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Aug 13, 2017, 9:23 AM

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Location: Stourbridge, Charmouth
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Re: [osborne] Saturday 12th August 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Also at:

Retford 3 Tideswell United 0 (Central Midlands League North Division) Att: 67 Villan h/c

Very little to add to Osborne's summary. The ground was better than I had expected, all very neat and tidy, and the natives seemed a friendly and welcoming bunch. Game was OK, but didn't think much of Tideswell. The 4 page prog was welcome - team line ups, welcome from the club - pretty much all one needs, really. There was a burger van present, operated by one of the players' partners - excellent cup of tea, courtesy of Rhyd. Also providing good company were Villan and Mr Smallman. An enjoyable day, and the holiday traffic was not too dreadful.

timmy tabby
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Aug 13, 2017, 9:32 AM

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Re: [Ostrich] Saturday 12th August 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

....Start of the Level 4 divisions in their geographical guises and as usual several new grounds to visit and a few venues not visited for 20+ years to entice. Time to start with a visit to a club, I am pretty certain I had not heard of until approx 2 years ago....

Peterborough Sports 3 v 0 Kidsgrove Athletic - Northern Premier League Division 1 (South)
Prog 24 pages £1.00 (teamsheet offered by a home official but only after the teams has been written out in the trusty Black N' Red) - Admission £8.00 - Att 192

.... Another club on a sharp upward trajectory with two consecutive promotions and perhaps they are being modest when they consider that this season will be one of consolidation at their new level with what was a win that would be best describe as 'gifted'.

Perhaps not surprising that the club has done just enough to obtain the grading for current level, with an off centre stand and an equally off centre piece of cover behind the goal. Spent the afternoon in the company of 'Kevin from Potters Bar' who views this board regularly (unsure whether he posts) and therefore decided to stand in the sun on the far side, though by the end the back was grumbling at being stationary for too long. Social Club just outside the ground doing a good trade, though IMHO was a little dark and dingy. Ground easily located two miles out of the city centre. Once Lincoln Road has been located, just keep walking. Interesting walk en route through a vibrant multicultural area and the first time I have ever seen a restaurant dedicated to Lithuanian cuisine.

In terms of the contest, fundamentally there was nothing overly poor about Kidsgrove's display but it was one of those afternoon's where if they were still playing now, I doubt whether they would have scored. They created plenty of opportunities but their efforts lacked power and although Butcher in the home goal was often the busier of the two keepers most of the saves he had to make were routine efforts to enhance his catching abilities. Can only remember one actual decent save from Butcher, this being in the final minutes, when he had to push a downward header from Cropper around the post.

What clearly assisted the accrual of the three points for the hosts was being presented with an early goal after a particularly misplaced pass from Pickerill straight into the path of Jones. His first effort was blocked by Parton in the Kidsgrove goal but the rebound went straight back to Jones who placed his return just inside the far post.

Noted since Peterborough Sports first appeared on the radar the scoring prowess of Avelino Viera who has netted prolifically over the past two seasons. Though on this occasion, a goal eluded. He though he had doubled the hosts advantage when he converted a rebound after Jones' effort was blocked by Parton but an offside flag prevailed. A decent cross in from the right by McGeorge reached Jones on the far side but on a gusty afternoon, the wind just affected the flight too much and Jones stretching was unable to direct his header goalwards.

The difference between the two teams though was the crucial mistakes made by Kidsgrove at crucial times. If the error leading to the first goal was one of those seen frequently at this level, the mistakes leading to Peterborough Sports 2nd and 3rd goals were of a level rarely seen at any level. With many of the crowd still emerging from the Social Club at half time, the hosts doubled the lead courtesy of a pass across the face of his own defence from Austin where he completely failed to take into account the position of Ashman that he was attempting to pass to. Easy pickings therefore for Viera to intercept, he did take the ball one step too far and Parton was able to block but Jones following up converted the rebound back into the unguarded net.

It was left to Davidson to give us the afternoons defensive comedic moment, should have been a simple header back to Parton, but in the key of a litany of defensive disasters for the visitors he headed past his own keeper allowing Webb to walk the ball into the net to conclude a convincing win. However, it would be beyond the realms of possibility to consider that the hosts will be gifted three goals again this season.

