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Aug 10, 2019, 5:26 PM

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Yarm & Eaglescliffe 3 BEADS 1
North Riding League Premier Division

3G option again today, erring on the cautious side, particularly to travel east rather than west.
This proved to be the correct decision with only a couple of heavy showers during the game, and quite a lot worse when returning home.
This is a school 3g, very well used, and although caged there is a shale standing area adjacent to and at the back of the dugouts.
The match didn't start too well, with the ball in the air too much, but improved quite a bit after the visitors led midway through the first half. Yarm equalised just before the break with a great free kick. They added a second about ten into the second period with a penalty, after which a visitor was sin-binned for dissent, a first for me. Yarm were much better now and added a third not long afterwards for a deserved victory.
A reasonable enough day where we got away with things in general.

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Aug 10, 2019, 5:35 PM

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Location: Stafford

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Staffordshire County Senior League Premier Division double-ish header.

Tunstall Town 2 Walsall Phoenix 2 HT 0-0 Free, No programme Attn 15 Played on the Turnstile side outside pitch.

Stone Dominoes 1 Cheadle Town (Staffs) 1 HT 0-0 Free, No programme Attn 7 Played on the central outside pitch

My plans for this year is to visit all of the senior grounds in Staffordshire: I think I have 8 left to do. However, none of today’s fixtures at these grounds grabbed me so I made the well-worn trip back to Yarnfield to see how the newly reborn Tunstall Town would get on. I was wondering whether given how little time they had to get a side together if they would put out a side of 11. The answer to that was barely in that they only had one sub and the poor lad did not see any action.

I settled myself onto the 20 yard line so I could keep an eye on both matches and from what I could see, they followed the same basic format, namely one side completely dominating the half. For my match it was the visitors who were on top for most of the half, while on the other pitch Stone dominated. Indeed, in my match Walsall made so many chances my notes record that they spent most of the half trying to score the perfect goal rather than simply finishing the attack with the net rippling.

Surprisingly it was Tunstall who almost opened the scoring on 48 minutes when a lob came back off of the bar into the hands of a rather grateful keeper. However, four minutes later the visitors did take the lead when yet another through ball spilt the home defence leaving the easiest of tap ins after the keeper had been pulled one way and the ball played the other. It was two on 54 when a similar ball freed a striker who slotted the ball by an undefended keeper.

On the other pitch, a robbery was on the cards on 58 when Cheadle took the lead with their only effort of the match.

On my pitch, it was 1-2 on 61 after a nice one two on the edge of the box cut the visitors open resulting in a simply chance. The 15 minutes of madness continued with the home side levelling it from the spot on 65 when the keeper took out a forward in a scramble for the ball. Harsh some thought but hey ho, the Referee was well placed and considered the matter before pointing to the spot. The spot kick was hit low to the keepers left.

From this time on, the home side pressed and pressed having finally found some shape although the visitors still seemed the most likely to get the winner.

With time running out on the other pitch, an actual robbery occurred when one of the most stupid decisions I will see all season gave the home side a spot kick. Now, I know what the new law says but if someone heads a ball against your arm from a yard away with your arm in front of your face, it is NOT a penalty kick. To award a penalty kick is a ridiculous decision, imposed on Referees by people who have NO clue about football.

Anyway, the visiting keeper got two hands to the ball but could not keep it out. If he had, I had no doubt that the Referee would have ordered it to be retaken as the keeper moved off of the line. Don’t get me started on this new rule….. The match ended seconds later with Cheadle leaving with a point whereas without the rule change, it would have been three.

Back on my pitch, the home side should have won it in the last minute when a forward took the ball around the keeper but could only find the side netting from a very tight angle.

Overall, Tunstall will be happy with a point but have some building to do if they are not to struggle this year. Walsall will be disappointed at not taking all three points due to wasteful finishing.

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Aug 10, 2019, 6:04 PM

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Location: by the seaside

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Squires Gate 1-2 West Didsbury & Chorlton
FA Cup extra prelim qualifier
Restricted to public transport on a foul day weather wise, it was realistically this or Fleetwood. Flinched at a minimum £22 for the Cods and instead witnessed Gate’s cup exit for the third year running. Only £6 admission though, plus £2 for a programme currently drying on the radiator (yes we have the heating on in mid-August!) A game between two sides who struggled with the conditions and I was becoming fearful of a 0-0 when West converted a fine cross with just over ten minutes left, adding a second with a quick break before the home side somehow scrambled one back with it too late to matter. Really rather wet by this point and I was grateful to nip round the corner ready for a handily timed 17 bus.

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Aug 10, 2019, 6:27 PM

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Team(s): AFC Darwen, Troon, Ayr Utd, Burnley

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SJFA West – Championship
Darvel Juniors 3-4 Shotts Bon Accord
Recreation Park, Darvel
Admission £6/£3
Attendance 200

This was my first visit to Recreation Park since the major summer developments there, both on and off the pitch.

