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Aug 12, 2017, 5:50 PM

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Oldbury United 2-4 FC Darlaston
West Midlands (Regional) League, Division Two
Hingley's Playing Field, Bluebell Road, Old Hill
Admission £2, No paper, Attendance: 35ish

An unexpected free few hours, as the junior Karb's were all otherwise occupied, so made my first visit to the Hingley's Playing Field. Railed off on three sides, a small covered standing area behind one goal, and some slight further cover beneath the canopy of the changing rooms. Some light refreshments available.

Game kicked off at 2:57 and, by 3:03, Oldbury were already two goals ahead. There was even time in between for Darlaston to have a goal chalked off for offside. If their number 11 would only learn to look along the line, Oldbury might have added one or two more. Time and again he was caught offside. Eventually, Darlaston got going, and by half time they were on level terms. Second half was dominated by the visitors and, overall, they deserved the 2-4 scoreline.
Good game, played mostly in a good spirit, and I thought the ref dealt well with what little he had to do.
A nice easy drive back, and was back in the house at 5.02.

"People do not have moments of truth in station waiting rooms"

andy smith
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Aug 12, 2017, 6:18 PM

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Location: North Suffolk
Team(s): The Pars

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Essex & Suffolk Border League - Premier Div.

Kelvedon Social 5 (1)
Wormingford Wanderers 1 (0)
F & N
Att' 40 (ish)

A keenly fought first half saw Kelvedon take the lead on 27 mins, however after the break 3 goals inside 12 mins saw put the home side well in control, they added another in the 65th min with Wormingford getting a goal back in the 86th min...

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Aug 12, 2017, 6:36 PM

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Talgarth Town 2 Presteigne St Andrews 3

King George V Playing Fields: Spar Mid Wales League Second Division

After watching a fixture in the top flight of this league last night, when Radnor Valley defeated Llandrindod Wells, it was the turn of some Second Division this afternoon in the shadow of the Black Mountains. On a fine day, the King George V Playing Fields is a picturesque venue for watching football given the views of the surrounding countryside. The hosts were making their return to the Spar Mid Wales League after a couple of seasons plying their trade in the Mid Wales League (South). The Royals have fluctuated between senior and junior football over the years, in a variety of guises, whether it has been Talgarth, Gwernyfed or more recently as Talgarth Town. The Breconshire club have experienced some mixed results in pre-season, although news from the club has been relatively quiet during the summer, and their last outing resulted in a 3-0 defeat at local rivals Hay St Mary's on Tuesday evening. New Presteigne St Andrews manager Shaun Harris has been busy rebuilding the squad at Llanandras Park as he looks to challenge for promotion this term. The East Radnor men experienced a mixed set of results during pre-season but concluded their fixtures with a 2-1 victory at Pegasus Juniors Reserves last weekend. This was my first visit to the ground since last September and there were no noticeable changes at the King George V Playing Fields.

The visitors took a very early lead when a third minute corner was met with an emphatic header at the far post. Midfielder Joel Layton fired narrowly wide from a 25 yard drive just four minutes later before a far post header from an 11th minute corner was cleared off the line by the Talgarth Town defence. Presteigne St Andrews broke quickly from their own half in the 22nd minute but the move concluded with a shot that went wide of the Royals' goal. The visitors lobbed the advancing Martyn Norwood in the home goal four minutes later but saw the ball land on the roof of the net. The East Radnor men headed over from a corner on the half-hour mark and were certainly experiencing a profligate afternoon in front of goal. Norwood parried a long distance strike ffrom nearly 30 yards out on the stroke of the interval before Talgarth Town equalised in stoppage time when a young forward latched on to an equisite through ball from veteran midfielder Scott Powell and chipped the ball over the advancing Simon Hamer. The Breconshire men then took the lead for the first time in the match when they netted following a quick from from their own half three minutes after the break. The visitors saw a header from a left wing cross thunder against the crossbar in the 50th minute before Jack Biggs fired over from the rebound. Presteigne Andrews saw a low just just evade the far post in the 59th minute before equalising seven minutes later with a 20 yard effort that beat Norwood at his near post. The visitors were enjoying a greater share of possession once again and fired narrowly wide of the near post in the 72nd minute before Biggs netted the winner six minutes later. The recent signing from Hay St Mary's found some space 20 yards from goal and dipped his shot over the Royals' goalkeeper and under the crossbar to secure all three points for new manager Shaun Harris.

