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Sep 21, 2019, 5:35 PM

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Ardsley Athletico 1 Sheffield Medics 0
Sheffield County Senior League

A game settled by a very early goal, and where the visitors on territory at least ought to have secured at least a point.
For approx tier 8 the standard of football wasn't bad, but that's where it ends.
Ardsley have moved this season to a large playing field just roped for about 50 yards on one side; they share the changing facilities with the fairly new five a side centre.
As ever the refs in this division can't even be bothered to bring a flag out for the club officials not to use.
I visit this league irregularly, mainly, no solely, because it's local

(This post was edited by noprogs on Sep 21, 2019, 5:43 PM)

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Sep 21, 2019, 6:08 PM

Posts: 2839
Location: South Hampshire
Team(s): Hants/Middx/Sussex Non-League, Brentford, THFC, Eastleigh, SC Freiburg

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FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round

Sholing 0 Weymouth 3

admission £8-00 programme £1-50 attendance 515
13th in Southern Div 1 South v 7th in Conference South
Not a sniff of a cupset here, a pretty predictable outcome. Sholing battled well but were comfortably beaten by impressive visitors, who had the game wrapped up before the half hour. Weymouth fielded a strong team but also had a strong bench in case anything went wrong (it didn't).
The home team came out firing and visiting keeper Ward had to come out a long way to clear in only the second minute (nobody could return the clearance into the empty net). Two mins later there was a shot for a penalty as a Sholing forward fell over - inconclusive. The visitors got over this and on the quarter hour a nice through ball put Thomson through, but keeper Gosney came out well to save. Soon after that Robinson was put through on the left and his neat finish gave the visitors the lead. Soon after that a good cross from Odubade found no Terra takers, but on 23 mins it was two-nil as a ball from the left missed everybody, was returned from the right, the ball hit Thomson and went in. Harfield then had a shot from an acute angle on the left saved by Gosney, and good work by Baggie set himself up for a chance, blasted over. As the half ended the visitors relaxed and Sholing had a shot on goal - Bulpitt shot wide after a free-kick rebounded to him. On the half time whistle Baggie's shot was held well by Gosney, so it was HT 0-2.
After the break much the same - the visitors looked comfortable and made a few chances as Sholing continued to try hard without making much impression. Baggie got through but his weak shot was saved by Gosney. Robinson's header from a corner was then blocked by Miller. D.Mason had a chance for the home team on 68 mins as a foul by Roundell went unnoticed, but his shot was over, but Ward did have to make a save from Lauder a few mins later. D.Mason had another shot over, but the visitors stepped it up, and looked to increase their lead in the last ten mins. Hobson headed wide from a corner, a cheeky quick direct shot on goal direct from a corner by sub Williams nearly caught out Gosney, and an Ainsworth shot was deflected just over. In injury time Weymouth did get their third, a great run through the middle by Brooks, beating several players, led to a shot being well blocked by Gosney with his legs, but Williams was an hand to put the ball into the roof of the net. D.Mason still had time to produce a nice turn but his shot was over.
The new clubhouse was open today. Quite a spacious red and white portakabin-style building with bar and another tea bar doing good business today. Big crowd well-organised by club.

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.

(This post was edited by HantsLondoner on Sep 21, 2019, 11:52 PM)

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Sep 21, 2019, 6:40 PM

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Location: Coventry
Team(s): Solihull Moors

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National League Solihull Moors 0 Yeovil Town 1 Season ticket duty.
The upper tier of the main stand now appears to have been completed with the exception of the corporate suite nearest to the entrance but on tbe evidence of this game the increased capacity is highly unlikely to be tested any time soon.
I can watch SM games far more dispassionately than Sky Blues games and so can say that Yeovil are a horrible team to watch without any trace of four grapes. The first half was dreadful but from the off Yeovil acted as spoilers ending every promising Moors attack with a cynical foul (not that there were many of those) and ended the game with 6 yellow cards the last two of which were for blatant time wasting. The referee refused to be conned and added 11 minutes of stoppage time halfway through which Yeovil keeper went down with a knee injury and had to be helped off the pitch unable to continue. As they had made all three substitutions already they were forced to pit an outfield player in goal who immediately made a blinding save from a corner.
Praise is due to the Yeovil following who kept up a constant barrage of noisy support through the 104 minutes of play. Far and away the biggest number of away fans seen at Damson Lane this season, and of course The Glovers first ever visit.
I can't see home fans enjoying watching Yeovil on their visits, especially if they go up a goal up.

"There's a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Milletts".

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Sep 21, 2019, 6:45 PM

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MFL 1.
Leicester Road 4 Atherstone Town 1.
In £6
Att 139 h/c
Carling £3.50
What a strange game this was with Knitters going 2 up early then on the back foot for long periods. Adders pulled one back from the spot before the break but the game changer was a red followed by a sin bin midway through the 2nd half and although they still enjoyed plenty of possession there was only going to be one outcome.