On a warm, (mainly) sunny day the ground looked a picture. Recreation Park is old school in as much as the area within the pitch barriers is discorectangular with generous areas behind each goal – big enough to require two ballboys to patrol each end. It harks back to the days when athletics meets were held there. The visitors would feel at home, Hannah Park being similarly obround.

Since my last visit a new covered enclosure has gone up on the same side as the diminutive seated stand. The pie hut and the bar have been tidied up considerably. The bar has a sitooterie whilst there are some covered tables and chairs outside the pie hut, which houses a lot of memorabilia. A welcome pathway of artificial grass has been laid around the grass perimeter. And in general, there has been an impressive tidy up of the ground.

Recreation Park lies at the foot of the high-sided Irvine Valley. The river runs just behind it and beyond are the slopes of the Lanfine Estate where wild boar roam in a large enclosure. There is also a spectacular view of Loudoun Hill at the head of the valley. Below this volcanic plug Robert de Brus routed the invading English army in 1307. Darvel’s greatest claim to fame, though, is that it was the birthplace of Sir Alexander Fleming – he who didn’t clean up his lab properly and thereby discovered the bactericidal properties of penicillin. Countless millions of people have reason to be thankful to the Darvel boy.

As for the match: well the first half was a non-event, with both sides bogged down in midfield. It came to life at the close of the half as first of all Darvel struck the post and then Shotts scored.

There was a downpour during halftime as we were entertained by the raffle winner having a chance of a further £500 by hitting the crossbar. He came out clutching his can of Tennant’s lager and wisely nominated one of the Darvel subs to take the kick for him. “We’re no having Anton again” said the man on the PA, “he nearly hit the bar last week.” But Anton was nominated and his attempt barely reached the 6 yards box. Not being well up on these things I was surprised to see the kick being taken from the centre spot rather than the penalty spot. I think the £500 should be safe for the season.

The first half might have been dull, the second was far from it. In simple goalscoring terms it went something like:

51 mins 1-1
52 mins 1-2
56 mins 2-2
66 mins 3-2
90 mins 3-3
90+3 mins 3-4

The winner came from the last kick of the match. The heavens opened once more the instant the final whistle went and much of the crowd wisely sheltered for a good 10 minutes before making their exit. A mile down the road the streets were dry.

For all their alleged big spending Darvel did not impress. Shotts were easily their match. At the moment there’s a buzz about the place, and they are attracting a decent crowd, but unless they can put together some good results things might soon start to deflate.

And a first for me – seeing a player about to be subbed being booked for not exiting the pitch at the nearest point!

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Aug 10, 2019, 6:37 PM

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Location: Silver End, Essex
Team(s): Witham Town, Rochdale & West Ham United

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Two games for me today …

Springfield 2-2 Witham Town (HT: 0-0)
Essex Olympian League Premier Division (Step 7) v Isthmian League North Division (Step 4)
@ Moulsham High School, Chelmsford, Essex
Kick Off: 10:15
Admission: Free
Attendance: 25 h/c

Played in your usual 4G cage set up.
An entertaining game, despite the very blustery conditions.
I’ve not seen an Olympian League side play before and was impressed with Springfield’s style despite being three steps lower than Witham.

Tiptree Heath 1-0 Dedham Old Boys (HT: 0-0)
Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Division (Step 7)
@ Top Road, Tolleshunt Knights, Essex
Kick Off: 3pm
Admission: Free
Attendance: 23 h/c

The wind had not abated when I arrived but again the match was entertaining enough.
The Dedham keeper got sent off towards the end for a ‘last man’ foul.
No facilities here to buy a drink or even go to the toilet as the adjoining village hall was closed.

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Aug 10, 2019, 6:40 PM

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Welsh League Division 1
Croesyceiliog 2 Pontardawe Town 0
Admission £2 No programme
Attendance h/c 33

Two well taken goals on 38 and 78 minutes gave Croesy victory in their season opener, against visitors who had much the advantage in terms of possession and goal scoring opportunities. Pontardawe will wonder how they didn't come away with at least a point, but profligate finishing and a couple of lapses in defensive concentration cost them dear.

Ground development at Woodland Road continues at a steady pace as the club seeks to safeguard its place at the new Tier 3 next season, or even aim for Tier 2. After the erection of floodlights last summer, this year has seen the pitch slightly extended at the river end, and the concrete base set up for the first of two 125-seater stands which will be built either side of the present covered terrace area. The two sections of uncovered seating remain in place in the mean time.

Croesy programmes however seem to be a thing of the past, not having been published at the end of last season, apparently.

