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Friday 16th August 2019


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Aug 17, 2019, 12:01 AM

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Newtown 0 Cefn Druids 0

Latham Park: JD Cymru Premier

This was my first visit to Latham Park since Good Friday when I watched Newtown entertain Bala Town in an end of season league fixture. The Robins eventually lost that match against the Lakesiders after having initially taken the lead before being beaten by the same opposition in the Europa League play-off semi-final a few weeks afterwards. Bala Town were subsequently defeated on penalties by Cardiff Metropolitan University in the final at Maes Tegid to miss out on qualification for European football this summer. This evening saw the start of the recently named JD Cymru Premier following the rebranding of the former Welsh Premier League during the close season. The second tier of the Welsh pyramid is now also under the umbrella of FAW management and will now be known as JD Cymru North and JD Cymru South. It will be interesting to see next season whether the new third tier will also be incorporated under the same branding and organisation. Newtown commenced their competitive fixtures last weekend with a 2-0 home victory over JD Cymru South outfit Ammanford in the Nathaniel MG Cup second round. Cefn Druids consolidated their place in the top-flight of Welsh football last term, under the stewardship of Huw Griffith, by finishing comfortably above the relegated pair of Llandudno and Llanelli town. The Ancients did not make the best of starts to the new campaign when they were beaten 2-1 at home by Prestatyn Town last Saturday in the Nathaniel MG Cup.

This opening fixture of the Welsh top-flight season was something of a slow burner as both teams were quite content on passing the ball amongst their defence and midfield but lacking the necessary cutting edge in the final third. Newtown created the first real chance of the match when recent loan signing from Shrewsbury Town, Lifumpa Mwandwe, pulled an effort narrowly wide of the target in the 18th minute. The young Shrewsbury Town had a similar effort eight minutes later but this time saw his shot by a Cefn Druids defender. The Ancients broke down the right wing in the 34th minute and the ball was pulled back from the byline before Robins custodian saved the ensuing shot with his legs. The Montgomeryshire hosts had a great opportunity to break the deadlock six minutes before the interval when they broke down the left and fired over the crossbar from close range after the ball was delivered into the danger area. The visitors struck the crossbar three minutes after the interval through Zimbabwe international Alex Mimundu before Dave Jones easily saved a half-volley on the hour mark after a free-kick was played into the Newtown penalty area. The Robins saw a low shot saved by the Druids' goalkeeper two minutes later before heading over from an inviting 70th minute cross from out on the left side of the penalty area. Newtown striker miscued his shot from a low cross delivered towards the near post 10 minutes later but his team were unable to find a winning goal in the closing stages despite their second-half pressure.

2019/20 Statistics
Goals: 147
Matches: 31
New Grounds: 4

Dave 56
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Aug 17, 2019, 12:56 AM

Posts: 1012
Location: Staffs.
Team(s): Leatherhead

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Premier League U23. KO 19:00. Admission £5. Team Sheets available. Crowd n/k.

Spurs 3 v 1 Man City

Impressive new ground, well laid out. Good viewing from the lower tier which was open along one side and one end. You have to walk through metal detectors before entering the ground. Given the current knife crime problem, it seems a reasonable safeguard.

Spurs scored twice in the first half, both well taken strikes, in what was a fairly dull affair with City contributing next to nothing in the way of shots on goal and Spurs dominating with lots of possession.

A penalty early in the second half ended any hopes of a City comeback and the game drifted tediously towards the final whistle with only a City consolation of any note. Not unsurprisingly, very little atmosphere with just a few thousand spectators inside but a great stadium nonetheless.

Thanks to Bob L. Hatt for the lift to and from the game. Chelsea Spud also in attendance and one or two other familiar faces.

Full details of the USA tour is on international hopping.

