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Oct 12, 2019, 5:14 PM

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Location: west riding of yorkshire

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F1Racing 3 Huntington Rovers 4
York & District league

An ultimately entertaining game after a scrappy first twenty minutes or so.F1 took the lead but were levelled by the break, and despite having a man sent of when 2-1 in front, they then scored the goal of the game.
The extra man proved crucial though, as they conceded a penalty, a goalkeeping howler, and the decider right at the end.
F1 will feel mightily aggrieved.
This is a newish 3g facility with parallel pitches within the cage, but good viewing area between. The changing facilities separate the pitches from the former ground of Rowntree Mackintosh long ago members of the Northern Counties East.
Chocolate is still produced across the road, now Nestle, as the unmistakebly pleasant aroma wafted across periodically

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First Team Star

Oct 12, 2019, 6:25 PM

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

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National League

Eastleigh 0 Chorley 0

admission S/T, otherwise pay as you want, programme £2-00, attendance 2053 (75 away)
13th v 23rd
Terrible conditions - rain throughout, so credit to both teams, and the referee, for getting through the 90 mins. Credit to the groundstaff also in getting the pitch playable in the first place. Not a bad game, Chorley's fourth 0-0 in a row, but they showed here that they are a decent side, and with more of a cutting edge they could be much higher in the table.
A good start by the home side, a cross by Partington causing visiting keeper Urwin problems, then a Payne shot flying over, in the first couple of minutes. The visitors' outstanding player, Meppen-Walters, superb in defence, then came forward to unleash a long shot just over the bar. Around the 20 minute mark the home defence was sliced through on three occasions; firstly, Carver was played through on the left and his curling shot was well saved by Stryjek. The same player was then played through a hesitating defence but this time he shot wide, and then Dodds found himself free but his chip was just about held by Stryjek. Up the other end, and Eastleigh should have scored as a good cross by Green was met with a strong header by Barnes six yards out but Urwin made an excellent block. The visitors continued to look dangerous and Cottrell had two long shots, one over and one saved. Near to half-time Carver almost chipped Stryjek, but not quite, and in the Spitfires' best move of the match a long ball by Payne was headed by Barnett into Barnes' path, but he shot over. HT 0-0.
After the break, as is usual, the home side improved, but the visitors still looked dangerous. After good determination from Atkinson to win the ball, Barnes shot just wide. Another good move down the left saw Barnes go even closer. Green's cross from the left then saw Barnett's shot destined form the net until it was superbly blocked by a defender. At the other end Dodds shot from distance, just wide. The visitors had been playing with one forward but on the hour two came on as subs, showing that they wanted to win this match. The conditions got moire difficult, especially on the wings where the ball was sticking a bit in the wet, stopping a few attacking moves, so on 70 mins the ref asked both managers what they thought. Play on was the answer (it's a long trip from Chorley) and everyone continued their efforts, nobody doing anything silly, and the ref using admirable common-sense (something he's lacked on some previous visits to the Silverlake). The home team ramped up the pressure and had a few chances - one great cross from the right beat everyone, a Hollands header went just over, sub Rendell then headed down for Hollands to score with a superb overhead kick, but he was offside; and in injury time Rendell headed against the post from a corner. The last chance fell to the Magpies (he second set of Magpies to visit in the last four days, after Maidenhead - and Notts Co also were here at the start of the season) but Ross headed just over from a corner.
The correct result, and pleased to get through the 90 minutes, even though I missed a 14-2, a 5-5, and an 8-0 in the Hampshire Premier League.....

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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Youth Team Regular

Oct 12, 2019, 6:30 PM

Posts: 211
Location: Cleethorpes
Team(s): Cleethorpes Town FC; Arnold Town FC; Nottingham Forest FC

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FA Trophy Preliminary Round
Cleethorpes Town 2 Mossley 4
Att: 204 Adm: comp (usually £8) Prog: comp (usually £2)

A hat-trick from Bradford City loanee Eliot Goldthorp inspired the Lilywhites to victory, in the process gaining revenge for a defeat to the Owls in last season's competition.

Clee were the architect of their own downfall really. Breaking up a defence on a decent winning run is never a great idea and giving away a couple of dangerous free-kicks early in each half is not smart either. Goldthorp converted both with aplomb and put Mossley on the road to the next round.

Our man-of-the-match Lewis Collins levelled at 1-1 and for a period of 20 minutes we dominated. However, we just weren't clinical and missed a golden chance in the second period - the normally reliable Scott Vernon ballooning over a penalty.

So, back to the NPL for the Owls. A very disappointing exit to be fair and it is going to be interesting to see what the manager decides to do defensively at Chasetown next week. After today's selection, it is a fixture that we cannot afford to lose.

