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Aug 20, 2019, 5:18 PM

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Location: Bute and Argyll/Fleetwood

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Fleetwood Town U23 0-2 Rangers U23....F&N at Poolfoot Training facility in Thornton. K.O 2pm

Took the short bus ride to Thornton for this afternoon's Anglo Scottish encounter. Admission was free and the supporters filled the raised pitch side viewing area.

There were a few names I recognised in Graeme Murty side including Joe Dodoo, Jamie Murphy and Graham Dorrans. Fleetwood had Ched Evans and Billy Crellin the keeper Everton have reportedly been sniffing round.

Rangers had the better of the first half and should have been up in the first minute had the Rangers forward not made a total hash of his finish. Crellin made a number of saves, none better than the one with his feet when going the wrong way.... after the ball was deflected. Fleetwood were limited to just one shot on target in the first half.

The second half saw Rangers take the lead on 61 minutes when the Blues No3 James Maxwell, fired home from 30 yards beating Crellin to his left.....fine strike!! Fleetwood thought they had equalised on 67 minutes when the Gers keeper spilled the ball and it was poked home.....unfortunately offside.

Fleetwood then had three excellent efforts on the 69th minute, none crossed the goal line. A minute later the Gers No12 Houston fired home, to make it 0-2 and all but kill the game. Decent afternoon in the sunshine...had planned to pick up the car from the garage and carry on to Lytham for the footy....but the garage said it wouldnt be ready tomorrow. Good to meet fellow Hopper John Mc K at the game.

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

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Aug 20, 2019, 9:28 PM

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@Maesgwynne Lane
Attendance : 71

A match which Llanboidy should have won easily but lost due to defenders making stupid errors. They went ahead after 16 minutes more due to a defender slipping on the grass than any skill. Emlyn equalised just before the break with a penalty.
After half time Llanboidy had all the play and went ahead on 62 minutes, a lead they held until added time when another penalty saw the visitors equalise. With a minute to go Emlyn got the winner with a superb header from the burly Micky Jones.
One thing which threw me were the substitutions. Are rolling subs being allowed in the Ceredigion League this season?

First Team Sub

Aug 20, 2019, 10:19 PM

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Location: Borehamwood

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EBAC Northern League - Ashington 1 Whitley Bay 2 - Admission £6 - Programme £1 - Attendance 350

First of possibly several trips to the north east this season and a whole host of options available. First home games of the season for Morpeth Town and South Shields, which I will save for another day, as well as Dunston UTS being at home but they were visited at the end of last season. In the Northern League, there were home matches for Ryhope and Ashington so I chose the latter with the lure of a local derby and two teams with a long tradition in north east non league football, as well as Ashington being the birth place of two of our 1966 World Cup winners.

The match didn’t let me down either. Three goals, two penalties, nine yellow cards, two players lucky not to see red, and my first sight of a player being sin binned.

Clear early on what Whitley Bay’s plan was - get behind a pretty square and slow defence which they did several times and they had an early goal disallowed for offside as well as another before the break. Ashington won a penalty after 23 minutes when the visiting keeper, Dan Lister brought down Dylan Williamson just inside the area. Callum Johnston took the spot kick with Lister redeeming himself by diving to his right to keep the ball out. Whitley Bay straight away raced down the other end of the pitch and a reverse pass from Craig McFarlane set James Proctor free to slide the ball under the home keeper to open the scoring. That was Proctor’s final action as he seemed to pull a hamstring in scoring and was promptly substituted. Johnston went close to equalising with a well struck free kick from outside the box which hit the bar.

Tackles were flying in and the referees notebook was filling up with names in the second half before Whitley Bay got a second on 72 minutes and it was a cracker. A corner was punched away as far as Nathan Stephenson on the edge of the area and he hit a sweet volley which found the net off the underside of the bar. Within three minutes and Ashington had a second penalty, this time given for a Thomas Graham-Bage handball and it was Kyle Downey this time who took the spot kick and sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 1-2. With five minutes remaining, the home captain, Curtis Coppen, said too much to the referee and was shown the yellow card and told to disappear off the pitch for ten minutes. With only four minutes stoppage time played, Ashington had to play out the rest of the match with ten men and couldn’t find a way through to get a point. Decent match and a good programme for £1, and as is normally the case in this league, a good atmosphere too.

Coach up from London this morning then bus from Newcastle to Ashington and then it’s the night coach back which was a steal at £11 return when I booked this trip several weeks ago, and this could be repeated a few times over the season with lots of unvisited grounds to go to, within easy reach of Newcastle.

