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noprogs
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Aug 3, 2019, 5:37 PM

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Darlington T 6 Gateshead Leam Rangers 0
Wearside League Division One
Admission £2, Programme £1


A decent enough game despite the one-sided scorline, with the home side in particular playing some really nice football.They were four up at the break, and after another early goal, the visitors then had a man dismissed; one from each side was later sent off after the last goal, a penalty.
This is a 4g, parallel to the athletics track where I saw Cleveland Bridge play about six or seven years ago. They change slightly further away than previosly, and the cage has three small separate standing areas.
Good start to the season proper.


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kirby knitters
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Aug 3, 2019, 5:52 PM

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MFL 1.
Leicester Road 4 Studley 0.
In £6.
Paper £2
Att 70 odd.
Carling £3.50.
A really sluggish start from the Knitters and they were fortunate to go in at the break at 0-0 but the second half was a totally different story with goals from Langham, Munton, and if the third from Reid was a classic the final one from Earls was one of the best ive seen in many a year. Going to be a great season for local games in this league. Some unfortunately I won't touch but still leaves many of interest so bring em on!!


WTFCsecretary
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Aug 3, 2019, 6:05 PM

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Location: Darfield
Team(s): Wombwell Town

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PSF - High Green Villa 7, Wombwell Town 1.
Free entry.

Wombwell were missing regular 9 players and started the game with a CB on goal until a trialist keeper got ready. The game was still 0-0 at the switch on 15 minutes, but the final 15 minutes punished the team. 4 goals in the final third of the second half mad ethe result look better for High Green in the end.

A new ground for me. A 4G pitch. I'm starting to dislike artificial pitches as they don't feel like real grounds. Especially with the cage around the ones at step 7 and below. ST George's Park in Thorncliffe, Sheffield was smart as these places are, but there's no atmosphere and no way for a club to progress. You'd find it hard to support a team at these places, which probably explains why the only supporters there were from Wombwell.


HantsLondoner
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Aug 3, 2019, 6:20 PM

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

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National League

Eastleigh 1 Notts County 0

admission S/T, otherwise £15, programme £2-00, attendance 2668 (796 away)
last season's 7th v 23rd in League 2 The season begins in earnest! And a plum first home game for the Spitfires against a famous old club whose fans were happy that they survived the summer. The team they put out had a few well-known faces and looked pretty strong, apart from the fact that several had been signed only this week. Despite what the away fans' forums are saying, I thought they looked quite a decent side and will doubtless improve as the season goes on, especially with a couple more signings. They had two players sent off, so will have to get used to the NL way of doing things. I'm sure not many teams will be as competitive as Eastleigh were today.
I think this will go down as a good win for the home team - it was their sort of match, physical, fast, no quarter given, and they did very well. The only goal was, typically, from a set-piece. The match started with loud support from the huge away contingent - it felt like a cup tie, and it continued like this throughout. As such nobody had much time on the ball and it was all down to a battle. The home team threatened first on 13 mins with a decent cross by Williamson, deflected off a defender for a corner. From it Johnson rose to plant a firm header into the corner of the net, although if County had a man on the line it would have been cleared. The visitors came back with a Boldewijn shot, blocked. A defensive error by County then saw the home team pass the ball (and the buck) until Barnett decided somebody had better shoot - saved. Not many chances after that for the rest of the half until a free-kick, stupidly conceded by Johnson, was well struck by Rose and went only just over the bar. HT 1-0.
After the break County changed things a bit and put more pressure on Eastleigh, Boldewijn getting round the back several times and producing dangerous crosses. Tyson shot over the bar, there were several corners in a row, but the home team held firm and started to threaten themselves, and Miley had a couple of shots saved. It was getting a little fraught and there were plenty of players going down - the ref did a pretty good job of working out what was genuine and what was not. He was also in the right place in the 76th minute when Doyle clashed with Johnson at a corner and the County man received a red card. A defensive error by the home team was then not punished by Boldewijn, whose shot was way over. In injury time Rendell and McCrory went sliding in for the ball, both with studs quite high, but it was the County man who was sent off, apparently for retaliation (not visible from our view).



