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Aug 21, 2019, 9:16 PM

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Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
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Aug 21, 2019, 9:38 PM

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Location: Stocksbridge, Sheffield
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Glasshoughton Rock 4 Kippax 0

West Yorkshire 1

h/t 2-0

h/c 9

On a mild, dry and windless night the other side of Yorkshire this game kicked off ten minutes late due to the referee arriving late. A big difference in the ability of these teams and on this evidence Kippax will stay at the bottom of this division.

Ground done on here last season, no changes since then. Parking very limited what with kids playing footie and all their parents and a big bowls game taking place.

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

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Aug 21, 2019, 9:57 PM

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Location: Melksham, Wiltshire
Team(s): Melksham Town, Bath Rugby, Wigan Warriors and Lancashire CCC

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Toolstation Wester Premier
Meadow Lane
Westbury United 1 Hallen 3
Admission: £6 Paper available Attendance: 101

A surprising result on paper but wholly deserved on the night. Hallen have, for many years, been the whipping boys in this League, maintaining their place in the top flight by the skin of their teeth each season on minimal crowds. Not this year...they have recruited Troy Simpson (of many, many Step 4 clubs) and some very handy looking footballers.
Westbury lost a couple of players to Melksham in the summer but recruited well too with stalwart Sam Jordan with plentyof Step 3/4 experience. They had a good first season back last term and its always a pleasure to visit here.
What we got was a typical Western fixture; lots of blood and thunder, mostly played fairly. Some very good football played too especially by the visitors; they hit the woodwork 3 times (twice in as many seconds). The home side led with a sublime goal; ball up front, glancing header and a cracking half-volley lob from an angle by Hulbert. HT 1-0 but the away side not down and out.
Second half was mostly Hallen; a scramble on 53 led to a close-in shot rifled in and several good chances saved by Baldy in the home goal. Killer blows served up when two defensive lapses were punished by Simpson on 81 and 87; both as a result of him putting pressure on defenders.
Really enjoyed this and I look forward to seeing Hallen again; very impressed. Off night for the home side but I'll be back to see them.

2018-19 Games: 166 Goals: 611 GPG: 3.68 New Grounds: 96
2019-20 Games: 46 Goals: 182 GPG: 3.96 New Grounds: 30

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Mike S
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Aug 21, 2019, 9:59 PM

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Bellshill 4 Royal Albert 1
admission £5 Prog £1 attendance 50/60
I've still only done a few Junior games north of the border but their is a standard ground albeit with much variation in the Central belt ie banking, some times terracing and a large enclosure sometimes run down and it appears most importantly the pie hut
Bellshill does not fit the stereotype and is much more basic and according to the prog the club had been forced to ground share for some time and returned to the town in 2015
there is an old and fairly run down changing block at one end and two sides are roped off and the others out of bounds. the club are making the best of what they have and have a hospitality room, and an area of the older changing room block for refreshments including pies. A programme was unexpected and appears to have a decent amount of content. I learnt that the visitors were founded in 1878 and there record attendance was in 1891 against Celtic in round 5 of the cup when 5000 turned up at Raploch Park. today there support was so minimlal, there as doubt when they scored if it was a goal as there was no shout or applause from anyone. the programme also advised they have played in the bottom tier every year since 1972. a 4 1 defeat tonight takes them to player 5 lost 5 with 22 goals conceded
a lack of cover was not ideal tonight and clothes still wet from the first half. Certainly no feel of summer tonight

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Aug 21, 2019, 10:21 PM

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South Wales Alliance Premier
Cardiff Draconians 2 Canton Libs 2
No admission or programme, attendance h/c 115

First versus fourth before kick off and with both sides boasting 100% records, this Cardiff local derby looked the match of the evening in the Alliance divisions. It didn't disappoint with Dracs having to come from behind twice to force a draw. They scored the two best goals too, the second coming as we entered the last five minutes, but scarcely deserved the draw against the visitors who looked far more organised and had the better of long periods of the game. Plenty of crunching tackles as might have been expected, but though the match teetered on the edge of a good punch-up at times, everybody just about stayed on the right side of the line.

