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Tuesday 20th February 2018

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Eastern Counties First Division KO Cup
Debenham LC P-P Wisbech St Mary

On holiday in Suffolk and whilst everything else around was being called off due to water logging my first choice was still on. The Debenham LC twitter feed said 4 times throughout the day that the game was definitely on and was still on when I left at 18:30.

When I arrived at 19:20, rather ominously the floodlights weren't on and a check on Twitter showed that the ref had called it off at 19:00.

A wasted 2 hours and a 60 mile round trip, although it was a lot worse for Wisbech St Mary who were already there when I arrived. Must be a good 80-90 miles and couple of hours one way. Still that's football or not as in this case.

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

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Andover New Street 1-0 Tadley Calleva
Wessex League 1st Division

2nd v 5th at the start of play, but one side was certain to go top after this game. In the end two sides who cancelled each other out, leaving defences on top. The goal finally arrived in the 86th minute, when the Tadley keeper counldn't hold on a firmly struck shot and the rebound bundled in (quite possibly by a defender).

There is now apparently a club shop, not sure where though and the programme has been improved still further.

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Western League Premier Division. Chipping Sodbury Town 1 Hengrove Athletic 3. £6 Inc prog. Att. 86. A fairly even first half with both sides having a couple of decent chances before no.10 Feeheley put the visitors ahead after 37 mins with a superb strike. Only a couple of minutes into the second half the home no.5 gave away a penalty converted by no.9 Fillingham. Sodbury livened up after two substitutions and pulled one back, a great finish by Jake Thomas but were caught out a few minutes from time by the persistent Feeheley. Mad end to the game as the home no9 went down in the box and a melee ensued resulting in two straight reds , one each side, plus a second yellow for the home no5.Plenty of entertainment on a chilly night!

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Stourport Swifts 1 AFC Wulfrunians 0 (Midland Football League Premier Division) Att: 70ish

CBA set in during the afternoon, so decided on the nearest game. Not a great choice: it started well, but once Swifts took the lead with a totally unnecessary own goal, the game deteriorated somewhat. Neither side was any good at passing the ball, although they couldn't be faulted for effort. So, mildly entertaining at best. Swifts have taken 7 points from their last three games and now should avoid a relegation battle; they have games every Tuesday until the end of the season. I don't plan to be at all of them. Ground unchanged since last Tuesday.

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Hereford 1 St Neots Town 0

Edgar Street: Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division

This was second visit to Edgar Street within the space of a fortnight after witnessing the 2-0 league victory over Bishop's Stortford. On that occasion, the Bulls provided a below-par performance during the first-half against their Hertfordshire opponents and only displayed signs of improvement after the interval against their ten-man visitors to eventually prevail with all three points. St Neots town would probably provide a tougher test of Hereford's championship capabilities as they found themselves somewhat higher in the Premier Division table than Bishop's Stortford were before going into their fixture. The hosts rose to the summit of the league on Saturday evening following their 4-0 victory at Dunstable Town. They now hold a one-point advantage over King's Lynn Town but have three matches in hand on their Norfolk opponents in the title race and are due to welcome the Linnets to Edgar in just over two weeks. St Neots Town came into this evening's fixture on the back of a narrow 1-0 home success over a Tiverton Town team that were a few places above them in the table prior to kick-off. The Huntingdonshire club is now enjoying their sixth successive campaign in the top echelon of the Southern League after giving only been promoted from the United Counties League two seasons earlier and then being crowned Central Division champions at the end of their debut campaign in step four of the pyramid. The past two season has seen the Saints flirt with relegation but they should have no such worries this term with only the bottom club being relegated at the end of April.

The hosts nearly went ahead as early as the second minute when Dara O'Shea had a header from an early corner cleared off the line and then 14 minutes later Jimmy Oates also saw his header from another corner cleared to safety. Jamie Bird saw his 29th minute free-kick from 15 yards out clear the visitor's goal before St Neots Town had a close range effort turned behind by Hereford custodian Martin Horsell for a 41st minute corner following a cross from the right. The Bulls nearly broke the deadlock three minutes later when Bird saw his close-range header turned over by a fine reaction save from the Saints' goalkeeper. Mike Symons flicked a header over the crossbar from a 47th minute Hereford free-kick on the the touchline before the hosts broke the deadlock seven minutes layer when Republic of Ireland under-19 international O'Shea headed home from a corner on the right. St Neots Town responded on the hour mark with a shot on the turn in the penalty area that was pushed away from danger by Horsell. Symons volleyed narrowly over the target three minutes later from Pablo Haysham's cross on the left byline and the former Didcot own striker fired over from 12 yard after Hereford had taken a quick free-kick just outside the St Neots Town penalty area. Symons had a low drive turned behind for a 73rd minute after Refell had headed the ball into the path of the former Gloucester city and Worcester city front man. Then Haysham fired over from 25 yards out following a good move that started out on the left flank four minutes later.Veteran defender Ryan Green headed over at the far post from an 83rd minute corner before Rob Purdie saw his stoppage time effort on target blocked by the Saints' defence but Hereford had done enough to move four points clear of Kings Lynn Town.

