First Team Sub
Aug 5, 2019, 10:02 PM
Post #1 of 7
W H Weight Memorial Trophy @ Lord Derby Academy. KO 18:30. (F&N). Crowd 37
Newton 1 v 0 Page Celtic
Little to report. Match played on a railed grass pitch at the back of the school, no other facilities. Usual dissent and threats of physical violence, not one decent effort on goal. 90th minute winner in an otherwise dire evening of football.
Light traffic and home in an hour.
First Team Star
Aug 6, 2019, 7:07 AM
Post #2 of 7
....The best laid plans of a trip to deepest Berks for Binfield scuppered by a stationary DLR train at Limehouse, therefore a rethink is required. Problem is that the rethink gives us one choice Barkingside @ Cricklefield.....
Barkingside 4 v 0 Newbury Forest - ECL 1 South
Prog 12 pages £1.00 - Admission £5.00 - Att 145
......And by half time the regrets were many. Awful opening period best described by Deaf Leopard who to plagiarise had one of those 10 second excerpts that everyone seems to use on Twitter, however his of Bag Puss yawning and falling asleep was completely apt. The seventies comparisons continued with the awful Cricklefield pitch where it appears to be the case that Redbridge Council contractors have not undertaken any work apart from the obvious cutting. Two tone in colour with a large portion of the surface being grass that had clearly expired. Every lump and bump also predominated and a first half of plenty of effort but two teams who could barely string one pass together and you had a first half to file under forget. The only memorable moment being was when Hawson in the home goal attempted to clear up field but his clearance struck Okugbeni in the stomach and was agonisingly close to unintentionally giving Newbury Forest the lead.
On the plus side and as is so often the case with games at this venue, it was the opportunity to renew acquaintances with others who regale the splendours of Cricklefield and a chance to discuss summer activities. The general half time thoughts was that we would do well to achieve a goal or two.
A much better second period though to an extent enthused, Barkingside have a completely different team to last season and after the lacklustre first half surprised all by being merciless in front of goal. They took the lead when a cross from Bellatrini was completely missed by Neville allowing Oates to find the net from six yards out with with Stansbury's hand having insufficient weight to divert around the post. Lead soon doubled with Oates' effort from the edge of the area being spilled by Stansbury into the path of Jones who forced the ball over the line. A fortuitous moment for Oates leading to the third with a quite unintentional touch putting him clear of the defender and he fully utilised the space placing past Stansbury. To conclude an awful clearance by Stansbury straight into the path of Osenie who gratefully accepted the gift and returned into the empty net. Overall this was a poor contrast with the May and Baker v White Ensign contest seen the previous Friday with Newbury Forest's first match performance causing consternation, though it has to be taken into account that the former contest was played on the 4g at Parkside Aveley and this was played on a surface that was better suited to a local allotment.
Another plus was that ECL Summer Time prevailed, we were away at 19.43, second half at 20.44 and final whistle ended proceedings at 21.33. Easy journey with the mortise and yale turned at 22.41....
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Aug 6, 2019, 8:18 AM
Team(s): Tranmere Rovers, South Liverpool (the South will rise again), Cammell Laird
Post #3 of 7
Newcastle University 3-2 Heaton Stannington
Att 154, adm £4, prog £1
Uni's first home game in the Northern League, although the ground itself is no stranger to this league having been the home of now-defunct Prudhoe Town.
Quite spacious and characterful venue, all the usual facilities are on the near side in pleasingly higgledy-piggledy fashion, with grass banking helping creating a bowl-like effect on the other three. Two stretches of home made cover (one with a few steps of terracing, one out of bounds) and a decent-length Arena stand set quite a way back from the pitch but offering a surprisingly decent view. Eccentric pitch perimeter railings - you could rest your knees on them in places and rest your chin on them in others!
The game was very good. 0-2 after five minutes thanks to two excellent finishes and the Stan threatened to run riot. But Uni settled, pulled one back on the stroke of half time with a deft header and took the game to their visitors after the break. 2-2 with ten to go, Uni's Chilufa (club president, ex Crewe Alex, Macc Town and Zambia U20 apparently) then saw a glancing header hit the inside of the post but the winner came moments later, close range finish into the roof of the net. Stan had one cleared off the line right at the death but Uni held out for a deserved win.
Plenty of car parking on site. For public transport users I assume there are regular buses into Prudhoe from Newcastle. Nearest station is Wylam, a mile and a half but quite a dicey walk away - no pavement for much of it, very narrow road in places and not at all flat. If you've walked Wylam to Ryton & Crawcrook's ground and didn't enjoy it then I'd certainly think twice about doing this one. But salvation of course lies in the Boathouse pub, next to Wylam station, whose range and quality of cask ales I'm happy to report is still excellent.
Most enjoyable evening, with the added bonus of bumping into yorkieexile who was taking in this game en route to another Scottish sojourn.