My first visit to Lydstep Park for almost exactly two years, since when the ground has developed extensively. Now fully enclosed within a sturdy green fence, this Summer the ground saw the addition of a good sized covered terrace section, built with concrete steps and proper metal girders as opposed to a prefabricated atcost type structure. With the club name across the front it looks a fine job, and shows the intent of the club as they face the future, when ground facilities are going to be of greater significance in the Welsh pyramid. The club also boasts a smart tea room across the road from the ground, interestingly decorated with old team photos and match programmes. Again, very impressive! And then of course are the interesting mixture of vistas that the ground presents, from council tower blocks on one side to the spire of Llandaff Cathedral on another! Certainly worth a visit if you haven't been here.

An unexpected bonus tonight was bumping into David Collins, editor of the Welsh Football Magazine who provided, as always, pleasant company and knowledgeable conversation.

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Aug 21, 2019, 10:21 PM

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Location: Bute and Argyll/Fleetwood

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Rossendale 3-0 Charnock Richard Reserves...West Lancs Football League Div 2...k.o 1830....F&N

With the car back from the garage, it was all systems go for a trip to the footy. Settled on a trip to East Lancs and a ground I'd not been to before.

Arrived in good time and parked up by the Fitness Centre, ample parking and located slightly to the NE of Rawtenstall. The dark clouds that had been building gave us a bit of a downpour about 5pm followed by much lighter rain on and off through the game.

The ground comes with a track around it that seems well used by veteran groups from the 'fitness centre'. They were orbiting right up until kick off, then called it a day.

Toilets may have been available in the fitness centre but it wasnt advertised and refreshments were from the vending machine in there at £2 a pop according to Dave 56 who was in attendance tonight.

The game was pretty decent and I didnt feel there was that big a gap between teams tonight. Rossendale were 1-0 up on 3 minutes through the No11....a tap in after the keeper parried a shot from the left.
It stayed that way till half time, though the Rossendale did pull off a fine save from a Charnock free kick. The 'service station men' gave a good account of themselves.

The second half saw the No11 add a second on 57 minutes to give a bit of breathing space. When the diminutive ex Fleetwood player Mickey Saunders added the third it was all over. Still time for the Rossendale keeper to pull off a fine save but the points belong to Rossendale.

Adjacent to the footy ground is the elevated rugby ground which looked in good condition. There is a Social Club at the footy ground but it was closed. I'm not sure what the state of play is with it, they could do with a bit of infrastructure for the visiting fans, especially when winter arrives.

Good to meet Dave 56 on our travels, he had a talkfest with the missus...I watched the game!!

Good run back west...the roads quiet.

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

Dave 56
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Aug 21, 2019, 10:27 PM

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West Lancs. Division 2. KO 18:30. (F&N). Crowd 62.

Rossendale 3 v 0 Charnock Richard Reserves

The day started with a phone call bearing good news. results of my first 3 monthly blood test showed a slight reduction in PSA and the condition is stable, so all clear for another 3 months.

Had a ride on the on the East Lancs Railway in the afternoon, passing the old Stand FC ground, now derelict but the stand and floodlight pylons still in position. Some work appeared to be taking place with earth moving equipment on site.

Rossendale play at Marl Pits, the pitch is inside the running track and you watch from the barrier around the track. The sports centre has vending machines with coffee available £2 a go. Charnock went into this game with a 100% record, 9 points from 3 matches and Rossendale unbeaten in 5 with 13 points.

This was my 5th Div 2 game this season and in terms of quality, the best by far. Both teams tried to play a passing game and the referee let it flow, taking no nonsense from any complainants. A goal after 5 minutes set the game up nicely and both sides continued to make chances but Rossendale were always the better side. Two second half strikes gave them a comfortable win, although the teams were fairly closely matched.

