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Dilligaf
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Apr 6, 2019, 5:46 PM

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Location: The Darent Valley
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Westerham 0 APM Rangers 2
Sevenoaks & District League Div 1
Att: 18 h/c F&N


Owing to Saturday morning domestic duties and having to be back home relatively early meant i was fairly limited to where i could go football wise.
With a 2PM kick off i ventured to the King Georges Field the home of former Kent County League side Westerham against promotion chasing APM Rangers for a Sevenoaks League Div 1 fixture.
The venue is just to the north of the town and as the name suggests is a fairly large field with no fewer than four full size pitches marked out.The one being used today was the pitch immediately in front of the large clubhouse which is the usual one the team use.There are a couple of car parks on site as well as the neighbouring bowls club and tennis courts.Traffic noise from the nearby M25 motorway could also be heard although there is a line of trees on the far boundary that manages to subdue most of this.

It was job done for the visitors after half an hour of play when they went two nil up which ended up being the final score.The home team were the dominant side in the first half but missed several gilt edged chances including a rather tamely taken penalty.The second half was a scrappy affair with many stoppages of play that prevented any fluidity to the match.

A vital three points for the visitors who still have eight league matches remaining due to several successful cup runs.They can only finish as runners up as the division has already been won by runaway leaders Malgo.
APM Rangers were formally Kingsdown Racers who played at Gamecock Meadow in West Kingsdown but a fall out with the previous chairman led them to rename the club after the new chairman's company and relocate to one of the grass pitches at K Sports


kirby knitters
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Apr 6, 2019, 5:56 PM

Posts: 18134
Location: Kirby Muxloe
Team(s): Hinckley United FC.

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MFL 1.
Hinckley AFC 0 Uttoxeter Town 2.
Adm £6
Prog £1.50
Att 108.
Another dismal showing and the inevitable defeat for Knitters who have now gone 13 without a win. A goal in each half for the visitors from Staffs who were rarely troubled and the season cannot end quick enough down Ibstock way.


noprogs
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Apr 6, 2019, 6:14 PM

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Location: west riding of yorkshire
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Staithes A 1 Thornaby Dubliners 2
North Riding League, McMillan Bowl



Not a bad competitive match, but best summed up by the fact that all three goals followed dead ball situations.
Thornaby led just after the half hour when the ball was bundled in from a free kick, and added another a minute into the second half when the home keepr dived over a daisy cutter. Staithes pulled a goal back after a free kick near the end.
Only roped off down both sides, nonetheless there is quite an enclosed feel due to housing on three sides, and the social club behind one goal. One of the better venues for this league.


osborne
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Apr 6, 2019, 6:15 PM

Posts: 1094
Location: NW Leicestershire
Team(s): Arnold Town/ Loughborough Dynamo

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Heather St Johns 3 Racing Club Warwick 0 Midland League 1
Admission £6/£4
Programme £1
Tea £1
I decided to have a Saturday off from groundhopping to watch the big promotion clash at Heather. In front of a larger than normal crowd, Heather took a huge step towards being crowned champions of the league. The first half an hour was fairly even but the home side took the lead on 40 minutes when a cross in front of goal seemed to confuse the Warwick defence and a Heather player managed to cross the ball back into the box for a tap in. The second half saw top scorer Simeon Colbourne extend the lead and a 78 minute third came after a good break. I was a little disappointed with Warwick as they really failed to put any pressure on Heather, but the home defence played really well. With my poor grasp of maths, just 2 points from their next 3 games will see Heather champions.


stingray
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Apr 6, 2019, 7:02 PM

Posts: 2164
Location: Leighton Buzzard
Team(s): Step 4/5 local sides

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South Midlands Premier
LEVERSTOCK GREEN 0-0 EDGWARE TOWN
Admission £7.00 Prog £1.00 2x Tea £2.40
Attendance 46

The first proper home game since Graham Smart's passing and to be honest there wasn't much to get excited about - if he'd been watching proceedings from above, he'd have probably left before the end. There was a brief spell of pressure from the homesters towards the end but it was thwarted by post, crossbar and Edgware's well-marshalled defence.

