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First Team Sub
Nov 4, 2019, 10:22 PM
Post #1 of 2
Staffs County Senior Division1. KO 20:00. (F&N). Crowd 27.
Keele University 2 v 5 Ball Haye Green
Good entertainment from start to finish, with the home side scoring first and the visitors equalising, all in the first five minutes. Ball Haye again took the lead later in the half with an excellent strike. Green added a third before Keele pulled another back. Two late strikes gave the visitors a well deserved comfortable win.
First Team Star
Nov 5, 2019, 7:03 AM
Post #2 of 2
....Few Monday options, but an opportunity for a first visit to Oakside for what appeared to be an eternity - but is probably about four years....
Redbridge 1 v 2 Barking - Essex Senior Cup 3rd Round
Prog 28 pages* - Admission £5.00 - Att 48
* Another online effort thus necessitating a brief 17.30 break from a typically frantic w*rking day to slightly redress the imbalance by using the employers photocopying facilities, ink and electricity to print off.
...Like many contests at this time of year, good in parts and just enough to hold the attention. Pitch was the Oakside mud patch of old, with it being soft to sodden under the surface and there was the added attraction of the mist rolling in and out, disappearing completely in the second half and then making a brief cameo appearance near the end, Never an actual threat but if it had continued to accumulate at the rate that it did near the end of the first half rather than dispersing, then I would have doubted whether the second half would have lasted very long.
Despite being in the lower reaches of Isthmian Division 1 Central, each time I have seen Barking they have impressed and apart from an awkward spell just after half time, they deservedly progressed to the last sixteen of the ESC. They had a couple of early opportunities when Max Bradford had a close range shot fumbled behind for a corner by Florent Gislette in the home goal and Junior Dadson on cut in from the right and was not that far away from the angle with a rising shot, which had a degree of venom inserted. The visitors deservedly in front courtesy of Dadson placing past Gislette after what they refer to in the trade as an 'assist' from Max Bradford. Little from Redbridge going forward apart from Tony Martin on the left locating space and his none too powerful shot nearly crept through as Montel Joseph in the Barking goal did not time his dive well, but just did enough to divert the effort wide.
A clearly rejuvenated Redbridge started much more positively in the second half and a Taylor Tombides used his pace to good effect to leave the visiting defence trailing and he placed past Joseph to level and for a brief period, Redbridge were in the ascendancy with a low cross from Tombides being tantalisingly just in front of on rushing team mates. However, the visitors were able to restore their midfield primacy. What turned out to be the winner arrived with just under twenty minutes left with one of those goals that you hope that the receding memory will allow retention of. Solo run from Jedward (that is what is written on the teamsheet!) Allsopp starting on the left side of the penalty running to the other drawing the Redbridge defence along but having enough pace to find space and placing an excellent shot wide of Gislette and just inside the left hand post. Little in the way of a response from Redbridge in the final minutes apart from a wayward free kick just outside the penalty area that Ishmael Raymond sent into the neighbouring car park.
Recall that the last time that Oakside was visited, there was a sense of decay about the venue with the perimeter fence having fallen down at the far end. Now positioned upright and with a new pitchside fence and a refurbished social club, it is aesthetically an improvement but like many clubs in these parts there is very little or no funds in circulation and they are completely reliant on the few ultra keen volunteers that keep all clubs at this level afloat.
Easy journey to with there being no reason to arrive early to pick up paper. The return journey was not so simple, just missing a service from the adjoining but still a few minutes walk away Barkingside LU Station. C2c late night engineering work in abundance this midweek meaning a less convenient service back to RM17. Indoors at 23.15......