Game spent in the company of CodoftheNorth and Mrs Cod who rivalled and possibly outdid a certain Mr. Holland for chat! There was a donkey in the next field missing it's hind legs, could have been a coincidence.

Finally Football Traveller will be published next week. Chris chose the wrong date for the next issue.

Hear ends the public information.

Full details of the USA tour is on international hopping.

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Aug 21, 2019, 10:43 PM

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Dorset Premier League
Blandford United 4-4 Merley Cobham Sports
Headcount 80
No admission or programme though they did come round with a collection box for donations.

Extraordinary game in which the hosts looked certain of a surprise win, 4-1 up with 10 minutes remaining only to have the win snatched from them right at the death. 1-1 at half time, both first half goals were penalties with the hosts scoring first midway throught the half, the visitors levelled just before the break. The game really opened up in the second half with the hosts scoring the first goal from open play then soon adding two more and there seemed no way back for the visitors. When they pulled a goal back on 80 minutes it seemed just a mere consolation, then in the last minute they were awarded a penalty, the third of the game, and scored to set up a grandstand finish and in injury time the home defence failed to clear the ball away and the visitors grabbed their unlikely point. Also in attendance Sussexhopper, Mark Hardy and another hopper from Melksham, obviously not Digdagdog who was elsewhere.

Almost 20 years since my only previous visit, ground grading regulations mean there is now a black metal rail on both sides, the cricket field end just roped off but no barrier at all behind the far goal which we were told by a club official is a no go area for spectators and asked to move on. This end backs onto the car park of a doctors surgery but no access through the fence into the ground from here which meant a long walk round into the ground if you weren't early enough to get in the small car park at the entrance. Ground looks more scenic from the far side with some of the Dorset countryside visible beyond the town and behind the clubhouse and changing room building pitchside which has a modern extension added to an old building, don't remember it being there on my last visit. Pitch has a considerable side to side slope and one of the crossbars was a bit wonky!

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Aug 21, 2019, 10:47 PM

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Northern Counties East League Premier Division

Grimsby Borough. 2 Staveley Miners Welfare. 1

£6/4. Att. circa 85

The first competitive fixture back at the Bradley Football Development Centre. It is as it was, a splendid grass carpet. The grant funded 3G pitch with new floodlighting and surrounds, together with the provision of a third floodlit artificial pitch, were again turned down by the new Tory council. Almost five hundred people had written in support, many of these adherents of walking football, for which the existing 3G cannot meet demand.

There was no sustainable planning reason for this refusal, only ignorance and prejudice. One councillor reportedly commented that people hundreds of yards away would be disturbed by the referee’s whistle. The prevailing attitude in this town is that if I myself don’t participate in this activity, why should anyone else?

A bumpy season so far for Borough who are missing key players for sendings off in the cup at Winterton, who got their own back for defeats and dismissals last season. However a thrashing of a ponderous Bottesford side on Saturday with a team whose average age was 21 gave this fixture added interest.

Staveley were stronger and quicker to the ball for much of the first half. Liam Higton put away a penalty rebound to give Borough the lead against the run of play. Grimsby’s passing and possession game came apart when Callum Lovett was robbed, and tripped his man who chose the tumble rather than the run on goal. Red card. Burke soon equalised, turning in a right wing cross. Higton restored Boro’s lead just before the break from a free kick.

Grimsby reorganised to a back four for the second period and brought on young Mariner’s loanee Ayodeji Owoeye up front. His pace and control was something to behold. It was a quite remarkable performance to more than hang on for victory with ten men. Staveley blazed a few over but Borough had the better chances on the break.

Then at the death a penalty to Staveley. Down the middle and Scott Drury down to save it. Some victories you really relish. I hope the obnoxious visitor with Staveley, who spent the first half screaming for Grimsby’s sixteen year old full back to be sent off, had a pleasant journey home.

