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Friday 17th May 2019

 



barcud-coch
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May 18, 2019, 12:41 AM

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Forden United 1 Guilsfield Reserves 2

Treflan: JT Hughes Montgomeryshire League Village Cup Final

This was my first visit to Treflan for nearly three years when I watched the host club entertain local rivals Welshpool Town in Friday night a Mid Wales League First Division fixture. There have been no noticeable changes to the ground during the intervening period, as it has generally declined since the New Saints moved up the road to Oswestry, as the facilities have missed out on investment and attention since the original Llansantffraid Football Club moved out of the village and merged with Oswestry Town. Treflan is still one of the better-appointed grounds in the MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League despite being affected by acts of vandalism in recent years. There is a small stand located on the halfway line and a much larger seated stand behind the goal nearest to the well-appointed clubhouse. The viewing area on one side of the pitch is predominately raised and provides some good views of the surrounding countryside on a clear day. This evening’s match involved the top-two clubs in the Montgomeryshire League First Division this season. Guilsfield Reserves were attempting to secure a league and cup double after recently being crowned champions. The Community Centre Ground club came into this final after enjoying a 1-0 home victory over Bishop’s Castle Town in their final league fixture of the campaign. Forden United had finished runners-up to the Guils at the conclusion of their first season in the top-flight after securing promotion from the Second Division. They had come into the final after enjoying a 3-0 victory against Four Crosses Reserves on Tuesday evening in the Montgomeryshire League Cup semi-final on Tuesday evening. Forden United had hopes of completing a cup double this season, after missing out on the championship, as they are due to face border rivals Bishop’s Castle Town in the League Cup final next week. They also had the relatively fresh memory of enjoying a 3-0 win at Guilsfield, just over three weeks ago, which guaranteed a top-two final placing and promotion to the MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League Second Division next term.

The league champions came close to opening the scoring in the opening minute of the match when a free-kick was played into their opponents penalty area and deflected of an upright via a Forden United defender. The Cockerels had a great opportunity to forge ahead themselves seven minutes later when they were awarded for a push on one of their forwards when he went through on goal. But Forden United were unable to take advantage of being awarded the spot-kick when the subsequent spot-kick was saved by the Guilsfield Reserves custodian. This was highly competitive final between the best two teams in the top-flight of the Montgomeryshire League but neither protagonist was unable to create any clear goal scoring opportunities until the latter stages of the opening period. The Guilsfield Reserves custodian made a smart block in the 41st minute when a Forden United forward wriggled free into the penalty area and ready to unleash a shot on target. The Cockerels opened the scoring in the opening minute of the second-half when a cross from out near the right touchline sailed over the head of the Guils custodian and inside his far post. The champions responded three minutes later when veteran forward Danny Barton went close with a 20 yard direct free-kick before the marksman brought his side level seven minutes later when he sent a lopping header over the Forden United goalkeeper from a cross on the right. Experienced midfielder Gareth Mansell cut in from the right in the 59th minute and saw his shot palmed away by the Forden United goalkeeper before the Guils turned the match around in the 70th minute when a low cross from the left side of the penalty area was swept home at the near post. The Cockerels headed wide of the target from a cross on left three minutes later after the initial corner was partially cleared. Forden United were unable to find a second goal, which would have sent the final into extra-time, as Guilsfield Reserves completed their own league and cup double.

2018/19 Statistics
Goals: 865
Matches: 195
New Grounds: 16


Dr Love
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May 18, 2019, 7:42 AM

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AFC Aldermaston 0-5 Wantage Town
Reading Senior Cup Final


A fairly comfortable win for Wantage, though Aldermaston did have a few chances which could have made the game more interesting, especially in the first half. Wantage's first midway through the first half was the pick of the goals, being struck from the left side of the penalty area past a defender and just curling between the far post and diving keeper. The second arrived just before half time. It was a penalty for the third on the hour mark which finally killed the game off as a contest. Quite an unfortunate one as an Aldermaston defender lost his footing and slipped into the Wantage forward. Thereafter, Wantage had plenty of chances to extend their lead, but tended to overcomplicate things. Two more added before the final whistle. Aldermaston did have a good chance right at the end for a consolation, but it was put wide.


