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Saturday 10th August 2019

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Aug 10, 2019, 7:54 PM

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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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Eynesbury Rovers 3 Wellingborough Town 3
FA Cup E.P. Round
h/t 1-2
att. 137

Like most games today, this game was dominated by the strong wind. The Doughboys went into a deserved lead with an inswinging corner that only got the slightest touch before ending in the net. Rovers equalised before Town took the lead right on the stroke of HT. Rovers twice equalised in the second half the last goal coming in time added on after the Doughboys keeper feigned injury forcing the referee to add on about five minutes.

Hall Road will have been visited by most on here. It looked tidy for the start of the season with a snooker table of a pitch. A more than edible bacon burger was consumed before the game and thanks to sheffgeoff for driving, (the lucky so-and-so winning sixty quid in the raffle).

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Ardrossan Winton Rovers 2-4 Shettleston West Region League 1....Adm £5...Prog £2....Cuppa £1....Soft drink can £1.

Took an early drive down the coast and the A737 to the Ayrshire coast and the town of Ardrossan.Not a new visit but the weather looked more iffy out east with a few pitch inspections planned.
Down the harbour,Hms Ramsey was sailing with families embarked for a day at sea before returning to base...and departing immediately behind her was the ferry to Brodick and the Isle of Arran....what a beautiful day to go for a sail.
Back to the footy,got in the ground an hour before kick off and did the football tourist bit with the camera.I found all the ground staff and committee folk very engaging and decent.Some strange looking clouds passed by but no threat of rain,just sunburn.
Winton have already been stuffed 8-1 twice this season already.They took the lead on 5 mins.A bloke passed me behind the net and said 'thats something you dont see very often,Winton leading'. Before he had got to the corner flag,the scores were level.
An own goal gave Shettleston a 1-2 lead and they went further behind on the half hour. Winton were denied on 42 mins with a double save from the defender and keeper.
Hopes of a comback were raised with a Winton goal on 62 minutes,this was short lived.Shettleston got the fourth and final goal five minutes later and this knocked the stuffing out of Winton.The game did get a bit juicy late on with some tasty challenges, it produced a number of yellows but no red cards.
It will be a long old season for Winton and Shettleston were only marginally better.
Love the ground,quirky and interesting....always worth a visit.
After the game went back the coastal route through Largs before stopping at Wemyss Bay train station/ferry terminal,what a fine old building that is.

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Littletown FC 0, Wombwell Town 4.
Pre-Season Friendly
Free admission. Att: 50 best guess. Mostly from Wombwell.

A stronger Wombwell team put Littletown to the sword in this friendly. The hosts were apparently missing a few players, but the performance by the visitors was one of the strongest they've had this summer.

It was 3-0 by half time which saw rain and sun at the same time in parts. Ryan Smith scored twice and captain Luke Exley netted a 3rd just before the break. The second was fairly even, but comfortable before a trialist scored with eight minutes to go to put the game to bed.

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West Lancs Division 2. KO 15:30. (F&N). Crowd 1.

Burscough Dynamo 3 v 5 Walney Island

Dynamo play at the Thomas Galvin Sports ground, Abbey lane, L40 7SR. Just yards beyond the Abbey lane turning is the Ringtail Retail Park with a Booths, Lidl and various stores. The ground is very basic at the moment, just a rope down both sides of the pitch, however in a phone conversation with the secretary, she told me they were awaiting two self assembly stands, which should have already been delivered but were now going to arrive next week or the week after.

There are 6 pitches at this sports ground and a large changing room block. No facilities for spectators such as tea or toilets, there might be tea and coffee another time if someone remembers to bring the milk! Probably a ground worth saving for a few weeks until the organisation improves and the stands are delivered.

KO was delayed after Walney tweeted they were stuck on the A590, closed in both directions following an accident, hence the start time. It rained for almost the whole game but the pitch held up well with no sign of puddles.

The game was bottom v top, the fledgling league table showed Dynamo had conceded 9 in two games and Island had taken maximum points from their opponents. Walney were gifted an opening goal when the keeper spilled a weak shot allowing a tap in. Second added just before half time.

15 minutes into the second period it seemed to be game over when it became 0-3. However 18 minutes into the half it was 2-3 and 3-3 with around 10 minutes to go. Two late goals clinched an entertaining game for the visitors in wet and windy conditions. It's a shame their move to the West Lancs obviously didn't capture the imagination of the Burscough public!

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By chance at the same two Games as Steve, thought I’d add some flesh to the bone. Firstly at Punjab, surprised no Concession price, all Adults £8, I enquired if this was an FA requirement or suggestion, no we always charge this amount ! The Programme had quality paper and colour, but for 8 pages £2 was required, Goes without saying Sold Out, still better than my only previous visit when they failed to issue, can’t remember the excuse !

On to Corinthians, same Competition but just £3 for Concessions believe £5 for normal people, plus just £1 for a 20 page Programme, not such good quality but more than adequate,

Unfortunately whilst both Games had some pretty football and despite almost £2,500 to each winner, neither really produced the intensity and determination to Win, that I expect from the FA Cup !


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KO 1500 ADM £5 PROG £1.50 GATE 101




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Mulbarton Wanderers - 0 Boston Town - 0
FA Cup EP Round
Mulberry Park
Attendance - 300ish (not seen an official figure yet)
Admission - £5
Programme - £1

A quick revisit after finding myself free on a Saturday afternoon. One of several local hoppers in attendance, but in my case not travelling on to Thetford afterwards.
An entertaining game despite the lack of goals, MW just about had the better of the first half and BT were the better side in the second half. A draw was a fair result.

Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.

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Hartford 2-4 Golborne Sports
Cheshire League Division 2
No admission charge
Att: 23 (h/c)

Disappointing to use a 3G Joker in August, but a combination of domestic issues and an appalling weather forecast forced this one on me. As it happened, the expected thunder, lightning and heavy rain didn't materialise, but there was a strong end-to-end wind throughout the match.

Hartford are new to the league this season, and play at the Moss Farm 3G. It's a typical cage set-up, with spectator accommodation running 3/4 of the length of one side. Changing rooms are in the Cheshire FA building just outside the cage,

The game wasn't bad at all, although the wind was a factor. Golborne took an early lead, but Hartford turned things around to lead at the break. With the wind behind, Golborne bossed the 2nd half. Two goals in a minute around the hour turned the game in their favour, and a 4th direct from a free kick 10mins later sealed the points.

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.....An early season opportunity to go to the pristine environs of what I am sure that we will refer to as Hop Oast but as is the case for sponsorship purposes is referred to as the Camping Direct Community Stadium for...

Horsham 1 v 1 Leatherhead - Isthmian League Premier Division
Prog 32 pages £2.00* - Admission £11.00 - Att 711

*For almost the first time in living memory, there is no full page advert for the leagues sponsors, in fact unless you look very hard to locate the tiniest of tiny boxes at the base of the front cover, you would be hard pushed to locate who in fact is currently sponsoring the league.