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Feb 20, 2018, 11:30 PM

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Re: [Tim] Tuesday 20th February 2018 or Reply Privately

5.0 - UEFA Youth League Round of 16 - Manchester City 1 Inter Milan 1 (MC won 3-2 on penalties) - Admission £3 incl free teamsheet - Attendance approx 600

7.45 - Manchester Senior Cup Semi Final - Droylsden 2 Trafford 2 (Trafford won 3-1 on penalties) - Admission £8 incl free programme from postponed match two weeks ago - Attendance 147

One of the strangest days of watching football in my many years with two matches going straight to penalties with no extra time played and with penalties galore either being saved or missing the target.

In the UEFA Youth League match which kicked off at the odd time of 5.0 for BT Sport, IM took the lead after 11 minutes after a mistake by the home keeper. Daniel Grimshaw, who dilly dallied before clearing giving Xian Emmers the time to close him down and the clearance was blocked by Emmers with the ball ending in the net. MC equalised from the spot just before the half hour when Lucas Nmecha was bundled over in the box and he stepped up to put the penalty into the bottom right corner.

No further goals so on to penalties which saw City take a 2-0 lead then pegged back to 2-2 before we saw 6 successive misses before Nabil Touaizi scored which left Davide Bettella having to score to prolong the shoot out but his effort was blocked by Grimshaw to send City through the quarter finals where they will meet the winners of the Liverpool v Manchester United tie which takes place tomorrow. This match by the way was held at the Mini Stadium opposite the Etihad.

I was going to go to Salford City, but the penalties didnít finish until 7.10 so it would have been tight so I did a revisit to Droylsden instead for a cup tie with the winners to face FC United in the final.

Compared to the earlier match which was played on a pretty perfect looking pitch, the ground here looked bobbly, and wet in places but was definitely playable. In fact, these teams met on Saturday when Trafford came out on top.

Trafford has the ball in the net early on but it was ruled out for offside, but they took the lead on 35 minutes with a carbon copy goal with Sean Yeldrum crossing for Aaron Burns to slide the ball home. The lead lasted just three minutes when Sefton Gonzales pulled the ball back for Callum Bagshaw to score from the edge of the box via a deflection. On 67, Droylsden won a debatable penalty when Levi Phillips was brought down by Darius Palmer and Gonzales netted from the spot. Trafford equalised with ten minutes left and it was a cracking strike from Sean Miller from 20 yards into the far corner to make it 2-2.

On to penalties again and three of the first four were missed and when Liam Caddick missed the target completely, it was left to Miller to convert his spot kick to win the tie.

So, in total, 24 penalties were seen in the two matches with only 11 finding the net with 9 of the 13 being saved by the respective keepers and the other 4 missing the target or hitting the woodwork. A very strange day indeed and with two more UEFA Cup matches on the agenda tomorrow, surely my penalty shoot out tally of four this season wonít increase or will it ?

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AFC Croydon Athletic 0 Hollands & Blair 0
SCEFL Prem. Att: 52 (H/C)
Admission £7 Programme £2 for 28 well produced pages that had very good content.

How this remained goalless I will never know, and how the visitors did not win convincingly is just a mystery. However, it did and they didnít and thus ended my run of games without a double zero which at the start of play stood at 167. That said it was a really good game, with 2 sides both having a go and showing lots of effort on a bobbly pitch that held up well and it was fairly end to end. Some good hard tackles flew in and credit has to go the referee, Mr Marriott who kept a lid on it and was happy talking to players and only brandished a yellow apiece late in the game when he had little choice.
Hollandís missed three one on ones in the first half, twice the home keeper made excellent saves and the other occasion saw a defender make ground to tackle. In addition, they hit the bar with a first time effort from the edge of the box close to half time. The second half was less eventful and the possession was a lot more even, and the home side could have nicked it late on but the visiting keeper made a good save from a header following a corner.
The draw means that the visitors creep into double figures points wise and look well adrift, but if they can perform like this between now and the end of the season, it could be interesting.
The Mayfield Stadium I have little doubt is known to many and it is a Ground I liked. A decent sized stand with some cover behind one goal and on the far side and also a good clubhouse. In addition I would suggest the floodlights are a good as any I have seen at this level and a couple of levels above for some time. Ground perhaps needs a little TLC but is is good to see the club thriving after its predecessor bit the dust six years ago.
Timmy Tabby, I can sympathise with you after your own goalless less run came to an end recently!

