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First Team Star

Apr 27, 2019, 4:46 PM

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Location: west riding of yorkshire

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Broomhill 2 Trawden Celtic Juniors 5
Craven & District league

End of season game won comfortably by the visitors who led by three early on. Bottom placed Broomhill scored once before the break, and having had a player dismissed when 4-1 down, they scored a late penalty only to concede again with the last kick of the match.
Game played at Oakworth, high in the hills above Keighley, near to the Worth Valley Railway whose steam trains could occasionally be heard.
Not even roped off, this was the bottom pitch of the complex, and the most sheltered. Weather not as biblical as forecast, even for these wild and windy moors, the ground unimaginatively for these parts, being called Bronte Fields.Only a couple of showers in the last 20 minutes, there being a much heavier one just before the kick off, when the crowd (Ian J & myself) sat in the car.

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nervous rec
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Apr 27, 2019, 6:09 PM

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Location: Farnborough, Hants
Team(s): Aldershot Town

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Ludgvan 0 Holsworthy 2
South West Peninsula League Division 1 West
Admission £3 Programme Free

Credit must be given to Ludgvan for completing what has been a disastrous season for them. Their final record reads Played 26 Forfeited 2 Won 0 Drawn 0 Lost 26 Scored 11 Conceded 196 Points -6 (3 points for each game forfeited). With Holsworthy in 8th place, there was only pride to play for, and the game was a low key affair, with the visitors dominating the first half, and scoring twice in quick succession shortly after the half hour mark. Ludgvan made more of a fight of it in the second half, however Holsworthy still had the ball in the net twice, both disallowed for offside, and hit the post. Ludgvan’s ground is in a pleasant setting, just off the A30. It is easy to get to by public transport, with trains from London and Bristol stopping at St. Erth, and the half hourly A17 bus which runs from the railway station, stopping right outside the ground. There is a wooden shelter running along part of one side, whilst the other side backs on to the cricket pitch. The Community Centre housing the club house and changing rooms is behind the near goal, with no spectator access allowed behind the far goal. An 8 page programme with all the essentials was included with the admission price. This completes the SWP Division 1 West for me, until the reorganisation of the league at the end of the season.

Football seen in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Iceland, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichenstein, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Italy Czech Republic, Ukraine, Gibraltar, Andorra, Luxembourg, San Marino, U.S.A., Canada, Portugal, and Slovakia.

Divisions completed: SW Peninsula League Premier Division West, Welsh Premier League, Welsh Championship South Division, Airtricity Irish Premier, Gibraltar Divisions 1 & 2

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First Team Star

Apr 27, 2019, 6:41 PM

Posts: 2159
Location: Leighton Buzzard
Team(s): Step 4/5 local sides

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South Midlands Premier
Admission & Prog £5.00 2x Tea
Attendance c. 40 including the under-whatevers, some of whom went home after half time

For a perfect lesson in how to throw away a game that was seemingly in the bag, visit the Brache. After squeezing into a very tight parking space and being effectively boxed in due to the continued presence of the Yeovil Town U18s (who won't have been too happy at what's happened to their seniors), I managed to set myself up for my last game of the season. and what a game it was. Crawley Green cruised to a seemingly unassailable 3-0 lead and although the visitors pulled one back through OJ9 (who was very lucky not to be carded for kicking the home keeper), Crawley Green were on course for a double over the side they visited on the opening day.

What Oxhey had at half time probably wasn't tea - more like jet fuel as they pulled back to 3-3 and in the dying seconds won a penalty as a result of CG2 either deliberately handling or preventing a goal-scoring opportunity. Either way, he saw red and the penalty was converted to send the entire team (including the bench) into raptures. The home keeper was also cautioned for claiming that the referee had robbed them, or something like that.

So, that's it. Only 34 games, due to smaller divisions, fewer midweek options, better weather, annoying kids or the increasing tendency of clubs to only do programmes online. Either way, given that my father has now been formally diagnosed with Alzheimers, it remains to be seen whether or not I can improve on that next season.

