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First Team Star

Dec 1, 2018, 4:50 PM

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Location: west riding of yorkshire

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The Beagle 1 West Pier 7
North Riding Challenge Cup

Third tier of the York League entertained a top division side from the Scarborough League, and it was the visitors who were on top throughout with the scoreline reflecting the difference between the sides.
West Pier led by four nil at the break, with the home consolation goal coming early in the second period, West Pier adding three more at will.
Just a village rec, teams changing at the rear of a pub of the same name.
Game played in a decent spirit, and as entertaining as such a one sided game could be.

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First Team Regular

Dec 1, 2018, 5:57 PM

Posts: 1372
Location: Melksham, Wiltshire
Team(s): Melksham Town, Bath Rugby, Wigan Warriors and Lancashire CCC

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Evo-Stik Southern Division One South
infiLED Stadium
Melksham Town 1 Slimbridge 0
Admission: S/T Paper available Attendance: 294

The third time these teams have met this season but first in the League. It was a very good game with a sensational finish on a gloomy afternoon with the floods coming on barely 10 minutes in.
First half was a cagey affair with the home side creating the better chances but most were near misses; neither keeper having to make saves. To be fair we looked a little lethargic and Slimbridge were happy to slow the pace down. HT 0-0.
Second half both sides decided to attack. Slimbridge hit the bar, post and had a free header just over while Shaftoe in the home goal had to make a couple of sharp saves. At the other end, Town also hit the bar and had a number of shots blocked with last-ditch clearances.
As the game wore on Slimbridge looked ready to settle for a point and their keeper then started a series of time-wasting actions (a long drink before retrieving the ball, setting up to kick on one side of his box and then changing to the other side). He was warned by the AR four times and the ref eventually carded him.
Some Slimbridge fans on their way out asked the AR how much time was to be played and he answered "3 plus added for the keeper time-wasting". In the 94th minute Reece Rusher found himself free on the right wing, cut inside and slid the ball under the 'keeper for the winner. Justice done methinks (and I told him so quite loudly).
Even with my rose-tinted specs on, Slimbridge were worthy of a point; just cut out the time-wasting sh*t lads eh?
Lowest home gate this season possibly as its the Xmas light ceremony in town...

2018-19 Games: 166 Goals: 611 GPG: 3.68 New Grounds: 96
2019-20 Games: 9 Goals: 34 GPG: 3.78 New Grounds: 8

(This post was edited by Digdagdog on Dec 1, 2018, 5:59 PM)

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Dec 1, 2018, 6:04 PM

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

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Scottish Amateur Cup - Round 4
Hurlford Thistle 3-1 Shortlees
Loudoun Sports Centre, Galston
Attendance 400
No admission charge

When these two teams met in deepest Shortlees in May a crowd of around 2,000 witnessed the league game which determined the destination of the Ayrshire AFA title. Shortlees won easily, adding the Ayrshire league trophy to the Scottish Amateur Cup. Hurlford Thistle were Amateur Cup winners in 2011-12 and 2013-14 (the same season Hurlford United lifted the Scottish Junior Cup) so this was a much-anticipated East Ayrshire derby.

Given the recent deluges, Thistle chose to host the match on the 3G pitch in neighbouring Galston, rather than on their grass pitch at Richardson Park in the village. in fact Loudoun Sports Centre is a good half mile outside the town, on the site of the new-build Loudoun Academy, in an attractive rural location affording views of Loudoun Castle and Loudoun Hill, the volcanic plug where, in 1307, Robert the Bruce’s men routed the invading English army led by Edward I.

With both Kilmarnock and Hurlford United playing at home the crowd was somewhat diminished, but there was a terrific atmosphere - with a couple of hundred supporters of each side lining the opposing touchlines. There are no barriers of any kind along the edge of the pitch

This was a terrific game of football, neither side would be out of place playing at Junior level. Shortlees had earlier this season shown their quality by comfortably winning their Scottish FA Cup tie away to East of Scotland League Tynecastle and then travelling to Midlothian in the next round to take on the mighty Bonnyrigg - they lost, but the narrowness of the defeat was one most teams in Bonnyrigg’s league can only dream of.

Thistle really dominated this game and deservedly go through to the last 32. They went behind on 20 minutes, against the run of play, to a goal scored from some 30 yards. The keeper claimed to have been unsighted. This triggered the first of many red flares being set off by the visitors from the Kilmarnock scheme. 12 minutes later Thistle were level, from a free kick taken about 28 yards out and neatly curled around the wall. Three minutes later, from the opposite side of Shortlees’ penalty area, the same player struck the crossbar from another free kick.

