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Reserve Team Star

Dec 31, 2011, 2:04 PM

Posts: 805
Location: Birmingham
Team(s): Birmingham City ,Clevedon Town and whoever else i want to watch

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Bloxwich utd 3 cont star 2

star were 2 0 up but utd scored 3 excellent goals one a audacious lob. . Star had there keeper sent off and the 3rd was scored from the free kick. . More detailed report on my blog tomorrow

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Dec 31, 2011, 3:09 PM


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Nottinghamshire reserves v Linby CW reserves (2-2)
Notts Senior League Div 2
Crowd 22 h/c

Family commitments meant a game in Nottingham was my only option, so I went for this one as the first team plays elsewhere. The reserves play at the Nottingham Girls' High School Sports Ground on Grassington Road, Aspley. The pitch is roped on one side and that's it. As for the game Linby came from behind twice, their second being the best goal of the game.

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Man City Transfer Target!

Dec 31, 2011, 4:11 PM

Posts: 7047
Location: Kingdom of Fife
Team(s): Fife teams

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Scottish Junior Cup Round 3 Replay
Armadale Thistle v Kilsyth Rangers, 0-2, H.T. 0-1, Att c.400, Admission £5, No Programme, Pie and Irn Bru £1.60
At Albyn Park (Broxburn Athletic FC)

Following several postponements due to waterlogging, Armadale switched this tie to the all-weather surface at Broxburn, making it one of just four competitive games to go ahead in Scotland. The others, at Glentanar, Stranraer and Auchinleck, were a bit too distant to tempt me so for the second week running Albyn Park was my destination.

It’s a good ground with some parking at the adjoining Bowling Club which is the nearest option for refreshments. The town centre, five minutes walk away, has some excellent pubs.

These two sides both have great traditions and brought out a decent crowd for a neutral venue. Playing with the wind, Armadale probably shaded the first twenty minutes. However, Kilsyth then had a spell of domination and found themselves a goal to the good two minutes before the break, when they finally prised an opening in the stubborn home defence.

Armadale threw caution to the wind in the second half and had the bulk of possession. However, they failed to carve out many clearcut chances and were made to pay with fifteen minutes left. Kilsyth made a rare foray upfield and managed to conjure up a second goal to kill the tie. They go through to meet Arthurlie in Round Four on January 21st.

There were a few hefty challenges in the course of the game but the referee applied common sense throughout. The game was over by three fifteen leaving players and supporters time to enjoy the Hogmanay festivities.

The value of Broxburn’s excellent facilities and pitch has certainly been proven this winter. Other clubs must be looking on enviously.

First Team Sub

Dec 31, 2011, 4:49 PM

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Re: [prorege] sat 31st dec 2011 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Evo-Stik Southern 1 (S&W) 13:00 kick-off
Halesowen Town 0 Mangotsfield United 1
Admission – £5 concession, Programme - £1.50, double match edition, incorporating the Boxing Day game with Stourport.
Refreshments – chips and veg soup £2, chips and curry sauce £1.50
Attendance – 266 (announced)

Another frustrating day at the office for the Yeltz whose neat touches on the ball and direct running invariably ended up with the ball being played to, or easily cleared by, the opposition in the final third of the pitch. In fact, Mangotsfield were pretty similar in playing style and application, with the result that the ball ping-ponged up and down the pitch for most of the match with few serious goal attempts actually being created.

Arguably the turning point came on 56m when the Ostrich fielded the ball from under a seat in the stand, returned it smartly to Mangotsfield’s Arndale, whose quick throw in was then lobbed into the box where Halesowen’s Davies clumsily brought down Knighton for a simple penalty, which Arndale duly converted!

The Yeltz subsequently had their chances to equalize, including a frantic injury-time melee which saw the ball cannon off the inside of the Mangotsfield goalpost, but at the end of the day, it was the away side who, just about deservedly, claimed the points.