Reminders of Mr. Smart were much in evidence with several copies of the order of service at West Herts Crematorium available for perusal - presumably the club hosted the wake.



2019/20 stats

42 goals in 11 games
£118.75 spent


pokal02
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Apr 6, 2019, 7:30 PM

Posts: 2305
Location: Cockfosters
Team(s): Barnet, Cockfosters, Truro City, Udinese

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Maidenhead U 0-1 Barnet
Conf Nat
Att 1491 Adm £15 Prog £3


Scrappy game of few chances but once Bees took the lead on 44 with a fine finish by Elito from Mason-Clark's cross they rarely looked like relinquishing the lead. 7 clean sheets in a row now - a total transformation from the shambles earlier in the season.

No option but to use the pay & display's here if driving (£3.10 for 3 hours). Most/all on here will know the ground, one of the more characteristic with its covered terrace at the top spelling out the club name, newish stand down one side, another terrace at the bottom end, and some old-fashioned uncovered terracing between this and the changing rooms.


nervous rec
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Apr 6, 2019, 7:35 PM

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Location: Farnborough, Hants
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Huntingdon Town 0 Anstey Nomads 5
United Counties League Division 1
Admission £5 Programme £1

It was always going to be tough for the home side, second from bottom and battling against relegation, against table toppers Anstey Nomads. The result was never in doubt, Huntingdon were poor, and if it hadn’t been for heroics by their goalkeeper, it could and should have been a lot more. Entrance was through a very impressive club house, and out pitch side behind one of the goals. All the spectator accommodation is down one side, two small Atcost seated stands, and a covered standing facility straddling the half way line, constructed with metal and scaffolding poles. A decent all colour programme containing all the essentials was also available.



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



Dave 56
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Apr 6, 2019, 7:51 PM

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Location: Staffs.
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West Midlands (Regional) Division 1. KO 15:00. Admission £3/£1. Programme (12 Pages) Free. Crowd 56.


Allscott AFC 0 v 2 Darlaston Town (1874)

The ground is mostly railed off, with hard standing at one end and part of one side. There is a small covered standing area and fixed dugout. The tea bar was selling the usual products.

Darlaston went top today with a fairly mediocre performance, a goal late in the first half and another early in the second sealed the points against an Allscott side who were pretty dismal.

The referee was poor, failing to clamp down on the dissent and making several dubious decisions. Hand bags were drawn in the second half as frustrations rose, still no action from the ref.
Nice day out, pleasant location, good weather but a crap game.


PaulC
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Apr 6, 2019, 8:03 PM

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Scottish Junior Cup Semi-Final Second Leg
Hurlford United 1-2 Largs Thistle (3-4 aggregate)
Blair Park, Hurlford
Admission £8/£4
Attendance 850 (400 from Largs)


With Kilmarnock at home a couple of miles away, even if it was only St Johnstone who were the visitors, there was a sound argument for holding this tie on Sunday. But when did common sense ever get a consideration in junior football? The substantial number of seasiders present weren't slow to sing about the excremental nature of the home support.

Hurlford started very well and had by far the better of the first 30 minutes but a penalty scored by the visitors on the half hour marked the end of their dominance, even if the equaliser wasn't long in coming. Largs might well have had a penalty awarded to them earlier too, but the referee wasn't interested.

Hurlford were a pretty ragged lot in the second half and Largs more than held their own. A terrific free kick from at least 35 yards rattled against the Hurlford crossbar and an onrushing forward managed to put the ball wide from 10 yards.

A second penalty on 75 minutes sealed the victory for Largs, and with it a place in the final. Hurlford just didn't look like equalising.

With the final kick of the match, a Largs player who was shielding the ball at the corner flag was launched into orbit from behind by a frustrated Hurlford forward at which point the referee decided to blow the final whistle. Though I didn't spot a red card I would be astonished if one wasn't shown.

So it's Largs who get a shot at the Talbot in the final. It's fair to say they won't be favourites.