Within seven minutes of the restart Thistle were 3-1 up, with two goals in 3 minutes, both scored from well outside the penalty area. Four goals - not one scored from within the 18 yard box!

Thereafter Shortlees threw everything at Thistle, but the home defence held firm.

Despite the baying, raucous crowd behaviour on the pitch was exemplary. There were plenty of crunching tackles, of course, but there wasn’t a bad foul in the 90 minutes. There was no play-acting and there was no OTT challenging of refereeing decisions. I thought the referee, the sole official, had a terrific game. And after the game, there was no sulking, no recriminations from the deposed cup holders, they just shook hands and chatted with their conquerors.

...and is it wrong to state I really enjoy watching matches played on good artificial surfaces like this one? If only Kilmarnock would do something about theirs - the worst surface known to man

(This post was edited by PaulC on Dec 1, 2018, 6:08 PM)

First Team Star

Dec 1, 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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National League

Eastleigh 2 Dover A 2

admission £15/£12 programme £1 attendance 1430 (90 away)
9th v 23rd
Fourth home draw in a row for the home team, against another team led by an ex-manager (Andy Hessenthaler). When I saw the away lineup I said 'I can't believe they are second from bottom' and today bore this out, with the visitors deserving a least a point, being strong and playing some good stuff.
There were two pitch inspections (1100 and 1230) which reduced the crowd a bit, I'm sure, but in the event the pitch played well and didn't cut up very much.
We had an explosive start as the hosts took the lead after one and a half minutes. A Yates free-kick was pushed away to the side by keeper Walker, however Jones' instant return saw Williamson get in first to score. After that the visitors had more of the play, some neat approach play not resulting in any chances. Yeates caused danger again with a great cross, just missed by McCallum. A Dover corner, one of many in the first half, was then headed over by an unmarked Effiong. Allen then nearly got in at the far post but was blocked by a dubious-looking tackle by Gobern. The equaliser came in the 21st minute, a shot from outside the area found its way to Effiong, looking suspiciously offside, and he stuck it away well. Easltiegh responded with a nice move that saw McCallum play in Williamson, but Walker was out quickly to block. HT 1-1.
After the break Lewis shot wide for the visitors after a clearance found its way to him, and the home team then produced a nice move, the ball was laid back to Williamson, whose shot was well-blocked. But on 57 mins Dover took the lead, a free-kick was played short and a shot found Reason, who scored against his old club. The home team pressed and Johnson also forced Walker to tip over a header from a corner. The visitors looked in control and broke dangerously. Jeffery was fouled just outside the area, according tio the referee. Jeffery's pace and strength down the left then set up Allen for a shot, well blocked. Home keeper Stryjek had to come out of goal frequently to mop up and endeared himself further to the fans with his excursions, looking like a decent outfield player. He also saved a shot from sub Pavey, who could have done better after a 2 on 2 break. Against the run of play there was an equaliser after 85 mins - Yeates cleverly won a free-kick and picked out McCallum with his delivery, a good header tied it up. Yeates had another free-kick, shooting well over, Dover threatened with a couple of corners but a draw it stayed.

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Chelsea Transfer Target

Dec 1, 2018, 6:10 PM

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Doncaster & District FA Challenge Cup, 1st Round

Sutton Rovers 13 {CML Div 1 North}
Adwick Park Rangers 1 {DSL Div 1}

Sutton ceded home advantage due to their landlords having a home CML fixture versus Thorne today... it was subsequently postponed due to Askern being unable to field a team!! Sly
I wouldn't normally watch a one-sided (no-)contest such as this but I've already had one no show at Adwick Park this season, and reckoned that this game would actually take place! Wink
This completes all the Donny Senior Lge venues for me, once again Angelic - I think!

One moment's high and glory rolls on by

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Dec 1, 2018, 6:15 PM

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National League South
Concord Rangers 2 Hemel Hempstead Town 1

Adm: £12, Tea: £1

A grey afternoon at the Asbestos Arena (just walk down the far side and count how many of the adverts along the fence are for asbestos removal companies) and not the greatest of games but a deserved win for Concord against a very disappointing Hemel side.

Little goalmouth action in the early stages, but Concord eventually took the lead after about half an hour with a goal that I didn't see much of from the opposite end. Just before half time Concord were reduced to 10 men after a straight red for a nasty challenge, and within a couple of minutes Hemel were level. A shot from the edge of the box should have been dealt with by keeper Beasant, but he couldn't hold onto it and Tom Knowles nipped in to net the loose ball.

Despite having ten men, Concord looked much the better side in the second half, and a superb strike from Liam Nash midway through the half was enough for them to take all three points.

