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Wednesday 24th April 2019


Dave 56
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Apr 24, 2019, 9:59 PM

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East Region Juniors. Consolation Cup 1st Round. KO 18:45. Admission £5/£2. No programme. Crowd 54.

Harthill Royal 3 v 0 West Calder United

Winter returned to this part of Scotland today. Heavy mist, a hint of drizzle in the strong bitingly cold wind blowing straight down the pitch, more November than April. This was a change to my original plan following a message from Prorege to inform me that the original choice of Newburgh was played last night.

Harthill is the nearest junior ground to my base when in this part of the world, just 7 miles away. It's probably fair to say that it's not the most scenic of locations and the weather did it no favours, or perhaps the mist did.

The park is railed with dugouts and a stand on the far side, which would accommodate maybe 100 people at a push. The tea bar was open, pie and a coffee £2.50, the pie would probably have been better if cooked!

Royal scored in the first period kicking with the wind, playing mainly a long ball game to try and get in behind the hesitant defenders but the visiting keeper kept the score down to that single goal.

At the start of the second half Calder hit the bar with a 25 yard free kick, it was to be their only real effort and Harthill added a couple more playing a passing game, although the second goal was due to a defensive blunder. Not bad for an end of season game.

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Apr 24, 2019, 10:42 PM

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Ingleton FC 1-3 Caton FC...North Lancs League Premier...k.o 1830....F&N.

Ingleton is known for it's waterfall's and tonight was no different as the skies opened at kick off and with it the wind as the rain squalls passed through. The first ten minutes was spent trying to stop the brolley from turning itself inside out so we headed down to pitch side when there was a bit more shelter.
Neither side have set the league alight with their form this season and it was Caton who started brightly hitting the post in the first 5 minutes. The first goal was scored by the Caton No9 who toe poked it past the keeper...the linesman had flagged for 'offside' but after a chat the referee overruled him and the goal stood.
Caton looked the better first half, I watched them a few weeks back and they looked quite handy then as well. The referee was taking abuse from both sets of players and benches with his decisions and as the rain gradually cleared and wind dropped off,the skies were black as soot.

Caton made it 0-2 on 54 minutes again through No9 who fired home after the keeper spilled an effort from his striking partner. It was 0-3 on the hour when the No 2 controlled the ball outside the box and fired over the keeper.

After the third goal, Ingleton started to retained more of the possession and pulled a goal back on 63 minutes when No 10 fired into the roof of the net from the spot, not sure what for as it was too dark to make out. There was still more time for the referee to take more abuse before the final whistle. Certainly the darkest skies I've ever watched a game in, glad it wasnt cricket.

Liked the ground, the seating is made out of local stone and built into the steep banking, the opposite side is the cricket pitch. Behind one goal we have housing and behind the other another raised bank with a car park at the top.
Parking is chargeable till 1800 but the prices arnt that steep, theres also an open air swimming pool close by , so if your intending visiting, dont forget the trunks.
Decent support on tonight, the majority stood at the top of the brick seating area by the changing rooms...with brolley's to hand.

Decent night out once the weather sorted itself out and a good run home.

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Apr 24, 2019, 11:07 PM

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Hampshire Premier League Cup Semi-Final

Bush Hill 1 Infinity 2 (at AFC Stoneham)

admission £3-00 programme none attendance est 100
1st v 2nd in HPFL Senior Div
First of two clashes in four days between the best two teams in the league - Saturday's will decide the destination of the league title, and tonight Infinity booked their place in the League Cup final against Lyndhurst (a repeat of the Southampton Intermediate Cup final) on May 6th at Hamble Club. As expected, this was a good-quality, hard-fought close game, just shaded by Infinity despite their being under massive pressure for the last half hour.
Infinity started the better and after an early scramble in the Bush area, the ball was cleared to Fear who shot over. But on 5 mins his team took the lead as the ball wasn't cleared after a cross and Boud hooked the ball into the bottom corner. Bush came back, and from a corner Drake had a shot well blocked, then Barker ran on to a through ball but keeper S.Parker just got there before him and cleared. Infinity looked more dangerous coming forward: Fear had an overhead kick saved, then Phillips made one of his trademark runs down the left wing, but his shot went narrowly over the bar. Drake then went close for Bush as his shot was fumbled by S.Parker, but he recovered to clear the ball away before it could cross the line. Drake went one better on 34 mins as he found space on the left of the area and finished well from an acute angle for the equaliser, despite a defender on the line trying to clear. Infinity came back and a twisting run by Powell saw his shot saved by Hodder, then a ball was played back to Floyd, whose shot went over. But right on half time Infinity got a corner and Floyd rose highest (he's taller than most players anyway) to head Infinity back into the lead, HT 1-2.
After the break, another Phillips run down the left saw Hodder save his shot; he had to save again from the same player moments later. Another Infinity break saw another good save from Hodder, this time from Powell. After this, however, Bush stepped up the pace and, with an impressive controlled passing game, dominated the rest of the match, putting their opponents under a lot of pressure. Barker and Drake came close on numerous occasions: firstly, a good break saw Davis cross from the left and Barker just fail to connect; next, a shot by Drake was parried by S.Parker, and Barker headed the rebound over; a run down the left by Drake saw him shoot wide. Barker then had a couple of long shots over, and had a curling cross sneak through but was cleared off the line. Infinity defended well, and rode their luck: on 88 mins Drake curled a shot through a group of players and S.Parker could only watch as the ball came back off the post; there was also a loud appeal for handball as a cross was cleared for a corner; and in injury time both Haines and Barker came close. But Infinity it was who emerged the victors in an exciting semi-final. On Saturday Bush are at home and only need to draw to win the league (on goal difference) but I'm sure that will be another game worth watching.
The match was well-hosted by AFC Stoneham (tea bar doing a good trade as usual) - they said that they hope to be moving into their new ground in Stoneham Lane in Sept/Oct and will be continuing to use the current ground until they are ready to move in.