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Aug 10, 2019, 6:43 PM

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Sporting Khalsa 5 Rugby Town 4
FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Admission £5 Programme £1.50

Wow, haven’t seen a game like this in years. Khalsa started the game like a train, playing at a frantic pace, with some lovely through balls, Rugby couldn’t cope. With the home side 2-0 up after 20 minutes, and Rugby labouring to get in the opposition half, with no chances created, I thought game over. So it appears, did Khalsa, taking their foot off the pedal and slowly allowing Rugby back in. It was still a shock though when two goals either side of the half hour mark, and a third just before half time, saw the visitors go into the break in the lead. For the first half hour of the second half Rugby bossed the game, albeit using all the time wasting tactics known, and had increased their lead to 4-2. However back came Khalsa, grabbing two quick goals in the last ten minutes, and the winner on the stroke of full time. The Aspray Arena has a 3G (or 4G) pitch. Along the entrance side is an old style cover with new seats bolted to the terraces, but viewing is obscured by supporting roof status, while the other side has a more modern, cantilever roof seated stand. All the seats are yellow and blue, in the colour of the home side. Early in the season, but the programme must be a contender for programme of the season, including 4 pages of Midland League news, 2 of National League news and 2 pages dedicated to information regarding other games in this round of the FA Cup

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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Aug 10, 2019, 6:44 PM

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Location: Cheshire/Dorset
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Middlewich Town 4 Greenalls Padgate St Oswald 4, Cheshire League Premier Division, Att: 65, Admission: £2, Prog: No

Not at all what was planned, however an alternator issue meant a 2 hour wait at Uttoxeter which put paid to Leicester Nirvana v Oadby. The very nice man from the AA swapped the battery on Wiretown Ed's car and followed us back homewards. Passing through Middlewich at 2.40 meant for me at least, the day wasn't a complete write-off. Middlewich were the better side in the first half hour and were 2-0 ahead before a meltdown allowed the visitors to score three in five minutes just before half time only for the home side to equalise with a free kick as the whistle blew. The second period was end to end, Greenalls retaking the lead on the hour mark and they missed several chances to clinch the three points before Middlewich levelled in injury time.

Seddon Street hasn't changed since my last visit, not surprising as it was only three months ago. The main feature is a raised stand straddling half way with a smaller brick built cover opposite. A well stocked tea bar was next to the entrance. Fortunately the rain held off for my four mile stroll home.

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Rule 1 - There are no rules
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Aug 10, 2019, 6:44 PM

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Builth Wells 3 Berriew 2

Lant Field: MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League First Division

Having kicked-off my viewing of the MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League last night, with Radnor Valley entertaining Radnorshire rivals Llandrindod Wells, today it was time to cross the county border into neighbouring Breconshire. This afternoon's match involved two teams that were fancied to do well following their respective cup heroics last term; Builth Wells defeated Caersws to lift the League Cup, whilst Berriew overcame Llanrhaeadr to claim the Central Wales Challenge Cup and also reached the Montgomeryshire Cup final for good measure. This was my fist visit to the Lant Field since May when I was the Wyesiders' reserve team host local rivals Newbridge in the Builth Spa Cup final and there had been no changes to the ground since then. However, the Breconshire club have obtained funding from the FAW to install 100 plastic seats in their existing stand to help them meet the ground criteria for the new step three leagues next term. Builth Wells finished sixth in the First Division table last season, as well as lifting the League Cup, and defeated league champions Llanfair United 3-1 in the recent Summer Cup final, which is the league's own version of the Community Shield, before completing their pre-season programme with a resounding victory over Knighton Town. The Rhiewsiders were in the title race for the majority of last season before finally concluding the campaign in third position. Berriew commenced their competitive fixture last weekend with a 2-0 home defeat to Corwen in the Nathaniel MG Cup before enjoying a 2-1 pre-season win at Rhayader Town on Tuesday evening.

The home team had a great opportunity to opening the scoring in the third minute but were unable to convert a low cross virtually a matter of inches from goal. Berriew came close three minutes later when the ball was lofted over a diving Stuart Turpin in the Builth Wells goal but the ball was agonisingly cleared off the line by a home defender. The Wyesiders opened the scoring in the 19th minute when the returning Mark Jones latched on to a through ball and found the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the Rhiewsiders' penalty area. The visitors went close from a 20 yard free-kick some five minutes later before seeing a close range effort blocked from a 26th minute corner. Builth Wells increased their lead three minutes later when the Berriew met a cross with a poor punch and the loose ball was headed home for the second goal of the afternoon. Turpin made a fantastic save from header following a 34th minute free-kick whipped into the Wyesiders penalty area before seeing the ball cleared to safety. The hosts responded with a free-kick of their own striking the crossbar four minutes before the interval and had to settle for a 2-0 interval lead. The visitors made a positive start after the break, as they fired a 49th minute shot over the target when the ball was laid-off on the edge of the penalty area before Turpin turned an effort on to the crossbar three minutes later. Berriew halved the deficit when Turpin spilled a 58th minute drive and the rebound was headed into the net by Richard Davies. The Builth Wells custodian was forced to turn behind a header six minutes later before the Rhiewsiders levelled the scoreline from a 66th minute corner courtesy of Steffan Rogers. Josh Price cut in from the left in the 73rd minute but saw his near post effort turned before before the Wyesiders regained the lead from the penalty sot two minutes later following a push by a Berriew defender. The Montgomeryshire men came close to equalising again, when they headed over from an 88th minute cross and saw Turpin make a smart save from a close range effort, but were unable to find the net for a third time this afternoon.