2017/18 Statistics
Goals: 126
Matches: 26
New Grounds: 1

Dave 56
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Aug 12, 2017, 6:43 PM

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With nothing taking my fancy in nearby Norway, I hitched up a new pack of dogs to the sled and headed South for :-

Highland League @ Kynoch Park. KO 15:00. Admission £4 (OAP). No programme. Free teamsheet. Crowd around 150.

Keith 3 v 5 Forres Mechanics

Kynoch Park has been described before, lovely old ground with a large seated stand and a covered terrace on the opposite side. Plenty of grass banking around the ground, all neatly railed off and of course floodlights to.

A lively start with Keith going close in the first minute and two minutes later finding themselves a goal down. Mechanics also hit the post and had a free kick which was so far wide it ended up in the ladies loo, much to the shock of the person who was just coming out. Luckily she went back in to retrieve the ball. Forres added two more before half time, which was a fair reflection on the balance of play.

Early in the second half the visitors added a 4th and it was game over we thought but two goals in a couple of minutes, one a penalty put Keith back in it. However Forres scored again to make it five but still conceded a 3rd just before stoppage time. Great game, with lots of good attacking football well refereed.

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Aug 12, 2017, 6:47 PM

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UCL Prem Div
At Hamilton Park,Sandhills Avenue
Nirvana v Yaxley
In £5
Prog £1
Raffle £1
Food/drink available (£2.50 a can of Fosters Mr.KK!)
Att 45 circa
H/T 0-0
F/T 0-0

The opportunity to catch up with old acquaintances made up for a drab nil all.
Yaxley had a man sent off with about 30 left 2nd half however Nirvana couldn't make their advantage count.
Shelter next to seats now has it's roof back on.

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Aug 12, 2017, 6:53 PM

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Staffordshire Senior County League Div 1.

Penkridge 2- Milton United 2 (HT1-0)

Attn 17. Free admission. Programme a quid.

There are team which come to play; team which come to park the bus and team which come and frankly have no idea what they are doing. Then, there is Milton United who came to kick, foul and headbutt, along with the odd punch and trip. Indeed, they came to do anything other than play football.

And it almost worked as one red and six yellow cards later the visitors left with a point they hardly deserved following their anti football effort. Indeed, it could have been all three if it had not been for a last minute equaliser by Jack Lees for the homeside.

Penkridge took the lead on 18 when John Hodnet got on the end of a low cross to tap home from close range after a nice one two on the edge of the box between Joe Pickering and Jack Lees. Pushing forward for the rest of the half, the home side should have gone in at the break further ahead but for last gasp defending and some weak efforts.

The visitors finally got onto the score sheet on 55 minutes with the softest of soft penalties after a visiting forward backed into a home defender and went down. It was very difficult to see any contact but the man in black did which really is all that matters.

The match which had been boiling over all afternoon finally erupted on 67 minutes when the visiting number 15 received a straight red card for what appeared to be a stamp. A further yellow card was waived in the direction of another visiting playing (taking their total to 6 for the game I think) following a headbutt. Most of the crowd and home players were at a loss to understand why this offence was not met with another straight red. To be fair, the home side did receive at least 3 yellow cards mostly for pushing the visiting player away after being fouled or for dissent.

Incredibility and completely against the run of play the visitors took the lead on 77 with their first shot of the match when a forward curled a shot home from the edge of the box. Nice shot but the lead was hardly deserved.

With time running out, Penkridge threw just about everything forward and were rewarded two minutes into additional time,

Penkridge will see this as two points lost rather than one gained. Milton will look forward to an expensive season if they continue to “play” this way what with fines being what they are.

One final grumble....the league have introduced rolling substitutions. It's a stupid idea which make the game feel like a Sunday morning kick about at times.