2019/20 season: 21 competitive games
(13 NPL SE, 2 FA Cup, 3 FA Trophy, 1 League Cup, 1 Lincs Cup, 1 FA Youth Cup)

Total goals: 85 (4.0 per game)
Most: 9 (Cleethorpes Town 5 Loughborough Dynamo 4 - 31/8/19)

Last 0-0: Ilkeston Town v Cleethorpes Town (Northern Premier League SE - 17/8/19)
(Current run: 20)

New grounds: 3 (Latest: Sutton Coldfield Town)

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Oct 12, 2019, 7:04 PM

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Location: NW Leicestershire
Team(s): Arnold Town/ Loughborough Dynamo

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Penistone Church 1 Bridlington Town 2 FA Vase.
Admission £5/£3
Programme £1.50
Tea £1.25
Attendance 493
I had an offer of a lift to Golcar. We turned up at 2pm to find the pitch being inspected. In the middle was a terrible patch without any grass. After much deliberation the ref postponed the game. This late call off meant it would have to be a re-visit and Penistone was close enough to arrive in time. I would check if heading to Golcar as I suspect the pitch is going to need some major work to make it playable.
Penistone's ground hasn't changed since my last visit. The game saw the home team play the best football and they spurned several good chances. They were also guilty of trying to walk the ball into the next, rather than shooting earlier. When they did get through on goal, the visiting keeper made some good saves. The visitors took the lead against the run of play and half time was 0-1. The second half saw the visitors score again and finally Pensitone became more direct. They pulled a goal back, but disappointingly for the large home support, they couldn't find the equaliser. It was a good quality game, but I'd have preferred to have watched Golcar and got a new ground.

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Oct 12, 2019, 7:10 PM

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South Midlands Premier
Admission & Prog £7.00 Tea, Coffee £1.20 each
Attendance about 60ish

The seemingly constant rain we’ve had this week did sow a seed of doubt, but there was never any danger of this being called off. Unfortunately this was one of those games where the referee decided that he wanted to be the centre of attention as having started proceedings at 2.58 (thankfully Barry the Twat was NOT in residence) he took to blowing his whistle at every opportunity for every minor misdemeanour. Curiously while he was happy to book at least one Pancake for a clumsy tackle, Wembley’s challenges earned nothing more than a talking-to, especially those of W9 who was substituted before he went too far.
As for the goals, it was first blood to Wembley on the quarter-hour, but Leverstock Green never gave up and forced their deserved equaliser virtually at the death.

2019/20 stats

58 goals in 16 games
£161.15 spent

First Team Star

Oct 12, 2019, 7:19 PM

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Abergavenny Town 1 Garden Village 2

Pen-y-Pound Stadium: Nathaniel Welsh League First Division

Despite being a regular visitor to the ground, this was first time I had watched the first team in action since towards the latter stages of the 2017/18 campaign, when the Gorseinon-based club were also the visitors on that occasion. My visits since that match in April 2018 have been to watch the home club's women's team or local cup finals. In fact, my previous visit to the ground, had been to watch the women's team entertain Kidderminster Harriers in a pre-season friendly back in July. Although I had watched Abergavenny Town earlier in the season when they suffered a 5-1 defeat at local rivals Monmouth Town in a midweek fixture during early September. There had been no significant changes to the Pen-y-Pound Stadium over the course of the past three months as Abergavenny Town had already installed seating in the stand behind the one goal in their attempt to meet the criteria for the FAW's tier two licence. The Monmouthshire club came into this afternoon's match in fifth position in the First Division table after enjoying a 2-0 victory at FAW Trophy finalists Pontardawe Town last weekend. Opponents Garden Village found themselves at the wrong end of the table and will be looking to move upwards given that the FAW's new tier three league will be introduced from the beginning of next season and the Gorseinon club will want to avoid relegation to the proposed new West Wales Premier League. The Stafford Common outfit came into this afternoon's fixture on the back of a 5-0 home reverse at the hands of former top-flight club Port Talbot Town last weekend.

The home team had a great opportunity to open the scoring in the fifth minute when an Abergavenny Town forward latched on to a through ball but was denied by a smart save. However, it was Garden Village that broke the deadlock nine minutes later when they broke down the left flank and a dangerous cross along the face of goal was eventually forced home at the far post by Alex Giardelli despite the best efforts of the home goalkeeper and a couple of his defenders. James Barker in the Abergavenny Town made a smart save in the 22nd minute when he came out bravely at the feet of an advancing Garden Villlage opponent after the visitors broke swiftly from halfway. It was the turn of the Gorseinon outfit's goalkeeper to be at his best just a couple of minutes later when an Abergavenny Town player when on a surging run towards the visitor's goal. Clear cut chances for booth teams were few and far between prior to the half-time whistle but Abergavenny Town defender Aaron Norman flicked an effort wide of the visitor's goal from a 41st minute corner. Garden Village fired an effort straight at Barker when a 47th minute fell loose in the penalty area before the Abergavenny Town goalkeeper made a smart save just a couple of minutes later before seeing the ball blazed over the crossbar. The Monmouthshire hosts levelled the scores in the 58th minute when they broke quickly from their own half and a low cross from the left flank was bundled over the line by George Clarke at the far post. Barker was forced to turn a shot over the crossbar 10 minutes later after a corner was partially cleared. However, the Gorseinon visitors regained the lead 10 minutes from time after breaking down the right and the ball was eventually forced home by Kieran Richards after the Abergavenny Town defence failed to clear their lines and that turned out to be the winning goal.

