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Tuesday 30th April 2019

 



Karb
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Apr 30, 2019, 8:53 PM

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Spartan South Midlands League Division Two
Old Bradwell United 3-2 New Bradwell St Peter
F&N, Att: 55 (h/c)


Sharing a sporting complex with a cricket pitch, bowling green and tennis courts, this is a pleasant place on a warm, sunny evening, but I expect it's not so nice in winter. The pitch is railed on three sides, and roped off on the cricket pitch side. A clubhouse is available, but the bar was closed pre-match. The West Coast Main line passes behind the far touchline, so if you get bored of the football, you can always watch the passing trains.

2nd v 9th at the start of play, and the home side were clearly of a superior standard, but credit to the visitors who came back from a 2-0 half time deficit to level at 2-2 within 7 minutes of the restart. The winning goal came for the home side on 73 minutes. On balance, they deserved it



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Dave 56
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Apr 30, 2019, 9:28 PM

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Midlands Regional Alliance. Premier Division. KO 18:30. (F&N). Crowd 28.

Little Eaton 0 v 9 Allestree

This was an important game at the top of the table, with League leaders Melbourne Dynamo having completed their fixtures with 70 points and a goal difference of +73. Prior to tonight's fixture Allestree were 6 points behind with 2 games to play and a goal difference of +63. Dynamo have scored 3 more goals so Allestree will probably need to win by 2 clear goals on Saturday at home to 6th place Moira. Little Eaton are 7th.


Little Eaton play at Vicarage Road, a pleasant village green setting with an impressive 2 storey club house/changing room block. The area is ahred with cricket and it's a nice setting on a sunny evening with park benches for those wishing to sit down.

The visitors scored 4 in the first half but before their first it had been Little Eaton who had a couple of chances. Two in four minutes at the start of the second period set the tone for the half and goals went in at regular intervals.

Met up with a couple of familiar faces who are non posters , enjoyed their company too.


umbria99
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Apr 30, 2019, 10:23 PM

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Wiltshire Senior League

Ludgershall Sports (0) 1 v Kintbury Rangers (2) 4

First visit to Ground and to see a WSL game this season.
Rangers’ title hopes remain intact after a convincing win. Home side looked useful up front but leaky defence and erratic goalkeeping contributed to this loss. Game got niggly in second half but young ref got it under control and had a good game. Standard (based on Kintbury being second) not as high as Hampshire PL , but intrigued to know how WSL clubs can afford three officials at Step 7 - any thoughts?


Dr Love
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Apr 30, 2019, 10:59 PM

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Oxford City 4-3 Banbury United
Oxfordshire Senior Cup Final


A game with plenty of goalmouth action, played at Oxford City's ground. Banbury led early on when their captain was first to react to a poor backpass, unfortunately he collided with the keeper and Banbury were forced into an early substitution. Oxford generally had the better of the chances for the remainder of the half, but none were taken. They did manage to equalise after about a minute of the second, but Banbury responded well to open up a 3-1 lead. The deficit was quickly reduced to 3-2, before a late penalty levelled the scores. Oxford finally took the lead in the 90th minute. Several minutes added on due to a late injury to the home keeper, and his replacement managed to get booked for timewasting. A good cup final.

Lifting the cup has been done better though. The lid was dropped and hit two players on the head.


Dribble!
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Apr 30, 2019, 11:00 PM

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Ipswich Town Under 23s 0 Birmingham City Under 23s 3
Under 23 Professional Development League, Play-off, semi-final
Portman Road


Admission: Comp
Programme: Free black and white teamsheet
Attendance : 300 plus h/c


After scoring for fun all season, the U23 team today looked as poor as the first team!


One down in three minutes and never recovered, probably the worse display all season by this young side, not helped by so many players out injured and had to end up playing trial players- Birmingham now go to Leeds for the U23 Final.



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paulh66
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Apr 30, 2019, 11:01 PM

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Welsh 1
Undy 1-1 Haverfordwest
Around 60 in attendance
Adm inc prog £5

If Undy were to travel the same distance eastwards as Haverfordwest did for this game they'd end up inside the M25! The 114 miles separating these clubs must make it the longest journey in the entire league, so a 6.30pm kick-off on a Tuesday night didn't do the visitors any favours. They set off at 2.30pm apparently, and had a few young faces in the side.