Reserve Team Sub

Dec 31, 2011, 4:50 PM

Posts: 475
Team(s): Radford, Notts County

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Re: [prorege] sat 31st dec 2011 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Thai Port 1-3 Sriracha
Thai Premier League

Thai Port play at the 12,000 capacity PAT stadium in the Khlong Toei area of Bangkok. This is the poorest district of Bangkok and the fans have a reputation similar to Millwall, no problem with foreigners though. I got to the stadium via the MRT metro system which stopped at Queen Sirikit station. It is a ten minute walk to the ground from there ( use exit 1 to Khlong Toei market ), but I took a motorcycle taxi from outside the station.

Thai Port are known as a cup side and on February 4th they play PEA Buriram (League Champions) in the League Cup Final. They are about halfway in the league but are on a run of four straight wins. Sriracha are struggling at the bottom and even if they won today the likelyhood is they will be relegated. The visitors got off to a positive start when their number 9 raced free from just inside his own half only for the Thai Port keeper to pull off a great save when a low shot along the ground was tipped around the post. The Thai Port defence didn't learn from this and were caught out when the centre forward played in Brazillian striker Aron da Silva with a flicked header. Da Silva did better than his team mate with his low shot. The Brazilian's effort beat the keeper to put Sriracha one goal to the good. Minutes later the Da Silva was unmarked and onside in the area to head the visitors two nil up before halftime.

I found out at halftime the Thai Port players hadn't been paid for a month and had refused to play this game until some money came their way. The home side were just as abject in the second half and Sriracha went three goals up soon after the interval. The ball looked like it was going out for a goalkick but somehow a forward managed to keep the ball in and his back heel found a teammate who played the ball across the area for Da Silva to lash the ball in for his hattrick. The home side got a consolation goal near full time when from a corner the Sriracha keeper dropped the ball and Phudit Niamkong had a simple tap in. FT 1-3

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Reserve Team Sub

Dec 31, 2011, 5:14 PM

Posts: 501
Location: Ramsgate
Team(s): Ramsgate,FC St Pauli,Tranmere Rovers

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Re: [ON THE BUSES] sat 31st dec 2011 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Ryman Division 1 South

Faversham Town 1 Hythe Town 3

Adm £8 Prog £1.50

Att 180 est

Due to the early ko's today, after work unable to get a new ground in
so a 10min trip on the train to revisit Salters Lane.

Hythe opened the scoring with a great free-kick after 3mins,they doubled
the lead with a pen after 17mins which did look a bit soft to me.

Favershams' tricky no.7 put in a great cross that was headed in after 27mins
to give them some impetus,but the visitors scored a third on 32mins after a
free-kick was sent over,headed back and a crisp shot rifled in the net.

Second half was very open but no more goals ensued.

Ref wasn't good today as he wanted to be the star of the show and he didn't
endear himself to the locals.

Decent following from Hythe and nice to see the Whitstable Town prog editor
again so soon after last Sat at Roffey.

Salters Lane is much improved since my last visit 6 years ago,with the ground
nicely enclosed now,think the covered terrace opp the dugouts didn't have
seats there back then ?

Grounds Visited; 977

Last ground, Peckham Town, Menace Arena
Peckham Town 3 Metrogas 0

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First Team Star

Dec 31, 2011, 5:14 PM

Posts: 1571
Location: Stourbridge
Team(s): Stourbridge FC, Sheffield Wednesday

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Re: [ON THE BUSES] sat 31st dec 2011 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Southern Premier
Stourbridge 4-1 Swindon Supermarine
att: 464

A wobbly defensive performance with not much fluidity but a well deserved 3 points in the end; and four well created and well taken goals too.

The large crowd went home happy as we end 2011 on a high note, and still unbeaten at home in the league.