2019/20 stats

7 goals in 3 games
£32.20 spent

First Team Star

Apr 27, 2019, 6:49 PM

Posts: 2786
Location: South Hampshire
Team(s): Hants/Middx/Sussex Non-League, Brentford, THFC, Eastleigh, SC Freiburg

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Hampshire Premier League Senior Division

Bush Hill 4 Infinity 0

admission/programme none attendance est 320 (ground record)
1st v 2nd
A draw would be enough for the home team to win the league today, but they did a lot better than that, gaining sweet revenge over their opponents, who had beaten them in a classic League Cup semi-final on Wednesday. This game was wrapped up before half time here as Bush were much sharper and quicker to the ball. Infinity looked a bit tired (fixture backlog), and also played a higher defensive line which left them vulnerable to breaks.
An early T.Parker shot for the hosts just shaved the far post as keeper S.Parker left it - possibly unsighted? Or excellent judgement.... Infinity's Cox had a free-kick blocked by the wall, then, on 8 mins, the home team took the lead as Barker ran to the right byeline, turned his man and put in an excellent low cross that S.Parker partly stopped but Drake buried the rebound. Drake then had another chance, a good piece of play and a shot deflected just over. The second goal came on 17 mins, Harding running clear through the middle, S.Parker came out to him and blocked well; he was unlucky to see the ball balloon into the air for Harding to head into the net. C.Parker then headed over from a corner, but then the visitors seemed to stablise a bit and the next 15 mins were quite even. However, on 40 mins a superb break by the home team caught them out, Barker down the left, and a great cross met first time by Harding into the corner for an excellent finish, and the title seemed to be sewn up. Long tried to extend the lead before the break, but his effort was over - HT 3-0.
After the break there was no letting up by Bush, playing good controlled football. Barker was a livewire and he produced a brilliant volley from an angle on the left that thundered off the underside of the bar and came out. Drake and T.Parker also threatened before Barker had another shot from the left, which went across the goal, and was just wide. On 63 mins Barker showed both speed and anticipation to get clear on the left again - this time S.Parker made a great save from his shot, but as Barker regained the ball he was fouled by a defender for a penalty. Barker took it himself and scored to make it 4-0. After this the game appeared to be over and Bush relaxed a bit. Infinity made a couple of substitutions, worked their way back into it, and created a few chances - sub Fitzhorswell set up C.Parker for a placed shot, just wide, Cutter had a header saved, and Cox had a free-kick saved. The nearest the came to a consolation was when Fitzhorswell's powerful shot was parried by Hodder, but he needed to be alert to regather the ball almost on the goalline. Near the end Bush came again and Barker showed great control to force S.Parker into a good save, then the keeper had to make another save after a defensive error.
Great celebrations at the end by the hosts (congratulations to them!), but Infinity had pushed them all the way in an exciting title race. The visitors have the League Cup final to look forward to on May 6th. No changes at Mansell Park since my last visit - a record crowd, but would have been more if Saints hadn't been at home at the same time.

If you're going to/been to a Hampshire Premier League match, I'd really appreciate you filling in a questionnaire - available in the Groundhopping/General section, or just PM me for a copy. Thanks.

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Armchair Libero
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Apr 27, 2019, 7:06 PM

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Location: Worcester
Team(s): Wigan Athletic, Atherton Collieries

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Chepstow Town 2 - 6 Pontyclun
@ Larkfield Park, Chepstow
att. 70, £4, HT 1-3

With English football near to me drying up I thought I'd journey over the border to sample some Welsh fun for the first time in a couple of years. 13th host 4th, with neither team really able to exit the division this season by either trapdoor or ladder.

Pontyclun were fit, well-drilled, and up for it against a smaller Chepstow side. The wind was affecting things but really Chepstow's problems were individual errors and lack of discipline (as in formation: the game was refreshingly clean with no injury time played at all). You'd feel that you could whip them into being an upper mid-table team with one or two lads showing great skills. But they just didn't play as a unit.

Both halves went exactly the same way: Pontyclun scored three and then Chepstow grabbed one to save face near the end. Goals were a mishmash of lower league catastrophic defending, unsighted goalkeepers, mix-ups, errors, with one or two being actually skilful and well-taken.

A really fun game though, with a warm welcome and a nice well-kept ground and clubhouse.

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Apr 27, 2019, 7:19 PM

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Location: Prestwich
Team(s): England, Leicester City, Bedfont & Feltham

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Humber Premier League, Premier Division
East Riding Rangers 1 Walkington 6 (att 26)
Free admission, no progs

Not the smoothest of afternoons. Plan A was Hull United v Chalk Lane, but having read reports that they use the grass pitch at the Steve Prescott Centre I arrived to find the game would be on the 3G. I considered staying to watch it anyway, but knew I'd be left with a nagging need to return for the grass pitch so decided to head elsewhere.

Hull's traffic can make even the shortest of journeys tortuous, and it was a stressful 15 minutes to get to the King George V Playing Fields in Cottingham, where East Riding Rangers play. I was expecting a basic set up and that's what I got, but the club does go to the effort of roping off the pitch and erecting dugouts that are in club colours.

It was a vital game at the foot of the table. The home side needed to win and got off to a good start, taking the lead mid-way through the first half. But as the rain became torrential Walkington scored twice in quick succession before the break. Once the visitors scored a third the contest was over, and three more goals late on confirmed their superiority.

