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Dave 56
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Apr 20, 2019, 5:11 PM

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Location: Staffs.
Team(s): Leatherhead

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Staffs Senior Division 1. KO 14:30. (F&N). Crowd 30.

Milton United 0 v 3 Ball Haye Green

Milton play at the Hardman Centre, a rather impressive set up with an excellent clubhouse selling burgers, chips and bacon rolls as well as the usual refreshments. The main pitch is railed on all sides with permanent dugouts. Adjacent is another pitch with a small seated stand , with the name Milton United Knights emblazoned across the top. This was apparently the pitch used by Milton 1st before moving to the latest pitch. There is also a 3rd pitch with dugouts as well.

The game wasn't great, Ball Haye went into this match, their last of the season in bottom place and after surviving a couple of early scares, took the lead to go in a goal ahead at the break.

United were no better in the second period, always taking an extra touch and never getting the shot away. Ball Haye closed out the game with two more goals in quick succession to earn the young team a well deserved 3 points.

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Apr 20, 2019, 5:44 PM

Posts: 4114
Location: Prestwich
Team(s): England, Leicester City, Bedfont & Feltham

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Manchester League, Division Two
Astley and Tyldesley 3 Middleton Colts 1 (att 19 h/c)
Free admission, no progs

Recompleted the Manchester League by getting to Astley and Tyldesley's last game of the season. It was also the final fixture for Middleton Colts, who'd already won the division and played this match as if they'd already started their summer break.

To be fair it was a very warm afternoon and there was nothing at stake. The home side opening the scoring after around an hour, and before long they had a 3-0 lead. Middleton Colts got a consolation goal before the end.

Astley and Tyldesley play at Gin Pit Village Playing Fields. The main sport here is cricket, and a decent crowd was watching that sport. The football pitch, not railed or roped, is in a large playing field behind the cricket ground.

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Apr 20, 2019, 5:57 PM

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Location: Ipswich
Team(s): Ipswich Town

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Bildeston Rangers 1 Ransomes Sports 4
Suffolk and Ipswich League Division One
Consent Lane

Admission: Free
Programme; None
Attendance: 45 h/c

Bildeston still had a chance of promotion but obvious today that players are more interested in staying fit for the Junior Cup Final at Portman Road.

Ransomes were 4-1 up at half time, home team improved in second half but it was Ransomes who came closer to adding to their goal total.

Home team still have a chance of promotion but not much on evidence of today’s display.

The ground is down a narrow lane a couple of minutes from the village high street, good sized pavilion, selling bottles and cans of beer and also doing hot drinks ( not needed today) plus really good burgers for just £2.

Large crowd thanks to the sun, bank below pavilion is elevated so good view of game, near touch line is roped off and two small wooden dug outs on far side.

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)

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Apr 20, 2019, 6:08 PM

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Location: Borehamwood

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Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division - Stotfold 0 Biggleswade 3 - Admission £6 - Programme £1 - Attendance 185

Choices were very limited today as was going out tonight so it was a case of a revisit to Stotfold, where I hadn’t been to for about 20 years. Still produce a very good programme for £1 and better than many that cost double the price.

Biggleswade went into the match knowing that a win would give them the title after their 3-0 win over Harpenden on Thursday and brought a good contingent of fans the eight miles down the A1. Stotfold still needed points with the threat of relegation hanging over them so it was all set to be a good competitive encounter.

Biggleswade took the lead midway through the first half when Tom Cookman received the ball from the left, cut inside a defender before firing a low effort from 20 yards into the bottom left corner, and just before the break, it was 2-0 when a cross was headed back by Alex Marsh to Beñat Pena to nod the ball over the line from a few inches out.

The third came on 71 minutes with a Marsh short free kick to Lee Northfield who put in a low swerver from the edge of the area into the far corner to complete the scoring although Biggleswade went close several times before the end especially through substitute Abraham Eze.

The end of the match was marked with the usual celebrations on the pitch and the third time in a few weeks that I’ve heard the ‘champione’ chants etc, after watching both Dunston UTS and TNS win their respective leagues.

