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Gildersome Spurs 3 Shire Academics 3
Yorkshire Amateur League, Championship (second tier)

My previous game last Sunday, in Porto, was 18 degrees, and I still have some midge bites as proof!
Today was -0.5 according to my car, and afterwards it was the first time I’ve had to brush ice off my umbrella.
3G to the rescue doesn’t somehow seem entirely appropriate, even at one mile from home.
And yet no prizes for guessing which was by far the most entertaining game.
Shire led early, and equalised twice when 1-2 and 2-3 down. Awful conditions more or less throughout, so full credit to the players and ref for braving It out, and glad it was a draw for all their efforts


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Hampshire Premier League Cup Quarter Final

Locks Heath 1 QK Southampton 1 (abandoned at half time)

admission/programme none, attendance 17 h/c
13th v 15th in HPFL Senior Division
One of those days when you wonder why you're standing in a recreation ground next to a tree in heavy rain, wind and 5 degrees (I'm sure further north it was much worse), but we all need our football fix.....
Actually, it was a reasonable game, the weather was terrible and didn't get any worse, the pitch played quite well so we were surprised (but secretly relieved) when the ref decided to abandon it at half time.
Both teams tried to play football and the game flowed well, apart from a couple of silly tackles. The ref kept things sensible. The visitors started slightly better and had a couple of shots just wide from Reed and Shergold in the first five mins. Locks' Eagle had a shot cleared off the line on the quarter hour, as they began to get on top. It became a bit of a midfield battle with Eagle and Shergold again having efforts on goal before the home team took the lead on 42 mins. A defender committed himself too early and slipped, allowing Bath to turn well and shoot into the far corner. The visitors equalised on 45 mins with a penalty after home keeper Gardner let the ball slip and took down Shergold trying to retrieve it. Woodhall dispatched the penalty expertly. Locks had a free-kick well saved by Kerrison in first half injury time, after which it eventually became clear they weren't coming out for the second half.



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Re: [HantsLondoner] Saturday 15th December 2018 or Reply Privately

A frustrating afternoon, with Rodney Parade passing a pitch inspection at 1.20pm, only for it to be forming puddles at 2.40pm. With the rain pouring down the referee rightly called it off with the ground already half full of spectators.

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
Admission (inc. 28 page glossy programme) £4 - though free for me at half-time!
Attendance h/c 22

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. No need to worry about getting wet as there was plenty of space in the 80-seat covered stand, which will need to be increased to 250 seats if STM want to go up next Summer. They will need to at least get it up to 100 seats if they want to stay in the New Tier 3 in a couple of years time. That will not be easy given the caged structure surrounding both pitch and stand.

Ah, well, at least I got to see some football!


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Eastern Counties Division 1 North
Lakenheath 1-1 Harleston Town
Adm £5, Prog £1 (Barnes Prnit) Att 50 (ish)

With the Ives not playing as their opponents were still in the FA Trophy I thought I'd tick off the closest ground I'd not been to (I don't do below step 6).

Very much an end to end game with a draw being a fair result. Lakenheath taking the lead with a goalie error in the first half and Harleston equalising in the second. It was however completely spoiled for me by the constant whinging and moaning from absolutely everybody within the ground. Admittedly the ref probably didn't have his greatest game however he wasn't biased towards any one particular side. Give the ref some respect, otherwise the standard will get worse as there will be a smaller pool refs to choose from!

The ground is fantastic. I wondered why beforehand it's called the Pit. Quite simply it's down in a pit. No idea if it's man made or natural. The banks are tree lined. A wonderful setting. You can only stand down one side which has a seated stand. The rest is out of bounds, perhaps it's because there isn't hard standing. They also haven't yet got floodlights. I'm guessing they'll need to do that all this season if they're to stay at this level. I really hope they do as I certainly intend on visiting again.


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Southern League Division 1 Central
Yaxley 6 North Leigh 2

Attendance: 44 (official)

With our style of relentless attacking football and the excellent attacking players - such as Matt Sparrow and Dan Cotton - that we have at our disposal, I've been thinking for a while now that it was only a matter of time until we well and truly thrashed someone and today was finally that day as we put a determined but limited North Leigh to the sword.

The rain and wind began to intensify from the moment the game kicked off, but this had little effect on our play at first as we headed straight on the attack. We had several chances in the opening ten minutes and largely kept North Leigh pinned in their own half (with the expection of one quick counterattack that led to a shot from range, which young goalkeeper James Blake - making his first full league appearance for us - kept out with a good save), so it was only a matter of time until we took the lead. We eventually did after 11 minutes, the North Leigh goalkeeper coming way off his line and parrying a shot into the path of Joe Butterworth, who calmly chipped over the keeper and into the net. The lead was doubled in the 27th minute when Cotton got a shot away from the edge of the box, eluding the North Leigh keeper in the process. The relentless pace of our attack was causing constant chaos for North Leigh at the back, so much so that by the time Sparrow made it 3-0 in the 38th minute it could have - and really should have - been five or six nil: Sparrow picked the ball up on the halfway line and went on a bombarding run down the right wing, cutting inside past the full back and centre back and effortlessly placing his shot past the keeper to finish off his wonderful run. 3-0 at half-time.