2019/20 Statistics
Goals: 138
Matches: 27
New Grounds: 4

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Aug 10, 2019, 6:45 PM

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

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Hampshire Premier League

Clanfield 4 Locks Heath 1 (at East Meon)

admission none programme none attendance est 25
last season's 14th/16 v 13th Strong winds and the odd shower made it quite difficult to play, but there was no shortage of effort as the home team had the upper hand after the first half hour, and in the end they won convincingly against the visitors, who had several players unavailable, so had a young team out - this was their third successive defeat.
Locks played with the wind in the first half, but it was Clanfield who had a good chance in only the second minute as Sills was allowed to run through, despite the linesman flagging for offside, and keeper Lennan saved his cross shot well. Locks replied with a dangerous free-kick, just missed by Hawthorne at the far post, and a shot from Drew that was over. On 17 mins the visitors got a penalty as Winterburn was clearly blocked in the area, and Nowaki converted the penalty to give his side the lead. Back came the home team and four minutes later Sills was put through the middle; he rounded Lennan and finished coolly for the equaliser. The visitors had a couple more chances - Drew's attempt to chip the keeper was wide, as was Chambers' attempt from distance. But the home team were starting to take control near the break, Lennan came out to clear from Amos, who then set up colleagues twice for shots that went wide. HT 1-1.
After the break the home team used the wind to their advantage, and were much the better team. After a couple of efforts over, they took the lead on 57 mins as Lennan unfortunately cleared straight to Sills, who tapped into the empty net. Sills missed his hat-trick shortly afterwards as a long free-kick found him unmarked at the far post. But Clanfield did extend their lead on 64 mins as Bradley's shot was well saved by Lennan, but Cameron was on hand to score the rebound. After a fee-kick was headed wide, the home team got their fourth on 72 mins as Milne, who looked offside, ran through and curled the ball nicely past the keeper into the corner of the net. And that was about it although Locks did improve in the last ten minutes.
East Meon was being used tempoarily by Clanfield (and will be again on 24th Aug) while work is done to their ground. Coming from West Meon, Workhouse Lane is first on the right even before you reach the village. A car park is in front of the nice wooden clubhouse, The pitch is roped and has great views of the surrounding hills on at least two sides. A high bush separates the near side from a tennis court and provided much-needed shelter at times today. A few hoppers in evidence.

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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Aug 10, 2019, 6:48 PM

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FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Holbeach United 2 Fakenham Town 0

Admission: £7, Programme: £1 (a mediocre effort, not even stapled together)
Attendance: 100 h/c

Holbeach immediately started on the front foot with two chances in the opening five minutes of this tie: first, Jack Smith won a 50/50 outside a box and passed to Will Bird, who curled a shot well over from just outside the box; the second chance saw Jonny Lockie ride a tackle into the box before shooting low, with Fakenham keeper Tom Coombe saving with his legs. The home side continued to push and had another chance in the 9th minute, Ryan Oliver somehow getting a shot away whilst surrounded by defenders, with Coombe saving well. Two minutes later, Fakenham had their first decent chance, utilising the wind to play a deep free kick into the box, with Ben Darby getting on the end of it with a tame header. Despite that brief respite for the away side, Holbeach continued to control the game and push to score, with Oliver having another excellent chance in the 14th minute: a free kick was played to the far post and looped over Coombe but not in, with Oliver attempting to tap-in at the near post but blocked by defenders.

In the 20th minute, though, Holbeach's domination finally yielded results as Jack Smith scored: a Fakenham corner was cleared and quickly turned into a counter-attack, with a cross-field pass from Oliver giving Smith the space to shoot from outside the box and score. After this, Holbeach calmed down and became less aggressive in the attack, opting to focus on controlling proceedings instead. To a degree, this gave Fakenham openings to get back into the game, but the home side had that extra bit of nous to maintain control and restrict the away side to half chances. Things then got worse for the away side when Holbeach doubled their lead on 39 minutes, Spencer Tinkler effortlessly poking a shot under Coombe to score. 2-0 at half-time.