...As the prog states that this occasion was the first 'home' game since their Queen Street departure since 29th April 2008. Functional ground with the all important 4g pitch which will no doubt provide a beneficial income stream. Cover on all 4 sides but it must be said that the cover behind the far goal and on the side opposite the stand is small. Main stand is sizeable and was able to locate without problem a seat aligned with the half way line with 40 minutes to kick off. It must also be said that the venue is a long way outside of the town boundary in an area surrounded by fields and a golf course which from a non golfing perspective has a strangely positioned bunker, which looks as if it is going to topple onto the approach road. Speaking of the approach road, it is not clearly signed at present and it would be a case of setting the sat nav in order to locate. On foot it took just over 30 minutes from the town centre, though add on at least another 10 from the over the other side to the town station.

Reasonable contest between two well matched teams and from which the impression was reached that these are two teams who are unlikely to trouble the upper echelons of the division. Plenty of Isthmian League hard graft but neither team possessed on this occasion that extra decisiveness that separates those at the top of the division from the remainder.

Lively start with Leatherhead taking he lead from a penalty awarded after D'Sane toppled over Shelley's raised leg after one of this season unfolding themes occurred with the Horsham defence dwelling too long in possession too close to their own penalty area. D'Sane sent Bentley the wrong way from the resultant spot kick. Horsham responded positively having the better first half opportunities but these were spurned as Smith lofted over from close range and a deft chip from Newton drifted wide of the far post. The leveller arrived with 7 minutes of the half remaining as Lavery obtained space on the right sending over a low cross which O'Toole touched in at the near post. The visitors were unfortunate not to restore their advantage with Djamaili locating Ekpiteta whose angled shot was flying past Bentley into the far corner before the Horsham keeper stuck out his trailing leg to divert the trajectory of the shot wide of the far post.

The second half continued in a similar vein to the first with two comparable teams. Once again Horsham had the slightly better of chances with a header from Shelley looping over Oualal but finding Djamaili perfectly positioned on the line to head clear and in stoppage time a O'Toole caused the crossbar to reverberate. Following up Brivio rushed the rebound sending it into a neighbouring field. The visitors had their opportunities as well with Gallagher playing an increasingly influential role, with a cushioned header landing at the feet of McGee who diverted a clear chance wide and then Gallagher took ownership of possession and his dipping shot from the edge of the area saw Bentley just about obtain the faintest of tips that saw the effort over the bar. Overall whereas both teams could have contrived a win a drawn outcome was by far the most equitable of outcomes.

Rather a rushed day after the usual pre trip lack of organisation failed to locate the presence of a replacement bus service between Three Bridges and Horsham. Led to possibly too lengthy trips to the town JDW, however this can be excused with the presence of perfectly acceptable ales from Bedlam and Crafty at £2.39 a pint. Compared with the Black Jug which of course is aesthetically much more pleasing but an average Hammerpot session ale was £2.20 for a half.

The bus driver on the return journey between Horsham and Three Bridges was clearly contemplating an alternative career in F1 as he sped between the two locations in barely 20 minutes taking in additional brief stop at Crawley. Remainder of journey without issue and indoors to brought forward Sunday ironing tasks at 21.10....

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Scottish Cup First Preliminary Round
Dundonald Bluebell v Auchinleck Talbot, 2-2, H.T. 0-1, Att c.450, Admission £7, Programme £2, Coffee £1
At Moorside Park

This proved to be a very entertaining Cup tie with the scoreline ending tied – so a Replay next week at Auchinleck. Or perhaps not? Fifteen minutes before kick off someone pointed out to Auchinleck that they were fielded a suspended player. The Scottish Cup rules are quite clear – teamlines are submitted 75 minutes before the game and can only be changed in the event of injury or other extreme circumstance. The latter covers a player being called way due to family crisis or that sort of thing. It doesn’t allow clubs to alter the teamlines because they have made a schoolboy error in listing an ineligible player. Presumably the Talbot official responsible will have offered his resignation by now. The referee did the right thing by allowing the change but he is not the arbiter for the competition rules, as he pointed out to officials of both clubs. It remains to be seen if the SFA accept that this was an "extreme circumstance". Dundonald have their argument ready that their tactics had focussed on neutralising "McPherson", the player in question. That may or may not be true but it is a valid argument.

Notwithstanding the fact that the game may have been irrelevant, it was a fiercely contested Cup tie between two evenly matched teams. Mind you, it nearly didn’t happen – Auchinleck were unhappy about the state of the pitch and lobbied the referee to have the game called off. There was nothing wrong with he surface which Dundonald had worked on all morning – it was soft but playable.

Talbot led with a first half goal that upset Dundonald. They thought there was a foul in the build up but they should also have been concerned about poor goalkeeping – the keeper sold himself leaving an simple scoring opportunity.

The game produced a crazy two minutes midway through the second half. Firstly young Smith the Bluebell subbie broke clear, outpacing the Talbot defence and planted a shot in the corner of the net. Less than a minute later the same player let fly from 35 yards and his effort flew into the top corner. Not bad for a laddie just promoted from the U20s. From the kick off Talbot went forward and they were awarded a penalty for handball – technically correct but unlucky for the defender. The goalie saved it but in the ensuing stramash hauled a Talbot player down – second penalty. This one was converted.

Thereafter it was end to end stuff with nothing to divide the teams. Assuming the Replay does go ahead, Talbot go into it on the back of possibly two Cup ties in midweek. They have a Round of 16 game in their League Cup on Monday, with the Quarter Final on Wednesday. Anyone assuming that Talbot will cruise it in a home replay against Dundonald might be in for a surprise.

The saddest note on an otherwise celebratory day for the home side was that Dundonald Vice Chairman Wullie Webster passed away the night before the game. He was one of the guys who worked so hard to get Bluebell to where they are – taking part in the Scottish Cup every year as of right.

One-off match programme for £2 was, to be charitable, poor. The Bluebell Pie Hut was, as always, superb.

Talbot’s once large away support seems to dwindle with each passing season. Not many more than 200 there for this one when at one time they would have brought many many more. Maybe being such a giant fish in a small (and getting smaller) pond has become boring – after all football is about competition, not winning everything. The law of diminishing returns applies – there is a point at which every trophy won diminishes the significance of the next one and Talbot may have passed the point of no return in this respect. The sooner they get on board with the “Pyramid” / Lowland League and embrace some wider competition the better it may be for the club.

Bluebell will be one of the better sides in the East of Scotland League this season and could challenge for promotion to the Lowland League. That would be an achievement worth celebrating with a tangible reward at the end rather than just sewing another star on their jersey.


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The Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Punjab Utd 0
Broadbridge Heath 1

Also at this one, before heading to another nearby debutant in the FA Cup.

