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Sunday February 18


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Feb 18, 2018, 3:41 PM

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Location: Surrey
Team(s): Tranmere Rovers, South Liverpool (the South will rise again), Cammell Laird

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Sunday February 18 Can't Post or Reply Privately

An antidote to nostalgia at a potential step 6 venue for next season...

Liverpool Business Houses League, Premier Division
Mayfair 3-2 Netherley Wood Lane Legion

Back in the day, Sunday football in Liverpool would have a sprinkling of players from steps 1 and 2 and a host of other players whose ability, if they fancied it and had the discipline, also wouldn't be out of place at those levels. A fascinating feature in the Independent last September gave an insight into how times have changed:

Intrigued by this, and with today's home side reaching the semi finals of this season's FA Sunday Cup (a date at Solihull to play a team from Bury St Edmunds will really pack 'em in!) and playing at a ground that might be hosting step 6 football next season, I decided to dabble in Sunday football for the first time in almost thirty years.

The Anfield Sports and Community Centre, on Breck Road, and its 3G pitch occupy the western edge of Edinburgh Park, a famous name in Liverpool amateur football. The rest of the park still has its pitches but, over on Townsend Lane on the north side of the park, the famous old Dockers Club, which was home to several strong Saturday and Sunday amateur clubs, is now shut and in a very sorry state. The show pitch, where Waterloo Dock had many an epic FA Vase encounter, is now part of a couple of nondescript pitches running at right angles to it.

The Dock now use the 3G for their home games. So do fellow Liverpool County Premier League side Lower Breck, who have applied for promotion to step 6 for next season. I'd be surprised if the ground makes it. It's a typical floodlit 3G in a cage with spectator access behind a rail down one side. No seats or cover but there is a cafe in the main hall just outside.

Even though the fulltime website for this league shows kick-off time as 11.30, today's game - and apparently most games here - started at 11, which means I saw about an hour of it. A few of the Mayfair lads could play but the standard wasn't great and there was a fair amount of moaning, particularly from one or two of the Netherley lads. Mayfair deserved the win but, after going 2-0 up, were far from convincing against limited opposition. Unless they had a few 'names' missing today, on this showing they're not a patch on some of Merseyside's FA Sunday Cup sides of old. Add to that a crowd of barely a dozen inside the cage and the occasional passer by looking in from the outside, it was all a little underwhelming and very different to my memories of days gone by.

Still, there are far worse ways to spend a Sunday morning and, to get a better feel for the current state of the Sunday scene, I must look out for a bigger game on grass next time I'm up this way.

(This post was edited by paulh66 on Feb 18, 2018, 4:07 PM)

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Feb 18, 2018, 5:07 PM

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Hay St Mary's 0 Ross Juniors 2

Hereford Leisure Centre: Herefordshire FA Women's Development League

This match was due to be played on the 3G surface at Hereford Academy, where all the fixtures in this league have been played, but was transferred to one of the grass pitches on the other side of the city at Hereford Leisure Centre. This afternoon's game saw the meeting of the top-two teams in the four team mini league. Hay St Mary's were top with seven points from their opening three fixtures and Ross Juniors had five points from the same number of matches. The Saints enjoyed more than their fair share of possession in the opening 30 minute period but were unable to take advantage of that start. Hay St Mary's midfielder Gemma Bradford did find the back of the net in the 48th minute with a marvellous 25 yard strike over the Ross Juniors goalkeeper but the goal was ruled out for an offside flag raised during a previous phase of play. The south Herefordshire team then went down the other end of the pitch moments later and scored on the break to take the lead. Ross Juniors doubled their advantage 17 minutes later with a low 25 yard effort that caught out the Hay St Mary's custodian. The Saints pressed during the closing stages but drew their first blank of the season and saw Ross Juniors move above them at the head of the table.

2017/18 Statistics
Goals: 559
Matches: 131.5
New Grounds: 14

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Feb 18, 2018, 5:15 PM

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Location: Melksham, Wiltshire
Team(s): Melksham Town, Bath Rugby, Wigan Warriors and Lancashire CCC

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Chippenham & District Sunday League Division Three
Box Recreation Ground
Sporting Box 5 Fox & Hounds (Warminster) 2
F&N Attendance: Me plus sundry dog-walkers and families

This is such a quiet and picturesque place to watch football; perched on one side of a valley in the small village of Box outside Bath. The opposite side of the valley has sheep grazing and behind the hedge perimeter is the GW mainline offering a selection of HST's and the new IEP bi-mode trains. I've seen the higher-rated Box Rovers play here before, but this was a first visit to see their co-tenants.
A match between two teams adjacent to each other in the table at the start. The home side always looked stronger of the two and won rather easily in the end. The away side were reduced to 10 men after 68 minutes, at which point they were down 2-1; the home side scored three quick goals after this. The best goal was the away side's second, scored with almost the last kick of the game; a beauty right into the top corner.
Scoring sequence was: 1-0(13), 2-0(55), 2-1(65), 3-1(72), 4-1(81), 5-1(85) and 5-2(90).

