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Wednesday 13th March 2019


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Mar 14, 2019, 5:45 AM

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UEFA Youth League Round of 16 - Chelsea 2 Montpellier 1 - Admission free - Teamsheet free - Attendance approx 400

Just like the Champions League, there were 4 English clubs that reached this stage, however, that was where the similarities ended, as in the UEFA Youth League, one by one the English clubs were knocked out. First went Liverpool on Tuesday and then both Tottenham and Manchester United went out on Wednesday leaving Chelsea to fly the flag if they could get through in the final match of this round to be played.

The kick off time was at 5.0 for BT Sport and the match was played at Chelsea’s training ground at Cobham, with the match only available to be seen live by those on the invited list.

This was probably Chelsea’s toughest test so far in the competition and there was little to choose between the sides in the opening half. Chelsea finally took the lead after 72 minutes and suddenly we had three goals in eight minutes. Ian Maatsen’s angled drive was parried by the visiting keeper when he should really have held on to the ball and Juan Familio-Castillo was there to squeeze the rebound inside the near post. Montpellier soon hit back when they won a free kick 35 yards out which Amir Adouyev whipped in and it deceived everyone including the home keeper and found the net. Chelsea won the match with a delightful volley from Luke McCormick from a Conor Gallagher cross, although Montpellier could have forced the match into penalties when they wasted a late chance in stoppage time.

So, that leaves Chelsea along with Real Madrid, Porto, Midtjylland, Barcelona, Lyon, Hoffenheim and Dinamo Zagreb in the quarter final draw on Friday.

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Mar 14, 2019, 7:04 AM

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Location: Norwich
Team(s): Watford, Celtic, Ajax, Kings Lynn Town and all local ladies teams.

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Norwich City - 3 Hull City - 2
EFL Championship
Carrow Road
Attendance - 25,879
Admission - free (borrowed season ticket)
Programme - £3

As seems typical of NC they failed to kill off the opposition and almost ended up paying the price. 2-0 up after 14 minutes and in control they failed to put HC to the sword and then after a goalkeeper error allowed HC a goal back just before half time. NC went 3-1 up on the hour and once again could have pushed for more goals but ended up sweating on the three points late on after Chris Martin scored once again against his old club after coming on as a sub.

Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.

timmy tabby
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Mar 14, 2019, 7:51 AM

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.....A rare foray into Level 6 and an excellent contest between the top 2 of SCEFL 1....

Welling Town 4 v 3 Erith & Belvedere - SCEFL 1
Prog 24 pages £2.00 (big in size, glossy and looks expensive to print for a limited run. Presume they will be online for 19-20) - Admission £5.00 - Att 153

...In fact safe to say one of the games of the season thus far, full of attacking play from both teams, however the visitors will see this as a missed opportunity after accruing a deserved two goal half time advantage. I am sure that the visitors management entourage will not have been enamoured by the way that the defence caved in during the second half conceding cheap goals. On the plus side that on the proviso that it is only one club promoted, then if E & B win their 4 games in hand then they assume top spot over Welling Town.

What also contributed to the positive essence of the evening was the fact that as the contest progressed, the conduct of the players improved gradually. A couple of nasty early challenges from home players in the opening minutes gave the impression that it was going to be one of those all too often contests where rancour, petulance and anger would prevail. Decent performance from the man in black with just the one recourse to his pocket for a card. A couple of persuasive early chats seemed to ensure that players behaved.

Very impressed by the visitors in the first half, quick in getting the ball forward and exploiting the weaknesses that were apparent in the home defence. They took a deserved lead when Tresor-Mpungi took advantage of a static home defence to run forward largely unchallenged and arrow in a low shot into the far corner from a difficult angle. They then nearly doubled their lead with one of the shots of the season from Lake from fully thirty yards which deserved to hit the net but instead came back off the post.

In response, Welling Town made little impression going forward giving the first half impression that the E & B defence was secure, though a looping header right on half time from Golding came back off the bar. In the second minute of stoppage time, E & B took a two goal advantage with the home defence woefully unprepared for a short corner to Lake who had the time and space to swing over a cross which Quan at the back post headed past Moore. Given that the hosts held a healthy points advantage at the start of play, their first half display gave little indication as to how they had achieved such lofty divisional heights.