Saturday's results meant Undy can't now finish in a relegation position and they reckon they'll be good to go in next season's new Tier 2 Championship. With that in mind, as mentioned on here a couple of times this season, the ground has been substantially developed over the last year or so. No floodlights yet but there's plenty of seating courtesy of a lengthy Arena stand on the near side, supplemented by a new bit of cover on the railway side opposite. I didn't really investigate the Causeway Cafe by the entrance or the clubhouse behind the near goal but they both seemed to be satisfying their clientele. Nice, friendly little set up.

The relaid grass pitch looked superb and played well. Even though Undy are now safe and Haverfordwest only have a outside chance to pip Cambrian & Clydach for runners up spot, the game was open and entertaining. Two very good goals too, Undy's first half opener a fine shot after a bit of trickery and a surging run had taken the scorer to the edge of the box before pulling the trigger. Haverfordwest were good value for their second half equaliser, though, a beautifully placed curler from the edge of the box that just squeezed in low to the keeper's left. Chances at both ends after that but I reckon both sides will be content to take something out of the game.

Easy run down the M4 and over the bridge allowed time for a very acceptable pre-match swifty in the Wheatsheaf in Magor, barely a mile from the ground. Decent pub, decent ale from a selection of four on cask, and virtually opposite a decent chippy.

Back in England within 15 minutes of the final whistle and a decent run back, just about pipping the cone brigade to several of tonight's hotspots on the M4, M3 and M25.


1dringMinstrel
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Apr 30, 2019, 11:15 PM

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Oxford City 4 v 3 Banbury United
Oxfordshire FA Senior Cup Final
Adm £8, Prog Free, Att 296

The more junior Banbury led 1-3 with twenty minutes to go but couldn't "manage the game" (i.e. lie, cheat, dive, time waste, whine & whinge). Instead we got a thriller that was a credit to both teams. City had home turf but were closely matched both on and off the pitch. Entertaining footage on twitter of the captain raising the huge Oxon FA Trophy and concussing his team-mate as the chunky lid drops off.


barcud-coch
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Apr 30, 2019, 11:42 PM

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Pegasus Juniors 0 Westfields 6

Edgar Street: Herefordshire FA County Challenge Cup Final

Watching the final of this competition was a regular event for me over the past 30 years and had provided some of my earliest memories of watching local football. The match was usually played either on the morning of Good Friday or Easter Monday, depending when Hereford United were playing at home at that time of the year. However, tonight’s final at Edgar Street was the first time I had watched this final for four seasons, given that it had been played on the afternoon of the May Day bank holiday and had conflicted with other matches of interest. The past three seasons had seen Hereford FC lift the trophy, following their formation at the start of the 2015/16 season, where they defeated Westfields on the first occasion before recording successive victories over Hereford Lads Club. This season’s match involved another clash of city rivals, in the shape of Pegasus Juniors and Westfields, who were two teams that regularly featured in many of the previous county cup finals I had witnessed. Although they found themselves experienced mixed fortunes of the pitch this term. Westfields had finished fourth in the Midland League Premier Division after completing their fixtures with a 5-3 victory at Coventry Sphinx. Pegasus Juniors found themselves rock bottom of the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division following a 5-0 reverse at Malvern Town on Saturday. The Old School Lane club not await to find out if they will receive another reprieve or face relegation to step seven for next term. Westfields had a more difficult route to the final, beating holders Hereford, Wellington and Kingstone Rovers, whilst Pegasus Juniors had overcome Holme Lacy, Clee Hill United and Bartestree.