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Reserve Team Regular

Apr 27, 2019, 7:35 PM

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Location: Guildford/Yaxley
Team(s): Norwich City, Yaxley

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Southern League Division 1 Central
Yaxley 3 Kempston Rovers 2

Attendance: 95 (official)

A good win to round off our impressive debut season at Step 4, with a run of 6 wins out of our last 7 seeing us soar to safety in style (and even above Cambridge City).

Goals as follows:

Kempston's Dean Dummett in the 24th minute, after Butcher intercepted a cross but didn't catch it, allowing Dummett to tap-in.
Dan Cotton in the 29th minute, Dalton Bettles playing an aerial ball moments after coming on to set Cotton through to sneak a shot under the keeper and in
Tom Waumsley in the 43rd minute after a cross fron deep was played on by Charley Sanders to allow Waumsley to tap in
Kempston's Josh Crawley in the 54th minute after he was unmarked to tap in from a low cross
Tom Waumsley again in the 69th minute after a low cross from Cotton allowed him to tap in

Yaxley FC Programme Editor

2019/20 (including Pre-Season):

New Grounds: 3 (Luton Town, Soham Town Rangers, Holbeach United)
Games: 9
Goals: 30
Goals Per Game (to 2 dp): 3.33
0-0s: 0

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First Team Star

Apr 27, 2019, 7:42 PM

Posts: 2264
Location: Cockfosters
Team(s): Barnet, Cockfosters, Truro City, Udinese

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Havant & W 0-2 Barnet
Att (est) 1000 Adm £16 Prog £2 Coffee £1.50

Thank god this car crash of a season (apart from the FA Cup) is over. This was a typical end of season game with Havant's No10 blazing a 1v1 over the bar and Bees' Jack Taylor having a 1v1 saved before HT.
Bees took the lead on 48 when a cross from the right fell kindly for Alexander who poked home. They managed a second from Barham on 69 while conceding a few chances at the other end that weren't taken.

Neat & tidy ground with a smallish (by NL standards) seated stand on one side and terracing on the other 3. About 20 mins walk from Havant station.

Congratulations to one of my other teams, Cockfosters, who needing a win to have any chance of staying up and 2-0 down with 10 mins to go @ London Tigers pulled off a great escape, winning 3-2, better even than the few great escapes Barnet have done in the last decade.

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Apr 27, 2019, 7:47 PM

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Location: Biggleswade
Team(s): West Ham,, Biggleswade Town, Stevenage FC

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Biggleswade Town 0 Rushall Olympic 1
Southern League Central Premier
Adm: £10 Att: 155

End of season fare played in difficult conditions on a rock hard pitch. Quite an even game with neither side creating much in the way of goal scoring opportunities. It was won by the visitors with a scrambled second half goal to bring the curtain down on another decent season for the Waders.

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Apr 27, 2019, 7:56 PM

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Kerry 2 Llanfair United 5

Dolforgan Park: MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League First Division

This was my first visit to Dolforgan Park since the beginning of last season when the home team entertained Hay St Mary’s in a JD Welsh Cup tie on a damp and chilly August afternoon. There had been no noticeable changes to the ground over the course of the past 20 months as Dolforgan Park continued to display his bucolic charm with the presence of a rather rustic and agricultural-looking stand for spectators. This could all well change from next term as the Lambs were awarded funding earlier this term to help them install a 100-seat stand that will help meet the criteria for the new tier three leagues under the FAW’s jurisdiction from the 2020/21 campaign. Opposite the current stand, is a large portakabin-style structure, which houses the changing, toilet and refreshment facilities. The pitch is currently railed on three sides and is bounded by trees and bushes on the remaining side. Kerry had not enjoyed the best of campaigns on the pitch as they found themselves hovering in the lower reaches of the table. The Lambs will probably be safe from relegation because only one team is likely to demoted this season following the early withdrawal of Knighton Town from the First Division in September. The hosts had not played since they were beaten 3-1 at Builth Wells some three weeks ago. For Llanfair United, on the other hand, it had been a much more successful campaign and they stood on the brink on being crowned champions after eating away at their games in hand on Llanidloes Town and Caersws at the top of the table. The Mount Field club moved to the summit, ahead of Llanidloes Town on goal difference, following a 4-0 victory at Carno on Easter Monday. Llanfair United knew they had at least to equal the Daffs’ result, in their final fixture at Tywyn/Bryncrug, to secure their second league title in the space of five seasons.