1dringMinstrel
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May 18, 2019, 8:14 AM

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..........Another one at the Madejski Stadium for .....

Aldermaston 0 v 5 Wantage Town
Adm £6, Prog free, Att est 230

Credit to Reading FC who opened the lower tier of the West (Main) Stand to accommodate fans and also opened catering facilities. These teams may be in Hellenic East and Premier but there was a gap in class between them. Aldermaston seemed to have limitless substitutions to reward players with a run out on the 'hallowed turf'. I can't complain as it was quite exciting to be able to park outside the turnstiles for free at a Championship ground twenty minutes before kick-off!


Digdagdog
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May 18, 2019, 9:21 AM

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..........Another one at the Madejski Stadium for .....

Aldermaston 0 v 5 Wantage Town
Adm £6, Prog free, Att est 230

Credit to Reading FC who opened the lower tier of the West (Main) Stand to accommodate fans and also opened catering facilities. These teams may be in Hellenic East and Premier but there was a gap in class between them. Aldermaston seemed to have limitless substitutions to reward players with a run out on the 'hallowed turf'. I can't complain as it was quite exciting to be able to park outside the turnstiles for free at a Championship ground twenty minutes before kick-off!


+1 and agree...nice to get a tick at Mad Stad for 6 quid and no hassle.



2018-19 Games: 166 Goals: 611 GPG: 3.68 New Grounds: 96
2019-20 Games: 82 Goals: 326 GPG: 3.98 New Grounds: 46

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prorege
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May 18, 2019, 9:23 AM

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West Juniors Championship
St Rochs v Cumbernauld United, 1-3, H.T. 1-1, Att c.380, Admission £6, No paper, Bridie £1.50
At James McGrory Park

It’s always a pleasure to visit St Rochs, the friendliest and most progressive Junior club around. They can rightly claim to be Glasgow’s second biggest club behind Pollok – remarkable for a team that was on the cusp of folding only a few years ago.

This was their last home game of the season. After a minor flirtation with the relegation zone the Candy have now established themselves in mid table. Cumbernauld had to win this, their final game, to keep their promotion hopes alive. They are now four points ahead of Rossvale who have two games left to play – the West Juniors are incapable of ensuring that teams finish their matches on the same day to create a level playing field. Most fans are hoping that Rossvale foul up as watching them is a fairly miserable experience and will continue to be so now that they are decamping to Benburb. Cumbernauld, on the other hand, is a favourite away trip for everyone.

Cumbernauld did the job required. They led early but were pegged back within a minute. The second half saw the visitors gradually take control and go ahead with a disputed penalty. The Candy missed a glorious chance to equalise before Cumbernauld sealed the win with a third. One St Rochs man was sent off for collecting two bookings.

James McGrory Park is a fine looking place these days. Of course that is helped by having a large home support. The “Ultra” element were missing, presumably having other ways of spending a Friday night, but there were still well over 300 home fans in attendance.

The Bridie served up in the canteen was superb – huge and very flavoursome. So flavoursome, in fact, that I was still tasting it at 3am this morning and required a slug of Gaviscon and a couple of ranitidine to douse it. The canteen also dispenses the fabled Dragon Soop.


I would urge anyone who has not been to this club to put it high on their list of priorities. And if it is more than four or five years since you went you really must go back to see the transformation in fortunes for a club who have embraced the term “Community Club” to the max.

Spectators are positively encouraged to bring a carry out, the bigger the better.


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leohoenig
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May 18, 2019, 10:41 AM

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Regionalliga Mitte
FC Wels 0-5 FC Gleisdorf 05
Admission €10 (oldies), Programme Free, Attendance 101



The Arena Wimpassing has everything that a small club needs, but still felt like a soulless venue. From the entrance, the pitch is at a lower level than all the surrounds. This means there is a path all around the top of a steep grass bank. The banking is too steep for spectators, and instead has banners extoling the various sponsors of the club. For sponsorship reasons, this is currently the Huber Arena.