(This post was edited by ARL on Dec 1, 2018, 6:16 PM)

The Moose
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Dec 1, 2018, 6:30 PM

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Location: The West Country town of Trowbridge

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ADM: £6. PROG: £1. ATT: h/c 85 with another 50 in the bar!

Early morning jaunt to Weymuff then DCH, told me enough about the dreaded call offs to come. Either pesky hogs everywhere or fog over the Ridgeway down to the Isle. Not a surprise then that my first choice of Upottery bit the dust with a back up at Taunton also falling by the wayside.

Considered eggchasing as a fail safe but gambled on West Sheppy for my footy fix on the way back home. When most others in these parts succumb to them thar hogs, Shepton usually goes ahead. The pitch here slopes from top to bottom & from one side to t’other so evidently it helps. Any game is better than nought once the rainy season starts!

Been here a few times now & I quite like the layout. Three areas of cover / seats is plentiful for faithful few. Also tiz surrounded by thirty foot trees, which shelters you from any hoolie blowing. One to do by trusty steed as that Beeching chap ensured trains gave up the ghost, many moons ago. Good win for the home team, well deserved as they were the only side to show any quality.

KRTM :-)

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Dec 1, 2018, 6:46 PM

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Monmouth Town 2 Caerau Ely 1

Chippenham Sports Grounds: Welsh League Second Division

This was my second visit of the season to this ground after having previously attended the Kingfishers Welsh League Second Division fixture with Swansea University back in October. On that occasion, the two teams shared the spoils following a 3-3 draw in a highly entertaining encounter between two club that were playing their football two divisions apart last season. Monmouth Town came into this afternoon's fixtures mid-table in the Second Division following a a 3-1 defeat at promotion chasing Bridgend Street last weekend. Caerau Ely, like their hosts, were relegated from the top echelon of the Welsh League last term and were attempting to bounce back at the first attempt. The Cardiff outfit found themselves in third position but could go to the summit if they won their games in hand on the two teams above them in the Second Division table. The Cwrt-yr-Ala outfit came into this evening's outfit following a 2-1 victory at Croesyceliog in their previous outing just over a fornight ago. I had noted from a link that gcnc had provided recently on this forum that Monmouthshire County Council that they have been providing funding to a number of local Welsh League clubs and are also looking to resolve the problems encountered by Monmouth Town. The Kingfishers currently play on the town's recreation ground, shared by the local cricket and rugby union clubs, and as things currently stand would unable to play in the FAW's new tier three leagues from the beginning of the 2020/21 campaign. The club did groundshare with local rivals Abergavenny Town for one season but returned back to the town after the relationship between the two parties had broken down over a number of reported issues.

The Cardiff-based visitors looked lively going forward in the opening stages as a Caerau Ely forward rounded the home goalkeeper in the third minute but lifted his shot on to of the net. The away team broke down the left flank in the 23rd minute but headed the ensuing cross over the target. Monmouth Town slowly found their way into the proceedings but broke quickly down the right flank four minutes later and saw a cross-shot deflected past the far post for a corner. The impressive Elliot Ford pulled a low 20 yard effort wide of goal in the 32nd minute before the same player saw a close range shot parried three minutes later after being picked-out by a long ball played forward. Monmouth Town saw a header clear the crossbar from a 37th minute corner before seeing a volley fly wide of goal from another corner five minutes later. Caerau Ely were then reduced to ten men in first-half stoppage time for a poorly-time challenge on an opponent. The Kingfishers headed wide of the near post from a 48th minute corner before the visiting custodian made a smart close range save 13 minutes later and then saw a shot from the edge of his penalty area come back off an upright. Despite Monmouth Town making a solid start to the second-half it was Caerau Ely that finally broke the deadlock from a 66th minute. The home team looked for an instant reply, as they saw a low shot deflected behind for a corner five minutes later, before finally levelling the scores two minutes later when Rory Prettyjohns header from a hanging cross on the left was deemed to have crossed the line. The Cardiff club blazed a shot high over the target from a 77th minute on the right before Elliot Ford latched on too a through ball 10 minutes later but dragged his effort wide of goal. Just as it appeared that two teams would have to settle for a point each, Monmouth Town claimed a dramatic victory, when an 89th minute corner was headed just inside the far post by Rhodri Lewis and nestled in the back of the net.

2018/19 Statistics
Goals: 469
Matches: 97
New Grounds: 14

First Team Star

Dec 1, 2018, 6:55 PM

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Location: Leighton Buzzard
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South Midlands Premier
Admission & (the last) programme £7.00 2x Tea £2.00
Attendance 70 (1st half h/c 66)

After an enforced absence last week, football returned but not for much longer if yet more scaremongering from the press is to be believed (strangely enough not from the usual "source"). Had Crawley Green still been lodging at Barton this game might have been in doubt, but the 3G did its stuff. Both sides traded goals in the first half before CG had a golden opportunity to retake the lead with the Hadley defence all over the place but the keeper performed an acrobatic save to deny them. Unfortunately there was little he could do about CG's winner which came from a thunderous free kick four minutes before the end.