The visitors had a good opportunity to open the scoring in the opening minute when an inviting cross from the right side of the penalty area was headed wide at the far post. Llanfair United went close again in a goal mouth melee a few minutes later but then found it hard to breakthrough a resolute home defence. The leaders should have opened the scoring in the 28th minute when a Llanfair United chased down a ball played forward but sliced his effort wide of the target when in on goal before seeing an effort cleared off the line three minutes later from a corner. Disaster struck for the visitors when the Lambs took a 41st minute lead when the ball was forced home from close range by MaxMcLaughlin after the ball was pulled back from the byline. However, the Mount Field men were only behind for barely one minute, as they equalised through Josh Astley after slicing through Kerry straight from the restart. Llanfair United nearly went ahead in the 43rd minute but a low drive was saved by the Lambs' custodian at his near post. The hosts regained their lead three minutes after the interval when Jack Hughes' low grass-cutter of shot somehow went through the hands of the Llanfair United custodian from nearly 30 yards out. The visitors responded by heading over the crossbar 10 minutes later from a cross on the left before striking a volley at the Kerry goalkeeper five minutes later. The Lambs had a close call when Paul Griffiths 68th minute free-kick on the right edge of the penalty area was deflected on to the crossbar before being cleared to safety. Llanfair United's pressure eventually told when a low 71st minute cross from the right was forced home at the far post by Astley. The visitors took the lead for the first time this afternoon eight minutes later when another low cross from the right was missed at the near post by a home defender and fired home from close range by Astley to complete his treble. Llanfair United headed wide from an 86th minute corner before doubling their lead four minutes later courtesy of Astley again. The icing was placed on the championship cake, with what turned out to be the last kick of the match, when the experienced Karl Seliaerts latched on to a through ball and guided it past the advancing Kerry goalkeeper before the title celebrations began in earnest for the Llanfair United players, management, officials and supporters.

2018/19 Statistics
Goals: 815
Matches: 181
New Grounds: 16

Junior Team Regular

Apr 27, 2019, 8:03 PM

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Location: Silver End, Essex
Team(s): Witham Town, Rochdale, Halstead Town & West Ham United

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Bostik League North Division
Basildon United 0-2 Witham Town
Admission: £10
Bottle of Peroni and a bottle of Koppaberg Cider £7 (ouch)
Unlike our last visit back in our ESL days Basildon now serve hot food.
Didn't partake as we visited KFC beforehand.

Witham Town avoided relegation by matching Romford's efforts elsewhere.
They won 3-1

Ashtree RockBee
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Apr 27, 2019, 8:12 PM

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Location: Ashford, Middlesex
Team(s): Ashford Town (Middlesex), Bognor Regis Town, Brentford

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Southern Amateur League, Senior Section Division 2 –
Norsemen 5 East Barnet Old Grammarians 1
Spectator headcount 28
Admission free, no programme, metal badges available (the barlady didn’t know the price so I gave her £4)

Unusually these days, I let the train (and tube) take the strain for the third consecutive Saturday, on this occasion to catch the sole outstanding fixture in this division, between the already promoted sides. It turned out to be the feistiest SAL game I’d seen by a long chalk.

Norsemen’s multi-sports home at the Edmonton Sports Club is typical of the Southern Amateur League - a normally tranquil, leafy enclave tucked away in the confines of suburban Greater London. It’s a 15 minute walk from Edmonton Green station down Church Street to the venue. Usually the clubhouse balcony gives a bird’s eye view of the game and the changing rooms provide cover but, with Edmonton Cricket Club playing on the main pitch, the game was played on the adjoining field.

Norsemen have won SAL Senior Division 2 at a canter, winning their first 14 matches before drawing the next three, but just needed to avoid a slip up in their final game to slate an unbeaten 18-game league season. EBOG arrived a few furlongs behind in the points race but having secured runners-up by five points prior to kick off.
EBOG dominated the first quarter of an hour but their luck changed when keeper Paul Flannery turned an ankle running to prevent a throw-in, and outfielder David Luckhurst took over in goal and had no chance with a blaster from the corner of the penalty area by Gidion Nsiah in the 24th.Then it got rather spicy.

In the 31st minute, Norsemen’s keeper fouled an EBOG player in the box and, in the aftermath / collision caught the striker just below the hairline with his studs. EBOG had brought along about ten supporters, most of them about the same ages as the players and, furious with what they felt was a stamp to the head, they invaded the pitch while players were arguing. After a three minute delay for the tussle, and no booking for the keeper, the EBOG penalty taker skied the spot kick horribly. To compound matters, Dave Green scored with the resulting move downfield and then made it 3-0 in the 40th.

Gavin Suddell gave the score an outlandish look with Norsemen’s fourth in the 50th minute, then got sent off for a second yellow before the restart, I believe for unsporting behaviour towards an EBOG defender after the goal. This was the first time in over 20 SAL games teams I’d seen a sending off. Adam Page got EBOG back into it with a 54th minute strike and they dominated territorially thereafter and had a fistful of efforts, though Norsemen missed a couple of easy chances before a lad called Endam (couldn’t get his surname) thrashed the ball home from 12 yards in the 82nd minute. 5-3 would have been a fairer score.