Sutton Athletic 3-2 Deal Town
FA Cup extra Preliminary Round

A much better game than the earlier one at Punjab. The teams coped with the wind more effectively. Sutton took the lead midway through each half, with Deal getting a late equaliser. However, in injury time an own goal clinched the tie for the lower division hosts. Plenty of other chances in the game too making for a good cup tie.

They had a large crowd today - I overheard someone remarking on how many cars needed to be parked on the road outside. There is a small bit of covered standing on the near side, with a seated stand towards the corner on the opposite side and a clubhouse in one corner. A grass banking rises up on the far side, most of this side and behind one goal are just grass stnading.

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Scottish Junior West Region Div.2
Vale Of Leven 2 (1)
Saltcoats Victoria 0 (0)
Admission £5
Prog' No

A fairly even game just edged by Vale scoring middway thro' the 1st half, a header from a right wing cross, then adding another 5 mins into the 2nd half, a low cross from the left side footed in at the back post...

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FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round

Haughmond FC 3 Walsall Wood 2

Shrewsbury Sports Village

Admission - £5 Programme - £1 Attendance around 100.

Excellent fare served up despite the windy conditions on a ground which is very much open to the elements.

Entrance to the pitch was via the reception area of the impressive Shrewsbury Sports Village which led to a caged pitch with one seated area, one small covered standing area, hard ground uncovered standing behind both goals with one length of the pitch being out of bounds altogether.

This was an excellent ebb and flow encounter with the home team hanging on in the last 10 minutes to progress to an away tie at Lichfield City in the next round.

At half time in the above encounter, I headed back to the foyer of the sports village for shelter from the wind, to be met by a full table of sandwiches and chips......not sure if they were laid on for the officials of both clubs, but I dived in and very nice they were too.

Easy exit after the game aswell from the large free car park at the sports village.

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Biggleswade United 1 - 0 Swaffham Town
FA Cup EP Round
Admission £6; Prog free, online only

Having been quite impressed with Biggleswade when I saw them pre-season, I decided to take in this interesting looking tie against newly promoted Swaffham.

Only my second visit to Second Meadow, the first 11 years ago. The main things I remember were the sea of mud behind one goal where everyone parked, and being able to still see Biggleswade Town's old ground across the fields.

The view across the fields is now out, as the whole ground is enclosed with a grey metal fence. The car parking area is still grassed, but was OK this time around, and outside the fence. Plenty of room for today's crowd, though the visitors did come in a coach - a rare sight nowadays. Heard several comments from the home crowd about them having ideas above their station because they had a coach, though I certainly remember the days when it was the norm at this level.

A new stand now sits opposite the old one, with lots of seats and a small standing area at one end. This gave good shelter from the wind and rain so I watched from here.

The first half was fairly forgettable, United playing up the slope with the wind behind, neither side really getting to grips with the conditions. Not many chances, and several injury breaks for Town players.

The second half was much better, with chances for both sides, the home side taking theirs with just over 10 minutes to go, and then seeing out the match to take the tie.

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Mulbarton Wanderers - 0 Boston Town - 0
FA Cup EP Round
Mulberry Park
Attendance - 300ish (not seen an official figure yet)
Admission - £5
Programme - £1

A quick revisit after finding myself free on a Saturday afternoon. One of several local hoppers in attendance, but in my case not travelling on to Thetford afterwards.
An entertaining game despite the lack of goals, MW just about had the better of the first half and BT were the better side in the second half. A draw was a fair result.

Also at this. Enjoyable despite the wind spoiling the game to a degree, and the lack of goals. Impressed by the way the whole village seemed to embrace the club's FA Cup debut. The official crowd is given as 310.

On my blog https://stevebthegroundhopper.blogspot.com/...s-v-boston-town.html


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Scottish Cup First Preliminary Round
Dundonald Bluebell v Auchinleck Talbot, 2-2, H.T. 0-1, Att c.450, Admission £7, Programme £2, Coffee £1
At Moorside Park

Fifteen minutes before kick off someone pointed out to Auchinleck that they were fielded a suspended player. The Scottish Cup rules are quite clear – teamlines are submitted 75 minutes before the game and can only be changed in the event of injury or other extreme circumstance. The latter covers a player being called way due to family crisis or that sort of thing. It doesn’t allow clubs to alter the teamlines because they have made a schoolboy error in listing an ineligible player. Presumably the Talbot official responsible will have offered his resignation by now. The referee did the right thing by allowing the change but he is not the arbiter for the competition rules, as he pointed out to officials of both clubs.


It looks bleak for Talbot.

The rules state, however, the circumstances must be explained to and accepted by the referee. If he permitted the change he must have accepted it.

Given the speed at which the SFA operates, what are the chances of any appeal being heard before next weekend?

14.8 If a Starting Player listed on the Official Team Line is not able to start the Match due to unexpected physical incapacity or other extreme circumstances (which are explained to and accepted by the referee), he may only be replaced by one of the Nominated Substitutes. The Nominated Substitute who becomes a Starting Player may then only be replaced by an eligible Player not originally listed on the Official Team Line as signed, so that the quota of Nominated Substitutes is not reduced.


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I would say that being suspended is an extreme circumstance!

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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.

I was also at this one, supporting my local side, Hanley Town - were you one of the two noticeable away fans, with a drum?
I thought the first half was excellent entertainment, with Thorpe's equaliser on half time worth the entrance fee alone.
Hanley missed a lot of chances and there was a certain inevitability about their penalty miss. Shame about the controversy for Knitters' winner - don't know why the ref over-ruled the linesman, but couldn't see myself if it was off or not.
Enjoy the Bromsgrove game and good luck!

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Nostell Miners Welfare 2 Stockton Town 2
Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Admission £5
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Coffee £1




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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.

I was also at this one, supporting my local side, Hanley Town - were you one of the two noticeable away fans, with a drum?
I thought the first half was excellent entertainment, with Thorpe's equaliser on half time worth the entrance fee alone.
Hanley missed a lot of chances and there was a certain inevitability about their penalty miss. Shame about the controversy for Knitters' winner - don't know why the ref over-ruled the linesman, but couldn't see myself if it was off or not.
Enjoy the Bromsgrove game and good luck!

He was played onside for the winner and the ref could have easily bottled it and changed his original decision. Certainly not me with the drum but I know them. There were more visiting directors than fans in attendance yesterday.

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Saturday 10th August 2019 @3pm
Premier League
Selhurst Park
Admission comp (otherwise£30)
Programmes available @£3.50
Attendance 25,151

After a disruptive week Zaha was on the bench against the side hankering for his signature. Everton had the best chances in the first half with desperate defending at times. Palace had a better 2nd half and noticeably improved after Wilfs introduction after an hour. Both sets of fans in good voice. Schneiderlin had a mare and I was shocked to see how much Michael Keane has gone backwards in his career. Palace new signings were in the bench due to lack of team cohesion I guess, but should see Cahill and Camarasa start next week.
For those who like refreshments at the ground hot and soft drinks are £2, alcohol is £5and usual hot food £4-5.