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HantsLondoner
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Apr 6, 2019, 8:09 PM

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

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Southern Combination League

Chichester City 2 Langney Sports 0

admission £6-00 programme £1-00 attendance est 160
1st v 15th
12 points ahead of their nearest rivals with 4 games to play, and a GD of +23, it was all but over, but Chi got the point they needed to win the league, and congratulations to them. Today they made hard work of beating a dogged Langney team and only goals at the end of each half gave them the win, but it was fairly comfortable without hitting the heights. The game wasn't particularly high-quality (bobbly pitch), and was slow to get started - an early free-kick from the left saw home defender Peake stretch for the ball but just fail to connect. Clack was lively all game and an early foray down the left resulted in visiting keeper Hutchings saving his shot from an angle. Chi then had a warning as a defensive error saw a cross returned back across the box and Archibald just failed to connect two yards out. More chances for Chi, though, as Iordache's shot was saved by Hutchings, who also blocked the rebound well. Home star striker Jones then missed a good chance when he glanced an inviting cross just wide. The visitors then lost Dullaway to injury as he didn't pull out of a challenge on home keeper Young - notable because they only had one sub today, used after 30 mins. Each side then had a shot over, Haitham for the home team, Cooper, who never stopped running, for the visitors. But we did get a goal before half time, and it went to the home team as a good cross saw Jones rise above keeper and defender to glance in a trademark goal. The visitors replied in injury time with their best move of the half, down the left, a good cross, and Capon shot over. HT 1-0.
After the break Chi pushed forward more and consequently looked more comfortable, and created more chances. A clearance from a corner was out over by Peake, Jones played a ball back to Haitham, who shot wide, and Jones' good run and cross from the left saw Clack blaze over. The visitors threatened little but had a shout for a penalty when Capon's cross was blocked by a defender. But it was mainly the home team - Clack headed a corner over, and hit the side netting; Jones glanced another header wide, and Dunn produced a good shot from the edge of the area, well tipped over by Hutchings. A good Langney break down the left then saw the ball played back to Hollobone but his shot was weak and easily saved. As we got to the last few mins, Jones broke well twice down the left; the second time Hutchings needed to save well with his legs. On 88 mins Clack ran down the middle and chipped Hutchings, the ball was cleared off the line, but the keeper had fouled Clack and a penalty was given. Clack's penalty wasn't the best, and Hutchings saved it. Another effort from Clack was then saved by Hutchings but from the corner the ball fell to Dunn whose header looped over Hutchings to make it 2-0 and the game safe. The visitors had one more effort before the final whistle, Young saving well from Ingram after Hollobone's free-kick had been deflected to him, but after that it was celebration time, and although there was no trophy and no medals there was something fizzy sprayed and the players deservedly made the most of it.
No changes at Oaklands Park (currently the Countryside Gas Stadium) since my last visit - one seated stand and one other smaller stand on the far side, a stand on the other side near to the fairly impressive pavilion. I thought ref A.Harris was excellent - clear, decisive and willing to explain things to players.
I think Chi will do OK in the Isthmian next season - defence looked pretty solid today, and Young should IMO still be playing a couple of levels higher. Coming forward they've got some decent players, some who have been at the club a while, which is good to see. Wingers look lively and another ex-H+W player Jones still looks like a decent striker. They've made solid progress for the last couple of years, so success is deserved.



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Atavistic
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Apr 6, 2019, 8:17 PM

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Location: Guildford/Yaxley
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Southern League Division 1 Central
Yaxley 2 Coleshill Town 0

Attendance: 51 (official, but at least 80 by my count)

For a large chunk of the first half, this game was very relaxed and slow, so much so that it felt like a pre-season friendly at times. There wasn't much intensity in either side's play, but we looked more threatening in the first half hour as we patiently probed to find a way through. For their part, it looked like Coleshill were trying to break through on the counter, but they looked devoid of ideas whenever they got into the final third (no doubt not helped by two sendings off to attacking players last week). We eventually broke the deadlock on 36 minutes, a low John-Paul Duncliffe cross cleared as far as Joe Butterworth, who drilled a cross in towards goal that Tom Waumsley was able to poke past the keeper and in. 1-0 at half-time.

