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barcud-coch
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May 25, 2019, 6:49 PM

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England 2 Denmark 0

Bescot Stadium: Women's International Friendly

Despite having gone past the Bescot Stadium on a number of occasions, whilst travelling along the adjacent M4, this was my first visit to the ground to watch a match. I was housed near the halfway line in the Community Stand for this fixture, where the cameras are located for television coverage, with a two-tier stand behind the goal to the right and the remainder of the all-seater facility on one level to provide a capacity of 11,300 at the home of Walsall. For England, this was the first of their two final warm-up matches ahead of their opening World Cup fixture a fortnight tomorrow against Scotland, as they take on New Zealand at Brighton and Hove Albion next Saturday afternoon. Phil Neville's charges had experienced mixed results in their previous two outings at the beginning of April. A 1-0 defeat at the hands of Canada was followed by a 2-1 victory over Spain at Swindon Town and this came on the back of their inaugural success in the She Believes Cup a month earlier. England qualified for the upcoming World Cup finishing top of their group and dropping just two points after being held to a draw by Wales at Southampton. Denmark, on the other hand, had finished runners-up to near rivals Sweden in the group stage of World Cup qualifying but were beaten by European Champions Holland 4-1 on aggregate in the ensuing play-off matches. The Danes lost their last outing 4-0 in France during the beginning of April after having finished in sixth position in March's Algarve Cup with victories over Finland and China.

I eventually arrived inside the ground just a few minutes after the match started due to the traffic congestion between Junction 6 on the M6 and the ground. Denmark probably made the better start of the two teams and went close when they headed wide from a sixth minute corner. The hosts had made a number of changes to their starting line-up and this probably explained the slightly slow start to the proceedings. Ellen White latched on to a 17th minute Jill Scott through ball but poked shot just wide of the target and Scott was unable to keep an effort down from a dangerous cross eight minutes later. England pulled an effort wide of the target in the 33rd minute before the Danes fired a shot straight at Karen Bardsley five minutes later and had a goal ruled out for handball. Just when it appeared that the two teams would enter the changing rooms level at the break, it was England that broke the deadlock in stoppage time, when Nikitta Parris swept the ball home after the visitor's defence failed to deal with a free-kick played into the danger area. Bardsley was forced to make a brave save at the feet of a Danish opponent six minutes after the restart before England broke from halfway on the hour mark and Scott headed emphatically home following a cross delivered from the left edge of the penalty area. Denmark went close from a direct free-kick on the edge of the English penalty area midway through the second-half before Fran Kirby pulled an effort across goal from the left side of the penalty area in the 82nd minute. England now have one last match against New Zealand next Saturday before they head across the Channel to France.

2018/19 Statistics
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Matches: 199
New Grounds: 17


kirby knitters
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May 25, 2019, 7:57 PM

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Sheff & Hallamshire County FA Final. @ Sheff Wed FC.

Penistone Church Res 5 Denaby Main JFC 0.

In- £5
Paper-Free
Heineken- Didn't partake as there were no cash sales!!
Att-Est 500

This was a very low key affair compared to my last visit to Hillsborough 22 years ago which was also a final but on that occasion it was the League Cup Final replay between Leicester and Middlesbrough.

Not sure why this venue was chosen for a fixture between two reserves sides but they certainly enjoyed it. Things were going fine for Denaby until the half hour mark then they shipped 4 before the break and were happy to keep Church to just the one after. Pre match beers were taken in the local JDW which is bang next to the tram stop and only a 10 minute walk to stadium so another good day out for my final fixture of the season.


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Andy D
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May 25, 2019, 8:22 PM

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Princetown 2 Morley Rangers Reserves 3, Plymouth & West Devon Combination Division 2, Att: 20, Admission: No, Prog: £1 (Len S production)

There was always a worry that (as seems to be a growing trend nowadays) we might get a no show today. Indeed Tim of this parish had arrived via Lakeside's CBA at Plympton, but there were no such issues here as both sides served up a very watchable game which was always competitive and eventually a little niggly. Morley were 2-1 ahead at the break thanks to two goals direct from corners, by the same player from the same corner flag, not sure I've seen that before. The second period was a little scrappy until Princetown equalised with six minutes left only for the visitors to nick it at the death. Princetown's Legend Park is just off the centre of the village, no football furniture but a stunning setting, views of Dartmoor from the slope on one side, high fencing opposite to prevent wayward balls disappearing down the hillside and the imposing Dartmoor Jail dominating behind one goal, quite a unique setting. Several familiar faces including Tim, Andy Marnoch and the late-arriving Len S who managed to miss the first 11 minutes due to a road closure. Highly recommended.



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chesterbird
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May 25, 2019, 8:50 PM

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Also at SWFC for this game and in the Rawson Spring pre kickoff til around 3.30.