2019/20 Statistics
Goals: 364
Matches: 73
New Grounds: 16

rabbie 77
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Oct 12, 2019, 7:22 PM

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Location: Edinburgh
Team(s): Kilmarnock, Spartans

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South Challenge Cup
Penicuik Athletic 2 v Hill of Beath Hawthorn 3
Entry £6 Programme £2
Att: Around 250.

Cracking game in the sunshine. Hill of Beath content to play on the counter attack throughout but ruthlessly taking their chances when they came along by utilising pace on the break to lead 2-0 at HT.

2nd half appeared to turn on the change of shape from the home side, to go with 3 up top, effective substitutions being made as well. Meanwhile Beath's most dangerous player on the left wing had to be subbed due to picking up a knock. Once Penicuik pulled a goal back it turned into a great contest, with them then missing a penalty, before getting their 2nd with about 10 minutes remaining, to ramp up the pressure on the visitors who were reduced to 10 men for a flailing elbow also with around 10 minutes to play.Despite the pressure, and hitting a post, with some decent stops from the Beath keeper it just wasn't to be Penicuik's day.Very unlucky to end up losing the match overall.

As said, excellent game, played on a gloriously sunny afternoon. Really liked the ground with the 2 sides covered. Will be interesting to see what sort of crowd they get for the Cup tie against Stenhousemuir next week.

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Dave 56
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Oct 12, 2019, 7:38 PM

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Midland Div 3. (F&N). crowd 21.

Upton Town 2 v 2 Coventrians

A pleasant afternoon with no rain. The ground has a roped pitch and dugouts, tea bar in operation drinks a £1. Pitch heavy but playable despite the recent rainfall. Both teams lower mid table.

Took a while to get going but on 26 minutes the visitors broke the deadlock but as so often happens they conceded an equaliser from the penalty spot 2 minutes later, Such a clear cut pen that nobody disputed it. The home side retook the lead shortly before half time.

The second half leveller for the visitors came when the keeper failed to hold a fairly tame shot and the visitor knocked in the rebound. A spate of yellow cards ensued as both teams pushed for a winner. Home side had a player sin binned in the 87th minute which is effectively a sending off.

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Oct 12, 2019, 7:41 PM

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Location: Guildford/Yaxley
Team(s): Norwich City, Yaxley

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National League
Aldershot Town 0 Hartlepool United 3

Admission: £2 ("Pay-what-you-want"), Programme: £3
Attendance: 2,768 (188 away fans)

Was going to write a full match report, but after coming home to a nightmarish array of plumbing problems, I cannot be bothered. Here's a brief summary of the goals:

Aldershot had a penalty appeal waved away in the 5th minute, with Hartlepool going up the other end and scoring after it
On the half-hour mark, Hartlepool missed a penalty, while Aldershot's Shamir Mullings somehow missed from two yards out not long after.
Hartlepool then scored two goals on the counter in the last ten minutes.

Not a great game really, but Hartlepool didn't really deserve a three-goal victory, only getting it because they took their chances while Aldershot did not. Aldershot look to be in for another long and difficult season on this showing.

2019/20 stats (including Pre-Season):

New Grounds: 19 (Most Recent: Marlow)
Games: 28
Goals: 96
Goals Per Game (to 2 dp): 3.43
0-0s: 1

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Oct 12, 2019, 7:42 PM

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Location: Borehamwood

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FA Vase First Round - Chadderton 1 Guisborough Town 3 - Admission £5 incl programme - Attendance 138

Booked a trip to Manchester from Milton Keynes a few weeks ago, and fortunately the early start saw me completely miss the havoc that the later delays brought, which meant that three National League matches were called off with the visiting teams struggling to get away from Euston. This one was always on my radar, being a new ground, the FA Vase and two teams meeting from different leagues whose paths presumably have never passed previously. Lots of other options within an hour of Manchester today in the Trophy, Vase and the various leagues but coming out of Piccadilly station, it was a mixture of rugby league fans ahead of the 6.0 kick off at Old Trafford as well as a pretty large police presence, presumably as a result of the Arndale centre stabbings yesterday. In fact, I counted 8 police cars and vans at the station when I went back at around 6.15.