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Apr 20, 2019, 6:18 PM

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

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United Counties League Division 1
Bourne Town 0 Irchester United 4

Admission: £1 (student), Programme: None
Attendance: 105 h/c

Irchester started this game on the front foot, Josh Burge almost scoring twice in the opening two minutes but placing his vollied shots wide. Bourne then had their first decent chance after 5 minutes, Zak Munton getting an awkward shot away on the half volley but missing the target. At this point, it was looking like we were in for a thrilling game, but this didn't materialise until the second half.

In fact, after this early flurry of chances, the game quitened down until Burge had another chance for Irchester in the 20th minute: Dan Spaughton used his strength well to shield the ball to Burge, who shot through a few defenders and just inches wide of the far post. There were a few more decent chances here and there throughout the half, but the only other clear-cut chance (and comfortably the closest of the lot) came for Bourne in the 40th minute: a cross from deep was headed goalwards by Jake Mason, but it bounced the wrong side of the post and wide. 0-0 at half-time.

While the first half had proven lacking in goals, the second half quickly provided one when Irchester took the lead after 48 minutes: a drilled cross eluded Ant Muphey in the Bourne goal, before a header across the face of goal allowed Ryan Lovell to head into the empty net. The away side doubled their lead six minutes later as Lovell found himself one-on-one with Muphey: his first shot was blocked but fell back to him, but he rounded the keeper on the second attempt to score. Irchester continued to dominate after this, missing two golden chances in the 65th and 66th minutes: first, Lovell was again through one-on-one and had his shot saved and deflected into his foot before going over; the second saw Lovell lay the ball off to James Ball, who simply had to tap in but somehow shot over the bar.

After this, Irchester had to be patient as they continued to push forward, but their third goal eventually came in the 78th minute: a through ball again set Lovell through past the defence and he cut inside, moving across the box and eventually shooting past the keeper and covering defenders to complete his hat-trick. Chance after chance came after this, as Irchester constantly pushed forward at pace, with the only thing keeping the scoreline down being some excellent saves and clearances from Muphey. Their fourth almost came in the 88th minute, an excellent David Bell free kick played into the box and headed over at close range. Irchester didn't have to wait long after this for their fourth, as an own goal finished the job: Lovell rounded the keeper and headed wide (due to a poor first touch), before attempting a cross across goal that a Bourne defender headed in to make it 0-4.

Overall, this game was much more entertaining than I expected it to be, and certainly wasn't the dead rubber the table made it seem. Both teams put full effort in for the 90 minutes (despite the heat) and played in a good spirit, with very few fouls and other stoppages (other than a drinks break each half). On the whole, though, Irchester were dominant in both physicality and intensity, which seems to be because Bourne were playing quite a young side; to their credit, they never gave up, but they never looked like scoring to get back into the game after falling behind.

Great day out on the whole, with fantastic weather, a good game of football, a good ground and a friendly club.

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

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Apr 20, 2019, 7:26 PM

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

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South Midlands Premier
Admission £7.00 Prog £1.00 2x Tea £2.40

When you've only taken two points from a possible 36, then the last thing you want is a visitation from one of the division's high-flyers and their somewhat mouthy support. And so it proved with the Pancakes comprehensively flattened for the umpteenth time and now nervously looking over their shoulder and hoping that the continued ineptitude of the sides below them will preserve their Step 5 status. One consolation was that for the first time in ages, I did see the homesters score, but by then Hadley had effectively declared and it was no surprise to see the car park start to empty long before the end.

Mention must be made of the referee who started at 2.57 and cut a few minutes off half time, meaning we finished at 4.42. Perhaps he wanted to get home for his tea.

As a result, I have now been declared a curse on Leverstock Green and have been banned from Pancake Lane for the rest of the season and the following three months Cool. I pity them having to deal with the even mouthier "support" they'll encounter next week.

2019/20 stats

58 goals in 16 games
£161.15 spent

nervous rec
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Apr 20, 2019, 7:35 PM

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

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Sharpness 3 Charlton Rovers 1
Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division 1
Admission Free Programme by donation

This win keeps Sharpness 4 points clear at the top of the table. They have 2 games left to play, as do 2nd placed Chalford, however 3rd placed Brockwith have only 1 game to play - away at Sharpness! The hosts were awarded a clear penalty after 10 minutes, and whilst Charlton offered little as an attacking force, made Sharpness work. The win appeared to be sealed shortly before half time, when the hosts added a second, however seconds into the second half Charlton were awarded a penalty of their own, which they converted to give them renewed hope. However the 2 goal lead was restored midway through the half, and the game petered out after that, probably in part due to the heat. The pitch is railed off along all 4 sides, with no spectator cover. Two brick built dugouts are on the far side. A new building housing the changing rooms, situated in one corner behind the goal, was used for the first time today. An 8 page programme, covering history of both teams, tables for all 3 of the home sides teams, and squad listings, was available from behind the bar in the adjacent Hamfield Leisure Centre prior to the game, and also after half time when a home official walked around the pitch selling copies.