Arrived Peterborough mid morning and after a lengthy sojourn walking out to the eastern periphery of the city to purchase some stout footwear for this seasons traipsings, it was soon back to the two JDW's for imbibing purposes. Also to celebrate the return of this boards flightless bird back after too long an absence, a quick half in The Ostrich, though this establishment gave us an ale from the days only unsampled brewery (Stamford Small Batch) it was clear why it is no longer in the GBG. Post match it was just a short walk back to the National Inventory listed Hand and Heart for a journey back in time to an establishment ossified in 1969 in terms of decor and the Prog emanating from the landlords record player. Much longer trip to the Bimble Inn to conclude for several ales from the likes of Hopshackle, Flipside which were memorable for being so average.

No problems in either direction via Great Northern and for the benefit of Routemaster Graham, the eyes were only momentarily closed on the return journey, which given the amount of walking taken over the course of the day was quite surprising.....

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Aug 13, 2017, 9:40 AM

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Re: [CleethorpesOggy] Saturday 12th August 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

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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!

We're not very good. Had a moment in the match when we made it 2-1 but they took the best player off for no reason and we crumbled. Tests will be much harder than what you saw yesterday. Glad to get the longest trip out of the way on a day when we could make the most of the local attractions.

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Aug 13, 2017, 10:14 AM

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Re: [gresleyfcfan] Saturday 12th August 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Sky Bet Championship

Brentford (1) 3 v 4 (2) Nottingham Forest

Admission Season Ticket Programme £3.50 Attendance: 10,169 (1,658 away fans)


New Grounds 2017/18 Season = 8
Last New Ground : Oxford City 5th August 2017

Workington FC
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Aug 13, 2017, 10:30 AM

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Re: [bagman] Saturday 12th August 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Eastern Counties Premier Division
Godmanchester Rovers 4 Great Yarmouth Town 1
Admission £6
Programme £1
Attendance 102

A good first half led to a niggly second. All the refs fault due to his reluctance to issue a card. This led to both sides pushing to see how far they could go and Yarmouth getting all the 50-50 decisions in the second half. This frustrated Goddy and me too !!! Never mind the Yarmouth officials who winged that they were hard done by. Complete joke.

No changes for spectators here but there is a new hospitality room for officials inside the clubhouse. Cheese burgers were £2.50, small but perfectly formed and tasty. Programme same as last season - it cries out for a photigraph or two.

Beaver Hateman
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Aug 13, 2017, 10:34 AM

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Location: Badfort
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Re: [Turbine View] Saturday 12th August 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Indeed, the youth of today. You just need to reach out to them. They need a hug, and to know you understand, more than anything else. Let me explain:

Another Saturday where nothing grabbed my attention. To use the current vernacular, all options were: Meh. See, Turbine View, this is what you need to do. Get down and dirty with the kids, or da yout, as they are currently known. By speaking in langauge that they understand I've already grabbed the attention of our younger readers i.e. Those under 40. It's not only Rik that can lay claim to the title of Peoples Poet. All the Punks, Skins and Rasta's are currently holding hands......

Anyway: CB Hounslow (2) 4 Epsom & Ewell (1) 2

Not a fan of first games (I know!) at a ground. I like them to mature a bit, iron out wrinkles etc, but with all the games that did marginally pique my interest taking place in West London, this was one of them. The real story of the day was one of the Spoons I managed to get to. Strange that in the area that spawnwed me there were so many omissions. I will make a maiden posting in the Wetherspoons section on this forum to avoid getting too far off topic. You have been warned.

Anyway, up until 13:00 a destination still hadn't been decided upon. I had the option of CB, H&Y or my first love, Brentford. Decision made when, as I supped a pint of Twickenham Pale Beauty in the Hounslow Spoons, Dave from Hainault announced himself, walking stick in one hand, and pint in the other. As usual.

The decision was made because with such good company ensured I would enjoy myself at CB Hounslow, regardless of what happened on the pitch.

A short ride on the 116 and a 15 minute walk saw us at The Lair, CB Hounslow's new home. I used to watch Hounslow Town at their old Denbigh Road Ground whenever I wasn't following the Bees around the country, so have a fondness for any team that carries on the Hounslow name.

The Lair saw it's fair share of hoppers, though not as many as I thought, and nobody I know by name. The ground is a smart, tidy and perfectly adequate venue for the level, all club officials were friendly and helpful.

The game itself saw E&E take the lead. A beautiful curler from the left side of the penalty area, but tainted by the fact that I can't enjoy any team in blue and white hoops experiencing any positive emotions. However, this annoyance was soon assuaged as CB raced into a 4-1 lead.