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Aug 17, 2019, 9:19 AM

Posts: 803
Location: Darn sarff
Team(s): Nobody in particular

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Eastbourne United Association 4 Little Common 1
SCFL Prem, Att; 100 ish
Admission £6 Programme Nicely produced and designed, had the basics when it came to content, decent value at £1

Surprise result in the battle of Landlord and tenant, with United avoiding defeat for the first time this season at the fourth time of asking, and deservedly so although Little Common did hit the self distrust button more than once.
The game started off with the visitors dominating and their passing and through balls were excellent for the level, but dogged defending and excellent keeping from Jordan Hawkins kept them at bay. On the 25 minute mark Eastbourne took the lead from a penalty awarded when a header from a corner hit a raised arm, and by the letter of the law now, it was a clear spot kick. It was driven hard and low to the keepers left and it was enough to beat his dive. Within a few minutes the a visiting defender went flying in on a home player out by the corner flag, catching him and sending the flag flying. Straight red card and very few if any complaints from Little Common; it was a bad and even more to the point, ludicrous foul. Eastbourne then doubled their lead with a tap in at the far post following a cross / shot from the right, and you could see there heads were up and the three previous defeats, two of them quite heavy must have felt a long time ago.
With about half an hour to go the visitors pulled one back with a very good goal that they deserved. The wing back won the ball out wide and cut in past a fairly half hearted attempt to tackle him and carried on curling a low shot into the back of the net from the edge of the box.
Eastbourne however managed the game well after that, and not in a negative way, they simply did not allow their opponents to get in too many dangerous positions. Having missed a sitter with a one on one in the last ten minutes they added a third on 85 when a right wing corner was turned in unmarked at the far post and to cap a really bad night for the visitors, one of their defenders turned a left wing cross past his own keeper at the death.
The result was fully deserved although the margin flattered Eastbourne a bit, once they got some confidence of the goal they seemed to get a real lift. Little Common played some lovely football but seemed reluctant to pull the trigger. The pitch at The Oval held up well in spite of the wet weather and it was an enjoyable game, and kudos to the man in the middle who my mate and I thought had an excellent game. He had some big decisions to make and made them well.
The Oval is probably known to many on here and is a tidy venue with Atcosts providing the only seats and cover, and even then some of the seats are missing in one structure in the corner. The big concrete stand of years gone by is now history, as is the track that once circled the pitch, with the area on which it sat now obscured by the fencing that enclosed the play area. The tea bar and clubhouse however remain delightfully old school and both were doing a decent trade.
A recommended visit to anyone who has yet to do so....

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Aug 18, 2019, 9:56 PM

Posts: 160
Location: Bury
Team(s): Bury

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Man Utd u23 2-0 Reading u23
Premier League 2 - Division 2
Leigh Sports Village
Attendance - 1586
Admission - free
Programme - none, free team sheet.

2nd visit to Leigh Sports village but the 1st visit was when I was working at a rugby game so doesn’t count really. It is a 12,000 seater stadium with 3 seated stands and one large terraced stand. I found the seating very cramped and the Man Utd fans very irritating, not for the 1st time.

Man Utd were the better team throughout, the stand out player was the left back Brandon Williams who I believe has been in the 1st team squad set up over the summer.

Youth Team Regular

Aug 19, 2019, 11:39 AM

Posts: 190
Location: Sheffield
Team(s): Sheffield FC, Glentoran, Tottenham, Rangers, Santa Maria (Cape Verde)

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Also at Tottenham, crowd was 5731, free 4 page programme, teamsheet I think was only available to press, but there is one on the usual auction site.

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

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Aug 22, 2019, 6:01 PM

Posts: 1024
Location: Newcastle/Salford/Wrexham
Team(s): Bolton Wanderers, local non-league teams

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Llay Welfare 2-0 Castell Alun Colts (1-0 HT) at The Ring
Welsh National League Premier Division
Admission: Free, Programme: None
Attendance: 80ish (guesstimate)

Quick trip up to the other side of Wrexham to watch a local derby, on Friday night due to cricket who share with Llay. Fair bit of work been and still being done since my previous visit, with the previous stand being extended and replacing the covered standing adjacent, presumably to meet the new regulations. Tea bar has also been gutted and presumably is going to be refurbished, as a result the Miner's Welfare was the only source of refreshments. Match was okay, Castell Alun didn't make the most of their opportunities up front and Llay's goals, one towards the end of the first half from Rhys Lloyd and another from Mike Wright mid way through the second, were comfortably enough to secure victory. Spent the match talking with the Coedpoeth manager who had came to watch, confirmed they had moved in with Lex for a season whilst they're trying to improve their home at Pengelli Playing Fields.

Grounds visited: 297
Last new ground: Mike Riding Ground (Longridge Town)
Next planned fixture: Newcastle U23 v Norwich U23 - PL2D2 - 16/9/19


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