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I would say that being suspended is an extreme circumstance!

In the context of the rule, only if suspension was by the neck.

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A double-header in Kent at two grounds that have emerged from pretty much nothing in recent years. Karb and I departed around 9.00 for the long journey south and despite the omni-present delays on the M25 around Heathrow and the A3, we rolled into Gravesend with about 15 minutes to spare for :

FA Cup extra-prelim : Punjab United 0 Broadbridge Heath 1. Admission £8, Programme £2. Attendance : 204
Nestled deep in the middle of a none-too-salubrious part of town, this event had a tangible feelgood factor with genuine excitement at being chosen as the live streaming game on the BBC and the teams emerged accompanied by a sitar player and bhangra drummer. Despite the name, this is a real community club with the team a mixture of many cultures and they have created a very home-spun venue at what's now called the Manak Stadium. There's adequate parking next to the ground for most games though nearby street parking was necessary today due to the larger than usual attendance. Most facilities are down the near side with a motley collection of scaffolding-pole structures permitting both seating and standing cover as well as a large decking area in front of the newly-extended clubhouse which appears to be an ingenious combination of trailer and portakabins. Close by was the tea-bar where one severely overworked lady served a range of food and drink - karb vouched for the samosas at £1.50 while my kebab roll at £4 was up there with the best fodder I've had on a match day.
Sadly the game reached no great heights, not helped by the strong winds, a solitary messy goal on the interval settling things which was eventually credited/debited as an own goal. Punjab rallied near the end, striking the goal frame and missing other opportunities but all seemed content at how the day had gone.
As expected, lots of hopper faces in the crowd with our own shifnalshrew, knowyourmarket, catchagogoal, Dr Love, colpic, The Wall, Geoff and the not-seen-for-yonks UK Punk in attendance with his lad who seemed in good form. In lesser spirits was the obnoxious Barry the Twat, ranting throughout and searching for an audience for his nonsense. A Grand Prix style start in the carpark afterwards as folk raced off for game 2 with time of the essence.
Ten miles and twenty minutes later we pitched up at:

Southern Counties East 1 : Snodland Town 0 Elmstead 1. Admission £5, Programme £2. Attendance : 45
Potyns Sports Ground is located on the western edge of the town and is developing nicely into a decent facility as the club grows after promotion to Step 6 a couple of years ago. A clubhouse is being prepared behind the impressive elevated stand which provides the only covered accommodation at the ground which is built on a considerable slope. At present, players change in a Community Centre which is a couple of hundred yards away across an adjacent pitch. A fine programme was produced and we were welcomed heartily thanks to catchagogoal's schmoozing of various club officials. All that was missing really was the teams not taking to the pitch to the sound of "Last Tango in Snodland", one of many dubious offerings from Snodland's very own bard of lewd, the late Judge Dread, holder of the record for having most songs banned on the BBC.
Food and drinks were available from a hut next to the stand with various pasties (£1.50) and sausage rolls available. More fodder at half-time as an enterprising lady came over from the community centre who'd had some event cancelled due to the weather and thus had surplus food - the Mexican Samosas (rice and salsa) were delicious if a tad overpriced at £2.50 for a small pair.
Elmstead were much the better side but didn't get the goal they deserved until the 80th minute but even then Snodland could have earned a draw with a late lob over the keeper bouncing back of the underside of the bar. Again wind-affected but that may have been down to what I'd eaten....
A couple of ticks in the area before the long journey back - firstly a scenic drive down narrow lanes and along White Horse Road high up on the North Downs to find the Amazon & Tiger in Harvel - beautiful old pub frequented by walkers but with an average beer choice today followed by a superb hour in the wonderful Malling Jug in the attractive market town of West Malling; an extensive selection of ales and beer snacks at good prices in a super micro-pub. £3.80 for a pint is pretty good in this part of the world......

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ADM: Free. PROG: £1 (16 pages). ATT: 76

Glawster has a newbie in the midst, & decent enough addition they are too. Hidden well amongst a trading estate & over four miles from the city centre, but rural feel to the place. Sports centre facilities, but no real cover to speak of, so one to do on a dry day. Second pitch in the distance is also railed, albeit the first team set up has the new fangled style of upvc rail.

Game wise, it was a poor first half due to it blowing a hoolie making it a lottery. Improved a tad second forty five, with all the goals including three in the last five minutes. Just when you thought the home team may have snuck a draw, Henbury went straight back the other end to knock in two more. Quedgeley may take a while to find their feet, but good luck to them. Small bar & tea bar, but does what it says on the tin. Paper to cuddle is available from said tea bar, with no one making an attempt to sell them around the ground. Pleasant, if blustery day out in Glos.

KRTM :-)

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Vanarama National North
Gloucester City v Altrincham (at Evesham United FC) 1-1 (adm £13, prog £2, att 305)

The first of three new grounds for me in the National North this season saw Altrincham fail to hold a lead for the third time this season. In dry but very windy conditions, we went ahead after 10 minutes when defender James Jones converted John Johnston's cross in a mirror image of the first goal of the season against York,and Altrincham continued to dominate the half, playing into the wind, and both Jordan Hulme and Lewis Walters should really have scored. After the break, Gloucester were much better, and Joe Hanks levelled the scores when he scored direct from a free kick. Despite a couple of strong calls for penalties for Altrincham, that was how the score finished, and, with Gloucester playing out time for a "home" draw, it did feel like two points lost.

The ground in rural, but increasingly suburbanised surroundings, at the southern tip of Evesham, is very neat, but must be one of the more basic at Step 2. Entering in a corner, there is a long covered flat standing area behind the goal to your right, and the left hand side contains, in turn, the clubhouse and tea bar, changing rooms and and main stand. Opposite this are the dugouts and flat standing, while the far end has an open terrace. Nice views of the Cotswolds.

Before the game, we visited the Red Lion in the Market Place (highly recommended, with good beers from Cannon Royall brewery) before decamping - on my round! - to the more expensive and quieter BCM Craft Ale House, and then taking the long but straightforward walk to the ground, which has footpaths all the way. As a warning, I should mention that some fans who didn't fancy the walk had great difficulty getting a taxi, and ending up missing the kickoff.

Going back, after revisiting the Red Lion, the train from Worcester to Birmingham was cancelled, so I ended up getting home around 11.30, 15 hours after I set out; regional football!

(This post was edited by Sale Holmfield on Aug 11, 2019, 6:03 PM)

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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

The programme at Common is a good read and a real labour of love from someone who's been involved with the club since the late 1960's and there's probably only 2 or 3 games (midweeks included) a season when a programme isnt available.