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

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Apr 20, 2019, 7:35 PM

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Isthmian League Premier Division
Dorking Wanderers 2-0 Bognor Regis Town

Entry: £10
Attendance: 659

A first proper visit to the Meadowbank for me, though I did take a peek at it a few years back when it was Dorking FC’s rather run down characterful home while I was ticking Wanderers’ previous ground in the vineyards to the north of the town. There’s no denying the work that has obviously been put in to get the place up to scratch - they’re obviously a hard-working club and it’ll be good to see how they cope next season in the National South.

Wanderers barely needed to get out of second gear for this, with two early goals putting the contest to bed. Despite a couple of injuries throwing spanner’s in the works, Bognor picked up in the second half and forced the home goalkeeper into two quite exceptional saves, as well as hitting the crossbar. However, this probably sees an end to their play-off hopes. Good to see Jacky Pearce still ranting and howling after forty-eight years on the Bognor bench, looking as handsome and articulate as he always was! (Havant fans used to sing a wonderful song about Jacky in the bath many years ago!)

Dorking itself is a lovely pretty town of antiques shops, though it obviously has some quite heavy-duty traffic problems - this despite the fact that it is lavishly privileged with three different railway stations. I arrived via Dorking Deepdene on the Guildford/Redhill line, but left town from Dorking West (the closest station to the ground) which a few short years ago was high up among the ten least-used railway stations in the entire country. Things have obviously changed since then, as there are now a dozen services in each direction every day, and I was one of five people catching the 18:46 from there to Reading.

As for ale, I stumbled across a rather good (but very crowded) micropub close to the ground, and outside saw a bloke in a cream linen suit who looked like he might have been Terry Venables! TheWav texted me to say I should buy him a pint, but I replied that I was more likely to give him grief for his questionable faith in that twat Terry Fenwick back in the miserable 1997~98 season...

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Apr 20, 2019, 7:48 PM

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Location: Kirby Muxloe
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MFL Premier.
Highgate United 3 Shepshed Dynamo 0.
Adm £7.
Prog £1.50.
Att 78.
Carling £3

End of season stuff with teams with nothing to play for but Gate were much the better side throughout the contest.

Fourth visit to this place and it has deteriorated with every visit (a demotion for facilities included) Hard standing has broken up on all four sides, The terrace area of the stand is condemned and sealed off from the seating area but nothing stopping people wandering in from outer pitch (without paying for ground admission) Steps on press box are not safe and god only no's how the Shepshed man managed to climb up!! No hand drying facilities in the loo and don't get me started on the rest of the problems at this club. Only Carling on sale in the awful clubhouse and a gateman that owed half the paying punters because he ran out of change. Apologies for slating a club, I never usually indulge in such things but there is not one plus point about a visit here and the MFL should look into things.

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Apr 20, 2019, 7:57 PM

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Location: Cockfosters
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Dronfield T 3-1 Ollerton T
Att 174 Adm £5 Prog Yes Coffee £1

Nearly scuppered by an accident on M1 near Luton causing 70-min delay but cleared just in time for me to continue, fortunately I was able to make up time on the clear roads and arrived at 14:30 - the car park, itself a little way from the ground, was full but there was adequate street parking to be had nearby.

The main feature of the ground is the old-fashioned seated stand on the halfway line with the clubhouse/tea hut behind it. There is a high wooden fence behind the left-hand goal with a small section of cover provided by a roof sticking out of it. Hardstanding on 3 sides with 4th side out of bounds (although not strictly enforced today).

The home side took the lead on 22 mins with a low shot from the edge of the box trickling into the near corner. Ollerton equalised on 33 with a header from a long throw. Dronfield re-took the lead on 57 with another low shot that the keeper was slow to get down to. It was 3-1 on 76 after the away keeper could only parry another low shot to an oncoming forward. However, Ollerton, needing a point to avoid a (theoreticaL) relegation slot, were safe anyway following Harworth's defeat at Rossington.