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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Bigaitch
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Aug 3, 2019, 6:35 PM

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Hadley 5 Enfield 0
Essex Senior League. Att ; 70 (H/c)
Admission £6 Programme 12 pages 50p. Basic but actually value for money.

After a summer of deliberating whether I would take in much of the non league scene this year, I bit the bullet and ended up glad I did. A comfortable win for the home side after a goal less first half , and amazingly for an Essex Senior League game, played in good spirit with no petulance and very little whinging, biggest reason for my apathy.
Hadley, playing their first ESL match following their move over played some lovely stuff but lacked the final ball and conviction in the first half, and when they did find the net
, it was ruled offside. The first half ended goalless with Enfield showing one or two glimpses on the break that they could muster a challenge. However a minute or so into the second half and a challenge in the box saw a forward clipped and the referee pointed to the spot. A few arguments but nothing too much, and being close up, I thought it was a good shout by the man in black. The penalty was dispatched with aplomb. A couple of minutes later and a foul on the home No 7, and a clear penalty dispatched again by the same player who then completed a hat trick. Further goals followed and another was disallowed as Enfield heads dropped and Hadley cut them open easily.
Enjoyable game on an excellent pitch with a 100 seater at cost on one side and some wooden covered standing on the other.
Next door at the village hall was some form of event taking place where the tannoy was audible. What they were getting up to I don’t know, but the lady on the mic was encouraging folk to “Wang their wellies”.....
Also a very innovative way to raise money at Hadley; chap comes round and flogs you a numbered tennis ball in the first half. At half time everyone who partakes throws them on the pitch and closest to the centre spot wins. I partook and failed dismally.....Original however, and good fun.


royf
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Aug 3, 2019, 6:38 PM

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Championship - Barnsley 1 Fulham 0 - Adm £28 Programme £3 Att 14,328
Game of two halves as promoted Tykes ran the relegated visitors ragged in the first period, then Fulham woke up (presumably after a roasting) but failed to convert a number of chances.



2019/20: Games 7 Goals 21 New grounds 3 New teams 4


barcud-coch
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Aug 3, 2019, 6:52 PM

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Berriew 0 Corwen 2

Talbot Field: Nathaniel MG Cup First Round

Having largely watched pre-season fixtures over the past three weeks, apart from a Europa League tie involving Cardiff Metropolitan University, this afternoon’s match was my first domestic competitive fixture of the 2019/20 campaign. The Welsh football season, for the top-two echelons of the pyramid, commenced with the opening two rounds of an expanded Nathaniel MG Cup, involving all club playing at the upper echelons of the pyramid and just one wildcard entrant this time. Berriew were the successful club which received the wildcard on this occasion and they received a home draw against opposition promoted to the newly-named JD Cymru North. The Rhiewsiders finished third last term in the MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League First Division, reached the Montgomeryshire Challenge Cup final and defeated Llanrhaeadr to lift the Central Wales Challenge Cup. Berriew came into their opening competitive match of the new campaign on the back of a 6-2 home victory over St Martins of the North West Counties League First Division (South). Their opponents had finished runners-up to Queen’s Park at the head of the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Premier Division last term but gained promotion to the second tier after the Wrexham club did not meet the conditions of the licence requirements for this level. The Dee Valley club have upgraded their facilities at War Memorial Park by the end of April to ensure that they would achieve promotion to JD Cymru North and return to this level of the pyramid for the first time since 1999/00. Corwen’s latest pre-season friendly resulted in a 4-3 victory at FAW Trophy holders, and former league rivals, Cefn Albion last weekend. Both teams knew they would host Caernarfon Town in the second round of this competition next weekend if they were victorious.