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Aug 12, 2017, 6:55 PM

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

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National League

Eastleigh 2 Dag and Red 2

admission S/T (otherwise £15/£12) programme £3-00 attendance 1614
last season's mid-table v last season's play-offs
Kick-off delayed 10 mins because the ref didn't like the stae of the right-hand corner of the pitch. Some energetic forking sorted that out, although that area looked pretty bad and it's only August! Good job they had the pitch relaid during the summer, and then proceeded to have some friendlies cancelled because it wasn't playable Blush
Anyway, the game was worth the wait, a surprisingly open first half, then the home team tried and hang on the their lead, and fail due to a dodgy penalty.
In the first minute a long Daggers cross spent an age in the air, Obileye didn't bother to jump for it, so Hawkins forced Stack into a save. A long ball down the other end then saw Williamson force Cousins into his first save. After 7 mins a free-kick from distance by the visitors' Whitely got a deflection and was well turned over by Stack. From the corner Doe headed just wide. But after 13 mins the visitors did take the lead - a through ball to Whitely was deflected into his path by Togwell's head, he was adjudged onside (but he was offside when the ball was kicked, before Togwell touched it) and he rounded Stack to open the scoring. The visitors had the better of things and Hawkins headed just wide. The home side replied with a good run and cross by Williamson which just evaded McCallum in the centre. On 37 mins a Daggers break down the right - Okenabirhe's cross from the right was fumbled by Stack and Ferrier put the rebound in, only to be given offside. Yeates cut in from the right and forced Cousins to push away his fierce shot. On 43 mins the home team got an equaliser as a nice through ball by Hollands was controlled well by Williamson and he came up with a good finish. Just before half time Togwell volleyed over from close distance from a corner, but the ref had seen Obileye pulled down. Williamson took the penalty and scored - HT 2-1.
After the break Eastleigh tightened up and looked to preserve their lead. Daggers were frustrated by some solid defending and timewasting. Ferrier's main effort in the second half seemed to be retrieving the ball after it had gone out of play to encourage the home team to get on with things. A Boyce back-header kept Stack on his toes, and prevented the own--goal, and
Okenabirhe had a shot blocked. But on 78 mins a scramble in the home penalty area led to a forward falling over, and the ref gave a penalty, well converted by Whitely. Both teams tried to win in the last 10 mins, sub Zebroski cut in and shot just wide for the home team; Daggers' Ferrier headed wide after Obileye missed a cross, and Ferrier just missed a cracking cross from Whitely. A good cross from Eastleigh's Matthews was desperately headed away, and Wood's deflected shot was saved by Cousins, but a draw it was, probably a reasonable result for both sides. Some reports of a bit of crowd trouble at the end, there was some mutual goading going on throughout the game, there were fewer stewards than usual because Saints were at home.

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Aug 12, 2017, 6:57 PM

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Retford FC 3 Tideswell Utd 0
Admission £3/£1
Programme 50p
Tea £1
The ground has a new changing room block behind the far goal and hard standing on the railway side of the ground. Three sides of the ground are railed off with the far side roped off. At the moment there isn't any cover. The railway runs along one side of the ground and during the first half 4 balls were kicked on to the lines. It must cost the club a lot of money on balls as getting the balls back would be illegal.
The match saw the home team play the best football and they scored on 25 minutes and again on the stroke of half time. Tideswell lacked a cutting edge and didn't seem to have anyone who could unlock the Retford defence.
The second half then saw Retford score a third goal and they looked comfortable. Tissington were awarded a penalty. This was missed and the game finished 3-0 . I wish Retford all the best for the future and I look forward to them being able to develop their new home.

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Aug 12, 2017, 7:04 PM

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Bostik League North division

AFC Sudbury 1-1 Canvey Island
att 383 £10 entrance £2 programme

fair result canvey took the lead with a volley from a cross in the first half and Sudbury scored near the end with a free kick from just outside the box.