The second half began in rapidly-deteriorating conditions (the rain had become torrential and the wind had intensified significantly since kick-off) and, barely a minute into the half, Sparrow scored his second to make it 4-0: another excellent run down the wing set him free on the edge of the box and he cleverly curved a shot in at the near post. After this, we seemed to take the foot off a little and relax, which gave North Leigh a chance to grow into the game, have some time on the ball and even carve out a few chances of their own. This eventually saw them pull a goal back on the hour mark, Oxford United loanee James Cowan eventually finding himself free in the box to score. This seemed to wake us up again and it only took 6 minutes for us to react with another goal: a corner was played in and reached Sam Spencer at the far post, who scuffed the ball into the path of Phil Stebbing for an easy tap-in (there were a few calls for offside from the North Leigh defence, but with a couple of defenders on the line this was never going to be given). The goals still weren't done though as, after a fifteen-minute spell without much action to speak of, Cotton made it 6-1 after some intricate attacking interplay saw him get a shot away from the edge of the box, a slight deflection then taking his effort past the keeper. North Leigh then pulled one back against the run of play in the 87th minute, a quick attacking move ending with a shot from range by Henry Landers that James Blake - who had put in an impressive performance between the sticks when called upon - had no chance of saving.

Our third win in a row and one that puts us into the top half for the first time in a long while, with it just being a shame that so few people were there to see it (but entirely understandable given the horrible conditions).



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Season ticket duty at Portman Rd. KO 3.00pm,


Sky Bet Championship.


IPSWICH TOWN 1 (0) v (0) WIGAN ATHLETIC 0.


Scorers.


Home. F Sears (67)


Away. ~~~~~~~~


Admission by season ticket. Programme £3. Attendance 14,640. Away Fans 310.



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LEAGUES COMPLETED. Championship. League 1. Isthmian League North. ECL Premier Division. ECL Division 1 North. SCEFL Premier Division.
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FA TROPHY: WEYMOUTH v NEEDHAM MARKET P-P

ADM: Zilch. PROG: £2. ATT: No one at the inn

Spent the day till 2pm, on house clearance duty & was at the local tip when the inevitable text came through. Gratsee to my oppo from Yeo for letting me know. TBH it was always going to be off, as the pesky hogs had been persissinist down all day. Another one for the ‘why does the ref leave it so late before calling it off’ category.

Drove to Balti & Chickens to check / confirm there was no local Darzet league footy on neither. Unfortunately it was too late by then to get back anywhere else, so the hogs win 1-0, but worse things happen at sea. Not the best day out but at least my oppo bought me a lemon curd doughnut on way home. Yes, I’m easily pleased, bless him!

KRTM :-)


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Heather St John's 7 Coventry Copsewood 1 Midland League Division 1
Admission £6/£4
Programme £1.50
Tea £1
If you want to see goals, Heather are the team to watch. The game kicked off in dreadful conditions with driving rain and a strong wind but it was the visitors who scored after just 3 minutes. It took awhile for Heather to get to grips with the conditions but they scored 4 goals before half time. After spending half time in the warmth it was back out into the wind and rain to watch the second half. This half we chose to watch the game from the clubhouse side, stand and it was more sheltered there. Heather dominated the half, scored three goals and but for some superb saves by the Coventry goalkeeper, it could have been a double figure scoreline. It was great entertainment considering the conditions, but the journey home wasn't much fun.



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Re: [bluearmybob] Saturday 15th December 2018 or Reply Privately

FA Trophy First Round - Lancaster City 0 Blyth Spartans 3 - Admission £10 - Programme £2 - Attendance 149

Booked train tickets to Preston breaking the journey at Crewe when the draw was made with AFC Fylde as the likely destination but once Lancaster won at Guiseley, a first trip to the Giant Axe was always going to take preference.

Like everywhere else today, it was cold, wet and windy and I had the added inconvenience of stepping into a massive puddle on my way out of the ground after the match leaving me with two soaking wet feet to enjoy for the journey back. Currently on the train from Preston to Crewe in a carriage of Millwall fans, seemingly not too bothered about the Lions losing once again.

On to the match which looked interesting although I must admit that the conditions made it a bit of a lottery. The home keeper struggled to get anywhere near the halfway line with his clearances in the first half, and I thought that Blyth might have regretting only scoring once in the opening 45 minutes. That goal came after 17 minutes with a cracking curled free kick into the top right corner from Michael Liddle from just outside the area.

Lancaster started the second half strongly but despite getting into good positions, failed to find the net and just before the hour, Blyth Spartans made it 2-0. Dan Maguire had just hit the base of the left post, when he was presented with a further chance which he slotted under the keeper and it was soon game over and 3-0 when Sean Reid’s cross was taken down by Jamie Holmes and then fired inside the near post. Holmes a few minutes earlier had been the central figure in a 20 man fracas and was booked when many nearer the incident were calling for the red card. The referee did present his red card twice in the last 12 minutes but both times to Lancaster defenders, with similar incidents when Spartans attackers broke and were fouled inches from the penalty area - Craig Stanley the first man to go for bringing down Reid and then Paul Dugdale followed him when he was guilty of doing the same to Holmes.

So, no surprise at Giant Axe and I, for one, was pleased to hear the final whistle to get into the warmth of the bar for a few minutes to thaw out before being caught out by that damn puddle.


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Kings Langley 5 Farnborough 1
Southern League Premier Division South
Admission £11 Programme with enclosed team sheet £1

Strangely not as one sided as it sounds, 2-1 at half time, the hosts were clinical in front of goal in the second half, however both sides created chances in an entertaining game. Covered seating down a section of one side, covered terracing straddling the half way line on the other, a small Atcost stand behind the far goal, the other end open to the elements. Wasn’t expecting much of a programme for £1, but it was surprisingly good, no glossy paper, but coloured print throughout, and containing everything a programme should. Pitch held up well with incessant driving wind an rain prior to the game, continuing all the way through. Glad to get a new tick in such conditions. Just Taunton and Frome left to visit in this division.