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Aug 20, 2019, 10:21 PM

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Preston Athletic 0 Arniston Rangers 1
East of Scotland League
admission £6 prog no
attendance 90
Working in Scotland so bonus ground. I think this one was on a hop so many may have been
There are two very similar grounds running parallel with a stand on each, the other being Preston Lodge RU. The football club has in addition a small area of cover for the disabled s as entrance is at the top of a bank and down steps and would be otherwise inaccessible
Apart from the main stand there is low banking but no terracing
Match was competitive but not exciting with just the one goal
Evenso a match in this area with admission the sole cost apart from some food is a real bonus and I have just found my diary leaves me with a finish in Glasgow with 6.45 kik offs tomorrow

First Team Star

Aug 20, 2019, 10:23 PM

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

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Southern League Division 1 South

Sholing 2 Basingstoke T. 0

admission £8-00 programme £ 1-50 attendance 276
last season's Wessex League champs against relegated from Southern Premier South
Good win for the home team, and a good performance, achieved in typical style. The visitors had a lot of possession and a few chances, especially in the first half, but they ultimately disappointed. ' Early excitement as a great cross from visiting left back Everiss saw Cliff running in unmarked but he headed over the bar. 'Stoke had further chances as Cliff shot over and Herbert was blocked right at the end after a good dribble. But it was the home team who took the lead in the 10th minute. Bulpitt was allowed to run through the middle and a 25-yarder beat Rackley at his near post. Back came the visitors, Cliff shooting over Hancott and Wright having shots saved by Gosney. Sholing were good on the break and lone striker D.Mason (well backed up by his midfield) fashioned a chance out of nothing but the ball was cleared off the line. Toney-Green then had a decent shot for the visitors, tipped over well by Gosney, who also saved efforts from the same player and from Wright. Near to half time Herbert cut in from the left, his shot was deflected but hit Rusher on the back of the head (or did he react well and do it deliberately?) and the ball came back off the post into Gosney's arms. 'Stoke had one final chance as another good cross by Everiss saw Herbert's shot blocked by a defender. HT 1-0. The visitors were quieter in the second half and the home team, battling as strongly as ever, looked more comfortable. Rusher came close with a curler and Wright had a shot saved, but a McLean cross caused panic in the 'Stoke defence and the ball was eventually scrambled away. After a shot by sub Harris was saved by Gosney, the home team made the game safe after 73 mins from a corner, where Roundell jumped highest to plant a header into the corner of the net. The visitors seemed beaten after that and D.Mason could have added to the score but Rackley denied him twice and another effort was cleared off the line.
The usual facilities at the Mackoy Stadium (as it's now called) but at the near end a new red and grey clubhouse has now appeared (not yet occupied - still the usual ramshackle corrugated iron building houses the bar) - is this the start of the new building project? The pigeon club building is still there.

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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Aug 20, 2019, 10:26 PM

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Aug 20, 2019, 10:33 PM

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West Lancs. Division 2. KO 18:30. (F&N). Crowd 37

Freckleton 5 v 0 Garstang Reserves

Arriving quite early at Rawstorne Sports Centre, there was little to suggest football was played here other than a couple of fairly new wooden dugouts. Eventually the players carried out goals and the sides of the pitch were roped off. The clubhouse and tea bar were open, hot drinks by donation.

Freckleton were on top from the start as the game gradually came to life after a slow start. The home side had a goal ruled out for offside by the club linesman before scoring a couple of first half goals to give them a comfortable lead at the break.

Although Garstang started the second period a little better, on the hour mark a free kick was curled in to effectively end any chance of a comeback. Two more added including a third for the No.9 to complete his hat trick.

Chelsea Transfer Target

Aug 20, 2019, 10:37 PM

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Dorset Premier League
Bournemouth Sports (Parley) 4-1 Corfe Castle
Headcount 30 including Dr Love, Tim and Sussexhopper.
No admission or programme

Comfortable win for the hosts who went 3-0 up in the first 25 minutes. The visitors pulled a goal back 10 minutes before half time and threatened to make a game of it for a while but there was no way back once the hosts scored their fourth on the hour.