First Team Star

Dec 31, 2011, 5:22 PM

Posts: 2839
Location: South Hampshire
Team(s): Hants/Middx/Sussex Non-League, Brentford, THFC, Eastleigh, SC Freiburg

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Re: [ON THE BUSES] sat 31st dec 2011 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Sussex County League 3
Bosham 2 Clymping 3
Admission/programme £2-00, attendance est 35

Originally wanted to go to Selsey v Three Bridges but after a long day yesterday, I decided to halve the distance and went to Bosham.
Had a walk around the picturesque (when it's high tide) village, but felt it was all a bit twee (well, it has got a pub called 'The Anchor Bleu' Unsure) and NIMBY-esque.
As you'd expect in such a place, football is relegated to the Rec, railed on one side with youth club, children's play area and a small but friendly clubhouse.
Neither team were in great form, and Clymping were one off the bottom with two wins all season. Lots of water on the roads, but pitch good if a bit heavy and slippery. Bosham managed by Tony Hancock...
A good game ensued. Clymping showed that they had not come to lie down, having three good chances in the first four minutes. Bosham replied, and there were lots of chances for both teams. And a stonewall penalty for Clymping, not given. After 32 mins, Hartley slalomed through four challenges and finished coolly to put Bosham ahead. A bit luckily on the run of play. The visitors pressed more in the second half but Maunder finished a break with a smart shot to put Bosham 2-0 up. But a good through ball, well finished, gave Clymping hope on the hour. The next 25 mins saw strong attacks by both sides, and it was a surprise that neither side added to their total. Bosham had more chances in this period. With five minutes to go Clymping sub Clarke was put through on a one on one but the impressive home keeper saved well. Two minutes later Clarke was in the same situation and equalised. With two minutes of injury time played he broke throught the middle again but this time squared it to his centre forward, Webb, who tapped in the winner. Cue wild celebrations all round. Was this the same Clymping who have been getting stuffed nearly every week?

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.

(This post was edited by HantsLondoner on Dec 31, 2011, 5:33 PM)

First Team Star

Dec 31, 2011, 5:30 PM

Posts: 2325
Location: Cockfosters
Team(s): Barnet, Cockfosters, Truro City, Udinese

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New College 0-3 Tytherington
Hellenic 1W. Att (est) 120 Adm./ Prog £3 Coffee 50p

Entrance through the clubhouse & bar. Hard standing down one side, cover on the other, nothing behind either goal. Peeked at Supermarine's ground on the way in - it's changed a lot since my visit in 1995.

NC on top for first 20 mins, but first goal for the visitors on 25 saw them up their game considerably - pretty one-sided by the end. Pitch looked good considering recent rain, nothing more than the odd spot of drizzle today. Possibly 40% of the crowd were hoppers.

First Team Regular

Dec 31, 2011, 5:46 PM

Posts: 1320
Team(s): Hemel Hempstead Town, West Ham United, Los Angeles Angels & USC

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Southern League Premier Division
Hemel Hempstead Town 1 Brackley Town 1
Entry £8.00/£5.00
Prog £1.00 (reduced small dual prog for new years day as well)
Att 262

Not a bad point for Hemel who matched their visitors all the way despite some late pressure.
The home side took the lead on the half hour, then conceded a typical far post free header just before the hour. Hemel could have won it but for an embarassing miss by Lewis Toomey from four yards out with ten minutes left. But in the end a draw about the right result.

First Team Sub

Dec 31, 2011, 5:55 PM

Posts: 1098
Location: NW Leicestershire
Team(s): Arnold Town/ Loughborough Dynamo

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Fairfield Villa 5 Lichfield City 3 Midland Combination Division 1
Admission- None
Programme- None
Tea 50p in a mug.
h/c 48.

With my paperchasing friend away I decided to head to a ground where they didn't issue. Phone calls to FC Glades and Blackwood found the games off and so the wetaher took me to Fairfield. There's some hard standing at the ground, an area of cover and post and rail around the pitch. Further cover is provided in front of the clubhouse. The game was cracker with the home side going 2-0 up, but it was 2-1 by half time. The scoring went 3-1, 3-2,4-2, 5-2,5-3. Fairfield played some fantastic football and deserved the win.