Former Hereford striker John Mills nearly opened the scored in the seventh minute as his drove into the opposition penalty area but was denied by the Pegasus Juniors goalkeeper. Mills saw his 16th minute chip over the goalkeeper come back off the post and a shot from the rebound by captain Craig Jones was headed over the crossbar by a defender for a corner. But the West Midlands (regional) League club were not saw fortunate a minute later when a cross from the left side of the penalty area was converted by Aidan Thomas. The Westfields striker doubled his tally in the 22nd minute after chesting the ball done and striking a sweet volley over the head of the Pegasus Juniors goalkeeper that found its way into the back of he net. The Midland League outfit came close to extending their tally in the 35th minute, when a ball played forward was helped on by a Pegasus Juniors defender, but fired over the target from just inside the penalty area. Thomas saw his defy effort with the outside of the foot come back off an upright four minutes later as Westfields had to content themselves with a 2-0 interval lead. But they took eight minutes of the second-half to increase their advantage when Mills turned a Pegasus Juniors inside-out before stroking the ball into the corner of the net. Westfields netted again in the 55th minute when a corner on the left was played short and Ollie Butler rose highest to head home a fourth goal. The Allpay Park outfit had to wait a further 15 minutes for goal number of five of the evening when Alex Hainault laid to ball back too Paul Jones to run on to before seeing the Westfields skipper fire the ball past the Pegasus Juniors goalkeeper. Mills saw his 20 yard drive parried by the opposition goalkeeper three minute later before the scoring was completed in the 85th minute when Hainault ran on to a through ball before firing the ball through the legs of the goalkeeper. Pegasus Juniors had to wait until the 88th minute for their first shot on target, that was well-saved by Ian Havard, but a goal at that stage in the proceedings would not have made any difference to the outcome of the match.

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cherryhopper
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Apr 30, 2019, 11:51 PM

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Surrey County Intermediate League (Western) Division 1
Hambledon 2-4 Knaphill Athletic
Attendance 66 h/c - F + N - Hot Dogs £1.50

Visitors clinched the title in this winner takes all clash. A low effort from #11 which appeared to be going across the goal found its way into the net just before half time, then a free kick early in the second half put the visitors in control until the hosts pulled a goal back just before the hour and it was game on until the visitors scored a third with 20 minutes to go and a fourth with a cracking header soon after. The hosts second near the end was the goal of the game, the keeper lobbed from 40 yards out, but it was just a consolation and the visitors deservedly took the spoils and were presented with the trophy after the game. Hambledon still need a point in their final game at home to Manocroft United on Saturday to finish 2nd and clinch promotion, assuming the top 2 go up and the league still operates with two divisions - only 7 teams in the Premier and 8 in Division 1 this season. We had two proper linesman, both fairly elderly gentleman. I doubt they have three officials for all matches in this league, maybe they made an exception due to the magnitude of this game.

Badger Park is over a mile north of the village that bears the club's name and is a lovely rural setting on a sunny spring evening. Three sides roped off and held together by small right angled wooden gates straddling all four corners, more a fence on the corner just inside the entrance as this was much longer than the others. The unroped far side has two large dugouts built into a grass bank. The clubhouse and changing rooms are in a wooden chalet style building set back about 20 yards from the pitch by the halfway line with a covered overhang supported by wooden pillars and a patio area with wooden tables and chairs in front. Nearest station is Milford on the Portsmouth to Waterloo line about a half hour walk from the ground though Witley is nearer to the village itself.


Wiretown.Editor
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May 1, 2019, 12:19 AM

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Evo-Stik League Premier Division Play-off Semi Final
Warrington Town 4 Nantwich Town 1 (ht 0-1)
Admission pass (would be £10/£6)
Prog £2
Food on sale
Att. 1425


A cagey opening half and although we won the possession stakes and the shots literally by two to one we trailed at the break.
A change at half time made the difference and once we equalised there only ever looked like one winner. Ben Garrity was again superb scoring twice to put is front. The third was a bit of a comedy moment but take nothing away from the free kick strike. It beat the excellent Nantwich keeper hit the bar, hit the keeper's back and went in. The fourth was a sweet move down the right and a class finish. The Dabbers came close to pulling one back but we kept them out. Nantwich were reduced to ten men but they were already behind by then. A very much deserved win with a great atmosphere from the impressive turn out. There were some smoke and flare incidents but nothing close to violence ever threatened.