(This post was edited by paulh66 on Aug 6, 2019, 8:26 AM)
First Team Regular
Aug 6, 2019, 9:16 AM
Team(s): Altrincham, Conwy Borough
Post #4 of 7
Hallmark North West Counties League Div 1 South
Maine Road v Abbey Hey 2-2 (adm. £5, prog sold out, att 186)
This match attracted a decent turnout of away fans and neutrals, although I thought the actual attendance was more like 116 than the official 186, and served up an exciting finish after a slightly dull start.
Maine Road were generally the better team, but were thwarted by a fine display by goalkeeper Dane Smith, but he could do nothing when Ben Davison scored from a long range shot on 53. Dillon Kirkman equalised on 79 with a header from Luke Hincks's cross, and then Abbey went ahead on 85 minutes when a defender put in Jake Dunford's cross. However, justice was done three minutes into injury time when Ben Mooney powered in a header from a corner.
No changes I could see at Brantingham Road; with easy access from Chorlton Metrolink, and Monday evening midweek matches, it's a handy venue for people in the Manchester area.
(This post was edited by Sale Holmfield on Aug 6, 2019, 9:26 AM)
First Team Star
Aug 6, 2019, 9:59 AM
Location: Melksham, Wiltshire
Team(s): Melksham Town, Bath Rugby, Wigan Warriors and Lancashire CCC
Post #5 of 7
Binfield 2 Windsor 0
Admission: £6 (inc programme) Attendance: 271
Unlike TT, I was not blighted by trains issues, I simply hopped in the car for an 80 minute drive for a new tick; it was well worth it. Step 5 football is my non-League 'bread-and-butter' and this was a good game in front of, what will be, Binfield's biggest crowd this season I would think.
Plenty of action in the bar and the smell of well-cooked burgers wafting around the clubhouse end provided a suitable backdrop for a hotly contested local derby.
Windsor got whacked after the longest Hellenic journey (11 hour day out) at Westfields and they were well beaten here too. Binfield had an impressive win at Brimscombe and looked confident and fluent with crisp passing and off-ball running.
They led with a cracking finish past the very capable Windsor keeper and added to it with a 2nd half penalty. Poor finishing led to at least three more good chances going begging. Windsor look like a work in progress and need some experienced heads; I think they had only two attempts at goal all night and gave the ball away a lot.
Spectated from the elevated section behind the goal at the clubhouse end; good views and I was there early enough to park close to the pitch. Overflow car park in use tonight. Home in 70 via M4.
2018-19 Games: 166 Goals: 611 GPG: 3.68 New Grounds: 96
2019-20 Games: 93 Goals: 366 GPG: 3.94 New Grounds: 51
Man City Transfer Target!
Aug 7, 2019, 9:03 PM
Post #7 of 7
...chose the 'other option' in this division - and slightly easier for me - across 'ding - and beyond into farthest Tilehurst.
'Rivermoor' (or Scours La to us ol' pre-metric codgers. )
Reading City 1-0 Burnham
Directions/Facilities: still evidence of slow and steady improvements being made on and off the pitich. All the lights are now newly re-fitted and functioning effectively
- the loos are undergoing a re-furb of sorts so you aren't crammed in behind the door now.
- geared up to food - not sure there were many takers tonight in spite of the large crowd.
- all draught pumps on so not just some dodgy fruit laden Cider nonsense. No Bitter yet though - shouldn't be beyond the wit of the stockist to sort that out before long. Just needs careful Bar/Keg management - which might be the stumbling block.
Car Park still a bit rutted and potholed - but they are getting there which is laudable.
Pitch actually looks better than it ever has but I suspect 'Old Pa Thames' might yet have a say in how long that lasts.
Adm: £6 - no progs at turnstile but I cadged one off of the Bar Manager - think it was her son's copy.
Att: reported somewhere was 172 - my h/c got to about 140+ but there were a few 'latecomers' wandering in.
Crowd incl a few local 'NL' dignitaries (GerryR) and local hopper 'young Phil' of Emmer Gn - whose now well enough to brave driving again in the evenings
Also RFC statistician David Downs in residence in the seats.
Match: 'City' had a much changed line-up from last-term - seem to have picked up a fair number of ex-Flackwell lads - or those taken over there by Marcus have drifted back nearer home?
Still have the rapid passing and running, 'in-yer-face' style of other clubs occupying this venue of late and deservedly led just before HT through CB (Blackwood)- up for a corner as Burnham were struggling to draw breath against the onslaught.
They did hang on and actually found the resources to press more themselves for the last 30 mins of the match and could be considered unlucky not to get their first points of the term.
If City keep this squad and perhaps add wisely, they might maintain a challenge - providing the impetus off the field doesn't flag. They had a couple of startlingly quick individuals up front - the no 7 (Khalid Simmo) arrived from the RFC Academy - certainly stood out - not that he did much standing - more flying.
'Blues' on the other hand might pick up enough points to survive but this division can be difficult for Step One sides to thrive in.
City finished the evening top on goals scored, from Binfield. They were overhauled the following night (Tue 6th) by Fairford and Westfields.