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Re: [nervous rec] Saturday 15th December 2018 or Reply Privately

2pm
Lancashire & Cheshire Amateur League, Rhodes Cup First Round
Chorltonians 1 AFC Stockport 1, 7-6 on penalties (att 2)
Free admission, no progs


On call for work this weekend so needed to stay local. I'd expected to be ticking off a 3G venue, but the grass pitches at the Hough End Centre were playable so took in a league cup tie between teams separated by four divisions.

Although Chorltonians were the better side throughout you wouldn't have guessed there was such a gulf between the teams. AFC Stockport thoroughly deserved to take it to penalties after the sides were level in 90 minutes. Chorltonians went ahead just before the hour, but Stockport were resolute and deserved their equaliser.

No extra time and the penalty shoot out went into sudden death before the home side progressed to the second round of the Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur League's main cup competition. The weather was horrendous, and both teams deserve credit for providing a decent game in driving rain and an icy cold wind.

The Hough End Centre is the Greater Manchester Police sports and social club. GMP played here in the Manchester League, but the pitch I saw them play on in 1998 is now used as paddocks for police horses. In fact some of the old pitch railings have been repositioned to divide that area into three.

There's still space for two unrailed and unroped grass pitches, both of which were in use today. Chorltonians first team played on the pitch furthest from the changing rooms and social club, but it is the more enclosed of the two.

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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 tryingg 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 mmeant a decision was made to avoid Pontypridd Town (also played).

A few minute in, one home fan was of the opinion that this wouldn't finish without at least one red card, a brawl in the first two minutes had seen two players yellow carded, and they must have been close to seeing red. It did quieten down after about 20 minutes. The first half hour was fairly even, before the deadlock broken by STM on 35 minutes from the penalty spot. The ref did think about it for a while, and no card was shown. Five minutes later and a Llwydcoed free kick from range was narrowly over the bar, at which point the taker was promptly sent off (for what he called the ref apparently). Two goals in the next five minutes put the game beyoind doubt.

Both sides hit the woodwork, and the keepers did manage the odd decent save. A shame about the weather though, and a slow drive back home.


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League 2
Notts Co 3-2 Tranmere
Att 6,535 inc 762 in the away stand
Adm £20, prog £3

Lousy weather and a poor performance against poor opposition who were there for the taking once we got it back to 2-2. Three very preventable goals against and, when we did show quality going forward, they looked shaky. Our away form is our undoing, leaking goals all over the place on the road, which is ominous for Monday's big cup tie at Southport. Expect the entire back 4 to be changed for that one as we did some squad rotation today - safe to say we're taking the cup seriously.

Only (very) small crumb of comfort is that this result helps County in their relegation battle - I'd hate to see a club of that stature fall into non-league. New boss Ardley has his work cut out but, with the likes of Jon Stead, David Vaughan and ex-Macc lad Kristian Dennis in the side, he has experience and quality to call upon.

In contrast to the football, the Nottingham boozers were once again first class. Today's selection comprised the Roebuck (a 'spoons with an excellent beer selection, as usual), the King Billy (an old favourite) and, post match, the Vat and Fiddle (handy for the station).


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Re: [nervous rec] Saturday 15th December 2018 or Reply Privately

The forecast is for bitterly cold winds and heavy rain, so where to go for football? Obviously a field in Lincolnshire with no cover and far enough East to ensure there would be very little daylight at the end of the match seemed perfect.


Central Midlands. Division 1 North KO 14:00. (F&N). Crowd 20.


Epworth Town Colts 2 v 1 Alfreton Town Res.


Today was the coldest I have been at football for years. The trees would have provided some shelter in the summer months but in December Deciduous trees don't provide much shelter. I stood by tree 000216 as that had a small hollybush in front of it and might have given me slight protection from the elements. I remembered the holly each time I stepped back! All the trees are numbered for some reason. The heavy rain didn't arrive until the second half.


The address of South Axholme Academy suggests a school playing field, which it is but Epworth have their own changing rooms and clubhouse that seems fairly new. Tea available at half time, self service, put a £1 in the cup.


The visitors had won all 9 of their league games so far this season and were a goal up at half time, although I must confess I thought they were a goal down as I had the teams the wrong way round Blush


Epworth scored twice in two minutes early in the second period to claim the three points and IMO they were the better side on the day. Match finished in almost total darkness after the ref kicked off 4 minutes late and allowed the players to make the 100 yards plus walk back to the changing rooms at half time. Just 6 days to the shortest day, east side of the country and poor weather, what happened to commonsense?


No delays on the roads despite the weather.


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MFL 1.
Atherstone Town 3 Hinckley AFC 0.
In £6.
Paper £1.50 (poor)
Att- est 180.
Carling £3.70.


3 goals in the final 10 minutes did for the Knitters in atrocious conditions at Sheepy Road. Adders started well but AFC came more into the game as the half went on and an effort came back off the underside of the bar on the whistle, would it have made any difference to the outcome, who knows but it would have given the visitors something to defend and they certainly needed to do lots of that after the break. Final scoreline was rather harsh as the last couple were shipped on the break when trying to get back into the game.


I had reason to mention the patronising PA man at Coventry United a couple of weeks back but this one today really took the biscuit!! After the game he gleefully announces that the next visitors are Leicester Road the pride of Leicestershire!! Means ziltch to me as I watch both clubs but he is either an imbecile or totally oblivious to the fact that the LR Chairman is the same man who closed Atherstone United down in 2003!! I may well return back for that game but I can guarantee the Chairman will not be in attendance.


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Albrighton 4 Wrockwardine Wood Juniors 2 (Shropshire Premier League) Att: 7 h/c f&n

A very entertaining game. The visitors were two up within 25 minutes and looked the better side, but Albrighton pulled one back just before the break. A most entertaing second half included two penalties (one missed), two red cards for the visitors and a very good comeback for Albrighton who controlled the game throughout. This was much more enjoyable than I feared, despite the most unpleasant weather throughout. The pitch was in very good shape.