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

(This post was edited by HantsLondoner on Apr 24, 2019, 11:30 PM)

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Apr 24, 2019, 11:08 PM

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Wigan and District Amateur League, Division One
North Walkden 5 Gidlow Athletic 0 (att 8)

Not an evening that will live long in the memory, but definitely the sort of venue that's better visited midweek that on a Saturday. North Walkden are based at Wharton Playing Fields in the Little Hulton area of Salford. A changing room block and space for three pitches, all with rusting goalposts. Give me a 3G cage over this any day, especially on a damp and gloomy evening.

North Walkden needed to win as they battle Digmoor for the title, and two first half goals and three more in the second half reflected their dominance. The visitors lost a player to an early red card, as the player lost his head and had to be restrained after the referee failed to see an off the ball punch that he claimed he was the victim of. I didn't see it either ... and I really don't know if he had genuine cause for his annoyance.

UPDATE: North Walkden have just told me, via Twitter, that they're moving to a new ground with better facilities for next season.

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(This post was edited by Steveb on Apr 24, 2019, 11:27 PM)

Andy D
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Apr 24, 2019, 11:09 PM

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Westexe Park Rangers 5 Cheriton Fitzpaine 1, Devon & Exeter League Football Express Cup Semi Final, Att: 40, Admission/Prog: No

In the end this was a comfortable win for Division 5 Westexe against their opponents from one division below, but only in the last 15 minutes did the result become apparent with three goals in quick succession. The home side scored midway through the first half before Cheriton equalised right on half time. Westexe notched another in the second period and the visitors had a glorious chance to level again just before Westexe's late triple blast. As might be expected from a game between teams from steps 13 & 14 in the pyramid the standard was sometimes not great but nobody could fault the effort and enthusiasm. The game kicked off ten minutes prior to the advertised start time and tbe referee played 40 minutes each way despite no issues with the light. Westexe play in a park of the same name and at this time of year it is a very pleasant place to watch football. The pitch is surrounded by trees, including one which overhangs one corner of the pitch and one side is bordered by an old school building. There is no football furniture, although a bandstand adds to the setting.

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

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Apr 25, 2019, 12:07 AM

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East Lancashire League Division 1
Barden Sports Ground
Burnley United 1 Mill Hill 0

KO 7.02 - floodlit for about 2/3 of the game

Crowd 5. No programme or teamsheet. Tea in a mug £1

Hot drinks and food available - strangely 2 serving points - one for football-related people and one for athletics-related people, as there was some sort of athletics training event going on at the same time as the football. The two clubs were running the tea stalls independently of each other.

This was my 1st visit to Barden Sports Ground and it was a 2nd v 1st clash. Mill Hill had already won the league, but were still 100% having won all 22 league games so far.

The pitch is in the middle of the athletics track, which is quite well maintained with a extensive terracing with some seating on the far side. For the 2nd half I climbed to the top of the top of that, which was a great view of the game.

Weather was a bit damp, but luckily avoided any repeat of an earlier mega downpour.

Due to setting off 1 hour later than planned from work in Rochdale, and then having to travel over the hills due to M62 travel problems, I arrived with seconds to spare, and was lucky in that KO didn't happen until 7.02pm

With Mill Hill having a 100% record, they had to be favourites. They played in red, while Burnley United played in what appeared to be Burnley FC shirts.

The only goal of the game came on 44 mins after an even half with half chances, but Burnley got the breakthrough and put away the best chance of the game.