Can only assume that there were some heated words from the home dressing room at half time, however it was a very different team that played. However, the most noticeable difference was the E & B defence that looked so solid in the first half was the complete opposite in the second half. The deficit was reduced with an excellent volley from the edge area from Samuel which he did very well to keep down and direct completely straight into the net. Less than two minutes later and the hosts were level, a degree of good fortune from this angle as Hill for the visitors and his keeper Teekey were in pursuit of a long ball forward along with Golding, who due to his girth and lack of pace was slowing up. However, Hill's sliding clearance rebounded off of Golding and as Teekey was so far off his line, the ball found the net.

Frantic play from both teams with plenty of chances with Quan planting a free header over the bar for the visitors, however E & B retook the lead when Harding sensibly laid off a pass in the direction of Lake who drilled in an angled drive into the far corner and at this point the consensus was that the hosts would do well to pull the contest around into their favour.

The fact that Welling Town were consistently persistent going forward, though it was a defensive lapse more reminiscent of Pitch 21 of a Sunday morning pub kickabout that allowed the hosts to level. Good vision from Piro taking a quick throw on the left but the E & B defence completely failed to close down Golding, who even with a lack of speed was allowed the time and space to cut in and find the net through a narrow gap between Teekey and the near post. Worse was to follow as a long throw into the area from the left reached a packed penalty area and in the melee, Piro toed the ball over the line from close range. After going behind, there was little that the visitors had in reserve and Welling Town saw out the remaining minutes without being overly tested in a period of the contest which was the quietest.

First time that I had seen at Welling Town who are currently ground sharing at SC Thamesmead. As a club they have had a very rapid rise largely on the basis of a stupidly large budget for their level and the fact that the finances attracted many that had played at a much higher level but were 'past their best' but still possessed the ability to comfortably win matches at low levels. A change of management, showed that many of the more renumerated players had departed and a quick glance of the team listing only listed a couple of players recognisable from extensive Isthmian careers.

Untroubled journeys in both direction with Crossway being well served by various bus services from Abbey Wood and then back to North Greenwich and indoors at 23.25.....

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Mar 14, 2019, 9:56 AM

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Location: Plympton, Devon
Team(s): Plymouth Argyle, any non league team in Devon & Cornwall

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Western League Premier Division
Plymouth Parkway 3-0 Bitton (2-0 H/T)
Att 166 - Admission £6

Plymouth Parkway moved to within 1 point of leaders Willand Rovers with a convincing win over Bitton. The visitors started well but Parkway took the lead against the run of play after 9 minutes. The home side took control after this & deservedly doubled their lead on 33 minutes thanks to a great move which was well finished by the once again outstanding Mikey Williams. The first half was a fairly heated affair & threatened to boil over when Parkway's Carter appeared to stamp on a Bitton defender but only received a yellow card. Both teams appeared a bit calmer after the 15 minute break for half time & 5 minutes into the 2nd half Parkway made it 3-0 due to a fine shot from the edge of the penalty area by captain Shane Krac. The game was over on 66 minutes when the Bitton keeper was sent off for presumably foul & abusive language at the Assistant Referee. His actions summed up a Bitton side who from the start only seemed interested in whingeing at either the referee or each other which was a shame as when they did concentrate on playing looked a decent team. The extension work to the clubhouse is progressing well & it looks like that will be ready for the start of next season, whichever league they will be in.

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Mar 14, 2019, 9:59 AM

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Location: Stourbridge, Charmouth
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Droitwich Spa 8 Wellington Amateurs 0 (West Midlands Regional League Division 1) Att: 52 h/c

This looked good on paper: Spa beaten in their last two games and ace striker James Lemon now at Worcester Cityagainst Welly Ams in a run of good form. Oh dear. When Droitwich missed a hatful of early chances I wondered if they had failed to replace Lemon: 4 goals for Callum Morris and 3 for Ben Tilbury suggested there will not be a problem. It was 6 by half time, mostly as result of poor defending by the visitors - the offside trap only worked for a short while. Two more after the break saw off an improved Ams, who rather strangely lost all discipline after the final goal and ended with nine men. They were lucky - it could and should have been seven. Still, good entertainment, and good company from Catchagogoal and Big Phil. Two quid well spent, I think.