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Silhill 2 Heather St John's 3
Midland League.Under 21.East

A rare Saturday morning match for me and a chance to visit Sharmans Cross Road in leafy Solihull which is the ground of Birmingham League team Silhill.A basic two pitch ground with the far pitch roped off on one side.This looked the bigger of the two pitches so I assume this is also used for Birmingham League games.
A very entertaining first half saw Heather take an early lead before Silhill took the lead themselves after twenty minutes.The visitors equalised before halftime and grabbed the winner with about five minutes to go.
A decent turn out of 28 including fellow Leamington fan,Craigh. Hot drinks were available in the clubhouse on a very autumnal morning.

Leamington 1 Curzon Ashton 1
National League.North

A match ruined by the high winds blowing around the New Windmill Ground.The Brakes took the lead through a penalty but almost immediately had a man sent off for a second bookable offence.They managed to hold on to the lead until five minutes to go when Curzon got a deserved equaliser.
A poor attendance of 385 which was well down on the crowd of over 600 on the previous Tuesday.The missing couple of hundred made a wise choice by staying away!

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Walthamstow FC 5 Sporting Bengal United 0
FA Cup
A group of us headed down from Cambridge to E17 for a few beers and some footie. Decent ales in The Goose and The Bell on the way to ground from the tube station. My first visit to Wadham Lodge, never even popped in for a look despite one of my work offices being less than a mile from the ground. Very busy place, with games on the full size 4G and games also going on in the small-size courts. The other grass pitch was off-limits due to fungicide on the grass - who plays here? Has cover and lights.
£6 in and £2 for a decent prog. Lots of cover which was handy as we had a downpour in the first half. Bengal started well but within 20 minutes it was pretty much game over. Stow scored twice and Bengal were down to 10 men. A third was added before the break leaving the visitors a mountain to climb. No hot food available which seemed to be a missed opportunity as we were starving at half time.
Bengal gave it a go in the 2nd half but before long Walthamstow back on top and it was a matter of time before they added more. They did, despite missing a pen late on. We all left with a few mins to go as one of our party was keen to get to a pub to watch the Spurs game, and as we walked out the final goal was added.
Liked the ground, and whilst not that many there (guess 90-100?) from what I saw an "up and coming" club in terms of growing their fanbase.
Headed back to The Mabel Tavern near Euston/Kings Cross for a few more decent beers to see the mighty Villa fail to hold off Spurs. An eclectic mix of West Ham, Man City, Huddersfield, Spurs, Liverpool, Villa and Cambridge City fans enjoying the match!

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Premier League
Selhurst Park Stadium – Official Attendance: 25,151

Crystal Palace 0 ………………. Everton 0

Also at this game. Four of the last seven Premier League meetings between these two at Selhurst Park have now ended goalless. However, this was a much better game than last season’s offering.

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FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Attendance: 188 (head count)
Admission: 8 quid & £5 concessions
Programme: Team sheet only, informed the programme editor is currently unavailable
Tea Hut Stuff: Tea £1
Parking: Bagged one of the few parking spots adjacent to the gate
Weather: Breezy, long sunny spells, we got a light isolated shower early doors

This tie at at the attractive Silver Street ground looked like it could be an interesting encounter despite Willand from the Southern League Division 1 South plying their trade two divisions above St Austell who play in the South West Peninsula League West.

Willand is a couple of miles up the road from Cullompton. On arrival at the ground you quickly realise there is no car park for spectators so you have to park on the narrow Main Road or find somewhere in the nearby housing estate. Having driven up from Cornwall and getting there an hour before kick off I managed to get one of the half dozen spaces directly adjacent to the entrance gate on the double sized pavement.

I liked Silver Street. Excellent playing surface, spotlessly tidy and a nice mix of both seated and standing accommodation.

Some folk had hardly had a bite of their savoury pasties when Willand went 1-0 up through a Craig Veal header in the second minute. Barely had the St Austell bench communicated Plan B when the impressive Jake Miller majestically guided home a long range hole-in-one from the halfway line, a truly sublime lob that brought back memories of Beckham doing the same at Crystal Palace.

Second half Willand gradually applied a tighter grip on the proceedings but St Austell were still cutting forward with a great deal of menace.

Dean Stamp was a constant threat for Willand up front and he duly got the home sides all important second goal with around 20 minutes remaining. The relief from the locals was obvious.

The St Austell supporters in the crowd were willing their side to snatch the equaliser but Willand just about held out.

A gutsy effort from the Poltair Park Predators of Cornwall who certainly did the South West Peninsula League proud.

On the way out the gate I overheard a mix of home and away supporters muttering that a replay might have been a fairer result?

Cracking cup tie, good luck to Willand in the next round.

A more detailed report along with a selection of photographs are available on the Where's The Tea Hut site.


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FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
South Normanton 5 - 0 Selston, 3 - 0 at HT
Adm £6/4, Programme £1, Tea/ cold drinks £1
Attendance est. HC 90.

A last minute change of plan for the weekend meant I was up in Derbys for the weekend. This match was the closest FA Cup match on offer and turned out to be a good choice. The 2 teams are geographically approx 5 miles apart and both play in the Midland Premier , so very much a local derby. A good turn out for the Selston supporters. There were also some local neutral supporters whose preferred teams were not playing today. The ground has it's own car park for approx 60 cars and was easily filled with people parking on the approaching street as well. There was an overflow car park at The Hub, situated at the turning of Lee's Lane, although with no signs telling the visitors this, it wasn't actually used. A proper turnstile at the gate and the fencing all painted blue in the team colours. A bar with a hard standing area was overlooking the pitch, and a small tea bar 'Shiners Diner' was serving tea and hot food. There was also an open hatch for the team shop.

The home team started as they meant to go on scoring at regular intervals. The frustrations began to show in the second half as Selston had a player sent off. A friendly ground and staff and I shall follow their cup run with interest, although it's unlikely I shall be able to attend any more of their future FA Cup fixtures.

2018 -19 season. 7 new grounds.
2019 -20 season 24 new grounds.
Newest ground visited The Van Elle Welfare Ground, Pinxton FC, Derbyshire, Central Midlands Football League South, Level 11

(This post was edited by Hertspireite on Aug 11, 2019, 10:15 PM)

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Southern League Premier South
Farnborough 1-4 Poole Town
Adm £12, Att 379

Farnborough probably weren't three goals worse overall but Poole were much more clinical and the home defending left a lot to be desired for the goals. Obviously great to visit Cherrywood Road, as many on here will have done.

The wind played a big part and this game was chosen as the weather looked a bit drier in the south east. Plans for a double in either Kent or Nottingham were shelved in the end. One was enough this Saturday, with a trip to London planned for the Sunday as well.

Last Ground (245): Brinsford Stadium, Wolverhampton Casuals
2019-20 - 31 games, 31 new grounds

(This post was edited by intheshire on Aug 11, 2019, 11:05 PM)

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Re: [intheshire] Saturday 10th August 2019 or Reply Privately

(Midland League Division 2)

@ The Red Lion Ground, Somerfield Road, Bloxwich
Adm: £3
Prog: free
Att: 50-60 (guesstimate)

Finally visited this ground which is only an hour from home, and with it completed the top three divisions of the MFL.