Very one sided game really with PCFC reserves totally dominant and thoroughly deserving of the trophy.


kirby knitters
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May 25, 2019, 9:06 PM

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I was sitting near the door and should have sent you a pm. Sorry. The service was dreadful in that place when I arrived.


Wiretown.Editor
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May 25, 2019, 9:13 PM

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Scottish Juniors West Region Championship
Kilsyth Rangers 2 Girvan 3
Admission £6, free for kids
No prog
Tea £1, steak pie £2
Att. 80 appx.


Quite how Kilsyth trailed at the break was almost unbelievable such was their dominance but all chances were wasted. They went a goal down just before the break and never recovered. It was 0-2 after a penalty but with an immediate reply. It was not to be as they conceded again but could only pull one back. A much more competitive second half though.

The ground is a Juniors gem. Banked open terracing one side with a covered terrace opposite running the full length of the pitch although the ends were fenced off but it did not stop some using it. There is a narrow cinder track around the pitch and grass banks at either end. An absolute classic.

An eventful journey there had seen us come across an overturned car blocking the lane to the Carron Valley above Kilsyth. Apparntly four drunken youths had hit the verge and flipped it narrowly missing a cyclist. They had run off into the woods. It forced a detour. Then a motorcyclist lady skidded approaching the traffic lights and came off but luckily was not hurt or damaged the bike. Finally we helped rescue a sheep that had fallen off a high bank and landed on a mesh fence being well and truly stuck. Again no harm done after it took three of us to lift it, sodden fleece and all up and off


northyork
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May 25, 2019, 9:30 PM

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also visited hillsborough for the first time in a few years, wonder how many did not know about stupid no cash rule, dad recons its must be from the robbery the other year and insurance company enforcing no cash rule for premiums.

very easy win for penistone reserves attendance was about 500 as the safety officer at 15.45 sed to the shcfa bloke thats 300 just before me

a local sed best game there this year and finally a trophy has been lifted there.

0/10 for the ball boyz the kop indident was a right laugh


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May 25, 2019, 10:08 PM

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Triple header at Springfield

12.00 Jersey Veterans 2 (46 & 58), Middlesex Wanderers Veterans 1 (56)
Friendly (in name only) att 42

16.00 Jersey 1 (77), Northern Ireland Amateurs 0
Quadrangular
att 159

19.45 Rep. of Ireland Amateurs 2 (19 & 50), Middlesex Wanderers 1 (22)
Quadrangular
att 51

which means final match tomorrow afternoon is the decider,
Rep. Ireland need a draw, Jersey a win


leohoenig
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May 26, 2019, 7:19 AM

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Narodni Liga
MFK Chrudim 1-2 Viktoria Zizkov
Admission: Comp (otherwise 70 CZK=£2.30). Programme 10 CZK. Attendance 830


The weekend is to be spent in the Czech Republic, and it will be relegation issues that come to mind, with MFK Chrudim our first port of call.

When we change trains in Pardubice, it is not quite clear which part of the train is going to which destination – the various units will be split en route. We have to ask and a young lady says this is the right train from Chrudim. She comes from Chrudim and is heading back for a visit, and she asks us why three English people are going to such an uninteresting town as Chrudim.

In fact, she does her home town a disservice. It has a very attractive centre with its church imposing itself upon the town square. Our problem is to find somewhere to leave our bags, but we soon find a bar above a casino which will serve us a beer each and hold into the bags until after the game.

We then make our own meanderings through the town before meeting together again at the football ground. Close to one end of the ground is a bar sign, which appears at first glance to be just down from the ground. I was therefore surprised to find that while it was working as a standard pub, its outside terrace area was open to the football ground, with no barriers so as anyone drinking here early enough is already in the ground.

As kick off approaches, the close association between the pub and club is shown. The outside gate is closed, as is access to the inside of the bar, meaning service is only through hatches. It is now clearly the club bar and anyone wanting to get a beer has to first pay the 70 Czech Crowns (£2.30) to get into the game.

The main feature of the ground is a big new stand, with a curved wooden roof carrying on most of the length of one side. Close to this is an older, two storey building, which still houses dressing rooms and a VIP club room upstairs. Outside this is a small veranda where the game can be watch as well.

In one corner behind the goal is the aforementioned bar, while the rest of the space behind this goal opens out as a children’s playground. Again, when no match is on, this is accessed without using the football ground gates. Around the pitch is a standard rail and grass paths. A small raised area on scaffolding has been set up for the home fans group and their drum. Something similar is in a fenced enclosure at the far end for visiting fans.

A lot of what we can see is very new, with this being the first season the club has had in the Nardoni Liga (second tier). For the investment clearly put into upgrading the grounds, it is good to note that the home team secured the points required to stay in the division a week before we arrived.

