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John Treleven
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Torridgeside 0, Teignmouth 2 (6 & 53) - South West Peninsula 1 East

att 41 (h/c)

very basic facilities (no clubhouse)

no progs ("printer away")

no badges ("secretary away")


martin55
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With Plan A at Clutton off due to an excess of wetness, it was on to plan B. Timsbury Athletic had tweeted early that their game was on, and so it proved to be much to the surprise of many, including the referee (the inimitable Mr Palmer) who was happy to start and see how it went.

Timsbury Athletic v Westfield
Somerset County League Division One East

The Recreation Ground in North Street, Timsbury is shared with cricket. The main pitch is on the far side from the clubhouse with permanent dugouts either side of an area of covered standing (a roof but no back or sides!). The pitch is roped, but the club are fundraising for proper barriers.

The match saw top of the table Timsbury against third place Westfield (from Midsomer Norton), with just three points and five miles separating the two. So, a feisty game expected. Thankfully the two sets of players just got on with playing football, despite the state of the pitch after it had cut up somewhat, and an excellent game ensued.

The final result of 6-0 to Timsbury may have been a little harsh on the visitors but if you take your chances then you reap the rewards and in the end Timsbury were well worth the win.

A crowd of 67 were in attendance to witness the spectacle all played in excellent spirits. The club must have made a few bob when the collection came around at the start of the second half along with the selling of drinks at half time.



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tony
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Mar 5, 2017, 12:15 PM

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Larkhall 1v2 Evesham Southern League SW.
Attendance 150 (approx).
Programme £1.50p. An Andrew Meaden production.
Real ales - bottles in the clubhouse but nothing on tap.

The pitch was just about playable although any rain in the build up to the ko would have led to a postponement. The referee's assessor was looking like he was writing a 20,000 word essay. Referee had a decent game. One red card, a few yellows and a manager sent off!

Plain Ham is a far cry from the sloping field of days gone by. Covered accommodation on the sides, plenty of seats and one of the best views in England being perched on the side of a hill on the edge of Bath. Behind the goal was the infamous Solsbury Hill and a rainbow ...

Evesham looked a decent side but where are their players based? It is hardly a hotbed of football. I guessed Birmingham but a supporter said Swindon and even South Wales.

Overall, a good day out. £8 admission (£5 OAP). Friendly club and decent away support. If you've not 'done' Larkhall then it should be on your bucket list .... but you might need decent map reading skills and a mountain leadership qualification to find the place!!


broodleyhoo
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Mar 5, 2017, 12:43 PM

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Having seen several games in the Barnsley area, I'd have to disagree with your comment re the FA's Respect campaign.

I think it has reached Barnsley, but its satnav failed when it tried to find the junction that would allow it along Shaw Lane


rambler77
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Mar 5, 2017, 12:59 PM

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COVENTRIANS 0-1 ENVILLE ATHLETIC
(Midland League Division 3)

@ Holbrooks Park, Holbrook Lane, Coventry
Admission / programme: none
Attendance: around 30
Pin Badge: £3
Tea / coffee: 60p

With Ashland Rovers being called off, this came as a handy plan B. The club tweeted it was on and was never in danger of being called off. Very basic set up with it being a public park, and the home side rope off one side of the pitch and have a couple of sets of portable dugouts for the two teams.

The game - awful. Very few chances and also quite niggly. It was no surprise that there was a sending off. What was a surprise was that there was a goal scored, and that was with around 15 minutes to go.

Easy run out and back down the M69 to the northern suburbs of Cov.

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Steveb
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Mar 5, 2017, 1:14 PM

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2pm
Hope Valley Amateur League, Division A
Railway (Whaley) 3 Youlgrave United 2 (att 12 h/c)
Free admission, no prog


Thought I might struggle to get to a game on a new ground this weekend due to a combination of wet weather and a potentially busy weekend on call for work.

To complicate things further we're dog and house sitting in New Mills for the weekend so, after a couple of nearby postponements, confirmation that this was on, barely 15 minutes drive from base, was welcome news.

As their full name suggests, The Railway is a pub in Whaley Bridge, but they play on the Recreation Ground in Peak Dale, the only club to do so currently following the demise of Peak Dale FC (unless they simply morphed into Railway).

It's not a bad venue for this league. An enclosed ground with two football pitches, car parking and a small modern pavilion housing changing rooms and with a overhang providing some cover to the front, well positioned for getting a sheltered view of the action if necessary.

