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Wednesday 9th January 2019


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Jan 10, 2019, 1:16 AM

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Guilsfield 1 Radnor Valley 1 (aet: Radnor Valley won 4-2 on penalties)

Clos Mytton: Central Wales Challenge Cup Second Round

This was my first visit to Clos Mytton for a couple of seasons when I watched the home club entertain Newtown in the Nathaniel MG (Welsh Premier League) Cup. The Robins prevailed 3-0 on that occasion progress to the last-eight stage of the competition. The Montgomeryshire club had erected two small seated stands prior to that visit to ensure they reached the minimum 250 seating capacity prior to the introduction of the FAW’s tier two licence that has now become operational from the start of this season. There have been no noticeable changes to Clos Mytton over the course of the past couple of years. The original stand remains opposite the two more recent additions and there is a building in the corner of the ground that provides refreshments for spectators and hospitality for visiting guests. The changing facilities are located in a building that is adjacent to the parking area and a short walk from the playing area. Guilsfield reached the final of this competition last season but were defeated by then Cymru Alliance rivals Caersws in an entertaining match at Llanidloes Town’s home ground of Victoria Avenue. The Montgomeryshire outfit came into this evening’s cup-tie just inside the top-half of the Huws Gray Cymru alliance table following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Conwy Borough on the weekend. For Radnor Valley, this was their first visit to Clos Mytton, having only been elevated to senior status in mid Wales football three years ago. Following a highly impressive start to this campaign, the Goats had slipped back a little in the table over the past couple of months and came into this evening’s clash in sixth position in the MMP Mid Wales League First Division. The New Radnor men were playing their first match of the new year after having not played since the 2-0 defeat at local rivals Llandrindod Wells on the final Saturday of 2018. The Goats had already played tier two opposition this season and that resulted in a narrow 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Welsh League First Division club Goytre in the JD Welsh Cup.

On a freezing evening in rural Montgomeryshire, the hosts had a great opportunity to open the scoring in the sixth minute when nobody could apply the vital touch to an inviting cross from the right. Radnor valley were not so fortunate on the 15 minute mark when the Goats failed to clear the ball from their penalty area and the ball was lashed past Will Fowden. The visitors responded virtually straight after the restart when Elliot Morris headed over fro close range following a break down the right by the New Radnor men. Callum Matthews went close with a 20th minute overhead kick after the Guilsfield defence failed to clear a free-kick played into their penalty area. The hosts headed over from a cross on the left two minutes later before firing an effort wide of the far post after the Guils had worked the ball across the Radnor Valley penalty area. Fowden was forced to turn a hanging 29th minute on to the far post before seeing tech ball scrambled to safety and ten minutes later the Goats' custodian appeared to have been beaten again but the ball was cleared just before it was about to cross the line. The Radnorshire came close to levelling the scores on the stroke of half-time but Callum Matthews fired over the crossbar from close range. The visitors made the perfect start to the second-half when Matthews long range effort from nearly 30 yards came back off an upright an the veteran Geraint Lloyd was on hand to force the loose ball over the line from close range. Fowden was forced to make a smart close range save in the 53rd minute before Elliot Morris headed wide of the target three minutes later. Matthews hot a 25 yard effort straight at the Guilsfield goalkeeper in the 68th minute before the hosts fired wide from the edge of the Goats' penalty area six minutes later. The Guils saw a close range 78th minute shot blocked and the rebound was fired over the target when it appeared the hosts would regain the lead. Despite their best efforts, neither side was able to fashion a decisive goal before the tie headed into an additional 30 minutes. The heroic Goats were now beginning to tire against their higher-graded opponents and spent the majority of extra-time defending continuous attacks. Guilsfield forced Fowden into a 97th minute save from a far posy header before a shot from a narrow angle was turned behind for a corer six minutes later. The Radnor Valley goalkeeper made a smart save with his legs in the 104th minute before the Guils headed wide of goal 10 minutes later. Fowden was forced to turn substitute Danny Barton's hanging cross over the crossbar in the 118th minute before saving a low shot just a minute later and watching the rebound blocked y one of his defenders. Neither team was able to find the elusive winning goal and so the tie had to be decided by a penalty shoot-out. Fowden was the hero of the hour by saving two of Guilsfield first three attempts and the Goats converted all four kicks to record a famous victory on the home ground of their Cymru Alliance opponent.