The situation for Viktoria Zizkov is somewhat different. The Prague based club is a focus for visitors to the city due to their tendency to play Sunday morning games on their stadium close to the main railway station. They come into the last round of fixtures placed at the bottom of the league – but all is not lost, with two teams Taborsko and Znojmo are each only one point better off. All Zizkov need to do to avoid relegation is win this game and hope neither of their rivals can win theirs.

From the off, this seems more than possible, Zizkov are taking the game to their opponents who really seem a little disinteresting in affairs. It is no surprise when Filip Kubala puts them ahead after 18 minutes, and then a diving header by Ondrej Zezulka makes it two.

At this time, the nature of the game was so one sided that you could wonder if it had been fixed, but Milan Ujec gets a goal back on the stroke of half time, and we see a very different game in the second period.

After the break, Chrudim lay siege to their opponents’ goal and create numerous chances. The keeper, Pavel Soukup is called into action to preserve the lead and the woodwork also comes to their rescue. Somehow the lead stays intact as news comes through that Znojmo are taking a beating (they end up losing 7-1), while Taborsko hang onto hope at 0-0 until around 80 minutes before conceding a goal to lose 1-0.

All this would come to nought for Viktoria if they were to concede a goal, and this could have happened right into injury time with Chrudim again coming within a whisker of relegating their opponents.

It is therefore relief before celebration at the final whistle, when Zizkov can finally breath clear knowing another season at this level is secured



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prorege
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May 26, 2019, 8:54 AM

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East Juniors League Cup Semi Final (12 Noon KO)
East Craigie v Pumpherston, 1-2, H.T. 1-0, Att c.120, Admission £5, No paper, Pie and Irn Bru £2
At Craigie Park, Dundee

The opportunity for a double had pulled a few groundhoppers out of the woodwork for this early kick off at Craigie Park on the eastern side of Dundee.

For me, apart from two games, the attraction was a Semi Final between two teams that do not normally reach the latter stages of Cup competitions. Junior football in the East has, in one sense, been devalued by the defection of all the top sides to the Seniors, but in another way it has opened the door for and given heightened prominence to previously unheralded clubs.

East Craigie, or the Shipbuilders as they are nicknamed, are one of at least three clubs to claim the title of Scotland’s oldest Junior club. Just three days ago I saw those words emblazoned on the wall at Larkhall Thistle. Today they adorn the bright new signage at Craigie Park. Vale of Clyde also claim the title. In my view it was actually Arniston Rangers who were the oldest, although they went Senior in 2018.

Craigie Park is a vast enclosure but the only spectator facilities are behind one goal. The old pavilion has been clad with some sort of a solid facing which probably stopped it from falling down. It is now adjoined by a fine new pavilion building and the club have tidied up the rest of the ground. It consists of a huge grass bank behind the opposite goal, and slightly smaller grass banks down both sides. The ground was opened in 1932 when a crowd of well over 10k saw am exhibition match between two SFL sides.

Craigie led at half time and probably just deserved it. However, Pumphy are South Division Champions for a good reason and they clawed their way back into the game. Having equalised they were reduced to ten men but they continued to take the initiative and I felt they just deserved their win. They will now play Faudhouse or Broughty Athletic in the Final – their Semi Final goes ahead this coming Wednesday.

My last though on Craigie Park, in the shadow of Dc Thomson’s HQ in Dundee, is that it must be the ground that features occasionally as the home of Auchenshuggle Rovers in the Broons and Oor Wullie cartoons. Hen Broon could see over the boundary wall without assistance whereas Wullie would need to stand on his bucket and more.

Almost bext door to the ground is the site of east End Park, formerly one of the top Junior venues in Dundee and home to Stobswell. It was demolished a few years ago to make way for an extension to the cemetery. However, the boundary wall with a row of bricked entrance gates is still clearly visible as a reminder of a venue that is gone but nor forgotten.

Onwards to . . . .

East of Scotland Junior Cup Semi Final (2.30 KO)
Carnoustie Panmure v Livingston United, 5-1, H.T. 2-0, Att c.200, Admission £6, Programme £2, Soup and Steak Pie £2.50
At Laing Park, Carnoustie

Another match-up in a Sem I Final proved irresistible although the game was not as good as the earlier event. Super League Snooty were far too good for plucky Livingston who never gave up but were ultimately outclassed.

Laing Park is a dismal venue, particularly for a new ground only opened in 2005. The smart pavilion sites astride the half way line on one side but is out of bounds to spectators. Fan facilities are within a cluster of portakabins towards one corner. The rest of the ground consists of grass bankings with no cover or hard standing, save for a wee path on one side. Thankfully the rain was only persistent rather than torrential, otherwise this place is a treacherous venue to spectate at.

Livingston were without their talismanic player Stevie Murray and were always second best. The game wasn’t much of a contest but it livened up when things got a bit tetchy in the second half.