The game eventually finished 4-2 and then the journey home began. A bus to Hatton Cross, then an interminable tube journey to Finsbury Park eventually saw me back in Badfort for 19:30. A friends wife came up with a quote some time ago as we travelled from Badfort to the Ealing Beer Festival via the Central Line: Where is this place? Flipping Wales? I know how she feels now.

Nonetheless, a good day all in all.

And for the youth element: It was sick, Bro. But stop all that hand holding. Silly sods.

(This post was edited by Beaver Hateman on Aug 13, 2017, 1:32 PM)

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Aug 13, 2017, 10:50 AM

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Re: [Karb] Saturday 12th August 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Somerset County league

Clevedon United 3 staplegrove 1

Nice little quiet ground fully railed with a club house. The right result and pics are on the blog now

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Aug 13, 2017, 11:04 AM

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Re: [adji] Saturday 12th August 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

FAW Trophy 1st Round. Lucas Cwmbran 5 Machen 1. This sports ground is looking a lot shabbier now than in its Girlings heyday. Lucas outclassed their divisional opponents scoring three good goals in the process.Machen will need to tighten up in defence.

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Aug 13, 2017, 11:09 AM

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Re: [Beaver Hateman] Saturday 12th August 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Irvine Vics 0-0 Irvine Meadow......Ardagh Glass League Cup.....Cuppa n Pie £2.....Prog: £1
Took a drive down the A737 for a revisit to Victoria Park for this local derby against the Medda....hadn't been here for years so good to refresh the memory cells to the delights of this ground. With both sides fresh from 3-4 and 5-1 wins, surely there must be goals on show today......but then again,maybe not!
Although a 0-0, no shortage of effort and missed opportunities on the park and a decent enough game on a dry bright day in Ayrshire. I suppose a draw was a fair result though both sides will probably reckon they should have won it.
The ground itself has changed little from what I remember, a two sided ground (three at a push) with a bit of small terraced lean-to Stand's down the length of one side. The opposite side is the embankment to the rail line and its frequent train service, where only the Official video cameraman was situated.Behind the near goal there the changing rooms and a decent refreshment hut that sells the award winning 'Kandy Bar' pies...Scottish Baker of the Year 2016/17!! The end behind the far goal is basically a level grass field and no one seemed to mind if you went and spectated from there.Half a dozen police officers were in attendance, but had little to do except confiscate a few bottles of beer and pour them away.
These Club's meet again in the Marymass fixture later this month when the town's annual festivities should be in full flow. A good run back north taking in the delights of Largs and then a run over the scenic hill road down into Port Glasgow. The big queues on the Erskine Bridge had dissipated after a monster queue Northbound in the roadworks this morning.

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

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Aug 13, 2017, 11:32 AM

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Re: [codofthenorth] Saturday 12th August 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Southern League Premier
Weymouth 0 St Ives Town 1
Adm - Freebie (otherwise £11), Prog - Freebie (otherwise £2 pretty decent effort) Att - 665

A real Brucie bonus 3 points wise. We weren't really expecting much from this game and at the beginning of the day would've been more than happy with a point from this 400 mile round trip.

Weymouth are supposedly aiming for a play off spot this season, however on this showing they aren't gonna be anywhere close. We started off well and could've been ahead on the stroke of halftime when we hit the bar from a free kick. I was a bit concerned that we wouldn't be as good second half, yet we were even better. Our goal came direct from a corner kick, however we should and could've got at least another 2 or 3 more and it would've been totally justified.

We're not going to be pulling up any trees this season and will no doubt take a heavy beating here and there from teams at the top, however I don't think finishing around 10th place is out of our reach.

The Bob Lucas stadium hasn't changed at all since I visited in December. Still proper old school with those lovely floodlights in each corner. As I mentioned from my last visit, it could do with a lick of paint in places.

The Programme is dead. Long live on-line!!

(This post was edited by DaveH on Aug 13, 2017, 11:33 AM)

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Aug 13, 2017, 11:37 AM

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Re: [DaveH] Saturday 12th August 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Rock Rovers v Church Stretton Town 4-2
West Midlands League Division Two


Following in the footsteps of Bob the Hat; no ground changes since last week! Cool

An entertaining game saw CST 2-1 up by half time. RR equalised just after half time and took the three points with two goals from Nathan Thomas. First a direct free kick following a foul on the edge of the box; second a penalty, that myself and the lino on half way thought was a little harsh. The ref obviously had a better (and closer) view.