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Re: [Dr Love] Tuesday 20th February 2018 or Reply Privately

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Andover New Street 1-0 Tadley Calleva
Wessex League 1st Division

2nd v 5th at the start of play, but one side was certain to go top after this game. In the end two sides who cancelled each other out, leaving defences on top. The goal finally arrived in the 86th minute, when the Tadley keeper counldn't hold on a firmly struck shot and the rebound bundled in (quite possibly by a defender).

There is now apparently a club shop, not sure where though and the programme has been improved still further.

Also at Foxcotte Park along with Dr Love, Mek and Richmond Red. Attendance was 94 according to Fulltine. My first visit since seeing Cherries beat the hosts 5-0 in a Hampshire Senior Cup tie in November 2007 when Eddie Howe was cutting his teeth as reserve team manager and saw at first hand his man management skills as he encouraged a young Brett Pitman to a hat-trick. The post box style stand was new back then with four rows of wooden benches, still not sure if any old riff raff is allowed in there as the signs inside say visiting committee members only on the left and home committee members only to the right. There is a new wooden cover behind the goal to the right which I don't think was there on my last visit.

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Tranmere 1-4 Macclesfield
Att 7,385 (429 away)

2nd v 1st and the first hour saw both big hitters going toe to toe. Sadly, at 1-1, we cracked first, from which point onwards they were ruthless in their punishment. If there's a better team than Macc in this league I haven't seen them. On this showing anyway.

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Div 4.
Crewe v Exeter.
204 Grecians.

Good first 25 mins , game then settled into boring crap until all hell broke loose in the 88th minute when Shaun Miller poked in a left wing cross.
Unfortunately this brought Exeter into life with a 90+2 Stockley equalizer and then came the kick in the goolies a 90+5 winner from Moore-Taylor.

The Alex were worth a point but once again could not hold on to a lead.

Referee was a certain Ben Toner who recently was taken off a Blackpool home game.

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Combined Counties Premier
Farnham Town 1 Godalming Town 2
Admission £4 (concession) Attendance c65 (headcount) + 2 cheapskates

A massive six-pointer according to Farnham's morning tweet and unfortunately from their point of view they were unable to build on a early lead and slumped to a disappointing defeat. Farnham's goal was a splendid volley into the top corner from 25 yards out after only five minutes. Godalming soon gained control and equalised when Farnham's keeper came rushing out to try to intercept a through ball, realised he wasn't going to get there so stopped and started back pedalling and was then able to watch as the ball was chipped over his head and into the net. Farnham were able to apply a bit of pressure towards the end of the half and had a goalbound shot kicked off the line after a poor attempted clearance by the Godalming goalkeeper.

Godalming had most of the play in the second half without looking particularly dangerous. The first real excitement was when tempers frayed after a poor tackle from behind by the Farnham No8 which would have earned a red card at Wigan on Monday but was only deemed to merit a yellow here. Three more bookings followed in quick succession and, just when it looked like the game would end level, Godalming manufactured a shot from virtually the same spot as Farnham's opener and the ball flew into the same top corner. Farnham tried to raise their game but muffed their only chance when a decent cross from the right was missed by two onrushing forwards and that was game over. Not the best quality encounter and the defeat leaves Farnham 21st out of 22 teams, eight points behind their opponents although with two games in hand.

Farnham's ground is an unusual but quite pleasing hotch potch of facilities with clubhouse in the car park, dressing rooms pitch side in portacabin type buildings, a large embankment behind one goal with off centre covered seating on top, dugouts and a small covered standing area opposite the dressing rooms and open fencing behind the other goal which allowed one of the two cheapskates a free view. The other positioned himself at the other end of the pitch seemingly having walked through the parking area of a small housing development which borders the ground at the top of the embankment so that he could peer over the boundary fence. He even had the cheek to complain about Farnham's performance as a paying acquaintance passed near to him at half time!

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Linnets strengthened their position at the top of the table and harmed potential rivals 1874s challenge.

Following their first defeat in 14 games on Saturday to local rivals Widnes it was essential for Linnets to get back to winning ways. They were aided by 1874 making numerous changes in advance of their FA Vase tie on Saturday.

The match was not the usual blood and guts local derby and Linnets controlled the game to the extent that 1874 had very few shots until their goal in the last minute. 2 excellently worked goals sealed the victory and the crucial 3 points.

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Western League Premier Division. Chipping Sodbury Town 1 Hengrove Athletic 3. £6 Inc prog. Att. 86. A fairly even first half with both sides having a couple of decent chances before no.10 Feeheley put the visitors ahead after 37 mins with a superb strike. Only a couple of minutes into the second half the home no.5 gave away a penalty converted by no.9 Fillingham. Sodbury livened up after two substitutions and pulled one back, a great finish by Jake Thomas but were caught out a few minutes from time by the persistent Feeheley. Mad end to the game as the home no9 went down in the box and a melee ensued resulting in two straight reds , one each side, plus a second yellow for the home no5.Plenty of entertainment on a chilly night!

I was there last night as secretary of the visitors.