I managed to snaffle the last programme despite turning up shortly after 2.35. Either there was an initial rush on them, or perhaps CG are rationing them to ensure they have enough shells to last the season. One persistent negative is the all-singing, all-dancing smart TV in the clubhouse which seems to have an aversion to BBC1 or the red button service.

2018/19 stats

124 goals in 34 games
£339.70 spent.

Andy D
Chelsea Transfer Target

Dec 1, 2018, 7:02 PM

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Swillington Saints 0 Stanley United 2, West Riding Challenge Cup 3rd Round, Att: 15, Admission/Prog: No

On a drizzly, dank day East of Leeds, Swillington, second in Division 2 of the West Yorkshire League were deservedly beaten by their Yorkshire Amateur League opponents who dominated the second period after an even first half of few chances. Both goals came late in the game as players tired, the first being somewhat controversial, the ball hitting a post and slowly bobbling along the goal line before being cleared, however the referee, not ideally placed about ten yards outside the penalty area gave a goal. The lack of vehement protests by the Swillington players nearest the goal might suggest he was right. A second goal four minutes from time, a cross which flew over the 'keeper sealed Stanley's victory. Swillington's home ground is behind the Miners Welfare Club, an open area with a railed football pitch, part railed rugby pitch and a further open football pitch, all served by a two storey changing room block, which also featured a tea bar hatch which wasn't open today. The railed pitch showed signs of having had cover at some point, a couple of steps of partly overgrown terracing straddling the half way line. The pitch itself held up well in the conditions, the surrounding grassed areas being quite heavy in places.

Pre-match refreshments were courtesy of The Junction in Castleford, a proper old fashioned pub with a no-nonsense landlord, with time afterwards for a quick revisit to The Rose & Crown, Cleckheaton, both in fine form.

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Dave 56
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Dec 1, 2018, 7:08 PM

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NWCFA Junior Cup 2nd Round. KO 13:30. (F&N). Crowd 23.

Bryngwran Bulls 2 v 0 Mynydd Tigers

Tigers beat the bulls at the end of last season to clinch promotion to the Gwynedd League but were only allowed promotion after 2 appeals. Their season started late as a result of the appeals and has not gone particularly well. By contrast Bulls sit top of the Anglesey league.

The pitch is at the back of a school and has dugouts but little else. The players change in outbuildings at the nearby pub and walk a couple of hundred yards to the pitch. Thankfully it stayed dry as this is a very exposed location.

Absorbing game with Bulls clearly the better side and a match they won with goals in the 34th and 37th minutes. They also hit the post with a free kick and spurned several other good chances. The visiting keeper was my man of the match for some excellent stops.

Really enjoyable afternoon and I might be tempted to take in a game in the next round.

kirby knitters
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Dec 1, 2018, 7:18 PM

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FAV 3.
Coventry United 4 Hinckley AFC O.
Add £7.
Prog £1.50.
Att ?? (steward told me they would half it anyway!!)
Carling £3.30.

A turbulent 24 hours in the short history of AFC went the way everyone thought it would considering what has gone on and going in at the break 0-4 down and not conceding after was a bonus because it could have been much worse. Could have done without the patronising "well done Hinckley you have done your club proud" blasting from the PA system as fans headed to the exit but this is Cov so expect anything especially from a club who deny they were formed because of the well documented goings on elsewhere in the city!! Sound bitter? You bet I am, this place always brings the worst out in me but at least unlike the Shepshed game back in August I managed to avoid the dreadful lager-free Broomfield Tavern near the ground this time.

Andy D
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Dec 1, 2018, 7:22 PM

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FAV 3.
Coventry United 4 Hinckley AFC O.
Add £7.
Prog £1.50.
Att ?? (steward told me they would half it anyway!!)
Carling £3.30.

A turbulent 24 hours in the short history of AFC went the way everyone thought it would considering what has gone on and going in at the break 0-4 down and not conceding after was a bonus because it could have been much worse. Could have done without the patronising "well done Hinckley you have done your club proud" blasting from the PA system as fans headed to the exit but this is Cov so expect anything especially from a club who deny they were formed because of the well documented goings on elsewhere in the city!! Sound bitter? You bet I am, this place always brings the worst out in me but at least unlike the Shepshed game back in August I managed to avoid the dreadful lager-free Broomfield Tavern near the ground this time.

Bugger. I missed that place when I went. Lager-free sounds like my idea of pub heaven......

