wellington custodian Matt Apperley and nestled into the far corner of the goal.

2019/20 Statistics
Goals: 24
Matches: 6
New Grounds: 2


paulh66
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Jul 6, 2019, 7:53 PM

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PSF
Badshot Lea 0-3 Aldershot
Many hundreds in attendance
Adm £8, prog £2 (in plentiful supply)

After 12 years ground-sharing the Baggies finally have a home of their own. This was the inaugural match at the new ground, near-neighbours Aldershot honouring a longstanding promise to provide the opposition for the big occasion. A successful day all round, I'd suggest - everything seemed to be well-organised, the ground comfortably accommodated the big crowd, the outdoor bar and barbie were doing a brisk trade in the afternoon sun, a good turnout will help the coffers and both teams will have taken positives from the game. A nice reward for all the hard work and effort that's gone into making this happen, and well done to all concerned.

The ground's actually in Wrecclesham, four miles away from Badshot Lea, but in a pleasant spot and with a local community to tap into. It should be more than adequate for the club's needs - unlike their former home at Badshot Lea Rec, which I visited en route and which somehow survived Hellenic ground grading demands for a few seasons in the noughties. The two brick dugouts remain, and I imagine the only additional furniture they had in the Hellenic days was a rope.

Although the new ground is on Westfield Lane you can't actually drive down it (or at least you couldn't today) so I assume you access the club car park via Riverdale, using the short cut through from the Wrecclesham Sports Club, adjacent to the cricket field. Although packed today, the club car park should be ample for their usual games; if not, there's street parking on Riverdale and the surrounding residential streets a few minutes' walk away.

Turnstiles are behind the near goal and this is where the changing rooms and small clubhouse/kitchen are, with tables and chairs outside today. Set back behind this goal is a covered terrace too. Over to your left is the stand - at first glance from a distance it looks like an identikit job but it's not - to your right are the dugouts and the rest is flat hard-standing. Plenty of space if they ever wish or need to develop further.

Decent game for such an early friendly. Aldershot were always in control but Badshot always tried to play football, had good energy and made the visitors work for their victory. The National League side fielded two different elevens, the second half line up featuring a number of trialists and youth players, yet they outscored their stronger eleven! Indeed Badshot almost survived the first half in tact until ex-Tranmere midfielder James Rowe's 43rd minute cross was head home by Dean Rance. A couple of trialists scored the other goals after the break.

EDIT - forgot to mention the pitch. Although it was looking fairly parched it was good quality grass, nice and flat and played very well.


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codofthenorth
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Jul 6, 2019, 8:42 PM

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Galgate 0-4 Squires Gate...PSF...F&N

Another short run for a PSF this time towards Lancaster where Galgate were entertaining Squires Gate just off the A6 and the West Coast mainline....with the Lancaster canal running around the back of the ground.

Arrived early and parked up, avoiding the pub car park of the Plough Inn, but theres enough other parking on offer by the training pitch or on the G3 pitch adjacent. The food wafting over from the Plough Inn smelt superb and theres a decent beer garden for days like these. Its been a while since I'd been here, they used the Ellel Community Centre for changing facilities the last time. Since then they've built their own facility that boasts a small tv room with refreshments as well as the changing rooms...final finishing touches are being carried out to make it a cosy place to take shelter in those winter months.

Todays fine weather meant a half decent turn out for the West Lancs League new boys, the pitch was perfect and the set up looking tidy.

Squires were 0-1 up in 38 seconds and 0-2 up on 15 mins when some excellent wing play was converted in a slick move.

A penalty on 41 minutes made it 0-3 the keeper almost got fingers tips to it. As half time approached we were invited into the Clubhouse for tea and sarnies which was a nice touch from a friendly bunch of Officials.

The games only other goal came on 75 minutes through Squires No3. Result immaterial but a good run out for both sides. A decent afternoon watching the footy and the various speeding trains passing through Galgate. Returned via a bit of sightseeing at Glasson Dock on the River Lune.