The Rhiewsiders made a solid start against their now higher-graded opponents with the impressive Xavier Mattise seeing his fourth minute lob over the advancing goalkeeper come back off the crossbar but none of his team mates were able to take advantage of the rebound. A ball played forward in the 13th minute caused some confusion between the Corwen goalkeeper and his defence but the hosts were unable to take advantage and eventually a 20 yard half volley flew narrowly wide of the target. The visitors responded just a minute later when they flashed a shot wide of the target after the Berriew defence failed to clear the lines. Home striker Richard Davies saw his 21st minute half-volley played following a neat passage of play by his team before the same player pulled an effort wide of the target seven minutes before the interval. Corwen came out of the changing rooms looking a much-improved team after the break and fired a shot at the Berriew custodian in the 54th minute following a good move down the left before breaking the deadlock two minutes later. The Dee Valley outfit created another move down the let flank and this time Tom Williams cut inside and drove across the edge of the penalty area before finding the back of the net with a deflected shot. Corwen doubled their advantage eight minutes later when Sam Henry ran on to a well-timed through ball and eventually rounded the advancing custodian before squeezing the ball past a home defender. Richard Davies headed wide of goal from a Berriew free-kick five minutes later before the hosts shot straight at the Corwen goalkeeper in the 80th minute after the ball was pulled back from the byline. The visitors had a couple of opportunities to extend their lead in the closing stages. The Rhiewsiders' goalkeeper came of his line to make an important block in the 82nd minute before a Corwen player took advantage of a mistake before firing over the crossbar six minutes later when it appeared easier to score.

2019/20 Statistics
Goals: 120
Matches: 23
New Grounds: 4


FatCat
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Aug 3, 2019, 7:00 PM

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Halstead Town 0-5 Wormley Rovers (HT: 0-2)
Thurlow Nunn First Division South
Att:115
Admission: £6
Programme: £1 (good value)
Pint of Stella £3.30

After an even opening 20 minutes Wormley took control of the game with two goals in as many minutes.
After that they regularly broke through the Halstead defence and deserved to get more.
A little more luck might have seen the hosts at least get on the score sheet.

Inside the programme there was an 'on this day' feature which claimed that Neymar transferred from Barcelona to PSG for a world record fee of €222 in 2017.
If I had known he was that cheap I would have bought him for Witham Town!


pokal02
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Aug 3, 2019, 7:16 PM

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Barnet 1-0 Yeovil Town
Conf Nat
Att 1,666 (533 away)


Dire game with these two sides unlikely to be troubling the top half come April. without major surgery.

In his prog notes, Bees boss Darren Currie said he'd be happy with an ugly 1-0 win and that's what he got. Bizarrely, the home team started without a recognised striker although three were on the bench. Yeovil started the better with Bees keeper Loach called into action a couple of times before his opposite number made a good save from a Jack Taylor header on 30 mins with Akinola just failing to connect with the follow up and Akinola hitting the bar just before HT.

Bees improved after the break and Yeovil got worse, after Akinola had a close range effort saved following a low cross from Sparkes, it was Akinola again who got through and was clumsily brought down by the Yeovil last man, although there was still much work to do as the angle was fairly acute. Akinola sent the keeper the wrong way with the pen (61 min). Yeovil huffed and puffed without really looking dangerous until Loach made a fine save from a well struck free kick near the end.

Interestingly, given Bees long history of blowing 1-goal leads in the last couple of minutes, the clock was turned off (or broke) on 83 mins.


stingray
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Aug 3, 2019, 7:31 PM

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

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South Midlands Division 1
BEDFORD FC 0-0 PARK VIEW
Admission & Prog £5.00 Coffee £1.50
Attendance 35 (including 4 from GI Scaffolding who disappeared at half time, never to return)

While the big boys next door were still messing around with PSFs (this one at home to Hitchin), the serious business of the season got under way at McMullen Park against a side almost virtually unknown outside their local area (in this case Haringey) with a strong emphasis on the Ghanaian community there. They were more than a match for their hosts who managed to get the ball in the net twice, only to have them both ruled out for offside and will return to the shadow of White Hart Lane well satisfied with their efforts.

Only my second ever visit to McMullen Park (since you ask, the first was on 2nd September 2006 when Leighton played Biggleswade Town in the FA Cup). Like Langford, it's VERY open with little relief from the hot sun or rain. Two small covered areas, both with bench seating although the smaller does have proper seats but they seem to be only for officials and guests.

