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First Team Star

Dec 22, 2018, 5:17 PM

Posts: 1515
Location: west riding of yorkshire

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Bishopthorpe U 0 Harrison Signs 3
York & District league, Division 1

Second level of this league, and 10th v 12th beforehand, in a 12 team division.
By winning Harrisons move up several places, and deservedly so on this showing.Their first goal came in the first five minutes, adding another half way through the first half, and a third just after the hour. The home side didn't threaten much, and never the target.
Typical venue for this league, village rec with just changing facilties at the ground in a pleasant part of the city.

(This post was edited by noprogs on Dec 22, 2018, 5:22 PM)

First Team Star

Dec 22, 2018, 5:36 PM

Posts: 1517
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 2 Fleet Town 1
Admission: S/T Paper available Attendance: 382

Dunno where to start with this. Less than 50 seconds in and a poor defensive clearance was bashed into the bottom corner by the visitors. Fleet had a game plan which was to play out from the back at all costs and to press Melksham whenever they had the ball. A young but energetic side, they also looked a little one-dimensional but kept their shape and frustrated an, admittedly, poor home team for the first half. Two good chances were wasted by Plummer and especially Ballinger (the latter was tragic). HT 0-1.
Second half, more of the same, the home side trying to play the ball quicker to beat the press and over-hitting passes, or firing over miss-placed crosses. You could sense the tension. Melksham hit the bar twice late on after Fleet started to tire. The ninety came up (there had been injury stoppages - several) and on 93, the ball was curled in for Maidment to nod across the defence and in. A minute later, Fleet attacked and their forward dived in the area and was red-carded for simulation. On 95, a copy-book cross with a copy-book result when Maidment headed home. Cue mayhem and a huge fight as I think the Fleet centre back took exception to a few choice comments.
Another get-out-of-jail-free card used; that is 3 goals in the last two home games scored after 90 minutes...phew.
To be fair we missed Jon Davies, our talisman and Reece Rusher and a couple of our more senior players were dogshit. At the end of the season however it ends it's games like this that will be remembered.
Healthy crowd too.

2018-19 Games: 166 Goals: 611 GPG: 3.68 New Grounds: 96
2019-20 Games: 93 Goals: 366 GPG: 3.94 New Grounds: 51

First Team Sub

Dec 22, 2018, 5:51 PM

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

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Season ticket at Portman Rd. KO 3.00pm.

Sky Bet Championship.



Home. E Harrison (38)

Away. B Sharpe (47)

Admission by season ticket. Programme £3. Attendance 17,942. Away Fans 1,292.

GAMES THIS SEASON 2019/20. (23)
GAMES SINCE LAST 0-0. Ipswich Town v Wycombe Wanderers. 26/11/19. (2) BEST RUN OF NOT SEEING A 0-0. (61)
LEAGUES COMPLETED. Championship. League 1. Isthmian League North. ECL Premier Division. ECL Division 1 North. SCEFL Premier Division.
FOOTBALL SEEN IN:Bulgaria,Czech Republic,England,France,Greece,Guensey,Holland,Scotland,Switzerland,Turkey & Wales.

Youth Team Regular

Dec 22, 2018, 5:56 PM

Posts: 198

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Re: [bluearmybob] Saturday 22nd December 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Essex Olympian - Division 1
AFC Shenfield v Frenford Reserves 1-0 (ht 0-0)
Venue: Warley Playing Fields, The Drive, Warley, Brentwood; kickoff 1400hrs
Entry: Free, no programme
Attendance: h/c 17

Not the normal venue for the first team, this is a basic setup. Everyone used the car park at the end of Chindits Lane which is supposedly only for the school and futness club. It leads directly to the playing fields which are dissected by a line of trees. To the left, behind the trees, are rugby and football pitches; to the right is a changing room block (toilets only), then our pitch (roped off on three sides), Mavericks RFC pavilion (closed) and then the road called The Drive.

An open and entertaining game that Shenfield should have won more convincingly. They started quickest and hit the woodwork three times in the first ten minutes before Frenford woke up and made a game of it. The only goal came on seventy minutes and just after a ten minute stoppage for treatment to an away player. This delay, plus a late start to the game, meant that we virtually ran out of light by the time ninety minutes of play was up.