Traffic OK coming back & in just after 19:30.

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Llanfair United 1 Berriew 1

Mount Field: MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League First Division

This was my first visit to the ground for just over a couple of years when I watched the home club entertain Caernarfon Town in the last-eight of the Welsh Cup on a wet February afternoon. On that afternoon, Llanfair United were outclassed by a strong visiting team, which had now gone on to establish itself in the Welsh Premier League this season. There have been no noticeable changes at the Mount Field during the intervening period,although the Montgomeryshire club had undertaken a considerable amount of work prior to that match, as extra seating had been installed to ensure the ground met the 250 seat requirement for tier two of the pyramid, whilst changing rooms and an extra parking area had been installed behind the made stand that had been present for a number of years. This afternoon's fixture was a significant one in the context of the outcome of the MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League First Division title as both protagonists were still very much in the title race as the season reached its climax. Llanidloes Town's victory at Aberaeron Town last night meant they sat at the summit of the table with 63 points. Third-placed Berriew had 60 points from 26 matches, prior to kick-off this afternoon, whilst Llanfair United were a further point and place behind the Rhiewsiders but with a game in hand and both teams had s superior goal difference than the Daffs. Both teams were last in action on Wednesday evening when Berriew scored a late winning goal in a 1-0 victory at Llandrindod Wells and Llanfair United were held to a goalless draw by former Welsh Premier club Caersws. Llanfair United visit Carno and Kerry in their final two league matches, Llanidloes Town head to Tywyn/Bryncrug next Saturday and Berriew travel to Builth Wells on Easter Monday.

The opening stages to this top-of-the-table encounter were relatively close and cagey as a Berriew defender headed behind a dangerous 13th minute free-kick swung into his penalty area. The hosts opened the scoring 14 minutes later when the Rhiewsiders goalkeeper parried John Astley's 25 yard free-kick and the loose ball was turned home by Nathan Edgington from close range. The visitors were back on level terms within six minutes though, to dampen the enthusiasm amongst the Llanfair United ranks, when a free-kick was headed back across the penalty area and former home player Rhys Stephens was on hand to find the back of the net with a sweetly-struck volley. The Rhiewsiders saw a 37th minute shot turned behind from the edge of the penalty area for a corner in the 37th minute before Llanfair United responded five minutes later with free-kick of their own that was turned behind by the Berriew custodian. The visitors made a positive start too the second-half as they fired a 25 yard effort over the crossbar in the 53rd minute before former Berriew captain Karl Seliaerts saw an effort saved five minutes later after the ball was pulled back from the byline. Richard Davies headed narrowly over the Llanfair United crossbar from a long 62nd minute free-kick before the home goalkeeper was forced to save a low shot following a quick break by Berriew seven minutes later. The visitors then saw a header blocked on the line from a 72nd minute corner before being reduced to ten men some four minutes later when Bailey Austin was shown a second yellow card. Llanfair United pushed for a winning goal in the closing stages against their ten-men opponents. The Berriew keeper parried an 82nd minute effort on goal following a good move and the loose ball was fired over the crossbar before he saved an attempted lob three minutes later. Llanfair United came even closer in the 89th minute when a low shot struck an upright but the Rhiewsiders custodian was relieved to grab hold of the loose ball and maintain his team's title hopes going into their final match at Buillth Wells.

2018/19 Statistics
Goals: 782
Matches: 175
New Grounds: 16

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Apr 20, 2019, 8:01 PM

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Amaranth Crossgates 7 Collingham Juniors 1
h/t 4-1
h/c 5

I had to be in Leeds at a certain time so I was struggling to find anything new until serious trawling brought this game up. Amaranth scored in the first minute but, surprisingly, Collingham quickly equalised. That was as good as it got for them though. They never looked like scoring again and the final score reflected that.

This ground is easy to find - NOT. It's situated on Manston Lane, (not Menston as it says in the league handbook). I drove to the end of that road to be confronted by a large JCB blocking the road. They are in the process of making a new road that will connect to the motorway and supposedly take traffic away from Crossgates shopping area. I thought I would have to walk it but after much closer inspection there was a track down the side of the new road that takes you through a farm yard to Amaranth's pitch and clubhouse.