A decent game on a surface that hasn't seen action since December 23rd - the reverse fixture was a cracker too, Hengrove winning 4-1 in a hoolie of a wind and driving rain. Brandon took that first goal so well, he's an impressive young lad that's for sure.

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.....Usual late afternoon perusal of fixtures showed that the preferred at Leighton Town and Westfield had succumbed to Watery Hogs and ended up at a contest that only appeared on the radar approx 16.30...

Three Bridges 2 v 2 Pagham - Sussex County League Premier Division
Prog 40 pages £1.00 - Admission £7.00 - Att - Sure I heard 109 mentioned at the end

....In view of the mass 26 team promotion from Levels 5 to 4 at the end of the season, starting to look increasingly in the direction of the latter level midweek. ostensibly to visit a few venues not visited for an eternity. Jubilee Fields though does not fall into this category though as last visited 11 months ago. Conveniently placed for the station (very useful when the contest ended at 21.53) and with all the requirements (albeit in AtCost form) in situ.

Of the two Three Bridges are the more likely to fill the second promotion berth, but there is little in the way of difference between several teams. What was seen was actually a very good contest up until a particularly nasty unpleasantry ruined proceedings.

I know of one other present whose run without a Noughts visit is well into three figures and would have been pleased to see an early goal in the second minute, a spectacular lofted drive from distance from Overton which found the far corner after Thorp in the home goal could clear only weakly into the formers path.

After this was an example as to why IMHO, Level 5 matches (of a non ESL variety) should appear more on the personal radar. Played at a frantic pace, with plenty of chances for both teams and which grabbed your attention and would not let go.

Pagham should have doubled their advantage from a penalty award when Overton was felled by Simpson (with curiously Thorp then taking the rap being cautioned in what was the first example of the man in black being noticed for what were perplexing decisions). Although Simmons struck the resultant spot kick well it grazed the outside of the post. The visitors then nearly accrued a second goal with an exquisite chip from Simmons that was looping under the bar until Thorp managed to palm over the bar.

At the other end, two clear opportunities for Gaskin which were squandered with one being subject to a feeble header straight at Binfield and the second an angled shot admittedly having more power but an easy gather for the Pagham keeper. Costly misses as right at the end of the half Simmonds pounced on some lax defending to place in the far corner to give the visitors what looked at the time a commanding half time advantage.

Yet within four minutes of the restart Three Bridges were level, Firstly, Gaskin atoned for previous misses and threaded a twenty yarder through a crowd of players into the far corner and then within two minutes a long throw which was flicked on reached Crellin whose header was not the most powerful but which caught out Binfield who remained rooted.

Expectation was high for a remaining forty minutes to match what had gone on before. However, the contest disintegrated on the basis of two events. The man in black who I am pretty certain was being assessed given the gent to my right writing reams of notes, failed to dismiss Pagham's Bingham already on a yellow for what was clearly a second bookable offence with the home bench adamant from the start that he was going to 'bottle' the decision.

Soon after, Simmonds clearly stamped on an opponent and a fracas involving at least 20 players, both benches, subs etc ensued and this went beyond what is so often seen as it took several minutes to simmer down and then was on the brink of breaking out for a further period. Clearly there had to be dismissals and expected that as both teams were culpable, then thought of one or two from each side plus of course Simmonds and a flurry of bookings. The referee perplexed all dismissing three Three Bridges players and after what seemed to an inordinate period of time finally dismissing Simmonds. An outcome that clearly incensed the home bench and though it was impossible to condone, I can fully understand why the Three Bridges manager let rip with a tirade of profanities later on and was dismissed.

The repercussions of the incident took nearly fifteen minutes to bring to a conclusion and with a two player advantage expected Pagham to take control. Difficulty was that they failed in this task, the home defence stuck to it's purpose and apart from a drive from Rowlatt for Pagham there was no overt danger to the home goal. Stoppage time brought more stoppages as the hosts successfully wasted as much time as possible and they no doubt were pleased with the drawn outcome.

Will almost certainly be keeping an eye to see if there are any repercussions of this contest, as even in the role of being a seasoned neutral appreciative that Referee's have a thankless task, I did find some of the decision of the officials difficult to comprehend and what was a thoroughly entertaining contest to start off was wrecked by a series of perplexing decisions. However, should not be forgotten that Simmonds' stamp was one of the most outrageous seen for a long time and hopefully deserving of a lengthy ban.

Easy journey too and fro and indoors just before the commencement of Wednesday....