Arrived very early after getting the bus from Piccadilly Gardens to Chadderton and was charged £5 for admission and a programme. Not sure if that was a mistake, bearing in mind that the programme was priced at £2, or that yet again, I’m being mistaken for an over 60 - I’m not there just yet.

There was a comedy moment about 15 minutes before kick off where the home officials, who were already a bit miffed that Guisborough’s players were warming up on the pitch rather than behind the goal (somehow the home players who were also on the pitch weren’t committing the cardinal sin) and a couple of the players started putting the goal up at one end. ‘What the hell are they doing’ I heard and on came two officials at a very slow speed to amble up to to the far end, to presumably remonstrate with the players concerned. All seemed okay in the end.

The visiting number 9, Daniel Earl, missed an easy header in front of goal in the opening minutes, which also included a very early home substitution, and Guisborough soon opened the scoring when Earl’s cross from the right, hit a defender, bounced twice and Sonni Coleman with a free header easily put the ball into the net. Chadderton got back on level terms just before the break when Jack Turnbull was clipped in the area, and he stepped up to put the ball safely in the bottom right corner from the penalty spot.

Coleman nabbed his second after 55 minutes, when a long ball out of defence from Mark Robinson picked him out, and Coleman weaved his way into the area, cut inside a defender before firing home. Chadderton were reduced to long hopeful balls into the box, with very few goal scoring opportunities and we had eight minutes stoppage time signalled, mainly as a result of the home centre back, James Dwyer, being completely flattened by a point blank range clearance by his own keeper. In fact it was in the ninth minute of those eight (?) that Guisborough got their third goal with a cross from substitute Joe Ferguson headed home by fellow sub, Matthew Crust, to ensure that the Northern League side went through to the second round.

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Oct 12, 2019, 7:54 PM

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Leicester Road 1 Walsall Wood 2 (AET)

How this one went et is anyone's guess as Wood were camped in Knitters half for the entire second period and most of what went on after it. I have always said that the top D1 sides would have no problem playing at the higher level and although LR are a very accomplished team Wood were a class above all over the pitch and yet needed a goal in the 120th minute to halt a replay neither side wanted after Knitters squared things up a couple of minutes prior to it. A learning curve for the home team for what might be awaiting come next August.

Andy D
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Oct 12, 2019, 8:06 PM

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Bosham 0 Wadhurst United 2, Sussex FA Intermediate Cup 1st Round, Att: 20, Admission: No, Prog: £1

After a huge amount of undecidedness about even my direction of travel due to the inclement conditions on the South Coast, I eventually decided on heading East, stopping off at Rownhams Services to check games on. First confirmation was an intriguing Sussex Intermediate Cup tie between Southern Counties Division 2 side Bosham and Wadhurst United from the East Sussex League, the visitors venturing into this competition for the first time. The two sides were evenly matched although Bosham's often woeful passing let them down and Wadhurst finally wore them down with two goals in the last 10 minutes on a game played in steady rain throughout. Bosham's ground is a hemmed-in recreation ground with room for just one pitch. Facilities are on one side, a number of crowd barriers and two dugouts on wheels being the only pitchside furniture with a lean-to cover in front of a neat clubhouse towards one corner along with changing rooms. The remainder of the ground was out of bounds to spectators although with such a sparse crowd it wadn't an issue. An excellent programme was available for £1, this one a double issue with next week's game against Montpelier Villa.

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Oct 12, 2019, 8:12 PM

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FA Vase Round One
Longlevens 1 Cowes Sports 0 (aet)
Admission (inc. 12-page programme) £6 Attendance 70

After the 96th minute winner at Rodney Parade last Saturday, it was a 119th minute goal which saved me from a 0-0, and the assembled throng from a penalty shoot out at Sawmills Lane, both sides having agreed to finish proceedings today. The home side probably just about merited the victory having dominated possession in a match with plenty of chances at both ends. They now advance to the Second Round Proper of the Vase for the first time in their history.

The ground, wedged between the budget hotels and industrial units of an east Gloucester trading estate, is as basic as they come for Step 5 with just a short piece of cover incorporating a hundred seats on the one side. Hard standing surrounds the whole pitch, and there is a tea hut attached to the dressing room complex. Fortunately I was there early enough to get a place in the small car park - warning signs threaten you if you are thinking of parking on the road outside.

Though the facilities might be limited, that couldn't be said about the welcome which was one of the warmest I've received on a first visit. Spotted as a 'hopper as I paid at the gate (not sure how as I didn't have a carrier bag and had deodorised this morning) I was immediately sorted out with a complimentary tea and encouraged to sign the visitors' book. At half time I was practically dragged in to share sandwiches with the visiting officials and again another free cuppa was produced. All most welcome and much appreciated.