It was a dry afternoon, but the pitch and surrounds were in surprisingly good condition considering the amount of rain which fell on Friday.

Decent game with the emphasis on effort rather than skill. Railway went ahead just before half time, but were 1-2 down about 10 minutes into the second half. They equalised almost immediately though, and got a deserved winner before the end.

Enjoyable afternoon, and good to meet forum poster onion_bag for the first time. I look forward to seeing his photos of the game, which will doubtless be superior to my amateur snaps which are currently available, along with the usual write up, at http://stevebthegroundhopper.blogspot.co.uk/...oulgrave-united.html




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wishmaster3211
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Mar 5, 2017, 1:25 PM

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Conference "North"

Worcester City 2(0)-(0)2 Darlington

Adm £13 Prog £2.50, Att 589

A revisit this on my way back from Wigan Beer festival and a rare opportunity to see Darlington as work usually clashes with their forays down South.

As results suggest, their form seems to have gone over a cliff since I last saw them in the Autumn, so this game continued my depressing run (I haven't seen them win since they were in the Northern League).

First half was a dire stalemate with neither side able to impose themselves on the game, and Worcester missing a simple chance to take the lead. The second was more lively, a period of 15 minutes pressing rewarded Darlo with the lead but their incredibly shaky defence, featuring full backs who offered nothing going forwards except being continually caught out of position, then let in two goals on the break in the last ten minutes, only for them to scramble an even later equaliser. Probably a fair result, but a very poor one for a side with promotion ambitions.

Having already done the ground but by car, I was able to assist a number of travelling fans finding the ground. Its a heck of a long walk from the station, Id recommend getting a bus to/from the Bus Station which is only 5 mins from the ground. A good pint of Wye Valley HPA was had in the extremely friendly Hop Pole pub near the ground. Nice to see Darlo fans actually quite happy with life if not their teams performance, because they are enjoying the away day experience at this level. Not so nice to see Worcester struggling and gradually losing support through a series of groundhsares.



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PhilT
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Mar 5, 2017, 1:51 PM

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Barton Rovers 1 - 1 Ashford Town (Middx)
Southern Lge Div 1 Central
Admission £8; prog £2

First choice game at Raunds was called off mid morning, but as our day was already planned to centre around Bedford, decided on this one, as Rovers are in a tight fight for a playoff place.

In fact it was a poor game, with the visitors the better side in the first half. They took the lead early on and lead 0-1 at half time.

The second half was more even, but still uninspiring. Town were timewasting in the corner with 5 minutes to go, and the game appeared to be petering out. Suddenly Rovers stepped up a gear and scored an equaliser with just a couple of mins left, and even had a chance to snatch the win before the final whistle blew.


pokal02
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Mar 5, 2017, 2:22 PM

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Accrington S 1-0 Barnet
EFL2
Att 1,236 Adm £20 Coffee £2 Prog £3

With my phone packing up at Euston, just had to hope this was on (apparently it survived a 12:00 inspection). Pitch was heavy & bobbly but certainly playable.

Stanley deserved the win in a dull game, scoring a well struck free kick on 54 mins and hitting te post afterwards and the bar before. Bees only threatened twice, a shot from Akinde blocked on 81 nis and a Vilhete efoort cleared off the line on 90+3.

Bees have slid alarmingly in the last few weeks and if neither of our next two games, home to teams below us, produce a win, I will start to take a keen interest in Orient and Hartlepool's results (they both won yesterday...)

Delayed nearly an hour on way back due to signal problems and not indoors till 11:20.


Herb Alpert
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Mar 5, 2017, 2:59 PM

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Bees have slid alarmingly in the last few weeks and if neither of our next two games, home to teams below us, produce a win, I will start to take a keen interest in Orient and Hartlepool's results (they both won yesterday...)


No need to worry about Orient. They are a team full of youngsters, yesterday's win was against bottom club Newport. You can also add a 12 point deduction probably coming Orient's way as Administration is almost inevitable (details on a thread in the Football & Premier League section).


Cleeve
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Mar 5, 2017, 3:15 PM

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Cambridgeshire County League - Premier Division
Cambridge City Reserves v Chatteris Town 0-1 (ht 0-0)
Venue: Histon & Impington Recreation Ground, Bridge Road, Histon. Kickoff 1530hrs.
Entry: Free, no programme
Attendance: Varied between 30 and 40

According to FA Fulltime all Cambridge City Reservesí remaining games are away from home, so I took the opportunity to visit this venue. I donít think Iíve ever watched a game on a pitch adjacent to a more senior non-league match happening at the same time (Histon were playing Hanwell, three steps higher).