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Evo-Stik Southern One East
Northwood Park
Northwood 1 Barton Rovers 1
Admission: £8 Programme: Available on-line Attendance: 82

Cold night at Chestnut Grove. Covered standing at clubhouse end and seated cover down 3/4 of one side with a small covered standing are opposite. Rest of the ground open with a curious bank in one corner to raise the standing level. All action undertaken to the thunderous sound of Metropolitan and Chiltern Line tube/trains which run close by. Clubhouse was cosy.
A very entertaining Step 4 game was seen. Neither team are challengers for any silverware this season but they put on a very good show. The home side were full of attacking intent, using the full width of the pitch; their main problem was over-elaboration in the final third with poor final crosses and/or that temptation to 'just beat the last man again' when on many occasions an early cross would have done.
Home side led on 37 with a well-taken goal and had the ball in the net again on 43 after a spill from the keeper but the scorer was offside. HT 1-0.
Second half was much more even; Barton played their part with their own adventurous attacks and equalised on 58 with a lovely low drive into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Both sides continued in the same vein and spurned chances to win; always something going on, I was genuinely engrossed enough not to have checked my watch and was surprised when the final whistle was blown.
Complicated journey back caused by engineering work on the Metropolitan which caused me to get a bus to Northolt and then Central to Lancaster Gate.

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Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Sunderland

A fairly even game, quite entertaining at times but not too many clear cut chances. Itís not difficult to see why both clubs are at the wrong end of the table.

But in a season of sh*te, we can always come up with a new way to lose. Last night it was picking up the ball for a throw in and being penalised for handball as the linesman said it hadnít actually gone out. The resulting free kick, taken several yards in from the touch line, was then seemingly punched into the net, but the goal stood.

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SPFL Development League (2pm KO)
St Johnstone v Hibernian, 1-4, H.T. 1-1, Att 85 (h/c), £2 admission, no paperwork, steak pie and coffee £3
At New Central Park, Kelty

There was a hint of spring in the air with blue skies over Benarty and barely a cloud in the sky. The perfect conditions must have inspired both teams as they served up a match of real quality. Of course Development League football lacks a certain competitive edge (much more of that later) but it does encourage quality passing football.

The perfect playing surface at Kelty also helps Ė both teams used it to full advantage. Saints took the lead thanks to a goalkeeping howler by Dabrowski which Cammy Thomson seized upon to score. Hibs were level before half time when a wonderful move was finished off in style by Oli Shaw.

Play was even for the first 20 minutes of the second half but Hibs then took control with three goals in five minutes. Itís easy top see why they top this league as Lewis Allan, Jamie Gullan and Innes Murray all found the target.

Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, topped off by a good steak pie, which set me up nicely for . . .

East of Scotland League (7.30KO)
Preston Athletic v Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, 0-3, H.T. 0-1, Att 80 (h/c), Admission £5 including free programme, Coffee £1
At Pennypit Park

In 50 years of watching Scottish football Iíve seldom see a better (or worse) mass brawl during a game. Absolute Donnybrook. With 2 or 3 minutes left to play and Lothian cruising at 3-0, all hell broke loose right in front of the stand. A Preston player seemed to grab a Lothian man by the throat and he retaliated by knocking him to the ground. Both were red carded but as they were leaving the field things erupted. Play had resumed, but the 2 players started fighting, both benches joined in, the vast majority of the players quickly became involved, as did committee men and home spectators. For several minutes the area in front of the stand was a seething mass of brawling bodies Ė one Lothian player seemed to take a really bad kicking from spectators and at least one official appeared to head-butt a player. Eyes in the back of the head were required Ė just as it seemed to quieten down another outbreak of violence began somewhere else.

The referee played a nice tune of this whistle but it had no impact on quelling the riot. Eventually the two Managers began to drag their players apart and the spectators returned to their places. After a consultation with his linesman the referee brandished a yellow card at a Lothian player who seemed to have been furthest from the mayhem Ė presumably an obscure law requiring disciplinary action against anyone for being a pure jessie.

The cameraman next to us appeared to switch his equipment off as the melee developed Ė very wise move.

Play resumed with a contested dropped ball and the remaining seconds were played out quietly. At the end both teams remained on the pitch Ė they looked like they were primary school laddies lining up for the strap after a playground altercation. Eventually the Lothian players braved the gauntlet of the home fans and ran off with some excellent GIRFUYs aimed at the now seething Prestonpans mob.

In the excitement it was easy to forget we had witnessed a football match, of sorts. The pitch was barely playable with the ball not bouncing at all and as level as the surface of the moon. Lothian, with their huge backlog of games, need to win them all to stay even with Kelty Hearts and could do with boosting their goal difference. Preston made them fight hard and it took 44 minutes for them to break the deadlock. Top man Louis Swanson rounded the ample frame of Craig Pennycuick in the home goal to score. Louisí brother Danny had featured for Hibs as an over-age player in the match I saw earlier.

Lothian were well worth their win despite being down to the bare bones numbers-wise. They only had three subbies but they had the game sewn up by the hour mark.

Programme included the original postponed issue with a 4-page wrap-round to update things. Very commendable.

Reasonable turn out of Edinburgh and East cognoscenti who were all in agreement that they had not seen anything quite like it for a very long time, if indeed at all.

Driving away from Prestonpans a police riot van with sirens and flashing blue lights was heading in the opposite direction Ė Iím fairly sure where that would have been heading.