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Oct 12, 2019, 8:31 PM

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Rayners Lane 5 v Park View 1
Spartan South Midlands League Div 1

Admission & Programme £6

Park View are an enthusiastic team and a group of there officials who watched the game near me didn’t stop pushing there team throughout the whole 90 mins. But they are extremely weak in the centre of the park and were totally outplayed here by a side who I doubt are much cop themselves.

An easy win for the home team with goals at regular intervals in steady rain throughout.

This venue is much changed with a newly built social club, Middlesex were playing Wiltshire in county darts on the upper floor of the clubhouse - during the game we were treated to the sounds of the occasional one hundred and eightyyyyyy and some very cheesy pop music.

Paying to get in was a bit strange - Admission was taken in reception to the clubhouse although you can easily walk in from the street without entering the clubhouse and the guy doing the gate only got into position 20 mins before kick off so if you arrived prior to that you could avoid paying. A 16 page programme was included in admission.

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Oct 12, 2019, 8:32 PM

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Midland 2
Coton Green 3-3 Alcester Town
Around 30 in attendance
Adm £4, no paper

After plenty of umming and aahing I decided to still use my advance purchase rail tickets to Brum, despite the fact their raison d'etre was moved by Sky to midday tomorrow and my back up was postponed courtesy of Worcester Raiders not getting their ground up to speed. A decision I seriously questioned during the 2hrs 20mins delay getting into New Street thanks to today's well-documented chaos around MK, but one which thankfully still yielded a game from one of my shortlist of three new grounds (other good options also available).

No time for a pint in Brum before taking an onward train for the 15 minute ride to Wilnecote, a nondescript station on the southern outskirts of Tamworth and gateway to a half hour walk to this afternoon's entertainment.

The ground is accessed down New Mill Lane, a narrow private road that looks like it leads nowhere but eventually turns then opens out into the vast car park behind the near goal. Although step 7, Coton enter the FA Vase so you'd expect reasonable facilities and so they are. The ground is pretty well enclosed, fully railed-off (with three sides infilled with black and white panels), floodlit and has hardstanding of sorts on all four sides. Good length of cover on the far side but no seats. Football Foundation changies and clubhouse/refreshment area down in the far corner on the near side.

As befits step 7 the players were a diverse mix of shapes, fitness, ability and temperament. But, as the score might suggest, it was rattling good entertainment. Coton's number 10, who might be Micky Bloore, must have either played at a far higher level or lacked the commitment to do so - either way he put them 2-0 up in the first half with two excellent goals which he celebrated nonchalantly (well, didn't celebrate at all, as if it was all in a day's work). But, out of nowhere, Alcester not only got back on terms thanks to two goals in a minute but even proceeded to add a third to lead at half time. Second half was largely one way traffic as Coton hit the bar, had one cleared off the line, were denied by a fine save then finally equalised with around 15 to go. Alcester awoke and almost sneaked a winner late on but Coton were well worth at least their point.

After a mile yomp back towards Wilnecote I finally got a pint inside me in the Bulls Head, a Marstons house by the station. The Pedigree didn't touch the sides. Neither did the three excellent assorted bevvies in the Woodman, just off Birmingham city centre and a ten minute walk back for my train from Moor Street.

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Oct 12, 2019, 9:05 PM

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Huntingdon Town 2 Frenford 3 (HT 1-2)
After extra time (2-2 at 90 minutes)
FA Vase, First Round
Admission £6
Programme £1 (24pp, poor)
Attendance 48 (per FA website)
The usual refreshments available (didn't bother)

Reasonable entertainment for a sparse crowd. The right result, even though two hours were required to achieve it. Frenford were marginally the better of two limited sides. Neither could retain possession beyond a couple of kicks. The visitors (eighth in Division One South of the Eastern Counties League) surged 2-0 up with goals in the eighth (a penalty) and 17th (a classic byline run, pull-back and near post prod) minutes. Huntingdon (12th in Division One of the United Counties League) pulled one back (free header) six minutes before half-time. The home keeper made several good saves, and was rewarded when his team-mates fashioned a deflected 81st-minute equaliser. Both teams looked knackered during a dull spell of extra-time. Frenford's winner, flighted over the keeper by a sub from the right side of the penalty area, arrived in the 96th minute. A silly altercation at the end saw sent off a Frenford player, intent on time wasting and unwilling to surrender the ball. The home guy he tangled with was booked. Stayed dry, thankfully, despite showers being forecast.

Out-of-town Jubilee Park, opened in 2003, is bland, functional and instantly forgettable. Three areas of cover (two of them all-seat kit stands) on the west side and a large, single-storey clubhouse behind the near goal. Oh, and a couple of hedges and a number of adjacent park pitches. That's it, really. Plenty of free parking. Be handy if the club had any support. Didn't bother looking round Huntingdon because, having visited before, I'm aware the town's as dull as the Cambridgeshire landscape in which it's located.