Reserve Team Star

Dec 22, 2018, 5:57 PM

Posts: 721
Location: Guildford/Yaxley
Team(s): Norwich City, Yaxley

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Southern League Division 1 Central
Yaxley 2 Dunstable Town 0

Attendance: 84

This is a very difficult report to write, as this was a game filled with controversy and chaos both on and off the pitch. As a disclaimer, I'm not going to go into too much detail on that as it wouldn't be appropriate (especially as this report will go in the next matchday programme), but just know that it was a very unpleasant atmosphere at times today.

Not much happened for the first half an hour of the game: both teams were trying to assert themselves on proceedings without much success, though Dunstable were having the better of the chances and forced James Blake into several fine saves to keep it goalless. Just after the half hour, there was an accidental collision between Matt Sparrow and the Dunstable keeper (Sparrow was chasing the ball and happened to catch the keeper's leg just after he collected the ball), and this led to significant controversy both on and off the pitch. After an extended stoppage, the game got back underway and the Dunstable keeper was substituted. Around the 40 minute mark, we had an excellent chance from a Charley Sanders header from a corner (excellently saved by the substitute keeper, in fairness), but he was ruled to be offside. We then had another corner a few minutes later, but this time Sanders was onside and lashed a powerful header into the net to make it 1-0 going into half-time.

By the time the second half had started, thing seemed to have calmed down and the game flowed for a while, both teams playing some decent football in patches. On one such attack for Dunstable, one of their players went down in the box under minimal contact and, after the penalty appeals were understandably waved away all hell broke loose for a few minutes. A few yellow cards were given out by the referee and, once things had fully calmed down, he gave us a goal kick to get things back underway. Not long after this (in roughly the 55th minute), we went on the attack and the ball eventually fell to Phil Stebbing, whose shot from just inside the box eluded the substitute Dunstable keeper to make it 2-0. Around ten minutes later we found ourselves down to ten men as Sparrow was sent off (I can't comment further than that as I could hardly tell what had happened from my position). This saw Dunstable put massive pressure on us for the last half an hour as we attempted to hold out, with excellent defensive work from Sanders and the rest of the defence keeping Dunstable at bay, eventually seeing us hold out for the win.

MOTM: Charley Sanders

I could comment more on how "Thugstable" Town (as seems to be a much more appropriate name for them based on this game) are one of the most aggressive and unpleasant football team I've ever seen (along with a few fans who seemed to be eager for a fight), but I don't really want to stir too much controversy or dwell too much on it, so I'll leave it at that and enjoy the feeling of a fourth consecutive win (and, at long last, a clean sheet) instead.

2019/20 stats (including Pre-Season):

New Grounds: 19 (Most Recent: Marlow)
Games: 28
Goals: 96
Goals Per Game (to 2 dp): 3.43
0-0s: 1

My Blog:

(This post was edited by Atavistic on Dec 22, 2018, 6:02 PM)

nervous rec
Reserve Team Regular

Dec 22, 2018, 6:13 PM

Posts: 714
Location: Farnborough, Hants
Team(s): Aldershot Town

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Colden Common 1 Overton 1
Hampshire Premier League Senior Division
Admission Free Programme £1

As the weather was mild for the time of year, and forecast was dry, I took advantage of a step 7 game on a roped off pitch with no covered accommodation. The forecast was surprisingly incorrect, as there were showers throughout the match, but didnít detract from an enjoyable afternoon, where two fortunate goals failed to separate the teams. Both came in the second half, firstly Overton were given a dubious free kick, from which they hit the bar and the rebound was duly scored. Then as the minutes ticked away, the hosts scored an equaliser, which the referee gave, despite the linesman flagging for offside. Trees and bushes line one side and behind one goal, while the rest of the pitch is backed onto by other pitches. There were not even any dugouts in place in this rural setting. This could be one of the last games Colden Common play at this venue, as I was informed that they are moving to Oaklandís Park, the former home of defunct club Otterbourne in January. Apparently, after years of playing there, their former home of Main Road was unsatisfactory due to the size of the changing rooms, so they moved to Boyes Lane, but the council will not grant them approval to install hard standing around the pitch, as the League rules donít require it. Finally a word about the programme which, for this level is a gem, containing enough reading material, and plenty of stats, including results of past meetings between the two teams going back to 1985.