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East of Scotland League (7.30KO)
Preston Athletic v Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, 0-3, H.T. 0-1, Att 80 (h/c), Admission £5 including free programme, Coffee £1
At Pennypit Park

Lothian, with their huge backlog of games, need to win them all to stay even with Kelty Hearts and could do with boosting their goal difference.

Is the EOSFL trying to keep these two apart until the last two games of the season?

Has it ever happened before, anywhere, that beyond mid-February there are two teams with 100% records in one division?

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Bostik North Division

Cheshunt 4 - 2 Waltham Abbey
Attendance: 197

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Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Sunderland

A fairly even game, quite entertaining at times but not too many clear cut chances. Itís not difficult to see why both clubs are at the wrong end of the table.

But in a season of sh*te, we can always come up with a new way to lose. Last night it was picking up the ball for a throw in and being penalised for handball as the linesman said it hadnít actually gone out. The resulting free kick, taken several yards in from the touch line, was then seemingly punched into the net, but the goal stood.

Also here (admission by season ticket).

Always likely to be a huge game in the scheme of things, and I suspect this will be the result that kills off Sunderland's hopes of staying up. Bolton meanwhile have got a serious chance of staying up, based entirely on home form that is positively play-off standard with only one defeat in ten games. A good job given we can't buy a point away from home. Other results went our way as well, with the dizzy heights of being four points clear of the drop zone being unthinkable after the first 10 games when we were cast adrift at the bottom.

Close to a new personal best journey, only leaving Leigh at 7.20pm and still in situ in time for the teams leaving the tunnel. Parked for free as always on the retail park, doing a spot of grocery shopping at Asda after the game rather than being sat in traffic. Rock and roll.

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With my first choice at AFC Hayes falling by the wayside, ended up at

CCL Premier

Spelthorne Sports 2 Knaphill 0

Entry £7. Programme £1. Mainly ads.
Attendance - h/c 40
Weather - dry but cold with a biting breeze across the pitch.
Teams - no info at ground. Knaphill published teams on Twitter, Spelly did not.

This was an irritable game from the start with the first booking on 4 minutes. The big incident happenned after 11 when, after the ball went out for a goal kick, there was a coming together of the Spelly No. 5 and Knaphill keeper Clement. Clement appeared to strike the defender - the ref certainly thought so and promptly sent him off. Knaphill's No.2 went in goal. Both sides carried on being gobby and argumentative throughout the match.

Spelly seemed not to know what to do with this gift and proceeded to serve 30+ minutes of inept football. Indeed Knaphill looked the more lively of the two sides. H/T was 0-0 and my usual thought occured - things can only get better.

It did slightly...but not much. Spelly scored on 56 when an excellent 20 yard shot from their No. 8 flew into the net. We had a goal but not much football in evidence. Spelly scored a second after 89 which gave the score a rather flattering look for them.

One of the worst games I've seen this season - low on quality and fractious.

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National League
Ebbsfleet United 2 Woking 1

Entry: £14
Attendance: 1,146

A cold, windy and wet evening, with clouds of drizzle swirling through the floodlights, though I still decided to tough it out on the small bank of open terracing in the far corner of the ground. This seemed to be entirely populated with blokes of a certain age who have no doubt been standing on this same spot for many years.

Plenty of fine ale and salty riverside pubs visited beforehand in Gravesend, though Northfleet (where the ground is) offered less in the way of pre-match entertainment. Northfleet railway station is less than five minutes walk from the station, though anyone heading to/from London is better off using the sparkly new Ebbsfleet International station which has fast connections with Stratford and St.Pancras, the latter only twenty minutes travel away.

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Sky Bet Championship

Brentford (2) 5 v 0 (0)Birmingham City

Season Ticket Programme £3.50 Attendance: 9,511 (1,167 away fans)


New Grounds 2017/18 Season = 28
Last New Ground : Sunderland 17th February 2018

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Andover New Street 1-0 Tadley Calleva
Wessex League 1st Division

2nd v 5th at the start of play, but one side was certain to go top after this game. In the end two sides who cancelled each other out, leaving defences on top. The goal finally arrived in the 86th minute, when the Tadley keeper counldn't hold on a firmly struck shot and the rebound bundled in (quite possibly by a defender).

There is now apparently a club shop, not sure where though and the programme has been improved still further.

+1 for this, couple of things to add:

Brett Denham had re-signed for Tadley at the start of this season - thought he had left for Thatcham possibly ongoing/rolling dual registration?

From what I saw of the goal ... and I was stood with young Mekkers and Dr L. Tongue the keeper did well to block the first shot but the forward recovered fast enough to nod the ball back past him.