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Chelsea Transfer Target

Dec 1, 2018, 7:28 PM

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Appleby Frodingham 2 Scotter U 1
Lincs Junior Cup Rd 3 Free Adm Prog £1 Att 70ish

An entertaining game but very low on quality. This is the worst AppFrod team I've seen but Scotter, missing four regulars through injury, failed to convert their first half chances and paid for it when the hosts struck with two long range efforts on 65 and 70 minutes. A goal on 85 minutes gave hope but it was not to be and the last Scunny League team exited the competition.

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Dec 1, 2018, 7:52 PM

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Stapleford Town 1 Newark Flowserve 3
Nottinghamshire Senior Cup.3rd Round

A chance to do an early kick-off in a county cup game appealed and with the wet weather affecting the FA Vase match I was planning to go to,I made the right decision.

Stapleford have moved back onto Hickings Lane this season after originally being told to play elsewhere until they upgraded the ground.At the moment its just a roped off pitch but enclosed on three sides by a combination of trees/houses and a fence.The clubhouse is a couple of minutes walk from the pitch where hot drinks and food were available.A programme was available from the clubhouse for £1.

As for the match it provided excellent entertainment.Flowserve who are riding high in the East Midlands Counties League took hold of the game and finally scored after missing a few chances just after the half hour.Stapleford grabbed an equaliser just after halftime but with four minutes Newark had regained the lead.The homesters kept plugging away until with about 15 minutes to go the game suddenly exploded due to an unprovoked attack by a Stapleford player on a Newark player.This was the cue for a 22 man brawl plus both benches joining in.This carried on for a few minutes before calming down with a player from both sides being red carded.It should have been more in my opinion!After that the game settled down again and Newark got a late goal to complete the scoring.

Despite the brawl is was a very good match which attracted many travellers from far and wide.

Formerly known as Warwick Brake

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Dec 1, 2018, 7:52 PM

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West of Scotland Junior Cup Round 1 (12 Noon KO)
Cumbernauld United v Vale of Clyde, 5-0, H.T. 2-0, Att c.40, Admission £6, No paper, Coffee £1
At Westfield Park (Dunipace FC)

After a week of rain Cumbernauld made the decision to move their home game to the new plastic surface at Dunipace’s ground. Speaking to their committee, they reckoned it would have been off at Guy’s Meadow, even though Saturday was relatively dry.

This was my second visit to the revamped Westfield and my first in daylight. It’s not bad as a facility but doesn’t have the character of the old place. There is a steep grass bank on the far side which was absolutely treacherous due to the wet conditions. All the facilities are on the near side – credit to Dunipace for opening up their club house where hot drinks were on sale and alcoholic drinks were available for a donation.

Two divisions separate Cumbernauld and Vale of Clyde and the gap in standard was apparent from the start. Cumbernauld piled on the pressure but a combination of fine goalkeeping and poor finishing kept them out until the 36th minute. Then, in a five minute spell, they scored twice and missed a penalty, to lead 2-0 at the break.

Vale were playing and behaving more like the Tollcross Tongs than a football team. On three occasions during the first half the referee had to suspend play to deal with skirmishing between the two technical areas.

The second half was less fractious and Cumbernauld strolled to a 5-0 win with some fine goals. They now move on to play Shettleston in Round Two.

From there I moved on fifteen miles through Cumbernauld and Airdrie to:

SPFL League Two (3pm KO)
Albion Rovers v Cowdenbeath, 1-1, H.T. 1-1, Att 220, Admission £13, programme £2, Teamsheets free, Pie and Coffee £3
At Cliftonhill Stadium

Rovers made a horrific start to the season with a team made up of lower-division Juniors. Around a month ago they parted company with their manager and several of his signings have also departed. New Manager Kevin Harper has stabilised things a little and Rovers are no longer the pushover that they were. I cannot see them ending up anywhere other than bottom but I would now be more hopeful that they could compete in a Play Off for survival.

Cowden were the team in that position for the last two years. Rovers can take hope from the fact that a rank rotten Cowden side were still too good for the best the Highland and Lowland leagues could come up with.

Both goals came in the first half and both were penalties – Rovers taking the lead and Cowden equalising. The visitors probably had slightly the better of the first half and I expected them to go on and win. However, Rovers were better after the break and in the end they deserved their draw – Cowden played the last ten minutes a man down after Buchanan was sent off for a bad tackle from behind.

Cliftonhill is a throwback to the 1970s in terms of comfort and facilities but I quite like it. The fans are vitriolic and partisan, unlike some of those in all-seated kit stadiums. The pies were good and the programme is decent. Teamsheets available from the Club Shop.