Post match at The Ring o' Bells in Stretton. Great old fashioned pub with Old Pie Shop Pie in the Sky and Arclid Wizard tasted and approved. Went home happy.


scottsas
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May 1, 2019, 1:20 AM

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After contemplating a new ground in the North Juniors, (six hour round trip), ended up settling on the nearest new amateur ground to home, under 20 mins away at Pather Park in Wishaw for a Glasgow District Saturday Morning League Referee Shield Cup tie, which gave me my first ever 7-5 scoreline (from 6875 games!)
Cleland 7-5 EK Thistle Colts
Att 22
F&N
The ground is in Pather, a small village within Wishaw (I'm sure the largest town in Scotland never to have had a senior team). Ground is tucked in between houses and the main west coast rail line. Two grass pitches and one red ash pitch (which was floodlit), huge electricity pylons at one end, by the pavilion (groundsman had not turned up, players and ref had to change in cars in the car park). (Groundsman hadn't cut the crass this side of Christmas either, easily the longest I've ever seen at any game)Cleland normally use the public park pitch in Cleland, but it was switched to nearby Wishaw

Incredible scoring sequence, home side found themselves 2-4 down at half time, then went 7-4 up. Hat trick of penalties for the home side too.
0-1 14', 0-2 30', 1-2 31', 1-3 39', 2-3 43' pen, 2-4 45', HT, 3-4 58', 4-4 61' pen, 5-4 64', 6-4 68' pen, 7-4 75', 7-5 80'
Needless to say thoroughly entertained, especially after 0-0 and 0-1 at my two Monday games.Anyway, the game also gave me my 45th game of the month, new record for me (as well as new score).


Windy
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May 1, 2019, 1:46 AM

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2.0 - Central League - Notts County 4 Morecambe 0 - Admission £3 - Teamsheet free - Attendance approx 150

7.45 Evostik League Division 1 East play off - Brighouse Town 3 Sheffield 1 - Admission £8 - Programme £2 - Attendance 489

Contemplated a double header in the north east with Durham v Lancashire in the cricket at Gosforth then the play off match at South Shields, but that would have meant a 24 hour day plus, so decided on the easier option.

The Central League match was played at Ilkeston and Notts County named a side that showed that all 10 outfield players had played at one time or another this season for the first team and it would have been interesting to find out exactly what that team earnt per week, all languishing in the reserves. Surely the likes of former West Ham defender Elliott Ward wouldn’t come cheap. Anyway, we are talking about a team that on Saturday could be losing their league status so surely they’ll be a massive cut in their playing staff if that happens. Morecambe, by comparison, used a very inexperienced line up.

Notts County won the match pretty easily scoring twice in each half. The first two goals came from the head of Kion Etete, converting crosses from Sam Osborne and Dan Jones. The third and fourth were both set up by balls from Will Patching - his throughball to Remaye Campbell was classy and the forward took one touch before firing home and then Etete netted to complete his hat-trick to make it 4-0.

On to the evenings entertainment, however, the real dampener was finding out that as a result of Monday’s play off matches, Sheffield weren’t going to go up irrespective of whatever they did tonight or in the final if they got there. Crazy stuff and it makes a mockery of the whole system that a club can be made to play such a match when they can’t go any further. Then I heard that two of the Southern League matches for tomorrow were called off and you start to wonder who is making up these rules and making these decisions. It certainly doesn’t portray non league football in a good light.

Anyway, Sheffield took the lead after 22 minutes when a Robert Darkin cross was headed home by Marc Newsham just inside the near post. It was noticeable that very few Sheffield fans had travelled at this point. Brighouse, fortunately with no band or the Floral Dance being heard (younger readers might want to google what that is about) equalised on the half hour when Gabriel Johnson found Tyler Williams who weaved his way into the area before looping his effort into the top left corner. Just before the break it was 2-1 with a thumping header from top scorer Aaron Martin from an Iwan Heeley corner.

It was all over when Brighouse got their third after 81 minutes when a corner wasn’t cleared and Johnson found the net from 10 yards to start the celebrations and they look forward to a local derby with Pontefract Colls on Saturday for the right to get promoted.