Although I'm almost down to single figures for unticked United Counties League grounds, I fear I've left the rubbish to last. Doubt I'll bother with many more.

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Oct 12, 2019, 9:18 PM

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HADLEY (0) 0 MILTON KEYNES ROBINS (1) 2 FA Vase.Admission £6 / £3.Programme £1.Att: 80 approx. Game played in constant drizzle throughout.Small seated stand with a standing covered area opposite.Dressing rooms and clubhouse behind one goal.The pitch was in emaculat condition.Goal in each half settled it for the visitors although at one stage the home side were down to 9 men after having one player sent off and another in the sin bin.

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Oct 12, 2019, 9:24 PM

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Re: [Feversham Lens] Saturday 12th October 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

The Buildbase FA Vase – First Round Proper
Townsend Meadow – Official Attendance: 148

Racing Club Warwick (0) 2 …… Long Eaton United (1) 3

Entry: £6
Programme: £1.50 (Glossy 16 page brochure – only 2 pages of ads.)

Easy journey up via the M27, M3, A34 and M40.

This game wasn’t on my original short-list, but the damp weather across the south of England led to a bit of a rethink. I figured I would be better off in the West Midlands and I wasn’t wrong; it was still somewhat overcast, but with barely any wind, it felt very mild - and there wasn’t a drop of rain.

The ground is fairly basic and doesn’t really have any sort of aesthetic appeal. It is pinned between the A4189 and the southern end of Warwick Racecourse, but you don’t get much of a view of the racecourse which is shielded by trees on the north-west side of the ground. I had never really thought about it before, but at least I now know from where the club name is derived.

This was a game between two sides from the same league. Long Eaton are currently much better placed in the table than today’s hosts, but RCW had picked up a point from a 2-2 draw at Long Eaton on the opening day of the season. There wasn’t too much to choose between the sides in the first half; the visitors probably looked slightly more threatening, without really troubling the home ‘keeper. The only goal of the half came from the penalty spot just after the half-hour mark. The referee initially seemed to wave away the appeals from the Long Eaton players, but then pointed to the spot after the ball was cleared – maybe he was waiting to see if an unlikely advantage accrued. The visitors’ #10 duly dispatched the spot kick.

The first half hadn’t been bad, but the game truly came to life after the interval. With just over a minute of the second-half played, a cross from the away side’s #14 found an unmarked #9, who stooped to head home. The #9 then turned provider, beating an opponent near the byline and drilling in a low cross which was turned in by one of two Long Eaton players, or possibly even an RCW defender. It looked like the visitors had the game wrapped up, but a sloppy bit of defending moments later, allowed RCW’s #3 to reduce the deficit with a simple finish. That goal seemed to give the hosts a much needed boost and they certainly weren’t ready to concede defeat. The home side looked vulnerable at the back as they pushed forward in search of a second goal, but there was no change to the scoreline for more than 25 minutes. Then with 7 minutes plus stoppage time remaining, RCW did grab a second; their #4 being given too much time to pick his spot beyond the visiting ‘keeper. An equaliser nearly followed; the home side’s #8 advanced on goal, before unleashing a shot which rebounded off the frame of the goal. This was one game that I would definitely have been happy to see go to extra-time. However, the visitors held on to their lead and, in fact, spurned a couple of late opportunities to put the result beyond doubt.

With my afternoon’s entertainment complete, I headed back to the soggy south coast – where it was still raining.

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Oct 12, 2019, 9:26 PM

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St. Erme 7 Holmans S.C. Reserves 5
Trelawny League Division 1
Admission Free Programme £1

Wow what a game! When Rob Hornby posted that he was producing a programme for this game in a picturesque part of the country, I knew there was only one place I wanted to be. Home side were 3-0 up after 10 minutes, and it appeared to be a case of an easy victory involving a cricket score. But 3 goals in 4 minutes around the half hour mark had the visitors level, although Erme did manage to regain the lead before the interval. With the home side kicking down the slope in the second half, it looked likely that the home side would be the winners, and they cruised to a 7-3 lead. However the visitors scored two late goals, and after the first half’s comeback it seemed anything could happen, but Erme held out. The pitch is located in the Community Centre complex, and used to be the home of Trispen FC. There is a hall and bar, which was doing a roaring trade thanks to a wedding reception taking place, behind one goal, and bizarrely, an actual bus stop shelter, with the timetable information still attached intact, down one side, which provided some spectator accommodation on an afternoon of occasional drizzle. The rest of the pitch was uncovered, and not even roped off. The pitch had a significant end to end slope. The Trelawny league feeds into either the East Cornwall or Cornwall Combination leagues, which themselves feed into the Step 7 St. Pirans League, and consists of 4 divisions of which St. Erme play in Division 1, which is the 3rd tier, after the Premier and Championship divisions

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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Oct 12, 2019, 9:50 PM

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Location: Ipswich
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Berkhamsted 5 Herne Bay 0
FA Trophy, Preliminary Round

Admission; £8
Programme; £1.50
Attendance; 179

Berkhamsted are top of their league and it was easy to see why today. as they took their league form into this cup match. A number of early chances before the visitors had the best chance of the game, they missed it and within minutes were made to suffer, as the home team scored two quick goals. They added a third before the break.