Entrance is via the clubhouse and the ground is pretty much one sided. The stand behind the left hand goal is out of bounds.

The game was pretty decent with the visitors being more clinical in front of goal than their hosts. An enjoyable afternoon and good to catch up with a friend of mine from Cheltenham who came up on the train.

102 ground and match photos can be viewed online @ https://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p762640504


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Sky Bet Championship

Middlesbrough (0) 0 v 1 (0) Brentford

Admission £20 OAP, Programme No , Attendance 21,911


New Grounds Season 2019/2020 = 4
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Re: [bagman] Saturday 10th August 2019 or Reply Privately

Decided to head down M5 to Gloucestershire county league action.

Sharpness 2-1 Hanham Athletic ATT h/c 74 ADM free programme £1 donation

Venue Hamfields leisure centre at Berkeley Power Station is a surprisingly attractive rural site with power station buildings out of site on opposite side of complex. There is a clubhouse housing a number of activities with rolls for sale & comfortable seating but no TV. The pitch has a new changing room block behind near goal. Pitch in excellent condition, fully railed but no cover although some large trees may provide some shelter near pitch. Plenty of car parking available. Fortunately although a strong wind prevailed throughout it was not cold & the wet stuff stayed away.
The club are a friendly bunch with Tom Paterson player, manager & secretary helpful in pre match call & directing me to clubhouse for programmes & others helpful in directing me to a sports bar to watch Villa game post match. The game was entertaining in 1st half although I thought wind won the battle after break as it got stronger & both sides tired. Hosts opened scoring on 20 after a fine move out wide right enabled ball to be hit home from close in. Lead was doubled on 41 from a penalty. Visitors got 1 back from the spot also on 73. The 2nd half was a bit scrappy as wind took it's toll but hosts saw game out & deserved the points. Good company from 2 parts of the ex Wolverhampton mafia one of whom resplendent in his Blackpool jacket & the other a very spritely looking 77 year old.

End 2018-19, Total Grounds 1427

New grounds 2019-20. 26

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Re: [Sale Holmfield] Saturday 10th August 2019 or Reply Privately

Mtfc 2 (1) Maynard (39), Rose (72). Preston red card (82)
MFC 2 (2) lavelle (4), Alessandra (21)
Field Mill / One Call Stadium
League 2
ticket £11(discount membership)
Programme £3
Att: 4,465
Weather: Strong wind, Sunny,Rain showers heavy at times throughout the game.

1st half: MTFC kicking towards North Stand, MFC Towards Quarry lane. Morecambe TOOK kick off.

Min silence before start of game.

4 min, Goal MFC Lavelle
21 min Goal MFC Allesandra
28 Min 60 yard freekick MFC onto crossbar, mtfc goalkeeper Logan well off line watched it over his head onto crossbar. Could / should've been 3-0
41 Mon Goal MTFC Maynard
HT 1-2


MTFC kicking towards Quarry lane & kick.off
MFC kicking towards North Stand

72 Min Goal MTFC Rose
82 Red card, Preston clear red.

67:MFC Sub o'Sullivan off Cranston On
76:MFC Sub Tutte OFF Kenyon ON, Stockton OFF Miller ON
84:Mtfc Sub Maynard OFF Sweeney ON
87:Mtfc Sub Rose OFF Cook ON

FT 2-2

MOM: Rose

Games attented: 1
New Grounds: 0
Games since last 0-0 : n/a
Goals : 4

Games: 21
New Grounds: 6
Goals: 21
0-0's: 1
Games: 13
New grounds: 4 (newest: Langwith rd, Shirebrook)
Goals: 49
0-0's: 0

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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

The programme at Common is a good read and a real labour of love from someone who's been involved with the club since the late 1960's and there's probably only 2 or 3 games (midweeks included) a season when a programme isnt available.

It looked quite nice and I recall getting a nice one from the old ground donkeys years ago, for a second I was tempted, but then the eco warrior in me took over.

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Re: [youngster] Saturday 10th August 2019 or Reply Privately

Eco warrior?

How many miles travelled to get to the game presumably by car?

andrew c

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Re: [bagman] Saturday 10th August 2019 or Reply Privately

West Yorkshire League, Division Two

Leeds Modernians 1 {50' ~ officially a GK own goal}
Huddersfield YMCA 0

Very wet, very windy, lucky to see a game, lucky to see a goal. All 3 sports' grass surfaces were absolutely saturated - cricket was abandoned soon after I arrived, rugby wasn't playing but had a little covered stand and dugouts, football had neither so I had to seek shelter from the elements under the trees or by the raised advertising boards!
Just 4 needed now to complete the WYL.
253 since a 0-0

One moment's high and glory rolls on by

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Re: [nico] Saturday 10th August 2019 or Reply Privately

FA Cup, Extra Preliminary Round, 3 pm

Lichfield City 3 Highgate United 2 (H/T 2-1)

Entry - £5

Programme - £1 (16 page issue)

Crowd - 95 (official figure, looked accurate)

If the weather in Scotland had been much better, I might have gone there but it was far too wet there for my liking. I did also consider Athersley Rec but I did not want to take any risks with the heavy rain forecast for the north. Solent University was another potential new tick (I am glad they have changed their name from Team Solent) but the gale force winds on the south coast deterred me from going. Eventually I decided on Lichfield City as this was in an area which looked set to avoid the worst of the wind and rain. Having said this, they do have a 3G pitch and ideally I should have left it for a wetter spell in winter.

So it was 'Groundhog Day' for me as, for the second consecutive Saturday, I caught the 07.46 train from Euston and alighted at Lichfield Trent Valley. (I had used this station the previous Saturday to catch a bus to Burton-on-Trent for the two games at Peel Croft and to save money in the process.) Arriving at 09.20 may sound ridiculous for a game kicking off at 3 pm just 20 minutes walk from the station but the bargain rail fare that was offered to me by travelling out this early was the deciding factor. I spent the morning having a look around the town centre and visiting the birthplace of Dr Samuel Johnson, which is now a museum with free entry.

Lichfield City play at the 'McDonalds Community Stadium' which is not the sort of stadium name you would want to enter in your records. To be fair though, this sponsorship has provided the ground with some very smart litter bins that are red and yellow with caging on the top and which have the club's name engraved on them. The ground was somewhat better than I had expected, being very compact and with elevated viewing for spectators on three sides. This takes the form of steep grass banking along one side and behind one goal. The other side has a raised tarmac bank upon which two small kit stands - one seated and one terraced - have been placed. There is a large brick clubhouse/dressing-room building behind the other goal and a wooden covered standing area is attached to this building. An unusual feature is that one of the floodlight pylons is situated outside the ground, in Brownsfield Road, due to the closeness of this road to the ground's perimeter.