Easy journey back on the M1 with just one short closure near Leicester to contend with.


Henfield Bee
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Chipperfield Corinthians (0) 2 Bushey Sports 1 - Herts Co. Prem - att 36 h/c. Prog £1

I love watching step 7 on sunny evenings ideal for football and this one ticked all the boxes. Enclosed, railed off with advertising boards, 3 officials, bar/tea bar open, and a programme. At the end of an even game 5th beat 3rd with two goals in the final 20 mins. Bushey had a few ressies playing but were good value nonetheless. Enjoyed a pre-match snack and drink in the excellent community cafe-bar opposite the parking area across the road from the ground.

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BA21
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May 1, 2019, 7:32 AM

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Nailsea & Tickenham 3 Chilcompton Sports 2
Somerset County League Premier division
Admission - none
Programme - none
Tea/coffee £1.00
Attendance 147 h/c

After a trouble free trip bar the normal fifty mile per hour speed restrictions on the M5 we arrived in Nailsea at 5.30pm, an hour before kick-off. This fixture was played out between the County Leagues top two sides, a must win for Nailsea as it was their final game with the visitors two points behind but having three matches to play. I located the ground before we found a nice fish and chip shop up the road around ten minutes walk away. There is plenty of parking within the ground as well as nearby street parking if required.

There is a large covered shelter on one side of this ground with a tea bar carved out of a shipping container selling hot drinks and sweets to the left. The pitch is railed off on all four sides with views of the nearby village of Tickenham and its church. The dramatic late victory for the home side forces Chilcompton into having to win their final two games of the season to take the title.



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prorege
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May 1, 2019, 8:16 AM

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Fife Cup Semi Final
Raith Rovers v Dunfermline Athletic, 1-2, H.T. 1-2, Att c.220, Admission £5, No Paper, Coffee £1.80
At Stark’s Park

I kept up my 100% attendance record for this season’s Fife Cup but by midway through the second half was seriously questioning why. What had started as a decent entertaining game degenerated into a dour midfield battle with little to hold the attention. A last minute meltdown from a Raith player leading to a red card eventually relieved the monotony.

All the action and excitement was compressed into the opening 20 minutes. Rovers took the lead with a Trialist tap-in; Pars equalised with a close range header by Morrison and then scored what proved to be the winner with a decent goal by the highly-rated Paul McCann.

Home fans were accommodated in the Main Stand which is now official known as the Turnbull Hutton Stand. Scottish football forever owes a debt of gratitude to Turnbull as the man who sent the new Rangers club to the fourth tier of Scottish football. Away fans were in the Railway Stand, a part of the ground which is seldom opened these days.

The pie shop was open but I desisted. Good as they are, the new caterers at the Rovers are not shy of charging. The coffee was pricey but excellent – tasted like proper filter stuff.

No programmes or teamsheets but there was no need for them as the Pars kindly tweeted both team line-ups prior to kick off. Dunfermline had a stronger side out than the Rovers. The Pars side included first team fringe players whilst the Rovers was Under 19s and trialists.

Dunfermline progress to meet East Fife in the Final with the game due to be played at New Bayview, possibly next midweek. I’m not sure that I will maintain my 100% Fife Cup record for that one.


ciderjon
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Midlands Regional Alliance. Premier Division. KO 18:30. (F&N). Crowd 28.

Little Eaton 0 v 9 Allestree

This was an important game at the top of the table, with League leaders Melbourne Dynamo having completed their fixtures with 70 points and a goal difference of +73. Prior to tonight's fixture Allestree were 6 points behind with 2 games to play and a goal difference of +63. Dynamo have scored 3 more goals so Allestree will probably need to win by 2 clear goals on Saturday at home to 6th place Moira. Little Eaton are 7th.


Little Eaton play at Vicarage Road, a pleasant village green setting with an impressive 2 storey club house/changing room block. The area is ahred with cricket and it's a nice setting on a sunny evening with park benches for those wishing to sit down.

The visitors scored 4 in the first half but before their first it had been Little Eaton who had a couple of chances. Two in four minutes at the start of the second period set the tone for the half and goals went in at regular intervals.

