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First Team Star

Nov 17, 2018, 3:37 PM

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Location: west riding of yorkshire

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Red Lion Alverthorpe 1 Hall Green U 2
Cyril Craven Challenge Cup

Wakefield District FA cup tie between teams from the second level of the Wakefield and West Yorkshire leagues respectively, so approx level 11 v level 8.
Hall Green should have won this by a lot more, at least in terms of possession if not clear cut chances.
They led via a penalty after about ten minutes, but despite almost total domination of play it was on the hour before they added a second, only for the home team to pull a goal back immediately. They never really threatened to equalise but gave a good account of themselves against good opposition who are top of their division.
Only a council rec, but changing portakabins on site, and two minutes walk from the GBG entry, the New Albion.
Good day out, even if only five miles from home.

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Armchair Libero
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Nov 17, 2018, 4:00 PM

Posts: 135
Location: Worcester
Team(s): Wigan Athletic, Atherton Collieries

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Midland Football League Reserve Division Challenge Cup
Cadbury Ath Res 2 - 0 Worcester City Res

Tedious game in beautiful surroundings, my first ever Bovril the highlight as the dull but solid Cadbury side nabbed one in each half against a youthful Worcester outfit. 30 watching on a chilly and bright day.

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Nov 17, 2018, 4:19 PM

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Church Stretton Town 4-1 Rock Rovers
West Midlands League Div 2
Attendance: 42

Enjoyable afternoon, good step 8 stuff both on and off the pitch. Stretton raced into a 2 goal lead and deservedly extended the margin after withstanding some pressure later in the first half when Rock were well & truly in the game.

The ground is the basically the town sports field, with the football pitch at one side and a cricket square beyond. It's railed on two and a half sides, with dugouts, and a gentle bank on this side offered decent views. A smart changing room and clubhouse is behind the goal and was serving hot drinks throughout the game.

The views from the dugout side were particularly impressive as the ground is surrounded by four hills. In fact the town itself is very pleasant, as indeed was my journey through the Shropshire countryside. After the game there was just enough time for a couple of halves at the welcoming Stretton Ale House - 6 handpumps with mostly local beers - before heading to the O2 Institute in Birmingham for another gig. Canada's Metric this time. Jacob Rees-Mogg's least favourite band I would imagine.

First Team Sub

Nov 17, 2018, 4:55 PM

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

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Stapleford Town 13 Gedling Southbank 2 Nottinghamshire Senior League.
Admission - free
Programme £1
Tea £1
h/c 44
Probably the closest ground I've not visited and it was nice to stay local today. Stapleford have been playing at Basford while their facilities were improved and now they are back at Hicklings Lane. There is a large car-park, although I parked on a side road opposite the ground as I feared getting blocked in. There are two pitches on your left as you approach the clubhouse. Inside the clubhouse is a tea bar and programmes were sold from there. There were also card A4 flags with STFC on and free car stickers. A few other items were sold behind the tea bar.
The first team play on pitch 3 which is behind the clubhouse. At the moment it is just a roped off pitch with dug-ours but a club official was telling me that work will start soon on enclosing the pitch and putting up a post and rail. All of this is being funded by friends and contacts of the club.
The game saw the home side 5-1 up at half time and they scored another 8 in the second half including one (goal 12) from the penalty spot. It was a handball but everyone felt the subsequent sending off was harsh. It was hard to judge how bad Gedling were but they worked hard and tried their best and encouraged throughout the game. This score line will help my goal average. I ought to mention Stapleford's 9th goal which saw their number 15 go on a run from midfield and beat about 6 Gedling players to score inside the box. It was a really good goal.

Youth Team Regular

Nov 17, 2018, 5:02 PM

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Location: Stafford

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Chesterton AFC V AFC Hawkins Sports. H/T 0-1 F/T 0-2
Staffordshire Country Senior League Division 2
Free and None Attendance maxing out at 15.

Headed towards the north of the county to see the second v third clash in the second division of the Staffs County expecting a tight match of limited skill but much commitment. That was what I got!

The first chance of the match came on the 5th minute when the homeside went close but it was the visitors who took the lead on 14 when the defence failed to clear a low cross resulting in a shot into the net from close range.

Both sides continued to press but found it difficult to get shots on target until the 42 minute when the visitor’s keeper stopped a one on one but the free ball was shot goal ward but found the woodwork instead of the net. Within a minute another golden change came the way of the home side but this effort was cleared off the line. It was two on 69 when the home keeper failed to hold a cross shot giving the visitors a simple chance from 8 yards out.

The home side upped the pace with time running out but found not find the target from range. Indeed, it was the visitors who almost made it three with time running out but again the woodwork came into play.

