Reserve Team Regular
Feb 2, 2018, 3:46 PM
Team(s): Ipswich Town
Post #1 of 8
Ipswich Town Under 18s 1 Colchester United Under 18s 5
Playford Rd, Ipswich Town training ground
Programme: Free coloured team sheet issued
Attendance: 37 h/c
Game was meant to be on Saturday but played earlier to give the visitors more time to prepare for a FA Youth cup game. At the training ground so of course it was wet and windy!
Both teams played some good football but too often they just wanted to kick each other or moan at the ref- maybe because it was a local derby and most of the players have played against each other so many times before.
Ipswich did go one up and also had a goal disallowed and though both teams had numerous chances, Colchester were far better at finishing. 1-3 at half time, Ipswich then had the wind with them in the second half and most of the play but it was Colchester who added two further goals.
Not a great week for the Ipswich U18 team, out of the Youth Cup and a heavy league defeat, not sure they will be relishing a visit to Leiston in the Suffolk Premier Cup next week.
Last New Ground: Deeping Rangers; Games in 2017-18 Season = 94; New Grounds this Season = 45
Next scheduled game: tbc
Feb 2, 2018, 7:14 PM
Location: Outer Cheltenhamshire
Team(s): Cheltenham Town
Post #2 of 8
Indian Super League, at Balewadi Stadium, Pune
Pune City 1-2 Kerala Blasters
Admission 100 rupee (£1.20), attendance 9,463
The ground is around 12 years old, and is a single tier all seated stadium with a running track. Despite the obligatory ten foot fence and pillars supporting the uniform roof that can block your view, there are some good viewing positions. Sensibly, on the side where the dugouts and other pitchside furniture are placed, there are no low seats, so these higher priced tickets have a reasonable view. In this case, I am in the cheap seats and my 100 Rupee (£1.20) ticket places me close to the corner flag. I prefer to be alongside the pitch, but I do have a better position than the 700 rupee ticket at Mumbai – I can see the entire pitch!
In the first half, it is fair to say there is more excitement in the stands than on the pitch. The crowd figure is given as 9,463. I think this is probably accurate, even though it would put the capacity higher than that given on Wikipedia.
There is a lot of atmosphere in the ground, not only are the home fans, armed with flags given out free at the entrance in good voice, but around 40% of the attendees are were cheering for the opposition. I made sure I took the chance to ask some of them about this at the end. It appears the vast majority of the Kerala fans in the ground were from Kerala, but are now settled in Pune. Quite a large number of them appear to be students at the university in Pune, but I also spoke to people who have moved here to work, and even someone serving in the army locally.
A couple of chances near the end of the half, one at each end look promising but end up over the bar. For Kerala, Iain Hume claims injury and is replaced before the break.
At the start of the second period, it appears Pune are upping their game, but this results in numerous balls out to the left side, where the Brazilian midfielder, Diego Oliveira almost always manages to lose the ball before he has a chance to misplace his cross. There was one exception, to prove that he was capable of misplacing a cross. In a 4-2-3-1 formation, the loan striker is Emiliano Alfrero, who manages to strike the post from just outside the area, in a move that sensibly evaded Oliveira. To be honest, if this had gone in, then the visiting goalkeeper would have had to be asking questions over his positioning.
Seconds later, the ball is at the other end, and the defenders are not close to Jackichand Singh as he shoots from outside the area. The shot is on target, which may have been what surprised the keeper. One nil to Kerala.
Pune’s answer is for Oliveira to dive over the diving body of Kerala keeper, Subhasish Chowdhury. The referee gets this right, playing on and then booking Oliveira when the ball is next out of play.
Pune’s first substitution, on 71 minutes changes the pattern of play, as the team moves from 4-2-3-1 to 4-1-4-1. It does not have an immediate effect, with more frantic attacking, but little substance. They get level though after a very similar incident to the one where they were denied a penalty. On this occasion, the diving player is Alfaro, and he is further from goal with even less of a chance of doing anything. The difference is that this time the referee gives the penalty and Alfaro himself completes the move.