Met up with a couple of familiar faces who are non posters , enjoyed their company too.




Also at Little Eaton. Very impressed with the refusal of capitulation of the home side, even when nine nil down.

The pitch was roped on the far side, behind one goal is a stone wall, behind the other is a grass bank with mature trees on top. It is here most of the park benches are situated, but sadly also home to a large colony of small black flies. By half time I had decided to watch from the touchline instead of sitting down, losing elevation but also flies.

Enjoyed a pleasant evening comparing notes with Simon from Long Eaton, but didn't get to meet Dave56 (again).

Road closures spoilt my journey home but still got back at 11pm.



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Little Eaton 0 v 9 Allestree

At least Tram got goals.



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Oxford City 4-3 Banbury United
Oxfordshire Senior Cup Final


A game with plenty of goalmouth action, played at Oxford City's ground. Banbury led early on when their captain was first to react to a poor backpass, unfortunately he collided with the keeper and Banbury were forced into an early substitution. Oxford generally had the better of the chances for the remainder of the half, but none were taken. They did manage to equalise after about a minute of the second, but Banbury responded well to open up a 3-1 lead. The deficit was quickly reduced to 3-2, before a late penalty levelled the scores. Oxford finally took the lead in the 90th minute. Several minutes added on due to a late injury to the home keeper, and his replacement managed to get booked for timewasting. A good cup final.

Lifting the cup has been done better though. The lid was dropped and hit two players on the head.


Also at this, in the company of Dr.Love.

The attendance was announced at 291, which brought laughs all round in a crowd that in reality was probably closer to 500, with plenty down from Banbury.

A fine match between two good competitive sides, helping to make an enjoyable evening.


ciderjon
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Little Eaton 0 v 9 Allestree

At least Tram got goals.




He did, and quickly.



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Saffron Dynamo 1-0 Ellistown K.O. 18-49
Leics Senior League, Prem Div
No adm or paper
Att 35

Had every intention of heading South until I was asked to pick something up in P’boro. So decided on this preceded by MK U23, looked on website at 09-55, 3hours 5minutes to K.O., but no venue, I rang them up, only to be told “behind closed doors” didn’t know whether to swear or laugh, so did both and then sent snotty email asking why advertise a game fans can’t watch?
So after picking up in the nicest part of P’boro I’ve ever seen it was off to Leicester.
Dead rubber or not? Compared with some of the nonsensical step 4 play offs, certainly not a dead rubber as both clubs actually had points to play for. Decent enough competitive game which the home side just about deserved to win, at times it was like being in Essex with the amount of whinging going on. Got a text from the Welsh Wisden saying he recalled this place as more of a Cricket than a football ground, but not now, football is certainly the dominant sport played here, and the poor old cricketers have to put up with a dreadful outfield due to the amount of football being played and coached. Usual 2 road closures on the A14, but after all this time the rat runs are well and truly tried and tested (I’m sure life used to be really quiet in those villages after 10pm, not anymore!!) putting only 10 minutes on the journey.
So in the absence of the Bard of Grays, “key in mortice 55 minutes before Tuesday became Wednesday”. I do hope he’s ok, if he’s not at Maldon tonight I’ll investigate.

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....Meanwhile at the other NPL Division 1 East Play Off.....

Pontefract Collieries 3 v 1 Ossett United - NPL Division 1 East Play Off Semi Final
Prog 28 pages £1.00* - Admission £7.00 - Att 486**

* Printing problems meant that much of the text was somewhat faded and there were no line up's.
** One for the Dubious Crowd Committee, especially when taking into account that the gate money is shared. At least 200 more present.

.... A trip that had been booked once it was known that Pontefract were definitely at home, but then the issue of PPG became apparent and the colour of Ossett United changed on the applicable listing in another thread from black to red meaning that irrespective of their result here, they would not be gracing NPL Premier for 19-20. Meant that thoughts turned to how seriously the visitors would take this contest, This assumption failed to take into account the local rivalry apparent and what transpired was a 'full blooded' and frenetic contest where if some players were suffering with cramp towards the end of ET, if the ball could suffer with the same affliction it would probably have expired with exhaustion. The so called meaningless nature of the contest meant nothing to the large number of visiting supporters who travelled the short distance as well and were vociferous with their support.