The Ham and Vegetable soup was excellent. The pie was of the collapsible variety – excellent meaty contact but pastry like elastic. That may have been down more to the skills of the pie stall operator than the butcher himself.

Carnoustie’s programme has a more home-spun feel that previous professional issues. It’s not any the worse for it. Good content – issue 15 of the season so they are -fairly regular producers, but obviously not for all games.

This final will se Carnoustie play Broughty or Kennoway. The dates for the Finals cannot be set untol we know whether brought are in one or two Finals.

Good chat with Dave56 who was at both games before embarking on the long drive back South.


Back into the car in time to hear most of the second half of the Scottish Cup final on the wireless. Great relief from us that celtic won, meaning that Meggetland will be easily accessed tomorrow rather than having to negotiate a way through a Hearts open top bus tour of the west side of Edinbugh. Nae luck Jambos. Levein will be fuming that Ryan Edwards went off script to score for Hearts much to early, thereby awakening celtic from their slumbers.


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May 26, 2019, 1:14 PM

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Kello 0-2 Rossvale….West Region Championship.....Adm £6
A short drive down the A76 for this one, where Rossvale needed to win to gazump Cumbernauld for the final promotion place.
Their task was made all the more easier being awarded a penalty on 2 minutes. This was converted and to an extent the pressure on them was eased a touch, it could have been a more tense game if they hadn't got the early goal. The second came on after the break on 59 minutes,when a corner from the right was headed home by the Rossvale No6, a fine header. Kello make the drop from the top flight after a poor season.
A number of familiar faces in Kirkconnel on a damp afternoon. Liked the ground, enough cover, high walls and a decent playing surface. Refreshments were served from the far side Clubhouse. As we left the ground the away dressing room was bouncing...a few hangovers this morning no doubt.
Good steady run down the A76 and home for 7pm. Good to hear Tranmere had done the job at Wembley.



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


Dave 56
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May 26, 2019, 1:19 PM

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Matches fully and well summarised as always by prorege. East Craigie were very welcoming, just £2 admission for oldies and when I went to buy a cup of tea , was told "first cup is always free". Genuine interest in our hobby too and a club official came round before KO to give out a free club badge to many of the attendees. Thank you East Craigie for your hospitality.

Carnoustie Panmure was the usual £3 OAP admission and £2 for a 32 page programme which I thought had good content. Agree with prorege about the pie, it did have a great deal of steak content. Weather worsened a little from the morning and the brolly was deployed for the first time.


Plenty of familiar faces at both games, met BelfastBlue for the first time at East Craigie and gave him a lift to Carnoustie. Good to spend time in the second half with prorege, always full of useful information. CowdenAndy there as well along with George who I met at Larkhall and others who's names I am still learning. Three larger than life members of the Mersey mob in attendance, amazing they all fit into such a small car!!

76 miles from base to Dundee and 336 miles home afterwards, luckily on empty roads, great but tiring day out.



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Steveb
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May 26, 2019, 3:06 PM

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10.10am (10 mins late)
Glasgow Colleges League, Premier Division
MSM 2 Maryhill Thistle 4 (att 10)

The late kick off was because MSM were short of players. They began with just nine, and by the time they got up to full strength they were 2-0 down after goal in the first and tenth minutes.

Maryhill Thistle just needed to avoid to defeat in this, their final game of the season, to win the league, and after the hosts' shambolic start it was never in any doubt. They made heavy weather of it though, and against 11 MSM players it was a decent contest, with a goal in the last minute finally making a win certain for Thistle.

Venue was Whifflet Park in Coatbridge. It's a pleasant venue, with the single pitch surrounded by a cinder path, plenty of trees around and changing rooms nearby. A sign on the changing rooms suggests it also home to Burnbank FC, although as far as I can tell they only have youth teams at present.

On my blog https://stevebthegroundhopper.blogspot.com/...aryhill-thistle.html

1.30pm
SJFA East Region, Premier League North
Kinnoull 5 Forfar Albion 0 (att 46 h/c)
£5 admission, no progs


Bit of a nothing end of season fixture but as usual with Scottish juniors it was still competitive, up to a point. Kinnoull were much too strong for Forfar Albion, scoring in the first and final minutes of the opening half, then adding three more after the break.

Tulloch Park is a pleasant but basic junior ground, perhaps not one to visit in the depths of winter. The pitch is enclosed and the surface is good, but the only cover is an overhang in front of the pavilion, which is towards a corner behind the goal as you enter the ground.

The pavilion appeared to be out of action, as there were no refreshments available, both teams stayed on the pitch at half time, and players walked to the car park while still their kit after the final whistle. I assume that's the reason why some recent Kinnoull home games have been played elsewhere.