First Team Star

Dec 31, 2011, 6:05 PM

Posts: 2830
Location: Braunstone, Leicester
Team(s): Oadby Town, Leicester City

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Spratton 2-4 James King Blisworth
(Northants Combination Division 1)
Venue: Smith Street

Admission / programme: none
Attendance: peaked at 23

Basic venue on the north end of the village. Nothing pitch side but there is a social club on site. The club were very friendly and welcoming.

Photos now online at the flickr album with a brief report on the blog tomorrow.

First Team Star

Dec 31, 2011, 6:13 PM

Posts: 2436
Location: Exeter
Team(s): Various

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Re: [rambler77] sat 31st dec 2011 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

SWP East Double for me :

Alphington 5 Budleigh Salterton 2
Att - 48
Admission Comp
Prog - 50p (Good)

Early goal feast with 3-0 by midday, not bad for an 11.30 kick off ! Ryan Leverton for the hosts scored three himself and claimed assist on both the other goals

Liverton United 2 Galmpton United 0
Att - 78
Admission Comp
Prog - 50p (OK)

Niggly and physical local derby with little football played, home side shaded it but there were 3 times as many bookings as goals and Ithought the referee let a fair bit go !

Both games attended by a few hoppers, some known to me, some not.


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First Team Star

Dec 31, 2011, 6:14 PM

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Suffolk & Ipswich League Senior Division 2pm
Melton St.Audrys 2 Wickham Market 1 att.110
No admission or programme.

This was very hard fought and played like a proper local derby should be.
MSA were ahead with a header inside 2 minutes and added a second on 15 minutes through a penalty following a trip.
WM pulled one back just before the break with a superb 25 yard shot that was curled side footed over the keeper.
MSA were reduced to 10 men on 57 minutes for a second yellow and 5 minutes later the WM Manager was sent from the dugout following a scuffle with the home Manager and Subs, with most of the players joining in.
WM were also down to 10 for the last 5 minutes when a defender got a straight red for a foul when he was last man.
Despite nearly 10 minutes of stoppage time there were no more goals and the home side deserved the win as WM never took advantage of the extra man for half an hour of the second half.
The pitch is railed down one side, where there are brick built dugouts, and partly behind the nearest goal to the clubhouse, with the remainder being roped. There is a small overhang on the front of the clubhouse which would probably be enough to shelter their normal crowds.

England 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1

Belgium (Pyramid = 1,484 1st teams) 0-0-2-5-8-21-173-303-254

First Team Sub

Dec 31, 2011, 6:16 PM

Posts: 1034
Location: Ipswich.The Capital Town of Suffolk.
Team(s): Ipswich Town FC since April 11th 1966.Groundhopping since January 28th 1989

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Ridgeons Eastern Counties League Premier Division. KO 12-30.



Home. R PAYTER (GK) OG (41). B THOMPSON (52).

Away. N DAVEY (69).

Addmission £6. Programme £1. Attendance 123.

Coffee 50p. Cheeseburger £2.50. Pinbadge £2.50.


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Reserve Team Regular

Dec 31, 2011, 6:27 PM

Posts: 645
Location: Londinium
Team(s): Hearts, Morecambe, Villarreal, 1899 Hoffenheim, Wakefield Wildcats (RL)

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Chelsea 1-3 Aston Villa
(@ Stamford Bridge)

Admission: £30 (borrowed a ST off someone who couldn't make it)
Programme: £3
Attendance: 41,332
Grub: Didn't even look

Chelsea fans around me starting to prepare for Europa League action next season. Says it all. Fair play to Villa actually. They were positive and while they occasionally rode their luck, they created some excellent chances as well as scoring the 3 goals they did.