Plus a very pleasant train ride from Marks' Tey to Sudbury

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Aug 12, 2017, 7:10 PM

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South Midlands Premier
Admission Free Programme £2.00 2x Tea £2.00
Attendance about 30

A win's a win, but this was not pretty. Leighton barely got out of second gear for most of the first half and Lorrel Smith's opener just before half time was a lot more than we deserved. The Tigers weren't prepared to lie down and roll over like they did last season and were the much better side for most of the second half as well and were good value for their equaliser. The winner was somewhat fortuitous as the goalkeeper was lobbed, but the ball travelled agonisingly slowly towards the goal and whereas a more organised defence would have cleared it without any trouble, it ended up being booted into the net.

Free admission (for this game only - I wonder what the normal price is) and the programme wasn't particularly good value, apart from the "Hall of Fame" page which proudly listed various ex-Tigers plying their trade in the rarified atmospheres of the Azerbaijani, Cypriot, Georgian and Lithuanian Premierships as well as Scottish Division 2. On this evidence, I think some of our lot would struggle at even those levels.

117 goals in 33 games
£332.40 spent.

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Aug 12, 2017, 7:19 PM

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Evo-Stik Southern Div 1 West Kingsley Road
Bideford AFC 1 Didcot Town 0
Admission: £9 Programme: Didn't bother Attendance: 236

Biddy versus Diddy! On a short camping break in the area so chose a tick at Bideford for the season's opener. Kick off was delayed as visitors were delayed by traffic.
Both are established at Step 4 and I was hoping for a good game in the warm sun that we were blessed with today. I wasn't disappointed.
First 10 minutes was all.with the visitors who cut swathes through an unsteady home defence but some excellent last ditch tackles and a flying save by the home keeper kept things level. The home side steadied themselves and started mounting attacks which produced a string of excellent saves by the visiting keeper in return. HT 0-0.
2 Minutes after the restart it was 1-0 to the home side from a stone wall penalty. Rest of the game was evenly split with more good saves by the visitors stopper . The visitors then had the last 15 in the ascendance but poor final balls from promising approach play saw a relieved home crowd. Good game.
The ground is actually a public sports field but railed in a sort of oval fashion with a small 10 row stand straddling the halfway line on the side of the dugout and changing rooms. A 2 storey clubhouse at one end and a long 'shed' with 4 terrace steps and standing at either end and seats in the middle down the other side backing onto the main road.

2017-18 Games: 171 Goals: 745 GPG: 4.36 New Grounds: 114
2018-19 Games: 164 Goals: 601 GPG: 3.66 New Grounds: 94

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Aug 12, 2017, 7:39 PM

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Bodedern Athletic 4 Mochdre Sports 1, Welsh Alliance Division 2, Att: 40, Admission: £3, Prog: No

A convincing first win of the season for Bodedern in pleasant August sunshine despite driving through several heavy showers along the A55. Actually getting to the ground was slightly hindered by a large Eisteddfod taking place in the village resulting in several blocked roads and a one way system. Eventually I lost patience and turned right where I shouldn't or else I might still be driving round now. Bodedern's current ground is rather basic but perfectly adequate for their level, tightly enclosed by stone walls and hedges with a small seated stand in one corner which had been brought with them from their previous ground behind the school. The game wasn't the greatest but Bodedern always had the upper hand and although Mochdre briefly came back into the game at 2-1 there was only one winner.

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Aug 12, 2017, 7:40 PM

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Western League Premier
Street 4 Longwell Green Sports 0
Admission: £4 (concession), Half-time raffle £1
Programme: £1 (36pp colour, plus 2pp loose insert containing a couple of match reports that apparently arrived after commiting to printing. Excellent value, up there with the best I’ve seen in this area)
Teams: announced, slowly Angelic
Refreshments: £1 chips from the hatch, £2.30 J2O and crisps from the clubhouse
Attendance: 88 (h/c) (91 per FullTime)

A cross-country run on byways rather than highways in order to avoid any potential problems with holiday traffic on the A303. I approached the southern edges of Street using a backroad from Kingweston and finally the B3151 which displays some stunning glimpses of Glastonbury Tor in the distance. The football ground (The Tannery Ground) is brown-signposted off the B road, and lies down a private paved track running off Middle Brooks; drive slowly or you’ll miss the entrance. Plenty of on-site parking.