The car park entrance is actually on New Road, but it was full due to a kiddies party in the Tennis Club building (which also contained the changing rooms and public toilets). From here there is a cricket square, the pitch used for this game, and then more pitches and another cricket square. The pitch was temporarily roped off and there was a refreshments hut (open) which is normally used by Histon Hornets junior teams (their senior team, playing level 3 of the Cambs County league, seems to have folded during the season).

A game of few clear-cut chances until the last 15 minutes. Chatteris edged it with a goal on 56 minutes. No problems with the recent rain as the pitch held up well.


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Bantam Cymraeg
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Mar 5, 2017, 3:25 PM

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Wimborne Town 4-1 Wantage Town
Southern League South & West
£9 in
Att: 238

I planned this weekend months ago, with a visit to the brother-in-law in Poole and a side-visit to Poole Town on the Saturday. Friday's deluge put paid to my intended footie fix, but luckily I had a local Plan B.

Wimborne are bumbling along in mid table, and Wantage are looking doomed to a relegation spot, so this always looked like a home win. In the end it was, but I thought Wantage had a decent game. Wimborne were out of the blocks quickly, and led 3-0 by the half hour. At that point they stopped playing and allowed the visitors into the game. They pulled one back before half time and had a decent spell either side of the break. They looked fairly toothless up front however, and Wimborne gradually regained the ascendency, scoring their 4th in the last minute.

The ground is a cracker - proper old skool community football ground. There is a full length low cover on the near side, with bench seating at one end, standing at the other and changing rooms in between. There is also a full length standing cover at one end. The other side & end are uncovered flat standing. The pitch is surrounded by a white breeze block wall, and slopes dramatically from the corner near the clubhouse to the opposite corner. Everything is tight and hemmed-in, and oozing in character. Loved it, but Poole's postponement is now going to make it very difficult for me to recomplete everything down to Step 2 this season.


Yorks Amateur
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Mar 5, 2017, 3:35 PM

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Football League One:

Bradford City 1 Peterborough United 0

Season ticket duty - Attendance 17,220

Draw specialists Bradford City secured a much needed win against play off rivals Peterborough, in what what an uninspiring, hard fought encounter.

My last game at Valley Parade saw City draw 2-2 with Bolton Wanderers. City tore Bolton apart in the first 25 minutes, as they raced in to a 2-0 lead. Bolton then outmuscled Bradford to come back in the second half. That first half display was a million miles away from yesterday's performance, as it was Posh who were the better team and in Taylor (No 10) and Nichols (21) they had probably the best two players on the pitch for the first 20 minutes or so. City gradually got in to the game and managed to score a very scrapy goal, pretty much against the run of play, on the 24th minute, when January signing Alex Jones (ex Birmingham City - not from the One Show!) just about squeezed the ball home from close range.

That goal summed up the game really. City did just enough to grind out a victory. Posh will no doubt have left feeling that they really should have gotten at least a point from the game. However, I've seen City fail to close out victory on numerous occasions this season, so perhaps this was what they needed to just get over the line. The game was not easy on the eye, although the dreadful Valley Parade playing surface hardly helps matters.


andy smith
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Mar 5, 2017, 4:17 PM

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Isthmian Premier

Tonbridge Angels 3 (2)
Needham Market 4 (0)
Admission £10.00
Prog' £2.50
Att' 555

Tonbridge looked to be in control of this game at half time going in 2-0 up, Needham pulled a goal back in the 49th minute only for Tonbridge to restore their 2 goal cushion 3 minutes later, a couple of minutes after that Tonbridge were reduced to 10 men when they had a player sent off for a foul denying a goal scoring opportunity. Needham then began to get the upper hand and scored goals in the 63rd & 77th mins' to level, with play going from end to end Needham scored the winning goal when a corner was forced home at the back post with 5 minutes left, Tonbridge then had a couple of close efforts in the remaining time.


nico
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Mar 5, 2017, 4:18 PM

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As their full name suggests, The Railway is a pub in Whaley Bridge, but they play on the Recreation Ground in Peak Dale, the only club to do so currently following the demise of Peak Dale FC (unless they simply morphed into Railway).


