First Team Regular
Feb 8, 2018, 10:30 PM
Post #1 of 4
Hereford 1 Rugby Town Juniors 0
The County Ground: Midland Floodlit Youth League Premier Division South
This fixture, played at the home of Hereford Lads Club, was originally scheduled for a week on Monday but I noticed earlier this week that it had been brought forward to this evening. Hereford came into this fixture in mid-table and were playing their first league game since a 4-1 reverse at Worcester City in early December. Rugby Town Juniors led the Premier Division South table and enjoyed a 3-1 home win over Lye Town in their previous outing last week. The visitors showed why they are leading this division playing some very good football during the opening period but were unable to find a way past the Hereford defence due to a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping. As the rain became heavier after half-time, the hosts broke the deadlock six minutes into the second-half with a low shot from just over 25 yards out that beat the Rugby Town Juniors custodian at his near post. That goal seemed to boost the confidence of the young Bulls, who were now playing with the elements behind them, although the Warwickshire outfit can count themselves a shade unfortunate not to find an equaliser, as the Hereford goalkeeper made some fine saves in the closing stages of this encounter.
New Grounds: 14
First Team Sub
Feb 9, 2018, 11:00 AM
Location: Beside the Spinnaker Tower
Team(s): Hemel Hempstead Town FC, Trust Portsmouth FC and The Reds of Cincinnati
Post #2 of 4
Gosport Borough 1-0 Moneyfields (Portsmouth FA Divisional Senior Cup, Quarter Final)
- played at Privett Park, Gosport from 7.45pm
Att 60 to 70 (h/c); Entry £5 .. no prog .. cuppa, chips (poor) and choc bar consumed
Weather Ė cold breeze picking up and blowing straight down pitch from the ocean
Travel Ė dropped in off the M27 from work .. used A27 going home, as M27 closed eastbound .. back indoors by ten passed the hour
Colours Ė Borough in yellow tops and dark blue shorts .. Moneys in white tops and green shorts.
Well more a case of the Reserves and who fancies a game .. which given both Clubs recent league form at first team level (each with just one point from a possible 18) .. I guess from a localís perspective, somewhat refreshing to come out and watch a competitive cup game, then more thumpingís .. especially given a Borough win .. although the actual game lacked a lot .. shots going high and wide .. not much stringing together of passes .. niggles in the tackle .. which a young official didnít quite get to grips with throughout.
No changes around the ground since my last visit a year ago .. the main stand sitting proud .. the all seater opposite occupied by a few souls, a Clubhouse warm and friendly and the tea hatch doing a brisk trade with the hot drinks .. but a biting wind which sussed me out and I felt real cold .. so eventually joined most tucked away .. patiently waiting for something to happen as the game moved along .. Moneys having much the stronger second half but undone just before the final whistle, when an opening was found from left sided cross and a lone forward dispatched into left side of net (see link) .. cue hysteria and delight .. as only a few minutes remained to see this one out and send our hosts into the Semi Finalís and a game against AFC Portchester .. good luck to both.
The goal - https://twitter.com/redlegTudor/status/961715713588244480
Grounds Visited = 447, Leagues done = 11 (36 to go); Games in 17-18 Season = 91; New Grounds this Season = 53; Goals seen this Season = 342; Ave goals / game = 3.76; Last new ground = King's Lynn Town; Next Game = Sat 24th Mar 2018
(This post was edited by hemelhopper on Feb 9, 2018, 11:01 AM)
First Team Star
Feb 11, 2018, 2:57 PM
Team(s): Colchester United, Stocksbridge Park Steels, Borussia Dortmund & Essex CCC
Post #4 of 4
Southampton Senior Cup Quarter Final
Universal Stadium, Southampton
Sholing 1(1) Hamble Club 0(0)
Red & White Striped Shirts / Black Shorts White Shirts & Shorts
Admission £5 Programme £1.50 Badge £3
Hot Drinks £1 Pasty £2
Earlier in the day the BBC Weather website was forecasting the heavy rain woul arrive at 20:00 but fortunately by kick-off that had changed to 22:00 and so it proved to be correct. Probably just as well because although the pitch was ok the overflow parking in the muddy field outside the ground would not have survived a heavy downpour and we'd have needed tractors to pull us out had it arrived earlier! Decent crowd for this very local derby, as had been the case when I the same two teams just before Christmas, down the road in Hamble. Ground fairly basic. Didn't see a clubhouse / bar to get warm in. Cover provided by overhanging changing rooms roof in corner as you enter the ground, a small 150 seater stand and a small standing terrace that the vociferous home support gathered in. Tea hut was doing a brisk trade including a passable Bovril with pepper. The game was a close affair with Sholing shading the first half and Hamble the second. Sholing's Lee Wort went from villain to hero in 8 first half minutes. In the 29th minute Sholing were awarded a soft pen but Wort's effort was saved by Hamble's keeper, Anderson and Wort blazed the rebound over the bar. The striker however redeemed himself in the 37th minute winning the ball in the box and beating the stranded Anderson. Hamble had their chances after the break but Sholing defended well to progress into the semi-final.