It’s an open, spacious venue, with a second full-sized pitch running at right angles to the main pitch behind the near goal – this pitch has both dugouts and what appeared to be a small wooden stand. There’s a turnstile block, a long, white stuccoed building containing the changing rooms and clubhouse, and a separate building up the far end housing the “Kickers and Dribblers” pre-school nursery and playgroup. Sly There are three stands down the clubhouse side, one with seats and two covered standing areas, and a further larger seated stand on the far side.

A friendly club this – had a long pre-game chat with their programme editor, who added considerably to my scant knowledge of Somerset football – and well worth a visit if you’ve not been. Mad panic before the start when a sudden gust of wind scattered the raffle tickets to the heavens, but four of us managed to track all the errant “paperwork” down, including retrieving a £5 note from under a van in the car park!

As for the game, Street, (who finished 2nd last season, but I understand hadn’t quite completed the work to get the ground grading up to scratch had promotion been offered), should have won it by a country mile but squandered rather a lot of chances before declaring at 4-0. I timed the first goal at 1m 36s and it had become obvious even by then that the opposition defence was a bit fragile. A penalty and a further goal on the stroke of half-time made it 3-0 at the interval, and with a fourth goal on 51m, Street could really have gone on and doubled that. One was left feeling they needed to have been a bit more ruthless in front of goal – they had the vast majority of possession and territory, yet couldn’t convert their chances. Longwell Green rarely ventured out of their own half after the break, and limited themselves to the occasional 40-yarder just to keep the home keeper honest, but in the last 10 minutes, however, they did manage to force four corners, and missed a sitter from the last one which would have least given them a consolation goal.

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Aug 12, 2017, 7:46 PM

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Burscough Dynamo 3-5 Mersey Royal
West Cheshire League Division 3
No admission charge
Att: 17 (h/c)

Dynamo have moved up from youth football for this season, and are developing their own ground at Abbey Lane. It's a huge recreation area to the south of the town, although only 2 football pitches are currently marked out. There is a long drive to an ample car park next to a large changing room building. From there the pitch on the right (nearest the A59) was being used by the reserves in the Wigan & District League. This pitch had no furniture, but parallel to it is a roped off pitch where I saw this match.

Both teams seemed very young (unless I'm getting old). The majority of the players seemed to be teenagers. Royal had a poor season last year, and look to have brought in the kids to turn things around. On this evidence it might work. They bossed the first half and led 2-1 at the break, but dozed off at the start of the 2nd half to find themselves 3-2 down before the hour. Then came a second turnaround - Royal equalised on 77, then took the lead on 80 and stretched it on 85. Definitely worth the win, but Dynamo played their part in a watchable game.

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Aug 12, 2017, 7:47 PM

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UCL Prem.
Kirby Muxloe 4 Wellingborough Town 1
Prog £1
Att 57
Carling £3.35 (no cans ere Shepdyn!)

Dire first half and no shock when Doughboys took the lead on 30 mins but levelled up on the stroke of half-time by Baker who added another just after the break and KM should have hit 10 after that. Always nice to run into WT people who we now see as old friends due to the time spent together at non events!

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Aug 12, 2017, 7:50 PM

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North Riding League, Premier Division
Yarm and Eaglescliffe 3 Grangetown Boys Club 4 (att 13 h/c)
Free admission, no progs

One of a handful of games that kicked off the new North Riding League, formed by a coming together of the former Teesside League (effectively forming the premier division) and the Eskvale and Cleveland League (making division one).

These two did well to be placed in the top flight though. Yarm and Eaglescliife are a new club, and Grangetown are long-established but sat out last season.

Yarm are based on a 3G pitch at Conyers School, shared with St Mary's 1947 (last season's St Mary's Yarm renamed). It's a typical 3G set up, with a designated area for spectators along one side although unfortunately it's behind the dugouts.