This new club, formed by the merger of Parley Sports and Bournemouth Sports, play on the same pitch behind the artificial cage as the original Bournemouth Sports who were in the Dorset Premier in the 1990's and 2000's. The open stand with 100 backless yellow seats in 5 rows still stands on the halfway line. The pitch is enclosed by temporary steel barriers on both sides but nothing behind either goal. Hidden behind the trees on the north side is the changing rooms in portakabins and behind that the ground of Bournemouth Rugby Club along with numerous other rugby pitches for their junior, senior and womens teams. More football pitches are marked out to the south of the main pitch with the goals yet to be put in, currently stacked up next to each other against the hedges on the perimeter. Hoping one of these pitches is where Bournemouth Sports Lions, effectively the third team, will be opening their Dorset League Division 2 campaign against Broadstone Reserves on 3rd September as I have pencilled this one in. It doesn't look as if any football will be played at Parley Sports Club in the forseeable future. Read a recent article on the cricket club who say how much their pitch will benefit from not having football played on it through the winter as they seek promotion to the Southern Premier League.

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Chelsea Transfer Target

Aug 20, 2019, 10:39 PM

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West Lancashire League, Premier Division
Lytham Town 3 Slyne with Hest 1 (att 40 h/c)
Free admission, no progs

Recompleted the West Lancashire League with a visit to BAE Warton, where Lytham Town are temporarily based this season. The ground staged West Lancashire League games in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but I never got there back then, and these days BAE Warton only play Sunday football.

It's not a bad venue. The pitch was roped off along the near touchline, where dugouts are also situated. The far side borders the Warton airfield. No cover or hard standing, unless you watch from the car park area, but drinks and snacks were available from inside the brick pavilion building.

Decent game ... visitors ahead from an early penalty but Lytham levelled before half time. Turning point was probably a second half penalty that the referee failed to give. It was clearly a foul in the box but the referee, some way behind the action, decided it was just outside and so Slyne had to settle for a free kick. The free kick was off target and not long later Lytham went ahead. A third goal in stoppage time sealed their win.

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Junior Team Sub

Aug 20, 2019, 10:45 PM

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Location: North Nottinghamshire
Team(s): Mansfield Town, Blidworth Welfare, Everton, Ground hopping.

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Mansfield Town (2) 2 v Leyton Orient (0) 3
Field Mill Mansfield
Sky bet League 2
Adm £11 (membership ship)
Programme £3
Att 4128

Mansfield Town amber & blue shirts, blue shorts, amber socks


2WhiteBooked at 84minsSubstituted forClarkeat 90+1'minutes







10KhanSubstituted forSmithat 68'minutes


11MaynardSubstituted forHamiltonat 74'minutes









Leyton Orient All red




15HappeSubstituted forDennisat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins




3WiddowsonSubstituted forGormanat 87'minutesBooked at 90mins



9WilkinsonSubstituted forMaguire-Drewat 90+3'minutes









1st half Leyton Orient Kick off facing Quarry lane

11 pen awarded to Mansfield
Goal 12 Mansfield T, Rose pen
28 pen awarded to Mansfield
Goal 29 pen Mansfield, rose

Half time 2-0, Mansfield on top, orient quick moving forward but no major threat, Mansfield defending very well, 3 good saves from logan.

2nd half Mansfield Kick off facing Quarry lane

46 sub Leyton Orient 15 off 17 on

64 goal Leyton Orient (9) Wilkinson
68 sub Mansfield 10 khan off 30 Smith on
74 sub Mansfield 11 Maynard off 22 CJ Hamilton on
78 goal Leyton Orient (19) Angol
83 yellow card Mansfield (2) white
86sub Leyton Orient (3)widdowson the off (4) ? On
90 sub Mansfield (2) white off (21) Clark
90+1 sub Leyton Orient (9) Wilkinson off (10) McGuire
90+4 yellow card Leyton Orient (8)?
90+4 yellow card Mansfield (17) Sweeney
90+6 goal Leyton Orient (17) dennis

Full time 2-3

L orient much better in 2nd half, quick going forward. Mansfield couldn't get the ball down in midfield or to stick up front.

Games: 21
New Grounds: 6
Goals: 21
0-0's: 1
Games: 10
New grounds: 3(newest: Barry Town Utd Jenner Park Barry Wales)
Goals: 31
0-0's: 0

Andy D
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Aug 20, 2019, 10:48 PM

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Horwich St Marys Victoria 5 Stoneclough 3, West Lancashire League Division 1, Att: 45, Admission/Prog: No

This was the latest in a succession of cracking encounters I've witnessed over the past week or two, in a league which is one of my favourites. Played at 100mph throughout, the game was littered with stunning strikes including three direct free kicks, a penalty and a sending off as well as a rather baffling refereeing performance. Stoneclough probably deserved something out of the game having spent the last twenty minutes peppering the home goal after Horwich's best player was sent off but were eventually caught on the break. The M60 fortunately behaved tonight and despite arriving at a railed pitch used by Horwich RMI due to careless planning I arrived with a comfortable fifteen minutes to spare at the ground to the North of the town. The pitch (one of two running parallel) is in a semi rural location, enclosed on three sides and was roped off on each side with temporary Perspex dugouts. Concrete bases for permanent breeze block dugouts have been laid and presumably will be in use shortly. A Football Foundation funded clubhouse and changing room block is on a slightly raised bank behind one goal and with the home side having the potential to challenge for a second successive promotion will presumably require a permanent barrier to be installed. A bit of a dash at the final whistle made sure I beat the M62 night closure to round of a most enjoyable evening.