After an extended half-time break, the second half got underway with more urgency visible from both sides. Once again though, we looked the more threatening and quickly extended our lead with a 51st minute goal, as an excellent through ball set Charley Sanders into the box: his initial shot was blocked by the keeper and deflected centrally, the defender somehow didn't clear and Sanders eventually had an easy tap-in. Coleshill started to improve a little after this, finally having their first decent chance in the 64th minute: Connor Doyle somehow found himself one-on-one with Aaron Butcher, but Butcher comfortably blocked the shot.

The rest of the second half saw Coleshill continue to grow into the game and press forward, but our defence comfortably soaked up the pressure while our attack kept creating chances at the other end. However, neither team could find another breakthrough and so it finished 2-0.

Overall, as with last week, this wasn't a massively entertaining game (as I said, it honestly felt like a pre-season friendly in the first half), but it was another performance of impressive composure: we did what we needed to on the attack and defended our lead excellently, managing the game well as time went on to comfortably keep a second clean sheet in a row and earn a third win in a row.
Honestly, as much as I've loved seeing us win games 4-3 and 6-2 and so on this season, I'd have honestly been happy with more wins like this, as it's far less stressful than the aforementioned goalfests. Not that it matters too much now, given that survival is mathematically secure, but it's something I hope to see more of next season.

MOTM: Charley Sanders (another excellent attacking performance, pressuring the opposing defence all game and deservedly picking up a well-taken goal too)

Off the pitch, we got official confirmation on Wednesday that we've passed the Step 4 ground grading, and I have to say I'm hugely impressed with how the ground looks now that the work has been done. There's now two seated stands at the ground, one of which is the 100-seater stand on the near side that has been there for years, but across from this is the new 50-seater stand we had to add, which was made by combining the two bike-shelter stands, raising them and adding another row of seats on the ground (and all for just £250 too). There's also the covered standing that's still in progress behind the near goal (which will presumably be worked on in the summer/early next season now that we know the ground is up-to-scratch).



2019/20 stats (including Pre-Season):

New Grounds: 11 (Most Recent: Carshalton Athletic)
Games: 21
Goals: 68
Goals Per Game (to 2 dp): 3.24
0-0s: 1

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BigLesWade
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Apr 6, 2019, 8:18 PM

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Location: Biggleswade
Team(s): West Ham,, Biggleswade Town, Stevenage FC

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Spartan South Midlands League Premier
Biggleswade FC 3 London Colney 0
Adm £6 Prog £1(awful!) Att:103

An important win for FC as they chase the title, but in all honesty it was not a match that will live long in the memory. Colney started well and dominated without creating anything clear cut.
The home side took the lead out of the blue with a stunning effort from outside the box by Coles. Shortly after a quick double from Leavers both from good play and excellent crosses wrapped the game up by half time.
The second half was fairly dull with neither side creating much. So onto Tuesday when Biggleswade enertain Tring in a game that will go a long way to deciding where the league title ends up.


paulh66
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Apr 6, 2019, 8:19 PM

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

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Kent County Premier
Staplehurst Monarchs United 3-0 Hawkinge Town
Around 50 in attendance
No admission or programme

A result which all but guarantees promotion to the SCEFL for Monarchs and leaves them needing no more than a win from their last two games to wrap up the title. They had to work hard today but eventually grabbed a comfortable win against mid-table opposition. 1-0 at half time before a twice-taken second-half penalty put them in control and a late third sealed it. Rather too much on-pitch effing and blinding, mainly from the visitors, but surpassed by a disgusting and sustained volley of abuse at the linesman from one of their hangers-on - an elderly bloke in a white baseball hat - after the aforementioned penalty. It'd have been laughable if it wasn't so obnoxious because (1) it was a stonewall penalty and (2) the keeper had encroached at least four yards when he saved the original kick, but our expert (perfectly positioned behind the corner flag, incidentally Crazy) wasn't having any of it. Idiot.