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Sep 21, 2019, 7:24 PM

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Team(s): Oxford U,Dessel Sport, local N. Devon non-league

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BOW A.A.C. v DAWLISH UTD. 1-4 (1-2)
F/N ATT. 22
Devon and Exeter League D1

Took a first opportunity to visit Bow's new pitch today. Its at Burston Meadows off Burston Lane. If coming from the Crediton side of the village, drive through Bow until you reach the Co-Op. Burston Lane is opposite and the ground entrance is about 150 yards up the lane on the left. Plenty of parking available.

Smart eco-looking dressing rooms, netting behind each goal to stop the ball getting lost in the fields and new dugouts. No other football furniture, the only real options to view are at the sides. Very pleasant though, nice views as well.

Had a pint in the friendly White Hart, 3 hand pumps including White Hart IPA, brewed up the road by the Utopian Brewery. They also do food if you are hungry.

The game was decent, Bow scored early but had no answer to the visitors superior finishing in the second half. Interestingly (well I thought so !) the visiting keeper had the same kit on as the rest of the team yet nobody seemed to mind.

(This post was edited by DesselSportFan on Sep 21, 2019, 7:26 PM)

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Sep 21, 2019, 7:25 PM

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Wormingford Wanderers 2-3 Belle Vue Social Club (HT: 2-1)
Essex & Suffolk Border League Division 1 (step 8)
16th v 9th (16 team division)
Admission: Free
Programme: No
Attendance: 16

Bottom of the table Wormingford had lost all four games this season conceding 23 times.
Their pitch has no hard standing, cover or seats but they do have a small clubhouse serving refreshments.

Belle Vue dominated the opening period but Wormingford scored midway through the first half very much against the run of play.
10 minutes later Belle Vue equalised, and it was no more than they deserved.
On 42 minutes the hosts scored again and they had notched as many goals in this half of the game as they had done in their previous four matches.
Just before half time the visitors had a player sent off for a second yellow card.

Not long after the restart 10 man Belle Vue equalised and then the game heated up.
Belle had a player sin binned, but, as another spectator said, it still seemed like the away side had just as many players on the pitch.
The nine men visitors then took the lead much to the delight of the increasingly raucous Belle bench.
With Wormingford having two successive penalty appeals turned down, and the ref also repeatedly overruling the away linesman, things got niggly and the ref stopped play regularly to speak to both sets of players.
Despite the home keeper coming up for a last minute corner the game ended 2-3 and was a good afternoon’s entertainment after last Saturday’s 0-0 in another E&SBL fixture.

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Sep 21, 2019, 7:36 PM

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The Emirates FA Cup – Second Round Qualifying
Westfield Lane – Official Attendance: 189

Badshot Lea (0) 0 .... Hayes & Yeading United (2) 4

Badshot Lea’s new Westfield Lane ground was always likely to get an early season visit and today provided the perfect opportunity, with the CPFC game being moved to Sunday. I had seen Badshot Lea host games three times between 2007 and 2009; back in their ground-sharing days with Farnborough FC. I had also visited their old home at Badshot Lea Recreation Ground back in 1988, when I played in the Rushmoor Sunday Football League Lower Junior Cup Final (we lost on penalties). It was just a roped off pitch then, with Badshot Lea competing in the Surrey Intermediate League at the time.

Their new ground is decent enough, although not in Badshot Lea, which is a couple of miles north-east of Farnham; it is in Wrecclesham, which is a couple of miles south-west of Farnham. No matter – they have a proper home once again. Entry was £7 and the glossy 28-page programme cost £2.

The hosts were up against a side from two levels above in the pyramid, but they made a spirited start and enjoyed most of the attacking play in the opening moments. However, it didn’t take long for H&Y to get into their stride and they opened the scoring in the 8th minute. The #9 knocked the ball through to the #10, who steadied himself before squeezing the ball past the ‘keeper. The same player could have had a second later in the half, but his curling effort from much further out, glanced the top of the crossbar. The visitors’ second goal arrived just as the half moved into three minutes of stoppage time. There were calls for offside as a high ball dropped into the area, but it wasn’t the player in an offside position who played the ball; it was the #16 – on for the injured #9 – who guided the ball into the net - and he was very much onside.

The hosts continued to try to play their football in the second period, but they were up against much stronger opponents and they never really looked like getting back into it. Two goals in the space of seven minutes wrapped up the scoring; the third goal was poked home from about a yard out after a header had rebounded down off the crossbar and the final goal was scored by the #11 when he swivelled to fire home after the ball dropped to him from a defender’s block. After that, the H&Y players tended to seek personal goal-scoring ‘glory’, rather than passing to better placed teammates, and their tally stayed at four. The hosts did create some opportunities for what was only ever likely to be a consolation goal, but the visiting ‘keeper was up to his task when called upon.