Total Grounds visited: 176
Last new Ground: North Road - Brightlingsea Regent
Last match: Brightlingsea Regent 3-1 Bodmin Town (18/01/14 @ North Road)

Reserve Team Sub

Dec 31, 2011, 6:30 PM

Posts: 513
Location: Burton-on-Trent
Team(s): Burton Albion

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Morecambe 2-2 Burton Albion
Alessandra 31, McDonald 68 : Kee 38, Zola 53
League Two (13th v 5th)
Attendance – 1,810 (c.200 away)
Admission £15 (Standing)

First visit to the new Globe Arena which is a decent venue albeit it one that lacks atmosphere with home and away fans being bunched a long way from each other. One side of the ground is very basic but the other 3 are all decent.

The hosts went close early on with Andy Fleming drawing a superb finger tip save out of Ross Atkins following a poor clearance by Andy Corbett. The Brewers started to look the better side as Billy Kee flashed a header over from Cleveland Taylor’s cross and Calvin Zola was denied by Barry Roche. The hosts scored against the run of play though as Lewis Alessandra curled a superb shot past Atkins and in off the inside of the post. Burton respond positively to the setback and a fine move end with Chris Palmer’s left footed strike being well parried by Roche. The Brewers did get the equaliser they deserved shortly after though as Kee’s free kick took a big deflection off a defender and found the bottom corner of the goal. Jason Price nearly snatched the lead for the hosts on the stroke of half time but Atkins pushed his effort away to safety.

HT 1-1

Laurence Wilson also sliced Aaron Webster’s cross into his own net before Webster almost capitalised on a poor clearance by Roche but his long range effort was blocked by Will Haining. Price missed a gilt edged chance as he somehow prodded wide from a few yards out following a corner. The Brewers quickly gained the lead as Palmer’s cross was flicked on by Webster and headed in by Zola from close range. Kee recreated Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ smashing home a cross from the right but was less fortunate and was booked for it. Roche saved well from Kee and Atkins did likewise from Wilson but there was little any keeper could have done as Gary McDonald drilled a fine strike into the bottom corner. Morecambe’s confidence shot up following the equaliser and they looked the more likely to score as Danny Carlton headed across the face of goal and Stewart Drummond spooned a shot off target when well placed.

FT 2-2

Good game and a good point, in the end Burton were arguably the better side for most of the game but Morecambe came back strongly and may have snatch all 3 points towards the end.

Games 780.5 (5) - Grounds - 214 (1) - Teams 397 (2)

Feversham Lens
Chelsea Transfer Target

Dec 31, 2011, 6:55 PM

Posts: 3425
Location: York
Team(s): Not any more

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Bradford City 3 Shrewsbury Town 1 (HT 2-0)
npower League Division Two
Admission £20
Attendance 10,567 (412 away)
Programme £3 (68pp)

In light of the awful weather, I opted to play safe with a first visit to Valley Parade (a Bradford Bulls rugby league fixture notwithstanding) since the ground was completely rebuilt. I'll never understand why City didn't move to Park Avenue (a far superior venue in every respect) in the early 1970s or why, having spurned that opportunity, they opted again to stay put after the tragic 1985 fire. Valley Parade's location isn't suitable for 21st century football. All first-time visitors must surely marvel at the club's intransigence in the face of logic. The cramped ground, on a narrow shelf halfway up the valley side close to the grubby inner city, is hopelessly landlocked. In its original state, Valley Parade at least blended into its surroundings. Now it is a claret and amber blot on the Bradford skyline. Reconstruction, clearly a brave attempt to make the best of a bad job, hasn't worked. Valley Parade is a jumble of clashing roof lines and awkward angles. It's also a huge white elephant. Many of its 25,136 seats cannot have seen a backside in a month of Sundays. From a hopper's point of view (if not the poor locals forced to live cheek by jowl with City), however, its survival as an idiosyncratic, outmoded enclosure should be celebrated.