Overall, the visitors just did enough to secure the three points and make it eight games without defeat, against a very grumbly home side.

Chesterton play at the Red Street Community Centre a few miles north west of Newcastle Staffordshire. The ground has a slight slope from the dig out side but there is a huge rise in the left hand corner where the corner circle is some 2 foot above the rest of the pitch. The pitch has a rail and hard standing along the clubhouse side, although the other three sides are out of bounds.

It’s a venue worth visiting but no doubt it will be very cold come winter afternoons! So, only two venues left in this league….Any ideas how to get into Featherstone Prison?

Henfield Bee
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Nov 17, 2018, 5:26 PM

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Location: Henfield
Team(s): Brentford

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Royal Holloway OB (1) 3 Staines Lammas (1)1 SEIL prem - F/N att 12 h/c- vend m/c U/S

Deserved home win. OB's hit the woodwork 3 times. Lammas scored from a dubious pen.
Well kept sports centre with a decent pitch. No cover.

nb: i will only post re new grounds when BurgessHill Bee doesn't..(since he's far better informed than I)

The Moose
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Nov 17, 2018, 5:44 PM

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Location: The West Country town of Trowbridge

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ADM: £4. PROG: No. ATT: h/c 35

Top up time for me, re-completing everything in this fair County down to step 8. Makes no sense to me why they moved further down Hardings Lane, when the old ground is still standing with lights intact. Apparently they were getting no money from the social club, hence the move. £300k has been spent so far on the pitch, rail, club buildings & now a small terrace cover. Is it better than what they had before? Let’s say tiz work in progress for now!

If traveling by Thomas the tank is your thing, at least you can still get here by that option with the station nearby. Word of warning if you’re peckish mind, they’ve no hot food facility to date. Easy enough win for the Gills, with goals in the first two minutes & last five. In between, they hit the post & bar plus missed several one on ones with the keeper too. A tad chilly here but the new ground feels exposed with a rural feel to it, despite close proximity to the town centre.

Caught the tail end of some eggs on the way back;


Att: 80 so it seems Gillingham sport fans prefer odd shaped balls! Ground was equally fenced & roped on two sides each. There’s also a small terrace on the clubhouse side too. Not bad for a level seven club, albeit a fair way out of town.

KRTM :-)

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Nov 17, 2018, 6:00 PM

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Location: Surrey
Team(s): Tranmere Rovers, South Liverpool (the South will rise again), Cammell Laird

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Southern Comb 2
Bosham 1-2 Westfield
No admission charge
Full colour, glossy programme £1

Pronounced 'Boz-em', Bosham is a historic, attractive, tranquil quayside village a couple of miles west of Chichester. The quayside itself is well worth having a wander around (it won't take long!), as is the Shore Road with its pleasant waterside views back to the village.

10-15 minutes walk from the quayside is the ground, a public rec in which the pitch is naturally enclosed on three sides. The fourth side, approached by a gate at the end of the small car park and home to a kids' play area, is separated from the pitch on match days by bright red temporary railings and a pair of portable dugouts. This is the only side with spectator access, apart from a few yards more around the corner flag just beyond the changing rooms and small clubhouse/kitchen, whose overhang provides a decent stretch of cover.

Programmes are available from the bar and were in plentiful supply today. Team line-ups are written on a whiteboard outside the clubhouse.

12th v 14th in a 15-team step 7 league didn't promise much but this was quite entertaining, even if the quality was lacking - quite comically so in the last ten minutes as the game became very stretched. The visitors roared into a two goal lead in the first 15 and dominated the start of the second half too. But Bosham, with a fair few youngsters in the team, never gave up in either half and deservedly clawed one back with ten to go. Could've been goals at either end after that but Westfield held on and their joy (and relief) was audible when the final whistle blew.

With a smart minibus for the 150 mile round trip, should be a decent journey home for the visitors.

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Chelsea Transfer Target

Nov 17, 2018, 6:02 PM

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Location: Robin Hood County
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Castleford & District FA Challenge Cup Semi-Final

Pontefract Town FC 2
Pontefract Sports and Social AFC 3

Venue: Ferrybridge Park, Castleford Lane {was the home ground of former WYL/WRCAL club Ferrybridge Amateurs I believe}
Wakefield Lge Division Two {leaders} versus Wakefield Lge Division One {4th-place}, a local cup SF and local derby, three match officials instead of the usual one, massive industrial backdrop, what's not to like?! We even had a steam train go past {maroon 6233} prior to kick-off!! Smile

One moment's high and glory rolls on by
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First Team Star

Nov 17, 2018, 6:09 PM

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

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Southampton FA Intermediate Cup