Albrighton have moved from the dreadful Clock Mills to Loak Road, which is not far around the corner, but a huge improvement in every way imaginable: it's a tidy ground with proper dugouts, railed on two sides, hedges and trees on the others, and nice elevated viewing from grass banks on one side and behind the goal. It was tempting to watch from the car, but the good company of Smallman M persuaded me to select an umbrella and brave the elements. This was a very satisfying afternoon with a tick close to home on a very bad weather day. I'm happy.


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Re: [bluearmybob] Saturday 15th December 2018 or Reply Privately

Also at Ipswich Town v Wigan Athletic - rain, wind, freezing, poor ref and somehow, 7 minutes of injury time but that could not Ipswich getting their first home win of the season!



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Re: [bluearmybob] Saturday 15th December 2018 or Reply Privately

I thought I would correct your spelling of your visitors today. They are WIGAN not WIGIN. Bet you couldn't believe your luck with opposition having control of the match but completely toothless. The way we are going we'll be joining you in League Two next season if our manager can't get some players, who know where the net is, in the January window.


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I wasn’t too confident my game would go ahead as earlier this season when I came here the home team conceded the game. It was a relief to see people there as I drove across the field to the ground. I then noticed other people arrived using a proper entrance along a bumpy track.

Colchester & East Essex League Premier Division
Abbey Fields 1 (69)
Stanway Athletic 4 (20, 43, 58 & 60)
KO: 14:00 Att: 8 h/c Cost: Free Saw no progs

Venue: Birch Park, Maldon Road, Birch
A very open venue with two pitches adjacent each other with a few yards gap in between then a small field & trees beyond. During the 1st half a small group arrived & you could here the gunfire. Today’s game was played on the pitch on the left as you enter. The other side & far goal both have small grass area with a low wire fence. The side has fields with a few trees & bushes while far goal has grass leading to the country manor/hall/big house beyond. The near goal has grass area with a gentle hump then a track then where some cars were parked with an area of trees behind. In between pitches is a wooden changing room building which did have hot drinks at h/t. There’s decent overhang with hardstanding underneath but cars were parked blocking part of the view. Next to this is a small wooden building.

Match: 6th v 3rd out of 8
Game played in a strong wind & bitingly cold. Sleet was driving into my back during part of a one sided 1st half. Although it took 20 mins for the 1st shot which found its way in. GK saved on 28 mins before a header went wide. A throw in was headed by defender but gk pulled off a good save to deny an OG. An unorthodox attempt at a save by the gk saw the 2nd goal. Shots 0-7.

As I got back in the car it started raining & it continued at least until the early part of the night. AB had their 1st shot which was saved on 52mins before SA shot wide. A header back to the gk saw SA player nip in to get the ball & tap into an empty net. 129 seconds later a 4th goal was added. A few mins later a rare occurrence for me as I had to get back in the car as my hands were in pain due to the cold. I came back out & seconds later AB had close range shot blocked but the rebound was converted. Most of the 2nd half was played in gloomy conditions & just like the 1st half no injury time had been played & I’d survived watching this game. Shots 5-8.


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Afc Fylde 5-1 Stratford Town...FA Trophy 1st Round....Adm £5

Wrote a full report but it binned itself when sending and I really can't be bothered typing it all again!

Decent afternoon and game, good pricing as well....weather not quite as good. Felt sorry for those who'd paid for seats, roof to high with todays driving wind.


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I thought I would correct your spelling of your visitors today. They are WIGAN not WIGIN. Bet you couldn't believe your luck with opposition having control of the match but completely toothless. The way we are going we'll be joining you in League Two next season if our manager can't get some players, who know where the net is, in the January window.
Oops sorry about the spelling error,now spelt correct. But if we do go down I only hope it's to League one and not League Two!




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Re: [Tim] Saturday 15th December 2018 or Reply Privately

AFC Solihull 2 AFC Church 1, Midland League Division 3, Att: 15, Admission/Prog: No

This was Plan A for most of the week, however the awful weather forecast meant that we discussed several more Easterly possibilities as we progressed down the M6 roadworks corridor. As the predicted rain hadn't arrived by the time we hit Spaghetti Junction we settled on our first choice and as it turned out the heaviest rain didn't arrive until the second period. AFC Solihull play at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, an impressive set up including three indoor tennis courts, with the pitch, inside an eight lane athletics track, the main feature of which is a 500 bench-seater stand, very welcome on such a day for the meagre bunch of hardy souls who braved the conditions. A sign board next to the small clubroom suggested £2 admission however nobody asked for it. Nor was a programme available, although the friendly lady serving teas told us that one was "sometimes done". Despite the conditions, this was a decent game throughout, the visitors (Alvechurch Reserves in disguise) taking a surprise early lead before league leaders Solihull hit back with two goals in three minutes halfway through the first half. That was the end of the scoring, both 'keepers making decent saves to keep the score down. The second half was played in increasing gloom, switching on the track lights helped a little, but towards the end it was very difficult to follow the play through the darkness.

Pre-match refreshments were courtesy of The Ale Rooms, Knowle, the local CAMRA Pub of the Year for 2018, seven handpumps offering some very enjoyable beer.



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Re: [Andy D] Saturday 15th December 2018 or Reply Privately

East Juniors Premier Division South
Rosyth v Newburgh, 4-1, H.T. 4-0, Att c.30, Admission £5, No paper, Pie and Coffee £2
At Fleet Grounds Astro

Virtually all grass pitches and several artificial pitches in Central Scotland were unplayable due to various combinations of frost, ice and snow. One SPFL game was called off due to high winds. One of the games that managed to start on an Astro was abandoned due to flooding – the sub-layers being frozen and the torrential rain unable to drain away.