Bantam Cymraeg
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Dec 1, 2018, 7:55 PM

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Astley & Tyldesley 2-1 Hollinwood
Manchester League Division 2
No admission charge
Att: 7 (h/c)

When I arrived about 10mins before the schedule 2pm start the home team were going through a shambolic warm up routine (involving shooting for goal and missing 90% of the time), but there was no sign of the visitors. They eventually turned up at quarter past, and the game kicked off at 2.23. This wasn't a promising start, but the game (although low on quality) was very enjoyable.

A&T took the lead on 24 when Hollinwood inexplicably took a throw in across their own box, made a hash of it, and an A&T striker pounced to score. The visitors equalised just before the break with a far post header from a deep cross. The 2nd half continued to be very even, but the winner was pure route 1 with 6mins left. Long ball from the keeper, defence didn't deal with it, A&T striker smashes it over the keeper into the top corner for the winner. A draw would have been fair, but it was a fine strike.

A&T are new to the Manc League, and have had a tough start. This was their 3rd win on the bounce, so maybe they've turned the corner. The ground is part of a large Miners' Welfare sports complex, including cricket, bowls and cycle speedway (!). There is one full size football pitch and 4 smaller junior pitches. The only furniture pitchside is a rope along the middle third of one side. Otherwise it's just grass standing, but a pleasant area surrounded by trees.

There are a few converted containers, one of which houses a tea bar - this seemed to be mainly for spectators for earlier junior games, and closed soon after the adult game kicked off. Refreshments are otherwise available in the clubhouse, which is next to the cricket pitch and a fair distance from the football.

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Coventry Sphinx 4-1 Highgate United
Midland Football League Premier Division

Headed up to Coventry with a choice of two games, better weather in that direction and it avoided problems on the M4. Opted for this one fairly late in the journey.

Sphinx had the better of the early play, and took the lead with a quarter of an hour played. As the half wore on Highgate got into a bit more, creating a few chances of their own. However, they didn't take any and their hosts doubled the lead from an injury time corner. Any possibility of a fightback were ended with two goals before the hour mark. After that Sphinx brought some subs on and the game largely petered out. Time for a late consolation after a mix-up in the home defence.

There is a large clubhouse just outside the ground, which has the changing rooms on the top floor, longer than most trips for the players. Access only to two and a half sides with part of the entrance end and the side opposite the stand out of bounds. The only cover was just beyond the dugouts, half fitted with benches and half for standing. By the entrance is a tea bar and small (a shed) club shop.

They appear to be slowly increasing the size of the car park. It was full even with a relatively small crowd here. Towards the end of the game there were regular announcements for someone to move due to blocking the way out. Thankfully gone by the time I left.

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1-0 (HT (0-0)
Excellent, feisty cup tie which threatened to boil over at times but the ref just about kept control.
The visitors will wonder how they lost this. They had 5 or 6 good chances, but as the game approached full time, Simon Townsend bagged an unlikely winner for Braunton.

The ground improvements continue, hard standing down one side, nets on one side and behind one goal to stop the balls disappearing. Plans are ongoing for upgrading the car park and the hopeful installation of floodlights.
The bar was open and seemed to be doing a good trade throughout the game.
The ground is about a mile out of the centre of Braunton, toward Saunton. On the right is Lobb Fields caravan/camping and the entrance to the footy is just passed this.

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Herts Senior Trophy QF
Wormley Rovers 2-2 Broxbourne Boro' (1-3 on pens)
Around 60 in attendance
Adm £5
Prog online at

Derby day and a clash between two step 6 clubs barely three miles apart yet playing in different leagues.

The worst of the rain passed over by lunchtime and, although it was a damp and mostly grey afternoon, it stayed dry during the game. Typical step 6 pitch but the game was never in doubt.

Wormley will be kicking themselves for blowing this. They were the better side in the first half, took the lead from a carelessly-conceded penalty and missed chances to extend it. But Boro, whose tackling was becoming a bit naughty by that stage, grabbed an equaliser just before half time thanks mainly to poor marking.

More even after the break though Wormley came closest with a shot off the underside of the bar that didn't quite cross the line. Then, on 88, a moment of real quality in a game often devoid of such, when a cross from the right was half-volleyed venomously back across goal and into the net to put Wormley into the semis....except in the fourth minute of stoppage time Boro grabbed an unlikely equaliser which Wormley again could have closed down better.

So to penalties and the scoreline says it all, though oddly most of the players didn't realise it was over after Boro scored the clincher, resulting in possibly the most muted celebrations I've ever seen after a shoot out.