Just as well it was a 3G given the volume of rain that fell before and during the game, and luckily the entertainment made up for the miserable weather. The home side were ahead early, but Grangetown hit back and deserved their 3-1 half time lead.

Another Yarm goal, early in the second half, kept it interesting, and the visitors made hard work of things before finally netting a fourth. Yarm pulled another goal back with a few minutes left, but couldn't manage an equaliser.

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Infinity (0) 4
Overton United (1) 1

Hampshire Premier

Att 31

A Tweet last night confirmed the homesters were on their own ground today, last week they were at the 3G in Eastleigh. The home chairman said last week the facility had a wedding booked so they had to change venue.

The ground is in Knowle village near Fareham and is very pleasant, railed on one side with dug outs. Very nice little tea bar which does hot food, there is a local shop selling a range of snacks only two minutes walk away. The club have started to issue a basic programme for one pound, an A4 sheet fold in half twice to form a mini 4 page issue. The club also ask you to have a go on the football card for a pound.

The game was very good, Overton scored the only goal of an even first half. The second half was a different story with the homesters scoring three in seven minutes midway through the half. They added a fourth just before the end.

An excellent day out despite a 75 minute delay on the A34 at Sutton Scotney. Everybody were really friendly and helpful. The club put the teams on a white board for those with notebooks. Knowle is served by a regular bus service, number 20 from Fareham to Whickham, two an hour each way. From Fareham it comes into the village past the ground stopping in the centre of the village. The village itself is built on the site of a former hospital.

Just Petersfield left for the league.

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Aug 12, 2017, 8:01 PM

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Radford 3-6 Borrowash Victoria
Admission £5
Programme £1
At 40

Radford were outdone by the speed and energy of a young Borrowash side. In the early minutes Radfords Sweeting was played in, he ran in towards goal rounded the keeper and he placed the ball wide of an empty goal. Radford were punished minutes later when from a corner Kirk Francis stooped to head the ball into the home goal. Five minutes later Borrowash were 0-2 up when Mark Greene scored On 20 minutes Radford pulled a goal back when Meakin slid the ball to Jake Morris in the area and the striker made no mistake from 15 yards out. Tom Lewis was causing havoc for the Radford defence and it was him who fed Simeon Lawrence to put the Vics 1-3 up. on 38 minutes Vics were awarded a penalty and it was Greene who made no mistake from the spot kick.

Radford did not give up and came back at Borrowash in the second half. On 57 minutes Radford were awarded a penalty which Joe Meakin blasted into the corner of the net. Liam Motson came on as a Radford substitute and was upended in the area for another Radford penalty on 70 minutes. Once again Meakin scored to put the scores at Radford 3 Borrowash 4. Vics went on the attack and from a corner kick the ball was headed out to the edge of the area to Josh Ross who hit a scorching volley past the stranded Radford keeper.
With just a couple of minutes left on the clock Mark Greene raced through to score his third and Vics sixth of the game.

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FAW Trophy Round 1
Mumbles Rangers 1 Pencoed Athletic 6
Free admission and 4 page programme
Attendance (h/c) 32

A very pleasant afternoon spent at Underhill Park in the shadow of Oystermouth Castle on the edge of Swansea Bay. Though both sides are technically at Step 5 in the Welsh pyramid, the comparative superiority of the South Wales Alliance over the Swansea Senior League was evident as the visitors strolled to an easy victory. Four goals in the first thirty minutes and two late goals in the second half following a Mumbles Rangers penalty displayed Pencoed's dominance.

Underhill Park is made up of two sections. The much larger section incorporates the team's regular pitch as well as Mumbles RFC in winter, and between the grounds there is a cricket square which was in use today. So today's match was actually played on the pitch usually used by the team's second team which is found on a small rectangular section of park just large enough for a standard pitch. Surrounded by hedges and, outside that, by the large grand houses of the wealthy Mumbles area of Swansea, this gave the venue an enclosed feel - a more attractive venue than the first team pitch in my opinion. Though the grass was a bit long, everything else was in place for an enjoyable afternoon. The FAW Trophy regulation requiring the pitch to be roped off in the absence of railings had been done efficiently in the club colours.