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


Callum
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Jul 6, 2019, 8:44 PM

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Excellent informative post as usual Paul.
Made my way to the excellently named Bat & Ball train station for
Sevenoaks Town 0 Dartford 1
Adm 5
Crowd 210

Best view of the game would be from the big hill behind far goal where a couple did watch on a beautiful day. Very evenly contested game between Step 4 and 2. Settled second half by a good strike from a young academy Dart. A special reception was given to Andy Pugh of Dartford not overly obvious why but he was given more support than any other player. Ground is very Step 4 but has had significant work since the 3G it has 4 atcosts. Game started at 2.57 and happily ended at 4.41 even with a stoppage for drinks in both half’s. Easily made the 16.55 back to Victoria.


Wheelbarrow
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Jul 6, 2019, 8:47 PM

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PSF
Dorking Wanderers 2-1 East Grinstead Town
Adm £5, prog £1 (covers four friendlies, this the first)
Just north of 100 there.

A trip to pleasant Dorking on a sunny day was not a chore, and the game was pretty good for this early in the season.

Early in the two teams had roughly full strength teams out and, as you might expect, the (albeit new) Step 2 team were a bit quicker and sharper than the Step 4 visitors, but EG did give them a game and weren't outclassed. We turned around at 2-0 after two good goals from the home team. The EG keeper pulled of a fabulous save just before the break getting a palm to a point blank header from 4 yards and turning it beyond the post. Later in the game he also stopped a thunderous drive but this time with a region described diplomatically by the online commentary team as 'just below the midriff' which necessitated a short delay.

After the break there were naturally a lot of substitutions with some of the academy and U23 players getting a run out. At one point DW only had one senior outfield player, and EG ended the game with a 15 year old keeper getting a few minutes. These changes ironically brought the level of the teams a bit closer and with it the game. Indeed EG could have added to their solitary goal.

Meadowbank is unrecognisable from its former ramshackle incarnation with a very smart facility. A tall stand flanks the halfway line with good views. I did notice a healthy proportion of seats reserved for season ticket holders so if you take in a Conf South game and want to sit it might be wise to get there early-ish. Two other bits of covered standing, one in the corner along the goal line, one beyond the stand along the side. Having lunched 'generously' I didn't investigate the club/bar facilities but there are two catering outlets in the ground.


Digdagdog
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Jul 6, 2019, 9:20 PM

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PSF
Dorking Wanderers 2-1 East Grinstead Town
Adm £5, prog £1 (covers four friendlies, this the first)
Just north of 100 there.

A trip to pleasant Dorking on a sunny day was not a chore, and the game was pretty good for this early in the season.

Early in the two teams had roughly full strength teams out and, as you might expect, the (albeit new) Step 2 team were a bit quicker and sharper than the Step 4 visitors, but EG did give them a game and weren't outclassed. We turned around at 2-0 after two good goals from the home team. The EG keeper pulled of a fabulous save just before the break getting a palm to a point blank header from 4 yards and turning it beyond the post. Later in the game he also stopped a thunderous drive but this time with a region described diplomatically by the online commentary team as 'just below the midriff' which necessitated a short delay.

After the break there were naturally a lot of substitutions with some of the academy and U23 players getting a run out. At one point DW only had one senior outfield player, and EG ended the game with a 15 year old keeper getting a few minutes. These changes ironically brought the level of the teams a bit closer and with it the game. Indeed EG could have added to their solitary goal.

Meadowbank is unrecognisable from its former ramshackle incarnation with a very smart facility. A tall stand flanks the halfway line with good views. I did notice a healthy proportion of seats reserved for season ticket holders so if you take in a Conf South game and want to sit it might be wise to get there early-ish. Two other bits of covered standing, one in the corner along the goal line, one beyond the stand along the side. Having lunched 'generously' I didn't investigate the club/bar facilities but there are two catering outlets in the ground.


+1 here. Very impressed with the set-up.