Nope, two separate clubs Steve.
Railway were Queens FC up to 09/10, then Wheatsheaf FC 10/11, then Railway FC from 11/12.
Peak Dale FC entered HVL in 08/09 and folded after 14/15 season.



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South of Scotland League
Abbey Vale v Mid Annandale, 3-2, H.T. 2-1, Att 45 (h/c), Free Admission, No Paper, No Catering etc
At Dumfries HS 3G

Not a game I would normally have attended but circumstances sent me South. With much of the Junior programme in the Central belt wiped out by rain, it did mean that I didnít have to faff about checking what games were on and which were not in great detail.

Abbey Vale, who normally play at New Abbey, had switched this game into Dumfries itself because of waterlogging at their own ground. The pitch is normally home to Dumfries YMCA. I had seen a game at Dumfries HS before Ė in 1994/5 when Dumfries HSFP joined the South of Scotland league. I vaguely remembered that they played on an unfenced school pitch at the back of the school, one of three or four. It turns out the new Astro facility is not on the same exact location Ė itís perhaps 100 yards away from where I remember the old pitch as being. So, if I counted grounds, then this could have been a tick.

In fact, even if it did overly the old pitch I would still have said Ė new ground. Itís a fairly typical caged astro set up but with full spectator access down one side with a substantial barrier to keep you off the pitch. It has floodlights.

Itís next door to the David Keswick Stadium, a council-owned Athletics facility which has hosted football on occasions. Iíve seen a Cup Final there in the past and also a Queen of the South reserve league match.

The South of Scotland League is of poor standard. Both these teams would be hit for double figures by many Junior sides. However, two evenly matched sides of whatever level can still produce a decent game. Vale raced into a 2-0 lead and looked to be on the road to a big win. But Mids got one back before half time and equalised midway through the second half. Vale probably just deserved their late winner. I thought the Mids number 9 looked familiar Ė turns out it was their new Player Manager Paddy Flannery, a journeyman striker over many years with Dumbarton, Morton and others. He was unkindly known as Fanny Paddery by admirers from other clubs.

No food, as mentioned above, I have some Abbey Vale programmes from 15-20 years ago but I donít expect theyíve issued for a long time.

Quite a decent attendance including Leeds Phil, who will have to make a decision as to whether this is a tick or a bracketed tick for him, with the ground being used by a non-regular home team.

From Dumfries it was on to Penrith for the inaugural meeting of Lodge Kempster Clique Number 1. It would appear that I am the first of the initiates to sober up sufficiently to post.


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Welsh League Div 3
Chepstow Town 1-0 STM Sports
Adm £4 Att 35ish

Surprise win for mid-table Chepstow, but not underserved. League Leaders STM had more of the play but Chepstow had created the better chances ahead of the late goal. STM had left Chepstow forwards unattended a few times, and eventually one was slipped through to apply the finish.

Larkfield Park is just off the A48, with views over the Bristol Channel. It has a small clubhouse with Sky, and a raised patio from which you can watch the game with your pint if you so wish. A small bit of cover on halfway provided shelter from a brief first half shower.



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Mar 5, 2017, 7:44 PM

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AFC Telford United 1 Altrincham 0
National League North
Admission : £14 for me, £1 for my son
Attendance : 1,105

Pretty dire game this with many a mistake and misplaced pass. Telford were marginally better than their opponents but that's not saying much. As the game wore on Altrincham created more and better chances than their hosts but were caught out three minutes from time when Dave Hibbert stuck out a foot and diverted a shot that was going wide into the bottom corner.

Watched the first half from the main stand in a seat level with the halfway line. Most of the locals around me were moaning at the ref. Watched the second half on the terrace behind the goal where most of the locals around me were moaning at their own players.

As well as the club shop, merchandise was being sold from a table under the main stand inside the ground. There was a rail with old Telford shirts and training tops and my son picked up a rather garish Telford away shirt in yellow, black and red for a fiver. Vastly overpriced according to his mother.


yorkieexile
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Mar 5, 2017, 8:04 PM

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My first game was my first venture into the Arthurian League, for a Premier Division clash

Kings College Wimbledon 2 Old Tonbridgians 3
F&N
Att 9

This was played at the 3G pitch at Southfields Academy, in Merton Road, Wandsworth, which is also where AFC Cubo of the Surrey Elite League play their home matches.