The frenetic nature was assisted by a rock like surface where ever so often a pass would take a slightly different direction than what was intended. Neither teams approach was overly subtle with play rarely slowing. Nothing more than early half chances for either team with Greaves for the visitors seeing his header firmly deflect off a shoulder into the grateful arms of Musselwhite in the home goal before at the other end Guest found a fragment of space, which was not previously available but he shot straight at Souter.

Yet in the opening minutes, Ossett looked the more convincing going forward and a quick punt up the pitch by Souter found Greaves peeling away from the Pontefract defence and noticing Musselwhite marooned he cleverly chipped wide of the stranded keeper to give Ossett a lead, which at the time was not undeserved. The lead then could have been doubled when Greenhough carelessly gave possession away allowing Greaves space but Musselwhite to the rescue deflecting the shot for a corner. From the resultant corner, Greaves on the far post headed against the bar and on the basis of the first half, it was impossible to believe that Ossett did not have any reason to win.

The early part of the second half was in contrast slightly more subdued that what went on before, but apart from some further half chances with two efforts from Cromack that barely troubled Souter, there was little to indicate that the hosts could pull this contest around. The turning point though was a penalty award when Rothery was pulled over, from this angle there was definite contact but the fall had a hint of melodrama. Redford stepped up and sent Souter the wrong way for Pontefract to level. For the remainder of the contest, there were few if any chances and nothing could separate the two teams with the pace unquestioningly unrelenting.

Pace rarely slackened during the additional minutes, but it was clear that gradually Pontefract were assuming the ascendancy with an instinctive block with Souter's knees blocking a drive from Redford and then Jackson headed a clear chance over the bar. The pace was having far more of an effect on the Ossett defenders and a twisting run from Dunn left Ossett defenders unable to block his progress, he managed to round Souter and although the angle was anything but promising, his shot found the net via an Ossett defender who was only able to punt into his own net. Being showered by an over excited home supporter with his plastic glass of Carling was not the highlight of the evening. Minutes later and the Ossett defiance was finally ended when Jackson's run forward was stifled, however the ball ran into the path of Williams and he angled a rising shot wide of Souter and just inside the far post. In the end a deserved win, though plaudits to the visitors for being so committed, in the end their defence ran out of energy.

First visit to Skinners Lane (and thus completing this seasons 1-4, somewhat later than anticipated), hardly a venue of attractiveness and elegance but with all the pre-requisites of a reasonably comfortable stand and cover behind the goal. Very small bar area and given the amounts of canned lager being consumed, it must have been the case that they had ordered a huge stock.

Pre booked train tickets for far less than the absurdly expensive walk up fare and used the savings to book an overnight stay, travelling back this morning. Arrived Pontefract mid afternoon and originally anticipated having an hour or two around the castle, without realising that this was the second of two days when it was closed to allow resurfacing work to take place. Meant longer on licenced premises, the sole town GBG entry The Carleton is some distance out from the town centre and although it had a decent ale selection it was IMHO rather average. The find though was The Robin Hood, where I noted an advert for Henry Smith Brewing Co, which they have just started brewing. Sampled three of their ales and two from Cleackheaton's Mill Valley Brewery in a pre and post match trips. The pub was busy due to a quiz night, which was in contrast to the town centre which for the journey back was eerily deserted.....


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May 1, 2019, 3:48 PM

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Isthmian South Central Play Off Semi

Bracknell Town 2 Westfield 1

Entry - £10. Programme - no. Weather - surprisingly mild. Attendance - 584

A decent crowd saw BT dominate the first half. Ferdinand scored first on 32, although it could equally have been an own goal, as the shot took a deflection. The second on 39 was an excellent header by Cornell following a great cross. Quite frankly, the home side should have been further ahead.