Divisions completed: SW Peninsula League Premier Division West, Welsh Premier League, JD Cymru South Division, JD Cyrmu North, Airtricity Irish Premier, Gibraltar Divisions 1 & 2

(This post was edited by nervous rec on Dec 22, 2018, 8:34 PM)

First Team Sub

Dec 22, 2018, 6:19 PM

Posts: 1091
Location: Ipswich
Team(s): Ipswich Town

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Also at Ipswich Town v Sheffield United - not down yet, we keep fighting

Last New ground; Benhall St Mary, Games in 2019/20 Season; 61, New Grounds this Season; 30, Next scheduled game: Ipswich Town v Coventry City - FAC (10/12/19)

First Team Star

Dec 22, 2018, 6:21 PM

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

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National League

Eastleigh 2 Harrogate T. 1

admission £15/£12 programme £1 attendance 1622 (looked less)
9th v 3rd
Decent game, Harrogate were a good side (the surprise package this season) who had most of the play, apart from a 25-minute spell from the home team before half time, so a bit of an unexpected home win, their first for three months (lots of draws, though).
The game got off to an explosive start as a long ball into the Spitfires penalty area was missed by a defender and Leesley hammered it first time into the net (the keeper didn't even move) to give the visitors the lead with 1:04 on the clock. After that, Harrogate put some nice moves together but didn't really create many chances. After 20 mins, McCallum had the home team's first shot, straight at the keeper. Yeates then set up Williamson but he fired wide. The equaliser came on 27 mins as a nice move saw Jones set up Hare on the right flank. He had a similar situation a few mins before and had overrun the ball, but this time his instant cross was perfect for Williamson to sidefoot into the net. The visitors came back and Fallowfield created a good chance for Emmett, bur he shot wide. For Eastleigh, McCallum skied a sitter, Johnson headed wide from a corner and Yeates curled a nice shot which was saved, so HT 1-1.

After the break Harrogate upped their came and had some early chances, Emmett shot straight at the keeper, and Leesley scuffed his first effort wide and put the other one over. Again the home team were mainly on the defensive without too many chances being created, a corner from Leesley came off the bar but not much else, and then in the 82nd minute a classic Eastleigh breakaway saw Yeates set up Miley (just brought on) who curled the ball nicely into the bottom corner to give his team the lead. The visitors tried to come back again but apart from a Kitching header, easily saved, the home team held out. In fact sub McKnight nearly extended the lead - he was put through on the right in injury time and was only denied by the keeper's legs.

If you're going to/been to a Hampshire Premier League match, I'd really appreciate you filling in a questionnaire - available in the Groundhopping/General section, or just PM me for a copy. Thanks.

(This post was edited by HantsLondoner on Dec 22, 2018, 11:41 PM)

Chelsea Transfer Target

Dec 22, 2018, 6:23 PM

Posts: 4544
Location: Oxford
Team(s): Pompey

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Southern League Division One Central
Kidlington 1-2 Didcot Town

Entry: £8
Attendance: headcount of 100+

In this fixture last Boxing Day, I saw Kiddy score in the last minute only to then concede two in injury time in a 3-3 draw. Today, exactly the same thing happened, only Kiddy didn't have any buffer this time around and it was Diddy who took all the points.

Despite the explosion of late drama, for much of this match it was turgid stuff - bitty, argumentative, niggly, and with very little entertainment value - and despite the growing gap of league positions between the two (Kiddy are still in the bottom two, while Diddy have somehow hauled themselves all the way up to the play-off places thanks to a fine run of results) there seemed little difference between the sides. Kiddy will be kicking themselves for letting this slip, though.

kirby knitters
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Dec 22, 2018, 6:25 PM

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Location: Kirby Muxloe
Team(s): Hinckley United FC.

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MFL 1.

Leicester Road 6 Heath Hayes 0.

Add £5
Prog £2
Att 64
Carling £3.50

Three in each half made this a walk in the park for Knitters and only a superb display from the visiting keeper combined with wasteful finishing prevented a dozen hitting the Heath Hayes net. Will Highland in the Knitters goal wasn't troubled once. An enjoyable afternoon as ever in the company of GTV along with Dave from Earl Shilton who after suffering a flat tyre buggering his plans up made the best of things at the LRS and suffered me instead. Always a pleasure mate.