Warsash Wasps 4 Comrades 2

admission/programme none attendance 14 h/c
7th/9 in Southampton Senior Div 1 (lost last 5) v 4th/9 in Southampton Premier (unbeaten in 4)
Cupset here as the home team worked their socks off against the higher-placed team (who said they were missing a few regulars) and deserved their win.
The home team took the game to their opponents right from the start and a good run by Clark was well blocked before, on 6 mins, the ball was passed back to visiting keeper Curnow who dithered and was robbed by Clark, who scored easily. The visitors had a couple of efforts before a good Wasps move saw a 20-yard finish into the top corner to make it 2-0 on 15 mins. The visitors started to exert some pressure and Wasps were restricted to dangerous breaks. One shot went wide before Comrades reduced the deficit on the half hour as Morse robbed a defender and curled a nice shot into the far corner. Smith came close twice as the visitors looked good, but they were caught on the break as a cross went in and as a defender tried to clear, the ball looped up and over the keeper to put the home side two goals clear again. Clark nearly put them further ahead but Curnow saved well with his legs. Instead, it was the visitors who scored next as good work by R.Williams on the right saw a cross was scrambled in by Morse. However, just on half time Comrades were reduced to 10 men as Ghag lunged in dangerously and received a deserved red card. HT 3-2.
The home team had a couple of chances at the start of the second half, the latter one seeing Clark's shot saved by Curnow with his legs. Morse was then set up well by Hobbs but shot just over for the visitors. The we had some controversial moments with Clark being taken out by Curnow for a clear penalty but the visiting linesman flagged for offside, which the referee respected. Then at the other end a possible Comrades equaliser was given offside by the Warsash linesman. A Warsash header was hacked off the line by Curnow, Morse had two good chances to score, but on 79 mins a long Wasps clearance was chased by Clark, Comrades' defender and keeper got in a mess, and Clark tapped in the crucial goal. The visitors kept going, they hot the post, and Curnow even took a free-kick from his own half which was well tipped over at the other end - but the home team prevailed.
Visited Osborne Road (Warsash Rec) a couple of years ago: no changes, the changing room at one end, a playground and tennis club along one side, some trees and Osborne Road along the other side.
The Southampton Intermediate Cup is a new competition this season as far as I know, and is meant for teams that are no longer in the Southampton Senior Cup. A few Hampshire Prem sides are in it as well, so may be some interesting matchups.

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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Ashtree RockBee
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Nov 17, 2018, 6:40 PM

Posts: 2015
Location: Ashford, Middlesex
Team(s): Ashford Town (Middlesex), Bognor Regis Town, Brentford

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Cherry Red Books Middlesex County League, Premier Division –
Larkspur Rovers 3 FC Assyria 2
Spectator headcount peaked at 23
Admission free, programme free but I donated £2 (16 pages of which 5 were blank but, hey, it’s a prog)

My first groundhop determined by a cat. With the moggy housebound and recovering from a nasty op (no, not the clackers) and the missus still away, I needed a relatively quick ‘there and back’ hop.

Larkspur Rovers are based at the Lord Halsbury Memorial Playing Fields in Northolt, down a turning off the A312 near to Northolt tube station and then down a trio of narrow lanes and driveways, the latter initially running parallel to the tube line. The club moved here 5 years ago and the clubhouse and artificial caged games pitches have been built in the meantime. Rovers play on a grass pitch taped off down the dugout side and up to but no further than the near goalposts. It has to be said, the pitch looked dangerous – drainage pipes were laid diagonally under the pitch early in the year, but the heatwave has left the pipes ungrassed and the earth has sunk to about an inch below pitch level.

This game had several elements of farce apart from the playing surface. FC Assyria, from nearby Ealing, only turned up with 10 players – according to the manager the others picked couldn’t be bothered – and played the entire first half (and deservedly drew it) with ten men, at which point the lad supposed to be their goalie eventually made it and was put up front for the second half. This was my first ever rolling subs game, and a Larkspur player was booked for not reporting to the linesman before running onto the pitch. The ‘lino’ also refused to give an easy throw the correct way as it was ten feet into the other half of the pitch for which he said he had no responsibility. We also had a delay during half time as there was just the one appointed ‘lino’ and originally no one volunteered to line the non-dugout side for the second half. This definitely wasn’t La Liga.

In a game between two sides in the bottom third of the table, Rovers took a 27th minute lead when Jamie Gourey was put through and beat the replacement goalie to the ball with a flick from the corner of the penaly area into the far corner. FC Assyria scored their first equaliser in the 35th when a fine move saw a right wing cross drilled low into the net from 15 yards out by Ed Simon. Rovers had more of the attacks going down the slope in the second half but didn’t score again until the 78th, when Liam McKinley met a right wing cross with a brilliant diving header. A clumsy clatter in the box gave Danny Gelyanah the chance to equalise in the 82nd with a spot kick into the corner, but FC Assyria’s defence was opened up in the 86th allowing Gourey to tap in a square pass unmarked, which was harsh on the visitors given their efforts.