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Aug 20, 2019, 11:00 PM

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HERNE BAY v Phoenix Sports. Result: 3-1. Kick Off: 19.47 I.M.T. Admission: £5 for geriatrics. Programme: £2 (sold out 15 minutes before kick off). Attendance 324. #Greenwatch# Travelled by train in both directions so no carbon footprint but apparently according to this forums resident eco-warrior I could have driven to Aberdeen and caused less damage to the environment than I did by buying a programme. I still have much to learn about saving the planet!

Good entertainment at the 'Kent Vehicles Stadium' with the home side recovering from a first half own goal to run out deserved winners. Six months ago Herne Bay were allegedly close to folding but no sign of any problems on or off the field tonight. I don't know if the new rules on substitutions apply at this level, but if they do someone should tell the referee.

First Team Sub

Aug 20, 2019, 11:01 PM

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Location: Ipswich
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Ipswich Town 2 AFC Wimbledon 1
League One
Portman Road

Admission: Season ticket
Programme: £3.50
Attendance: 18,778

Somehow we won, very poor in first half and Wimbledon scored from their one shot on target. Second half much better and a 94th minute winner - Wimbledon deserved a point, but their own time wasting probably rightfully cost them.

Last New ground; Walton Casuals, Games in 2019/20 Season; 37, New Grounds this Season; 15, Next scheduled game: tbc

Youth Team Star

Aug 20, 2019, 11:05 PM

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Location: Hampshire
Team(s): Crystal Palace

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BetVictor Southern League – Division One South
The Mackoy Stadium – Official Attendance: 276

Sholing (1) 2 …………… Basingstoke Town (0) 0

HantsLondoner already has this one covered. Although I must say I thought Basingstoke were pressing hard and looking good for an equaliser up until Sholing scored their second.

The programme was nothing special, but it did alert me to the fact that Basingstoke are currently ground-sharing at Winchester City – I had no idea. As a result, it would appear that an opportunity for a bonus game in the FA Cup this weekend had arisen – Winchester City v AFC Stoneham on Friday night.

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Aug 20, 2019, 11:17 PM

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Hay St Mary’s 2 Radnor Valley 1

Forest Road: MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League First Division

These two border rivals were meeting in the MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League for the first time in three years since Hay St Mary’s were last playing their trade in the First Division. Since then, the Forest Road club have spent the past two seasons playing their football in the lower division of the league, before gaining promotion back to the top-flight this summer after taking advantage of Churchstoke’s voluntary relegation. The club did meet last season, however, when the Saints enjoyed a 4-2 home victory over Radnor Valley in the opening round of the League Cup before bowing out to Llanidloes Town in the following round of the competition. Tonight’s hosts had made a sound start to the new campaign in the top echelon despite missing a number of players in their opening fixtures due to injuries and unavailability. Thee Forest Road men enjoyed a 7-1 victory at Llansantffraid Village on the opening day, before a 2-0 home derby defeat at the hands of Builth Wells and then collecting a valuable point against Welshpool Town on Saturday afternoon. Their opponents had undergone a change of management in the close season, with recently-retired referee Rob Evans taking over in the dugout, after former player/manager Paul Morgan made the short trip down the A44 to Kington Town. The Goats suffered a 2-0 home reverse to Radnorshire rivals Llandrindod Wells on the opening day of the season before suffering another 2-0 home reverse at the hands of promoted Montgomery Town last Tuesday. Therefore, the New Radnor were keen to collect their opening points of the new campaign, after making an excellent start to last term by contrast with a run of consecutive victories that saw the Goats sat top of the table in September.