Cricket is no longer played at this venue which is on the site of a WW1 munitions factory, (the old railway tracks can apparently still be seen, I didn't try and find them). The cricket club was founded in the 50's but shut down in 2015. The football team morphed out if Manston Juniors and moved in in 1991.

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

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Apr 20, 2019, 8:03 PM

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Location: birmingham
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HENBURY (1) 2 STONEHOUSE (0) 0 Glocestershire County League.Admission Free.No programmes today.Att; 40. After yesterday's 3 drab hop games the entertainment was just the same at sun drenched Henbury.Clubhouse on the one touchline with just a small amount of grass banking .The home side scored there 2 goals both disputed by the visitor's.

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Apr 20, 2019, 8:42 PM

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Petersfield Town 1 v 3 Romsey Town
Sydenhams Wessex League Division One
Adm £6, Prog £1, Att 101

Livened up by the banter between two sets of geriatric Ultras. The home club officials and team are doing their best to steady things after an alarming free-fall over the last few years. Romsey will narrowly miss promotion despite the win. The cunning attacking plan for Romsey was, i) allow Petersfield to win a corner, ii) promptly race away and score.

The sloping pitch is shoe-horned into the available space. Good parking area and a well-produced programme. The locals frequent the narrow strip outside the bar. A lovely old stand sits at the bottom side, provided you can tolerate the clatter from the adjacent skateboard park and Mustard & Migos on the boombox.

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Apr 20, 2019, 9:04 PM

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MFL division three
Shipston Excelsior 0 Coventry Plumbing 2

On days like this you realise just how wonderful this hobby of ours is, and feel sad that another season is coming to an end. With the forecast so good herself fancied a trip out so we spent the morning doing a tour of the Rollrights (HMHB reference), a couple of Cotswold villages and the GBG-listed Black Lion before she was dropped off in Shipston (small) town centre and I went to the match.

It's a classic sports club set-up, picturesquely situated in a fold of a hill running down to the river. There's a cricket pitch, a bowls club and the football pitch has a small shelter that would come in handy during the winter. No such problems today, though, and although it's difficult to see how many people are actually there for the match in such a public area there must have been almost a hundred of us watching at some points - full credit to the club for getting so much interest.

The match itself was fairly standard for step eight - lots of effort but not much quality in the first half. Right on the whistle the visitors scored when their number nine did well to bring the ball down with three defenders round him and his shot either spun nicely or took a bobble depending on your point of view. A couple of minutes into the second half they went two up and from then on they were well in control and should have scored more.

There's a good bar upstairs with views of the pitch and although I couldn't see any other food there was a barbecue outside. All in all a very pleasant day out, one of my best of the season.

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Apr 20, 2019, 9:11 PM

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Cambridge City Development 1 - 7 Great Shelford
Cambs League Premier Division
Admission free; no prog

A potential title decider here, with Shelford needing a win to be mathematically certain of the Premier Division championship.

City's reserves are playing in the village of Cambourne this season, which I've called home for over 17 years now, so for the first time in many years I was able to walk to a game.

The 3G pitch at the local sports centre was the venue. A basic caged venue with a railed viewing area along one side inside the cage. No dugouts - the managers stood and the subs just lounged against the barrier on the spectator side..

Shelford started quite confidently, but had a setback before 10 minutes were up when City took the lead, a penalty after a shot had been charged down by a defender's arm. They equalised on the half hour, and at half time it was all square.

The visitors certainly didn't hang about after the break. They had a penalty of their own within a couple of minutes following a clear foul, and proceeded to score fairly regularly through the half to take the title. City weren't quite as bad as the scoreline makes them sound, but it was easy to see why they've struggled this season - they created little and conceded much too easily.

The Shelford management team sent out for the champagne to be brought from the dressing room just before the end, and the championship trophy was presented on the pitch immediately after the final whistle.

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Apr 20, 2019, 9:26 PM

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Cleator Moor Celtic 1-2 Bacup Borough
Att 97 (a very generous official figure)
Adm £3 (joint cheapest in the league), prog £1

Glorious day for a trip to the Lakes. Arrived mid-morning to explore and enjoy the wonderful scenery before tiring of giving way to walkers and oncoming traffic on the narrow roads around Buttermere, Cummock Water and Loweswater. The Fox & Hounds in the tranquil little country village of Ennerdale Bridge restored order, helped by a couple of decent halves from a range of five local ales from Keswick, Bowness Bay, Jennings and Wainwright breweries. From there it was a ten minute drive to the urban landscape of Cleator Moor, passing the basic but scenic rugby ground of Wath Brow Amateurs en route.