First Team Star

Nov 17, 2018, 6:47 PM

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Location: Coventry
Team(s): Coventry City

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North West Counties League Division One South Rylands 1 Stone Old Alleynians 0 Admission £2 concession Programme £2 Blackout Card £1 Steak Pie £2 Attendance 68
Rylands Brothers were a firm of wire makers set up in the 19th century and who were based in Church Street (about a mile away) so don't look for a Rylands district of Warrington. The ground is in Gorsey Lane and is found in a gap in a row of terraced houses - I only managed to find it by using google map rather than sat nav. There was considerable parking to the right of the entrance as well as some more in an area in front of the main pavilion which is further away from the road. In front of this were rugby, football and bowls facilities, although no other events were taking place today.Despite being firmly in Cheshire, Rylands are affiliated to the Liverpool County FA and have a long history. This is their first season at Step 6 and today was likely to be one of the last matches before their new floodlights are erected on Monday week. Gorsey Lane is within walking distance of the town centre where 3 GBG pubs are situated, pick of which was The Tavern in the aforementioned Church Street. There is housing on two sides of the ground with what looks like a caravan site beyond the far end of the ground above which runs a railway line. New looking apartments tower over the entrance end and so it is quite surprising to see that the club got planning permission for their new lights. As is always the case in the NWCL spectator access is restricted to the areas of hard standing which ran to one end and parts of each of the two sides of the pitch, with the far end of the ground inaccessible and the far end of each of the sides. There is a stand known as the Ron Stretford Stand with the requisite 50 seats in three rows of plastic seating on the far side of the pitch, with on the entrance side of the ground, the Ian Finchett Pavilion providing the changing rooms, next to which is another temporary looking building housing a refreshments room/snack bar with an area set aside for directors. The dugouts are also this side of the pitch, which by the way was in a very poor condition with large areas of bare soil; I can see there being a lot of games postponed here once the weather takes a turn for the worst.
The match was a dour affair with Rylands definitely the better side but unable to create more than a handful of chances, none of which they could put away, and when they had their number 8 sent off for an over the top challenge in the 74th minute that looked to be it for their chances of a victory, but to their immense credit they snatched a 94th minute winner courtesy of their number 10, who is averaging almost a goal a game this season. Stone OA who had defended grittily throughout did not have enough time to get an equaliser with the referee blowing up almost immediately after the kick off.
Stood behind me for the entire game was one Chris1963 so if we see a post on this game from Greenwood later that will confirm what we all already knew!

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

Andy D
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Nov 17, 2018, 6:47 PM

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Location: Cheshire/Dorset
Team(s): 1874 Northwich, Forfar Athletic, Castleford RLFC, Lancashire CCC,

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Beverley Town 5 Sculcoates Amateurs 1, Humber Premier League Whitehead Fish & Chip Cup 2nd Round, Att: 50, Admission/Prog: No

After a season and a bit playing out of town at Hutton Cranswick, Beverley Town are now back at their Norwood Recreation Ground base following work on their pitch including new drainage, this game being their second appearance back at home. Norwood Rec also features two cricket pitches, bowls and tennis as well as a squash club which backs on to the football pitch, helping with the enclosed feel to the place, fully railed on one side, part railed/part roped on the other plus two newly constructed dugouts. Changing rooms are a short walk away and there is a well stocked bar (including two local real ales) which also dispensed hot drinks. The game promised to be a close affair between two clubs in the top six of the Premier Division, however there was an immediate gulf in class as Beverley dominated from start to finish against an out of sorts Sculcoates who only scored their consolation in the final minutes of the match. Presuming the new drainage is effective, this should be a reliable winter option as the pitch was immaculate and is well worth a visit.

Pre-match refreshments were courtesy of the Monk's Walk near the minster and the excellent Chequers Micropub. An all round good day out.

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First Team Star

Nov 17, 2018, 6:55 PM

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Location: Leighton Buzzard
Team(s): Step 4/5 local sides

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South Midlands Premier
Usual expenses

As is the case with several other clubs in the vicinity, Baldock have their own group of Ultras who were thankfully absent from this contest. To be honest, they didn't miss much as this was a bit dull with both sides trading goals in each half, Crawley Green's effort being a long range volley and Baldock's being... well, not. Proceedings didn't finish until five due to added time treatment for Dean Bull who, on his recovery, came agonisingly close to gifting Baldock a winner as the ball spun agonisingly around but luckily his reactions were quicker than any of the blue shirts around him. More time was lost for treatment to CG11 although this was probably due to the CG physio having disappeared, presumably to switch the hot water on.