A fairly typical 3G cage, but we were able to stand inside the cage. The home side scored on 29 and 50 minutes, but in both cases the lead lasted only 3 minutes before the visitors equalised. On 61 minutes the visitors then scored what was to prove to be the decisive goal.

If there are other games kicking off in this league at 1100, like this one, then I will certainly be interested.

It was then a drive through the badlands of South East London for my second game

Kent County League Premier Division
Peckham Town 4 Erith 147 Sports 1
Att 20 (h/c)
F&N

This was played at Pynners Close, close to the very impressive looking Dulwich College, and across the road where Peckham Town will be moving to next season, I believe.

Peckham took an early lead with goals on 15 and 19 minutes, in each case the keeper did not seem to make any effort to stop the shots. Erith did pull one back on 20 minutes, but they rarely threatened thereafter. Further home goals on 39 and 64 secured a comfortable home victory.

Very little in the way of catering, chocolate bars and crisps were all there was, together with tea or coffee.


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Also here. Was nice to bump in to Steveb from this parish.

Hope Valley League Ė 'A' Division
Railway FC 3 Youlgrave United 2
atten 12


The village of Peak Dale
is located a couple of miles north of Buxton, between two limestone quarries. The village used to house quarry workers and their families.
The sight of the pitch and the quarries in the distance whilst descending into the village is a sight to behold. The Hope Valley never disappoints in that department.

The Railway FC manager aka 'Porky pig' should really be known as the local 'Roman Abramovich' as not so long a go the club were on their knees after the old management left with a few thousand pounds worth of debts. Porky didnt want the club to die to he paid the debt himself which means they are still around today.Having spent most of his life in the area he said he just had to do something.

I had a great chat with Porky and he asked ď have you visited FC Trunk yet ?Ē Ö. ďwell, we beat them 9-0 and we are shit !Ē

The game itself was enjoyable with both teams giving it their best shot. The ref did fine and the game flowed accordingly. As always in this league the goals were not in short supply.That makes the six matches I have seen in this league this season has produced 35 goals, I am certainly not complaining.

The scenery was as usual eye catching and another enjoyable afternoon was had in a league that never disappoints.


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Ayrshire District League : Ardeer Thistle 4 Whitletts Victoria 2. Admission £5; Programme £1.50. Attendance : 79 (hc)


A nervous morning fixture-checking en route up the M6 but the signs coming out of Ayrshire were that games there were likely to beat the deluge which had now passed. Tweets from Kilwinning and Kilbirnie were positive but some or all of our prospective attendees had attended both those grounds; once Ardeer confirmed they were on and that they were issuing, that became the venue of choice, needed by all of us. Myself and catchagogoal met chez KYM and collected bluenosePaul from the Ag in Penrith. A brief stop at the Carlisle wagon before arriving at Ardeer Stadium about 1.30. Catchagogoal was deposited for his admin duties while the three of us had a quick gargle at the very pleasant Champion Shell Inn.
Both pub and ground are actually in Stevenston to which Ardeer is conjoined and Stevenston station is just down the road from the ground. It's a fairly quiet place these days but a century ago it was very different indeed with Ardeer having the biggest explosives factory in the world with 13,500 employed at the Alfred Nobel dynamite plant in the sand-dunes. The ground is a relic of those days as it was the sports ground of the successor company ICI. When the occupying club (Ardeer Recreation) went belly-up, Thistle moved in during the 1970's and they inherited and maintained a terrific facility since then. It's a traditional oval with a sizeable covered terrace occupying half of one side. The whole ground is terracing about 8 steps deep and is in generally good nick. Beyond the cover are the club buildings with a club room for committee members only. Further on is the dressing room/canteen building where the menu was restricted today as they didn't expect to be on, so no stovies or lentil soup. What was available however was what appears to be a local speciality - scotch pie in a bap; not for me thanks, even though they claim the pies to be world champion pies.
The game was a real belter too with Ardeer beating Vics for the second time in only three weeks. Whitletts scored when 2-0 down from a penalty as the first half ended in a flurry of 4 goals in ten minutes. A peach of a move on 54 had the home team 4-1 up which kind of killed the contest. Whitletts did score again late on from the third penalty of the game (at the second attempt) and we finished with a terrific brawl involving most players, subs and benches and a red for a Whitletts player plus second yellow for an Ardeer player already substituted but who ventured back on to land a haymaker in the heat of the scramash. Excellent entertainment at a fantastic ground and well done too to the club for the production of a very good programme which they say makes them a few quid rather than costing money. It helps of course when you have someone for whom it's a labour of love.....
And thus, via the Gate Inn at Yanwath, the first AGM of the Kempster clique convened in Penrith, called by KYM to celebrate my survival after a harrowing year and joking aside, I'm really touched that so many guys made long journeys from places as far away as London,Cowdenbeath, Scunthorpe and North Wales/Cheshire as well as midlanders to enjoy a pint and chinwag. We must be getting old as only 6 pubs were visited (Board & Elbow, Dockray,Agricultural,General Wolfe, Robin Hood and Dog Beck (Spoons)) though attempts were made to get a last one or two at a couple of others but they were populated by noisy yoofs and sold mainly fizz to a techno backdrop. Erm, no thanks so in the best tradition the night ended at a dodgy kebab shop some time round 1.00. Thanks again to KYM for organising the get-together which hopefully we can repeat another time in another place.
Attendees of the first clique AGM were KYM (speaker); colpic, DavyC, hipkissexpress, catchagogoal, The Wall, Prorege, bluenosePaul, the Town Crier and myself and most of those guys I've met via this forum. Cheers, hic!