No clues from the respective club twitterings that my eyesight was correct on this occasion.
Edit: FT has credited the goal to an ANS player (Neve)

M4 be-coned as usual from 13 back to 12 and the A34 northbound exit onto M4 at Chieveley was being closed -I just managed to beat the highways truck dispensing more cones, to the junction. Angelic

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East Midlands Counties League
Birstall United 4-0 Teversal
Entry £5, Programme £1
Attendance: 37

In a decent contest, Birstall United hammered Teversal with the visitors missing out on making it 10 wins in a row - more on my blog below


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Chester 0-1 Leyton Orient
National League
£18 in
Att: 1935

Doing my bit for my 2nd team in their hour of need, this was my first visit to the ground for a couple of years. I think a few others thought likewise, as this crowd was up on recent games. Decent turnout to see two struggling sides on a cold Tuesday night.

The game showed why both are struggling. Precious little quality in the final third. Orient just about deserved their win, as they looked more accomplished on the ball throughout. The only goal came midway through the 2nd half, just as I was getting resigned to a stalemate. My last 3 games have seen just 3 goals, which is very unusual for me.

Chester are looking just about nailed on for relegation. Their more important battle is off the pitch. As long as they survive that's the main thing. One ray of light was a MotM performance from 18yo local lad Tom Crawford, who looks an excellent prospect in midfield.

Ground unchanged from my previous visit. In fact, it hasn't changed much since my first visit (and completing the 92 for the first time) way back in 1993!

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Look away now as itís not the Non-League this time .. Wink

Barnsley 1-2 Burton Albion (EFL, Championship League)
- played at Oakwell Stadium, Barnsley

Att Ė 11,774 (official); Entry - £23; Programme - £3 (nice job); Parking - £5; Badge - £2.50 .. and a Hot Choc for £2.
Weather Ė cool, decent and dry
Travel Ė M27, M3, A34, M40, A43, M1 off at Jct 37 in 4 hours .. back via M1, M25 and near the A3 (4 road closures along the way) .. indoors by 3.0am.
Colours Ė Tykes in red tops and white shorts .. Brewers in all yellow with black trim to shoulder blades.

So tonightís destination .. a game 240 miles away .. and its amazing how we just set the mind and then off we go .. for me a simple case of the penultimate ground in the Championship .. but I suspect otherís who passed me by were on a more personal trip to watch ďtheirĒ team .. taking in those high emotions under the bright lights, which the Oakwell Stadium had in abundance, as I crawled into the South car park at around 6pm, after a steady drive up from the south coast .. with a classic relegation 6 pointer on hand .. an immense game for the winners if found.

Loved the ground .. had a seat in the lower East at halfway .. the Brewers travelling hoard up high in the North .. the majority of Tykes in the South, CK Beckett .. and the main old Ďan .. a throw back to those real times, over in the West .. reminding me of a smaller north in the home city, just more exposure here to the elements if it rained.

The evening out attracted the local folk, who probably were able to chew through bricks from the adjacent terraced houses, if asked to go through a brick wall for their team .. wearing modern woollen on top and the traditional flat .. arriving nervy .. expectant .. especially with a new Manager to contemplate this night .. ever hopeful that perhaps an odd loanee from JosŤ may assist as time moved on.

The game was pure theatre .. three great worldy strikes on 1 and 45 (see link) by the visitors .. and on 75 for our hosts .. then latter denied an equaliser on 88, as flag went up to stop hysteria .. after the Brewers had controlled the first hour and then chose to stop playing .. sat back and let the mass ranks of red let their frustrations out, trying to will the ball into the net .. but all to no avail, as five minutes of stoppage passed .. the six pointer was won .. and Albion were off the bottom .. leaving the Tykes thankful that Sunderland had also lost .. nerves a plenty still to be dealt with .. going into the last few months of this season.

.. and my lasting memory will be of the supporters I sat next to .. from one, stating it was the worst first twenty minutes seen in the last two years .. another dissecting and commentating on every misplayed pass and playerís decision .. the majority in frustration of the Refís decisions .. but all offering such humour throughout, during an evening of total disbelief .. as they watched their team lose .. knowing another brickwall has to be knocked down .. when they come back to support ďtheirĒ Club .. win, lose or draw.

Brewers 2nd goal - https://twitter.com/redlegTudor/status/966048835469488128

Grounds = 540, Leagues done = 11 (40 to go); Games (18/19) = 113; New Grounds (18/19) = 75; Goals (18/19) = 381; Ave goals/game = 3.37; Last new ground = Buckingham Athletic; Next = Weds 20th March 2019.

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Southern Combination Premier
Worthing United (0) 2-1 (1) Arundel
Entrance: £6, prog included
Attendance: 40

A extremely bitter wind was blowing at the Robert Albon Memorial Ground. For the first 45 minutes Worthing looked awful. Arundel had plenty of chances, but seemed incapable of getting a shot on target until they scored just before half-time. Then early in the second half, United equalised from a well hit free kick. After that, they looked the a much better side and deservedly took the lead in the 82nd minute. Some pretty poor football played at times by both sides, but highly entertaining.