Words and pictures at https://stevebthegroundhopper.blogspot.com/...v-forfar-albion.html

6.30pm
Berwick Charities Cup, Group A
Berwick Seniors 1 Crusaders 5 (att 85 h/c)
Admission by donation


The news that Kinnoull v Forfar Albion had been brought forward to a 1.30 start meant I had time to take in this game, and visit one of the most remarkable football grounds in the UK. The Stanks is a small pitch hemmed in on two sides by Berwick's Elizabethan town walls, and is only used to host matches in the annual Charities Cup, dating back to 1922.

The Charities Cup attracts a mixed bag of entrants, some are established clubs while some are put together just for the competition. Berwick Seniors wore Berwick Rangers kit and looked like a veterans' team, while Crusaders wore Eyemouth United's kit.

Crusaders went ahead in the opening seconds, and doubled their lead not long after. Berwick Seniors pulled one back in the second half, but three goals in as many minutes near the end gave Crusaders an easy win. The Stanks is well worth a visit.

Photos, a report etc all on my blog https://stevebthegroundhopper.blogspot.com/...aders-at-stanks.html




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Rebel Yeller
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May 26, 2019, 3:10 PM

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CONIFA Friendly

Cascadia 6 Chagos Islands 3

Played at Whyteleafe FC


Entry - £8. Programme - £1. Attendance - 179. Weather - pleasant and sunny for my 90th and last match of the season.

Cascadia's team is made up mainly of Step 4-6 players, with a couple from higher ecehelons. Chagos Islands provided no details of players but I suspect they have not so many playing at those levels.

The first 20 minutes was fairly even but then Cascadia scored twice in two minutes and the match was effectively over. Chagos didn't give up however and we had a steady stream of goals from both sides throughout the match. 3-1 at HT. Cascadia were by far the stronger team but were very profligate in front of goal, and there was a lot of failed showboating as well from them. Match played in a good atmosphere. Of the 179 attendance, my guess was that about 75% were hoppers of varying descriptions.

The story of the Chagos Islands diaspora makes interesting reading and does not reflect well on the UK, who were recently sanctioned by the UN for their activities here.


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May 26, 2019, 5:06 PM

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League 2 playoff final (@ Wembley)
Tranmere 1-0 (aet) Newport
Att 25,217 - all in good voice and fairly evenly split between the two clubs
Adm £26-£60 plus a couple of quid in add-ons. Sold via the clubs rather than by Wembley. Rovers sold theirs exclusively online through Seetickets - no print at home option so they were posted
Prog £10...at least it was match-specific rather than covering all three playoff games

Very few saw this coming this season, even in January, by which time it looked as if the rest of the league had worked us out and a lower mid-table finish beckoned. Many Rovers fans would've settled for that in our first season back in the EFL but a handful of signings in the January window gave new impetus and proved a masterstroke. Giving an 18 month contract to 36 year old midfielder Perkins raised eyebrows but he's been a revelation, and loan signings Nelson, Morris and Pringle gave us some much needed EFL know-how and quality in key areas, front and back.

Those four aside, everyone else who got on the pitch for Rovers yesterday was playing non-league football last season, and a fair few have been with us since our first season in non-league four years ago. One of those was Connor Jennings, who emerged from a coma a week before last year's final to come off the bench and set up the winner in the stress-fest against Boreham Wood, and emulated it today by notching the winner after losing his grandad on the day of the first leg of the semi. A wonderful story, but just one example of many which typify the character, strength and camaraderie running through the club these days, on and off the pitch, with a remarkable bond having been created between owners, management, players, fans and community alike.

Any League 1 clubs watching this match won't be quaking in their boots. It was a close, tough, cagey game with both clubs struggling to impose their qualities - County's direct approach from wide areas was well-defended by Rovers, while we struggled to get our passing game going. One great save at either end and a few other good situations were spurned by both sides. They'll point to a penalty claim towards the end of the 90 minutes but the dramatic fall didn't help their lad's case, and a correctly-awarded second yellow moments later for their captain when Norwood was impeded on the counter were defining moments. With the extra man we found more space in extra time and, if we were going to win it, I really felt we had to seize it before penalties. But frustratingly we still couldn't use the extra space and the extra man to great effect and tiredness was clearly setting in - until the 119th minute when smart link up play by Caprice, Buxton and Pringle down the right fed back again to Caprice, who put one of his wicked crosses into the box and there was Jennings to head home at the far post. Bedlam followed! (Love these kind of photos: https://images.app.goo.gl/aaw4R9tcin5Dg5Gj8). And, a couple of minutes later, so did the final whistle.

Remarkable day and a remarkable few years - back to back relegations followed by three years in non-league and now back to back promotions. A massive challenge to stabilise in League 1 now lies ahead but at least the nerves and fingernails will be spared yet another playoff campaign - mind you, I was saying something similar a year ago!