On the side you enter, a covered seating stand with around 500 seats reaches down the slope, At the top there is a pathway and behind this, the various club buildings. Basically, a reasonably sized bar, a smaller room for VIP and hospitality, (tickets on the gate, €40) and an office. Down below this are the dressing rooms, etc. Up top and outside the ground are various other pitches, including one with a small seated stand for the local baseball club. The Minion* checks the sign, but there is no baseball this weekend.
After the long walk, we are happy to take a good drink with the wheat beer on offer. It is refreshing and needed. FC Wels have dropped to second bottom in the league, and there only chance (which looks like none) would depend on there being less than 3 clubs relegated. As the three Regionalliga in Austria set to strict geographic boundaries, there is room for a reprieve if none of the three teams relegated from the 2. Liga are in a specific area.

This season, it appears that clubs in the Regionalliga West may benefit, while in the Ost, they may suffer due to having two teams enter their group from above. As this is the first season since the change to the structure, we are going to have to wait and see how it actually pans out.
Gleisdorf are third in the league, but GAK have already claimed the title. So, while they may hope to grab the runners-up spot, this is not likely to mean anything. From the start, it is clear that the visitors are not here to mess about, they want to take home the points. To an extent it appears that Wels are out to help them, with two glaring defensive mistakes each leading to goals from Philipp Sittsam. For the second successive day, I am wondering how come a team has only a 2-0 lead at the break.

The difference between this game and the night before is that Wels do not have the players to put any pressure on their visitors and it is only casual attacking from Gleisdorf that keeps the score down. On a few too many occasions, a player decides to look for a chance to score himself than to pass to a better placed player. Two of the occasions where they do work as a team see the ball end up with David Gräfischer scoring. Add to this a well taken header by Medi Sulimani, connecting with a free kick and the final score is 0-5. Unfortunately for Sulimani, he is a Wels defender and would have preferred to have been on the list for a chance for Wels when the score was still 0-0

After the game, it is best part of a further one hour walk before we reach the town centre and can sample to delights of the local Gerstl brewpub

*Not my personal Minion, but a name attached to this hopper by the Boy.



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paulh66
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May 18, 2019, 4:07 PM

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Also at St Roch's 1-3 Cumbernauld and can't argue with prorege's write up of the game. My usual reaction to ultra culture and clubs who use oft-hijacked words like progressive, inclusive etc is a roll of the eyes and half-expectation of an 'in your face' attitude. This was nothing of the sort, although as mentioned the ultras weren't here tonight. Instead I found a quirky and appealing little set up and a down to earth, community focused club run by friendly people who, aided by proactive engagement on social media, have succeeded in attracting a good few through the gate.

The ground itself is possibly only mildly interesting by Junior standards but, if it was in England, would likely be on most groundhoppers' bucket lists. Four bits of cover that'd never make the drawing board at Atcost, a bunker-like gents loo, terracing, banking, overgrown bits and tidy new bits, a hotchpotch all nicely brought together. The new bits on the far side aren't quite complete, I was told the building company went bust, but it's easily fit for purpose. There's also fine mural celebrating famous old boy Jimmy McGrory, who went on to play for neighbours Celtic and after whom the ground is named, on the wall at the far end.

The little indoor snack bar in the enclosure behind the near goal serves scotch pies, bridies, hot and cold drinks and cans of something stronger. My bridie was superb and a late haggis supper back in Glasgow must've had Gaviscon-like properties as I suffered no later repetition.

Well worth a visit and, if in Glasgow, no excuse not to with the regular 19 and 19A buses from and to the city centre stopping right outside the ground. Plenty of parking available on this road too.