First Team Star

Dec 22, 2018, 6:38 PM

Posts: 2169
Location: Leighton Buzzard
Team(s): Step 4/5 local sides

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South Midlands Division 1
Admission & Prog (much revamped, very sleek and glossy - maybe a tad OTT for this level, though) £5.00 2x Tea £2.00
Attendance 35 (3 screaming brats & a dozen or so players' mates)

Not a game that will live long in the memory with the only goal being scored while I was in the clubhouse wondering why I couldnít access my phoneís primary function. Most of the rest of it was spent trying to escape being within earshot of the trio of screaming brats and also the dozen or so unselected players or playersí mates who made up Langfordís entry into the Ultras of the Season contest. No prizes heading their way though, as they were much better behaved than some entrants Iíve had the misfortune to encounter.

2019/20 stats

58 goals in 16 games
£161.15 spent

Chelsea Transfer Target

Dec 22, 2018, 6:44 PM

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Location: Robin Hood County
Team(s): SV Schadenfreude

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Derbyshire FA Divisional Cup Quarter-Final

Dronfield Town reserves 2 {10' 17'}
Rowsley '86 FC 3 {5' 54' 87'}

After two P-P's at Rowsley this tie was reversed by the County FA to Dronfield. The visitors dominated the first half but amazingly found themselves behind at the break - due to good {Dronfield} and bad {Rowsley} goalkeeping!
They deservedly equalized early in the second half, and after hitting the woodwork three times, eventually conjured up the winner just as extra time was looming. Sly

One moment's high and glory rolls on by

First Team Star

Dec 22, 2018, 7:00 PM

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Wessex League Premier Division
Hamble Club 1-3 Christchurch
Adm £5, prog £1, tea £1

A bit of a turnip in terms of league position, with 6th hosting 17th at start of play. But a deserved win for the visitors who took their chances, the hosts guilty of a number of glaring misses.

Hamble did take the lead after about a quarter of an hour. They'd just missed a sitter, but were presented with a gift when the keeper spilled a simple ball at the feet of a forward. Christchurch equalised a few minutes later with a really well worked goal. That was how it stayed till the break.

Christchurch scored two more in the second half, a surging run from midfield finished from about 20 yards, and a penalty. Hamble came very close on a couple of occasions, especially at the death when one hit the inside of the post. It then ricocheted back onto a defender who knew little about it but it flashed wide of the post.

A fair degree of niggliness during the game, though not helped by some fussy refereeing, booking one visitor for diving when it looked very much like a 50-50 falling over trying to reach the ball.

A pleasant if basic venue with a characterful covered seated stand down one side with wooden bench seating in it, albeit with a *lot* of supporting beams to get in the way! Uncovered flat hardstanding round the other 3 sides. The main clubhouse with bar is outside the turnstiles, but there is a tea and food hut inside the ground proper.

The programme must have set some sort of record for the squad lists. The visitors had 37 listed, and the hosts a staggering 71 names. The Wessex whiteboard was up listing the chosen 22.

I had lunch in Ye Olde Whyte Harte in the village itself, about a 20 minute walk from the ground. Lovely pub and delicious food, but glacially slow service.

(This post was edited by Wheelbarrow on Dec 22, 2018, 7:02 PM)

Youth Team Sub

Dec 22, 2018, 7:03 PM

Posts: 138
Location: Kent
Team(s): Otford United

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Kent County League Premier Division

Crockenhill 0 Hawkinge 5
Att: 11 (h/c)
Admission: Free entry and programme
Cheeseburger £3.50
Coffee £1

Was nice to revisit Wested Meadow after a few years absence and the charm of this ramshackle ground will probably mean that Crockenhill FC is on a the top 5 of many groundhoppers favourite visits.

The club were trying a new initiative of free entry today to get more people through the turnstiles and it was noted that a few new faces from the local area did turn up to show their support.

Game wise, the Crocks were never really at the races against their higher placed visitors and were given a lesson in clinical finishing by a team who had a few familiar ex Hythe Town players in their line up.