A black mark was that the programme announced that "food and drink is available from the Clubhouse at all times today". Er, no it wasn't. It was shut and locked during the actual game and although there were prices quoted for burgers and chips I neither saw nor heard any evidence of their availability. Memo - take your own. At least the drinks were hot and in large cups.



2019/20 stats

18 goals in 5 games
£59.20 spent


Bantam Cymraeg
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Aug 3, 2019, 7:32 PM

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Golcar United 2-1 Prestwich Heys
North West Counties League Division 1 North
£4 in
Att: 379

First game for 12 weeks, and a straightforward trip to recomplete the NWCL. Only about half a mile from my birthplace, too, so it felt like coming home.

Golcar have put a lot of work into their ground, but it still falls short of the required facilities. There is a new mesh fence around the whole ground, and entrance is in one corner at a new pay booth (in fact, everything's new). The tea bar and changing rooms are in buildings behind the right hand end, with a bar and a small amount of standing cover on the near side. There is spectator access to only the near end and side, although the path along the near side is raised above pitch level. No sign of seats or floodlights, so still plenty more work to do. Given the relatively huge attendance today, providing access to the other two sides might also be in the pipeline at some point, but it was a nice day and Huddersfield weren't playing, so the figure was probably much higher than they would normally expect.

On the pitch they looked well equipped to compete in the NWCL, against the team who finished 4th in this division last time. Golcar took the lead with a well-struck goal after only 10mins, but Prestwich equalised with a fine cross and header midway through the 1st half. Golcar regained the lead with a well-worked goal just before the break. The 2nd half was fairly even and Golcar saw the game out to earn their first 3 points at this level.


John Treleven
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Aug 3, 2019, 8:06 PM

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Combined Counties Division 1

Jersey Bulls 3 (45+3, 73 pen, 90+5), Ash United 0

Att 927


Oldludensian
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Aug 3, 2019, 8:14 PM

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Northern Counties East League Premier Division

Hemsworth Miners Welfare 2. Grimsby Borough 1

£6/4. Att. 107

First ever step 5 game for Borough ended in a narrow defeat at Fitzwilliam, a very competitive game Borough will feel they should have won. An even first half saw Grimsby dominating in midfield and Hemsworth in defence. A goal for Hemsworth when Paylor was left unattended to hook the ball into the bottom corner, then early in the second half Parker beat Scott Drury, low from 20 yards, one the Grimsby keeper should have turned around the post.

Josh Venney pulled one back from further out,hitting the top corner before the keeper saw it. The goal capped a most impressive performance from the young Grimsby midfielder who surely would be playing at a far higher level but for his size. Trott and Bemrose missed gilt edged chances and the game was lost.

Good pleasant atmosphere here, and some entertaining football on a good surface. A game on a railed pitch behind the conifers was taking place earlier, a pitch that doubled as the overflow car park. Behind the other goal Hemsworth Miners Welfare Cricket Club were playing Rothwell in the Pontefract League, a professional looking set up but a poor standard.

Given that this is the birthplace of the Great Yorkshire Opening Batsman it was interesting to see that Hemsworth had a bowler referred to as Geoffrey, while the football team had a left back with the same moniker. The sports grounds are surrounded by modern housing units replacing the terraces that contained the Boycott house.


A real ale desert, Fitzwilliam, though there is a brewery tap in Hemsworth village down the road. So only a pint of diet coke and ice at two quid in the clubhouse. Indeed after the Magic Rock Tap takeover at Docks Brewery yesterday it was all I could face.


Andy Mac
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Aug 3, 2019, 8:15 PM

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MFL 1.
Leicester Road 4 Studley 0.
In £6.
Paper £2
Att 70 odd.
Carling £3.50.
A really sluggish start from the Knitters


Knitters????!


kirby knitters
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Aug 3, 2019, 8:20 PM

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Never refer to the Hinckley clubs as anything else!