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Integro League Cup 2nd Round
Warrington Town 0 Lancaster City 2
admission pass, prog £2
Food on sale
Att 108

Nine changes for this one predictably with four debutantes from the academy side meant we got out of having t play another game we don't need.
City were stronger as a result and deserved the win, and with promotion far less likely I guess this meant more to them that Town, who are quite frankly happy to be out of it.

Monday's game with Winsford will be similar as 3 games in 4 days including a midweek trek to Grantham is not realistic for the same group of payers

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Wallsend Community 1-8 Hazlerigg Victory (1-1 HT) at Druid Park
Northern Alliance Division One
Admission: Free, Programme: None
Attendance: 8 (average h/c, fluctuated as game went on)

My first choice at Spennymoor was called off in the morning, and all reachable grounds were revisits, so I stuck relatively local for some more Northern Alliance fun. Quarter past 8 kick off meant a later start than normal, short hop on the metro to Callerton Parkway then a 5 minute walk to the entrance, arriving with about 10 minutes to kick off.

This match, like last Thursday, had been arranged so one of the sides could catch up with their backlog of fixtures, with Hazlerigg having up to 7 games in hand on some sides in the division. Credit is due to Wallsend Community, who were also in the match last week, for being willing to play three game in six days when some Premier League managers would've been whining if their team had such a schedule. The first half was pretty competitive and even, most of the action taking place in the middle of the park for the first half hour as neither side gained an advantage. The deadlock was broken on 29 minutes, Hazlerigg winning a penalty after a trip in the box which was converted by Richard Coulson. Wallsend equalised around 5 minutes later, a shot from outside the box after a decent run through the defence was deflected off someone's leg and went past the keeper. At half time it seemed like Wallsend might be able to pull off another good result against title contending opposition, but this all went to pot in the second half. Pretty much straight from kick off, Hazlerigg got a goal, Martin Soulsbury getting on the end of a long ball before finishing well from inside the box. The Wallsend defence wrongly claimed the goal and gave some abuse to their club linesman, prompting him to throw the flag up and go back to the dugouts after about a minute of running the line. Was tempted to offer to do it myself but a replacement was found soon enough who did a very good job for the rest of the match. The early goal sapped confidence from Wallsend and this combined with some pacey subs meant it was one-way traffic for the rest of the half, with the remaining 6 goals coming in a pretty much constant stream right up until the final whistle, Hazlerigg showing why they will be in the title picture if the games don't catch up to them.

Previously visited here for a Saturday match in January although I didn't post about it here for some reason. One medium sized stand with wooden bench seating and a covered standing area adjacent, hard standing otherwise. Tea bar is inside the clubhouse building which was surprisingly open tonight, usual stuff available. Airport runways very close by, loads of planes flying in even at this time of day, the metro to/from the airport also runs behind one side although not very visible from pitchside. Apart from a few houses and a hotel/pub, there really isn't any population around, which isn't good for drawing crowds as seen by West Allotment's average attendance. As noted elsewhere on the forum, Newcastle Uni are apparently going to move here if they get promoted from the Northern Alliance, can't really see flocks of students coming here to watch so they will likely be stuck in the same situation. My second single figure crowd that I've been a part of, although it was difficult to tell how many were club people or not so might've been more. Journey back fine and indoors just before 2240.

Grounds visited: 256
Last new ground: New Ferens Park (Durham Women)
Next planned fixture: Unsure

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Brentford 5 v 0 Birmingham City FL Championship Admission S/T Prog £3.50 Att 9511

It was the return of the 3 Brentford players who Birmingham purchased in August for appox £11-£12 million. 2 of these players were in the last year of their contracts and we managed to convince Arry Redknapp to pay about £9 million for these two and the most expensive signing Jota was kept on the bench. Brentford had the better of the game for most of the time and took the lead after 30 minutes when Watkin's 25 yard shot squirmed under Stockdale's body, Flo Jo made it 2 before half time. Jota was brought on for Birmingham at half time but 10 minutes into the second half Brentford were 4 up with Maupay scoring twice, one of which was down to another error by Stockdale, before Watkins added a fifth. Stockdale then made a couple of good saves to partly make up for his earlier errors.
I suspect Harlee Dean must be regretting his comments earlier in the season that he had joined a better team in Birmingham than the Brentford team that made the Championship play offs a few seasons ago, Dean rightly got a fair amount of stick from the Bees faithful.

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Dover Athletic 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 0
National League
Admission : £17 for me, £8 for my son, programme £2.50
Attendance : 677 including 78 away

Awful game. Not helped by the state of the pitch, the ball spent most of its time in the air or out of play. Just a few brief glimpses of quality including the only goal which was an overhead kick and a couple of nice pieces oof play from the home side in the second half which led to shots that went just wide.

If I see a worse game than this before the end of the season I will count myself extremely unfortunate.