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Humber Premier League Division One
HULL UNITED 1-1 LIV SUPPLIES
Endeavour PF, Temple Street f/n HC 8

Venue also known as the Hull College Sports Ground & Steve Prescott centre.

This was always my first choice game as I wanted to stay local but I was amazed to confirm the game was on after all the rain on Friday and overnight, especially as there have been one or two postponements there in recent times. Arrived to find the pitch and surrounds dry despite all the rain.

After the short lived and well documented Northern Counties East League experience for the Citizens, it is back to the realities of the more local HPL, step 8 football for the club, with not even allocated lino's to whinge at. Instead a young up and coming ref had a decent game (he was being assessed) and a late LIV goal meant the points were shared in a close mid table contest.

Temple Street is accessed via Station Drive (next to the Station Inn) in a not so salubrious part of the City of Culture. The Hull College sports building was open with vending machine snacks and drinks plus toilet facilities available. I was pleased the facility was open is as it meant I didn't have to put a damper on proceedings by risking a 'Molders scorn' moment.

Apart from a second grass pitch, not in use today, the venue also has an, almost new, 3g caged pitch with spectator facilities down one side. I also confirmed a second game was on at the venue by twitter. When local traveller Ian (Yorkshire Dales) arrived he was delighted as he needed the new 3g pitch. The game he saw was an East Riding County League fixture between West Hull Amateurs and Queens County (1-6) which had been switched from elsewhere.

I headed away from Hull's traffic strewn roads and crossed back over the Humber Bridge to peace and quiet, content in the knowledge I had once again completed the HPL - at least for the time being.


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Ardeer v Whitletts, described in his usual sardonic style by Buncrana - Just to add a few comments: Many thanks to our limo driver KYM whose car is the height of comfort on such long trips. It was good to be able to celebrate the ongoing recovery of the Cliquemeister in such esteemed and edifying company.
Our match at Ardeer was a real entertainment bonus and I have to thank the club Chairman and man responsible for the match programme, Boyd Miller, for his courtesy and help during our brief visit - proving once again, in conjunction with the match, what a rewarding experience it is to attend Scottish Junior matches.
One almost surreal experience was described by KYM as us seeming to cross into the twilight world - no doubt in part attributable to several pints already consumed! Late into the evening, we crossed a churchyard in Penrith to find a whole new area of drinking life - one we had no idea existed despite many previous stop-offs in Penrith! However, as the Cliquemeister said, it was not for us on this occasion. Great day out!


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Abbey Vale v Mid Annandale, 3-2, H.T. 2-1, Att 45 (h/c), Free Admission, No Paper, No Catering etc
At Dumfries HS 3G

Not a game I would normally have attended but circumstances sent me South. With much of the Junior programme in the Central belt wiped out by rain, it did mean that I didnít have to faff about checking what games were on and which were not in great detail.

Abbey Vale, who normally play at New Abbey, had switched this game into Dumfries itself because of waterlogging at their own ground. The pitch is normally home to Dumfries YMCA. I had seen a game at Dumfries HS before Ė in 1994/5 when Dumfries HSFP joined the South of Scotland league. I vaguely remembered that they played on an unfenced school pitch at the back of the school, one of three or four. It turns out the new Astro facility is not on the same exact location Ė itís perhaps 100 yards away from where I remember the old pitch as being. So, if I counted grounds, then this could have been a tick.