2018/19 Statistics
Goals: 551
Matches: 117
New Grounds: 14

timmy tabby
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Jan 10, 2019, 10:03 AM

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Re: [barcud-coch] Wednesday 9th January 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

....After their Warholian 15 minutes of (national) fame on Sunday in front of live TV and the watching gaze of many more punters than watch live, would Woking's run of league runs be continued or would it be a case of after the Lord Mayor's show???....

Woking 2 v 0 Welling United - Conference Division 1 (South)
Prog 40 pages £3.00 - Admission £15.00 - Att 1483 (most of whom turned up near to kick off as it was commented how few there were in the ground at 19.30)

....I should start by saying that although I rarely eat at grounds, a cup o' Rosie is normally partaken. However, after seeing the average size paper cup available from the Woking food wagon and the fact that they wanted 2 fing squid meant that no way were they going to obtain my custom.

And the answer to the above question was that it was a bit of both as although Woking recorded their 8th consecutive league win, there were times in the second half especially when Welling were very much in the ascendancy and it looked increasingly likely that obtain a leveller that it was all going not the way as planned. However, you can often distinguish a good team from the fact that they win when they are not at their best and the outcome of this contest proves that both Woking and Torquay are streets ahead of the other teams in this division.

First half had it's moments though several of these were not of a nature which enhanced either teams reputation. Some of the challenges were of a robust nature and led to an accumulation of bookings and one particularly nasty challenge from Woking's Little on McNamara led to the obligatory bouts of shoving and accentuated tempers between the players, however it was amusing to see the man in black who needless to say was a little on the diminutive size tried to step in without a hint of success to try and prise apart the warring combatants.

I between the unpleasantness, there were hints of positive play, which was virtually created by the hosts. You could see from Edser's run up the trajectory of his free kick as he tried to curl without success around the wall. The hosts took the lead when a free kick from Edser was struck straight at Hill, however his attempted clearance was to use a cricketing term ' a thickish outside edge over the slips' and this landed very conveniently for Cook to head in at the back post. Very little from Welling until a free kick from Kissock near the half's conclusion saw a Patterson and Goldberg collectively direct the ball goalwards which was hooked off the line with appeals that the ball had crossed the line. Not that it would have counted as the linesmans flag was up for offside.

The difference in the second half was that we saw much more from the visitors going forward, but despite the fact that were in the ascendancy they created little in the way of opportunities apart from Kiernan lofting over from close range and then a moment of good fortune when Hill had far too much space 6 yards out but saw his header strike the inside of the post and roll back into the grateful arms of Ross.

For a team who had secured 7 wins on the league andhad just played a team from the (near) apex of the national game, some of the negativity coming from the home supporters was surprising to hear. However, this disappeared quickly with the all important second goal which initially from our angle looked an excellent strike from Luer which looped over Wilks in the Welling goal, however it transpires that Luer's shot took a big deflection up and over the stranded Welling keeper, an occurrence that from our angle was not clearly evident. In the end a reasonably straightforward win for Woking to keep them in pursuit of Torquay. Given my viewings of both teams this season, looks very likely that the 'crunch' game between the two on 6th April will determine who wins the title and who has to contend with the vagaries of the Play Off's.

A quick turn of pace from (formerly) Reuters Representative in Orpington ensured that an early fast departure back to Waterloo was obtained, however the rest of the journey dragged with connections not being of the particularly swift variety, Indoors from what was a chilly evening circa 23.40....

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Jan 10, 2019, 11:44 AM

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Re: [timmy tabby] Wednesday 9th January 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Also at Woking and agree with Timmy's view on game:
No real hangover first half from the Watford game, Woking well on top
Needless fouls by both teams, mainly Welling, collecting 3 yellow cards
Second half, possibly the FA Cup exertions set in and Welling well on top but Woking subs woke them up to get second goal.

Food and drink good but as Timmy stated, overpriced

Also teamsheets, colour available for 50p, at programme stall (sold out)

Last New Ground; Maginn Park, Buncrana, Games in 2018/19 Season; 110, New Grounds this Season; 60, Next scheduled game: next season

Chelsea Transfer Target

Jan 10, 2019, 1:22 PM

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Southern Combination Div.1
Mile Oak 2-2 Sidlesham

Entry: £5
Attendance: headcount of 60 or so

Mile Oak is a small and friendly club, with a ground tucked up on the slopes of the South Downs at the top of the Mile Oak housing estate, with views down onto the coast in one direction and a grass bank cut into the chalk in the other. Bus service no.1 serves the estate if you want to avoid the steep streets up. Closest railway station is Fishersgate about a mile or so to the south - a footpath runs direct from here to Mile Oak, running along the boundary between West and East Sussex. Portslade railway station is a little further away but is served with a more frequent service.