The final coup-de-grace came in the clubhouse where Vicky's and my attempts to get the new-fangled smart TV to show Final Score came to absolutely nothing although with no Premier League today, there probably wasn't one. Mad

2018/19 stats

124 goals in 34 games
£339.70 spent.

First Team Regular

Nov 17, 2018, 7:10 PM

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Team(s): Sunderland AFC, Keighley Cougars RL

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Eastern Counties League Premier Division
Ely City 0-3 Walsham-le-Willows
Admission £7, Programme £1

A rare venture into the Eastern Counties League for me. A pleasant walk around the cathedral city in the November sunshine, coupled with some liquid refreshment, and I made it to the ground at around 2.30.

A reasonable enough ground at this level, but nothing to write home about. Hard standing on all sides, a small elevated stand on the near side, a small amount of covered standing and a reasonable clubhouse. The ground is located in a sports complex, with golf course, tennis courts and rugby pitch all in evidence on the approach.

Bumped into a former work colleague of mine at half time, someone I hadn’t seen for around 25 years. Spent the second half in his company as he updated me on all of our former colleagues that have passed away in the intervening years.

I felt that Ely had had the better of the first half, but Terry disagreed. Ely had an opportunity to take the lead after just 12 seconds, but number 9s shot across the keeper rolled past the far post, and had a couple of decent half chances at least.
Second half belonged to the visitors though. We could both agree on that. They took the lead on the 49 minutes, with a clever turn and shot from number 7. The second was the pick of the goals - a wonderful left foot volley from number 6 on 67 minutes, and number 9 completed the scoring on 76 minutes with a left foot shot across the keeper.

A quick pint at the Drayman’s Son en route back to the station, and on the 1815 train.

"People do not have moments of truth in station waiting rooms"

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Nov 17, 2018, 7:27 PM

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Location: Guildford/Yaxley
Team(s): Norwich City, Yaxley

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Southern League Division 1 Central
Kidlington 6 Yaxley 1

Admission: £4 (student), Programme: £1.50
Attendance: 50 (official, but looked more like 75-80 to me, especially with around 15 Yaxley supporters in attendance)

I'm still too irritated at this pathetic Yaxley performance (easily the worst Yaxley performance I've ever seen, bad enough to put me off going to Berkhamsted in a few weeks) to give a proper match report, so I'll just detail the goals below and leave it at that, other than to say that I'm now 95% certain that we will be returning to the UCL next season, as we were completely outplayed by the worst team in the league so are clearly out of our depth:

18 mins: Anaclet Odhiambo scored from a free header to give Kidlington the lead
31 mins: Odhiambo scored again, a through ball splitting our high defensive line and leaving him one-on-one with Ollie Sutton, who he just had to round to score
33 mins: Mark Janes scored for Kidlington, our defence completely disappearing and giving him an easy finish
39 mins: Dan Cotton pulled one back for us direct from a free-kick from the edge of the box
66 mins: Odhiambo completed his hat-trick after our defence let the ball bounce from a corner, and he simply had to head in from close range
73 mins: Elliott Osborne-Ricketts was able to get a shot away and score because our defence once again disappeared entirely
89 mins: Joey Cowlishaw scored from close range as our defence didn't even attempt to do anything to stop it

Very basic ground for Step 4, a massive contrast compared to Bromsgrove Sporting from a couple of weeks ago

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Nov 17, 2018, 7:28 PM

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Location: Stocksbridge, Sheffield
Team(s): Sheffield United, Sheffield Eagles, Kendal Town

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Glossop NE 1 Kendal Town 4
NPL One West
h/t 0-3
att. 228

This is probably up there as the best Kendal performance I've seen in years. They tore Glossop to shreds in the first half and scored three excellent goals, the third being the pick of the bunch. I had to rub my eyes to make sure I wasn't seeing things. Kendal killed the game off shortly after HT, leaving a dubious late penalty the only consolation for Glossop.

One of my favourite grounds in one of my favourite towns. Sampled the M & T pies as usual, and I can confirm they are as good as always.

We'll be, as we are, when all the fools who doubt us fade away.

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Nov 17, 2018, 7:44 PM

Posts: 524
Location: Bideford
Team(s): Oxford U,Dessel Sport, local N. Devon non-league

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F/N ATT. peaked at 17
Ground described nicely by Dave 56 in a recent post, but it is a very pleasant venue to watch a game. Sunny, but cold day - some cover in the bandstand should it rain. There are a few benches to sit on but no other football furniture. There are a few entrances to the park but I went in via Queen St, on the west side of the river in Tiverton. The ref cleared the leaves from the lines and there was a comedy moment when a Bampton corner hit an overhanging tree. The visitors deserved their win, they were well organised at the back and snuffed out all the Westexe second half efforts to get something out of the game.
Buses behaved themselves and back home in Bideford for 6.50. Excellent day out.