2nd half saw Mill Hill much more dominant, but they couldn't find the magic in front of goal. There was much controversy about multiple offside decisions given against Mill Hill, and also the ref wasted much time forever debating if we were using the right ball or not.

So with Mill Hill chasing at least an equaliser, we ended up playing 8 mins of added time, but they couldn't find the net, and so have now dropped points for the 1st time this season.

(This post was edited by simonsm on Apr 25, 2019, 12:07 AM)

timmy tabby
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Apr 25, 2019, 8:19 AM

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....One of those contests, that with the gift of hindsight a wide berth would have been steered away from...

Boreham Wood 1 v 0 St Albans City - Hertfordshire Seniot Cup Final
Prog 20 pages - At least it was w/a - Admission £12.00 - Att - Nothing official seen thus far, but approx 450

....Rarely captivating but at least the venerable Mr Druryszki was in situ to provide the conversation and his description of proceedings as 'not one that will live in the memory' was spot on.

Clear from the line up's that St Albans have more important business to attend to with a home match with Torquay on Saturday, which may/may not lead to a Conference South Play Off berth as there were several fringe players starting. On the basis that the hosts fielded virtually their full first team in their Semi Final tie against Cheshunt the previous week, it was clear that this would be repeated here. However, for all the difference in playing strength's the hosts made hard work of lifting the cup.

In the opening minutes, the impression was given that Boreham Wood would sweep aside their opponents, but for all the occasions that Ash and Ilesanmi made progress down the flanks the all important cross into the path of the likes of Gabriel could not be delivered. As a result the first half in the end depreciated in terms of calibre and apart from a Gabriel shot which nearly sneaked through the legs of Snedker in the St Albans goal and a header from Gabriel which found the net but also saw the linesman waving his flag on the far side for offside, the first half was instantly forgettable. The half time discussion focused on the probability of extra time, penalties and a late night back at our respective abodes.

The second half was marginally better and at least delivered the all important goal. Before hand, there was a rare diversion from the prevailing grind as Murtagh from fully forty five yards saw Snedker off his line when taking a free kick and struck accordingly. Pity that the effort came back off the bar as it would have been an effort that would have surely been retained by the receding memory banks if it had found the net. The fears that the extra time spectre would haunt the occasion were banished when one of the few examples of joined up play occurred with Smith passing down the line to Thomas and his perfect cross was side footed in from close range by Gabriel. The latter's celebrations at such a straight forward conversion were a little exaggerated, however certain that there was a degree of schadenfreude given Mr Gabriel's unhappy sojourn earlier on in the season at Clarence Park and a public falling out with the management.

The lead could have been doubled soon after when Thomas' run and subsequent rising drive came back off the underside of the bar. There was little in the way of response from the visitors who gave the impression for long periods that this was a fixture to fulfil rather than actually win. In stoppage time, a header from Wyatt was perhaps their best effort of the evening but ended up as a comfortable save for Huddart.

Did not stay for the presentation, preferring an earlier train departure amidst an increasing April chill and contemplating the HCFA bill for an army of orange tabarded stewards who ensured a completely unnecessary segregation, Indoors at 23.40....

(This post was edited by timmy tabby on Apr 25, 2019, 8:50 AM)

andy smith
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Apr 25, 2019, 10:49 AM

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Surrey FA Saturday Premier Cup Final (at Dorking Wanderers)

Nottsborough 0(0)
Lingfield 1 (0)
Admission £5.00
Prog' £1.00
Att' 156

Not the best of games, the only goal coming from long range shot in the 75th minute...

(This post was edited by andy smith on Apr 25, 2019, 11:11 AM)

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Apr 25, 2019, 11:33 AM

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Welsh League Div.1
Goytre United 1-2 Cambrian & Clydach Vale
Admission £5 Programme £1
Att: 42 (h/c)

Another evening, another scenic Welsh League ground. Game was an entertaining watch with the winner coming from the penalty spot early in the second half. 35 year old Cortez Belle, who played for Chester in the football league, as well as a host of other clubs, was up front for The Goyts.

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Apr 25, 2019, 2:56 PM

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Havant & Waterlooville 2 v 1 Basingstoke Town
Hampshire FA Senior Cup Final (at Eastleigh FC)
Adm £10, Prog £3, Att 756

For long periods it was very difficult to believe Havant are in the National League, it was very easy to believe they are being relegated from it. Town had the chances and missed them. They also had the best couple of players on show.