So it wasn’t the best of days to head out to a game. I chose the nearest, a mere two miles away at Rosyth. Common sense said I should have stayed in the house but Saturday habits die hard. Myself and around 30 locals gathered at the Fleet Grounds to see these two Fife teams face up to each other.

Two minutes before kick off there were two people in the spectator area – the rest decamped from the pavilion pie room at the last gasp. Most had retired there long before half time and few came out for the second half. By that time the freezing temperatures and howling wind were enhanced by horizontal sleet and hail making it quite impossible to face into it. Nobody would have had the slightest complaint if the referee had called the game off at any point.

Mercifully he cut it short by a few minutes as the scoreline was beyond redemption from Newburgh’s point of view. Rosyth had the advantage of the elements in the first half and took advantage to secure a 4-0 half time lead. Conditions were so bad by the second half that there was no real advantage in playing with the wind and Newburgh had but a late consolation to show for their endeavours.

Credit must go to all the players for their efforts – some managing to get quite animated and the referee had to dish out quite a few yellow cards. It wouldn’t have surprised me if some of the players were aiming for a red.

Rosyth’s pies are fine and they do a great deal of pie and hot drink for £2. They produced a programme for their last home game in the Junior Cup but have no plans to do them regularly.

Given some late postponements and abandonments, plus treacherous travel conditions, this was one of those days when the football authorities should have declared all football off. Expecting players and spectators to endanger their health and safety for the sake of getting a game played is just plain stupid. In future, please save us from ourselves.


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Re: [prorege] Saturday 15th December 2018 or Reply Privately

Can't believe you went to the Fleet Fields today!

I was out and about this morning and it was baltic only to get worse so took the sensible plan of staying in and writting my programme stuff for next weekCool


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Re: [prorege] Saturday 15th December 2018 or Reply Privately

What a day .. Wink

For it sure was wet down South .. with options of Hemel or Thornbury Town ultimately declined, as just too far to travel, given the possible postponements .. which Thornbury got due to North Leigh United not being able raise a team .. whilst "that will teach me" and congrats to the Tudors in FA Trophy .. so, what to do for me .. I guess check out the Hampshire League, Wessex or Southern Combo games still on .. and my thanks to Splodge of these Parishes, who was on the ball with his twitter feeds .. a decision made to go west to Sway .. who had confirmed game on,

Sway v Overton United (Hampshire League, Senior)
.. Jubilee Field, Church Lane, Sway from 2.00pm

Of course, it had rained all the way there and was getting harder on arrival, around 20 mins before kick-off .. both teams out and warming up .. then in they went to get ready to come back out .. but actually, all ended up in the bar .. the Ref didn’t fancy it, so called it off 10 mins before KO .. so off we went again .. and today’s “back up”

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.
Travel - down M27 .. into New Forest .. out again .. stuck in traffic .. detours .. no where to park .. walk with brolly .. etc etc
Weather – wet .. wet .. and more wet .. the rubber crumbs did their job
Colours – Hammers in all claret with light blue to shoulders .. Yachtsmen in all blue tops with white stripes and black shorts.

The tad late on arrival, which was in part due to the Ref starting three minutes early .. and mayhem in getting through traffic and roadworks, diverting me about on the Poole side of water .. although the latter was everywhere at the ground, noticeably in the car park .. four inches deep all over .. so, with wet feet, I joined proceedings .. Hammers with the wind at their back’s and putting the visitors under some decent pressure .. going four up by the interval .. unfortunately with me missing the first goal, apparently from a corner, when header found bottom of net .. second came off a forward’s chest, who chipped over the keeper .. third was well taken (or was that the fourth) .. if not, the fourth was a lucky bounce between defenders and a forward running on, knocked it in (the ball).

After that a very even game, with an individual Hammer goal well taken to wrap up the day mid-way through the second .. good to see the new pitch, since last visiting, with most (if not all) enjoying themselves in the dry .. either in the Clubhouse, sitting on the benching of main stand .. or tucked under the lone covered terracing, well protected from an easterly wind .. all glad to get warmed up again come game end .. as we wished both Clubs all the best for Christmas and beyond .. me heading back east in a solid hour amongst road spray, just glad to see the Solent again .. thankfully not having to cross it like the Yachtsmen .. not the best night for sailing .. and we hope they all return home safely, to enjoy another day.



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Re: [DaveH] Saturday 15th December 2018 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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Re: [hotchkiss] Saturday 15th December 2018 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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Re: [hotchkiss] Saturday 15th December 2018 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.


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Re: [mick] Saturday 15th December 2018 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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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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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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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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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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Oldham Athletic U18s 5-1 Huddersfield Town U18s
Football League Youth Alliance
Attendance:42
F&n

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
F&n

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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Re: [buncranaboy] Saturday 15th December 2018 or Reply Privately

THE KUFLINK STADIUM, STONEBRIDGE ROAD
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


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Re: [LondonBuck] Saturday 15th December 2018 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 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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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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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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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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New Grounds 2018/2019 Season = 19
Last New Ground : Yaxley 15th December 2018


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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.

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Matches: 105
New Grounds: 14


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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.


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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.


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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.


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...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


Reminds me of when you saw Tranmere Rovers defeat South Park by a similar scoreline in the same competition a few years ago!