2018-19 Games: 166 Goals: 611 GPG: 3.68 New Grounds: 96
2019-20 Games: 46 Goals: 182 GPG: 3.96 New Grounds: 30





HantsLondoner
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Jul 6, 2019, 9:41 PM

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Pre-Season Friendly

Hamble Club 2 Lydney Town 1

admission/programme none attendance est 35
last season: 7th in Wessex Prem v 11th in Hellenic Prem
Good workout for both teams - pretty competitive for early July, also more closely-matched than I expected.
The home team started the better and Lynch, who looked very strong, returned a keeper's clearance from 45 yards, just over, in only the second minute. He also volleyed over soon afterwards, following a good move down the left. On 15 mins an inswinging free-kick from the right by Crook appeared to be glanced on by Lynch and end up in the far corner of the net, with McLean following in on the goalline. Actual goalscorer to be debated, but Hamble had certainly taken the lead. Crook shot wide soon afterwards after another good home move, and Wilkins headed wide. The visitors then battled their way into the game and a long ball caught the home defence out - Thompson was clear but young keeper Deacon came racing out and saved well with his legs. Gabriel, who led the line well, then came close with a volley. At the other end a Hamble forward was put clear on the right, he chipped over the keeper but a defender made a great goal-saving block. HT 1-0.
Hamble scored again right after the break as the ball was played across to on the right and a crosshot somehow found the far corner with the keeper stranded. The visitors pulled one back soon afterwards as a good move down the left saw Thompson slip the ball across, and the ball was stroked it in. Lydney looked for the equaliser but on 65 mins a good Hamble break saw Bull fouled for a penalty. Castle took it but the keeper guessed right and saved easily. After that it was quite even with few chances, although Hamble looked more likely to extend their lead by the end.
The match was not played on the main pitch, but on the Police Training Ground next door, as often happens for Hamble PSFs. Decent game in hot weather. A long journey by the visitors for a PSF - they appear to have no other ones in the area, but Hamble was on the way to Portsmouth, where apparently they have a 'team bonding session' Crazy Good luck with that.



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CleethorpesOggy
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Jul 6, 2019, 10:21 PM

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Friendly
Cleethorpes Town 0 Grimsby Town 8
Att: 1800 Adm: comp (usually £6) Prog: comp (usually £1.50)

Back to business for the Owls after a 10-week break and a bit of a shock to the system! Our League Two neighbours were totally clinical in their finishing and inflicted a real thrashing.

Four goals in each half, with hat-tricks from James Hanson and Max Wright respectively. Clee had their moments going forward, but a poor day on the pitch was compounded by a serious looking injury to defender Paul Walker.

Five new signings on show for the Owls and impossible to make judgement after this outing. However, I have some concerns that, as was the case last year, we are going to be vulnerable to conceding too many goals. Hopefully, there will be a good deal of improvement in the remaining pe-season action.

Off the pitch was a total contrast - Linden coped superbly with a capacity crowd, with bars and BBQ doing a roaring trade. It was certainly a good showpiece for the club!



2019/20 season: 12 competitive games
(8 NPL SE, 2 FA Cup, 1 League Cup, 1 FA Youth Cup)

Total goals: 50 (4.2 per game)
Most: 9 (Cleethorpes Town 5 Loughborough Dynamo 4 - 31/8/19)

Last 0-0: Ilkeston Town v Cleethorpes Town (Northern Premier League SE - 17/8/19)
(Current run: 11)

New grounds: 3 (Latest: Sutton Coldfield Town)

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Steveb
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Jul 6, 2019, 11:15 PM

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I kicked off my new season with a competitive game, albeit one that should have been played two seasons ago ...

3pm
East of Scotland FA Cup (aka City Cup) Final (held over from 2017/18) at Oriam
Edinburgh City 5 East Kilbride 2 (att 200 est)
£6 admission, no progs


It was a competitive fixture although both sides were obviously more concerned with gearing up for the new season than claiming the trophy. It wasn't a bad game though, at least once East Kilbride scored a 12th minute opener. The lead only lasted a minute, and after 20 minutes a bad challenge and a red card saw the Lowland League side reduced to 10 men.

They actually went back in front, and continued to look the better side until Edinburgh City levelled just before half time. The SPFL side were well on top in the second half, and ran out comfortable winners. Their prize was a cup they could, in theory at least, have to defend twice this season.

The venue was the Heriot-Watt University FC pitch at Oriam, within the university's Riccarton campus on the Edinburgh fringe. It's been described before. For me the negatives are that there's only access to one side, and refreshments are some distance away (I arrived early enough for a pre-game coffee in the bistro), but on the plus side there's a trio of small seated stands and it accommodated this crowd comfortably.

I'm not sure officially if this was an Edinburgh City home game or a neutral venue. I suspect the former as City played a PSF here last week and it was one of their officials who collected the admission money. No programmes ... I was told they hadn't had time to do one. Not a problem to me, but a weak excuse as the semi finals were completed 10 months ago.