The wind, although strong, did not affect the game too much and in fact the winning goal was scored by Lichfield in the 72nd minute when they were playing into the wind. I had booked the 18.13 train back to London from Lichfield Trent Valley, and naturally I was annoyed when I found it had been cancelled due to signal problems. I had to travel back via Birmingham instead, although at least I can look forward to a refund of the £5.30 I paid for the return portion.

(This post was edited by Chris1963 on Aug 12, 2019, 9:53 PM)

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Eco warrior?

How many miles travelled to get to the game presumably by car?

andrew c

Youngster genuinely believes that driving over 300 miles to watch a football match he is helping to save the planet by not buying a programme when he gets there. (I don't have a car but do buy programmes, does that make me a bad person?)

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Peterborough Sports 1 Rushall Olympic 1
Penalty converted by each team in a even contest and I think a decent point for sports against a team that finished 8th last season,nice to see a few away fans make the trip over too.
If anybody is planning a trip by car this year,the car park is free but you have to put your number plate details into a terminal situated at the bar in the social club.

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. (I don't have a car but do buy programmes, does that make me a bad person?)

Shame on you Penny.

July 1, 2019 to June 30,2020 = 127 / 107 / 20 / 5 x 0-0's. (You know my rules) @ 07 / 12 / 2019 . Belgium top 5 tiers 0-0-0-(0-1-0)-(0-1-1-2) / Holland top 4 tiers - 0-0-0-(0-0) / Lux top 2 tiers 0 -2. England top 10 tiers - 0. Now blogging at https://eccentricity.video.blog/

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Re: [bmavfc] Saturday 10th August 2019 or Reply Privately

FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
March Town United 2 Norwich United 1
Admission £5
Programme £1 (Barnes Print)
Attendnace 130

A mini giant killing here with Premier Division Norwich United going down against their first division opponents. Not a bad game despite the blustery conditions in East Anglia.

Nice and positive to see some ground development work
taking place at the GER ground. On my last visit a couple of seasons ago there was only access to two sides of the ground. Now all four sides are open. New hard standing has gone down behind one of the goals along with the foundations for a basic two step covered enclosure. Along the opposite side of the ground to the main stand - the old tin shelter has had a coat of paint and there is also new hard standing too. Although this side isn't the best for watching due to the dug outs and a videoing scaffolding tower obscuring the view. The old stand is as splendid as ever and open.

It was quite full in the clubhouse so I didn't bother with drinks and also the food hatch outside was the same.

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Re: [Workington FC] Saturday 10th August 2019 or Reply Privately

MFL division three
Coventry Plumbing 5 Welland 1
Att: 52 (seemed a lot less)
Add: £2 (more on that later)
No programme.

A word of advice if you've never been here before - Gypsy Lane is unmarked off the main road and you can easily go past it if you're unwary (or go past twice if you're an idiot).

Anyway, arrive, park up and in. Although it's signed as £2 admission there's no-one to take the money and nobody who looks like it might be their job. The ground has had a lot of work done; it's got hard standing on all sides and a stand with around 120 seats. There's still work being done and it's a pity that the pitch, although in otherwise good condition, could charitably be described as uneven.

Plumbing were in control of the match from the off. They scored after half an hour, conceded an equaliser almost immediately the got another before half-time. The second half was one-way with three more goals for the home side, who looked a class above this level, albeit against newcomers to the league.

The bar is still being completed so the only refreshment choices on offer were non-alcoholic drinks, plus crisps. It's a tidy ground and one I can see myself returning to even if the locals seemed a bit wary of strangers. Nothing too unfriendly but my attempts at talking to a couple were rebuffed with one word answers so I moved on.

And finally - the signs for admission said this was an FA ruling and not the club's choice. I wasn't aware of this; can anyone shed any light?

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Re: [davidjay] Saturday 10th August 2019 or Reply Privately

National League Solihull Moors 2 Aldershot Town 1 Season ticket duty. Attendance 1109.
A much tougher match than Tuesday for the Moors with a spirited Aldershot outfit pushing them all the way. Two more penalties awarded to the Moors who have had at least one in every game so far this season. First one was missed and the second one scored.
A couple of points: the lower tier of the new stand was still not quite ready but will be in use for the Ebbsfleet game on Saturday; some of the upper tier is still having seats fitted, although the central sections were being utilised.
Many years ago Birmingham City's training ground was in Damson Lane and Solihull Schools FA of which I was at various times secretary and chairman used it for ESFA Trophy matches. There is no sign of any football ground even having been there now - I went past on the upper deck of the excellent X12 service on my way back to Birmingham International Station.

"There's a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Milletts".

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Re: [penny banner] Saturday 10th August 2019 or Reply Privately

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Eco warrior?

How many miles travelled to get to the game presumably by car?

andrew c

Youngster genuinely believes that driving over 300 miles to watch a football match he is helping to save the planet by not buying a programme when he gets there. (I don't have a car but do buy programmes, does that make me a bad person?)

How would not buying a programme help the planet anyway? The programmes had already been printed when he got there. All he did was deny a small amount of revenue to the club.


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Re: [aicwhu] Saturday 10th August 2019 or Reply Privately

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Eco warrior?

How many miles travelled to get to the game presumably by car?

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Don't usually bother replying to one of the "don't like football only like new grounds and progs brigade", but I just love it when something like YOU is totally off the mark and makes himself look a fool.

5.8 miles (each way) as I was staying with the wife at a local hotel.
Couldn't get much more environmentally friendly than that, could I?? And I would love to travel by public transport, but even with a railcard it costs an absolute bloody fortune!!!!

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Re: [youngster] Saturday 10th August 2019 or Reply Privately

Thank you for taking the time to answer my post.

My point of course was that you , and me and the rest of us burn tons of fossil fuel charging around the country to indulge our hobby.

In isolation nothing wrong with that but it certainly does not make us eco-warriors anymore than not buying a programme does.

Still I hope you had a good stay in your hotel and enjoyed your trip away - no hard feelings for calling me a fool. I will let others be the judge in that regard.

Finally all the best with your health issues

andrew c

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Re: [noprogs] Saturday 10th August 2019 or Reply Privately

SkyBet League One
Bolton Waderers 0 Coventry City 0
Admission £20
Attendance 8,901 (including 1,915 visitors)

It's been mentioned elsewhere about Bolton's ongoing problems, but this one took it to another level with the remaining senior players unavailable - by their own choice or otherwise, nobody really knows - and replaced by a side with an average age of under 19 years. That the scores finished level was beyond remarkable, though Coventry might point to three disallowed 'goals', a couple of them being particularly late offside goals, with the first in particular only seeing the flag raised after the goalscorer had been announced and the sides were lining up to restart the game!