Not quite the game I expected, to be honest. Fourth-top Shrewsbury were made to look very ordinary indeed by an eager City side chalking up a third straight win. Only when, with 20 minutes left, the referee, a Mr Mohareb, harshly sent off home midfielder David Syers for lunging in did the visitors get a toehold in the contest. They scored in the 78th minute through a Marvin Morgan (he seemed to handle before netting) volley and then squandered a couple of good chances which, if taken, would have produced an even more rousing finale. Up to Syers' dismissal, City were in control thanks to a James Hanson header (24min), a cool Nahki Wells finish in a one-on-one (30min) and skipper Craig Fagan's angled volley (49min).

Can't say I'd be thrilled to pay £20 to watch Fourth Division stuff every week.

(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Dec 31, 2011, 10:40 PM)

Red Robbo
First Team Star

Dec 31, 2011, 6:58 PM

Posts: 1752
Location: Stevenage
Team(s): Local football in Herts and Beds

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Cheshunt 0 v 2 Leiston,
Isthmian League Division 1N
Admission; £7, Programme £2 (overpriced)
Attendance 150 est

Comfortable win for Leiston, who do look a good side. Goal in each half settled the contest as Leiston took their foot off the gas in the second. Cheshunt goalkeeper Erbic Bozkurt stopped the scoreline being at least doubled.

I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

Games seen in 2016/17: 54
Goals : 214
Goal less draws: 0

exiled lion
Junior Team Star

Dec 31, 2011, 7:16 PM

Posts: 60
Location: Lincoln
Team(s): Millwall and any NL

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After the frustration of the late postponement of Oxford City Nomads v Ardley on Friday I went to see the first team version at;

Cambridge City 2-0 Oxford City. Evostik Southern Premier, Att 450
Admission £10, Programme (didn't buy one) £2.

One of the closest grounds left to me that I hadn't visited, so this was long overdue. Very easy to find thanks to directions on the club's website (though please note if coming in to Cambridge along the A1307, the Texaco garage where you are instructed to turn left is no longer a Texaco garage, it is currently an unused fenced in site of some sort). A large-ish car park at the ground costs £1 to use. Plenty of space when I arrived at 12.30 for the 1pm kick off and also popped into the 'Legends' bar for a beer. No cask ale or bottled ale on sale so settled for a pint of Boddingtons which along with a brandy and ginger for the other half came to £7.50 (the same combination at Vauxhall Motors on Boxing Day was £5.25 - who says there is a North/South divide!).

The ground is pretty decent for tisi level with a large main stand and from my angle a smaller one alongside/attached. Opposite are two smaller covered terrace areas one of them clearly known as the Shed, the inhabitants of which also sponsor the team shirts. Other posters will undoubtedly be able to tell me, but why was it that Milton Road was unacceptable for the Conference? It certainly looks the part and far far better than many at Step 2 but I presume there is a ground grading issue of some sort?

As for the game, it was pretty even but the home side just about deserved the win. Cambridge had been on a poor run of late whilst the visitors were in the play off places. Judging by today's performances it looked the other way round. Both had good chances in the first half, the best falling to Cambridge's Craig Hammond, who saw a firm header superbly saved by the unfeasibly large (must have been 6'8) Oxford keeper. All too often however good approach play was ruined by a poor final ball, the main culprits being the Cambridge No11 and Oxford No10.

The second half was rather dull until two goals in three minutes sealed the game. Lurch in Oxford's goal had already made a couple more excellent saves but was powerless to keep out a superb volley from Adie Cambridge about 20 minutes form time. Soon after a header from a corner fell to Hammond about 3 inches from goal and he duly helped it into the net. This woke the visitors up somewhat and they had a spell of pressure from which they really should have scored. The closest they came was a shot which hit the bar after a delightful passage of play but they ran out of steam and can't really have any arguments about the result.