The match started in damp conditions on a grey and dull evening with the match well-attended by supporters of both clubs. The home team had a great opportunity to open the scoring in the ninth minute but Greg Preece did not meet a low cross from out on the right with the best connection. Elliot Morris nearly opened the scoring at the other end of the pitch when he headed wide of the far post from a 15th minute corner. Preece went on a driving run towards the Radnor Valley penalty area in the 22nd minute but saw his low shot saved by Will Fowden. The former Hereford FC youth team forward found the net two minutes later though when he cut in from the left flank and curled his shot into the far corner of the Goats'goal to hand Hay St Mary's the initial advantage. The visitors pressed for the equaliser and earned a number of corners and free-kicks around the Hay St Mary's penalty area. Radnor Valley talisman Joey Price saw his low 25 yard free-kick parried by James Barker in the home goal before the Saints custodian made a smart save from a follow-up effort in the 41st minutes. Jack Biggs went close with an instinctive long-range effort three minutes later before Jack Evans saw his stoppage time effort deflected wide of the target for a Hay St Mary's corner. The hosts made the perfect start to the second-half when Goats defender Matthew Venables was penalised for a foul in the penalty area and Jack Biggs stepped-up to convert the spot-kick awarded by Steve Bradford. Despite going 2-0 behind for the third match in succession, the New Radnor visitors never gave-up and looked to find a way back into this derby, with Callum Matthews finding a way through on goal but denied by the legs of Barker in the 63rd minute. The Goats halved the deficit just two minutes later when Joey Price found the bottom corner of Barker's goal with another of his trademark free-kicks from 25 yards. The visitors were now pushing for an equaliser with Price cutting in from the left flank in the 75th minute but saw his effort deflected wide of goal and saw his near post effort turned behind for a corner by Barker three minutes later. Hay St Mary's defended resolutely in the closing stages of the match, despite the pressure applied from the Goats' forward line, to claim the derby spoils under the Forrest Road floodlights.

2019/20 Statistics
Goals: 154
Matches: 32
New Grounds: 5

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Aug 20, 2019, 11:20 PM

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Location: Ipswich
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BBC Essex Senior Cup Preliminary Round
Wivenhoe Town 7 (3, 19, 41, 46:30, 53 pen, 70 & 86)
Newbury Forest 1 (71)
KO: 19:45, started at 20:00 due to NF apparently arriving late Att: 79 h/c Cost: £6, progs available

Venue: Blackstone Stadium, Broad Lane Sports Ground, Elmstead Road, Wivenhoe

Match: Pleasant conditions although cool in the open.
A gk error gifted WT the opening goal with defender just unable to intercept the shot as it rolled into the empty net. It was one way traffic as WT added a 2nd before gk made a couple of saves with the 2nd one being impressive. It was game over just before h/t with a 3rd goal. Shots 11-1.

H/t lasted under 13mins. The clubhouse had a hospital drama on the tv at h/t.

A superb curling shot into the top corner early in the 2nd half made it 4-0 before a very soft penalty was awarded to make it 5-0. A defensive error saw another goal. 95 seconds later a well struck shot saw NF get on the scoresheet. Just before this WT had a chance. A couple of minutes after the goal NF should’ve added a 2nd when a free header went wide. Late on a weak header found its way into the net to complete the scoring. Shots 9-5.

NF never gave up but it was just that they weren’t very good. WT now travel to Takeley in the next round.

Another season & some things don’t change, I couldn’t go home via the A12 as it was closed so had to go through Manningtree.

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Aug 20, 2019, 11:29 PM

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Location: Guildford/Yaxley
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Southern League Division 1 Central
St. Neots Town 2 Yaxley 5

Attendance: 203 (official)

After Saturday's last-minute defeat, we flew out of the blocks at the start of this game, going straight on the attack and taking the lead after 5 minutes: a throw-in was nodded down by Charley Sanders in the box, with Tom Waumsley pouncing to tap-in. After some more bombardment of the St. Neots box, we doubled our lead in the 12th minute: Ross Watson headed in from a corner, with a defender getting a slight touch in his attempts to stop the goal. It should have been 0-3 to us three minutes later, but Tom Waumsley wasted a golden chance, shooting tamely at keeper James Philp after intercepting his poor pass.

We lowered our intensity after this, gradually allowing St. Neots to grow into the game as a result. However, due to some poor decision-making and finishing in the final third, they struggled for a while to create meaningful chances, even as they took more and more of the possession. Their first clear-cut chance came in the 27th minute, an audacious long-range shot from Prince Mutswunguma forcing an excellent save out of Aaron Butcher. However, even with their poor finishing, the amount of possession we were granting St. Neots - particularly in the midfield area - was always going to come back to bite us, and so it proved when the home side pulled one back in the 35th minute: a free kick was played into the box and one of our defenders got a touch on it, but this just saw the ball fall perfectly for Sam Goode to tap-in. 1-2 at half-time.