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Ipeland
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May 19, 2019, 2:17 PM

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Lowick United 6-1 Wallsend Rosehill Tavern (3-1 HT) at Whitley Park
Northumberland FA Fair Play Trophy final
Admission: £5 (bit steep but I think it's standard price for all lower county cups), Programme: Free (4 pager), Tea: £1.30, Chips: £2
Attendance: 100 (guesstimate)

Wringing out the last dregs of the season now, I believe this competition is new for this year and pits the two teams with the best disciplinary record with the winners recieving £1,000. Lowick play in the North Northumberland League, they had an hour and a quarter drive here according to an ex-player of theirs, while Rosehill are in the C Division of the North East Sunday League. Both finished in lower mid-table in their leagues and didn't gain any trophies so this would've been their only real chance of winning anything, and the two sides treated it seriously. Rosehill took the lead after 9 minutes but Lowick equalised immediately and controlled the game after this, going in two goals to the good at the break and adding three more in the second period, including an audacious long range lob to round off the scoring in the 85th minute. As expected for a match between a Step 10 side and a 3rd tier Sunday league team, the quality was low but it was still watchable. Rosehill weren't that much worse than Lowick despite the scoreline so would probably do alright in the Newcastle Corinthians League if transplanted over to Saturday football. Only change to the ground since last visit is that the far side is out of bounds, which I presume is down to the cricket pitch over the far side being in use at this time of year, not that I would expect any cricket to be there this weekend with fairly heavy rain starting mid-way through the first half and lasting til the end of the match.



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LeedsPhil
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May 19, 2019, 11:58 PM

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Blackrock Rovers 4-0 Korrie
Highland Amateur Cup, R1


f&n, h/c 75.

My boss having the afternoon off allowed a cheeky early getaway. I quite fancied a £17 special on the train to St Roch's, but unfortunately the 7:15 KO meant the post-match number 19 bus wouldn't have got me back to Queen Street in time for the last train back north (a 7pm KO would have done). So a train in the opposite direction it was, for this only fixture of the Highland Amateur Cup brought forward a day, meeting Yorkieexile there. Both are in the bottom division of the Inverness & District Welfare, indeed they played each other in the league on Wednesday. Blackrock Rovers are one of the few not allocated to the Inverness multi-pitches venues. Rather, they play in the village of Evanton, a wee bit up the A9. Culcairn PArk is on the north edge of the village, with plenty of trees and a nice view of the hills behind. The pavilion has a row of loose chairs placed under a shallow cover. Getting there early enough to snaffle a couple we rested our elderly legs, but we had to move - facing west it was too uncomfortably sunny. Not often you can say that in the Highlands!
Blackrock were clearly the stronger side, but it took half an hour for a breakthrough before the dam broke. Korrie could feel hard done by by some of the solo ref's decisions, who bought several dives. Letting him know what he thought of him earned one a red, but it was already 4-0 by then.
A very pleasant way to spend a Friday evening. Blackrock go on to receive Maryburgh in R2 (8th June weekend), also fellow Inverness & District members, so maybe that one might go to a Friday night too. If so, I'd recommend it as part of a weekend of HACUP action.


royals26
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May 21, 2019, 8:15 PM

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..........Another one at the Madejski Stadium for .....

Aldermaston 0 v 5 Wantage Town
Adm £6, Prog free, Att est 230

Aldermaston seemed to have limitless substitutions to reward players with a run out on the 'hallowed turf'


+1

.... fairly certain they were using 'rolling subs'.
Also doubt sneaking a few extra on the field would have made much difference either such was the gulf in class.
Aldermaston as mentioned before are last years' Highmoor/IBIS and have a fairly robust confrontational style but this had no effect on a very calm Wantage side.

'The Freds' cantered thru the contest only suffering a few early scares before AFC blew themselves out.

Not sure if the STEP04 bound side have too many more gears about them as they are not blessed with youth but are very competent at what they know is effective. I trust this serves the well enough next season.

Hung around for the awards ceremony and managed to pick up a 'spare' prog - they'd run out just before KO.

 
 


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