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Sep 21, 2019, 7:46 PM

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Epworth Town Colts 1 Phoenix 1 (aet) Epworth won 7-6 on penalties.
Central Midlands League Dup,
Admission -none
Programme £1.50
h/c 40
Tea £1
Clubs have to issue programmes for the league sup so I expected to see their first ever programme, but apparently they issue for all home games.
There is a large car park but it was soon full as there were two games on. The development side had a game on the far pitch. The main pitch is next to the changing rooms and has a rope down this side. There is an area of cover that resembles several dugouts joined together. The tea bar is next to the changing rooms and that's where you could buy the programmes. The game was pretty uneventful and neither sides looked like scoring. The home side were reduced to 10 men late in the second half, but a Phoenix player was shown a second yellow so it was 10 a side. Extra time saw Epworth take the lead only for Phoenix to score and it went to penalties. Both sides took 9 penalties and there was controversy as both sides had penalties re-taken for goalkeeper encroachment. That's 2 cup games in a week going to extra time so I;m not having much luck.

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Sep 21, 2019, 7:47 PM

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Fraserburgh 0 Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 1 (HT 0-0)
Scottish Cup, First Round
Admission £10
Programme £2 (36pp, one-off print edition, usually online)
Free team/information sheet
Attendance not known (quite a few hundred)
Didn’t bother investigating refreshments

Wind ruined one of the ties of the round. Blowing strongly from the south, straight down the Bellslea Park pitch, it defied the players’ attempts to get the ball under any sort of consistent control. Almost from the first kick, this game had 0-0 written all over it. Bonnyrigg finally broke the deadlock in the 90th minute, George Hunter finding the net off the underside of the bar after meeting on the turn a Dean Brett pull-back. It was the visitors’ only shot of a second half dominated by Fraserburgh, who made much better use of the wind than their opponents, but were unable to convert any of several chances. In stoppage time, Broch striker Paul Campbell was denied in an acutely angled one-on-one by keeper Mark Weir. Fraserburgh’s last Scottish Cup first round home defeat was in 1935, when Dundee United won at Bellslea Park. They didn’t deserve to lose this afternoon.

Having popped into Bellslea Park a number of years ago on a non-match day, I knew what to expect from Fraserburgh’s ground, which has a smashing wooden grandstand and a number of pleasingly quirky elements. Unfortunately, the south end is off limits to all but sponsors and season ticket-holders while only half the west side is capable of accommodating spectators. Dominant feature is Fraserburgh South Church, which looms over proceedings from the northeast corner. Nice sense of place at this ground: from the west terrace (a mere slope), one can observe fishing boats entering and leaving Fraserburgh harbour.

The large harbour, packed with garishly painted vessels, is the brightest thing about Fraserburgh, a grey town in the back of beyond. I spent an hour or so, before and after the game, exploring the quays. The moored pelagic trawlers, huge things, are astonishing. A crew member told me they cost £25m. Even the nets are £5m. So vast are these vessels, they meet their fish quota in a single trip. Plenty of other, smaller fishing boats to admire, crowding the quays.

This season, Highland League title contenders Fraserburgh have gone down the digital road with their match programme, available free via the club website and social media. For today’s tie, Broch reverted to print, and a very good effort it was, too. Seemed to sell well. They also dished out an A4 teamsheet, with a news summary on its reverse side.

From Angus, a straightforward run, on quiet roads, to Fraserburgh. The A90 is dual carriageway to Ellon, an Aberdeen commuter outpost. It then deteriorates markedly. There is talk of reopening the 57-mile Aberdeen-Fraserburgh railway line as far as Ellon. Poor Fraserburgh, which lost its passenger trains in 1965, is further from a railway station than any other town in Britain.

(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Sep 21, 2019, 8:55 PM)

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Sep 21, 2019, 8:01 PM

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FA Cup Second Qualifying Round - Runcorn Town 1 Farsley Celtic 3 - Admission £6 - Programme £2 - Attendance 168

Booked train tickets from MK to Manchester a few weeks ago with the hope that there would be an FA Cup match at a previously unvisited ground and fortunately I had a choice of Runcorn Town and 1874 Northwich. The former was the winner for me and, having seen the Linnets at home a couple of seasons back, it was good to tick off their big rivals from the town.

Firstly, a very good well produced programme with a retro cover, and well worth the £2 paid. Three divisions separated the teams but the match started very scrappy before FC took the lead after 25 minutes when the home keeper failed to hold a David Syers drive and Nathan Cartman was on hand to poach the rebound. The game could have been over before the break as Marcus Burgess produced an excellent save to keep out a header that was arrowing into the top corner and then Syers rattled the bar from close range.

Runcorn got back on level terms on the hour - a long Liam Turner throw wasn’t cleared and it fell to Aidan Roxburgh to send a cracking shot into the far corner. That was probably the kick up the backside that Farsley Celtic needed and within 11 minutes, they were back ahead when a Jordan Richards cross was bundled over the line by Cartman for his second of the afternoon, and then with Runcorn sending men forward looking for an equaliser, they got caught out on the counter with James Spencer and Cartman breaking forward and the latter played in Tyler Walton to slide the ball past the keeper to complete the scoring.