Other than a frantic opening five minutes, in which Holbeach attempted to make full use of the wind and extend their lead, the second half was much quieter than the first, with Holbeach content to control the game against a Fakenham side who were trying to come back but simply lacked the quality to break through. Still, with Holbeach dropping another gear from the first half, Fakenham started to impact proceedings and create a few chances of their own: the best of these came in the 54th minute when a Ben Darby through ball set George Whitmore through to shoot first time, with Ricky Drury calmly saving the effort. The rest of the half largely consisted of Fakenham attempting to push and either breaking through (albeit very rarely) or losing the ball and allowing Holbeach to counterattack, with most of these also ending unsuccessfully.

Overall, despite Fakenham's best efforts to get back into the game in the second half, the tie was virtually over by half-time, which meant that the second half wasn't overly exciting to watch from a neutral perspective. Still, the first half was reasonable entertainment even if it was very one-sided. It was also good to see that the wind didn't affect proceedings too much, with both teams keen to play the ball on the floor as much as possible. So, not a classic FA Cup tie by any means, but absolutely not a terrible one either.

The ground is slightly better than the average at Step 5, with a small area of covered standing behind each goal, a 200-seater main stand (and not an Arena one for once) and another covered standing area next to that.

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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Aug 10, 2019, 6:50 PM

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SWPL Premier East


Adm. £5/£3. 4 sided basic prog. free Att. 40 h/c

Always enjoy coming here, though on this showing it could be a long season for T-Side. Take nothing away from Bovey though, their attacking play was excellent and Sean Finch grabbed 5 goals with a fine performance.
No changes since my last visit, though planning permission has been obtained for floodlights.

Nice to see the addition of 'proper' assistant refs at this level, though with small gates the costs associated with paying the ref and 2 assistants may become an issue and certainly will not be covered by the gate money alone.

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Aug 10, 2019, 7:24 PM

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League Two
Mansfield Town 2-2 Morecambe

Entry: £24.50 in the away end
Attendance: 4,465

A cracking match, despite the bursts of heavy rain and constant howling wind - the size of Mansfield’s main stand further exacerbated the issues with the wind as it sheltered some parts of the pitch, while the wide open corners allowed the wind to funnel through in different directions. And yet, despite these difficulties, both sides went towards making this a memorable match.

Morecambe got off to a flyer, with two goals within the first twenty minutes. They also hit the bar from distance and the post late on, and when Mansfield suffered a late sending-off, the visitors obviously fancied their chances. However, Mansfield were always the stronger overall, and despite coming from two-down to level, they were the ones who finished the match rprobably most ruing the chances they’d squandered earlier.

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Aug 10, 2019, 7:27 PM

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Moreton Rangers 8 New Collage Swindon 1 Hellenic League Division 1 West.
Admission £3/£2
Programme- none
Tea £1 (make yourself in a very small cup.)
h/c 40
I've neglected the Hellenic League over the last few years so decided to head to Moreton to watch their first game of the season. There is a small car park but plenty of space for parking exists along the access road. There is a small hut where admission is collected/ A smart new clubhouse and bar appears to have been built within the footprint of the old stand. Teas were sold here. You can access the area of cover around the back of the stand. The pitch has post and rail and has had some new hard standing put down. The dug outs are on the far side and there are floodlights.
The game saw the home team score in the first minute , with the benefit of the strong wind. NCS managed to equalise and then held out until the 36th minute before conceding. 2 more gaosl made it 4-1 at half time. 4 More goals in the second half saw the home team win 8-1. I have to say NCS look like they'll finish bottom again. They have a young side but clearly they are low on confidence. They kept playing the ball around at the back and did their best to add to Moreton's goal tally. The home team weren't great and I felt a better side would have punished their mistakes. It will be interesting to see how Moreton progress.

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Aug 10, 2019, 7:45 PM

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Needham Market Reserves 3 Haverhill Borough 2
Thurlow Nunn League, Div 1 North.
Att; 60 (H/C)
Admission £5 programme online.