Mar 14, 2019, 10:01 AM

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AFC Champions League, Group Match
Beijing Guo'an 0-0 Urawa Red Diamonds
Admission 180 Yaun (£20). Attendance 43,112. Programme. Free

A longer version with pictures has been posted to facebook at

This was an ultimately frustrating and dissapointing evening for fans of Guo'an, with the club outperforming their visitors in almost every department* of the game but failing to score a decisive goal.

*I can't comment much on the home goalkeeper, he was basically ideal.

With this visit, the Workers' Stadium becomes the 23rd football ground that I have visited 10 or more times, the third in this group outside England, following the Shah Alam and Merdeka stadiums in Malaysia.

My first visit here was in 2001, with Guo'an winning 4-1 against a team from Shenyang. All the others were matches during the 2004 Asian Cup, concluding with the final in which Japan beat the hosts by 3-1

Outside, the streets of Beijing have been transformed over the last 15 years, but the stadium itself shows little change. The outside may have had a coat of paint and some new businesses have been installed under the stands.

Inside, a new scoreboard has been installed, and small size artifical pitches have been added, partially overlaying the running track. Beijing does not need a running track here with the Bird's Nest providing the prestige event stadium and many smalled facilities dotted around the city.

The seats are arranged in two tiers. There is a series of VIP boxes set between the tiers all around the ground, except on the East side The lower tier is very low and has a very slight rake - added to the distance from the pitch caused by the track, the views from this area must be very poor.

Fortunately for me, my ticket was in the upper tier where I had a good view, despite being in the corner of the ground.

The visiting fans were sitting high behind the south goal, with all surrounding areas left empty. The home fans included three different sets of singers with flags, with the ones on the Curva North (the confluence of English and Italian being read off a flag) being the most vocal and most visually stunning in uniform black. I particularly like their take on "We will Rock You" near the end. Nice to hear a bit or originality

Sadly, no co-ordination between the fans. Shout and reply between different areas being a thing reserved mainly for British and German fans. The result is often a cacophony of noise when the grounds are singing different songs.

In the Champions League, teams can field four foriegners, so long as one is from an AFC affiliated nation, whereas in the Chinese Super League, a fourth is only allowed if they are nationals of Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan

As a result, Gou'an could field their South Korean defender Kim Min-Jae as well as their other foreign players, These were Jonathan Viera - a Spaniard who has spent most of his career at Las Palmas with one cap for Spain. Renato Augusto, a Brazilian signed from Corinthians, who has also experience for Bayer Leverkusen and 32 caps, including scoring for Brazil against Belgium in the 2018 World Cup. Cedric Bakambu, born in France, but now a DR Congo international. Bakumbu played for Sochaux, Bursaspor and Villareal before signing for Beijing last term.

Five of the starting line-up have appeared for China, so there were nine internationals in the starting XI. The team includes players with some European experience, Wang Gang has played in Portugal and was a member of the Biera-Mar squad that won promotion to the top division in 2010, he made 26 appearances that season, but 24 were coming off the bench. Zhang Xihie spent six months at VfL Wolfsburg without playing.

The most notable European experience is Zhang Yuning, who was signed this season from West Bromwich Albion. Zhang did not make an appearance for the midlanders, so his signing may have been partially influenced by their Chinese ownership. Prior to signing for West Brom, he had spend two seasons as Vitesse. He returns to China with Beijing, and still ticks the "under-23" box which is important as every team must have an under-23 player in the starting line-up and must play three at some time in every game, unless some of their U-23 players are training with the national squads.

Gou'an were set up in a 4-3-1-2 formation with Zhang Yuning and Bakambu up front and Viera tucking in behind them. On occasion, Vierra moved out to play wide on the right, and the structure fell towards classic 4-4-2 with Renato on the opposite side.

Urawa started in a 3-1-4-2 formation. They included two Brazilians in the team. Mauricio Antonio was at the centre of the backs, while Ewerton was the player shielding in front of the back three. Both have come from Portuguese football and had played together for Portimonense. Ewerton is currently on Porto's books and is in Japan on loan. The Red Diamonds third foreigner was Australian international Andrew Nabbout. Nabbout was a member of the Australian World Cup squad, and apart from a short spell in Malaysia had spent his career in the Australian Leagues.

Urawa had 6 Japanese Internationals on show with two of the Makino and Nagasawa having a little experience with Koln.