A decent afternoons football and Runcorn Town certainly can hold their heads up and put on a good performance against a side well above them in the leagues. A noisy journey back from Manchester with Watford, Manchester City and Woking fans on the train - a certain Timmy Tabby might have had problems catching up with his sleep had he been in the same carriage that I’m currently in.

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Sep 21, 2019, 8:03 PM

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1FC Kaiserslautern 1-1 1FC Magdeburg
3 Liga (Germany)
Attendance: 19,316
Admission: EUR 13
Prog: 44 pages EUR 1.50

With Kaiserslautern now struggling to make an impression at the third level, print at home tickets were readily available and there was the added bonus that I was able to get on the large home terrace, something which has proven tricky at the few Bundesliga grounds I’ve been to.

I arrived 90 minutes before kick-off and, although congestion was building on the roads, I had no problems getting free street parking nearby and walking the 20 minutes to the ground. In fact, I could easily have parked much closer.

Fritz-Walter-Stadion is an imposing and impressive ground. Built on a hill and visible from some distance, it has three huge single tier stands and a smaller two-tier main stand which is set back a bit too far from the pitch. I was in the home Westkurve which has regular terracing on its lower half and safe standing (with seats and rails) on the upper half. The surprisingly large Magdeburg following, which must have numbered at least 4,000, occupied just over half of the Ostkurve which also contained a small terraced section.

There was one food outlet on the external concourse taking cash - I had a very nice Frikadelle mit Brötchen - but if you want a drink anywhere you need a payment card. As for progs, I saw one person with one, asked where he got it and he gave me his copy. I later saw them placed at several snack kiosks on the indoor concourse and, as they had an EUR 1.50 cover price, I guess you'd need a payment card for progs as well.

Kaiserslautern have started the season badly, lying just above the relegation zone and without a home win. The Westkurve was packed, unlike both very sparsely populated sides, which made for an odd atmosphere. The Westkurve was in good voice though, and gave an English rendition of 'You'll never walk alone' at the start but they were clearly frustrated at the very obvious limitations of their players. The place went mental when the home side opened the scoring but they never looked convincing and wouldn't have deserved all three points.

I recently read that Kaiserslautern’s stadium rent is proving to be a bit of a burden in their attempt to return to the top level. Apparently, the ground was extended for the World Cup and the rent was subsequently increased. This wasn’t a problem when they had Bundesliga income but in 3 Liga it’s taking up a sizeable chunk of their income. Interesting times for the club.

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Chipping 3-4 Walney Island...West Lancs Div 2...F&N

Not too far to travel for todays game to the NE of Preston. Arrived early and took a stroll around the picturesque village of Chipping. It's won the Best kept village on numerous occasions and is well done out with blooming flowers.
The ground is in the centre of the village behind the Village Hall, The first pitch is the G3 mini pitch and up the banking is the main pitch and a level above that is another pitch. I'm told £200,000 has been spent on the pitches recently, not sure who footed the bill.

Today's visitors Walney Island from over Barrow way came in to todays game unbeaten, having only dropped two points this season. Chipping however werent hanging around, scoring on 5 minutes and again on 13 to give them a flying start. The Islanders found their gears eventually scoring on 28 and 37 minute.....all square at the break and about right based on the first 45 minutes.

Within two minutes of the restart Walney took the lead, but within three minutes of the restart it was 3-3. Chipping wasted two more really good chances blazing over from close range. The winner came on 71 minutes to keep the Islanders unbeaten record intact but they were pushed all the way today. The home No5 was sent off in the 90+2 minute for a bad challenge in an otherwise clean but competitive game.

Excellent views to be had and on a fine day like today and it looked a picture. No refreshments to speak of, didnt see any in the village come to think of it....apart from The Sun Inn where I tried a pint of Pendle from the Moorhouses brewery.

Not a bad run back, the roads rounds these parts are a maze of small minor roads and the low sun and shadows didnt help working out which way the road was going.

No real football furniture, two dug out, goals on wheels and a fine level pitch. Most the villagers stood on the raised bank giving a fine view of proceedings.

Dr Love
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Sep 21, 2019, 8:42 PM

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West Wight 1-2 Carisbrooke United
Isle of Wight 1st Division

The hosts looked the better side for most of the game, but struggled up front. Both sides hit the post in the opening six minutes, but it wasn't long before the visitors took the lead. West Wight's best chance of the half fell just before the interval, but despite getting in a good position the shot was wasted. They did level very early in the second half. Seeing their captain sin-binned midway through the half led to an open spell with chances at both ends. A disallowed home goal a couple of minutes from the end of normal time saw the home striker and away captain both sent to the sin bin (both captains in the same game). Added time somehow managed to last over 15 minutes (for the second week running, this a few seconds shorter). Carisbrooke had the better of this. They hit the bar, forced a good save out of the home keeper before scoring in the 7th added minute.

Liked the ground with a decent sized clubhouse by the entrance, with a small training pitch with low lights next to it. There is a decent sized bit of cover opposite the dugouts with a few chairs helpfully left in it. Fully railed with hard standing round all bar the bar end. It's enclosed by plenty of trees, but good views out through one corner towards Compton Down.