Atavistic
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Aug 3, 2019, 8:45 PM

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Pre-Season Friendly
Soham Town Rangers 4 Yaxley 3

Admission: £5, Programme: N/A
Attendance: 90 h/c

We made an excellent start to this game, going straight on the offensive and taking the lead after 5 minutes: a ball down the left wing reached Charley Sanders and he outpaced his two markers to break into the box and shoot, slotting his effort under the keeper to score. After this, the rest of the first half was finely poised, with plenty of midfield play for both sides but not much in terms of clear-cut chances: our defence were sweeping up most Soham attacks well, while our attacks fizzled out more often than not. However, a sloppy mistake brought Soham back into the game on the stroke of half-time: a John-Paul Duncliffe pass wasn't strong enough to reach another defender and was pounced upon, with the Soham attack eventually forcing a corner; then, from the corner, no one picked up the run of the number 10 and he was free to head into the net.

Boosted by that first half goal, Soham made a positive start to the first half and took the lead in the 48th minute, with the 11 given space to curve a shot beyond James Blake and in from outside the box. After this, much of the second half saw Soham pressing in numbers, while our defensive solidity and organisation from the first half had largely vanished. This saw Soham dominate proceedings for the next 20 or so minutes, with their 3rd goal coming in the 66th minute: a free kick was floated into the box and one of our defenders accidentally poked it into his own net.

Six minutes later, we pulled one back through Tom Waumsley after some excellent play from Cameron Gow left Sanders free to cross to Waumsley for a tap-in. However, as we continued to push for an equaliser - and in amidst a series of substitutions - we perhaps over-committed and this gave Soham the chance to regain their two-goal cushion in the 82nd minute, albeit in slightly controversial fashion: a winger played a cross into the box that the 10 tapped in, but he and the ball appeared to be behind the touchline as he made the cross. Neither the referee or the linesman were able to spot this though, so the goal stood. Either way, we started to press and attack high after this, but little came of it until we earned a penalty in the 89th minute, which Phil Stebbing emphatically converted.

Overall, this game was decent enough to watch and a productive contest for both sides ahead of the new season, but it wasn't as entertaining as the scoreline would suggest (most likely because it was a pre-season friendly and hence lacked the normal sense of urgency). From our perspective, though, it was a decent if somewhat frustrating performance: we maintained our defensive discipline until the very end of the first half and from that point on we became much less tactically disciplined and hence much more open. Better that it happens now rather than during a competitive match though.

The ground was good for this level, with cover on three sides and an unusual elevated main stand. However, it's perhaps not one to visit during the summer months, what with the flying ant infestation today.



2019/20 stats (including Pre-Season):

New Grounds: 7 (Luton Town, Soham Town Rangers, Holbeach United, St. Neots Town, Biggleswade Town, Didcot Town, Thetford Town)
Games: 16
Goals: 56
Goals Per Game (to 2 dp): 3.50
0-0s: 0

My Blog: https://thetortoisetravels.blogspot.co.uk/

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Dr Love
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Aug 3, 2019, 9:02 PM

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Netherseal St Peter 1-3 Renishaw Rangers
Central Midlands Football League Invitational Cup


The two sides traded early goals. After those it was Renishaw who generally had the better of the play and created more chances, but it took two quick goals with about 15 minutes to play to seal the tie.

The main attraction here was the ground, some features certainly date back a long way. The south side has a covered terrace, the roof looks relatively new, but the steps are certainly older with wooden steps holding abck soil/ash. Opposite this the elevated main stand is bench seating only, and it does feel a bit rickety. In front is a few steps of uncovered standing and next to it a small elevated covered balcony in front of a reception room. Presumably usually reserved for committee members of the rugby club, but no restrictions today, it offered the best view in the ground. A very large clubhouse with real ales on. Hard standing at both ends, the far end also has a manual scoreboard and the near end the lowest railing going.

Hinckley AFC 2-1 Heath Hayes
Midland Football League 1st Division


Hinckley are currently playing at Ibstock, about ten miles from the town itself. It's a tidy ground, with a couple of bits of cover on the entrance side. The larger is standing room, with more steps uncoverd in front. The seating area has some bench seating. They've got a new bar, a converted shipping container, and a tea bar. No problems parking, stewards helping to organise the club carpark.