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Aug 21, 2019, 10:56 PM

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Newbridge 16 (Sixteen) Knighton Town 1

Penbont: MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League Second Division

This was my first visit to Penbont since March when the host club entertained Four Crosses in a league fixture that saw the Montgomeryshire visitors record a comfortable 5-0 victory. There had been no changes to the ground since my previous visit nearly five months ago. It will be interesting to see whether the Radnorshire club attempt to meet the criteria being introduced from the start of next season for the FAW’s new tier three leagues that are being introduced. Newbridge have undertaken a considerable amount of work in recent years to develop their changing facilities and an on-site clubhouse. These changes complement the existing wooden stand and refreshment hut that were already in place and fit in with the rural surroundings of the ground. Newbridge came into this evening’s Radnorshire derby just below the halfway point in the MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League Second Division following a 2-0 defeat and newly-promoted Penparcau on the weekend. The Wyesiders lost their opening league fixture of the campaign at Waterloo Rovers before enjoying a home derby victory over Rhayader Town. Visiting Knighton Town were enjoying their return to the league after having withdrawn from the First Division last September when the majority of the previous season’s squad departed Bryn-y-Castell following the resignation of the previous player/manager. The Radnor Robins took the place of their reserve team in the Watson Financial Mid Wales League (South) last term and were promoted this summer, despite finishing in mid-table, after taking advantage of a vacancy in the Second Division. The border club have lost their opening three league fixtures including Saturday’s 4-0 home reverse at the hands of Dolgellau Athletic.

The hosts needed just three minutes to open the scoring courtesy of a header from a cross on the left before doubling their advantage 12 minutes later through a long range effort that was too good for Kicky Cadwallader in the Radnor Robins' goal. A third goal arrived in the 20th minute when a shot on the turn found the corner of the net before a header hit the crossbar following a 25th minute corner before Newbridge eventually netted after the rebound was not cleared by the Knighton Town defence. The village club increased their lead from a 25 yard drive on the half-hour mark before scoring again four minutes later through a cross on the right edge of the penalty area that was met emphatically be a header. Newbridge scored their seventh goal of the evening when a home forward latched on too a diagonal pass played across the pitch and beat Cadwallader with a low drive that beat Cadwallader at his near post. The Radnor Robins pulled a goal back in the 40th minute when player/manager Adriano Girolami beat the home custodian with a speculative effort from nearly 30 yards out. Newbridge responded with a close range finish just a minute later before completing the first-half scoring courtesy of a stoppage time penalty. The Wyesiders resumed the scoring three minutes after the interval when a Newbridge forward ran on to a through ball and avoided a challenge from a Knighton Town defender before beating Cadwallader. The hosts extended their tally from a 51st minute corner before a Newbridge cut in from the left and found the corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area four minutes later. The scoreline increased in the 65th minute when a Newbridge player cut inside a defender on the edge of the penalty area before beating Cadwallader with his shot. The home team had to wait a further 15 minutes before finding the Knighton Town from the edge of the penalty area and then headed home from an 85th minute corner. The scoring was completed in the 89th minute when a visiting defender headed the ball into his own net after attempting to clear the ball for a corner.

2019/20 Statistics
Goals: 171
Matches: 33
New Grounds: 5

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Aug 21, 2019, 11:02 PM

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Also here as mentioned. 3rd Dorset Premier game in a week and all 3 have been excellent. Footballing wise I thought tonight’s didn’t have as much quality as the other two but entertainment wise it was better.
Thought the ref tonight gave a couple of light weight fouls but apart from that got all three penalties correct.
Half time score was infact 2-1 and Melksham matey is from Trowbridge who supports Melksham.

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Aug 21, 2019, 11:44 PM

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Woodbridge Town 5 Walsham Le Willows 1
Eastern Counties, Premier

Admission; £7
Programme; £1.50 - good value
Attendance.; 200 plus

Unexpected night free, saw a revisit down the road to Woodbridge.