The late finish meant I wasn't able to catch my planned bus back, and the first ne which did arrive being the only one all day that didn't go where I needed.

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Sep 21, 2019, 8:55 PM

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Scottish FA Cup Round 1
Cumbernauld Colts 1-5 Penicuik Athletic
Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld
Admission £6/£3
Attendance 450 estimate
Programme £2 didn't buy.

I let the train take the strain for this one. 35 minutes from the Ayrshire coast to Glasgow Central, a stroll across to Queen Street for the 11 minute journey to Croy followed by a l mile walk to Broadwood. On a ridiculously hot and sunny day even the bits of Cumbernauld I walked through looked attractive. The town has twice won the "most dismal town in Scotland" award, and given the competition from urban Lanarkshire and Fife that is quite an achievement.

My only previous visit to Broadwood was in 2003 for the Junior Cup semi-final between Maryhill and Tayport. At that time one end was completely devoid of anything, affording views out to the Campsie Fells and the highest point, the Muckle Bin (the last time I was up there I could see Ailsa Craig off the west coast and Bass Rock off the east coast.) Now there is an ugly windowless building at one end but at least it means the pitch is fully enclosed, with all-seater stands on the other three sides. Just the main stand was in use today and it was well-filled, Penicuik bringing a big support with them. I sought shelter from the sun at the rear of the stand, eventually sitting in the comfortably-padded VIP seats.

Had Penicuik led 7-0 at half-time there could have been no complaints from the hosts. The visitors bossed the half from start to finish. Cumbernauld played just as Kelty had played the night before. Plenty of passing, mainly lateral, in their own quarter and eventually a punt forward which was seized upon by the visitors who put the home goal under pressure innumerable times. Penicuik missed at least five easy chances in the first 30 minutes and you began to wonder if, after all this, Colts would break away and steal a goal. It didn't happen for Penicuik eventually adjusted their sights and scored three times in the fifteen minutes before half time.

There was no way back for a desperately poor Colts team. Unsurprisingly Penicuik eased off a bit in the second half and got a jolt on 70 minutes when Colts scored a cracker from 30 yards. Penicuik immediately moved up a gear and scored a further two goals with ease to complete the rout of their higher ranked opponents.

Croy station was jumping for the journey back. Hordes were heading to Glasgow for a Saturday night out. Glasgow itself was ridiculously busy as was the train back down the coast. Thank goodness the weather isn't always like this.

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Penparcau 12 Abermule 1

Min-y-ddol: MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League Second Division

This afternoon was the first time I had watched a match at this ground, however, I had visited Min-y-ddol several years to take a look at the ground. Today's visit also meant that I completed all of the 29 grounds in the MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales after visiting Forden United in a pre-season fixture back in July. There had been no changes to Min-y-ddol, which is located the south of Aberystwyth town centre and adjacent to the large Penparcau housing estate, alongside the River Rheidol that heads out to Cardigan Bay. There is a small stand on the side of the ground opposite the main road that provides cover for spectators in inclement conditions. The pitch itself is fully-railed (apart from a secrion between the stand and one corner flag) but there is no hard standing for spectators and dugouts are located either side of the main stand. The home club were making a welcome rerturn to senior football for the first time in eight years after completing the treble of Aberystwyth League championship, Emrys Morgan Cup and Len and Julia Newman Memorial Trophy last term. 'Arky' spent eight successive seasons in the Mid Wales League having initially joined at the beginning of the 1991/92 campaign before returning back to the Aberystwyth League. Penparcau enjoyed a further three-year spell back in senior football from the 2008/09 season before returning to local football once again and also briefing folding for a period of time in te ensuing years. The Min-y-ddol outfit sat in second position in the Second Division table despite holding a 100% league record since returning in August and enjoyed a 2-0 home win over First Division Montgomery Town in the FAW Trophy last weekend. Abermule had experienced a mixed start to the campaign, finding themselves in the lower-half of the Second Division, and suffered a 4-1 league reverse at Borth United last weekend.

It was always going to be a long day at the office for the visitors as they travelled with only nine men and they went behind in the 13th minute when a free-kick into the penalty area was not cleared and the loose ball was turned home from the edge of the penalty area. The Montgomeryshire visitors were level four minutes latter when a speculative effort from nearly 30 yards took a wicked bounce and deceive the Penparcau goalkeeper. The hosts regained the lead when a 24th minute cross from the right edge of the penalty area was not cleared and the ball was eventually forced over the line from close range. Penparcau doubled their lead five minutes later when the Abermule defence failed to clear the ball from their penalty area and it was once again forced home from close range. The home team scored a fourth goal when a Penparcau player advance through the penalty area on a solo run before sliding the ball past the goalkeeper before a deflected shot from the edge of the penalty area beat the Abermule custodian in in the 35th minute. The Ceredigion outfit made it a half-dozen in stoppage time when a low cross was converted at the far post and had to wait 14 minutes into the second-half to score again when a looping cross to the far post was turned past the visiting goalkeeper by one of his own defenders. Another looping cross from out on the left was turned into the net by a Penparcau player in the 71st minute before a curling effort from about 25 yards out went in under the crossbar five minutes later. The hosts reached double figure in the 79th minute courtesy of a low 25 yards drive that beat the Abermule goalkeeper before a Penparcau forward latched on to a through ball six minutes later and his shot was deflected into the net off a defender when he stuck out boot. The scoring was completed when a depleted Abermule defence failed to clear their area once again and the ball was forced over the line to make it a round dozen.