In fact, even if it did overly the old pitch I would still have said Ė new ground. Itís a fairly typical caged astro set up but with full spectator access down one side with a substantial barrier to keep you off the pitch. It has floodlights.

Itís next door to the David Keswick Stadium, a council-owned Athletics facility which has hosted football on occasions. Iíve seen a Cup Final there in the past and also a Queen of the South reserve league match.

The South of Scotland League is of poor standard. Both these teams would be hit for double figures by many Junior sides. However, two evenly matched sides of whatever level can still produce a decent game. Vale raced into a 2-0 lead and looked to be on the road to a big win. But Mids got one back before half time and equalised midway through the second half. Vale probably just deserved their late winner. I thought the Mids number 9 looked familiar Ė turns out it was their new Player Manager Paddy Flannery, a journeyman striker over many years with Dumbarton, Morton and others. He was unkindly known as Fanny Paddery by admirers from other clubs.

No food, as mentioned above, I have some Abbey Vale programmes from 15-20 years ago but I donít expect theyíve issued for a long time.

Quite a decent attendance including Leeds Phil, who will have to make a decision as to whether this is a tick or a bracketed tick for him, with the ground being used by a non-regular home team.

From Dumfries it was on to Penrith for the inaugural meeting of Lodge Kempster Clique Number 1. It would appear that I am the first of the initiates to sober up sufficiently to post.


God I used to hate Paddy Flannery when he played with Dumbarton.


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Mar 5, 2017, 9:29 PM

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Hallen 1-4 Cribbs (Toolstation Western League, Les Phillips Cup, 2nd Round)
.. played at The Hallen Centre, Moorhouse Lane, Hallen from 3.0pm

Att - 50 (official and looked right);
Entry - £6 with programme (simple); £3 badge from behind bar .. for hemelite
Travel - two hour jaunt along the M27, M3, A34, M4 and nip around M5.
Weather - light shower with sun but cool .. a breeze floating straight down the pitch.
Colours - Hallen in a blue shirt with black stripe to front and the black shorts .. Cribbs in red tops and white shorts.

Nice set up at Hallen for this local cup derby .. plenty of parking around and about the entry road .. a neat turnstile and cheeerful welcome, with curved shelter adjacent for terraced cover .. the main stand set to the west and ample room for those on hand .. with Clubhouse offering a variety of facilities and a cosy bar, where bottled refreshment and snacks were available .. whilst pitchside the portacabin did the teas, pastries and chocolate bars .. all reasonably priced, as we awaited our teams arrival from the changing rooms, located at the end of the main clubhouse block building.

Now I'd seen Cribbs demolish a Longwell Green Sports side last month, calmly knocking in seven, on a flat well presented pitch at The Lawns .. so with the Armadillos even lower in the league than Sports, I was expecting a comfortable away win .. even on a much grassier uneven pitch today .. and right on cue .. we got it .. as I looked on from a comfy seat in the main stand .. as some good early attacking play unfolded, resulting in goals around 13, when an individual forward attack beat umpteen defensive challenges, before he hit ball off both posts to see back of net bulge .. a couple of minutes later .. an incoming corner from the right was headed onto cross bar, with rebound hooked into net from 10 yards .. then credit our hosts, as they stuck to their game and put in some pressure before the break, as Cribbs eased, making the most of a breakaway down the right flank, which saw ball dispatched passed an advancing keeper .. 1-2 at the half.

The second also proved hard going for Hallen.. as Cribbs now had the breeze at their backs, so without doing too much the visitors were always in control .. with their third coming on 55 when a well taken free kick from out right was flighted on to in-coming forward, who calmly picked his spot from six yards (video - https://twitter.com/...s/838068722736726021 ) .. then all wrapped up late when forward advanced on goal, to shoot into left side of net .. thus allowing Cribbs to advance to the quarter finals .. and leaving Hallen disappointed but still great hosts for this day .. we wish them both well as their season's continues to unfold .. Smile



Grounds = 501, Leagues done = 11 (40 to go); Games (18/19) = 54; New Grounds (18/19) = 36; Goals (18/19) = 177; Ave goals/game = 3.28; Last new ground = Crowborough Athletic; Next = not sure when or where.

(This post was edited by hemelhopper on Mar 5, 2017, 9:40 PM)

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