Crowd count at 40 in the first half, but a short, sharp shower on the stroke of half time put paid to some of those and only 26 remained for the second half.

Made a change not to be sat on a motorway. However, with the A530 still closed just north of Nantwich (until 28 August) still had to make a detour!

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Aug 13, 2017, 12:13 PM

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Re: [martin55] Saturday 12th August 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Peterhead 3 Elgin C 0
Scottish Div 2 Adm £14 Att 691
Monthly mag for £2.50 and free colour teamsheet

This was in the end a comfortable win for the hosts. There was little between the sides early on but McAllister took advantage when Bronsky got beat by a ball which he should have cleared and the home striker fired in from an acute angle. The visitors next clanger was to concede a needless penalty on the stroke of half-time for shirt pulling and McAllister again did the honours. Peterhead dominated the second half and Elgin again shot themselves in the foot when their keeper threw down the ball to clear it but Smith blocked the kick and the ball obligingly span into his path for a simple third. Not even the straight red for Riley (studs into the chest is not really the done thing) could spoil the home fan's day.

Balmoor Park is a twenty minute walk to the west of the town centre up the hill past Morrisons. There appeared to be sufficient parking at the ground but there are plenty of street spaces too. Admission is via ticket which is purchased at a small hut next to the social club. Both ends are uncovered with flat standing and the sides have seated stands, with half of the east stand being allocated to away fans. There's a small club shop which has some old programmes for sale and an array of badges. The usual fayre is on offer but I didn't partake as I'd had the largest chunk of Victoria Sponge in my life at a cafe in town whilst trying to find somewhere in Peterhead to park Mrs Colpic for two hours to enjoy herself, not an easy task and frankly I think I failed.

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Aug 13, 2017, 1:40 PM

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Re: [Tim] Saturday 12th August 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

As mentioned by Tim I was also at

Central Midlands League North Retford FC 3-0 Tideswell Utd. ATT H/C 67 ADM £1 +50p programme tea £1 burgers also available from van

Not a classic but reasonable for level. Visitors disappointing & rarely threatened even having a 2nd half penalty saved. Hosts comfortable winners. Missed 3rd goal due to trek needed to visit facilities circa 100m behind goal in changing room block. Had to leave door ajar to provide some light in order to hit the target!!! The venue is known as The Rail due to previous occupants & being adjacent to the main line. Although a number of balls went over the fence I did not notice any collision with the many trains that passed!! Good afternoon in good company as mentioned by Tim & no travel problems. Weather largely behaved although dark clouds around half time caused me to get my coat from the car which I had parked outside the ground opposite the social club about 200-300 yards away. The sunshine soon returned thereafter.

End 2017-18, Total Grounds 1365

New grounds 2018/19. 34

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Aug 13, 2017, 2:14 PM

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Re: [villan] Saturday 12th August 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Evo-Stik South

Bracken Moor, Stocksbridge

Stocksbridge Park Steels 0 (0) Spalding United 2 (1)

Yellow Shirts / Blue Shorts Blue Shirts / Yellow Shorts

Attendance 104

Admission Ten Game Season Ticket, Programme £1.50, Team Sheet Free, New Steels Badge £3

Sausage Sandwich £2, Tea £1

Disappointing start to the season for Steels. Spalding deservedly won this sedate affair with a close range effort from Cenk Acar (20') and pefectly struck volley from Gary King (72'). In between Steels won a dubious pen which Joe Lumsden failed to convert. At least the weather behaved and the view across the south Pennines was stunning.

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Aug 13, 2017, 2:59 PM

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Re: [sheffgeoff] Saturday 12th August 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Saturday 12th August 2017 @3pm
Wested Meadow
Programme: with admission cover price £2

The old charm of Wested hasn't changed. Rickety main stand with wooden bench seats, railed on 3 sides with many overgrown areas and 2 other DIY areas of standing cover. Still no floodlights and a 3 person committee, it's a passion with little reward for Chairman Steve. The clubhouse, bedecked with historic photos and scarves from all over Europe, had on offer filled rolls, snacks hot drinks and a bar.

On the pitch of long grass the home team have problems galore, especially in defence as FHP took them to the cleaners in the second half. Only captain number 10 "Bullitt" (Steve McQueen) comes out with any pride.

It looks like an early contender for the "nil points" trophy and time at Step 6 is surely limited due to no chance of lights due to the stubborn NIMBYS. Still a joy to visit though.