Many years after my visit to the main pitch at Bloomfields, I returned to sample the new addition to the site, a 4G caged area that is the venue for the Reserves.
Despite the best efforts of the wind this was a very enjoyable game where three of the goals were scored kicking into the very strong wind.
It was a very even first half with both keepers called into action, and the visitors getting into good positions but failing to pull the trigger. Needham’s (Very) young side, under the tutelage of former Ipswich and Man City midfielder Kevin Horlock took the lead just before half time when following another good save, the rebound was tucked into an empty net.
The second half saw a bit of inexperience let the hosts down in front of goal, and ten minutes after the resumption, following a good advantage, Haverhill equalised from close range. Shortly after, they led when some crisp passing past a fairly static defence gave a visiting forward an easy finish. I don’t think anyone could see a way back for the hosts, but they equalised when a forward ran into a through ball and with the visiting keeper being slow off the line he got there first and guided it past him into the net. With about five to play a long drop kick was not dealt with by the visiting defence (Never let the ball bounce) and it was fed wide to the left and the subsequent cross turned in from close range. There was still time for the home No 8 to pick up a deserved second yellow for a needless foul but they held on to claim a good win.
Although the wind was as harsh as I have ever known it, the game was enjoyable.
As for the venue, this was something I was highly impressed with. It is a simple 4G cage type affair with access only on one side and at one end. A fifty seater stand with a disabled area in front is on the accessible side. This side also however incorporates ‘The Hub’ - A building that incorporates the changing rooms to the new pitch on the ground floor and on top a cafe and bar open most of the week, and a veranda with a viewing gallery overlooking the pitch , and the main pitch which is around the other side.It is a similar set up to that ironically at the ground of today’s visitors Haverhill, and considering it has been built purely for the ‘Non first team, teams’ it is a very impressive set up that is worth a visit.

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Retford 4-1 Brigg T
Adm £3 (conc) Coffee £1 Att 144

Having ditched plan A at Ashington, (didn't fancy the trip to Notts Co - I never like the ex-league grounds when we're in the Conference) a quick scout round suggested this would be one of the drier places today, and so it proved with no rain at all.

There is an uncovered 200-seater stand behind one goal with a covered area containing 1 row of seats to its left. Hardstanding elsewhere with some cover being constructed behind the near goal. The LNER main line is directly adjacent to one side of the ground. There is no clubhouse or spectator parking.

Brigg had plenty of the ball 1st half but did little with it, Retford scoring an early pen and going in 3-0 up. It was 4 within a minute of the restart with Brigg getting a pen of their own on 59 mins, which led to a second yellow for the home No3, The home side held on comfortably thereafter.

The A1 was closed @ Buckden on the way up adding about 25 mins to journey (arrived at 14:05). No problems coming back - in at 19:20.

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Ipswich Town 1 Sunderland 1
League 1
Portman Road

Admission: Season ticket#
Programme: £3.50 - first price rise in a number of years
Attendance: 24,041

First home game at this level for over 60 years and we started like we will not be in this division long - great first half display but only one goal to show for it.

Second half and the game became more scrappier, not helped by the high winds- Sunderland had improved but still looked poor however one moment of stupidity from the Ipswich skipper gifted Sunderland an equaliser.
If Ipswich play like this each week, get a few of their injured players back, they will be near the top all season - Sunderland, however look lacking in quality and confidence.

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My 1st choice game was Punjab Utd by train but when it was chosen as the red button game I was unsure what to do. In the end I decided to stick with that game but drive & do a re-visit at Corinthian for me (Sep 2011 v Maidstone in FAC) although it was a new ground for my dad. Thankfully no weather problems going over the Dartford Crossing. Had a wander round Gravesend with a sign advising the ferry to Tilbury was cancelled today. In the lift at a shopping centre a woman told us that the stand is named after one of her relatives.

The Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Punjab Utd 0
Broadbridge Heath 1 (44)
KO: 12:30 Att: approx 265 h/c Cost: £5, appeared to be £8 (no prices displayed) but a slight delay in front of me due to no change & the lower price was agreed. Progs available

Venue: Elite Venue, Dunkirk Close, off Hawkins Avenue, Gravesend
3 floodlight pylons each side & fully railed. Pitch in corner of a large playing field. Main side has h/s which is narrow in places. There’s a raised decking area in front of a red lorry container which is the clubhouse. There’s 3 covered areas including 2 very small seated areas. One is red & white which you could sit in on its 3 rows. The other has 3 rows of red & white seats. Another red structure for standing under with it’s fairly wide h/s. Grass in corner. Some cars were parked behind the railings. Behind one goal is narrow h/s in front of a see through fence & then the playing field. In corner are a row of buildings including the Elite Venue & then some old looking buildings. The other side has railings with grass area. Dugouts prevent a walk round the pitch so only saw one half & there was no h/s. The playing field behind with trees & bushes. Near goal has just grass with 3 red buildings.

Match: Southern Counties East League Premier Division (v) Macron Store Southern Combination League Premier Division

Some showers which died out during the game although just before ko was a brief steady shower. Some sunny spells. Unfortunately the wind as expected was very strong. In 2nd half on main side was more protected from the wind. Temperature was pleasant.

PU were nearly gifted a goal on 9mins when BH gk gave ball away but made amends. BH had a shot on 17mins saved but the conditions nearly made the ball go into the net but it went just wide. BH had a free kick which was crossed over but the wind took it away from the gk so he could only just get a finger tip to it & pushed it onto the bar, the rebound was bundled in for a goal. Shots 4-5.