Beijing dominated the first period, and certainly should have built up a comfortable lead before the break. Unfortunately, Zhang Yuning and Cedric Bakambu both turned out to be extremely profligate in front of the goal, with the plaudits going to the Congolese player for doing the wrong thing in the right place most frequently.

At this stage, Viera was looking to be the player who was holding the moves togther, while the midfield pair of Zhang XIzhe and Piao Cheng were both involved and creative. The back four looked solid, but had little work to do to counteract the lack of attacking flair.

Frequently, the Red Diamonds back line appeared to be torn apart and Guo'an had the ability to threaten both from wide balls and direct hits to the forwards.

There was only one period where there was a serious threat from the Chinese visitors. In a short spell early in the second half, Nabbout made several runs down the right side of the field, but support was slow to come forward and all come to nought.

The Japanese then demonstrated their lack of intent by substituting Nabbout and falling into a 5-4-1 formation.

By this time, the home attacks, while not lacking in numbers were lacking in intensity, and it appeared as if tiredness had set in. They also lacked vision to try different things, repeating the free kick routine where three players stood a yard in front of the defensive wall and consistently playing corners to a deep position outside the area where the ball would be lobbed into a position where the keeper or defence could easily clear.

Changes were needed but were not forthcoming. The home substitutes probably completed more miles than anyone on the field, with lengthy and regimented warm ups in both halves, but only one was used - coming on as a late forward substitution

So, at the end, the visiting team held out to get the point they had come for, which added to the three from their home game against Buriam last week sets the to top of the group. In Thailand, Buriam United managed a 1-0 win over the South Koreans, Jeonbuk. Jeonbuk had defeated Gou'an, so the pair are both on three points. Gou'an now face two games against the Thai champions, and clearly require a better return than they have managed so far if they are to have a chance of progressing

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Mar 14, 2019, 11:18 AM

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

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Avro 5-0 Daisy Hill
NWCFL 1 North
Adm £5 Coffee £1 Att 43

Got here at about 6:45, very small car park was overflowing (there was a kids game, presumably the reason for the 8:00 ko), so had to park a couple of streets away as Whitebank Lane itself is very narrow.

A strange mixture of old and new at this ground, the dreaded green mesh is much in evidence but there's also some old-fashioned uncovered terracing at the near end, a seated elevated stand in the near left-hand corner and a covered area with 10 or 15 seats opposite.
Clubhouse/function room/bar is outside the ground.

On a fairly wet & windy night (probably wouldn't have risked this trip for a grass pitch) it was clear given recent results that for Daisy Hill to get anything, they'd need (a) all the luck going + (b) their keeper to have a blinder. Alas, neither happened, play continuing with a DH player down (most refs wold have stopped it) for Avro to open the scoring on 15 mins. The keeper, who'd admittedly made one excellent save early on, failed to collect a cross a yard from the line leaving the Avro forward to head in on 24 mins. A third followed early in the 2nd half (corner cleared to edge of box and fired straight back into middle of goal. DH then played some nice stuff but with no end product. The away keeper then flapped at a cross on 90 min leaving an easy tap in, and conceded a pen in added time although I couldn't see that any offence had been committed.

A rare night with no motorway closures at all (going via M67/a628/a616/M1) - home by 01:30 despite not being in the car until 22:00.

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Mar 14, 2019, 7:33 PM

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Location: Ipswich
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Leiston 2 Ipswich Town XI 1
Suffolk FA Premier Cup, Semi-final
At Felixstowe and Walton Utd

Admission: £10 (Suffolk FA set prices)
Programme: £1 ( covers both semi-finals)
Attendance: 227

Plenty of goal mouth action in this game, Ipswich fielding a mainly Under 18 side made a good game of this match against more experienced players. Leiston started on top, got an early goal and it looked like it would be an easy win for them, however Ipswich grew into the game and actually got on top in the second half and got a deserved equaliser.
Just as it seemed we were heading for penalties, Bacon of Leiston got the winner.

Good to chat with Youngster on his own patch, only issue with the night was Suffolk FA forcing a £10 admission charge, far too high for a game at this level.

Last New Ground; Basildon Town, Games in 2018/19 Season; 108, New Grounds this Season; 58, Next scheduled game: Derry City v Finn Harps ( 24/5/19)

Dr Love
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Mar 14, 2019, 9:41 PM

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Location: Berks.
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Overton United 4-1 QK Southampton
Hampshire Premier League

After being unable to get anywhere the previous night, a third visit to Overton this season. No tea bar open. but fortunately not that cold.