If you've never been to Wested Meadow then add this gem to your bucket list as the clubhouse alone is worth the visit with it's vast array of club scarves and memorabilia adorning it's walls

(This post was edited by philmitchell on Dec 22, 2018, 7:05 PM)

Bantam Cymraeg
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Dec 22, 2018, 7:30 PM

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Location: Flintshire
Team(s): Bradford City

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WLV Sport 2-5 Coventrians
Midland League Division 3
No admission charge
Att: 9 (h/c)

Maintained my high goal average for the season with this one. Cov took a very early lead, but were pegged back with a WLV penalty on 15. 5mins later they had a penalty of their own to lead at the break. Goals in the 2nd half came in the same order as the first to see Cov 4-2 to the good, and a fifth with a couple left gave them a flattering win. WLV played their part in an entertaining game, and were unfortunate to end up on the wrong end of an emphatic scoreline.

This place has been described on here a few times this season - a cage inside a running track, with spectator accommodation running about three-quarters of one side. The barrier was down on my approach to the car park, so I had to press a button to ask to be admitted. My 3rd cage in a row, so hoping for a return to grass on Wednesday.

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Dec 22, 2018, 7:32 PM

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Gloucestershire County League
Little Stoke 0 Stonehouse Town 3
No admission, Programme (24 pages) £2, Attendance 53

The first Saturday since the removal of the tolls on the Severn Bridge needed to be marked in an appropriate manner, so a first ever free drive across the estuary it was. The initial plan was to visit Rockleaze's new 3G, but with the weather better than expected the chance to visit Little Stoke was taken for their match against third-placed Stonehouse Town. Two goals in the first half hour for the visitors, the second one of the best I've seen this season, effectively ended this as a contest, particularly when the home side had a 45th minute penalty saved and then a player sent off in an off-the-ball incident that followed. The visitors added a third in the second half and were well worth their victory.

No cover, hard standing or other spectator facilities at Little Stoke Park which is virtually adjacent to Patchway Railway station. Though trains serving there are infrequent, the ground is easy to visit by public transport judging by the constant flow of buses that passed the ground. Hot drinks and the match programme, in limited numbers, were available from a table outside the dressing rooms.

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Dave 56
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Dec 22, 2018, 7:37 PM

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Location: Staffs.
Team(s): Leatherhead

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Gloucestershire County League. KO 15:00. £2 Admission included 24 page programme. Crowd 37 (Official).

Rockleaze Rangers 1 v 2 Patchway Town

Rockleaze will wonder how they lost this game having taken the lead in the first half with a header and dominated much of the second half hitting the woodwork 3 times but failing to kill off the game in the first period. This was due in part to some good stops from the Patchway keeper.

Entertaining game of a good standard. Interesting to see the referee book a player very early on for dissent and for once the players seemed to get the message. I don't recall any other yellow cards after that.

Many familiar faces in the crowd including aicwhu who arrived 20 minutes into the game having gone to the wrong Filton road! and left around 10 minutes before the end but did see all the goals.

First Team Star

Dec 22, 2018, 7:53 PM

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

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Barnet 2-0 Dover
Nat Lge
Att 1011 Adm ST Prog online

A welcome 3 points to reduce any fears of being dragged into another relegation scrap. Fairly even 1st half with Dover having a good 10 min spell just before HT. Bees better after the break, Jack Taylor poking home a long through ball on 56 and sub Mauro Vilhete, returning from 6 months out, making it safe on 90+1 (he wouldn't have been on the bench if Craig Robson hadn't got injured in the warm up).

Then on to:
Cockfosters 0-1 Hadley
Adm £6 Prog £2 Att est 75

Arrived at 3:15 with it still 0-0. Hadley bossed the possession but lacked a cutting edge. Fosters were dire and apart from one goalmouth scramble from a corner created nothing. Eventually a debatable penalty on 69 mins won it for the visitors.

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Dec 22, 2018, 8:02 PM

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

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Hellenic 1 West
Newent Town 1-5 Kidlington Development
Att c30, adm/prog £4

An absorbing and open game that was nicely poised until the last 15 or so. Newent actually took an early lead but, when Kiddy's big number 99 (not a typo) completed his hattrick late on, their resistance was finally broken before two more quick ones gave the score a very harsh look. This result puts Kiddy's kiddies (plus a few old heads, including the 99 and the portly keeper) top of the league and puts a dent in Newent's recent revival in the lower reaches of the table.