When you're in the back end of nowhere 350 miles from home you don't really expect to bump into anyone you know, so DJ, Sussexhopper and myself were all as surprised as each other at kick-off! Their good company helped top off the day at this friendly little club, who've really embraced their debut season in this league and made friends along the way.

Today was tough on them. Apparently fielding five schoolboys in the side, they actually led at the break but Bacup took charge of the second half, coming close several times before finally equalising on 75. They then had one curiously disallowed for offside before a cruel but correctly-awarded late penalty won it for them. The right result but credit to Celtic for a brave showing, and so soon after they finally got home at 2am on Thursday morning after their game at Avro.

The ground's been covered on here many times this season so just a mention that they've now got their Arena stands (one seated, one standing) in situ, on the near side to the left of the entrance. Basic set up but with some nice views, especially from the comfy clubhouse above the changing rooms. Fizz only at the bar but plenty of memorabilia on the walls and a couple of tellies showing the football on Sky. Didn't see any hot food but a selection of rolls were available at the bar.

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Apr 20, 2019, 10:51 PM

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Wisbech Town 1-1 Pickering Town...Evostik NPL Div 1 East....Prog £2

Left the Travelodge in Gainsborough at 9.30am and had to abort our planned route due to an accident near to the A17 at Newark. We were soon back on track and arrived at the Elgoods Fenland Stadium around 1230....some lovely villages and scenery passed on route.

The ground is a modern type, all tidy and well maintained with a pitch to match. Talking to a few of the fan's there is concern over funding of the Club next season to keep it going as it is currently. Todays encounter was a relegation fight with little between the sides, both desperate for the three points. The first half ended all even with no goals to speak of, Pickering had the best chance when a header was glanced across the face of goal and wide, from close range.

There were a number of potential hopper types in the crowd but none that I could put a name to. Conditions were too warm once more for 100 mph football on a bone hard pitch. The referee was taking abuse big style on the dugout side from both sets of supporters....why do they do the job?

The second half saw Wisbech have what breeze their was at their backs and they started to shade possession.
Pickering were awarded a penalty on 51 minutes but the keeper pulled off a fine save and an even better one from the rebound when it looked a certain goal.

Wisbech opened the scoring on 56 minutes when their No 9 turned and fired a shot past the keeper from the edge of the box. It looked like the Fenmen would complete their first victory since a run of 7 defeats...that was till the 90 minute when Pickering broke up field only for the Wisbech keeper to make a fine save. This was a warning and on 90+ 4 minutes they attacked again and Pickering levelled, think it was the No5 who despatched it. Seconds after the restart the ref blew for full time. Gutted, hurt and robbed , we all know the feeling.

Ground tidy, two long covered ends behind each goal with a further small seated Stand behind the far dugouts. The large Clubhouse is on the near side containing changing rooms, refreshments, Club Shop and VIP hosting area.

With Stamford and Morpeth the remaining games for Wisbech it could go to the wire.

Good run back home to the west coast and in for 8.45pm.

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Apr 20, 2019, 10:56 PM

Posts: 306
Location: Stourbridge
Team(s): Stourbridge FC., Black Country non-league; The F.A.Vase

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Huws Gray Cymru Alliance League Cup Final
Airbus UK Broughton 5 Holyhead Hotspur 1
Adm £3 (codger) Programme £1
On the face of it an expected outcome, the runaway champions drubbing the bottom club. However, Holyhead were well in contention for an hour and few could have denied them a 56th minute equaliser by Mel McGinness, cancelling out James Hooper's early opener. But then it all unravelled in less than ten minutes. Hooper grabbed his second in the 62nd minute before Asa Hamilton headed a simple third five minutes later. Holyhead's goose was well and truly cooked two minutes later as 'keeper Carl Jones was sent off for hauling down Ryan Edwards twenty yards from goal. Edwards cracked a fourth ten minutes from the end before substitute Harvey Ellis rounded off the scoring a minute after entering the fray. About 300 present at Conwy Borough's Y Morfa ground on a gloriously warm and sunny afternoon.