For a while, it looks as if Pune are going for the win, and taking Oliveira off while keeping the same formation strengthens this idea. However, just before the board goes up for injury time, they take off Alfaro, which means for the period of injury time they are playing 4-2-4-0.
Despite this, two minutes into injury time, they manage a shot a shot from Marcelinho which bounces off the crossbar. In a repeat of what happened earlier, the ball goes up the other end, and the Kerala shot from Vineeth is more accurate, giving the Blasters a deserved win.
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Reserve Team Star
Feb 2, 2018, 9:24 PM
Team(s): Melksham Town, Bath Rugby, Wigan Warriors and Lancashire CCC
Post #3 of 8
Trowbridge & District League A+B Cup SF
Oakfield Pitch #2
Melksham Town 'A' 3 Aces FC 1
F&N Attendance: 40-ish
Home side play at Step 8 and the away side in the division below. Not a massive amount of quality although the home side were comfortable winners in the end with 2 well taken goals and a penalty. Aces responded at 2-0 down to score their own scuffer but the home side missed chance after chance to extend the lead.
The attendance waxed and waned as people made their way back and forth to the bar for re-fills obviously getting in the mood for tomorrow's Vase game.
2016-17 Games: 109 Goals: 446 GPG: 4.09 New Grounds: 74
2017-18 Games: 142 Goals: 629 GPG: 4.43 New Grounds: 99
First Team Star
Feb 2, 2018, 11:05 PM
Location: The EAST
Team(s): Felixstowe & Walton Utd
Post #4 of 8
Ynysygerwn 1-4 Swansea University K.O. 19-32
Welsh Football League Div 3
Adm £4 Inc prog
Att Martin55 (methodical) H/C
Game was lively enough to keep us entertained. The visitors always looked the better side, but the home side certainly deserved their late consolation, even though I'd have given a free kick the other way and not a pen.
Nice stand on the far side with 6 rows of terracing, I heard someone say it used to be seated, and you can see the holes where the bolts used to be.
Never a lover of club linesmen that aren't allowed to give offsides, no way any ref can get these decisions correct, as it transpired only one of the goals looked dodgy.
(This post was edited by youngster on Feb 2, 2018, 11:06 PM)
First Team Sub
Feb 2, 2018, 11:57 PM
Location: Bute and Argyll/Fleetwood
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Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Bristol City...Championship...Adm:Comp
Not a bad night down Horwich for Bolton's surprise win that takes them out of the relegation zone. Bristol City looked the better first half but seemed to have run out of ideas after the break as Bolton grew in confidence. The introduction of Zak Clough gave Bolton more of a threat up front and Ameobi's run from the half way line saw him rifle home to the Keepers left, just inside the post. The goal on around the 70th minute led to a few nervy moments for the Wanderers support but they deserved their win. Tonight's crowd was 14,127 on a cool but dry night off the M61. We had called in at Bloomfield Road earlier in the day to sign the Jimmy Armfield 'Condolences Book' and buy a couple of the Tribute programmes from last weeks game (postponed v Charlton).Amazing to see how all the NW Clubs have come together and left floral tributes and shirts at the Statue of the Blackpool legend. Tonight Bolton held their own minutes applause for their former Boss with a minutes applause. Cant believe how quickly we got away and back onto the M61...good run back.
So Many Grounds....So little time!!
Chelsea Transfer Target
Feb 5, 2018, 12:43 PM
Location: North West Lincolnshire
Team(s): Scotter United (Scunthorpe League), AFC Telford(home town club),
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Cefn Druids 2 TNS 2
Welsh Premier Adm £7 Prog £2.50 Att 374
Not the usual walk in the park for the big boys as Druids more than held their own throughout. All the goals came in the first half as the hosts twice went behind but equalised for the second time bang on the stroke of half time.
The car park is a thing of wonder. The attendants did their best to squeeze in as many as possible which made getting out an interesting experience. If you are in a hurry, leave the car on the approach road.
Nice to see a club shop - to the right of the main entrance - although I didn't see many going in. There are boxes of old(but not that old!) programmes and the usual array of club merchandise on sale.
I sat in the back of the main stand which, in daylight, would afford a good view of the grounds unique offering,the Rock.
Where's the 'ignore this poster' button?