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Aug 13, 2017, 3:22 PM

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Hebburn Town Res. 2-1 Darlington Res.
Total Sport Alan Hood Charity Cup - 1st Round
Admission £2


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Aug 13, 2017, 3:27 PM

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Felixstowe 4-3 Stowmarket
ECL Prem Div
Adm £6,£3 kids free
Att 452. We are hoping for 300, but when it was announced that Titus Bramble had signed for Stowmarket it was almost certain that a crowd record for a league match would be broken.
I was of the opinion this was a good time to play the most expensive squad ever to grace our league, it was always going to take time for them all to gel.
Fairly even for half an hour then the visitors took the lead, but by half time we had equalised and only some excellent goalkeeping stopped us adding a couple more.
Stowmarket got on top at the start of the 2nd half, and by 61 mins were 1-3 up.
They should have seen this game out but everything changed from 68-73 minutes. Firstly we got one back, then they surprisingly took of TB and then a substitute who had only been on the pitch to 3 minutes got sent off for a stupid tackle.
Felixstowe were now buzzing and drew level on 81 before getting a deserved winner 2 minutes from the end.
Normally at the final whistle fans go home, but not here, loads just wanted to stop and talk about the wonderful match they had just witnessed, and take it from me, games don't get much better than this.
5/8/17 at 5pm, total dismay
12/8/17 at 5pm, total jubilation.
Roll on the rest of the season, if it's half as good as this, we're in for a treat.

(This post was edited by youngster on Aug 13, 2017, 3:28 PM)

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Aug 13, 2017, 3:50 PM

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Re: [youngster] Saturday 12th August 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

CCL Premier
Chertsey Town 0 Guildford City 1
Entry £6. Programme £1.50
Weather: Slightly overcast but quite warm. More sun as the game went on.
Attendance : Around 90. Not brilliant for first game of the season, even at Step 5.
No draft beer in the bar...cans only.

I've seen this game before, as have all of you.

Two pretty average, but evenly matched teams. Game played at 100mph from start to finish. Not a single player able to put his foot on the ball and see what was going on. As for shooting, whenever a player with the ball looked up and saw the goal, he shot, no matter where he was. So many balls out of the ground, including one over the trees onto the cricket pitch (and match) next door. Bet that caused a few ructions!

Guildford were marginally the better side and probably deserved the win. They had the ball in the net in the first half, but it was disallowed for offside. Both sides hit the woodwork twice. The Guildford goal was a penalty in the 81st minute, when a Chertsey player needlessly barged over a City player on the very edge of the area. Goal thumped in by Keiran Campbell.

The programme (quite good actually) went on about two teams being promoted this season from the CCL. If I were a betting man, I'd stake a fair bit of my pension that, on this showing, it won't be either of these two.

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Aug 13, 2017, 3:55 PM

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Isthmian League
Dulwich Hamlet 1-1 Staines Town
Adm £11, Att 1096

A fine place to watch football. Plenty going on, with a very young and friendly crowd and good away following in glorious sunshine. Quality beers on offer if you like craft lager and similar and the grass-fed burger was very expensive (£7 w/cheese) but so, so good.

The same can't be said of the game which was forgettable at best. Dulwich opened the scoring early and looked the better side albeit vulnerable from set pieces, and Staines equalised through a very good diving header in the second half.

Pre-match pints in the East Dulwich Tavern, a very friendly football-screening venue with six real ales on tap.

Pics and better match report here

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Aug 13, 2017, 3:58 PM

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ADM: £5 PROG: £1 ATT: h/c 40

After traveling to the far North West & East in midweek, I hadn't wanted to go too far yes'day so a two hour jaunt up the M4 fitted the bill. The Gore is a ground I'd been putting off for some time but I'm glad I finally got there as it's a decent 'Southern League' venue. Just a shame then the players don't seem to realize they've dropped down to step 5 level. They got a reprieve from relegation last season & seem set to struggle again this time such was their shocking defending. Fair play to the keeper who single handed kept the score down to single figures. The visitors appear to score when they feel like it & based on this performance, will be challenging for top spot.

The ground is easy to find & has plenty of parking space behind the goal. Shame not more locals take an interest but I guess with clubs a mere one junction away, much higher in the pyramid nearby, fans are attracted elsewhere by more success. I liked the ground with it's 200 seater stand all down one side & a small covered terrace on the opposite side. Plenty of trees give it a rural feel until you start plane spotting as it's on the Heathrow flight path. Friendly gateman & if you need paper to cuddle, probably best to arrive early if they do a low print run. Traffic behaved well for August & pleasant day out with a good game to watch.