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Nov 17, 2018, 7:51 PM

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Penybont United 2 Tregaron Turfs 4 (aet)

The Racecourse: Emrys Morgan Cup Second Round

This afternoon provided a visit to one of my favourite grounds in mid Wales and also the opportunity to watch a match in one of my favourite cup competitions for good measure. Today's cup tie was my first visit to The Racecourse since May of this year when I witnessed Penybont play their final fixture if the season in the MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League Second Division when they shared eight goals with Dolgellau Athletic. That match turned out out to be the Polecats last game in senior football for the time being after they decided to take voluntary relegation at the league AGM. That move have appeared to have paid some dividends this term as Penybont United have enjoyed some more success following a few years of struggle at the higher level. The Radnorshire club came into this afternoon's cup tie in second place in the Watson Financial Mid Wales League (South) table following a 5-1 home victory over Hay St Mary's Reserves last weekend. Tregaron Turfs are another club that have enjoyed a short spell in senior football, having been founder members of the Mid Wales League Second Division in 201/11, but decided to return to the Cambrian Tyres Aberystwyth League following two campaigns at the higher level. The Turfs found themselves in second place in that's league first Division but were dismissed from the Central Wales Challenge Cup last Saturday following a 4-2 home defeat at the hands of Costcutter Ceredigion League club Ffostrasol Wanderers. Both clubs had lifted this prestigious trophy in the past as Tregaron Turfs defeated Rhosgoch Rangers in the 2006/07 final and their hosts overcame Borth United five years later in a dramatic final at Park Avenue. The football pitch is surrounded by a harness racing track, known locally as 'The Wembley of Wales', which a sizeable stand for racing enthusiasts at Penybont and a small area of cover for the football spectators on the opposite side of the playing area.

The home team made a positive start to this entertaining cup tie as they saw a shot on the turn in the penalty area saved by the Tregaron Turfs goalkeeper in the 11th minute before the visiting custodian was forced to turn behind a shot from the edge of the penalty area eight minutes latter. Tregaron Turfs were also playing some good attacking football but rarely tested the Polecats' goalkeeper during the opening stages and fired a 25 yard effort over the crossbar in the 29th minute. Penybont United then went close from a 20 yard free-kick some three minutes later before finally opening the scoring four minutes before the half-time whistle. The Radnorshire club broke quickly from deep in their own half and a cross from out near the right touchline flew over the head of the Turfs' goalkeeper and into the net via the inside of the far post. The Ceredigion men went close themselves on the stroke of the interval when a cross from out on the right clipped the top of the Polecats' crossbar before Penybont United headed over from a stoppage time corner. Tregaron Turfs started the second-ha;f strongly and clipped the top of the crossbar from out on the right wing in the 57th minute before seeing a fierce 25 yard drive saved at the second attempt by the home goalkeeper. The visitors finally equalised in the 61st minute when a Turfs forward ran on to a well-timed through ball before finding the back of the net from a tight angle. The Racecousrse men responded well and fired a shot across goal in the 64th minute before Phil Ruell picked-up the ball in midfield and finally found the back of the net with a low 25 yards shot. The lead only last four minutes as the Turfs equalised from close range after a free-kick out on the left was pumped in the host's penalty area. Both teams attempted to find a winning goal in the final quarter and the match headed into an additional 30 minutes to determine the result. The visitors went ahead for the first time in the 97th minute when Phil Ruell lost the ball in midfield and a Turfs player went on a fine slaloming run before netting with a low 20 yard effort. The Polecats goalkeeper made a smart close range save seven minutes later but conceded a 109th minute penalty that was successfully converted to seal victory for the visitors.

2018/19 Statistics
Goals: 455
Matches: 93
New Grounds: 14

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West Yorkshire Division 2. KO 14:00.(F&N). Crowd 24

Ripon City 6 v 1 Brighouse Old Boys

A ground I have driven past on many occasions. Today in the afternoon sunlight, the old stand looked great. The pitch is fully railed with dugouts and the bar was serving refreshments throughout the game.

OB arrived bottom of the table and conceded after 19 minutes but held on until 43 before shipping a second. They did try to play football and created the occasional chance but it was easy to see why they are struggling.

City added a third 30 seconds into the second half and another two in the next ten minutes. Brighouse pulled a goal back with a good free kick but concede again from the KO .

Trouble free drive both ways and an enjoyable day out.

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Even before leaving Suffolk on the A12 traffic was at a standstill. Not sure what to do so I went through East Bergholt, Manningtree (passing Foxash’s old ground which still has a little bit of cover & rail but no goalposts up) & through Colchester before getting back onto the A12. Had to drive a bit faster & arrived at the ground in Basildon a couple of minutes before kick off.