Hinckley had a better of the game and created plenty of chances, but couldn't convert them, whilst Heath Hayes could have taken the lead a couple of times, but their finishing also let them down. All the goals came at the end, with Hinckley opening the scoring on the 79th minute, plenty of the crowd having been unhappy with a poor ball into the box - but the turn and finish from the edge of the box soon cheered them up. The lead only lasted a few minutes, but it didn't take long for the winner to arrive. Still time for a good save from the home keeper to deny another late equaliser.


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Aug 3, 2019, 9:12 PM

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Sway 0-5 Liphook
Hampshire Premier League
No Adm or Paper
Att 36, Stana H/C

Chucked Andy Smith out at Brockenhurst and a few mins later I was at this very nice ground. Fully railed, wide hard standing all the way round, decent little stand.
If stats were to be believed (and we all know they're a load of bollox) and you didn't look at the efforts on target, this would look like a very close game. But although Sway were probably the better side in the 1st half they didn't get the ball in right areas, and when they did they missed a couple of very easy chances.
0-2 at the break the home side just couldn't get into the important areas, and Liphook were much sharper at the other end.
Good day out and the traffic wasn't too bad considering the usual once a year holiday drivers doing their best to slow things up.
All being well I've got 3 more games in this League in the next 7 days, if they're all as enjoyable as this I'll be happy.


IAN S
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Aug 3, 2019, 9:14 PM

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Rossendale 1 Galgate 0
West Lancashire 2
h/t 0-0
h/c 34 + 5 dogs (including mine!)

This game started brightly and Roseendale hit the post in the first seconds, it went downhill from there. Winning goal came after five minutes of the second half.


Marl Pits sports centre also houses RU, which is the most dominant of the two. Fortunately their season doesn't start yet. Large clubhouse/bar that was nice and cool on a hot day. Game was played on the main stadium pitch that will probably get waterlogged somewhere down the line this season. This was Rossendale's first game in this league after switching from the Lancashire Amateur League. Loads of parking available.



We'll be, as we are, when all the fools who doubt us fade away.


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Wessex League 1 : Andover New Street 1 United Services Portsmouth 1. Admission £6/£3. Programme £1. Attendance : 109


Finally got Foxcotte Park ticked at the third time of asking after two postponements, same scenario as passenger catchagogoal. We made the journey in a surprisingly swift two hours with all major roads behaving which allowed time for a tick and a fishfinger sandwich at the GBG Weyhill Fair on the western approach to Andover; all a bit meh tbh.
On a sunny afternoon, Foxcotte Park looked delightful with hard standing all round, a small cover behind the right hand goal and a larger compact seated stand past the half-way line containing three rows of bench seating and and four patrons, one of whom looked like a hopper. Food was available but only hot drinks taken at £1.20.
New Street started on fire, looking like a side in a hurry to regain their top division place but we reached the interval goalless. They eventually broke the deadlock only for USP to fire a merited late equaliser before the game finished in a sudden heavy squall. Average but most pleasant.
In search of an ale from Betteridge Brewery from nearby Hurstbourne Tarrant, we popped into the George and Dragon in that village and found an inoffensive HBT Village Ale at 3.8 alongside Gold Muddler, a 3.9 offering from Andwell brewery of Hook. Neither terribly exciting and neither was the journey back as we discussed tentative plans for an Argentina jaunt next year with the objective being to gain access to Boca v River, my ultimate bucket-list match. Key in door at 7.50.


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Also at Barnet well summed up. Yeovil’s away allocation of seats had to be expanded after around 25 mins, they made a great racket until they lost the goal. Barnet fans made no noise until the goal then sang 2 songs, all a bit of a shame as it sounded really good when they were making noise. Yeovil were terrible second half the left back was replaced late on for a lad who went a bit more attacking, both were right footed... 18 for Yeovil was a bog standard Step 4 defender who went upfront last 5+4added on mins.
First time in the Hive bar, not overly busy but lots of screens showing Salford on sky rather than Stockport on BT. Sikh wedding taking place under the Away stand , I wonder what they made of it all.