The ground is part of a multi-sports facility and set amongst loads of other pitches and a cricket square. It's about a mile off the A10, which actually backs onto the facility but is out of sight, if not earshot. Huge car park, nice little clubhouse/cafe and plenty of grass! The ground itself is floodlit but still rather basic - semi-enclosed by hedges and some temporary fencing and with just a bit of cover but no seats yet.

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Dec 1, 2018, 8:32 PM

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Llantwit Major (1) 2 Goytre (1) 1 - Welsh lge Div 1 - att c.40, admission £5, prog £1
Goytre scored in the first 20 seconds, but their goalie gifted the home side a winner with a disastrous 2nd half clearance straight to a home forward. (His earlier first half hesitation in coming out had resulted in him barging an oncoming forward off the ball and conceding a penalty but on that occasion he redeemed himself with a fine save).

Bit of a walk from car park across rec to ground with no vehicular access. Enclosed and railed off with a small seated stand near entrance.

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Isthmian League Premier Division
Dorking Wanderers 0 Tonbridge Angels 1

Admission: £7 (student), Programme: £2 (60 pages, good balance of content and adverts)
Attendance: 526 (official)

People always hype up top-of-the-table clashes as some of the most exciting games of the season, yet in my experience these sort of games rarely ever prove entertaining at all. It often ends up being the case that the two sides cancel each other out, and this was a perfect example of that, as well as one of the worst 90 minutes of football I've had to endure this season.

The game got off to an exciting start, both teams attacking from the whistle and creating several good chances in the first five minutes. However, after this the game quickly lost its spark as both teams started cancelling each other out. This gradually saw the ball spending more and more time in the air as both teams started to hoof the ball up the pitch more often than not, with the ball then kept in the air by a series of headers. On the rare occasions that the ball stayed on the ground and one of the teams attempted to take advantage of the 3G surface and play some free-flowing football (such moments proved quite rare for much of the game), good chances were created and the match became much easier to endure. One of these fell to Tonbridge just after the half-hour mark when someone got a show away and it looked to be heading in, only for Dorking keeper Slawomir Huk to make a remarkable save to keep the game goalless. Other than this, little else of note happened before half-time, and already it was seeming like I was set to see my first 0-0 of the season.

After the second half opened with ten minutes of aerial tedium, there was a 5-10 minute spell when Dorking began to look much the better side and started to carve out some fine chances. The best of these came from a corner when the ball bounced around a little and was shot low and goalwards, but Jonathan Henly made an impressive reaction save to keep it out. Not long after this, the game once again reverted to type, with the next notable incident not even involving the football itself: I'm not exactly sure how it started, but there was a brief moment of handbags by the dugouts between one of the Tonbridge coaching staff and Dorking's Jerry O'Sullivan. After the incident was broken up, the coaching staff member (I couldn't tell from the main stand whether it was the manager or one of his coaches) was firmly reprimanded by the referee, whereas O'Sullivan received a booking.

In the last 15 minutes, the game finally started to open up a little, but this didn't lead to much in the way of clear-cut chances, so going into stoppage time the goalless draw was looking more and more likely. However, Tonbridge's Sonny Miles had other ideas: in the 94th minute, a Tonbridge corner was hit hard and over everyone in the box, reaching Miles just outside the box who, with his back to goal, decided to kick the ball over his head to play it back into the box, only for his effort to somehow make its way into the net. Dorking then went on one last push up the pitch to try and salvage a point, earning a free-kick on the edge of the box: this was floated in and initially reached a Dorking head, but the initial header was poor and it was eventually cleared, after which the full-time whistle went.

The ground has been described frequently on here of late, so I'll just say I was very impressed with the set-up here, both in terms of its current status and its potential for expansion in the likely event that Dorking Wanderers' meteoric rise up the pyramid continues.

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A drive down to Avenue Rd. KO 3.00pm.

FA Vase 3rd Round.

ERITH TOWN 1 (0) v (1) WINDSOR 2.


Home. S Callender (64)

Away. R Lazarczuk (35) D Roberts (59)

Admission £8. Programme £2. Attendance 73.

GAMES THIS SEASON 2019/20. (0)
GAMES SINCE LAST 0-0. Ipswich Town v Bolton Wanderers. 22/09/18. (39) BEST RUN OF NOT SEEING A 0-0. (61)
LEAGUES COMPLETED. Championship. Isthmian League North. ECL Premier Division. SCEFL Premier Division.
FOOTBALL SEEN IN:Bulgaria,Czech Republic,England,France,Greece,Guensey,Holland,Scotland,Switzerland,Turkey & Wales.

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Under 18 Professional Development League
Sheffield Wednesday U18 3 Hull City U18 1 (att 45 h/c)
Free admission, free teamsheet

I'd assumed I'd ticked the Middlewood Road training ground after a 2002 visit to watch Wednesday's under 19 side, but recent photos suggested the pitch they played on that day was not the same as the one now favoured by the under 18 team.