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May 26, 2019, 5:26 PM

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Well done Tranmere - wasn't long ago when I wondered if they'd ever get out of the National League! Always seemed like a 'proper' club in their visits to Eastleigh, though.

Don't belittle the achievement - Newport have had a great season, matching favourites Mansfield over two legs and showing what they can do in the FA Cup.
They will feel a little unlucky, given that the penalty on the highlights looked pretty clear (the 'pass' to an offside player afterwards was irrelevant) but Tranmere looked stronger, especially with the man advantage, and it looked like only a matter of time, although you left it late. I think Newport might have held sway if it had gone to penalties.

Obviously the destination of Norwood will be a factor going into next season but you've got a good team there, all playing for each other, and I think you should hold your own if you can find another goalscorer.
Good to see the clubs being able to see their own tickets for the game, better then the NL final.....



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Cheers HL - you're not the only one who wondered if we'd ever make it out of the National League! It was certainly character-building but, had we lost that Boreham Wood final, we'd have really struggled to recover. The stakes in that game, plus the way the match unfolded (1st minute red card, all subs used by half time, three non-regulars in the back 4 etc), made it the most important yet stressful match, and most deeply-dug win, I've ever seen. Fine margins which can define a club's future. Yesterday was 'just' a 'normal' playoff final by comparison!

We're well run, have a good manager and great team spirit so we'll have a chance next season but the summer will be active. Newport will come again - good cup runs and reaching a playoff final testifies to their qualities, and if they avoid too big a hangover at the start of next season they should come through this experience even stronger.


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WestBerksPalace
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May 26, 2019, 6:55 PM

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England 2 Denmark 0

Bescot Stadium: Women's International Friendly

Despite having gone past the Bescot Stadium on a number of occasions, whilst travelling along the adjacent M4, this was my first visit to the ground to watch a match. I was housed near the halfway line in the Community Stand for this fixture, where the cameras are located for television coverage, with a two-tier stand behind the goal to the right and the remainder of the all-seater facility on one level to provide a capacity of 11,300 at the home of Walsall. For England, this was the first of their two final warm-up matches ahead of their opening World Cup fixture a fortnight tomorrow against Scotland, as they take on New Zealand at Brighton and Hove Albion next Saturday afternoon. Phil Neville's charges had experienced mixed results in their previous two outings at the beginning of April. A 1-0 defeat at the hands of Canada was followed by a 2-1 victory over Spain at Swindon Town and this came on the back of their inaugural success in the She Believes Cup a month earlier. England qualified for the upcoming World Cup finishing top of their group and dropping just two points after being held to a draw by Wales at Southampton. Denmark, on the other hand, had finished runners-up to near rivals Sweden in the group stage of World Cup qualifying but were beaten by European Champions Holland 4-1 on aggregate in the ensuing play-off matches. The Danes lost their last outing 4-0 in France during the beginning of April after having finished in sixth position in March's Algarve Cup with victories over Finland and China.

I eventually arrived inside the ground just a few minutes after the match started due to the traffic congestion between Junction 6 on the M6 and the ground. Denmark probably made the better start of the two teams and went close when they headed wide from a sixth minute corner. The hosts had made a number of changes to their starting line-up and this probably explained the slightly slow start to the proceedings. Ellen White latched on to a 17th minute Jill Scott through ball but poked shot just wide of the target and Scott was unable to keep an effort down from a dangerous cross eight minutes later. England pulled an effort wide of the target in the 33rd minute before the Danes fired a shot straight at Karen Bardsley five minutes later and had a goal ruled out for handball. Just when it appeared that the two teams would enter the changing rooms level at the break, it was England that broke the deadlock in stoppage time, when Nikitta Parris swept the ball home after the visitor's defence failed to deal with a free-kick played into the danger area. Bardsley was forced to make a brave save at the feet of a Danish opponent six minutes after the restart before England broke from halfway on the hour mark and Scott headed emphatically home following a cross delivered from the left edge of the penalty area. Denmark went close from a direct free-kick on the edge of the English penalty area midway through the second-half before Fran Kirby pulled an effort across goal from the left side of the penalty area in the 82nd minute. England now have one last match against New Zealand next Saturday before they head across the Channel to France.

2018/19 Statistics
Goals: 882
Matches: 199
New Grounds: 17


Another at the Bank's Stadium.
Attendance 8,273.
Admission £10
Programme £3, also covering the NZ game.

Accurate match report. Nowt to add on that. My first visit to Bescot since an early 2000s visit to see Palace win an exciting evening game 4-3.