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Aug 13, 2017, 4:46 PM

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Re: [The Moose] Saturday 12th August 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Rayners Lane 0 Enfield Borough 2 - Spartan South Midlands League Division One (att: 41)

It had been too long since my previous visit to Tithe Barn. Being located at Ruislip Manor on early shift meant that I would struggle to get to too many venues. This fitted the bill nicely, especially after my relief didnít turn up until 2.40pm.

From the tube station I caught a bus a bit too far down Alexandra Avenue. It should only have been one stop but I went to the second; meaning a walk through the rural Newton Farm Ecology Park round to the ground.

The teams were out on the pitch as I peered through the gaps in the trees. The match was just underway after I paid my £5 admission; along with another quid for a decent enough programme.

The ground had been slightly upgraded since my last visit. Floodlights were now installed and the two small covers on the far side had been joined up in the centre to give it a continuous feel. The trees on three sides looked as stunning as ever and no doubt benefitted from the recent rain.

The match was Laneís first ever in the SSML. They expressed surprise at being moved from the Hellenic League by the FA as they hadnít applied on this occasion. Borough had been promoted after a third place finish in Division Three in 2016-17.

It was Dave Foxís first competitive game in charge of the home side, as his team took a step into the unknown. The match quickly developed into an intriguing contrast of styles. Lane were the more direct of the two; while Enfield were generally calm on the ball and preferred a passing game.

The hosts missed a glorious chance in the first goal mouth action; but the free header at the back post was squandered. They looked to play centre forward Bruno Tavares in whenever possible and he caused a bit of panic on occasions.

At the other end the visitors came close on several occasions. Home keeper George Hall had to deal with a series of crosses; while the flag of the linesman saved Rayners Lane. Surely there were goals in this one?

The Borough centre backs soon gained control before their side went ahead with a quality goal. Forward Thomas Opoku picked up the ball in the left hand channel and turned on the after burners to outpace two defenders and slot home past Hall.

It was a pleasant afternoon sitting in front of the clubhouse on the picnic benches; especially so when news of Chelseaís capitulation was coming through. At the interval I bought a decent pint of Robinsonís Trooper for £3.

The second half followed a pretty similar pattern. Referee Lee Randall had warned players several times for indiscretions before brandishing the yellow card on several occasions; mainly for pulling back opponents or their shirts.

Tavares continued to try his best to break through, but he didnít have the pace to get past the excellent Reiss Gabriel and Richard Emin. Borough doubled the lead with around twenty minutes to go through Issac Stevens.

Borough never looked like relinquishing their lead. Iíd been impressed by the way that all of their players looked to play football, and didnít panic in possession. It had been a reasonable game throughout, and it would be interesting to see how the season pans out.

I walked back to the station and took the tune home to watch the majority of the Brighton v Manchester City game, chuckling my head off at the Billericay result. There is a football supporting God after all!

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Peterhead 3 (23, 45+1pen, 57), Elgin City 0

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Visited Huntly, Deveronvale (Banff) and Fraserburgh on the way

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League 2
Port Vale 2-3 Wycombe Wanderers
Admission £20


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A drive up to Kirklington Rd for a first visit in this league. KO 3.00pm.

Northern Counties Eastern League Premier.



Home. J Waddle (17)

Away. D Morton (80)

Admission £5. Programme £1. Pin Badge £3. Attendance 51.

GAMES THIS SEASON 2018/19. (39)
GAMES SINCE LAST 0-0. Ipswich Town v Bolton Wanderers. 22/09/18. (29) BEST RUN OF NOT SEEING A 0-0. (61)
LEAGUES COMPLETED. Championship. League 2. Isthmian League North. ECL Premier Division.
FOOTBALL SEEN IN:Bulgaria,Czech Republic,England,France,Greece,Guensey,Holland,Scotland,Switzerland,Turkey & Wales.

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Greenwich Borough 1 Whyteleafe 1
Bostik South
Admission - pay what you want, programme £2

I decided in a concession type contribution of £7 for what wasn't a bad game where the hosts had most of the possession but less of the clear cut chances.
Greenwich's leading scorer for the last two seasons has joined Cheltenham, and they certainly lacked sharpness up front. Whyteleafe led not long into the second period, and conceded an own goal about 10 minutes later.

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