Dr Love
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Apr 27, 2019, 8:22 PM

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Location: Berks.
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Lydd Town 1-5 Welling Town
Southern Counties East 1st Division

The visitors needed a win to be certain of winning the division, and they started strongly, having the best of the early play. Upon taking the lead 20 minutes in they did celebrate rather too earnestly. The lead didn't last long, as Lydd soon leveled from the penalty spot and gradually created chances of their own. When Lydd forced a good save from the away keeper early in the second half, they had been on top for some time. However, the game was soon taken away from them with two very quick goals as Welling ended up going on to win comfortably with little trouble after that. Cue celebrations, champagne and the presentation of the division trophy at the end.

The ground is fairly new. It's got two 50 seater stands on the far side. The near side with the dugouts has a small grass banking which was used as a vantage point by several members of the crowd. The barrier is also slightly further from the pitch in the middle. Behind the near goal is the clubhouse (which has a small overhang) and beyond that a gym/tea bar. Plenty of room around the place for expansion should the opportunity arise. Parking was on the grass as a car park overspill. There is also a second pitch on site. Views over to the nearby nuclear power station and lighthouse.

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Apr 27, 2019, 8:33 PM

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Location: Birmingham
Team(s): Birmingham City ,Clevedon Town and whoever else i want to watch

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Midland Division 3

Coventrians 1 Alcester Town 1 Att -35 h/c

The plan was to go to Coalville but ended up being late out of work so headed here instead for ground 214 . The Colliary Sports Ground is a basic venue , with a railed pitch and a half railed pitch beside it , the rest is mainly scrubland . Alcester dropped points against a feisty Coventrians side and now have to win their last game against Enville to take the title.

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Apr 27, 2019, 8:35 PM

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Location: NW Leicestershire
Team(s): Arnold Town/ Loughborough Dynamo

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Longridge 4 Holker OB 1 North West Counties League 1 North.
Admission £5/£4
Programme free ( plus team sheet)
Tea £1
A windy and wet journey up the M6 found me at Longridge who needed to better Avro's result to win the division. There is a seated stand and an further area of cover at the ground and the clubhouse is also on this side of the ground. The tea bar was inside the clubhouse and served pies. You can't access the far side of the ground where the dug outs are.
The strong wind blew in favour of the home team who played pretty football but lacked a cutting edge. They seemed to struggle to want to shoot and were sometimes guilty of trying to walk the ball into the net. The home team did score in the first half but you worried if that goal would be enough with Holker having the wind in their favour for the second half.
The second half started with the home side bringing on a substitution and he was much more direct. Now the home side had a cutting edge and they ran in three more goals. Holker battled and scored a deserved consolation goal. A huge erupted from the crowd once they heard that Avro had lost and this meant the homeside were champions. I wish them well in the top division next season.

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Apr 27, 2019, 8:36 PM

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

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Midland Prem
Sporting Khalsa 5-2 Dunkirk
Adm £5, excellent prog £1.50, 2 excellent veggie samosas £1.50

Strange day. A couple of months ago I booked cheap advance train tickets to Stafford, hedging my bets on travelling onwards to either Tranmere, Wythenshawe Amateurs or this place. Rovers' surprising late charge towards the promotion places meant that option had become a no-brainer....until the rain and our dodgy pitch led to a noon postponement. Knowing Wythenshawe was also easily prone to waterlogging I didn't chance it (it was played), so I headed off to Wolverhampton and a venue I'd not visited since it was the home of Willenhall Town, but had long been curious to see again since Khalsa moved in and transformed the place.

With its 4G pitch it was never in doubt, though the wind and rain wasn't as bad as in Merseyside. Still uncomfortably chilly, windy and showery though.

The game had little on it and went to form, with Khalsa assured of third and Dunkirk hoping to avoid the wooden spoon, which they did thanks to Wolves SC also losing today. Mind you, I didn't think the visitors were particularly poor - they made a game of it and the number 10 up front looked useful, scoring a fine second-half goal. First half ended 4-1, with the home side's second goal providing a comedy moment - a free kick from wide right caught the wind which made it miss the attackers and looked to be heading harmlessly out of play, before another gust of wind blew it into the net! This led to more comedy with a tantrum from the Dunkirk keeper, one he later emulated after conceding the fifth from a penalty by kicking the ball out of the ground, which might have earned him a second yellow from a less understanding ref but today merely earned him a talking to.