Woodbridge scored early on then the rest of half was even, with each team having periods on top however just before the break Woodbridge scored a second just after a period of Walsham pressure.

Second half saw Woodbridge on top, and they scored 3 more goals over a 5 minute period with Walsham getting a late consolation.

Woodbridge looked a quality side with Carlos Edwards ( played in 2006 World Cup) pulling the strings in midfield.

Decent crowd which included the Colchester manager having a ‘busmans’ holiday. Large clubhouse with a good bar plus a tent outside doing food and hot drinks. Cover just on the clubhouse side, with a covered terrace and a small seated stand.

Last New ground; Somersham Town, Games in 2019/20 Season; 28, New Grounds this Season; 10, Next scheduled game: tbc

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Aug 21, 2019, 11:45 PM

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Yorkshire Amateur League- Supreme Division

Leeds Medics & Dentists v Horsforth St Margarets 1-2.

Played on the pitch normally used by Headingley at Weetwood Sports Park ( Reception said they are "resting" pitch1)

Entertaining game with the visitors taking the lead on 16' and hitting the crossbar with a penalty on 20'. Medics equalised on 40' with an excellent effort. What turned out to be the winning goal came on 73'.
Quite a number of the Horsforth team were with Leeds City last season!

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Aug 22, 2019, 1:38 AM

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SWP East
Elmore 2-2 Ivybridge
Adm inc prog £5

After a few years in the doldrums former Western League runners-up Elmore are back at step 6 this season thanks to the FA's restructuring in these parts. They're also the latest club on the very respectable managerial CV of Yeovil legend Warren Patmore, who's been in charge a couple of years now.

This was their third draw out of three but they had to rely on a 94th minute equaliser after Ivy had taken the lead against the run of play with a neat header with ten to go. Overall, though, a draw was fair enough as Ivy shaded the first half and went in at half time one up, with Elmore on top in the second, equalising with a fine move shortly after the break. Decent game with both teams going for it.

Unless you're relying on googlemaps the ground is a doddle to access - the turn into the club car park is actually on the A396 Heathcoat Way, a straight run a couple of minutes off the main A361 North Devon Link. It's about a mile from Tiverton's town centre.

The clubhouse, with a mock eagle on the roof in a nod to the club's nickname, is accessed from the car park, both of which, together with the ground entrance, are behind the near goal. Inside the ground is an attractive, 1980s brick-built stand with the club's name on the fascia and green and white seats under cover. The other three sides are railed off with hardstanding and surrounded by trees. All very pleasant and nicely established, though the noise of passing traffic soon grates if stood over that side.

Also grating were the two closures on the A303 - by Ilminster and Andover respectively - during the journey home, but otherwise all very smooth.

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timmy tabby
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Aug 22, 2019, 6:22 AM

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.....After a particularly cack day at w*rk, with the absolutely riveting task testing the functionality of yet another version of our database, there was a need for some SCEFL solace with the need to try and avoid a drawn outcome. A contest between one club with a 100% league win record should lead to a positive outcome against a team with a 100% league loss record. It did lead to a positive outcome but not in the way expected...

Beckenham Town 1 v 3 Glebe - SCEFL Premier Division
Prog 16 pages £1.50 - Admission £7.50* - Att 195

Of the understanding that admission here is normally £8.00, however there was a shortage of 50p's on the gate.

..... Or a case on how to throw away two/three points in the case of the hosts for conceding two poor goals near the end to give Glebe their opening points of the season.

Frantic opening period with the challenges flying in from all angles and noted in the first minutes that the man in black was of the type that kept his cards in his pocket. Some of the challenges were of the type that there was the threat of retaliation or remonstration from team mates, until it was realised that players were obviously fully aware that one overstepping of the dissent line could mean an involuntary temporary trip to the sin bin.