The second half saw St. Neots continue on the front foot, with our midfield continuing to sit deep and leaving St. Neots space to attack. Early in the half, there was a mass brawl after a terrible tackle on Joe Butterworth, with the referee inexplicably only giving out one booking after everything calmed down. In any case, we extended our lead against the run of play in the 55th minute: John-Paul Duncliffe played an excellent early cross into the box and Waumsley was in the perfect place to shoot and score. This should have calmed us down and allowed us to retake control of the game, but St. Neots caught our defence napping and responded immediately, Mutswunguma shooting beneath Butcher to score.

After a quieter fifteen minute period, we began to take control of the game again, with a couple of susbtitutions in the 70th and 75th minutes improving our overall play. In the 76th minute, Waumsley had another excellent chance after a Dan Cotton cross, poking narrowly over the bar in front of goal. However, the referee judged that Cotton had been fouled inside the box while making the cross and pointed to the penalty spot. After a couple minutes delay, Cotton stepped up to take and calmly converted. The rest of the game saw us dominating proceedings and attacking quickly, resulting in our fifth goal in the 87th minute when Watson volleyed inside the box.

Overall, despite the margin of victory, I feel somewhat hard-pressed to call this an excellent performance. This is because, outside of the opening and closing fifteen minutes, we struggled to retain possession and were frequently overrun in the midfield. Fortunately, St. Neots were profligate in front of goal and our defence did well to hold them out, but there's certainly a few things for the manager and coaching staff to think about going into the Biggleswade double-header this Bank Holiday weekend.

A good ground for this level, with pitch-length covered terraces behind each goal and a modern 250-seater main stand on the near side.

2019/20 stats (including Pre-Season):

New Grounds: 11 (Most Recent: Aldershot Town)
Games: 20
Goals: 65
Goals Per Game (to 2 dp): 3.25
0-0s: 1

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Aug 20, 2019, 11:48 PM

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Leics Senior League 1 : Greenhill YC 5 Anstey Town 4. f&n; attendance : 74 (hc)

A good evening on which to visit the Senior League new boys as the ground on Cropston Drive is extremely basic - a roped off pitch in a public park with little shelter should the weather turn. There's a small car park by the club building which was inadequate tonight but nearby street parking was available. It's a pretty ropey part of Coalville with more than a whiff of weed in the air and lots of young scrotes on bikes - think the Chatsworth Estate and you'll not be far away. There are no facilities at the ground though I was able to use the bog in the Fort Apache club-house pre-game, but only a couple of minutes walk up the road is the Greenhill Fryer where curry chips and a battered sausage at £4 provided my fodder at half-time.
The homesters had been placed in Leics 1 due to winning the North Leics League last season and they looked a fairly ropey outfit for much of the first hour here with Anstey (now playing out of Ellistown) extending their 2-1 lead to 4-1 and cruising, or so they thought, after around an hour. Cue the most remarkable of comebacks to see the home side prevail with a superb solo goal winning the day late on amid much touchline celebration.
They're keen here but I wouldn't have thought there's much they can do with this present site. Greenhill Youth Council (!) could always consider the nearby ground of Bardon Hill which I'm not sure is in use at present, I guess but they will expect and greet more hoppers as the season goes on no doubt; one official was stunned to learn of the distances some had travelled - as well as myself and the Town Crier we had APL, Marno, Ted Alleway, Bob L Hatt, villan, veteran, SimonBlues and GTV in attendance.
With Coalville's micropub Bitter & Twisted closed on Tuesdays, we had to settle for a decent pint of Everards Old Original at the Birch Tree, about a mile away just past the Bardon Hill ground. Town Crier dropped off in Bearwood about ten before silence returned..........

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Re: [buncranaboy] Tuesday 20th August 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Caister - 3 Acle United - 3
Anglian Combination Premier Division
King George V Playing Field
Attendance - 50ish
Admission - free
Programme - no

With nothing new on offer amongst last night's AC fixtures I opted for a revisit to Caister (previously 1993) and in the hope of a programme, as they are regular issuers but as has often happened in the past an early evening fixture saw none issued. But none the less I was rewarded with a really decent game of football
Caister on top from the start and 1-0 up after 12 minutes and looking carry on from their 6-0 and 4-0 scorelines so far this season. Acle had gradually got in to the game and drew level after 32 minutes from the penalty spot. Acle went ahead after 51 minutes and added another 8 minutes later. Caister got a goal back via an own goal with 15 minutes remaining and then drew level with 2 minutes to go and I was pleased to see that for the rest of the game both sides were still trying to win.
Having seen a few AC games already this season this was the worst for time keeping, despite it being top division and having three officials, only 2 minutes late starting (6-17) but 13 minutes for half time when you potentially have failing light at the end was poor.
Much was made a few seasons back about Caister improving the ground and railing the pitch it is only around half railed, though sharing with cricket means it couldn't be fully railed anyway. I did hear they wouldn't be allowed lights at current location and had looked at possibility of moving to land behind Tesco, which is just across the road from Great Yarmouth Greyhound Stadium.

Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.

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Re: [codofthenorth] Tuesday 20th August 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

(LSL Prem)

@ New College, Leicester
Adm: free with league pass
Prog: none
Att: around 60

A very competitive game with what seems no love lost between the two teams. Allexton continued their winning start to the season with two strikes in the second half from captain Paul Pallett on 61 and 72 minutes. Thurnby replied within four minutes to make it an interesting final fifteen. Nothing really prevailed apart from a few rustic challenges and a sending off for the visitors. This was due to comments he made to the referee.

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Re: [rambler77] Tuesday 20th August 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Fife Cup First Round
Burntisland Shipyard v Raith Rovers, 0-4, H.T. 0-1, Att 380 (h/c), Admission £5, No paper, Pie and Coffee £2.30
At Recreation Park, Burntisland

The Fife Cup is one of the few local Cups left in Scotland. This year it has eight contestants, with the addition of Hill of Beath Hawthorn and Dundonald Bluebell to the SFA licensed ranks. For the smaller clubs it is a big event although the SPFL sides don’t always see it that way. Raith Manager John McGlynn was scathing of the competition in the build up to this game. Interviewed after his team’s game at Stranraer on Saturday, he dismissed the Fife Cup as an inconvenience and that they would fulfil the fixture by fielding trialists and youths.

Thankfully the players selected by Raith didn’t see the game as inconvenient or irrelevant. They had to work hard to earn this win by a scoreline that was very harsh on Burntisland. Three late goals for the Rovers makes it look like a comfortable win but for long spells it was the Shippy who impressed. The home side can be happy with their performance and with the goodwill generated with a large crowd.

I reckon it must be the biggest crowd I have ever been in at the ground – double the number that were there for a Groundhop game a few years ago. Facilities have gradually improved with the most recent addition being Bar 1919, where spectators can enjoy a beverage before the match.

Pies were ok – standard Bells issue. The filling is quite tasty but the shell has a tendency towards sogginess unless they are fired at a very high temperature. No programmes tonight – the guy that does them on occasion for the Shippy was too busy with the paperwork for an upcoming SFA licence review to bother with a programme.

The other first round ties pair Hill of Beath / Dunfermline, Dundonald / East Fife and Cowdenbeath / Kelty – three games to look forward to. Last season’s Final is next midweek between the Pars and East Fife at East End.

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Uhlsport Hellenic One East
Aldermaston Social Recreation
AFC Aldermaston 2 Abingdon Town 1
Admission: £5 Paper available Attendance: 40+

New tick just outside the compound of what is he Atomic Weapons Research Establishment in the employees sports ground with plenty of scope for sports including croquet(!) which was being played when I arrived.
Tweeted as a 2000hrs KO, I arrived in good time; the ground is basic with railed accommodation down one side only and a two tier clubhouse (basic). I saw the hosts a couple of weeks ago at W&E and they were outclassed then but tonight I thought they were excellent; hard working and committed.
They went behind on 3 from the spot after a clumsy challenge, but the away side rarely threatened after that. Their goal led a charmed life as chance after chance went begging and the keeper made a couple of impressive saves. I'm not sure whether the game plan was to hold on to what they had; it was working up to HT.
The home side deservedly drew level with a peach; a great shot into the top corner on 49. After that, the away side looked tired and increasingly ragged, but the home side just couldn't put the ball away legally (two efforts were chalked off for infringements).
Finally a penalty on 81 made amends; a tricky run saw a succession of comedy attempts at clearing the ball with wildly swinging boots, one of which eventually felled the attacker. A good contest but I think the visitors will struggle this season on this evidence.
Home in 65 via A4.

2018-19 Games: 166 Goals: 611 GPG: 3.68 New Grounds: 96
2019-20 Games: 62 Goals: 251 GPG: 4.05 New Grounds: 37

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Re: [Windy] Tuesday 20th August 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

.....Another in an increasing early season litany of closely fought matches between two well balanced teams ending in draws. At the end of a season the seasons stats usually indicate a ratio of approx 1:7. This season thus far the proportion is worryingly over half with the numbers being 9/17. On this occasion the following provided the evening of parity....