First Team Sub

Dec 31, 2011, 7:18 PM

Posts: 1039
Location: birmingham
Team(s): wolves,non league

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LETCOMBE [2] 3 CHALFONT WASPS [1] 4 [Hellenic East] Admission £2 with programme.Attendance 41. On a perfect pitch both sides played some good attacking football.Letcombe shaded the first half but Chalfont were on top in the second half.The score went from 0-1 1-1 2-1 2-2 3-2 3-3 and finally 3-4.A very good game.The ground itself has a club house and car park and you cross the field on the cricket boundary to reach the pitch which is fully railed off with a 50 seater stand. BANBURY UNITED [1] 1 BEDFORD TOWN [1] 2 Attendance 259. Programme £2 As Banbury was on our way home and there was no other afternoon grounds to be marked off close to Letcombe we decided on another visit to Banbury.Not a bad match with Banbury coming close at the end to getting an equaliser against 10 men Bedford after they were reduced to 10 near the end through a bad tackle.

Dan Bishop
Youth Team Regular

Dec 31, 2011, 7:25 PM

Posts: 246
Location: East Staffordshire
Team(s): Everton

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Been looking forward all week to a double-header at two grounds I hadn’t yet visited – Brocton v Earlswood Town at 1pm and Stafford Town v Darlaston Town at 3pm. With the two grounds only a mile or so apart it was too perfect to be true. Unfortunately I jinxed it by announcing my plans, and as usually happens when I do so it went tits skywards, the second game being called off due Darlaston Town being suspended. Sorry Darlaston. So instead I ploughed ahead with the first half of my plan……………………..

Midland Football Combination Premier Division
Brocton 1-0 Earlswood Town
Admission: £4
Programme: Didn’t buy one, but £1
Nice drive out to Brocton’s ground at Silkmore Lane in Stafford, taking me through the northern most reaches of Cannock Chase. Today was the first time I had visited Brocton since their move to the former Staffordshire Police sports ground, where the police had fielded a side in the Staffs Senior League before leaving it vacant for a number of years. Brocton have made it into a neat and tidy venue. Accessed via a long driveway off Silmore Lane, you enter via a pay box at the on the main gate and into the car park behind the main stand. The main stand is the only cover, with room for about 100, while the rest of the ground is wide concrete pathway behind post and rail, with a further pitch partly railed directly beside the main pitch. The dressing rooms/toilets/hospitality buildings are portakabins. The only ‘unpleasantness’ of the day came at the pay-box, where the gateman was quite perturbed at me not wanting a programme, and having to go to the effort of giving me £6 change from my tenner instead of a nice easy five pound note. I do buy programmes when I feel so inclined, but to be honest they just sit in a cupboard taking up space, so I’m trying to cut down. But if not buying one causes such an inconvenience, here’s an idea pal – make it £5 admission including programme? That aside, it was an enjoyable day, and a chance to catch up with Clive Faulkner and the Earlswood Town officials, Town being Newhall’s last opponents in the Mid Comb 18 months ago. How the game was only decided by a single goal is a mystery as both sides, although mainly the hosts to be honest, created and squandered some good chances. Brocton finally broke the deadlock shortly before the break. The second-half continued in much the same vein, the woodwork being shaken more than once. Earlswood were reduced to ten men after their skipper received his marching orders for storming over to the linesman to give a foul-mouthed tirade at a free-kick decision. Quite how he thought that was going to pan out is beyond me, and off he went, along with his sides slim hopes of an equaliser as the final whistle came barely a minute later.

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Dec 31, 2011, 7:32 PM

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Location: Ipswich
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Ridgeons League Eastern Counties League Premier Division
Felixstowe & Walton Utd 1 (34)
Kirkley & Pakefield 1 (5)
Att: 111 KO: 1200 Cost £6 Progs: Yes

Venue: Goldstar Ground, Dellwood Avenue, Felixstowe

Match: 16th v 17th out of 21
Both goals were well taken. A minute after the equaliser F&W had an effort cleared off the line after an error from the gk.