The ground's very good and the old stand (now substantially upgraded) was the only feature I recognised from way back when. That now has around 200 seats but the modern one opposite has around 300. Little point going into a full-blown description when the club's Twitter homepage has a good photo:

The excellent clubhouse just outside the ground (the 4-4-2 Bar or something similar) does a great range of hot food and a couple of cask ales. This weekend it's also hosting the Willenhall Beer Festival - with a dozen ales and a few ciders on offer, it'd have been rude not to. There's another smaller bar inside the ground which doubles up as the kitchen and has artificial grass as its floor covering! Only samosas on offer today (though burgers and the usual stuff appear on the menu) but they were superb, topped off with chilli sauce.

Warmth and football results were needed after the final whistle so another quick half from the festival in front of one of the many tellies showing Sky Sports preceded the 10-15 minute walk for the bus back to town. Another 10-15 minutes later, the bus dropped me off a short walk from the Great Western, an old favourite of mine by Wolverhampton station, where a couple of Bathams ales and one of the pub's home-made cobs (cheese and onion for me) did the business.

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Apr 27, 2019, 8:44 PM

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NCEL Premier.
Goole AFC 2 Hall Road Rangers 1.
Adm £5 (PWYW)
Prog £1.50 (excellent)
Att 384.
Carling £3

I picked this one long before the importance of it was apparent to me and what a cracker I saw.

One of these had to drop today and if things had stayed the way they were at the break with Rail up at Staveley then they would both have fallen through the trapdoor. Fortunately for the home side Carl Stewart netted the winner with about twenty left so it was bye bye to Rail & HRR.

Good to see a healthy turn out on a pay what you want fixture but trouble could be around the corner for Goole with ground situation not clear and a host of volunteers quitting the club because of other issues. I wish them all the best as they are a lovely club and though I attended as a neutral I was rooting for them to survive this afternoon.

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Apr 27, 2019, 9:05 PM

Posts: 4400
Location: Flintshire
Team(s): Bradford City

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Penydarren Boys & Girls Club 4-1 Caerau
Welsh League Division 3
£3 in incl. prog
Att: 84 (h/c)

Various options open to me today, dependent on where the weather was heading. South Wales looked the best bet, so I headed off to the outskirts of Merthyr for this clash between promotion hopefuls and relegation candidates.

The result went to form, and deservedly so. Penydarren are playing 3 games a week at the moment, but less than 48 hours after their previous game they still had far too much for a poor Caerau team, who turned up with just 11 players. 2-0 up after 16mins, a rout looked possible. Credit to Caerau for improving somewhat, and they pulled one back with a well-struck free kick on 27. The comeback was halted with further home goals on 48 and 62, and Penydarren comfortably saw the game out for another 3 points in their quest for successive promotions. Should be them and Trefelin for the top 2.

Neat little ground. Entrance to one side of the clubhouse, which includes a snack bar. There is an overhang which covers a small amount of covered standing, and beyond this is a smart stand with 80 red bucket seats in 3 rows. There are 3 steps of terracing on the other side of the clubhouse. A path along the right hand end leads to the far side which is elevated above pitch level. The other end has no spectator access.

The appalling weather last night and this morning led to many changes of mind about my destination today, but I think I made a good choice. The game was mostly played out in bright sunshine, apart from one brief shower in the 2nd half. Cold wind, though, but at least no worries about the game lasting 90mins. Be interesting to see how the club fares in the higher division, should they get there.

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Apr 27, 2019, 9:21 PM

Posts: 40
Location: North East Lincolnshire

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Northern Counties East League Division One

Grimsby Borough 4. Campion. 2

Att. 244. £5/3

After two play-off final defeats on this Bradley pitch, Borough finally won promotion by taking the divisional championship and overhauling Campion, who had a point advantage going into this final game. In the end it was more of a run of the mill home victory than expected : a goal before the break and a couple after, with Campion only replying very late on.

Lewis Bemrose, a late season signing from Bottesford, scored the first at the near post off the woodwork. A typical Danny Trott goal followed, breaking clear to beat the keeper, Jack Debnam with a glancing header from a free kick got the third, and then Caine Winfarrah ran down the keeper to get a ricochet from the attempted clearance.

Aiden Day turned in free kick for Campion with ten minutes left, and Cusack put away a penalty with the last kick of the match to give the scoreline a rather flattering look for the Bradford side who had only tested Scott Drury once during the game. Campion never matched Borough’s work rate or looked comfortable in the wind and rain. At the back Josh Sunter was again outstanding for the home team.

Good to see a decent crowd here with plenty of neutrals. The planning application for the 3G pitch, with a third artificial full size floodlit pitch added, is again before the Council, but may well not transpire before next season. If this squad can be kept together, with the best young players in the area coming through the development teams, there is no reason to doubt a promotion challenge from Borough in the Premier Division.