The surprising aspect of a frenzied first period that Beckenham did not establish a healthy advantage. There was the usual array of half chances, but Blue managed to block a powerful angled drive from Farrell but there was also several better opportunities that were squandered with an exquisite curling cross in from the right from Cox which was perfect for Hall, but all he managed to succeed in doing was to tap a shot weakly for Blue to gather with ease. Beckenham did take the lead when Farrell was afforded slightly too much space on the left and his angled drive found the net via a slight deflection off of Blue's fingers and the inside of the post. The lead could have been doubled through Hall but like a couple of chances that were created earlier, he angled wide of the far post.

There had been little response from Glebe until the latter stages of the half. Dwyer should have levelled butt momentarily hesitated allowing Moore in the home goal to rush out, narrow the angle and block. There was a hint of surprise when Glebe levelled just before half time, but this was tempered by the quality of the strike from Parsons unleashing a thunderous shot from the edge of the area after a free kick was touched in his direction, Moore was beaten for sheer pace as the ball sped into the top of the net.

Compared to the first period, the second half was much more even and finally during the latter stages, the ref discovered the presence of his yellow card in his breast pocket and brandished on four occasions. With the scores levelled in what is turning into this seasons overriding theme, it looked as if the onesie collection would be enhanced, even more so when Farrell missed a great opportunity to put Beckenham in front shooting tamely wide when clear. However, in what was an unexpected turn of events, Glebe secured a win that looked most unlikely, taking the lead when a free kick from Long saw Kinch take advantage of a Beckenham defence that failed to be aware of the situation, he was able to locate a huge amount of space in front of goal and the non defending defence gave him time to control with his chest and volley past a woefully underprotected Moore. Soon after and Glebe secured their win with a further King free kick finding Kinch on the far post his deft side foot across the face set up Harris on the opposite post to tap in from inches out. Mention should be made of Scott Kinch's role, a player with a fearsome reputation in North Kent as an enforcer and one with a repertoire of challenges that can border on the savage, as he has grown older and assumed responsibility as the visitors captain, the venom has on this occasion disappeared and his contribution was this end the determinant in the visitors securing the win.

Eden Park Avenue is a paradox of Home Counties efficiency and order mixed with decay with much needed repairs being undertaken to the clubhouse roof which was swathed in scaffolding and a stand that if inspected would surely fall foul of regulations with one misplaced step would lead to an already present hole caused by general decay in the floor being made considerably more sizeable. One other hole has been patched up with a Heath Robinson solution of planks of wood. One of those environs where extra care needs to be taken.

This was a day where the general thought that I had upset some gods who were personally wreaking their hatred and vengeance during the day, made worse by a interminably long wait for a train in the direction from Lewisham in the direction of Eden Park and then delayed after the passenger alarm was activated. Fortunately, it is mere steps from the station to the ground arriving with twenty minutes to spare. Return journey was slightly easier though still delayed outside Lewisham due to a Red Signal. Indoors just before 23.30.....

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Aug 22, 2019, 7:58 AM

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Mutford & Wrentham - 2 Norton Athletic - 1
Anglian Combination Division Five South
The Field of Dreams
Attendance - 10ish at kick off rising to 25ish
No admission charged or programme issued

Top of the table clash 1st v 2nd and two sides renewing their rivalry having both been promoted from the Lowestoft & District League. Surprisingly given the level the pitch is fully railed and even has a mesh as well. Lots of goals in both teams previous AC games, so it was suggested perhaps a 0-0 was likely, this was not looking to be too rash a statement until NA took the lead 26 minutes in with a well taken goal. During the second half M&W looked more and more like getting an equaliser but not quite managing it. Eventually they turned the game around with two late goals (86 & 88 minutes) both following silly fouls. No more goals in the unexpectedly long added time (7 minutes)
Two other hoppers present.

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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Aug 22, 2019, 8:46 AM

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Felixstowe Ressies 0-3 Debenham
ECL Div1 North
Att 91
Adm £5/3, online prog.