The home team scored within minutes of starting the second half and so the contest was over, in fact Herne Bay then had most of the play but not sure the home team keeper ever had to make a save. before the end Berkhamsted added a fifth as their centre forward completed his hat trick, and just before the end Herne Bay had a player sent off.

I liked the ground, hemmed in by railway, housing and the tennis club, a small seated stand ( built in 1940) and cover behind both goals. Clubhouse outside, however a nice tea hut inside and as a bonus, my mate won the 50/50 draw.

Last New ground; Benhall St Mary, Games in 2019/20 Season; 61, New Grounds this Season; 30, Next scheduled game: Ipswich Town v Coventry City - FAC (10/12/19)

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Oct 12, 2019, 9:59 PM

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Location: Ipswich
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Re: [Dribble!] Saturday 12th October 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

After not feeling that great the last few days & with a very wet forecast for London I decided not doing a double including the British Airways v Jersey night game. I also didn’t want to drive far & was lucky to find a neutral venue within 30 miles of home.

Bridgham Utd’s game on full-time advised Walsham le Willows Sport Club. WLW reserves were also at home. I got a text from BU confirming WLW reserves would be on the main pitch & BU would be across the road. BU had played 5 league games all away. BU’s twitter from August had a picture & comment advising ‘chafer grubs are back & 20+ patches & increasing…. Months of hard work & ££ on pitch this summer & now this.
#fedup #heartbreaking

Central & South Norfolk League (Barnes Print) Primary League Cup 1st Round
Bridgham Utd 3 (12, 46:38 & 84)
Wensum Albion 4 (15, 49, 55 pen & 64, SB 86)
KO: 15:00 Att: 3 h/c Cost: Free Saw no progs

Venue: Walsham le Willows Sports Club, Summer Road, Walsham le Willows
Far goal has grass area with bushes behind. One side has fairly narrow grass area with a small bit of banking to a hedge & a field behind. The dugouts here had BU shirt sponsors name boards inside. Behind near goal is a smaller pitch & smaller goals. (inside the surprisingly open toilet building was an old map of the venue & the main pitch used to be where this smaller pitch is. There certainly would be an overlap.) Behind bushes & road is the main ground of WLW. To the side of this smaller pitch is a caged floodlit mini artificial pitch. Behind is the car park. To the side of the main pitch is the other smaller pitch & small goals with bushes & trees behind. In corner is a hexagon covered structure with 1/6th open with h/s in front. There’s seats inside & perspex windows. I watched most of the game from entrance here. Behind is a caged floodlit tennis court. Behind this & ideal for the small pitch is a covered area including 4 permanent sets of 4 chairs along with tables. The Goal Mouth Snacks had prices listed but was closed. The h/s had WALSHAM FC spelt out. The h/s from the hexagon structure goes behind the goal of the smaller pitch as a path.

Match: I believe this is the Division 2 Cup. 9th v 5th out of 11.
Rained all the way to the game but got lighter & stopped during the 1st half. Less dull in the distance. Got a bit chilly in 2nd half.

The ref wore a sweatshirt & tracksuit bottoms. WA shirts had either no numbers but had left a mark on them & most of the other numbers were peeling away.

BU were the better side & really should’ve been ahead at h/t. Their only goal was a well struck shot. The WA gk made a few saves. Other than a short spell WA were 2nd best. Shots 12-4.

H/t lasted just over 5mins.
BU regained the lead with a cross being volleyed in from close range early in the 2nd half. A well struck free kick went in off the post for WA equaliser 158 seconds later. BU had shot saved by gk out of his area but rebound went well wide. WA then dominated & with the gk rounded the shot was blocked. They then were awarded a penalty which seemed to surprise WA themselves. This was converted. They then went 2 goals up. Later BU player running with the ball appeared to not keep the ball in play & from this build up they pulled a goal back. Some protests from WA with the word cheat directed at the BU club lino. 89 seconds after the goal & before play had re-started WA had player sin-binned. On 93+mins BU corner was headed in at the near post but the gk made a decent save & the ref then blew for f/t. Shots 12-11 in an enjoyable contest.

Odd spot of rain on drive home but more rain as I got closer to Ipswich.