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Apr 27, 2019, 9:22 PM

Posts: 1153
Location: Bute and Argyll/Fleetwood

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AFC Liverpool 1-0 Avro....NWCL Div 1 North...Adm £5...Prog £2....Bovril £1.40

Had toyed with doing Lower Breck today but after leaving a dry and calm Fleetwood, we picked up some wet and windy weather on route. With the weather in for the day, we opted for AFC Liverpool as Marines ground offers a bit more cover.

On route we nipped in to Lower Brecks ground and picked up a bobble hat and mug for the collection from their souvenir shop. Jim the secretary insisted I take a copy of todays programme and a Club badge alongwith eight other recent programme's, free of charge....what a nice bloke and staff. I explained we werent stopping but it mattered not, he spoke highly of Hoppers and how he valued their visits. I will be back next season to finally tick this one.

We were soon parked up opposite Marine's ground and ventured in early for this crucial game at the top of the NWCL Div 1 North. Visitors AVRO arrived top of the League to face fourth placed AFC. Would the one point lead over Longridge, at the top of the table be enough? The fact it was AFC's manager Stuart Keir's final game in charge would mean there would be no lack of effort by the Liverpool side.

The game was littered with chances, handbags and incidents and Tommy Smith type challenges at times. News that Longridge had a healthy lead can't have helped the Avro cause. Both sides should have had at least one player sent off but the referee showed yellows.

With chances scorned the first half produced no goals but plenty of effort in the strong wind and showery conditions. The second half saw a Liverpool player put his hand in a Avro players face and push him to the ground as the game continued to entertain. Liverpool had three great chances in one attack before the ball was fired wide. Longridge werent having any problems against Holker up Preston way.

On 80 minutes the referee pulled his hamstring and swopped jobs with the far side linesman on 88 minutes.

The goals only goal came on 90 minutes from Jay McGrane who tapped in from close range after a cross from the right wing.....cue the celebrations, cue the despair.

As the final whistle went some of the Avro players hit the deck to rue their inability to get the ball over the line. The AFC Liverpool players gave their outgoing manager a 'guard of honour' off the pitch.

As we headed past the changing room's on the way out of the ground, a noisy rendition of 'Sweet Caroline' was coming from one of the dressing rooms.
Good to bump into half the Mersey Mob in the form of Pete and Ian at the game. Worth the visit but good to get back to the car to warm up.

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

Youth Team Star

Apr 27, 2019, 9:28 PM

Posts: 353
Location: Cambridge
Team(s): Cambridge City

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Cambridge City 1 Thame United 1
Southern League Divison One Central
With nothing on this game in terms of promotion & relegation expectations were not too high. I was watching the game today with a group of long standing City folk. Thame took the lead early on and as it approached half time it started to rain so we retreated to the stand, sitting at the Rec end. This gave us an excellent view of the goal City were defending and as it happened we had a great view of what turned out to be a turning point in the game when the usually clinical Dan West failed to score with the goal at his mercy. It seemed as if he wanted another touch on the very dry and bobbly pitch and speaking with him after the game he confirmed that was exactly what he was planning - the fact he made a hash of it kept City in the game.
Hoping for an improving City in the 2nd half but it wasn't happening for my team. Whilst it had stopped raining it was cold and windy and it was one of those days when you began to wonder why you bother. City then made a flurry of substitutions and suddenly were back in the game, and the improved tempo lead to an equaliser from Ryan Sharman. Sharman had chances to give City the lead but the best chance in the 2nd half fell to Thame's Dan West but it just wasn't his day as his attempted chip over City keeper didn't make it.
The draw was a fair result and the way City finished the 2nd half meant that most of the locals were happy to see their team end with a decent performance that didn't seem likely at half time.
Overall a very average season which sees City finish in their lowest ever position in the football pyramid. City will be sharing again at Histon next season as the wait for the new ground at Sawston goes on......

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Apr 27, 2019, 9:32 PM

Posts: 356
Location: Hampshire
Team(s): Crystal Palace

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Premier League
Selhurst Park Stadium – Official Attendance: 25,789

Crystal Palace 0 ….....…........ Everton 0

The third goalless draw in the last six Premier League meetings between these two sides at Selhurst Park. Suffice it to say, the highlight of my afternoon was the trip to Sainsbury’s on the way home.