Sale Holmfield
First Team Regular

Apr 20, 2019, 11:27 PM

Posts: 1407
Location: Sale
Team(s): Altrincham, Conwy Borough

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Vanarama National League North
Nuneaton Borough v Altrincham 0-2 (adm £12, prog (sold out - I saw only a handful of people with one), att 530)

Altrincham were a considerably better team than their hosts, but were made to work very hard for their win by a Borough team who had no central defenders and only two substitutes, one of whom I thought was a goalkeeper although he came on as outfield player. Despite Alty having a lot of possession, the game remained goalless until 52 minutes when Josh Hancock scored at the second attempt after his first had been blocked. In injury time, Max Harrop scored a second when goalkeeper Cam Belford could only get a hand to his shot. Barring freak scorelines, Altrincham are definitely in the playoffs, while Nuneaton already were relegated.

Nuneaton do remind me of Altrincham two seasons ago - a big club for the level who are completely out of their depth on the field of play, not least because there has been a rotating carousel of new players throughout the season. At least, they have a chance to regroup next season, and Jimmy Ginnelly is clearly devoted to the club's best interests.

Pre match drinks in the Lord Hop micropub on Queens Road in the town centre, where the licensee accurately predicted that we would get three points. He also predicted that Nuneaton would have further financial problems whoever the owner is. I wish them good luck, anyway.

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Andy D
Chelsea Transfer Target

Apr 20, 2019, 11:34 PM

Posts: 4492
Location: Cheshire/Dorset
Team(s): 1874 Northwich, Forfar Athletic, Castleford RLFC, Lancashire CCC,

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Y Felinheli 1 Llannefydd 1. Welsh Alliance Division 2, Att: 70, Admission: £3, Prog: No

At this time of year, a game with something riding on it is always an advantage so a trip into North West Wales was an attractive option despite the usual Bank Holiday issues on the A55. Llannefydd needed to win their last two games to clinch promotion and a game against mid-table Y Felinheli seemed an ideal opportunity to notch the first of those. But despite the vast majority of the possession they failed to capitalise and a draw leaves them relying on other results. Both goals came in the opening quarter of the game and despite 100% effort from both sides, this was generally poor fare on a warm day. Y Felinheli's ground is fairly basic but is a scenic gem, situated just off the old Bangor to Caernarfon road. Fully railed, it's main feature is a tiny rustic section of cover, changing rooms and a well stocked tea bar being in one corner by the entrance. Parking can be an issue, most seemed to park on pavements alongside the main road while I made use of a back road from which a cycle path led to a gate at the back of the ground.

Rules of Groundhopping:

Rule 1 - There are no rules
Rule 2 - See rule 1.....

First Team Star

Apr 20, 2019, 11:40 PM

Posts: 2569
Location: North of the Aire
Team(s): None. A supporter of grassroots football

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West Yorkshire Premier.
Beeston St Anthony's v Carlton Athletic. 0-3
c 100 watching. Collection box came round in the second half for donations,
Tetchy encounter between these old rivals. Beeston lost a player to a red card for a nasty tackle on 26'. Carlton took advantage with two goals before the interval and added the third five minutes in to added time at the end.

Ashtree RockBee
First Team Star

Apr 21, 2019, 12:06 AM

Posts: 2060
Location: Ashford, Middlesex
Team(s): Ashford Town (Middlesex), Bognor Regis Town, Brentford

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Thurlow Nunn Eastern Senior League Division 1 South –
White Ensign 1 May & Baker 4
Spectator headcount 38
Admission £5, programme £1 (16 pages, but finished before the first tube stop)
Lucozade and steak slice £4.25!!!

Beautifully described by pinewoosdte some months back, this was White Ensign’s last game at Basildon Sporting Village before sharing with Great Wakering Rovers for the next two seasons. Basically using a pitch within an athletics track 12 miles from home for this campaign, their Southend base can never be brought up to this level ground grading wise, and the Village pitch has turned out to fail the mark due to being too short and unable to be lengthened due to the athletics paraphernalia behind both ends. Spectators were confined to one side with a perimeter rail, large concourse and a decent size red seated stand with an unusual wavy roof. The refreshments were exorbitantly priced.