Like you I've often passed the Bescot since and have wanted a revisit, specifically to sit in the upper tier of the home end and look out on the M6! Did that yesterday, and glad I gave myself plenty of time to get there. I dropped Mrs WBs Palace at Packwood House near Solihull, and just avoiding a pile up on the M6, a couple of hundred yards in front of me (we all crawled around the side of it,). I then got stuck in serious traffic exiting the roundabout towards the Bescot. Made a good decision to park up a mile from the ground and walk, while others crawled seemingly just to park on top of the stadium. Arrived in time to peruse the club shop, queue for food and drink, Cornish pasty, decent, and take up position.

An excellent rake in the upper tier, but safety bars at the front door impede views from some seats. A really nice family atmosphere, and good support for the girls, thankfully we only had to endure 5 minutes of the Mexican wave, why do seemingly sensible adults enjoy this so much? Beats me. The England band were sited down the other end, so didn't have to have them directly in my lughole either.
And as ever at a top level women's fixture, no little skill, hardly any play acting or harassment of officials, refreshing.
An enjoyable day out, and a good run home, key in the door by 5pm, to watch some RL on the telly.



2019-20 - 22 games, last Long Crendon 15/9, goals 63, avgpg 2.86, new grounds 7. Last - Mossley 14/9.
New Grounds in 2019 - 20. 2018 - 44. 2017 -44. Grounds in Total - 1213.
RL Grounds - 34 (Last - Craven Park, Barrow - 8/9/19), Speedway Tracks 50.

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codofthenorth
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May 26, 2019, 7:01 PM

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We're well run, have a good manager and great team spirit so we'll have a chance next season but the summer will be active.

Top manager, a bit of class about how he conducts himself in defeat and victory that a few could learn from.



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


Bigaitch
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May 26, 2019, 8:00 PM

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Delighted for you and fellow Tranmere fans Paul, although I do have a soft spot for County as I remember the original club going belly up and going to one of the last League games at Somerton Park.

Personally I thought the non penalty was correct, the ball was played to a player who was offside, and the foul came after the pass was made. Technically, the first offence was offside which I think makes it relevant. I stand to be corrected and understand County frustration but I think it was the right call. I also agree the fall was somewhat theatrical.
I guess you would love a season of mid table mediocrity next year , just to spare the nails ??!!


Nobody's Heroes
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May 26, 2019, 9:20 PM

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SSE Airtricity Division 1

Longford Town 3 Athlone Town 1

City Calling Stadium, Longford

Admission - 10 Euros Programme - 4 Euros

A quick ferry hop over the Irish Sea from Holyhead to Dublin on Saturday morning and then a train journey of just under 2 hours from Dublin Connolly Station to Longford saw me arrive in good time for the 7.30pm evening kick off.


The City Calling Stadium lies approximately 3 miles out of the city in a very rural area which resulted in having to take a 7 Euro taxi ride out. I had booked a B & B around 5 minutes walk from the stadium thus there was no transport issues after the game, indeed the owners of the B & B were kind enough to drive me into Longford free of charge the following morning in time for my train back to Dublin.


The match was somewhat of a local derby with just under 30 miles separating the two midlands clubs and attracted a crowd in the region of 700. The City Calling Stadium is dominated by a large main stand although black and red uncovered seating surround the pitch giving a seating capacity of 4,960. The pitch was in mint condition and drew plaudits from the recently held 2019 European Under-17 Championships, at which it hosted 4 games. The pitch also won the 2018 FA of Ireland Pitch of the Year Award.

The game itself provided a comfortable home victory for De Town who are very much in the running for promotion at this time of the season with Shelbourne and Cabinteely also very much in the mix.

A smooth journey back to Dublin and back over the Irish Sea and then the 75 minute drive home from Holyhead. All in all, a pleasant weekend away.


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SSE Airtricity Division 1

Longford Town 3 Athlone Town 1

City Calling Stadium, Longford

Admission - 10 Euros Programme - 4 Euros

A quick ferry hop over the Irish Sea from Holyhead to Dublin on Saturday morning and then a train journey of just under 2 hours from Dublin Connolly Station to Longford saw me arrive in good time for the 7.30pm evening kick off.


The City Calling Stadium lies approximately 3 miles out of the city in a very rural area which resulted in having to take a 7 Euro taxi ride out. I had booked a B & B around 5 minutes walk from the stadium thus there was no transport issues after the game, indeed the owners of the B & B were kind enough to drive me into Longford free of charge the following morning in time for my train back to Dublin.


The match was somewhat of a local derby with just under 30 miles separating the two midlands clubs and attracted a crowd in the region of 700. The City Calling Stadium is dominated by a large main stand although black and red uncovered seating surround the pitch giving a seating capacity of 4,960. The pitch was in mint condition and drew plaudits from the recently held 2019 European Under-17 Championships, at which it hosted 4 games. The pitch also won the 2018 FA of Ireland Pitch of the Year Award.

The game itself provided a comfortable home victory for De Town who are very much in the running for promotion at this time of the season with Shelbourne and Cabinteely also very much in the mix.