Thankfully this was free for season ticket holders, as I'd have struggled to pay to watch this. We finished bottom of the table last year, but due to the shortage of clubs at step 6 we got a reprieve, but this very youthful side will struggle again this season. But at least a few of us had a good catch up so it wasn't a wasted evening.

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Aug 22, 2019, 8:52 AM

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West Juniors Championship (Level 2)
Gartcairn JFC v Blantyre Vics, 4-4, H.T. 2-2, Att 51 (h/c), Admission £6, Pie and Coffee £3, No paper
At Airdrie Sports Centre Pitch 4 (Gartcairn Academy)

As far as I am concerned Airdrie Sports Centre has 4 distinct pitches. Pitch 1 is a grass surface enclosed by a running track. Pitch 2 is also a grass surface and has floodlights but no running track. It used to be a blaes surface. Pitch 3 is the MTC Arena, where Gartcairn played for several years – a caged astro with limited access on two sides. Pitch 4 is Gartcairn’s new home, the co-called Gartcairn Academy.

It’s at the south-eastern corner of the complex and is another floodlit caged astro. Access is limited to one side. There’s no cover. The club have their changing and storage facilities behind the east goal. It’s the sort of ground that nobody would want to visit. I’m ashamed to say I went along for “completeness” but that’s no good reason for visiting. Fortunately I was rewarded with an outstanding game of football in the most awful conditions which did at least justify attending here.

Gartcairn and Blantyre Vics have quite a strong rivalry with players having switched between the clubs at times. Both teams will harbour ambitions of promotion to the Premiership. The match was played on a downpour for 90 minutes, ranging from the absolutely torrential to the merely persistent. A driving wind blowing into the faces of the spectators made umbrellas fairly useless – to get any protection meant obscuring the view of the game.

At the end of the day a 4-4 draw was a fair result. Neither team deserved to lose and really both should have had a bonus point for providing such fine entertainment. I will not bore you with a blow by blow account – suffice to say it was 1-0 Gartcairn, 2-1 Vics and then 2-2 before half time. Gartcairn missed a penalty early in the second half then went 2-3 down. They made it 3-3, in 85 minutes. It was 4-3 Blantyre with a 90th minute goal sparking wild celebrations, but 4-4 in 90+2.

I counted just over 50 spectators including committee etc. I think they all stayed to the end – testament to the entertainment value on a night when nobody could have been blamed for leaving early. Apparently this was the first Gartcairn game with “hoat pies” on sale. The charming Airdrieonian lady serving in the trailer told us she’d “het them up at hame” before wrapping them in tin foil and bringing them down in an insulated bag. She has my eternal gratitude.

Some friends who were at Gartcairn ten days ago came back with a programme – they have issued intermittently over recent years. They don’t bother midweek nor every Saturday but you might strike it lucky if that’s your sort of thing.

Airdrie Sports Centre is a fair old hike from the town centre and the railway station. Parking is easy with a large on-site car park.

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West Region Championship
Cumbernauld United 5 (2)
Cambuslang Rangers 1 (1)
Admission £6
Prog' £1

A decent game and quite even until Cumbernauld's hotly disputed 3rd goal which came on the hour and Rangers claimed was offside, several bookings in the game, mostly Cambuslang including a member of their coaching staff...

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East Midlands Counties League.

Graham Street Prims 0 - 0 Dunkirk
Admission £5, programme £1, coffee in a mug £1.

I had my first trip to GSP, a neat ground nearer to my home than Hucknall now is for my first goalless game since at least 2001. Despite the score the game was dramatic, two serious injuries to Dunkirk players and two players sin binned, the first one to a Dunkirk was confusing as the player was initially shown a red card.
The game lasted well over two hours from start to finish but my main concern is that the two players recover.
Dunkirk had more chances than GSP, but GSP looked much better than they had last Saturday at Hucknall.