The ground is on the main B4215 road from Gloucester, on your right about a mile before you reach Newent itself, and next to the Malswick House pub (I didn't have time...). Plenty of off-road parking just outside the entrance. If googlemaps is correct, buses to/from Gloucester stop right outside although I don't think they're very frequent.

They've done a fair bit to the ground since I drove past it last year. It's fully enclosed, a timber pay hut has been built, two sides of hardstanding have been laid and the floodlights are up and running. A new 100 seater stand is under construction - looks like it'll be a home made job rather than a kit - so, for now, the only cover is the verandah from the small clubhouse/kitchen/changing room block behind the near goal. A pleasant little set up in the countryside, enhanced by little touches such as the attractive signage and the splendid wrought iron gates with club's name picked out on them.

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Dec 22, 2018, 8:16 PM

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Skegness Town 3 Armthorpe Welfare 1 (HT 1-1)
Northern Counties East League, Division One (3pm)
Admission £5
Programme £1 (16pp, covered the basics, decent colour pics)
Attendance 86 (per league website. I made it 95)
Didn't bother investigating refreshments

Skegness are finding their feet after an uncertain start to life in the NCEL. This was their fifth win in six league games. Deserved, too, considering four players were absent and they didn't have any substitutes. Three subs were named but the locals reckoned they weren't 'proper' players. Have to say I've never rated the bottom division of this league and, for the most part, this was characteristically scrappy stuff. A stiff breeze and a bumpy pitch didn't help.

The game had a lively opening. Tom Finley, unmarked at a corner, headed Armthorpe in front from 10 yards in the fifth minute. Two minutes later, a loose ball fell kindly to Joshua Morrall and from 25 yards the Lilywhites left-back cracked a low shot into the corner. Skeg's Will Britton was denied in a 21st minute one-on-one before Finley (47mins) headed wide when well placed. Out of the blue, I felt against the run of play, the hosts went ahead in the 68th minute. Armthorpe failed to deal with a cross from the left and Daniel Stevens, unpoliced, nodded past a static keeper from eight yards. Skeg, up to 13th, sealed victory with seven minutes of normal time remaining. The visitors were caught in possession on their left. James Wroot seized on the ball and from 20 yards smashed a beauty across the keeper into the far corner. Armthorpe lost their heads towards the end. A poor challenge on a Welfare player resulted in most of the players getting involved in pushing and shoving. Referee Colin Unwin didn't seem to know who had done what to whom therefore satisfied himself with lecturing both managers. Armthorpe picked up two bookings just before the final whistle for petulant fouls.

The pitch at the Vertigo (unnervingly, a scaffolding firm) Stadium isn't plastic but everything else is. Hardly a ground anybody needs to rush to. South of the A52 Wainfleet road (approaching Skegness via the Humber Bridge, I'd forgotten how dreadful Lincolnshire's roads are), it's at the west end of an older multi-sports complex accommodating an indoor bowling club, Skegness RUFC (two bare pitches) and Skegness Imps Junior FC (who use a floodlit cage with a plastic pitch). According to a plaque, the pavilion, the rugby and junior football clubs' clubhouse, was opened in 2010 by Skegness-born ex-England, Liverpool and Tottenham keeper Ray Clemence. I bet Clemence, who as a teenager earned money hiring out seafront deck chairs, was thrilled to escape this complete toilet of a resort. The fully enclosed Vertigo Stadium, in its second season, is adjacent to the rugby pitches. For a club Skegness's size it is a decent (albeit wholly functional) facility. The bar, hospitality area, kitchen and dressing rooms are housed in a nondescript building at the near (north) end. There are two kit stands (both offering a mixture of seats and standing) along the east side, with permanent dug-outs opposite. Hardstanding everywhere and the pitch is fully railed. Reasonable floodlights. Town's reserves play on a pitch immediately to the south. Located outside the Vertigo Stadium, it has hardstanding and railings. Plenty of free parking driving in off the main road. This yawn of a ground has one quirk: the rugby club's recessed kit stand juts into the gap between the stadium's stands. Doesn't assist football viewing! Noticeable how many spectators were old men. I guess Skegness, one of God's waiting rooms, is that sort of place.

Skegness's previous ground, Burgh Road, which I visited in April 2007 during the club's Lincolnshire League days, is now an Aldi supermarket.