More notably the Trophy rule requiring a programme had been kept - only four sides of a folded A4, but very welcome from a rare issuer. Emails to the club secretary earlier in the week had confirmed that they would issue and sure enough he turned up with a box of 50 that he was struggling to give away! Conversations with him before the game revealed that the football, rugby and cricket clubs were now formally involved in the running of the park and were joining forces to develop it. These plans included a 3G provision for Mumbles Rangers in the near future.

Al-in-all a really pleasant afternoon at a friendly club that seem to be moving forward. Good too to catch up with David Collins of the always excellent Welsh Football Magazine, meaning good football conversation at the match and on the train journey home.

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Aug 12, 2017, 8:08 PM

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Toolstation Western League, Division One -
Calne Town 2 Bristol Telephones 3
Attendance 55
Admission £5 with free 24-page programme, badge £3
Sausage roll £1, coffee £1, pint of Bass (not in the ground) £2.75

Bremhill View is well appointed, with one side containing a lovely old-fashioned stand (30 yards long, straddling the halfway line, with four rows of black and white seats and one row of standing at the back for anyone 5 foot 8 or shorter), the tea bar, loos, changing rooms and a hospitality cabin. To the left is a pretty tree backed end, to the right is the road end with a net behind the goal stopping wayward shots, and the other flank has the dugouts inside the ground and Bremhill View Social club outside and next to the car park. The social club was built by the football club but lost in a less than amicable committee split and the social club doesn’t serve football spectators, so if you want a beer you're directed out and 100 yards past the ground to the right to the North Star Club where they'll happily serve you.

Bristol Telephones bossed the first 20 minutes of the match with some lovely exchanges and, despite both teams connecting with the woodwork, Calne took the lead against the run of play in the 42nd minute with a diagonal left wing cross to the far post headed across goal and in from ten yards out by Stuart Windsor. Telephones levelled three minutes later with Dhani Golding heading a free kick from outside the box in at the near post.

The second half was rousing, with a number of more woodwork hits, a goalline clearance and a missed open goal plus three goals. Billy Gleed latched onto a lovely through ball to go one-on-one and score for Calne on the hour, then James Batchelor rang the changes for Telephones with a 76th minute 20 yard belter which hit the bar, crossed the line and bounced out with the ‘lino’ correctly giving it, then Lee Pitman capitalised on an acrobatic overhead miss by a teammate by thumping the loose ball high and in three minutes later before having an 83rd minute penalty saved by Craig Edwards, at which point Calne found themselves down to ten men having used all their subs only for sub Jamal Chevolleau to leave the match injured.

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Aug 12, 2017, 8:22 PM

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Scottish Cup First Preliminary Round
Burntisland Shipyard v Colville Park, 0-7, H.T. 0-2, Att 111 (h/c), Admission £5, Programme £2, Pie and Irn Bru £2
At Recreation Park, Burntisland

Conditions were perfect for Shippy’s first home Scottish Cup tie since 1994 with the sun splitting the skies over the Costa Yahoorsir. The final result may look disappointing for the home side but at least it was an improvement on their performance at this stage last year when they went down 14-0 to Bonnyrigg Rose.

Nobody was really surprised by the outcome. Shippy have strengthened from last season but they are essentially a young, inexperienced side. Colville Park may be Amateur in name but they are thoroughly Professional in how they go about their business. They have a team which would probably thrive at level two of the West Juniors or in the Lowland League. However, this was their first competitive match of the season whilst Shippy have a few under their belt already.

A crowd of over one hundred (111 according to Leeds Phil’s head count) was quite decent considering all four Fife teams were at home in the SPFL and Kelty Hearts were playing their first home Scottish Cup tie just up the road. The small shelter, which must hold 100 people if the SFA are to be believed, was not really needed as the crowd spread out around the barrier. The pie hatch in the pavilion was open dispensing the usual fare. I like watching games here – there’s something quite homely and appealing about it despite the basic amenities.