QK scored in the third minute with an effort coming off both bar and post before settling in the back of the goal. Overton had the better of the half thereafter, without convincing in front of goal. A couple efforts across the goal, but nothing at it. Much the same until the hour mark, when a long ball was picked up by a fullback getting forward and hit hard enough to beat the keeper. Within a couple of minutes it was 2-1 from the penalty spot. Two late goals completed the scoring, but there was a couple more chances which really should have been converted. QK also having one ruled out for offside in the closing moments.

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Mar 15, 2019, 12:29 AM

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1300 @ Oakwell Training Complex:
Professional Development League
Barnsley 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Headcount 105
Admission & Teamsheet Free (available from Academy reception behind main stadium away stand)

My second 0-0 at Barnsley the space of 19 hours, neither team ever really looked like scoring. One unusual incident occurred with 15 minutes to go when the referee sent the visiting #10 off thinking it was his second yellow only to allow him back on after a lengthy discussion with his assistant. Match played on grass pitch with all spectators on one side with 10 rows of seats in a mostly open stand, only a small roof covering the back 3 rows of seats towards the far end. Scenic views of hills to the south, houses on a hill behind the east goal and the main stadium behind a covered stand on the adjacent 3G pitch running at a right angle behind the west goal. More training pitches on the far side and up the steps behind a grass bank on the near side.

1930 @ Wycombe Wanderers:
FA Womens Super League
Reading 3-4 Manchester City
Attendance 700 est
Admission £7
Programme £1 (glossy A5 cover folding out to reveal A2 poster with 16 individual pages)

Options limited after Coventry Alvis, Staveley and Wodson Park all fell by the wayside and didn't want to risk a late call off at Tipton (which was played) so decided on a bracketed tick and my first visit to Adams Park since November 1997 for this attractive WSL fixture. Hosts took a surprise 3rd minute lead on a breakaway finished by Brooke Chaplen, the game turned on its head by a Nikita Parris hat trick, levelling after 15 minutes then scoring twice in a three minute spell late in the half, the second finished with the outside of her right boot the pick of the goals. The game was seemingly over when Demi Stokes made it 4-1 early in the second half but the hosts were handed a route back in when awarded a penalty with 10 minutes to go converted by Fara Williams. A grandstand finish ensued after Kirsty Pearce scored in the 89th minute but the hosts couldn't find the net again despite four minutes of injury time. All of the crowd confined to the original main stand which is dwarfed by the modern two tier structure opposite. The new all seated away stand twice the size of the covered terrace it replaced, which was identical to the one at the opposite end, the only change since my last visit with Cherries. Home earlier than expected at 11:15pm.

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Mar 15, 2019, 8:26 AM

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Leiston 2 Ipswich Town XI 1
Suffolk FA Premier Cup, Semi-final
At Felixstowe and Walton Utd

Admission: £10 (Suffolk FA set prices)
Programme: £1 ( covers both semi-finals)
Attendance: 227

Plenty of goal mouth action in this game, Ipswich fielding a mainly Under 18 side made a good game of this match against more experienced players. Leiston started on top, got an early goal and it looked like it would be an easy win for them, however Ipswich grew into the game and actually got on top in the second half and got a deserved equaliser.
Just as it seemed we were heading for penalties, Bacon of Leiston got the winner.

Good to chat with Youngster on his own patch, only issue with the night was Suffolk FA forcing a £10 admission charge, far too high for a game at this level.

Plenty of whinging about the £10 admission but at least the prog has come down a quid.
As well as seeing the main man Dribble, it was also nice to see plenty of dribbling on the pitch, a lost art in many games these days. The Ipswich yunguns appeared to be encouraged to take players on and it was lovely to see.
Usually these days the numerous coaches on the sidelines have got their UEFA badges and have learnt a lot out of a classroom and books, but thankfully the Ipswich coach is Kieron Dyer, he doesn’t need the money (West Ham made sure of that paying a ridiculous amount for him to be injured for years) and having played at the highest level, no inexperienced bloke in a nice track suit and a couple of badges is going to tell him how football should be played. Shame they didn’t win, they deserved at least a draw.

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