2019/20 Statistics
Goals: 314
Matches: 60
New Grounds: 14

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SWP East
Brixham 2-2 Cullompton
Around 70 in attendance
Adm and prog £5

Cheap train tickets to Paignton and a 20 minute onward ride to Brixham on the no. 12 bus which runs every ten minutes. Brixham has some lovely views of the harbour, with the town's compact, multi-coloured houses adorning the steep hills either side. I got to walk those damned hills twice - once to the GBG-listed Queens Arms a few hundred yards to the north and once to the ground, due south, after the hourly no. 17 bus didn't turn up. Had bags of time - it's just under a mile from the town - but was in a state of advanced evaporation by the time I reached it.

A pre-match pasty and soft drink in the recently-extended clubhouse helped restore the senses, though not enough to properly tune into the match early doors as I managed to miss a Cully red card in the opening five minutes, Brixham's opening goal and Cully's equaliser! Despite Brixham going very well in the league and despite the man advantage, they found themselves 1-2 down to their mid-table opponents at the break. An early second half equaliser was soon followed by another red card for Cully, a blatant stamp which even I managed to see from 50 yards away. Backs to the wall for the nine men for the last half hour but, although they certainly defended stoutly, Brixham's attacking too often lacked quality.

Full marks to the nine men, shame on the other two, and can't deny they deserved their point.

The ground, which looks to have undergone quite a few recent improvements, is quirky, tightly hemmed in amongst houses and allotments and the pitch seems small. The floodlights are now up and running and they also seem to have been busy laying concrete, building fencing and erecting some timber cover by the clubhouse as well as a pay box. No idea if the bench seating (some under the aforementioned cover, some al fresco beyond the clubhouse) is enough to satisfy the graders but they can't be far off the step 6 standard now. Quite a hotch-potch and all the better for it.


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Today and Tomorrow may be the Journees Europeennes du Patrimoine a Belleme, but as far as I can see it is not an EU thing.

It did mean that we were asked to open the house and gardens, and I needed to be in all afternoon as more than 100 people marvel at the fact it has not fallen down at any tme in the last 350* years. Not being able to get out of the house before 6 pm on either Saturday or Sunday would normally be a problem, as generally games I watch are either 6 pm Saturday or 3 pm Sunday. Fortune shined on me today though as one of the closest available kicked off at 7.15

Regional 3E Normandie
US Mortagne 7-1 AS Berd'Huis
Admission Free, Attendance ~100

The stands at the Stade de l'Hippodrome are wonderful - think of Wellesley Road in Great Yarmouth, it is going to be worthwhile waiting for tomorrow or Monday when I should get some pictures on facebook, at

Two long stands fringed with old wooden decor either side of an taller but narrower structure in similar style.

However, they create problems for the home side - one of the clues is in the name, this is l'Hippodrome, a racecourse. The stands were erected for the racecourse - at the top corner of the course. This means they are offset from one corner of the football pitch with both the old course of the racetrack (it does not appear to be used now), and a running track between the stands and the football pitch.

The stands were ordered up in 1862 by horse racing aficionado Napolean III. They were declared as historic monuments in 1996. The pitch has been levelled out so at the stand end, it is below the racetrack level, while the bottom end is well above the track, with a bank up to the pitch level to allow a very narrow grass pathway all around, with a wooden post and rail all around and the running track between this and the football pitch. Because of the historic nature of the site, the club are not allowed to put advertising posters on this fence, and there is no facility to take a gate. The dressing rooms are at the back of the stand which means a fair walk to the pitch. The clubhouse is outside, accross the road. Still, easy enought to cross the road for sausage and chips, a beer (for me) or a coke (for the boy), all in at €11.50

As for the match, it was not always one way traffic - the visitors had more attempts on goal than the home team in the first 15 minutes, but most of these were either not connected with, or ballooned over the bar. Still they did manage to score on 11 minutes, levelling after Mortagne had taken an early lead.

But then, Mortagne scored a second - direct from a free kick on 24 minutes, and began to take complete control. They added a third just before the break and a fourth just afterwards. With Berd'Huis always trying their best to get on the scoresheet again and keeping a high defensive line, they left space for through balls and another three goals by the end.

So after two league game, Mortagne have six points, and ten goals to their credit, but they did lose out in the cup last week, to a Liseux side one level higher in the pyramid. Berd'Huis have no league points so far, but have won through and will play in the fourth round of the cup next week.

*359 for pedants, although the new extensions are only 200 years old.