The kids were justifiably cheered to the rafters by a crowd who were only able to buy tickets in a window lasting less than 24 hours, starting just 28 hours before kick off - the sort of thing that would be considerable remarkable elsewhere but is just par for the course with BWFC at the minute!

Entry was largely by [email protected] tickets (I scanned my barcode straight from my phone without a problem), while the ticket office staff deserve massive credit for dealing with such a small window of sales, especially with the ongoing anxiety they must be feeling about their own employment. Free parking on the retail park as always and home within half an hour of leaving the ground.

Plenty of twists and turns to come over the next few weeks, no doubt.

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Re: [Leyther_Matt] Saturday 10th August 2019 or Reply Privately

FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round

Eden Park Avenue

Beckenham Town 4-3 Raynes Park Vale
{05 SEC-P} v {05 CCL-P}

Adm: £8 + prog

Att: official 65

Directions: avoided Croydon by staying on M25 round to jn 4 but bad traffic congestion on M25 nr Chertsey and again beyond M23 ate away almost all of our time in hand.
Arr c 10' before KO but had to find a street parking space further down Eden Park Ave.

Facilities : 2 low slung seated stands on either side - all other spectator facilities at the clubhouse end. Decent enough food outlet but no Bitter on sale in the bar - mostly bottled lager.

1-0 pen
2-0 free header from a corner just before the break

2-1 early 2nd half
3-1 low drive across the keeper from the edge of the box

Home player saw straight Red for some pushing - didn't unduly alter the balance of play

4-1 FW broke clear

last 5' of the match gave the score a rather unreal slant - RPV were not really in the game and it didn't feel like a 7 goal thriller.

4-2 85' spectacular and possible speculative effort from long range curled to the top right corner
4-3 87' poor back pass intercepted - striker drove in

'Becks' progress to host Ashford Utd in the Preliminary Round; would imagine the crowd should be considerably bigger for that one.

Took a more sedate route back down A233 to M25 jn 6, past Biggin Hill & down onto the A25 via Westerham & Oxted.
- traffic fairly OK carried on past our M3 usual exit (A322) and returned up via Minley/Hawley with a brief stop in the Crown & Cushion - definitely put more stall by their food than their beer. V.popular for families eating out.
Had a half of something - probably the Guest beer - forgotton Blush - wasn't S.Neame which I think is/was their norm and was undrinkable - took it back and got a refill with apologies.

(This post was edited by royals26 on Aug 14, 2019, 9:56 PM)

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Re: [Leyther_Matt] Saturday 10th August 2019 or Reply Privately

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SkyBet League One
Bolton Wanderers 0 Coventry City 0
Admission £20
Attendance 8,901 (including 1,915 visitors)

The kids were justifiably cheered to the rafters by a crowd who were only able to buy tickets in a window lasting less than 24 hours, starting just 28 hours before kick off - the sort of thing that would be considerable remarkable elsewhere but is just par for the course with BWFC at the minute!

Entry was largely by [email protected] tickets (I scanned my barcode straight from my phone without a problem), while the ticket office staff deserve massive credit for dealing with such a small window of sales, especially with the ongoing anxiety they must be feeling about their own employment.

Strange that Bolton were not selling tickets until Friday 9th when they had already played their opening league game at Wycombe and so were confident of being able to play the Coventry game. To try and find out more, I had a look at Bolton's official site and there was no explanation. Not only that, it said that tickets would not be available on the day of the match and spectators had to buy on the Friday. Why was this so? No wonder the crowd was the lowest ever recorded for a league match at the new stadium. It's the first time I've ever heard of a financially struggling club not wanting spectators!

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Re: [royals26] Saturday 10th August 2019 or Reply Privately

FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Saltash United 1-2 Clevedon Town (0-0 HT)
Att 157 - Adm £7 - Programme £1 - Coffee £1

An entertaining afternoon at a very windy Kimberley Stadium saw Saltash just come up short in their hopes of causing an upset. This was a very evenly matched contest & despite no goals in the first half both teams had several opportunities. Saltash were the better side in the first part of the second half & created several clear cut opportunities which they should have converted. Clevedon made them pay by taking the lead against the run of play on 70 minutes with a wind assisted 25 yard shot which wrong footed the keeper. The home side equalised straight away from a fantastic free kick 20 yards out on the right edge of the box giving the keeper no chance. Saltash then made a couple of substitutions which appeared to take the sting out of their play but a draw was looking the likely result. That was until the 85th minute when Clevedon winger went on a great run beating at least 2 Saltash players before curling his shot into the top corner beyond the keeper. Saltash never gave up & in added time came very close to an equaliser when it appeared from where I was standing that the ball had crossed the line but due to the Assistant Referee being in a poor position & not up with play, the referee had no option but to say no goal. Kimberley Stadium is one of my favourite grounds the region & despite no changes since last season it was still a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon.

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Re: [pilgrim46] Saturday 10th August 2019 or Reply Privately

Parkgate 3 v 2 Glasshoughton Welfare NCEL Div 1 Admission £5 Prog £1.50 Coffee/Tea £1 Att 88
Up North visiting the other half's mother in Sunny Scunny, Henfield Bee was also in the area so he picked me up at Parkgate Shopping Centre. Parkgate play next door to Rotherham's training ground a venue Henfield Bee has visited in the past. There is a social club outside the ground and inside is a tea bar and a covered standing and seated area all located behind the near goal, with an elevated standing area on the dug out side. Anyone arriving late missed the first goal, the game kicked off at 2.58 and at 2.59 Glasshoughton were ahead, the home team kicked off and knocked the ball out for a throw in, Glasshoughton took the throw in and took advantage of a hesitant defence to go ahead. The home team were level after 14 minutes scoring from a tight angle and at half time it was 1-1. Parkgate took an early lead in the second half when the away keeper came out too far for a ball that never reached him and the Parkgate forward chipped in. 10 minutes Parkgate claimed the visitors keeper had dropped the ball over the line however none of the match officials agreed and with no VAR it was play on, shortly after this, the visitors equalised and then the home team had a goal disallowed, and with the game entering stoppage time it looked like a draw, however the home team scored a late winner with a shot into the far corner.Noted playing for Parkgate was Player Coach Ben Starosta who played 21 games on loan at Brentford in 2007 - 2008 season.

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Re: [burgesshillbee] Saturday 10th August 2019 or Reply Privately

A drive down to The Crest Finance Stadium. KO 3.00pm.

FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round.



Home. S Ramsey (13) E Martin (84pen)

Away. Z Willis (21) F Terzidis (35)

Admission £7. Programme included. Pin Badge £4. Attendance 80.

GAMES THIS SEASON 2019/20. (23)
GAMES SINCE LAST 0-0. Ipswich Town v Wycombe Wanderers. 26/11/19. (2) BEST RUN OF NOT SEEING A 0-0. (61)
LEAGUES COMPLETED. Championship. League 1. Isthmian League North. ECL Premier Division. ECL Division 1 North. SCEFL Premier Division.
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