White Ensign’s players won’t be namechecked here, as they were shown as 1 to 11 on the teamsheet pinned to the entrance kiosk but they actually used squad numbers up to 28 not shown on the teamsheet. Having edged the first half hour, WE conceded a soft penalty with an attacker barged over, and Ryan Knight scored the easiest penalty he’ll ever manage as the home keeper walked to the opposite post after the kick was taken. M&B took a slightly flattering two goal cushion into the break with a well worked 45th minute move, a free kick into the box nodded back for Jake Piper to lash high into the net from 10 yards out.

The visitors were much the better side after the break. Alex Owuade finished off another good move with a low shot across the keeper and home in the 67th, and Evaristo Kitoko made it 0-4 in the 73rd with another low, hard finish. WE’s 83rd minute consolation came courtesy of a left wing cutback which hit backtracking M&B defender Jay Bacon and deflected in.

M&B were easy winners in the end, though the homesters were regularly denied by man of the match George Martin in the May & Baker goal, who made six saves ranging from reflex to stunning.

Dinner was taken by Ropemaker and me at “The Beehive” opposite Basildon railway station – two meals for £8.49. Not huge portions, but decent nevertheless and way better value than at the game! Only Spitfire and London Pride on offer for ale drinkers, but well kept, and a cheery town centre pub to boot.

Oh, and if you’re wondering why White Ensign actually wear red instead of white, I was told it’s because the chairman felt red was an easier kit colour to wash!

First Team Star

Apr 21, 2019, 1:05 AM

Posts: 1517
Location: Melksham, Wiltshire
Team(s): Melksham Town, Bath Rugby, Wigan Warriors and Lancashire CCC

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Evo-Stik Southern One Central
Yarnton Road
Kidlington 0 Peterborough Sports 2
Admission: £8 Paper available Attendance: Nothing official but about 150

New tick and the crowning of the away team as SL1C Champions. Very good they are too; a bitty game in many ways on a hot day and a bumpy, dry pitch they were superior in every department.
The Champions were a little wasteful to start, carving openings for their big c/f Jones but were wasted by errant shooting. Finally on 34 a great attack down the right saw a pin-point cross and a crashing header from Jones into the net. A thing of beauty.
Second half, much of the same; patience but a limited opponent kept them at bay until on 83 a persistent Sani wriggled his way into the box and slipped the ball into the net; the plentiful away fans knew then that this was their moment.
Good little ground, the away side look to have the nucleus of a Step 3 side. Easy 90 minute drive back.

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

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Apr 21, 2019, 5:26 AM

Posts: 465

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Charleston Battery 3-1 Nashville
USL Championship Eastern Conference
Attendance: 2,776
Admissions: $9
Prog: 12 pages, free, available just inside the entrances

Reasonable game, the home side rather fortunate to be a goal up at half-time as Nashville had looked quite useful in the opening half. Not much noise from the crowd though and the home ultras couldn't have even numbered two dozen.

The Charleston area comprises many islands and inlets, and it's on one of the former, Daniel Island, that MUSC Health Stadium is based. The ground was apparently America's first football-specific ground for a professional club, beating Columbus Crew by a few months. However, the club changed hands a couple of years ago and the new chap has announced that he intends to sell the ground and adjacent training complex for business development, with the club most likely sharing a college American football stadium close to downtown.

The ground comprises open, unallocated seating along the full length of both sides, with flat standing behind both goals and a very large video scoreboard at the near end. There are brick-built offices, a cramped club shop, food & drink outlets etc behind the main stand, with this building rising above the central section of the stand to provide the press box & executive suites. As is often the case in the US there's not much point paying for an expensive ticket as you can wander around the ground and enter any area unchallenged.

The attendance was no where near the announced figure; I thought it was 1,500 tops. There was easily enough parking, at $5 per car, on site for a crowd of this size. If the parking lot fills, they utilise business car parks further down the road as overspills. On the catering front there was a very good food selection which included a Mexican street food van, my choice this evening, and also a local offering in the form of boiled peanuts - I tried a sample and wasn't impressed as they were just soft, moist peanuts. A couple of draft beers were available but I passed as it was getting a bit nippy.

This evening's low admission charge was part of a 90s promotion. There were also freebies just inside the entrance in the form of free t-shirts, sunglasses, water bottles and luggage tags, and after the game there was a fireworks display. In fact, immediately after the game & before the fireworks, all attending kids were invited onto the pitch for a kickaround, Scottish junior football style.

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