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Totnes & Dartington 2-3 Watcombe Wanderers

Devon Football League South & West Division
Admission £2 incl Prog
Headcount 46

After a day in the region visiting 3 castles (Berry Pomeroy, Dartmouth and finally Totnes) this was the aperitif on a good day and it certainly was. Both sides giving their all in a real ding dong of a clash. Watcombe scored first after the keeper was robbed of the ball trying to be Franco Baresi. Shortly before half time T&D equalised with a free header at the far post from a corner missed by everyone else in between only for Watcombe to go pretty much straight up the other end and make it 2-1 after the initial effort was saved.

2nd half saw 2 candidates for goal of the season, firstly T&D levelled again from 35 yards into the top corner, only for Watcombe's full back to do something similar 10 minutes later.

T&D huffed and puffed to level for a 3rd time but it was Watcombe who looked more likely to score again.

Lovely rural setting in the grounds of the Dartington Hall Estate. There's a small cover with bench seating for approx 50 and the pitch is fenced off with an old pavilion used for both cricket and football a short walk away.

Amazingly another evening trip home which saw no overnight road-closures and back indoors before midnight.

A tiring but enjoyable day.

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Cheshire Football League Premier Division

Broadheath Central 0-2 Lostock Gralam

Played at Valley Road, Flixton. Att ~30, F&N

Broadheath continue their tenure at the former Flixton FC ground, still in reasonable nick and no longer in the green paint of the Northwich sides who used it before.

The home side had been shanked 9-1 the previous Saturday after shipping 7 in the 2nd half alone against Crewe FC; though played well despite conceding after 5 and 70 minutes.

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West Region Championship
Cumbernauld United 5 (2)
Cambuslang Rangers 1 (1)
Admission £6
Prog' £1

Cumbenauld United issuing programmes for a midweek game? That is amazing - as far as I know, in the past they only issued for Junior Cup ties. I stand to be corrected though.

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Warning - non non league...

Charlton Athletic 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Entry: £24 in the Forest end
Attendance: 17,204

This is the third time in six years I’ve come to The Valley for this particular fixture, and all three matches have finished 1-1. Athletic were very much the front-runners throughout this contest, taking an early lead and probably should have added to it several times over. Finding themselves lucky to be just one-down, Forest grabbed a fortunate late equaliser. Charlton will be kicking themselves for not winning, but on this showing are probably looking forward to a healthy season back in the Championship. Forest, meanwhile, are more likely in for another year of mid-table treading water.

Pre-match refreshment was taken at the excellent ‘Plume Of Feathers’ on Park Vista, just around the corner from Maze Hill railway station.

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Penrith 2-2 Billingham T
Northern League 1
Att 125 Adm £3 (conc)

Checked in to B&B in the town centre at 18:25 having been to Carlisle races earlier so it was soon time for the 2-mile drive out of town to the ground. It's a fairly new build with a decent car park, seated stand (+ clubhouse) elevated above the dressing rooms with a small covered area opposite and hard standing elsewhere.

It was a cold and windy night but at least the rain forecast to arrive at 18:00 didn't appear until after HT.

Penrith seemed to lack confidence early on and nearly were 1 down when their keeper managed to turn a goal bound shot onto the inside of the post. It was 0-1 right on HT when a speculative 25-yarder eluded the home keeper high to his right.

The home team improved after HT and equalised on 51 min when thwe right winger eluded everyone folowing a quick throw in and crossed low for a tap in at the far post. It was 2-1 to Penrith on 61 when their No9 cut inside and beat the keeper with a high shot to his near post. Billingham pressed and had a couple of chances but just when it looked as though Penrith would hold out, they conceded a debatable free kick on the left wing which was scrambled in at the far post on 90+1 mins.

Entertaining for me as a neutral, and the point at least takes Penrith off the bottom for now.

6 min drive back to accommodation and indoors by 21:50.

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