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The forecast is for bitterly cold winds and heavy rain, so where to go for football? Obviously a field in Lincolnshire with no cover and far enough East to ensure there would be very little daylight at the end of the match seemed perfect.
Central Midlands Lge Division 1 North, KO 14:00. Crowd 20. Epworth Town Colts 2 v 1 Alfreton Town Res.
Today was the coldest I have been at football for years. The trees would have provided some shelter in the summer months but in December Deciduous trees don't provide much shelter. I stood by tree 000216 as that had a small hollybush in front of it and might have given me slight protection from the elements. I remembered the holly each time I stepped back! All the trees are numbered for some reason. The heavy rain didn't arrive until the second half. The address of South Axholme Academy suggests a school playing field, which it is but Epworth have their own changing rooms and clubhouse that seems fairly new. Tea available at half time, self service, put a £1 in the cup.

The visitors had won all 9 of their league games so far this season and were a goal up at half time, although I must confess I thought they were a goal down as I had the teams the wrong way round Blush

Epworth scored twice in two minutes early in the second period to claim the three points and IMO they were the better side on the day. Match finished in almost total darkness after the ref kicked off 4 minutes late and allowed the players to make the 100 yards plus walk back to the changing rooms at half time. Just 6 days to the shortest day, east side of the country and poor weather, what happened to commonsense?



Also at Epworth Town Colts 2-1 Alfreton Town 'Development' but I knew which team was which! Sly
Didn't see 'Dave 56' during the second half, so presumably it was him sat in a car watching from a hundred yards away?! - us hardy northerners watched proceedings from pitchside despite the deteriorating weather. Tongue

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Also at Walton Casuals 5 Hendon 1

A fair report from Paddy. Us Hendon fans weren't particularly impressed but that's football. They're currently struggling with defensive injuries and the back 4 played like the strangers they are. I thought if they'd have sneaked a second goal while having plenty of play may have set up a grandstand finish, but Casuals managed the game very well.

Certainly unimpressed with no hot food but it was one of those days.


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Biggleswade Town 2 - 1 Wealdstone
FA Trophy Round 1
Admission £10; prog £2

Hadn't been to this ground for 9 years, but then this season have found myself there 3 times, all FA competition games. This was the first time as a supporter though, through my part time Wealdstone loyalties.

A larger crowd here than normal I think, still space in the main car park just before 2:30 when I arrived, and an overflow section was open.

The rain didn't hit this part of Beds until just before kick off, giving chance of a lap of the ground to find the most sheltered spot.

This turned out to be in the kit terrace behind one of the goals, where I stayed for the whole match. Main disadvantage was the wind blowing from behind, which meant most of the play was up the other end for the whole game, but dryness and relative warmth were the priority...

For the first half, I was in the company of lots of Stones fans, as their team kicked towards us against the wind. Indeed, Town dominated possession, and Stones hardly ventured up into the opposition penalty area all half.

Town took the lead, but were pegged back from the penalty spot - one of those offences that only the ref saw really.

HT 1-1 Stones a little fortunate to be level, but chance to take advantage of the conditions in the second half.

For the second half was joined by some of the Town fans. Wealdstone certainly had more of the play and possession, but their finishing especially was woeful, with hardly a shot on target.

Significantly, Town were much better when they broke forward, and North in the Stones goal had to make saves to keep them in the game. Eventually the winner came with less than 10 mins to go. Town saw out the game for a deserved victory.


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Evostik League Division One East
Cleethorpes Town 1 Ossett United 1
Att: 329 Adm: comp (usually £8) Prog: comp (usually £2)

After last weekend's champagne job at Morpeth, this was more like a half of mild! I have not been so cold at a match for some considerable time. A howling wind made the air chill seem well below freezing and, in the second half, there was driving rain throughout.

In all fairness, the players served up a reasonable contest in the difficult conditions. Brody Robertson put the Owls in front on 28 minutes and this strike looked likely to be decisive for a long period. Ossett huffed and puffed but had to wait until the onset of injury time for the leveller - a looping header from Ross Hardaker.

No complaints from most and I thought a draw was about fair overall. Always disappointing to concede so late but it could have been worse, as the visitors hit the woodwork twice in injury time. Ten points from the last five games is a more than reasonable return and, although not exactly flying high in 15th place, I would now be surprised if we are in the relegation mire come April.

Next Saturday, we have a Lincolnshire derby at Spalding United. This means yet another date with our long-term nemesis, Kieran Wells (aka "affectionately" by Clee fans as Max Branning!). He always seems to score against us and has already done so for Stamford and AFC Mansfield in 2018. Perhaps next week, it will be our turn to keep him quiet - watch this space...



2019/20 season: 21 competitive games
(13 NPL SE, 2 FA Cup, 3 FA Trophy, 1 League Cup, 1 Lincs Cup, 1 FA Youth Cup)

Total goals: 85 (4.0 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: 20)

New grounds: 3 (Latest: Sutton Coldfield Town)


KevinW
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Dec 16, 2018, 7:49 PM

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Premier League
Selhurst Park Stadium – Official Attendance: 24,738

Crystal Palace (1) 1 ……………… Leicester City (0) 0


Random fact: despite their goal-scoring woes, the last 11 goals in Premier League fixtures between these two sides have all been scored by Palace.

Being stuck in traffic on the M25 for a significant part of Saturday evening wasn’t my idea of the best way to celebrate the victory. Could have been avoided if I had checked ahead.


rambler77
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LOUGHBOROUGH DYNAMO 1-0 STAMFORD
(NPL 1 East)

Adm: £8
Prog: £2
Att: 102

Didn't get up after my night shift until 1:30pm, and nearly didn't bother going out. In the end I opted for a local revisit to a ground I had not been to in years. The only addition is the stand on the right hand side.

The game was like the weather - awful. Driving wind and rain not helping the matters, though both sides looked bang average. The winning goal came via a 61st minute penalty kick.



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oxpete
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Just as it was everywhere else, the weather in Woking was appalling with heavy freezing rain and howling wind while I watched...