Westfield clearly had the hairdryer at half time as they started the second half with renewed vigour, but didn't create a great deal. Bracknell came back into it and further goals were only prevented by heroics from Ross in the away goal. Westfield did score on 79 through Purdy after a goalmouth melee, so cue ten minutes of panic stations from Bracknell. Big cheers at the final whistle but the score was closer than the game. It's Bracknell v Cheshunt in the final on Saturday, with both sides having sufficient ppg for promotion.


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Trelawny League Division 2

ST DAY 3RDS 2-5 RUAN MINOR

A first tick for me at Vogue Park's second pitch. My quest to keep my goals seen average above 5 saw me watch second bottom St Day take on champions elect Ruan. This was the final match in Cornwall's Trelawny League Division 2.
The home side took a surprise lead following a slip by the visiting keeper. Ruan got into their stride and equalised before adding to their tally with some impressive goals. The hosts added one more to their tally but never really troubled their visitors who collected the trophy after the game following Falmouth DC conceding what would have been their final game.
St Day first team were hosting RNAS Culdrose who began their normally busy May on the main pitch.
The second pitch, separated with a roped off cricket square now boasts concrete dug outs on the far side. The kick off was delayed as players and the referee collected soil to fill in divots before the wheelbarrow was found, holes filled and all was good. There is no hardstanding for this pitch although there is some by the clubhouse. The pungent smell of teenagers smoking weed at the skate park behind the goal seemed to go unnoticed but the seven goals boosted my average and the ton of games should be reached by Sunday.



Last 0-0 draw: Friday 04/11/2016 Bodmin Town v Plymouth Parkway


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7pm
Herts Senior County League, Division One
Oxhey 5 Old Parmiterians 0 (att 6)

Was staying in London for work for a few days so this fixture fell nicely. Easy enough walk from Bushey station to Queens' School on Aldenham Road. The pitch, railed off with dugouts, is on the north side of the road, but players change on the south side.

Nothing at stake but a reasonable game and some decent football played. Home side scored the only goal of the first half, and then ran away with it after the break.

On my blog https://stevebthegroundhopper.blogspot.com/...ld-parmiterians.html




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Isthmian South Central Play Off Semi

Bracknell Town 2 Westfield 1

Entry - £10. Programme - no. Weather - surprisingly mild. Attendance - 584



+1

[PENDANT ALERT Tongue] crowd showing as 564 - like others have said before (but maybe not on here) Larges Lane though well re-developed new-look and a nice surface, is a bit iffy with sizeable crowds - very cramped surrounds and no real elevation to speak of save a metal stepped unit/platform down by the gym - so pretty poor viewing.

Very small bar areas and scant facilities for fans - cluster of portaloos down one end, perhaps betraying the intent to upgrade further on another site - they've no real scope for further development on this site without trashing their own car park.
The 'local' residents are certainly pretty 'anti' club - and I'm not sure they are that keen on the them doing any major developments over the road around Ranelagh school.

Programme - available to download and print on line - but is a lot of 'red' background shading and my grotty Epson doesn't do block colour too well and the paper jams as it gets too wet -
so printed it at work ssssh Angelic

Directions/Facilities: regular here - arr c. 19:15 - took the clubs advice and parked in the 'Braccan' (£1.50 18:00 - 06:00) and even though a 'child' of the town, the underpasses are not the best signposted but I got there without too much unseemly 'verge-walking/barrier-hopping'

Match: much as RY posted - Robins coasted to a quick 2 goal lead - the first took a huge deflection : from where I was standing the ball looped up and over the keeper, off of Ferdinand, as the defender tried to clear.

2nd half you could see why Westfield were serious contenders and had the Bracknell back-four-five scrambling to contain them. The defensive midfield and CBs Day and Davies had to be at their best to keep a very lively forward line at bay.

They'll need younger legs in that defence to thrive at STEP03 - should they get past Cheshunt. Matty Day is a monster at CB but can't get around like he used to in his heyday at Hungerford.

very nervy last 10' + stoppage - but tbf the visiting keeper (& skipper) performed miracles down the other end to keep his side in the game, as Bracknell themselves have pace aplenty up front - Cornell and Ferdinand on another day could both have notched more.

 
 


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