I love my programmes but £3 caused several punters to take a sharp breath. It was well-produced but 44 pages, of which 27 were adverts! I like Eastleigh's progressive ground but if you are driving, get there early

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Apr 25, 2019, 4:36 PM

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Wheldrake 1 Wombleton Wanderers 0
York Senior Lge Div 3 f&n att 40

There were a number of permutations to determine who would win this division, the simplest resolution being that a win for Wheldrake would make them Champions. They did so with a very early goal backed up by a well organised defence. Wanderers had plenty of possession but lacked a cutting edge, although they rattled the crossbar in the dying seconds to keep things interesting. The referee, an experienced hand, was superb, using a mixture of humour and sharp words instead of silence and card waving.

Wheldrake is a village south east of York about 3 miles from the A19. The Village Hall sports field is a typical York League set up with the football pitch being along side the cricket pitch and the tennis courts. Apart from a short shower early doors, no brollies were required.

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Apr 25, 2019, 5:57 PM

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Surrey County Intermediate League - West - Division One

Lightwater Leisure Centre - The Avenue

Lightwater Utd 3-2 Windlesham Utd

Adm: n/n

Att: h/c 30 odd


A329 E - A322 out of Bracknell over M3 and immediately filter right - The Avenue is 2nd right nr Italian Café - follow this down to the very end down through the barriers beyond the Tennis Courts and into the car parks below the Leisure Centre itself.

Pitch is up beyond the Centre next to the Rugby pitch.

Roped off pitch.

Loos inside the Centre - if you ask nicely at the desk to be let through the barriers - there is another Café in there too - not sure about a bar?

Arrived c. 5' late very bad traffic nr Bagshot on approach to M3 and quite a slow stretch through Bracknell

Match: slow-burning thriller with a an exciting finish

0-1 on the break ball played past keeper and stroked in

1-1 almost on h/t a low shot after a rebound off the post sneaked under the keeper on the far post.

2nd half

2-1 away side back-line stopped; expecting their man who was running that line to flag for offside but he let play go for the big forward to fire under the keeper..... he then promptly handed the duty to someone else before the re-start - presumably got some abuse from his own team mates and trudged off to the dressing rooms?

His replacement ruled out another goal not long afterwards Tongue

2-2 again flag went up early in the move - down the other end this time. This was ignored by ref who let play go on - defence complaining loudly did not clear the ball properly was played back in for a shot across the keeper low to far corner

3-2 quick move good close control inside box shot low across keeper inside far post.

I had a vague recollection that these two sides have merged and de-merged over the last few years - indeed one web site still refers to them as Windlesham & Lightwater Utd.
They are certainly very near neighbours and on the field, though plenty of spats and niggles, overall they tolerated each other quite well and the game was played out in a fairly amicable spirit.

Dashed back home and out again by 20:55 - to the club for the 2nd half of the Manc Derby.

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Apr 25, 2019, 8:57 PM

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Hanslope 4 Great Horwood 2
North Bucks League.Premier Division

After my visit to the uninspiring ground of Buckingham United the previous evening I was pleasantly surprised by Hanslope's Castlethorpe Raod ground.With a church in one corner and cricket pitch on one side this was a decent village set up.
A decent match with the visitors twice taking the lead before the homesters finally won the game.
An entertaining match played in a good spirit and before a crowd of 18.

Formerly known as Warwick Brake

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Apr 25, 2019, 9:37 PM

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18:15 ~ Rotherham Association Cup, Semi-Final
Joker FC 2 AFP 1
Venue: Sorby Way, Wickersley.

A typical clash of Rotherham's big two heavyweights - plenty of posturing, play-acting, and histrionics! Crazy

AFP won #round1 way back in September, in the Rotherham Charity Cup
Joker won #round2 just ten days ago, in the Brian Beeley K.O. Cup SF
Joker won this contest - #round3 - thanks to goals from Joe Austin {44'}, and Steve McDonnell {84'}. AFP had equalised in the 80th minute
#round4 is tomorrow, in the League
#round5 is towards the end of May, which should decide the RSL title

One moment's high and glory rolls on by

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South West Peninsula League Division 1 West
Dobwalls 0-3 Liskeard Athletic
Attendance 127 h/c
Admission £4 - Programme £1

Visitors secured the league title grabbing all three points when only one was needed with two first half goals and a third 10 minutes from time. Good company from Pilgrim 46 with SWP Phil on hand to present the trophy to the champions at the end of the game.

Lantoom Park is a lovely scenic ground with countryside views on the south eastern edge of the village just north of the main railway line through Cornwall. They have just been granted planning permission for floodlights. There is a small seated Atcost stand on the entrance side, an even smaller wooden cover behind the goal with single row wooden bench and an even smaller bus shelter like cover on the far side which is double sided backing onto the parallel pitch behind which looks worth doing in its own right having a second bus shelter cover between the dugouts and stunning views towards Liskeard over the far side. Presumably this is used by their reserves who play in Duchy League Division 3.


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