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pinewoodste
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Aug 3, 2019, 9:36 PM

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I eventually could put info on after also mysteriously being'banned.'

A re-visit today. I did consider Lakenheath but decided to make more of a day of it & go to Southend. After parking at Colchester railway station I got the train via Shenfield & alighting at Southend Victoria. A short walk away I visited the Beecroft Art Gallery. While viewing there was live music on the bottom level of the building with a jazz band & there was also a jazz exhibition. A walk through the town centre & the promenade I arrived at the ground. My only other visit here was December 1993.

Essex Senior League
Southend Manor 0
Sporting Bengal Utd 1 (67)
KO: 15:00 Att: 42 h/c Cost: £3 (I couldn’t believe how cheap it is for adults) Progs available

Venue: Southchurch Park, Northumberland Crescent, Southend-on-Sea
2 cricket matches were played next door & Southchurch Bowls Club were hosting an event.

At the ground one of the seated stands was closed with a see through fence.

Match:
Cloudy with some hazy sun at best. A cooling breeze which was noticeable more at the game & not really t-shirt weather while watching.
My season started with the teams coming out to silence in front of the paltry small crowd.
After a slow start SM looked the less poorer side which saw them go reasonably close three times but all were wide. Shots 5-1.

H/t lasted just over 15mins & the clubhouse tv had talksport radio on it.

79 seconds after the re-start SBU had a free-kick which took a major deflection but the gk saved well. My goodness there was a goal which came as a surprise to me. Helped by the gk out of his goal & with the defender on the line unable to stop the ball going over the line. SM shot just wide 3 minutes later from close range but never looked like equalising. Shots 8-3. A draw would have been a fairer result.

This was the 4th time I’ve seen SBU & they’ve won all 4 with a g/diff of 7-0.

I walked back to the station after the game to do the return journey. A previous train from Shenfield had been cancelled so I had to stand for a bit of the journey back with a lot of West Ham fans who I presume had a friendly today.


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Aug 3, 2019, 9:46 PM

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Leicester Road 4 Studley 0 Attendance - 81 h/c

Great ground enjoyed my visit . Slow to start with but great second half . Studley wereally poor. Also a mention to the friendly people I met here

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PSF
Redditch Utd 0 Aston Villa XI 2
£8
Att:534

The Valley hasn't changed since the first time I came here twenty years ago - two large terraces, one small stand, one end closed off. There's a club shop with a good selection of books and programmes.

Villa fielded a young side who probably all imagine themselves as the next Jack Grealish even if most of them will be playing at Redditch's level before they know it. They scored early from a free-kick and got a second before half-time from Jacob Ramsey, who was on the verge of the first team a year ago before seeing his chances fading more with every new eight-figure signing. Redditch were unlucky not to get a goal with Villa's defence a bit ragged but after the break the visitors showed some good play without scoring.

A ten minute walk back to the station and the cross-city line was punctual for a change so in plenty of time for

MFL Division One
Cadbury 0 Brocton 1.
Add: £5 No programme that I could see
Attt: 40-ish (h/c)

The Triplex is another one that doesn't alter and remains one of the dying breed of classic works grounds. Cricket doesn't appear to be played there anymore but a bowls match was in full swing throughout.

Again the visitors scored early when the Cadbury keeper dropped the ball and from then on it was end to end with the home side having most of the play but Brocton the better chances. Neither team scored, and a draw would probably have been a fair result but Brocton got the points.


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Dave 56
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Aug 4, 2019, 12:05 AM

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Central Midlands Chairman's Cup Final. KO 15:00. Crowd 269. Admission £3(OAP). Programmes available.


Pinxton 5 v 1 Bakewell Town

Three first half goals in a short space of time, the first a penalty clinched the cup for Pinxton. I am sure someone will provide a detailed report in due course. Pleased to have got to this venue and as always, great to catch up with some familiar faces.


It rained as I left Burton heading for Stoke speedway, dry in the vicinity until the last heat. Result Stoke 36 Leicester 54 First leg of the KO cup semi final. Second leg tomorrow at Leicester as part of a double header.



Full details of the USA tour is on international hopping.

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