Colville Park are no longer connected with the Country Club that gave them their name. They now play out of Dalziel Park and are sponsored by the Electric Bar in Motherwell. They took the lead inside five minutes and the result was never in doubt. Although only 2-0 up at half time it could easily have been double that. As the Shippy tired the goals started to mount up – another ten minutes would probably have seen Colville get double figures.

The Amateurs now play Preston Athletic in the next round, to be hosted at Benburb’s park. Having seen Preston already this season I expect Colville Park to beat them as well.

Basic 12-page programme would have been fine for £1 but was OTT at £2. It was in the style of the Shippy programmes from a few years ago when they first joined the East of Scotland League and issued regularly. They haven’t done so now for several years. Sold out twenty minutes before kick off.

A few hoppers in evidence – two from Yorkshire who I didn’t know, Leeds Phil, Buncranaboy and Know Your Market, plus several of the local guys. No sign of Chris1963 – having gone to the trouble of confirming the match details from the SFA for him I thought he might have turned up!

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Aug 12, 2017, 8:47 PM

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Nat League North : Bradford PA 0 York City 5
Attendance 1133. Entry £10 ticket. Progs yes - didn't buy, teamsheet 25p.
Tea £1. Pie £2

I think it's been a half century or so since these 2 teams first met in a competitive league fixture (if you accept that today's BPA is a direct descendent of the original 1907 club) - and for the first twenty minutes it looked like they were playing as if we had gone back to the late 70s, with YCFC being a decent Div 3 team and BPA playing the role of a West Riding Div 3 team.

York players were bigger, fitter, had more skill, could pass to people wearing the same coloured shirt. The proverbial men against boys.

First goal after 4 mins - keeper misses cross, simple header into net. Second a few minutes later as a York player drove unchallenged into what was pretending to be the heart of the BPA defence and slotted home with ease. A few minutes later, a run to the dead ball line, cut back across and a tap in from 6 yards.

After 25 mins it was 4-0 and people were scanning record books.

Come half time, BPA found a way to block the midfield a bit and York, understandably relaxed and rested players.

A comedy 5th own goal, a comedy sending off for the York CH for two dubious yellows and a comedy sponsor's MOM award to the BPA central defender who had been at the middle of a defence that did well to ship only 5.

Portents for the future? Tricky. If BPA don't find someone with at least a bit of physical presence, they're going to struggle. Ex league striker Oli Johnson anonymous throughout. York? Didn't break sweat. Surely other teams will give them a harder physical test than this.

Horsfall looked nice in the August sunshine - and with a 4 figure crowd had a genteel atmosphere -as athletics stadia putting on footy matches often do. A bit grimmer on wet Wednesdays in November, I guess.

Oh and a word for an excellent book/DVD in the BPA shop "Breaking Ground" - a report on the archaeological dig (yes really) that went on at the old Park Avenue stadium 2 years or so ago. Some fab pictures of back in the dayness, and also of mighty trees growing out of remains of terracing.

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Aug 12, 2017, 9:00 PM

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Evostik South
Cleethorpes Town 4 Gresley 1

A first outing at step 4 for the Owls and a convincing win!

I didn't know quite what to expect from this level but I suspected that Clee would win this one. So it proved with an impressive display. The home side dominated the match and were not flattered by the scoreline.

Gresley battled very hard and were always competitive but the home side carried far too much quality. On this showing, I think Clee will challenge for the top 6.

A big test awaits at Frickley on Tuesday!

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Aug 12, 2017, 9:15 PM

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Please James , you'll have Ashers accusing you of bullying.

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Heyside 1 Old Alts 0. Manchester League Premier Division at Crompton House Church of England School f & n Att: 12.

Heyside edged this game, their first in the Manchester Premier League, despite playing the last half hour with 10 men after one of their forwards was dismissed for a poor challenge on the young Old Alts keeper. Both teams hit the woodwork and it was looking like a 0-0 before Heyside's late winner.

The fully enclosed 3G pitch with floodlights is found at the back of the school. There is a steep grassy bank at the side of the ground with hard standing next to the reception and changing rooms which affords a good view of the game. No protection from the elements though!

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