That's me done with the NCEL until another new club is accepted.

(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Dec 22, 2018, 9:23 PM)

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Bashley 6 Team Solent 5
Wessex Premier
Attendance 139

Excellent roller coaster of a match. Bashley 2 up in 3 minutes, 4-2 at the break. A fifth on the restart seemed to be a killer but Solent rallied superbly to level by 70 minutes.

End to end for the final 20 but it was Bashley who took the points right on 90. Harsh on the students who are in the bottom two but surely they will stay up if they can replicate this form.

Very good 7 pounds worth concession price with decent programme at 2 pounds

It was a toss up between this thriller and goalless at Baffins Glad I called right

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Brereton Social 25 Florence 0 Admission £2 Attendance 30 h/c

Christ, what a mauling could have been easily 40 goals in this . Florence are desperately poor but I rate them for still turning up each week and fulfilling their fixtures. it was 11-0 at half time and Brereton even missed a penalty. My first visit in over 4 years no changes in that time

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Newent Town 1-5 Kidlington Development
Att c30, adm/prog £4

...when Kiddy's big number 99 (not a typo) completed his hattrick late on, their resistance was finally broken before two more quick ones gave the score a very harsh look. This result puts Kiddy's kiddies (plus a few old heads, including the 99 and the portly keeper) top of the league...

I'm going to guess that the 'big number 99' is Jimmy Deabill, who has been turning out up-front for Kidlington FC at all levels for a dozen years or more now, and obviously hasn't lost his scoring touch - he scored a hat-trick last Saturday too, in a 16-0 win against Swindon New College Academy.

In the past, I've seen him also play for North Leigh, Wantage Town and Yarnton among others (I think Oxford City is about as high up the pyramid as he has climbed), but he keeps coming back to Kiddy and obviously enjoys it (I was at the 1st team match today, and they could have done with him there!) He must be in his early-thirties by now - I might pop back up there and watch the Development side soon if he's going to be playing in that side regularly.

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I didn't catch his name, oxpete, and the line-ups/scorers haven't yet appeared on full time. But he certainly looked as if he'd played a couple of levels higher. Early thirties would be about right - tall strong white lad, short brown hair, slightly thinning maybe.

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Ah, the non league family eh, canít beat it ;) Sounds like I dodged a bullet there as that had been my 4G fallback in the event of a postponement.
In the event my game survived and was quite enjoyable;

Fakenham Town 3 March Town United 1
Thurlow Nunn League Div 1 North.
Admission £5 including 40 page Barnes Print programme, usual decent standard. (The Mr Barnes concerned is the Fakenham chairman).
Att: 130 ish

Not a bad game this where the home side deservedly won and had it not been for the visiting keeper it could have been more. Three times in the first half he thwarted the home side in 1 on 1s when the visiting back line was so easily breached, although to be fair I gather they were missing a few regulars.
Fakenham opened the scoring on 17 when a volleyed shot was pushed onto the post by the keeper at full stretch but none of his defenders reacted quickly enough and the forward buried the rebound. About 5 minutes later the lead was doubled when again the back line was breached and this time the ball was squared for a tap in. March had plenty of the ball but never tested the home keeper until about then minutes from the break a right wing cross was volleyed home from inside the box.
After the break the game was a little mote even but on 56 a good run down the right wing was rewarded when the ensuing cross was turned in at the far post.
The only other bit of action thereafter was a visiting sub sent off for a late challenge right at the end.
Really comfortable win for the home side against a visiting March team that were a bit whingey and had one or two myopic fans to match. The pair behind the goal in the second half were so tunnel visioned you wondered if they were parodying themselves although I am not sure they really had the brains to do so.
Clipbush Park is a really tidy ground for step 6 and I have seen far worse two steps up. A lengthy grandstand with 300 odd red seats (From Ayresome Park I am told) on one side with decent sized flat covering at both ends with flat standing the other side which contains the clubhouse and changing rooms. Pitch a little bobbly but grass throughout and played well despite the weather.
Behind the main pitch is another full sized railed off pitch and a training area.
I never got to Ayresome Park, but did watch part of the game from the seats that previously adorned the old Boroí ground, so does that count as an additional tick? (Before anyone gets apoplectic, I am kidding).

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