A smooth journey back to Dublin and back over the Irish Sea and then the 75 minute drive home from Holyhead. All in all, a pleasant weekend away.



Attendance now found as 592.


Honky_Tonks
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May 27, 2019, 12:07 PM

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Scottish Juniors West Region Championship
Kilsyth Rangers 2 Girvan 3
Admission £6, free for kids
No prog
Tea £1, steak pie £2
Att. 80 appx.


Quite how Kilsyth trailed at the break was almost unbelievable such was their dominance but all chances were wasted. They went a goal down just before the break and never recovered. It was 0-2 after a penalty but with an immediate reply. It was not to be as they conceded again but could only pull one back. A much more competitive second half though.

The ground is a Juniors gem. Banked open terracing one side with a covered terrace opposite running the full length of the pitch although the ends were fenced off but it did not stop some using it. There is a narrow cinder track around the pitch and grass banks at either end. An absolute classic.

An eventful journey there had seen us come across an overturned car blocking the lane to the Carron Valley above Kilsyth. Apparntly four drunken youths had hit the verge and flipped it narrowly missing a cyclist. They had run off into the woods. It forced a detour. Then a motorcyclist lady skidded approaching the traffic lights and came off but luckily was not hurt or damaged the bike. Finally we helped rescue a sheep that had fallen off a high bank and landed on a mesh fence being well and truly stuck. Again no harm done after it took three of us to lift it, sodden fleece and all up and off


Was at this one as well.

I'm not extensively travelled in West Juniors (this was my 14th ground), but I'd say Duncansfield Park is second only to Arthurlie and just ahead of Shotts in terms of being my favourite ground at this level.



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May 27, 2019, 2:33 PM

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Switzerland Super League
FC SION 0-1 FC THUN
Stade de Tourbillon
Attendance: 8,500
57 CHF
No programme noticed
Match:
For a game where the winner stood a great chance of qualifying for the Europa League there wasn’t much in way of passion. Maybe they like their Thursday nights at home. Hosts have Alex Song, yes, the Barca and Arsenal Alex Song looking quite ordinary in the middle, but the visitors had control of the game. Only bit of action of note in the opening half, Thun’s Costanzo curling a free-kick against the bar with the keeper well-beaten.
Second bit was a bit better, especially after Kablan nodded the visitors in front. Slowly but surely Sion came forward, but with little venom. With 3 minutes left Djitte thundered in an effort that the keeper pawed away. Sion’s stopper Fayulu bundled an easy shot nearly gifting the visitors an added-on time second.
Travel etc
Easyjet to Geneva, train straight from there to Sion alongside Lake Geneva to start, passing UEFA HQ in Nyon, before moving into the Alps. Amazing scenery.
Hotel ibis was what you would expect and a 10 minutes walk from the ground. Also had a stunning view of the mountains from my room.




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May 27, 2019, 10:20 PM

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West Juniors Championship : Kello Rovers 0 Rossvale 2. Admission £6; no programmes. Attendance : 127 (hc)


Out the door at 7.45 to collect catchagogoal, shifnalshrew and DavyC from various meeting points up the M6 for the trip to the closest Junior ground, just the 517 mile round-trip to Kirkconnel from B32. Said motorway was moving well allowing a full breakfast stop at Carlisle truckstop before arriving in Kirkconnel about 1.30 for this 14.00 kick-off. I'd already had a briefing from Prorege about the delights of this town which was basically that it was a godforsaken hellhole with only one pub, best avoided, and not a place to spend any time longer than was necessary. The one pub, delightfully painted pink, is at the corner of the street down which Nithside Park can be found, the only junior ground in Dumfries & Galloway. It's actually a little cracker with a large covered terrace on the near side and a smaller concrete stand built into the clubhouse on the far side with limited seating on one side and standing the other; we moved to the larger cover as shifnalshrew was getting soaked despite being under cover by the pie-hut door. An extensive array of various pies and sausage rolls were on offer with hot drinks £1. Much of the rest of the ground is shallow shale terracing from another age.
As reported by Cod of the North, the pitch was immaculate , left nicely greasy by the heavy drizzle. Kello were already down but visitors Rossvale knew a win would promote them to West Premiership for the first time. They'd brought a decent number of fans down from the Glasgow area and were soon cheering with a penalty in the second minute. Their whirlwind start threatened to swamp Kello who resisted and came back into the game. A second just before the hour sealed promotion but fair do's to Kello for giving it their best in an entertaining game in a gem of a ground. Quite a few familiar faces in attendance in addition to those already mentioned - colpic,Tram, Doghead Mal among others.
No reason to linger post-match so a debrief session was taken at Penrith's Fell Bar about 17.30 and back indoors by ten. Now to get thiis detached retina sorted out....Crazy

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