Isthmian League South Central Division
Westfield 1-1 South Park

Entry: £8
Attendance: 55

...among a desperately small crowd for Step4, though as well as the weather things probably weren’t helped by the fact that Woking FC were also at home to Maidstone next door. Indeed, from the balcony of Westfield’s clubhouse you can see the floodlights and the big stand of Kingfield Stadium, and we also heard the tannoy announcements and cheers for Woking’s goal (incidentally, their match finished 1-1 too).

Despite the filthy conditions, this wasn’t actually a bad match. Westfield took the lead on 3mins and went on the dominate the rest of the first half without managing a second, with the South Park goalkeeper making a dozen good saves. The second half was much more even, and you couldn’t begrudge bottom-of-the-table South Park their equalising penalty.

Although their ground is rather new-build in character, I really liked Westfield’s ground - it’s located in the middle of the large and sprawling Woking Park, just short of the Woking FC stadium, with a smart and cosy bar and a friendly welcome from everyone I met from the club. The only seating is in a small Atcost behind the far goal, with the whole crowd making themselves at home on the first-storey balcony that offers both an excellent view of the pitch and plenty of protection from the elements.


SpiderBee
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Dec 17, 2018, 1:50 PM

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In Reply To
Just as it was everywhere else, the weather in Woking was appalling with heavy freezing rain and howling wind while I watched...

Isthmian League South Central Division
Westfield 1-1 South Park

Entry: £8
Attendance: 55

...among a desperately small crowd for Step4, though as well as the weather things probably weren’t helped by the fact that Woking FC were also at home to Maidstone next door. Indeed, from the balcony of Westfield’s clubhouse you can see the floodlights and the big stand of Kingfield Stadium, and we also heard the tannoy announcements and cheers for Woking’s goal (incidentally, their match finished 1-1 too).

Despite the filthy conditions, this wasn’t actually a bad match. Westfield took the lead on 3mins and went on the dominate the rest of the first half without managing a second, with the South Park goalkeeper making a dozen good saves. The second half was much more even, and you couldn’t begrudge bottom-of-the-table South Park their equalising penalty.

Although their ground is rather new-build in character, I really liked Westfield’s ground - it’s located in the middle of the large and sprawling Woking Park, just short of the Woking FC stadium, with a smart and cosy bar and a friendly welcome from everyone I met from the club. The only seating is in a small Atcost behind the far goal, with the whole crowd making themselves at home on the first-storey balcony that offers both an excellent view of the pitch and plenty of protection from the elements.




There are seats beneath the balcony as well.



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richiejenn
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Saturday 15th December 2018 @3pm
EFL League One
GILLINGHAM 2-2 WYCOMBE WANDERERS
Priestfield Stadium

Admission: season ticket
Programme:£3
Attendance: 4,687 (495 away)


Both sides were on their best run of results this season so a draw was the inevitable outcome. Gills again had a forgettable first half performance as Wycombe dominated and should have been more than 2 goals up at the break. Again Gills did their traditional 2nd half upping of pace and urgency and a goal from top scorer Eaves and a good header from Parker was enough to share the spoils. Fair play to the away fans for their support in the open end during the downpour.


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Yockings Park, NWCP Whitchurch Alport 0-2 West Didsbury & Chorlton
With FC United just playing a friendly with Chadderton, I chose to tick off one of the NWC grounds that I can't make midweek. Good noises from the homesters that the game was on helped, with another possibility (Abbey Hulton) ending up off late. The pitch was in good nick but took plenty of liquid without looking in any danger of an abandonment. The old main stand is decent and characterful, with two cover options opposite (flat standing mostly but with a single row of seats at one point). There's a bar with tea bar next to the stand. By the entrance is what I thought was a VIP lounge but on the way out discovered was another tea bar - with cheaper prices and bigger range?! Open behind both goals.
West Didsbury dominated from start to finish, belying their lowly league position (2nd bottom). Chatting to a visiting fan on the way back, injuries have been horrendous but are easing a bit now. They should not have any relegation worries if they play like this.
Had to change in Crewe on the way down, so took the opportunity to visit 2 GBG's there, the Borough Arms and Hops; whilst post game I had chance to call in at Whitchurch's own GBG, the Black Bear, where the Wood's Born & Bred was very good. Despite the weather, was a good day out.



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Southern Combination League Premier

Sports Pavilion Godstone Rd (The Lair)

Lingfield 3-1 Broadbridge Heath

Adm: £5 progs free

Att: not checked for official figure h/c approx 50-60 sheltered from constant downpour

Directions: M25 jn6 S for about 6 miles then left for Lingfield ; ground on main road visible off to the right before you reach the town. Small car park; all facilities down one side.

Bar includes hot food counter only Pies today- no draught beer and a scant supply of bottled ale.

Odd feature to report : the live CCTV feed of the match outside on the big screen.
My mate took the opportunity to ensconce himself at a table in the warm only venturing out to join me for about the last 10' Tongue

Seated stand further down from the bar area - but few braved the deluge to toddle down that far - most huddled under the awning or stayed in the bar.

Match: 10th hosted 5th - the home side (Lingers) raced into a 2 goal lead,were pegged back by the Bears, who looked capable of levelling but the conditions worsened.
Lingfield grabbed a decisive third very late on.

Journey home was one of those we all dread being subject to. Collision and vehicle fire nr jn9 clockwise closed three lanes. Our journey time stretched from the normal 1:15 to something approaching 5 hours.

Still we at least arrived home unscathed, apart from some relatively acute bladder discomfort - got to Cobham services at c. 21:40.