Sevenoaks Town 1 v 1 Whitehawk - Isthmian League Division 1 South East
Prog 24 pages £1.00 - Admission £8.00 - Att 157

....Watchable contest though played at a searing pace throughout, assisted by both teams quick passing forward on the almost black with rubber crumb 4g surface. Visitors had the better of the first period with Santos-Rodrigues sending over one of those tantalising crosses that invites a touch in from a toe in the opening minute. Early on Sevenoaks matched and went close when a heading for the far corner drive from Schafer took a fortunate deflection and looped over the bar.

As the first period progressed, Whitehawk gained the ascendancy with a succession of penetrative runs from Martin from the half way line. Pity that he had a tendency to then try to shoot himself with the best chance being skewed wide as the home defence surprisingly parted. As the first half neared its conclusion, Martin once again purposefully ran forward, on this occasion beating two rather half hearted challenges but saw his shot from the edge of the area come back off of the inside of the post. Clear that the Sevenoaks defence was not giving full attention to Martin and a further probing run forward was not effectively curtailed and his perfect low cross was touched in by the sliding Santos Rodrigues at the far post to the cross for what was a deserved half time lead for the visitors.

As Whitehawk had exceeded in the first half, it was the turn of the hosts to redress the balance in the second period. They should have levelled when a deep cross from the right by Whitnell saw Collins unmarked on the back post but the upshot was head temporarily in hands as he inextricably headed wide. Only a matter of minutes before the leveller arrived when De Silva sent over a deep cross from the right that went through a forest of legs apart from Richardson-Brown on the back post who side footed over the line.

Both teams had chances to win the contest in the closing minutes with Rogers also goalbound strike taking a timely deflection for the visitors. However, Sevenoaks would rue Parkinson who had a clear view on goal delivering a shot which was more akin to a pass back in the direction of a grateful Broadbent and then seconds later, Sawyer tamely heading wide when he had eluded the visiting defence. Overall though any outcome other than a draw would not have been a fair reflection of proceedings. It would be remiss not to mention the vocal support from the visitors throughout complimented on occasion by a sometime rhythmic beating on a drum.

First visit to Greatness Park since it achieved Isthmian status and noted that unlike the previous trip where you had to trek to the social clubs situated some distance from the ground for a half time comfort break and cup o rosie, there are now toilets and a tea bar situated in the domain of the ground.

Easy journey to the nearby Bat and Ball station pre match, but decided on a long walk back in the direction of Sevenoaks station which is served by numerous faster trains back. The swiftness of pace associated with more youthful days is clearly becoming a distant memory as even with a 21.24 finish off of a rare in these parts 19.30 start, the 21.59 fast was missed by a matter of seconds. Fortunately only a 15 minute wait for the next swift service and indoors by 23.40....

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Hanwell Town 1 Harlow Town 0 Isthmian League
Admission £8 Programme £2
Tea £1, Kit Kat 60p
Attendance 224
One of those games where you hoped the side trying to play football would prevail against a niggly, moany, ball in the air a lot side and thankfully it happened with Hanwell good value for the 1-0 win
Ground and clubhouse have had a bit of a tidy up and the dressing rooms have been almost completely rebuilt. The big electronic scoreboard wasn't working and the tannoy seemed to be absent too but a friendly welcome as always and nice to see the local MP Steve Pound continuing to support the club presenting the MOM award after the game.
Good crowd tonight with 224 there meaning musical cars was being played after the game but no real hassle for me as I was there at 6.15 as I park the car in Hanwell before proceeding east to work in Paddington
Isthmian league kick off time of 19.50 meant a 21.45 finish but still home by 22.10 despite the A40 average speed check bit near the groundWink

(This post was edited by Barnsley Dave on Aug 21, 2019, 9:23 AM)

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Gwent Premier League
Pill YMCA 2 Caerleon 0
No admission or programme, attendance h/c 64

A goal in either half won this for the home side. Although the first had more than a whiff of offside about it, VAR didn't intervene and the goal stood. The second was a superbly taken individual goal with the Pill player evading several tackles before beating the keeper from a narrow angle.

Pill YMCA are starting their second season following the merger between Newport YMCA and Pill, but have had to move from Mendalgief Road back to Pill Park following the closure of the YMCA centre on cost grounds. Recent reports in the local press suggest that the centre may soon re-open, though whether that will include the football facility is in doubt. Pill Park is much inferior with no cover or hard standing - just a railed off pitch in the public park with a rugby pitch alongside.

After fifty unbroken years in the Welsh League it still seems a shame to see Caerleon at this level. Nothing on display tonight suggests things are likely to improve soon.

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