Staplehurst is a small town in the North Kent countryside, about nine miles south of Maidstone. The ground, which is designated on googlemaps as the Kathie Lamb Centre, is on Headcorn Road, just under a mile walk from Staplehurst station. They've done a lot of work recently to turn what was basically a field into a venue that, last week, got the grading for promotion to step 6. Specifically they've enclosed the pitch, erected a bit of cover on halfway and laid hardstanding behind the near goal, supplementing what was already there down the left side. And although the ground is arguably not fully enclosed, lacks a paybox and needs bigger dugouts (on the way, apparently), the changing rooms, in a ten year old Football Foundation Building, are apparently top notch. Seats and lights will presumably follow next season.

I posted on here recently that the club had tweeted they'd be issuing a programme for all their remaining home games this season. Well, today they didn't! Not a problem - seems to be just a handful of volunteers running the show here and I think they'd been preoccupied with passing the inspection, though presumably today's programme does exist on someone's laptop as they were happy enough to take names and addresses of a couple of hoppers present to send one on to them. Meanwhile, a handful of old issues were spotted on a shelf in the small tea bar, though I satisfied myself with a coffee (in the absence of a proper bar).


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IAN S
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Apr 6, 2019, 8:22 PM

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Location: Stocksbridge, Sheffield
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South Normanton United 3 South Normanton Colts 1
Midlands Regional Alliance One
h/t 1-1
h/c 23

As local a derby as you could get with both grounds being a ten minute walk away from each other. Colts took the lead in the fifth minute and looked in control until a equaliser on 38 minutes. The game was never going to be bad tempered with both sides seemingly knowing each other well. However, a United player who had talked his way into the referee's book in the first half was sent off for flattening a Colts winger in the second. United were awarded a penalty for handball on the line and took the lead. Their striker secured his hat-trick in the final minute.

Ground is at The Boundary, which is a large pub next to the South Normanton CC, unsurprisingly. I parked in the pub car park which seemed the easiest thing to do. Just a single pitch surrounded by trees and surprisingly large houses giving it an enclosed feel.



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Oldludensian
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Apr 6, 2019, 8:33 PM

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Northern Counties East League Division One

Campion 3 Grimsby Borough 1

Att. 95 £5/3

Borough bottle the big one yet again. Campion’s Manningham Mills Sports Association ground with its undulating turf and rickety white railings has the feel of a down-at-heel racecourse. Borough certainly were not at the races in the first half going in two down. A scramble after two great blocks by Scott Drury saw Habeeb score very early on, then Ndlovu turned in a cross on the quarter hour.

After the break a different story with Borough dominating possession, but only a low rifled shot from Danny Trott to show for it. Campion added a third through Cusack, a rebound from the crossbar, with five minutes to go, perhaps their only serious attack of the second period.

Certainly Wednesday’s County Trophy Final when Borough held a very good Deeping Rangers side had its effect through injury and tiredness. The small first team squad was stretched to the limit today. I cannot but reflect on the poor standard in this division this year with no truly outstanding side. Its still a three horse race with Campion to come to Bradley on the last Saturday.

If the ground itself is perhaps the poorest in the league, it is well made up for by the cosy bar in the modern clubhouse. Saltaire blonde on handpump today. A lifesaver, as there is nothing between here and the city centre, an interesting half hour walk downhill past Listers magnificent Manningham Mills with its Italianate chimney tower. I got the bus back.

Strange but I hardly saw any sign of the City v Donny game so close by. Also good to see the adjoining cricket square re-seeded. Can Manningham Mills be making a comeback?