H/t lasted under 16mins.

PU had most of the possession this half but never really looked like scoring until on 92+mins a good move saw a great chance but the shot struck the post. Shots 8-2. BH now visit Hastings Utd in the next round.

Considering the conditions it wasn’t too bad a game. Numerous hoppers at the game & few were at our next game.

A fairly straight forward journey to:

The Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Corinthian 1 (36, miss pen 36, red 94+)
Little Common 2 (41 & 58)
KO: 15:00 Att: 54 h/c Cost: £7 Progs available

Venue: Gay Dawn Farm, Valley Road, Longfield

Match: Southern Counties East League Premier Division (v) Macron Store Southern Combination League Premier Division

Inside the ground only brief gusts of wind. More sun & only odd spot of rain. Temperature was pleasant with moments of warmth.

Good 1st half with COR hitting the post on 3mins. LC had a great chance on 9mins but it went wide. COR shot just wide on 15mins. COR gk made a good save on 27mins but needed treatment. COR were awarded a penalty when LC player headed the ball onto his outstretched arm. Despite protests ref said it was the new rule. The gk saved the penalty but another player following up shot into the other corner to give COR the lead. Just under 5mins later LC equalised with a cracking free kick. Shots 10-7.

H/t lasted over 15mins. Had a look at the 2nd pitch which still has its seating. Just as we went in the very nice clubhouse (no tv) there was a blackboard advertising our game but also at 13:00 on the 2nd pitch Corinthian v Orpington.

LC were denied twice by the gk early in the half. They took the lead as COR players watched player run at goal unchallenged, the gk saved the shot but he then shot into the empty net. COR had most of the possession but just like the earlier game the home side didn’t threaten enough. The gk made a save on 84mins. Deep into injury time LC player was clean through on goal but COR fouled him. The lino flagged, the ref went over & gave the COR player a straight red card, he’d only just been booked. Shots 11-7. LC host Three Bridges in the next round.

Southern Counties East 0 Southern Combination 2.

A good day despite the windy weather at the 1st game. An amazingly clear journey home especially as the Dartford Bridge had queues on the way to the games.

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FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round

Shildon AFC 0-0 Garforth Town

Admission - £7 Adult
Programme - £2

With Spennymoor having no game, me and my dad went off to Dean Street, the home of Shildon AFC, so my dad picked up a friend who usually goes to the Spenny games as well and the 3 of use were not in the car long before we got to Shildon's ground and paid admission and £2 for a programme

To the game though, it was a end to end game with very few chances but Shildon were probably very unlucky to not score very late on by hitting the crossbar, it's a replay on Tuesday Night away to Garforth

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Hanley Town 2 Leicester Road 3.
In £5.
Paper £2.
Carling £3.05.
A Knitters win in Staffs!! 1 minute on the clock and LR miss from the spot, 90 on the clock and Hanley do the same thing. Knitters went behind and then led twice before Gomes struck the winner with 20 left. Backs to the wall stuff late on and a draw would probably have been a fairer result but what the hell!

Train job today via Derby and walked the couple of miles to the ground rather than bugger about catching 2 buses and a pleasant ground it is as well without having any spectacular features about it but the clubhouse is nice enough with old photos aplenty which are always nice to see.

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Pompey 2-0 Tranmere
Att 18,575 inc 639 away fans and 1 Hollywood actor (Will Ferrell)
Adm £24 in the Milton End, prog £3 (very decent read)

It was blowin' a hoolie at Krap Nottarf this afternoon, a factor in Pompey's unstoppable long-range, first-half goal. Rovers missed a cracking chance to equalise after the break, Monthe's free header from a corner going wide, and Pompey made us pay with a second soon afterwards. They probably should have added to it late on but that would have been harsh on us.

All in all, I expect they'll see this as a routine home win but their expectations are different to ours and I was very encouraged with our performance - we came to play rather than spoil, moved the ball around well from the back and through midfield, our (many) new recruits seem to be settling well and, so far, we don't look out of place at this level. But we're lacking that killer final ball at the moment and the forwards are feeding off scraps. On the right tracks though.

Always enjoy a visit here. Anyone wanting to visit a proper traditional club in a proper traditional Football League ground with proper traditional supporters won't find too many like this these days. The South Stand - now almost 100 years old and one of increasingly few Archibald Leitch designs still in use - is the pick but the larger, almost-cavernous North Stand also pre-dates WW2. More tradition with Mike Oldfield's version of the old folk song "Portsmouth" greeting the teams onto the pitch and, of course, regular blasts of the Pompey Chimes throughout the game from the crowd. All good stuff.