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Lavant 1 Unicorn 4
West Sussex League Premier Division
Admission Free Programme On Line Only, Free

The pitch at Lavant is best reached off the roundabout at the junction of the A286 and Pook Lane. The address of the club is the Memorial Hall, which is further down Pook Lane, and where the changing rooms are housed, but to get to the pitch from here you have to walk along a pathway through a field. Pitch side there is no football furniture at all, not even dugouts, and no covered spectator accommodation. On a warm Summer like afternoon today, this wasn’t a problem, but it could be a bit exposed on a cold wet Winters day. The pitch was roped off down both sides. Unicorn dominated the whole game, however it was the hosts that took the lead after 30 minutes, and it looked as though they were going to steal all three points, as Unicorn took until the 80th minute to equalise, and then ran riot scoring a bizarre 4th goal with the last kick of the game, when a free kick was given inside the penalty area, and all 11 Lavant players forming a wall on the goal line, the ball somehow worming its way through the mass of bodies.

Divisions completed: SW Peninsula League Premier Division West, Welsh Premier League, JD Cymru South Division, JD Cyrmu North, Airtricity Irish Premier, Gibraltar Divisions 1 & 2

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West Midlands (Regional) League
Division One
Bustleholme 1 Wellington Amateurs 6
£4, no programme
Att: 60 (approx, h/c)

It was round about this time last season that I made my first visit to York Rd in many years and said how good it was to see the ground back in action. The game I saw then was a credit to the WMRL and this one was a lot less one-sided than the scoreline might suggest.

There's been a lot of goals in Wellington's games this season and both sides could have scored a couple before the visitors went one up just before half-time. Until then Bustlehome had had most of the play although Wellington looked more incisive. Not long after the break Bustlehome surprising equalised although it was probably the worst thing they did all afternoon as Wellington promptly scored three in the next ten minutes. That killed the game off as a contest and the visitors continued their impressive record with a couple more late goals.

I'll be interested to see the given attendance as most of the people who came through the turnstile after me didn't seem to be paying.

York Road is a neat place right next to the M5; it must be the closest ground to a motorway anywhere in the country. Hot food & drinks are available, cold can be bought from the club bar, which seems to be active throughout the week. There's covered standing behind one goal and along the side, with a few seats adjacent. On-street parking is plentiful and there are regular buses stopping nearby although the local pubs aren't up to much.

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Today and Tomorrow may be the Journees Europeennes du Patrimoine a Belleme, but as far as I can see it is not an EU thing.

I've been going to Heritage Open Days and Open Doors for the best part of 20 years.

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Cromford & Wirksworth Town 3 Thorne Colliery 2 (AET), Central Midlands League Cup, Att: 35, Admission: No, Prog: Donation

Possibly the last decent summer day of the year was a fitting time to visit the glorious setting of Cromford Meadows to witness a minor upset in the Central Midlands League Cup. The first half was rather slow-paced with neither side creating a great deal, the only goal being a visitors' effort which rolled against a post and trickled over the line before they missed a penalty right on half time. The second period was much brighter, a quick equaliser from the home side was followed by a second Thorne goal who looked like they might hang on until a second Cromford equaliser with five minutes to go took us to extra time. As the players tired they became a little niggly and Thorne's right back saw a second yellow for a foul and a free kick which led to Cromford's winner with seven minutes left. Cromford Meadows is a multi sport complex, several rugby pitches, a cricket square and the football pitch in one corner, railed on one side with a stone wall boundary wall opposite. Two new brick dugouts were the only other significant furniture although it could be suggested that on a sunny day, the best feature of the ground is the hillside backdrop. Parking is found by driving through a pay and display car park to a grassed area next to the changing room buildings, a series of huts and pavilions some distance from the pitch.

Pre match refreshments were courtesy of the Feather Star, a lovely little micropub in Wirksworth and The Boat, a short walk from the ground in Cromford. The drive home was via Matlock Bath which was jam-packed due to the apparently famous illuminations.

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FA Cup 2Q
Sharpenhoe Road
Barton Rovers (Step 4) 0 - 1 Hitchin Town (Step 3) HT 0 - 1 Attendance 381
Admission £8/5, tea £1, Programmes....who knows as they sold out before I got there.

This was a local derby, with there being approx 7 miles between them. The ground is adjacent to a bowls club and a girl guide/scouting hut. Down a driveway and in to the shared car park... which was full before I arrived so I doubled back to park on the road. Once I reached the turn Stiles there was a queue which meant I missed the kick off.

I did try buying a cold drink from inside the bar, but the volume of extra supporters appeared to be too much for the 2 men serving behind the bar....after nearly 10 mimutes I gave up and bought my tea from the hot food hut outside, who were certainly very busy in the hot weather....again with only 2 people serving this wasn't a quick choice either.
Opposite the single main seated stand were 4 brick built covered standing areas, which were a welcome cool spot in the shade.

First half of the game was scrappy with no real passing or apparent team work from either team. Barton had a disallowed goal for off side, to which Hitchin responded with a goal with barely seconds left until the whistle.