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Apr 27, 2019, 9:40 PM

Posts: 17900
Location: South Birmingham
Team(s): Barnstoneworth United; Bostock Stanley

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Sheffield County Senior League Prem : Dodworth Miners Welfare 7 Denaby United 0. F&N; Attendance : 30 (hc)

Fancied a game with something on it, cover in the expectation of a dousing and within two hours of home. This trip to Dodworth fitted the bill with last seasons Division One Champions in search of a second successive title, beginning this penultimate game a point behind North Gawber.
Dodworth is three miles west of Barnsley, just the other side of M1/J27. The town has been bypassed in recent years and is today a fairly sleepy place, a far cry from its mining heyday. A legacy of those days is the excellent sports club, on High Street just behind the Thornely Arms pub. Parking inside the facility was tight with a junior rugby event taking place so I parked on the forecourt of the pub which of course necessitated a swift half. The large Miners Welfare Club appeared to have only fizz on with no food available; several of the patrons had ventured to a local chippy and brought their goodies in which didn't seem to be a problem.
Out the front of the social club are a pair of bowling greens with access to the football and rugby pitches round the back of the one on the left. The rugby (league I assume) pitch is furthest away and a three-figure crowd were watching a junior game on it. However, the showpiece is the football ground or rather it's immense cavernous covered terrace on the near side. To an old hopper like myself, it's a thing of beauty reminiscent of some of the classic Scottish Junior grounds. The remainder of the ground is just grass standing to which you'd only venture to photograph the stand. There were some old buildings pitchside, all locked up.
On a fairly wild. windy (but dry) day, there was a poor crowd, perhaps affected by nearby Barnsley being at home and on the brink of promotion. This was my first sighting of Denaby since visiting their old classic Tickhill Square ground in the NCE back in March 1989. This version of Denaby are struggling, second from bottom, and they were totally outclassed here, the surprise being that Dodworth only scored seven, three of them from the spot. 3-0 at the interval, seven by the end and the ref mercifully ended things about five minutes early by my reckoning.
So Dodworth now lead North Gawber by two points; they have one game left Gawber three where they'll need two wins to seal the title. That ground is also on my hitlist as it's the former NCE ground of Woolley Miners Welfare and looks in pretty good nick still.

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Apr 27, 2019, 9:56 PM

Posts: 672
Location: Cambridgeshire
Team(s): Peterborough United

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St Albans City 0 - 4 Torquay United
Conference South
Admission £15; prog £2.50

At kick off, City needed to beat the champions and hope for a slip up from Billericay T in order to clinch the final playoff spot.

All thoughts of this virtually disappeared within the first 10 minutes. I had 12 seconds on my stopwatch when the first goal went in, the words knife and butter spring to mind. By the 10 minute mark, Torquay were 2 up and had hit the post twice.
They continued to dominate for a while, but eventually the hosts did settle and occasionally threatened themselves.
On the half hour, Torquay were awarded a penalty which the keeper saved.

HT 0-2
My own Wealdstone loyalties meant the half times had to be checked, as their outside chance of the playoffs depended on 3 teams failing to win - one being St Albans of course. Stones were losing, and Dartford leading, so chances looked rather unlikely.

The second half here was more even, two late goals doubling Torquay's margin of victory. A crowd of just under 2 thousand at the game, including a good contingent from Devon. The crowd was segregated.

Back at the car atop the station multi storey, awaiting the wife's return from the shops, was amazed and happy to see that Stones had turned it round to win, and the other results had gone their way giving them the playoff berth. Also enjoyed watching some of the Torquay fans' attempts to find the exit from the car park - to be fair it it's signed very poorly....

Dave 56
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Apr 27, 2019, 10:17 PM

Posts: 981
Location: Staffs.
Team(s): Leatherhead

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Glasgow Colleges FA. Premier Division @ Cathkin Park. KO 10:00. (F&N). Crowd 3 including Martin55.

Hampden AFC 2 v 4 Singer

Cathkin park has been described many times and standing on those ancient terraces it wasn't difficult to imagine the atmosphere when there was a big crowd, today there were mainly echoes.

Singer are 3rd in the table with the home side quite close to the bottom but it took quite a while for the visitors to score the only goal of the first half, which was played mainly in the rain.

Two early goals in the second period gave the visitors an unassailable lead, even though Hampden did pull a goal back soon after. The two teams scored another apiece in a second half bathed in warm sunshine with barely a breath of wind.

Westmorland Division 2. KO 14:30. (F&N). Crowd 1

AFC Carlisle 2 v 2 Ibis Reserves

AFC Carlisle play at Sheepmount on the first railed pitch on the left as you drive over the bridge into the car park. The only pitch I had seen a game on was the one on the extreme right used by Northbank.

Carlisle took the lead in this match but were pulled back before half time. In the second half Ibis lead until the last few seconds when a home player squeezed in a header by the near post. The referee blew for time straight from the KO.

Not a bad game, played in rain, hail, sunshine and with thunder and lightning close by.

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