Good match, with Sidlesham coming back from behind twice against lively hosts.

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Jan 10, 2019, 11:13 PM

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Location: Coventry
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Re: [oxpete] Wednesday 9th January 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

A freezing cold night at the Butts Park Arena attracted only around 100 spectators (official attendance still not released) but those who turned up saw a first half of tremendous quality in which CU employed an energetic high pressing game, refusing to allow WW to settle. The awful bumpy pitch made passing football almost impossible but both teams adapted well with CU well worth their 1-0 half time lead. They were unable to keep up the tempo in the second half but WW ware very disappointing no more so than substitute Sylvan Ebanks-Blake whose career has gone into spectacular decline in recent years - he was completely anonymous after he came on last night. They were awarded a penalty for handball midway through the half but were thwarted by one of the best penalty saves I have ever seen from CU keeper Brendon Bunn who diving full length to his right managed to turn the penalty around the post. Entertaining and good quality stuff - on this showing Coventry United must be fancied for the FA Vase whilst it is hard to see WW getting promotion on this showing.

"There's a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Milletts".

The Moose
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Jan 11, 2019, 10:18 AM

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Location: The West Country town of Trowbridge

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ADM: £10. PROG: £3 (32 pages). ATT: 410

I’ve been a few times over the decades to Wordsworth Drive, or as tiz now called, The Viridor Stadium. Essentially, the ground retains the same homely feel to it as if they were still in the Western league. Yes, they have provided small covers at both ends now, but tiz still a compact facility. There’s also two or three rows of seats on both sides.

Mind you if Poole were allowed up at step two, then Taunton should be okay too. Seems as though team wise, The Peacocks are making a good challenge for promotion. This time they won ugly, albeit better to win lucky, than not at all. The visiting keeper had a night he’d want to forget in a hurry, being at fault with both home goals.

Minor rant alert, Taunton put the programme price up mid season to an extortionate £3 for a measly 32 pages. I’d suggest tiz the most expensive now at step 3? IMHO it wins this seasons GROT (Greatest Rip Off Tosh) award. It now is the same price for half the page quantity, as a certain league club down the A358 in Zummerzet. Now I like some paper to cuddle like the next person, but they do appear to be extracting the Michael. Still, worse things happen at sea!

KRTM :-)

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Jan 11, 2019, 6:37 PM

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Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Team(s): Chester City, Liverpool FC,

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Re: [oxpete] Wednesday 9th January 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

ADM £5 PROG £1 GATE 2671 KO 1900

We toyed with going to either Woking or Mile Oak as well as this game but Stamford Bridge for a fiver was too good a chance to miss. To get to the capital we got a super off peak return from Brighton for £16.25 each with our two together railcard which was a complete bargain as Nigel had looked on the trainline website who were qouting £41.70. Our travel on this ticket included the underground, overground and buses - zones 1-6 which a fair way out of the city.

A couple of very decent halves in the Four Thieves public house which is about 10 minute walk from Clapham Junction train station up Lavender Hill. This is an excellent find which brews it's own beer on site and seems to be in conjuntion with Laine Brewery in Brighton.

A fairly average game - a reasonable first half with Chelsea scoring on 45 mins. The second half started off okay when Peterborough scored on 65 mins. Peterborough took the lead on 72 mins and then seemed to take control of the game. They scored again on 74 mins to ensure a comfortable win and a place in the next round.

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Jan 22, 2019, 9:27 PM

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Overton United 3 v 1 Winchester Castle Hampshire Premier League No Admission or Prog 4 Page club newsletter available Att 68 Hot Drinks £1
A rare midweek game under lights saw me at Overton United who play in Bridge Street just a short walk of the main street with its take aways and pubs. Ground is roped off with clubhouse at one end, changing rooms on ground floor bar and toilets upstairs, bar area also had a table selling hot drinks, filled rolls etc. First half seemed as though it was going to remain goalless after the home team missed a couple of good chances, however they took the lead with a well taken free kick shortly before half time. Second half saw Winchester equalise against the run of play mid way through and then seem to gain the upperhand, however their good work was undone in the last 10 minutes. Firstly the Winchester keeper flapped at a corner and the Overton player scored with a free header, shortly after an Overton player was hauled down by the last defender, who did not bother waiting for the inevitable red card, shortly after Overton added their third and final goal.
Interestingly after this game Overton moved up to fifth in the table but with a -6 goal difference, despite winning 10 out of 17 games.


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