2017-18 Games: 171 Goals: 745 GPG: 4.36 New Grounds: 114
2018-19 Games: 100 Goals: 394 GPG: 3.94 New Grounds: 58

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Feb 18, 2018, 7:50 PM

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Location: Kingdom of Fife
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Lowland League
East Stirlingshire v Hawick Royal Albert, 1-1, H.T. 0-0, Att c.160, Admission £8, No paperwork, Soup £1.20
At Ochilview Park

Shire extended their unbeaten run to 12 games but the two points dropped mean any chance of winning the Lowland League title has gone. Hawick fully deserved a share of the spoils in a match that was full of endeavour and commitment but short on skill.

Last week Hawick got their first win of the season with an away victory at Stirling Uni. Manager Craig Tully, who was in charge when Shire were relegated from the SPFL, has taken over at Albert Park and brought about a considerable improvement. Thatís partly due to ditching local players in favour of guys from the Falkirk / Alloa area where he is based.

The first half was even. Shire hit the woodwork twice but the best clearcut chances fell to Hawick who fluffed them all. The visitors took the lead around the hour mark, with Shire equalising with fifteen minutes left to play.

It is hard to see Hawick avoiding bottom place and a return to the East of Scotland league. However, they will pick up quite a few more points before the end of the season and no game against them can now be taken as a gimme. Of course it is possible that two teams will be relegated if Cowdenbeath were to lose the SPFL play-off to Cove Rangers, which I would venture is the most likely outcome of the end of season shake down at present.

Programmes disappeared from Shire in the Autumn and show no sign of returning. Teamsheets are not produced.

The pie stall was open with the excellent soup on sale as well as pies, burgers etc.

Good craic as usual with Jim Kidd and the other usual suspects who were in attendance.

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Feb 18, 2018, 10:24 PM

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Blackpool 1-1 Peterborough .....Div 1....Adm:Comp....k.o 3pm
The game was a bit flat in atmosphere and not much better on pitch, on an overcast afternoon on the Lancashire Coast.A crowd of around 3,600 witnessed the Posh taking the lead on 21 mins through ex Woking player Jack Marriot with a looping header over the Pool keeper.The scores were level on 45+2 mins when Delfouneso poked the ball home.Wont live in the memory long this one.After dropping the missus off,headed north to a wet and dark, bonny Scotland.

So Many Grounds....So little time!!

(This post was edited by codofthenorth on Feb 18, 2018, 10:26 PM)

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Feb 18, 2018, 10:54 PM

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Location: The Premier League town of Bournemouth
Team(s): AFC Bournemouth, Verwood Town, Sunderland

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Re: [codofthenorth] Sunday February 18 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

SSE Women's FA Cup 5th Round
Chichester City 0-3 Liverpool
Attendance 1,300 (official according to home club twitter)
Admission £1 - Programme £1
Event Keyring £1 - Pies £2

A great occasion to be at and the hosts gave it their all and matched Liverpool for much of the game holding out for over half an hour before being undone by two goals in six minutes, the first when a ball over the top found Rinsola Babajinde with a clear run at goal and she coolly slotted home with only the keeper to beat. The second goal a little scrappy as Ashley Hodson beat the keeper and defender to a low cross and the ball rolled slowly into the net. Home keeper Sadie Wilson-Blakley made some excellent saves to keep the score down but couldn't hold onto a shot early in the second half and Beth England pounced on the rebound to score Liverpool's third.

Last visited Oaklands Park around 7-10 years ago. I think the modern clubhouse on the half way line is a new addition since then as I don't remember it before. The tea bar at that time was in a separate hut in the corner, now food is served out of a hatch adjoining the main building near the dugouts with little room to squeeze past the large queues, they could have done with hiring another burger van and placing it on the opposite side to help cater for the large crowd today.

(This post was edited by cherryhopper on Feb 18, 2018, 10:55 PM)


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