More tradition on the cards next Saturday when we renew past rivalries with our old chums from Bolton. Doubt I'll be waxing so lyrical if we drop another three points in that one!

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FA Cup Extra Prelim Rd
Ascot United 2-2 Badshot Lea
Adm £6, prog £1, att ~130ish

This game was switched to Badshot Lea's new ground in Wrecclesham due to Ascot's over-running synthetic pitch installation. And the replay will be back here too!

An interesting cup tie, but not always easy to warm to with lots of niggly fouls and abuse being directed to each other and the ref. The effect of calling over the captains to calm everything down is diluted somewhat when one of them was one of the chief whingers.

Ascot probably shaded possession and chances, although their keeper needed to produce two excellent saves to prevent Badshot scoring in the first half. Ascot scored first mid way through the first half and it was still 1-0 at the break. The doubled their lead in bizarre fashion when the keeper tried to bowl the ball out but didn't let go soon enough and spiked the ball into the ground right in front of himself. He did his best to recover but the ball was just taken away from him and slid into the net.

Badshot Lea came back into the game as Ascot tried to hang on to 2-0 and scored a good goal after some pressure with about 20 to go. As Ascot tried their best to run down the clock with some top grade time wasting, but it was their undoing as they were still re-arranging their defence after a substitution designed to disrupt a Badshot corner. Unfortunately for them this meant that no-one was marking the man on the far post who had a simple tap-in in injury time.

The high fences at the back of some grass banking (no fatalities noted) meant that the effects of the strong wind weren't too bad at pitch level. A tidy new venue with a pleasant club house with bar and tea facilities inside. One seated stand along one side. The pitch was indeed in excellent nick as you would except for a new ground. There was a minute's silence at the start which I later learnt was for the brother of a Badshot player who had been killed serving in Afghanistan seven years ago to the day. A nice touch but not advertised either in print or over the tannoy meant it was lost on almost everyone.

Pre match lunch was taken in The Royal Oak practically opposite the top of Westfield Lane. Not cheap but a very tasty sausage panini with chips and salad more than kept me going. A wide range of full meals also available.

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Radcot Road
Clanfield 85 1 Shortwood United 3
Admission: £5 Paper available Attendance: 79

There were two winners today; the away team and the weather. The tie was actually between HL1W rivals and the ground has been a target for a while. And a nice effort it is too; fully railed, cosy clubhouse and seats. With the 40mph winds blowing down the pitch, the home side kicked off with the wind. A swinging wind-borne free-kick was headed home on 24, but the home side were quite wasteful as the conditions overcame average Step 6 skills. The away side had two gorgeous chances and I'm still not sure how they missed them from close in. HT 1-0.
Second half exploded into life after 60 with three rapid goals in 5 minutes. The first two driven from 20yds out and the third a stone-wall penalty. The air was knocked out the home side and although they continued to raid down the flanks, their final ball/shots were all hurried and frustration crept in. This left a considerable visiting support very happy at the final whistle.

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Colden Common 1-2 Fleetlands
Hampshire Premier League
No adm, progs available. Seemed a bit strange, next door there was a load of solar panels producing energy, and here they were wasting energy producing a programme.
Att 40

Obviously bouyed by their 5 goal victory in midweek the home side started brightly, but Fleetlands were an experienced side that soon got a foothold in the game. 1-0 at the break and just about deserved, but in the 2nd half Fleetlands got on top and fully deserved the win .
As I approached the ground I got a bit worried that this was just a field, but thankfully as I got closer I saw that one side was railed, so it was a ground (in my eyes) and not a field. No cover but thankfully the rain held off, and the wind wasn't that bad due to the trees that surrounded most of the ground.

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Eastwood Hanley 1 Wolstanton United 1 (Staffordshire County Senior League Premier Division) Att: 44 h/c

Couldn't face the M5 today, so the Nearest New Ground rule applied. This meant a tedious drive through the 20 miles of 50 limit on the M6 between Stafford and Stoke - this lot is here for the best part of three years, which will limit my northbound trips considerably, I think. Mildly interesting first half, in which the visitors created lots of chances and wasted them all. When, midway through a much better second half, the smallest player on the pitch scored with a header from three yards out, a home win looked a possibility, but they spurned a few decent chances and Wolstanton got the point they derserved with a very late equaliser.

Home for the rest of this season is the 3G at the Northwood Stadium. It is some distance beyond and below the main pitch if coming from the main entrance in Keeling Road, but another entrance in Cromer Road leads to a car park right next to the 3G. The charge is £1.20 for three hours, and I was told that some people have been done for a £25 fine for not coughing up. There is a viewing area running for about two thirds of one side of the cage. Admission was £3 including a decent looking 16 page programme. Eastwood Hanley hope to be back at Trentmill Road for the start of next season. Good luck to them - they seem to be a friendly bunch.

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