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Oct 12, 2019, 10:01 PM

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Borrowash Victoria 2 Belper United 4

Borrowash remain pointless after another defeat they were 3 0 down on half time . Ground isn't bad either decent stand and shelter pics and report on my blog

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Oct 12, 2019, 10:28 PM

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Location: Flintshire
Team(s): Bradford City

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Moorside Rangers 3-1 Middleton Colts
Manchester League Division 1
No admission charge
Att: 17 (h/c)

For the 2nd Saturday in a row I had to resort to a Plan B, and once again I ended up with a very enjoyable visit. These 2 teams were promoted from Div. 2 of this league by occupying the top 2 places last season. At the same time, Moorside moved back to their previous home of Agecroft Farm having spent a year at Salford Sports Village. I didn't manage to tick this place when Willows played here years ago, so I took the opportunity today. A turning off a main road leads to a small car park pitchside, with a changing room building to the right. The pitch is side on from here, but has no furniture. It's a pleasant enough location, being almost totally surrounded by trees. About a million annoying flies also thought it was a good place to spend a Saturday afternoon, unfortunately.

The game was highly entertaining, with Moorside getting off to a flyer in the 2nd minute. An excellent free kick hit the bar then went in off the keeper's backside. They doubled their lead with the best move of the match on 16 - a rapid one-touch passing move ended with a sublime finish over the keeper. The rest of the first half was even with no further goals, but Middleton took the upper hand after the break. They kept knocking on the door until they finally pulled one back on 62 via a direct free kick into the top corner. They kept pushing for an equaliser, but Moorside broke away in stoppage time to seal the win.

(This post was edited by Bantam Cymraeg on Oct 12, 2019, 10:44 PM)

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Oct 12, 2019, 10:41 PM

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Clay Cross Fc 3-1 Cottesmore AFC....FA Vase 1st Round...Adm £6...Prog £1

No clear plans when I got up, but with nothing appealing close to home decided on a run to the Chesterfield suburbs to see Clay Cross. With a section of the A6 closed, took the dog leg run across the M62 and down the M1. With no hold ups arrived early and on Mill Lane by the ground.

This was Clay Crosses first ever venture into the first round proper of the Vase and they did ok.

They went 1-0 up on 13 minutes with the keeper beaten by a low drive from 10 yards at his near post. Clay Cross had the better of the first half playing with the slight slope. The goal scorer was captain Josh Scully, he was a handful all afternoon.
The second half saw Cottesmore level on 61 minutes and it was game on as things became very competitive as momentum swung to Cottesmore. Parity was short lived, Josh Scully fired the ball in with the outside of his right foot from out on the right and it flew into the net.
Clay Cross were back in the driving seat and even the away keeper was coming up to join the attack from corners towards the end.

Clay Cross added a third in the 6th minute of stoppage time when Grant Mitchell fired in from long range and promptly celebrated with what looked like his Dad.

Not a bad set up, a small seated Stand and an excellent playing surface which has led to Derbyshire groundsman awards for the last 5 years. The programme has also picked up awards and is a very decent publication for £1.

The majority of the Clubs infrastructure is in the corner as you enter the ground with a number of shipping containers providing facilities such as refreshments, toilets etc.

With the £825 prize money in their back pocket, the Club's Officials will be eagerly awaiting the draw on Monday.

Good run back west and a stress free day on the motorways.

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Oct 12, 2019, 11:52 PM

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Re: [codofthenorth] Saturday 12th October 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

FA Vase First Round
Eastbourne Town 4 Horsham YMCA 2
Admission £3 (concession) Attendance 182

With my first choice fixture at Winchester washed out by overnight rain it was a quick diversion to the south coast for this FA Vase clash between two Southern Combination Premier rivals. Eastbourne Town won the corresponding league fixture 5-0 only two weeks ago to consolidate their lead at the top of the table so I wasn't expecting the closest of encounters. In fact Horsham YMCA started much the better and had several chances to take the lead, generally through quick breaks, but were unable to convert any of them. They were made to pay just before half time when a Eastbourne free kick hit the defensive wall and the rebounded was hammered back into the net via the keeper's fingertips and the far post. This goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of Horsham and they were unable to create any momentum in the second half. Eastbourne doubled their lead on the hour from the penalty spot and when they cashed in on misplaced passes to make it 4-0 with ten minutes left it looked like a repeat of the league scoreline was on. This time though a long ball left the otherwise ineffective Nwachukiou clear through for a consolation goal and in injury time Eastbourne keeper Platt let a weak shot squirm out of his grasp and over the line to give the scoreline a respectability that Horsham scarcely deserved.

The Saffrons is an easy five minute stroll from Eastbourne station which was fortunate on a day of continual drizzle. The ground is completely covered at one end with some additional cover at the far end of one of the sides. The latter was my chosen position for the match and so I was pleased to see the band of a dozen or so Town Ultras march along the terraces and up to the other end to give the fans there the opportunity to join in with their noisy support. I'm sure they will have enjoyed it.

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