While this game was going on, Heriot-Watt University were playing amateur side West Barns Star on the Oriam indoor pitch.

It may be a new season, but my blog remains much the same https://stevebthegroundhopper.blogspot.com/...lbride-at-oriam.html




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SME
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Jul 7, 2019, 8:18 AM

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Also at this one and have to concur with Paul's findings. I made an early start and walked along the St Swithuns Way from Alton to Farnham through the countryside. Passed the ground on my way to the Sandrock pub (eight real ales and the two that I had were excellent). Over a steep hill from the ground but worth the effort. Whilst on my way I was offered a lift to the ground by a friendly woman on her way to assist with preparations there. I politely declined as it was only 12.45 and I had the Sandrock refreshment in mind at that stage. It seemed very busy near the ground so I took the opportunity to confirm with the helpful steward at the entrance to the drive from Riverdale that the kick off was indeed 3pm. He explained that everything was already open at the ground if I wished to partake there. When I eventually went to the match I found the service to be good with no queues despite the crowd. Plenty of food and drink on offer and an excess of programmes. Walked back to Farnham station after the game (nearly two miles but largely flat) and comfortably made the 1728. Found some fellow attendees already on the station so there must be a local bus that does the job. Especial thanks to Baggy Boys for keeping us updated over the past few months. I had long been looking forward to this and was not disappointed.


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Needham Market Reserves 5 Brantham Athletic Reserves 2
PSF
Bloomfields G3


Admission: Free
Programme: No
Attendance: 54 h/c


Decided to use this friendly as an opportunity to tick the Bloomfields G3, as can't see Needham reserves playing many midweek games during the season.
Not all on here are fans of G3, but you can't knock Needham as they have kept their Grass 1st team pitch, built the G3 next door and the new changing rooms, serve both , have a café and give you an elevated view of both grounds/pitches.


Football wise, Needham have a large academy run by ex Man City/West Ham/Ipswich player- Kevin Horlock and were able today to put out two sets of 11 players, so they played a half each, Brantham play a league lower, had less subs but put up a good show as both teams played good football which was very competitive and on top of that we had some cracking goals plus some good goalkeeping ( and a bit of comical defending)


If you want to tick the G3, plenty of evening friendlies over next few weeks - just check Needham website.



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Jul 7, 2019, 10:15 AM

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Needham Market Reserves 5 Brantham Athletic Reserves 2
PSF
Bloomfields G3

Decided to use this friendly as an opportunity to tick the Bloomfields G3, as can't see Needham reserves playing many midweek games during the season.

If you want to tick the G3, plenty of evening friendlies over next few weeks - just check Needham website.


Is there any news on which of the two grounds the Eastern Counties side is using next season? They used the 3G for most, if not all, of their Saturday Eastern Counties games in the second half of last season but I believe that was dependent on the opposition agreeing to do so because it didn't quite have the necessary grading (presumably with the changing rooms being incomplete). I'd have thought for next season the league would make them have to choose one or the other, like they did with Haverhill Boro once they got past their transition season of using two grounds.


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sheffgeoff
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Pre Season Friendly

Proseal Stadium, Cheadle

Cheadle Heath Nomads 0(0) Stockport County 8(5)

Yellow Shirts / Green Shorts Blue Shirts & Shorts

Attendance 751

Admission £5 Programmme £2 Badges (placed a bid)

Tea £1

Nomads marked the beginning of their centenary celebrations with a friendly against Conference neighbours County in front of a record crowd. The excellent informative programme covered all five of Nomads pre season games (County, Northwich, Mossley, Sheffield FC & Macclesfield) and contained lots of historical stuff with old club photos. The club have also reverted to their original club colours for the season and have produced a limited edition badge (just 100) for which they are accepting bids pre season. The continued good weather ensured the Nomads and County supporters were out in force and the small clubhouse by the car park was very busy. Inside the ground the tea bar was well stocked with pies and an adjacent barbeque had queues for their burgers. Very limited cover in the ground with two very small stands, one seated the other standing and a small covered area in the front of the changing rooms. Lost count of the number of planes that flew over heading into Manchester Airport. The game was as expected very one sided with County putting out a strong side first half and bringing on lots of younger players after the break. for the record the scorers were Palmer (6'), Mulherne (13' & 19'). Osborne (17'), Kirby (29'), Elstone (49' & 85') and Czubik (87').