I’d visited White Ensign’s ground in Southend in October 2002 but reluctantly came today (I wanted to see one of the ‘promoted’ sides) expecting a hammering (my prediction was 7-0) providing the visitors turned up after a couple of heavy defeats in the last week.

Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Eastern Senior League Division 1 South
White Ensign 4 (2, 33, 54 & 81)
Lopes Tavares 4 (32 pen, 67, 71 & 72)
KO: 15:00 Att: 33 h/c Cost: £5 Progs available

Venue: Basildon Sporting Village, Cranes Farm Road, Basildon
12 floodlight poles around the 8 lane running track along with the usual athletics stuff. Railed 3 sides. The main side has fairly wide hardstanding which is a bit wider up to the near 18yd box. This side backs onto the large leisure centre. From near the far touchline to near 18yd box is a covered stand. There’s 8 steps to get to the front row & behind the rail are 6 rows of red seats with a small area having 7 rows. In tiny area at far end are 8 rows of 3 seats which are in line with the starting blocks. At the back is hardstanding which gives good views of the game. Behind most of the rail is a row of red seats. The area up to 18yd box isn’t as wide at the back & is uncovered. The far end behind a small room for Basildon Athletic Club looks out to mini pitches & where hockey was being played. The other 3 sides have grass banking & trees behind. Near goal has the large car park with a retail park & industrial units. The far goal has playing field with tower/office blocks beyond. Other side has a lot of trees. It was strange at times with a few vans driving past the stand & one of them barriers were removed so they could get past but they didn’t put them back with some arm waving from the crowd.

The swimming pool appeared to be hosting an inter counties tournament which I watched for a few minutes. The races came thick & fast (one of the races was no. 63 they announced). Scoreboard was used. Essex, Beds, Herts, Norfolk & Suffolk were competing. Thud of music was also heard & as 2nd half wore on ladies & gents were arriving dressed up. This appeared to be for a boxing event.

Match: 1st v 17th out of 19
Surprisingly cold. Probably coldest I’d been at a game so far this season. My hat almost had to be put on. Sunny 1st half but a cold breeze at times.

When WE scored after 135 seconds I thought it was the 1st of many. Surprisingly LT had tested the gk with a couple of free kicks & they were looking fairly good. WE shot into the side netting on 18mins with appeals that the gk saved it. LT were awarded a penalty after gk committed a foul in the area. This was converted but 61 seconds later WE regained the lead with a header. WE had a free kick on 44mins which hit the bar & bounced down & the close range header was saved by the gk. Shots 9-5.

H/t lasted under 15mins. LT almost equalised on 47mins with a close range header which gk made a reflex save. WE had a cross/come shot but at far post player slid in to open up a 2 goal lead. The gk made save on 60mins. Back came LT to pull a goal back. Less than 5mins later LT amazingly equalised. Even more amazing happened 58 seconds later when LT scored again. WE equalised to make it 4-4. Apparently George got a hat trick. WE went close a minute later & then gk was almost rounded. A volley went just wide as LT hung on for a very unlikely point. Shots 9-5.

Interestingly I spoke to someone from WE about their ground situation. I was advised that their ground in Southend will not get the grading for this level. The current venue was visited by the FA last week & the pitch is too small. They can continue using it this season but not next season. The hammer nets are in the way to extend it. They may have to reluctantly go back down to step 7. I said what about g/s at Southend Manor, he wasn’t impressed. I also mentioned Garon Park, the athletics stadium which doesn’t have a stand IIRC. He said he’d played their when it had a sand pitch. He seemed more keen but whether that would happen seems unlikely I reckon.

Heavy traffic around Basildon on the way home until I left the A127.

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Part two of an enjoyable rugby union/football afternoon double in Prestonpans...

Preston Athletic 1 Craigroyston 2 (HT 0-1)
East of Scotland League, Conference C (2.30pm kick-off)
Admission £5 (I declined an offer of free entry from the gateman, who knew I'd been watching the rugby union)
No programme (regular issuers in the past - as two boxes of 'spares' in the clubhouse indicates - but Preston aren't bothering this season. Typical.)
Attendance 81 (h/c, twice as many at the rugby union)
Hot and cold drinks, and bridies, available from the clubhouse (didn't sample)

Having watched Preston Lodge lose 17-36 at The Pennypit to Inverness-based Highland in Scottish rugby union's third tier (a 1pm start, report in the appropriate section of Other Sports), I hotfooted it round to Preston Athletic's adjacent Pennypit Park. All of two minutes away! I arrived just as the game was kicking off. Turned out to be a cracking match. With better finishing, it could have ended 5-5.