Andy D
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Apr 6, 2019, 8:40 PM

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New Marske 1 Redcar Town 6, North Riding League Premier Division, Att: 20, Admission/Prog: No

Also in North Riding League action, bottom of the table New Marske eventually falling to a heavy defeat against a stronger Redcar Town side, The home side were competitive for most of the first half despite falling two goals behind early on, pulling a goal back on 35 minutes before conceding a penalty just before the break which killed the game off as a contest. The second period was more one-sided as a limited New Marske team tired with Redcar scoring three further goals towards the end of the game, the scoreline being somewhat harsh on the hosts who never gave up. New Marske played for a while in the Wearside League and their ground is certainly upto that standard. Fully railed with dugouts on either side, it also features a very small home-made stand on the far side with seating for eight, plus a small amount of open seating on the clubhouse side which is set below the pitch level and so provides a limited view. The clubhouse was in use today for childrens' parties but hot drinks were available at the bar.

Pre-match refreshments were courtesy of The Monk in Guisborough, an upmarket bar opposite the Priory which served platters of four 1/3 pint tasters which were very welcome.



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Dribble!
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Apr 6, 2019, 8:42 PM

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Punjab United 3 K Sports 1
Southern Counties East, Premier Division
Elite Venue


Admission: £7
Programme: £1 - poor, just 4 pages
Attendance: 52 h/c


Very basic set up but one that is neat and obvious that they have a good team of volunteers trying to make things work, also very friendly - must still only just pass ground grading. But glad they did as they made us very welcome.


Slight slope on pitch and K Sports dominated first half playing down the slope, however the home side went in one up at half time after a scrappy goal.


Second half was very different with Punjab on top and with two fast and skilful wingers dominated all the play and after two excellent goals found themselves three up. K Sports kept trying and got a cracking consolation goal late on.



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Armchair Libero
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Apr 6, 2019, 8:48 PM

Posts: 139
Location: Worcester
Team(s): Wigan Athletic, Atherton Collieries

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CHAMPIONSHIP
Bristol City 2 - 2 Wigan Athletic

@ Ashton Gate, Bristol
£27, att. 20931, HT 0-1

First league game of the season for me and now 30 grounds of the 92 knocked off (I aim to do them before death and I'm not yet 40, so I might squeeze them in).

Walked to the ground from Temple Meads in the spring sunshine via a pizza place on Wapping Wharf. Ashton Gate is bland and generic big stadium entirely suitable for an ambitious club. I hugely prefer the architecturally inconsistent and frail Memorial Stadium.

A fair result here: Bristol were better but lacked gumption, while Wigan are crapper but more adventurous. Latics dominated the first half, though the work in the final third was typically lacking and only led at the break from a wonderstrike from player of the season Reece James.

A triple sub on the hour saw City convert from lacklustre to lethal in a short space of time. Wigan deflated like a bad souffle and in the space of 4 minutes went from ahead to behind.

So fair play for keeping on, going route one in a guileless way and it working with Leon Clarke forcing a parried save that fell into the path of either Anthony Pilkington or Nathan Byrne, depending which match report you read, and was swept home for the point.


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Jimbo
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Apr 6, 2019, 8:51 PM

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Cheshire League Premier Division
Pilkington 6 Egerton 0
Attendance: c. 60
Admission: Free


Sharing with St Helens Town at the Ruskin Drive site and long-since assured of a top-five league finish, Pilkington are almost certain to playing Step 6 football next season. There is still however the Cheshire League title itself to play for, and with victory required both in this and in their final match, much was riding on today's outcome. Visitors Egerton had themselves lodged an application for promotion back in December, but an horrific run of form since the turn of the new year (standing st eleven straight defeats in all competitions) had seen them drop from championship contenders to battlers against relegation.

The match itself was as one-sided as the scoreline would suggest, with three goals coming in each half. Egerton's squad had a somewhat rag-tag feel about it, with the bare eleven available and a 47 year-old Canadian former professional winger standing in at centre back. Pilkington's superiority was unfortunately matched only by their capacity to whinge, with almost every decision called by the officials met by an exhausting stream of verbals.

The ground has likely been described on here a number of times before. Completed in 2017, it is a 3G facility situated on a multi-sports facility which also hosts provisions for cricket and rugby league. Three sides are open to spectators, one of which is the site of a fully-seated stand. A bar/restaurant is situated a short walk from the pitch, adjacent to the cricket field.