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Jul 7, 2019, 2:52 PM

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PSF

British Airways 3 Amersham Town 0

Played at Bedfont & Feltham


Entry - free. Programme - no. Attendance - h/c 12. Weather - cloudy and muggy

Not too many friendlies round my way on Saturday so jumped on the bus and ended up here. We played on the second pitch as the first hasn't yet been cut and had grass over 6 inches high! Based on last years league positions BA were favourites and so it proved. Two goals on 22 and 35, the second a great run and shot from the BA no.20, and a goal at the end on 87. But for the Amersham keeper it would have been more. BA defence just too strong for the away forwards.

BA played this match in very annoying shirts, in that they had no numbers on the back but a small number a few inches high on the front at the left breast. This made it difficult for the elderly groundhopper whose eyesight isn't what it was to see who was doing what. One to BA midfielders was wearing no.1, which could have been confusing in my records if he had scored.


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Badshot Lea 0-3 Aldershot
Many hundreds in attendance


Official attendance 660, tweeted by the club.


hemelhopper
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Jul 7, 2019, 8:58 PM

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Well this one was expected to be the first game of 2019/21 season but as I’d got the vibes in late June (my apologies for not posting WDYG visits to Lyne, Herstmonceur, Reading City (back pitch); Romsey Town (at Sherfield English); Ardingly College (Loxwood and AFC Varndeanians on the bottom Nine Acres Field pitches) and Corinthian on back pitch) .. before I arrived at The Charles Ground dead on kick off (not literally) .. after a mad 80 minute dash down the A2 from Gay Dawn Farm to see Tongue

Deal Town 0-7 Hemel Hempstead Town (PSF) from 2.30pm

Att - 150 plus; Entry - £5; Prog – None; Food – nice cheeseburger and chips for £4.20
Weather – warm and overcast
Travel – up the A3 and used a few motorways out east to Dover .. with left turn just before water.

As once again we gathered .. Sammy Moore, the new Tudors manager, local to these parts had set up the fixture .. which once played you very much felt for The Hoops as they had to “deal” with two sets of Hemel teams , one in each half .. the first big and strong, wearing fluorescent green tops and black shorts .. the second in all dark green .. more lively and mobile .. giving the impression that Hemel Hempstead Town will be a better team this time around in the National League South .. scored two in the first and the rest in second .. as our hosts, having given everything, just couldn’t get a foothold on today's dry level grassy pitch.

Loved the ground with main stand opposite clubhouse, the latter having canopy to front and where food was found .. terrace cover also up the main turnstile end, changing rooms up the far left corner and an open end adjacent .. as we all chatted away, catching up on summer tales and trying to work out who was playing .. in fact wondering how many we'd see next time .. I suspect many, as competition for places will be fought , as a good squad is being built .. and we hope Deal do as well .. as they make their way towards another enjoyable season in the Southern Counties East Premier Division .. all the best Hoops.

Home Town perspective - https://dealtownfc.co.uk/deal-town-0-hemel-hempstead-7/



Grounds = 600, Leagues done = 14 (38 to go); Games (19/20) = 55; New Grounds (19/20) = 44; Goals (19/20) = 246; Ave goals/game = 4.47; Last new ground = Newent Town; Next = Mon 23rd Sept 2019


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Is there a better month to visit this wonderful city than July and on parade day, well it can't be beaten!!


That would be the Pride parade I take it ?


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Rangers Development 2 Stirling Albion 1. @ HTC.

Is there a better month to visit this wonderful city than July and on parade day, well it can't be beaten!!


That would be the Pride parade I take it ?

Only colours on show were red, white and blue... Oh yeah orange as well. Wink


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Easy to get mixed up, both encourage fancy dress

I think the difference is one encourages tolerance and diversity and having a good time. It also shows people have had to battle for their rights

The other also celebrates a past battle and people had to fight to restrict the rights of others

I remember seeing a parade in Liverpool when I was about 7. I don’t think I knew the word or the meaning but still thought who are these .......’s

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