Ross Nisbet, unmarked at a corner, headed Craigroyston (no idea where that is, I'm afraid) into a second-minute lead. Preston were level two minutes short of the hour when their young sub, a very big lad, displayed surprisingly nimble footwork to latch on to a long clearance and round the keeper. The visitors snatched a barely deserved victory in the 86th minute. Harry Girdwood was denied in a one-on-one but, when the ball came back into the penalty area from the left, made no mistake from 10 yards, slotting in a low, angled shot. Preston, who had much the better of the second half, fluffed at the death a great chance to equalise. Both teams struck the crossbar earlier in the game. Standard Scottish fare: 100mph, headless chicken stuff. Plenty of yellow cards. Entertaining, nonetheless. Lacking the assistance of linesmen, the poor referee had his work cut out. At the final whistle, a frustrated local yelled: "Don't come back, you f****** clown."

Pennypit Park is similar - but not identical - to the rugby union club's ground, The Pennypit. Both have the same stand, amidships on the west touchline: eight rows of bench seats, a central players' tunnel, dressing rooms beneath and flagged hardstanding in front. Unlike the rugby union club's facility, the football ground has permanent dug-outs (in front of the stand) and its pitch (same south-north downhill slope) is fully railed. Entry is via the southwest corner, from where the elevated clubhouse, a single-storey structure, surveys proceedings. A small area of cover for the disabled is located in this corner of the ground. The floodlights were switched on early in the second half. Pennypit Park is a much more appealing arena than The Pennypit, partly because it has substantial grass banks along the east side and at the south end. A row of pebbledashed semis (what is it with the Scots and pebbledash?) beyond the east touchline lends a feeling of enclosure. The Firth of Forth and fifteenth-century Preston Tower are visible from the stand seats. It's a pretty good view of the game on the back row.

The next new football ground I visit will be my 900th. Given how little footy I watch these days, certainly compared to 'other sports', reaching four figures is going to take some time.

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Gloucestershire County League. Admission £3 with programme .Att: 75 approx. ........First match on their new ground at Hillside Gardens,The UWE sports ground at Frenchay.Two identical 3g pitches with a long cover which is situated between the pitches.Probably the best dug outs in non league football with 2 rows of seats in each one.No club house but tea was sold at half time next to the changing rooms.When we arrived Rockcleave 4th team were playing North Bristol Trust in the Bristol Suburban League Division 3.The home side won 4-2.In the main match Rockcleaze seemed to be the better side in a goalless first half and scored 2 quick goals at the start of the 2nd half.Broadwell then scored 3 goals to finish fortunate winners.Good second period but a really cold wind.

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Don't normally report on Levy games on here, but as it was a new tick...

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
North Greenford United 2 Leverstock Green 3

Was considering travelling here by public transport given that it's not far from Greenford station, but glad I didn't as it turns out that it would have been a longer walk round to where the entrance is. You have to go to the end of Berkeley Avenue, through the car park for the fields and follow that round for the ground entrance.

Most of the facilities are behind the goal as you enter the ground - the clubhouse, changing rooms, the only seated stand and a covered terrace. The only other cover is a small Arena unit on one side (which faced into the sun first half). The rest of it is open standing with shallow grass banking. A surprisingly pleasant and rural surrounding for a ground so far into London, apart from an ugly tower block which pops up behind the far goal. The post and rail is painted green, the dugouts are painted green, the stand has green seats, they have "green" in their name, so of course NGU play in all blue!

The game was a bit of a thriller. NGU, now with Lewis Putman in their ranks did most of the attacking in the first half and led 1-0 at the break through Aaron McLeish. Levy equalised through Mark Smith at the start of the second half, but fell behind again just after the hour to another McLeish strike. Levy made a triple substitution midway through the half which changed the game. A run from Jonathan Lacey was finished off by Alex Witham for the equaliser on 88 minutes and eight minutes into stoppage time Ethan Flanagan headed home the winner. Not sure where all that stoppage time came from but we'll take it.

NGU do an online programme, but print off a few copies for visiting officials.

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Silsden 2-1 Hanley T
Att 123 Adm £6 Prog 1.50 Coffee £1

Stress-free drive up - parking difficult even with my early arrival - small car park full and not much street parking (the ground is before one gets to the village) - got a place on the main road.

The ground has a wooden stand with bench seats, and a small covered area further down the same side. Tea hut and clubhouse at the top (nearer the road) end. Hardstanding elsewhere.

Fairly even game - Silsden led on 55 with a fortunate deflection and Hanley equalised on 66 from a corner. The winner came on 77 from a shot from 12 yards into the roof of the net.

Decent journey home via Bradford & A1 - Indoors at 20:45.

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