Not seen an update but at least one person was in a serious condition. For what was reportedly only two cars involved there were an awful lot of ambulances about. Shocked Frown


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Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 AFC Bournemouth
Attendance 30,997
Ticket £27 - Programme £3.50

Cherries gifted Wolves the 3 points when Charlie Daniels received the ball from a throw in and inexplicably passed it back into the path of a Wolves player, the move finished by Jiminez in the 12th minute. The closest Cherries came to a leveller was when Junior Stanislas hit the bar with a free-kick in the second half. Chasing the game left our defence exposed and Cavaleiro broke clear to score Wolves' second in injury time. Since visiting Molineux with Sunderland exactly a year ago the away fans have been moved from the lower tier of the Steve Bull stand on the side to the corner of the large new Stan Cullis stand behind the goal. The rain coming through the gap between the stands meant I got soaked, but probably not as much as the home fans in the open section of the opposite corner, which I don't remember being there last year. More soaked walking back to Wolverhampton station where I learned the 1725 stopping service to Shrewsbury had been cancelled, good job I decided to leave my car at Telford rather than Shifnal or Albrighton which would have meant waiting another hour for the next train. The packed 1741 Holyhead service was 10 minutes late and didn't get back to my car in Telford until 1815 but made it to Latham Park with five minutes to spare for

Welsh Premier League
Newtown 3-1 Llandudno
Admission £7 - Programme £2
Attendance 191 according to league website but believe this was fudged to avoid the embarrassment of a double figure crowd in the WPLShocked. Heard gateman say in second half he took 90 at the turnstiles and 23 of those were FAW officials, struggled to make it much over 100 with my own headcount.

Game well described by Barcud Coch. Conditions were wet and blustery but at least much milder, a balmy 8c compared to 2c at Molineux. Liked the ground, plenty of character with four different stands, two on each side and an open seated stand behind one goal, a grass bank in the corner of the opposite end with built in concrete steps under crush barriers which look like they had a previous life as goalposts. The most sheltered area from the wind and rain was the old stand next to the clubhouse despite the roof only covering half the seats. Wasn't keen on watching from the new main stand as mesh netting impedes the view of the near goal. The tea bar has a good variety of food selling jacket potatoes with various fillings. Richmond Red also in attendance having snubbed Cherries for Burscough in the afternoon.


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Eastern Senior League (Division One South) 3 pm


Holland FC 1 Wormley Rovers 3 (H/T 0-1)


Entry – can’t remember how much (perhaps £5)


Programme – 20 pages for £1


Crowd – c. 35


With the weather forecast being for heavy rain spreading from the west during the early afternoon, this was just about the only place, other than Lakenheath, which I could go to where a programme was likely to be issued and the heavy rain would not arrive until after the game had started. No, I’m not talking about the Netherlands (I have actually seen a football club called ‘Holland’ play in that country, albeit as the away team, and have seen a team called ‘Holand’ in Norway, again as the away team) but in the more mundane setting of Clacton-on-Sea. This was my first visit to the town since 1990-91, when I ticked Clacton Town. On that occasion, I had travelled by train, but this time I decided to travel by bus for free all the way from Shenfield, changing buses at Chelmsford and Colchester. This went so well that I arrived in Clacton with sufficient time to spare to have a look at Clacton Town’s ground. Not only could I not remember anything about it, I was amazed to discover that I had marked its position wrongly on my map of Clacton! This does not mean that the pitch has been realigned since then, it simply means that I had not been careful enough when marking my map in 1990. The ground is still exactly the same as it was then, except that extra cover for spectators has been added on top of the grass banking that surrounds much of the pitch.

I then walked back via the town centre to the eastern side of town, where Holland’s ground, known simply as the Eastcliff Playing Field, is located. The ground’s address is Dulwich Road, but access is also available from other streets for pedestrians if they walk across the playing fields. The ground, which is fairly new, has been constructed on part of the site of a large open grass area, where another match was already in progress on one of the council pitches although I have no idea who the teams were. The enclosed ground used by Holland is quite compact, being enclosed with a steel mesh fence with sheeting attached to it to deter viewing for free from outside. The pitch is fully railed-off and (narrowly) accessible on all four sides with the only cover being provided by a small prefabricated seated stand on the east side of the pitch. There is a newish-looking brick building in the south-east corner of the ground, next to the paybox, and this houses the changing-rooms and a small clubroom, where hot food could be purchased. While this is not a particularly attractive or interesting ground, at least the club deserve credit for sticking with a grass pitch rather than going for the easy option of a 3G cage which would not really be necessary in a region of the UK that gets some of the lowest rainfall totals in the country.


The rain that had been forecast arrived shortly before kick-off but was mostly quite light in the first half. With the league table prior to the game having the visitors in 14th place and the home side in sixth, it was surprising to see Wormley dominating the game from the outset and they took the lead as early as the 6th minute. The home side had only one notable chance in the first 45 minutes but they did equalize in the 66th minute from a free-kick, only to fall behind again in the 73rd minute when a Holland defender headed past his own keeper. Wormley then made sure of victory with a third goal in the 80th minute. By this time the rain was much heavier, and with it coming from the west, I had to stand in the back row of the stand to minimize the rain that was getting in my face. The pitch stayed in remarkably good condition but the conditions were so unpleasant that the referee did not bother to add on any stoppage time and as soon as he blew the whistle for full-time, everyone on the field ran straight to the dressing rooms, something you do not normally see happen at games that finish in wet weather. I could not afford to wait for the rain to stop because I needed to get back in time for the bus to Colchester (which was at around 17.15) and so I ran across the playing fields back to the bus stop, which was opposite the railway station. I was soaked by the time I got to the bus stop, although my programme remained completely dry as I had taken care to wrap it up. At Colchester I had to shelter from the rain which, if anything, was even heavier than in Clacton but I managed to get home shortly after 10 pm which was pretty impressive for a trip involving buses all the way from Clacton to Shenfield.