F&W were the better team in the 2nd half & hit the bar from a header. Later, both teams had appeals that the ball had crossed the goal-line. K&P had the bigger shout. On 89mins K&P had a header saved by the gk.

A few hoppers were at game. I thought this was a decent game.

This was my 52nd game of season. This time last year I'd done 51.

It was then a short drive & I arrived at 1406 with the score at 0-0:

Kingsley Healthcare Suffolk & Ipswich League Touchline Sports Cup 3rd Round
BT Trimley 0
Achilles 0
AET Achilles won 4-1 on penalties (BT scored 1 out of 3, Achilles 4 out of 4)
Att: 35 h/c KO: 1330 Cost: Free saw no progs

Venue: Trimley Sports & Social Club, High Road, Trimley St Martin

Match: 3rd out of 14 in Div 1 v 5th out of 16 in Senior Div
BT had a good chance late in 1st half but was saved.

Awful 2nd half with BT not having an actual attempt at goal & Achilles just 4. Achilles had an open goal but hit the post late on.

Extra time was a waste of time with neither side looking like they'd score.

We finally got a winner in penalties.

Also at game were Kent hoppers Cliff & Roland (?) & also met Kim Trubb of this forum for the 1st time.

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Dec 31, 2011, 7:32 PM

Posts: 791
Location: Scarborough
Team(s): Scarborough Athletic

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Aberford Albion 1 Wyke Wanderers 1
West Yorkshire League Division One
Attendance 13 h/c
Admission n/a

A continuation of the West Yorkshire odyssey for Seabeard and a fairly short hop to just West of the A1 to the village of Aberford.

The ground is at the southern edge of the village and is easily spotted on the right hand side. There is a changing room building, small car park and a main pitch that is fully railed off, two dugouts and a small wooden stand down one side that provided shelter from a 1st half shower of rain that in fact was probably the highlight, with both sides struggling to find any rhythm before the break and the half finishing goalless. A Wyke speculative effort tipped over by the home goalkeeper being the highlight.

The second half saw a better period of football with the visitors taking the lead with a shot that was at best a cross that deceived everyone. The hosts grabbed a deserved equaliser and credit must go to the Aberford goalkeeper who had a blinder in the second half and fully deserved a draw for his side.

A decent trip and another game in this league beckons next Saturday.

Chatham Docker
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Dec 31, 2011, 7:34 PM

Posts: 55
Location: Houston, Texas

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Needham Market 3 Heybridge Swifts 4 (HT 1-4)
Isthmian Division One North

Admission £8
Attendance 269
Programme £1-50

My campaign to finish off the Isthmian league teams, all in Suffolk and Soham started with a bang at the Bloomfields with a cracking game of end to end football. Before Christmas Needham were top but two home defeats 0-5 and now 3-4 have seen them fall back. They started the brighter and had plenty of pressure but were swept aside by a quarter of an hour hatrick from the 23rd minute by Chris Bryan who finished all three chances extremely well. His name was not even on the programme list!

The home side had as many chances as Heybridge but could not score, hitting the cross bar three times in the half and seeing shots cleared off the line and a resolute back four making last ditch challnges on a regular basis. They needed a goal and got one in the 39th minute and confidence rose as they poured forward. It was deflated however when Bryan scored his forth after being put clean through for the last kick of the half.

Needham reorganised in the second half and had almost all the play. The visitors defended valiently but in the 80th minute Harrop scored his second for 2-4 and the previous leaders piled on the pressure with a host of near misses and good saves keeping them out. An 89th minute third was scant reward for a dominant period and they almost equalised before the ref blew. A truly entertaining game with so many chances and shots I lost count.

Bloomfields is a small neet ground with a tall main stand on one side and covered standing down the length of the other. Good parking allowed a quick get away and very little traffic on the A12 so home in record time!

On the move but not quite sure to where.....

819 Grounds, League 92, Ex League 69, Non-League 301, Abroad 357

Last New Ground - LAFC, Banc of California Stadium

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