1dringMinstrel
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Hythe & Dibden 1 v 1 Ringwood Town
Sydenhams Wessex League Division One
Adm £5, Prog £1, Att 81

The friendly volunteers are making progress at this tight ground. I wouldn't rush here if heavy downpours were forecast, unless you want to keep dry by staying inside in the smart, modern clubhouse. Cover elsewhere is minimal and includes some oddly-slanting roofing down part of one touchline. Ample parking for this size of crowd. For the more ambitious traveller, it is possible to walk from the Hythe Ferry. Burgers and tea are supplied from a pitchside unit; far too 'common' for the swish clubhouse!

Promotion chasing Hythe became more ragged as Ringwood refused to meekly surrender the points. The highlight had to be the hubris of the Ringwood centre-forward who, after bemoaning the lack of leadership from his own manager, promptly missed a gaping open goal with the last kick.


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Apr 6, 2019, 9:15 PM

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Nuneaton Borough 2-3 Chester

Entry: £12
Attendance: vague guess of about 700 or so?

The result that confirms Nuneaton’s relegation to Step3, but all credit to them for putting in a fighting performance against play-off chasers. Nuneaton twice came back from behind, were the better side for decent chunks of the match, and only lost to a desperate scrambled effort in the final minute of stoppage-time. Play like this next season and they stand a good chance of bouncing back.

My first visit to this edge-of-town ground, though I did go to the old ground once all the way back in November 2003. This place, on a factory estate out on the south-eastern fringes of the town, doesn’t have as much personality, but I’ll admit that I still do like it - particularly the full-length concrete terrace on the southern side of the pitch.

Pre-match supping was partaken in the Seven Stars in Rugby and in the Lord Hop micropub on Queen’s Road in Nuneaton town centre.


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Llanilar 2-0 Talybont
Aberystwyth League Cup Semi Final
Admission by donation
Att: 55 (h/c)

Thoroughly absorbing spectacle, played in glorious sunshine in a lovely rural location. Llanilar is a small village not far south east of Aberystwyth, and their team is long established at this level. The ground is a fenced-off pitch in the middle of a sheep field (no sheep present today, however). The pitch was immaculate, unlike the surroundings, which showed evidence of the woolly inhabitants. No buildings pitchside, so the players change elsewhere in the village. Stunning views in all directions. Really lovely area.

The first half was fairly even, but Llanilar took more control of the 2nd half. Numerous chances were made and spurned, but then Talybont came closest when they hit the bar with 14 to go. A bout of handbags on 80mins left both teams with 10 men, but soon afterwards the Talybont keeper hauled down a Llanilar player in the box. The penalty was excellently dispatched into the roof of the net for a deserved lead. Llanilar sealed it in stoppage time with a shot that trickled over the line before the keeper could pounce on it.

Llanilar meet Tregaron Turfs in the final. Date and venue to be confirmed.


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Apr 6, 2019, 9:40 PM

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Bro Goronwy 5 Menai Bridge Tigers 0

Cae Nerys: North Wales Coast Junior Cup Semi-Final

This was my first ever visit to this ground located in the village of Moelfre on the east coast of Anglesey. The club were originally formed at Benllech and District in 1974 before changing its name to Bro Goronwy a decade later in honour of local 18th century Goronwy Owen. The ground itself is rather basic in terms of spectator facilities, unsurprisingly for a club that had played in the either the Anglesey or Gwynedd League during its history, but is fully railed and has refreshment facilities available for spectators. Cae Nerys is located on the north-western edge of Moelfre and has been home to the club since it returned to Saturday football in 2006. Bro Gooronwy came into this afternoon's semi-final in fifth position in the Gwynedd League table following a 6-2 home victory over Talysarn Celts last weekend. Menai Bridge Tigers were enjoying an excellent campaign and still in contention for four different trophies. The Tigers found themselves two points behind leaders Gwalchmai but held two games in hand on their island rivals. The King George V Playing Fields club suffered a rare defeat on Wednesday evening when they were beaten 5-0 by Nefyn United in the league's Bob Owen Memorial Shield at Porthmadog. Today's protagonists are also due to meet again before the end of the season in the Cwpan Gwynedd final and are in opposite sides of the draw for the Safeflue Shield. Thw winners of this afternoon's semi-final would meet either Talysarn Celts or Bryngwran Bulls in the final of this prestigious competition for grassroots clubs at Bethesda Athletic's Parc Meurig on Saturday 11th May.

