First Team Star
Jul 20, 2018, 10:33 PM
Post #1 of 2
Bartestree 2 Radnor Valley 4
Bartestree Playing Fields: Pre-Season Friendly
This was my first visit out to Bartestree for 12 months, when I watched the Herefordshire club entertain Newbridge and Hay St Mary's in pre-season, before making their Midland League Third Division debut the following month. The ground at the village club has changed little during the intervening period, with a small stand on the village hall side of the pitch, and the ground railed on three sides before being bounded by trees and hedgerow behind the one goal. Bartestree eventually missed out on promotion at the conclusion of their inaugural campaign in the Midland League as they had to settle for a fifth-placed finish in the Third Division. The Herefordshire club have enjoyed a solid start to their pre-season campaign, opening with a 4-4 home draw against MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League second Division club Presteigne st Andrews, before enjoying victories over visiting Ludlow and Welland. Radnor valley have just played one pre-season match thus far as they prepare for their MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales league First Division opener in three weeks time at home to Kerry. The New Radnor men suffered a 4-0 defeat at West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division club Wellington last Thursday evening but were missing a number of last season's key personnel and gave some game time to a number of trialists in that fixture.
Bartestree nearly took a very early lead in the second minute, as they broke down the right wing and Will Fowden turned over a first-time effort from the ensuing cross into the Radnor Valley penalty area. The hosts then struck the side netting from an eighth minute corner as the Goats made a slow start to this pre-season encounter. The visitors broke the deadlock in the 17th minute when the returning Joey Price ran on to a through ball and rounded the Bartestree goalkeeper before netting from a tight angle. The Goats talisman then doubled his tally just four minutes later as he turned a home defender in the penalty area and found the net from a narrow angle. The Herefordshire club looked to reply to this set-back and a Bartestree midfielder drove forward in the 28th minute and saw his shot from the edge of the Radnor valley penalty area narrowly clear Fowden's crossbar. The New Radnor men extended their lead in the 36th minute when Liam Jones headed home a cross from out on the right despite being under pressure from a Bartestree defender. The Goats were now in their stride and netted again, two minutes before the interval, when Price's free-kick out on the left touchline evaded the home goalkeeper and found the far corner of the net. With the scoreline standing a 4-0, when the teams returned for the second-half, the match lost some of its impetus, but Fowden had to some out to make a smart save when a Bartestree forward latched on to a 50th minute through ball. The hosts fired over from 25 yards out in the 62nd minute after play was switched from the left flank before Price narrowly fired over from a 30 yard free-kick a couple of minutes later. Fowden turned behind a 67th minute free-kick before Bartestree reduced the deficit seven minutes later, The Goats custodian saved the initial effort but was powerless to keep out the rebound. The hosts netted an late consolation when an 86th minute free-kick was headed past Fowden but it was too late to prevent the New Radnor men notching their fisrt prre-season victory.
New Grounds: 0
First Team Regular
Jul 22, 2018, 9:29 PM
Location: Beside the Spinnaker Tower
Team(s): Hemel Hempstead Town FC, Trust Portsmouth FC and The Reds of Cincinnati
Post #2 of 2
Brighouse Town 0-1 Hemel Hempstead Town (PSF)
- played at Yorkshire Payments Stadium, Hove Edge, Brighouse from 7.45pm
Att – around 60; Entry – £5; Prog – none; Refreshment – available in the Clubhouse .. excellent.
Weather – cool and cloudy with temperature down to 16 degrees C,
Travel – up the A34 and towards / on M1, with a left at M62 and then left again at A58
Colours – Brighouse in orange tops and black shorts .. Tudors in all green
A real trek this one .. and with the Schools now out on holiday, a five hour slog each way .. to find quiet set back football ground, with plenty of parking out front and turnstiles opening up on another landscape view of the Evostik League .. with just the one long main stand of seating down the left side, dug outs opposite, no cover either end and the changing room block set back behind a wonderfully inviting Clubhouse, where food and drink were served .. the enthusiasm of volunteers abound and a welcoming official happy to talk to just the five Tudor fans who had made the trip north .. a pleasure to join them all for this four Club tournament .. although unfortunately the other game was postponed between Liversedge and Huddersfield U23’s, due to rock hard surface .. but no problem at the Town, with the lush green awaiting our teams.
However, the actual game did not live up to expectations .. some good individual contests around the pitch and both sides seemingly cancelling each other out .. with the only goal coming on 27, when a powerful shot found net, after some pressure by the visitors, as a loose ball was dispatched .. but all in all, a good run out for the teams .. we thanked our hosts, before reluctantly turning the car south and setting off into the night .. ending up shattered, outside of front door just after 3.0am ..
Grounds = 509, Leagues done = 10 (41 to go); Games (18/19) = 76; New Grounds (18/19) = 44; Goals (18/19) = 262; Ave goals/game = 3.45; Last new ground = Welwyn Garden City; Next = Weds 16th Jan 2019.