I wasn't sure until I arrived, but Sheffield is an easy journey and I had a plan B had it not worked out. The whole complex has had a makeover since 2002, including a new entrance. The pitch I saw a game on back then has been turned through 90 degrees and was staging the under 16s game today.

The under 18s play on the first pitch you come to by foot from the entrance, closest to the club buildings. The training ground is quite hemmed in and so the pitch is enclosed. Spectators can spectate from one side, although not the area between the dugouts (surely it'd make sense to have the dugouts on the other side), or from the ends if they're happy to peer through a fence.

All in all it had a much more relaxed feel than a lot of academy game at this level, and it wasn't a bad match either. Wednesday went ahead with an early penalty, then doubled their lead before half time. A third goal made the game safe before Hull got a late consolation.

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1.45pm (15 mins late as the hosts thought it was a 2pm start and weren't ready)
Sheffield County Senior League Cup, Third Round
Caribbean Sports 3 South Kirkby Colliery 0 (att 4 h/c)
Free admission, no progs

A cup upset at the Caribbean Sports Ground in Ecclesfield, but a minor one as South Kirkby are not going well in the premier division.

Caribbean, who play in division one, started on the front foot and were much the better side in the first half. They deserved their 15th minute lead, from a penalty, and should have scored more to make the game safe.

They might have paid for wasting chances in a more even second half, but neither team could find the net until late on, when Caribbean finally got a second goal to see off South Kirkby. They added a third moments later as the visitors' heads dropped.

I liked the ground, which has seen better days (but only slightly better I suspect). The pitch is beyond and below a cricket pitch, so there's banking at one end. One side has a section of railing, two dugouts and a some cover that looks close to collapsing. The rest of the pitch is roped off, mostly through ancient concrete posts.

The Civil Service ground is immediately adjacent, and by a quirk of the fixtures South Kirkby's veterans team were playing there, so while the visitors waited for Caribbean to get ready they stood and watched some of that match.

Photos and a similar write up are at

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The rain got more noticeable at lunch time but around Newmarket it had stopped.

Cambridgeshire County League Kershaw Premier Division
Bar Hill SSC 0
Gt Shelford 1 (66)
KO: 14:00 Att: 73 h/c Cost: Donation box came round at start of 2nd half Saw no progs

Venue: Bar Hill Village Green, The Spinney, Bar Hill
Car park at the venue which had one of the best clubhouses I’ve seen. Near side has the clubhouse in one corner close to the pitch so narrow grass area. There’s a balcony to view from which was packed with the drinkers & slightly further back is covered overhang with some picnic tables/chairs. You cannot watch from under the balcony due to see through fence of the nursery school. There’s a couple of benches. The rest of this side has fairly wide grass area with a kids play area & around this is hardstanding or other material preventing you getting muddy. Set back is h/s area in front of scout hut. Some trees & bushes. One goal has slight grass banking for nearly half of length with some trees. Small area has fairly wide grass area with remainder having grass area with fenced off kids play area behind. Behind this is a school. Past the corner flag is a small caged floodlit artificial pitch & then a fenced off area with 2 tennis courts. There’s then a church, more of a modern type. There’s also a couple of benches. Other side has wide grass area & set back is footpath in front of fences of houses & bungalows. There’s a couple of benches near footpath. In corner is roped off cricket square. Behind other goal is fairly wide grass area but in corner it’s wide then houses. There’s a couple of benches.

Match: 13th v 4th out of 16
Not that cold although once it had stopped raining on the way I thought that would be it but it rained on & off lightly throughout 1st half & a shower in 2nd half. Breezy at times.

BH were 8pts ahead of the team below them. The pattern of this game was set early with a reckless tackle by GS very early into the game. The ref kept his cards in his pocket. GS committed foul after foul throughout the game. The BH gk was injured early into the game but after a bit of a delay play resumed. A bit later he had to be substituted. On 37mins an elbow by BH player in the face of GS player saw some pushing & shoving. The ref spoke to his lino & called both captains over. Again no cards. A half totally devoid of goalmouth action ended with less than a minute of injury time played when it should’ve been close to 5. Shots 0-2.

H/t lasted over 12mins. BH had a 20yd shot which beat the gk but struck the bar. On 50mins they shot off target but as player shot in the penalty box he was fouled. No penalty awarded. On 64mins the ref did prove to the crowd he had remembered his cards as he finally showed it to GS player. A good move saw GS score from close range. A further yellow card to each side later in the game. Shots 6-6.

A poor game only made better watching the game with a local guy who watches a number of Cambs league games & hates GS. Some more rain as I got closer to home.

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