The visitors had an early sight of goal when they struck a 25 yard free-kick straight at the Bro Goronwy goalkeeper and he had to be alert to turn behind an 18th minute shot on the turn from just outside of the penalty area. The hosts slowly found their feet in this semi-final and broke the deadlock when a long throw into the Tigers' penalty area was not cleared properly and the loose ball was fired past the Menai Bridge Tigers goalkeeper by Tom Wood. Bro Goronwy struck a 30 yard free-kick at the opposition goalkeeper a couple of minutes later. The lead was doubled when a 34th minute free-kick into the visitor's penalty area was chested down and Wood was on hand to fire the loose ball past the Tigers' custodian. a third goal arrived six minutes later when a visiting defender slipped after heading the ball away and Wood pounced on his mistake to skip past the prone Tigers player and unleash a low 20 yard effort into the corner of the net to complete his hat-trick. Menai Bridge Tigers had a good opportunity to reduce the deficit in the 43rd minute but the Bro goalkeeper made an important save with his legs when a visiting forward ran on to a long ball played forward. The Moelfre club came close to adding to their lead in the final minute of the opening previous as they broke quickly from their own half before firing a 25 yard effort narrowly over the crossbar. The tie was virtually over as a contest, five minutes after the interval, when another free-kick into the Tigers' penalty area was not dealt with properly and Jamie Ryan pounced to find the back of the net. The hosts broke down the left flank in the 71st minute and cut inside before unleashing a low shot at the visitor's goalkeeper before completing the scoring six minutes later when a loose ball was drilled past the Menai Bridge goalkeeper by Wood on the half-volley from 25 yards. The visitors saw a a 25 yard free-kick saved by the Bro Goronwy goalkeeper in the 80th minute before the hosts were denied a sixth goal by the legs of the Tigers' custodian three minute later after a Bro forward latched on to a long ball played forward.

2018/19 Statistics
Goals: 740
Matches: 164
New Grounds: 16


hotchkiss
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Apr 6, 2019, 9:42 PM

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CORINTHIAN FC (2) 5 SHEPPEY UNITED !0) 0 Southern Counties East Premier.Admission £7 /£3.Programme £1.Attendance probably about 60. Cold afternoon at Gay Dawn Farm to see top of the table v 6th placed Sheppey.The home side scored early then increased their lead before half time.Three second half goals including a penalty gave Corinthian an easy victory over a poor Sheppey team.The small stand on the half way line gave an excellent view of the game.There is a stand behind one goal with about 40 seats while in one corner where the dressing rooms are situated there is some more seating for the directors.In another corner of the ground is a electric scoreboard.Interesting ground despite the cold and damp conditions.


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MFL division three
AFC Solihull 2 Shipston Excelsior 0
Att: 15 (h/c)
Admission was advertised as £2 but there was no-one around to take the money and regulars said nobody ever pays anyway.

AFC are a great example to all new clubs in a league. When they first joined the pyramid two or three years ago they were losing every week but now they're second in the table with games in hand and are doing well. That said, they made heavy weather of this match, scoring about ten minutes into the second half and getting a second with ten left. Not a great match but anything's better than nothing after a recent run of having to work Saturday afternoons.

The ground's one of the better athletics stadium pitches, with covered benches and not too far from the action. Hot & cold drinks, crisps & chocolate available from the clubhouse, anything more substantial can be got from the adjacent leisure centre cafe. There's plenty of free parking and good transport links - while there's not much of great architectural merit, this is a good place to visit if you're local.

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