Second half saw Hitchin playing down the hill with a lot more success than the first half. Varying shots on goal and corners still didn't mean another goal though. At one point the ball was passed back down the hill only to roll past all the defenders and GK and very nearly gently rolled in to the net, missing the post by inches.

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Metz 1-2 Amiens SC
Ligue 1 (France)
Attendance: 15,106
Admission: EUR 12
Prog: 20 pages, free, handed out at first security check

I avoided the tolls by taking the back roads once I entered France and arrived a comfortable 90 minutes before kick-off. Free street parking in a nearby nice area was in plentiful supply and only a 10-15 minute walk from Stade Saint-Symphorien.

The ground currently has one side closed for re-development while the remaining three looked pretty impressive but are a bit shabby when you get closer. There's a two tier main stand but it's the stands behind each goal that are the most striking as these tiers overhang. One end has three seated tiers and I was in the opposite end which is mostly seats in two tiers except that the front of the lower tier has been converted to safe standing. This wasn't well thought through as those standing, and those waving flags, now block the view of those sitting directly behind so you end up with people who wanted to sit having to stand or, like the old woman just along from me, you stare into a young guy's arse for 45 minutes.

Decent club shop and a good variety of sensibly-priced food & drink options helped contribute to an enjoyable evening.

Print at home tickets easily available for this one as well, and a real bargain at EUR 12, the same as some step 3 clubs. The only down side is the Ligue 1's reticence in publishing dates & times more than a couple of weeks in advance.

On the pitch, it was two struggling teams who lacked real threat in the final third. Metz pulled one back after going 2-0 down but were unable to mount any period of sustained pressure.

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Surrey Elite Intermediate League –
Lyne 3 Old Rutlishians 1
Spectator headcount 19
Admission free, no programme
Bacon bap £2.50, coffee £1, Coke 80p

I rarely get excited at hopping a school playing field but (a) having set off late morning after some family business yesterday and today on the south coast, I was delighted to get a close-to-home hop in and (b) this was a ‘catch us while you can’ job before the hosts cross the county lyne (ho ho).

Formed 12 years ago, Lyne are potential rising stars, having gone up three lower levels in the last four years and getting promoted to step 7 this season (as indeed did their Croydon area visitors). Having secured a groundshare ten miles away and in a neighbouring county with Ascot United – sanctioned by the FA last May, so promotion should be fine if they finish high enough in the league – Lyne are playing their last few games at their current home before Ascot’s artificial pitch is completed next month.

Lyne’s soon to be ex-ground is Jubilee High School in Addlestone, bordering the M25, with all pitches marked out with club colour bright orange crush barriers and an inventive coverted frieght container, complete with two verandas and an indoor tented area, only constructed last month. The match pitch was two-sided for spectators and with bright orange dugouts the only football furniture.

It was the hottest I’ve ever seen a game in England around the Autumn equinox, with the temperature in the mid to high 70’s which, out of 100, was the game’s score, both teams playing assured football in sweltering heat on a rock hard pitch which caused players to slip over.

Having been the better team in the first half, Old Ruts took a 43rd minute lead when a left wing cross was met with a well saved header, only for Billy Liffen to react first and wallop the rebound across goal and in. Three things eventually did for the visitors – only having one sub (used at half time for an injury) while Lyne could count on three rolling subs, a player getting a knock very early in the second half but having to play on, and a sin bin for the last ten minutes.

Lyne’s three goals were all emphatically finished. Inaugural rolling sub Ben Placito hit an unstoppable 20 yarder in the 68th minute for 1-1, Ben Sutherland trapped and struck home an intelligent curling diagonal pass from 10 yards out in the 78th, and Lewis Wilson volleyed home a near post corner seven minutes from time. Lyne were clinical in the end, but credit to Old Ruts for making a game of it, and thumbs up to both teams for such commitment in the late tropical climate.

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Southern League
Melksham 1-1 Thatcham
Attendance - 500+
Admission - £6 OAP
Programme - £1
Drink - Doombar at £3.50p

Interesting game for many reasons. Thatcham had two players red carded. Melksham bombarded the Thatcham goal but to no avail. A missed penalty for the away team who scored a freak equaliser due to a mix-up between the Melksham goalkeeper and a defender that allowed a Thatcham player to intercept the ball and score. There is history here - last season some crowd trouble occurred at a Vase semi between the sides. Five minutes into the game, a 'plain' coach arrived with a rowdy bunch of away fans so I thought 'here we go again'. Fortunately their behaviour was acceptable although their language could have been toned down a tad. After a patchy start to the season, Melksham have virtually rebuilt their defence which is now looking solid. By next Saturday who knows? It could be a new attack! Having said that, Thatcham's goalkeeper had an excellent game. Decent programme courtesy of AM Print & Copy who do a lot of local non-league paper. Good that the club publish pen portraits of the home players - as well as the away team - with their line-up changing each week at the moment. Good value for just over a fiver .....

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